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723 Apartments for rent in West Des Moines, IA

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Check out 723 verified apartments for rent in West Des Moines, IA with rents starting as low as $650. Some apartments for rent in West Des Moines might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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14 Units Available
The Fountains
5101 Hawthorne Dr
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$948
852 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
1097 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,293
1309 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:38 PM
West Des Moines apartments with European-style kitchens, just off I-35. Full-size washers and dryers, discounted cable television packages and extra storage. Business center, 24-hour gym and racquetball court.
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21 Units Available
Watermark at Jordan Creek
6455 Galleria Dr
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,040
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
1164 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,498
1434 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:38 PM
Retail and entertainment are convenient to this community thanks to its proximity to Jordan Creek Town Center. Apartments have in-unit laundry and either a patio or balcony. There's an onsite pool, hot tub and gym.
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13 Units Available
Aspire Townhomes
6950 Stagecoach Drive
West Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$1,248
1408 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,777
1839 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:38 PM
***We are currently operating with a heightened sensitivity to social distancing. We would still very much love to show you our community and discuss available options for touring. Please call, text or email us to learn more.
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10 Units Available
Park 88
595 88th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Studio
$895
492 sqft
1 Bedroom
$940
690 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 24 at 01:38 PM
Park88 is West Des Moines' Newest Apartment Community. Park88 suits your active lifestyle with biking and running trails, an outdoor pool, dog park, and more. And there’s a pickleball court to pass the time while your grill heats up.
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21 Units Available
360 at Jordan West
360 Bridgewood Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Studio
$960
487 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,190
935 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,340
1155 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Limited-Time Special Offer: Enjoy no rent until January 1st if you apply by November 23rd!* Also offering 6-month lease options with no premium!* *Details may apply, please contact us for more information. Live life fully. Live life 360.
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10 Units Available
The Flats Apartments
3000 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
Studio
$713
414 sqft
1 Bedroom
$681
521 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,004
724 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Great location close to Valley West Mall, I-235, I-80 and I-35, and plenty of great shopping and entertainment. On-site management and on-site maintenance to address any issues right away.
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9 Units Available
BelleMeade Apartments
204 S 64th St
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,205
897 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,540
1445 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,995
1717 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Minutes from Jordan Creek Town Center. Updated interiors with walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Available furnished. Outstanding amenities include a dog park, 24-hour gym and a pool. Internet cafe and garage available.
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6 Units Available
Colonial Village
1340 42nd St
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$780
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$860
1050 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,130
1400 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Nestled into a garden-like area, this pet-friendly community is only minutes from parks and schools. On-site amenities include a dog park, tennis court, fitness center and large pool. Each apartment features walk-in closets.
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6 Units Available
Mansions at Jordan Creek
355 88th St
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$955
835 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,170
1163 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,505
1415 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
A modern community located near the park and area schools. Tucked into a residential area. These homes are larger with ample storage and nine-foot ceilings. On-site pool, fire pit and gym. Pet-friendly.
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4 Units Available
Washington Manor
3901 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$820
742 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$905
947 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Just minutes from area schools and freeways. On-site fitness center, pool and lots of green space. Pet-friendly community. Spacious floor plans that offer a fireplace and walk-in closets. Washers and dryers provided.
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6 Units Available
Robin Hill
2000 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$750
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$805
1038 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Near I-235. This pet-friendly community offers ample green space. Each apartment features a private balcony or patio. Controlled access provided. On-site pool and sundeck, three-hole disc golf and courtyard provided. Fireplaces available.
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2 Units Available
Woodland West
4403 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$770
792 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
A quiet community that's close to area schools and parks with woodland surrounding it. On-site fitness center, pool, sundeck and playground provided. Easy access to area amenities. Spacious interiors with sliding glass doors.
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15 Units Available
The Club at Washington Heights Apartments
4101 Woodland Plz
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$723
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$783
1153 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,182
1480 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
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5 Units Available
Boulder Ridge Apartments
3861 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$899
742 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,023
947 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
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24 Units Available
TurtleCreek Apartments
225 Prairie View Dr
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$875
723 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
1283 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Furnished units with walk-in closets, ceiling fans, and in-unit laundry. Amenities include a 24-hr gym, hot tub, and bike storage. Pet-friendly. Easy highway access, near Jordan Creek Town Center and minutes from downtown.
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25 Units Available
Broadmoor at Jordan Creek
6565 Wistful Vista Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Studio
$880
598 sqft
1 Bedroom
$985
797 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,295
1215 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:37 PM
Live the luxe life at Broadmoor at Jordan Creek in West Des Moines.
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4 Units Available
Hamlet
2210 Ep True Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$740
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 24 at 12:28 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Hamlet in West Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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18 Units Available
Cambridge Court Apartments
1225 11th St
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$860
723 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$950
1052 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
1340 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 12:24 PM
Cambridge Court blends a convenient location with a relaxing community offering the amenities you’re sure to enjoy with all the comforts of home. We offer eight spacious one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans to select from.
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2 Units Available
Westwood Apartments
238 52nd Street
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$740
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$785
850 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 12:20 PM
With a prime location just moments from Jordan Creek Park and I-35, I-80, and I-235, Westwood Apartments delivers spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments in Des Moines.
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5 Units Available
Eastwood on Grand
2120 Grand Ave #1
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$745
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$760
850 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 12:20 PM
Eastwood on Grand offers one and two bedroom apartment homes near EP True Parkway. Featuring spacious floor plans and thoughtful details throughout, our homes are bright and inviting.
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5 Units Available
Signature Place
210 S Prairie View Dr
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$775
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$899
858 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,485
1344 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 12:20 PM
Find quality living in a prime West Des Moines, IA, location. Signature Place offers one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes near West Glen and Jordan Creek Town Center.
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1 Unit Available
Brookview Pointe Condominiums
8350 Ep True pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
1130 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 24 at 12:20 PM
Take A Look Around - Welcome to Brookview Pointe Condominiums. Beautiful condos with open floor plan.
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6 Units Available
Brookside Luxury Apartments
6630 Cody Drive
West Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$1,195
1200 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 12:20 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Brookside Luxury Apartments in West Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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10 Units Available
92 West
1770 92nd St.
West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$860
830 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$960
1053 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,080
1262 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 12:08 PM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 92 West in West Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!

Median Rent in West Des Moines

Last updated Oct. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in West Des Moines is $1,036, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,236.
Studio
$1,063
1 Bed
$1,036
2 Beds
$1,236
3+ Beds
$1,404
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in West Des Moines?
In West Des Moines, the median rent is $1,063 for a studio, $1,036 for a 1-bedroom, $1,236 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,404 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in West Des Moines, check out our monthly West Des Moines Rent Report.
How much is rent in West Des Moines?
In West Des Moines, the median rent is $1,063 for a studio, $1,036 for a 1-bedroom, $1,236 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,404 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in West Des Moines, check out our monthly West Des Moines Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in West Des Moines?
You can get the best deal by searching by apartments that are offering move-in specials in West Des Moines.
How can I find a cheap apartment in West Des Moines?
You can get the best deal by searching by apartments that are offering move-in specials in West Des Moines.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in West Des Moines?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in West Des Moines?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some West Des Moines properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some West Des Moines properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in West Des Moines?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in West Des Moines.
How much should I pay for rent in West Des Moines?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in West Des Moines.
How can I find off-campus housing in West Des Moines?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around West Des Moines. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center, Drake University, Grand View University, and Iowa State University.
How can I find off-campus housing in West Des Moines?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around West Des Moines. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center, Drake University, Grand View University, and Iowa State University.

Median Rent in West Des Moines

Last updated Oct. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in West Des Moines is $1,036, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,236.
Studio
$1,063
1 Bed
$1,036
2 Beds
$1,236
3+ Beds
$1,404

City Guide

West Des Moines
Named after the Des Moines River, the French"des Moines"translates literally to "from the monks".
Named after the Des Moines River, the French"des Moines"translates literally to "from the monks".

Located at the center of Iowathe Corncob Stateis the attractive city of West Des Moines. Home to 59,000 people and still counting, this medium-sized city has been attracting residents with its eye-catching real estate development. West Des Moines doesn't just happen to be the second-largest suburb in Des Moines, its also the tenth-largest in Iowa, thanks to the wealthy investors who saw the areas potential. West Des Moins boasts thriving businesses and institutions that offer lots of opportunities for employment, so if you are planning on moving to West Des Moines, give yourself a pat on the back. It was a good decision.

Finding an Apartment

So you've identified West Des Moines as your new habitat... what next? Scope out a few homes before braving it all and signing a lease. It's best to start by contacting local real estate agents. It might cost you, but chances are high that they have homes readily available in and around your desired area. If paying brokers kind of ruffles you, try the many free online real estate locators.

What you will need

Before going out looking for a house and signing a lease, you need a budget plan showing what you can afford to pay as rent. Make sure that you have enough in your spending plan to pay for condo fees, utilities, and insurance coverage.

If you are going to use a real estate agent, inform them of your budget and what type of housing you seek. If you skip the agent, then you need to begin searching through the different neighborhoods armed with a checklist of what you want and what you definitely don't want. When you discover that ideal house to rent, don't be dazzled by the finishing and decorations. They may be there to hide some flaws in the house.

Keep your feet on the ground and double check everything, including the terms of the rental arrangement. At this point, be ready for the landlord too. Your credit score will be laid bare and so will your relationship with your current landlord. So arm yourself well. Not with guns though! Just a good credit report, employers note indicating your monthly pay, and, if possible, a referral letter from your current landlord.

Finding an Apartment
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So you've identified West Des Moines as your new habitat... what next? Scope out a few homes before braving it all and signing a lease. It's best to start by contacting local real estate agents. It might cost you, but chances are high that they have homes readily available in and around your desired area. If paying brokers kind of ruffles you, try the many free online real estate locators.

What you will need

Before going out looking for a house and signing a lease, you need a budget plan showing what you can afford to pay as rent. Make sure that you have enough in your spending plan to pay for condo fees, utilities, and insurance coverage.

If you are going to use a real estate agent, inform them of your budget and what type of housing you seek. If you skip the agent, then you need to begin searching through the different neighborhoods armed with a checklist of what you want and what you definitely don't want. When you discover that ideal house to rent, don't be dazzled by the finishing and decorations. They may be there to hide some flaws in the house.

Keep your feet on the ground and double check everything, including the terms of the rental arrangement. At this point, be ready for the landlord too. Your credit score will be laid bare and so will your relationship with your current landlord. So arm yourself well. Not with guns though! Just a good credit report, employers note indicating your monthly pay, and, if possible, a referral letter from your current landlord.

West Des Moines Neighborhoods

This is West Des Moines, and now it's on everyones radar. Start assessing the neighborhood to see if all this hullabaloo is worth the trouble. When it comes to places to rentin West Des Moines, you can land a very decent house at a rate much lower than other cities in the US. Check out some of these neighborhoods:

Booneville: This neighborhood, on the southwest edge of West Des Moines, is made up of a mishmash of town houses that are all over the style map and some mobile homes. Because many university students live here, the vacancy rate is a miserable 4.3 percent. Expect daily commutes to work that last 30 minutes. $$$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: In this neighborhood mostly made up of small- and medium-sized family homes and rental apartments, expect to part with small- to medium-sized rents. The vacancy rate stands at 6.2 percent, and the commuting time is at a low and appealing 15 minutes. $$$

George M Mills Civic Pky/S. 60th St: This neighborhood, in the center of the city, will relieve you of more dollars, but you can expect to live large for the money as most houses are big--talk about getting your money's worth. The 6.0 percent vacancy rate is not alarming, and neither is the half-hour average commute to work. $$$$$

Ashawa: Residents in this northern suburb pay rents on the high side, but they get to spend their days in either a medium-sized or huge mansion. Only 4.4 percent of the houses are vacant. If you move into one of these vacancies, you will spend about half an hour to travel to work. Expect to bump into the many metropolitan sophisticates who live here. $$$$

Commerce: Rents in this neighborhood are quite low, and it has many small apartments and houses dotting the landscape. A few town houses can be rented too. The vacancy rate stands at 10.7 percent and commuting generally takes half an hour. $

Ashworth Rd/50th St: Your somewhat lower rent here allows you to call an average-sized apartment home. Smaller units also exist, including single-family homes. Expect to get pissed at your neighbor for parking five serious cars in his drive. Your 15-minute daily commute to will be spent wondering what you are doing wrong. $$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: For a moderately tidy sum, you get to rent a small family home or apartment in an apartment complex. Commuting to work in this neighborhood is only a 15-minute affair. $$$

Ashworth Rd/19th St: As for this neighborhood, expect landlords to relieve of less money than others in West Des Moines. Medium-sized family houses, apartments, and even some large mansions are available, and with a vacancy rate of 10.2 percent, you should have no trouble finding your dream place. Commuting is an attractive 15 minutes. $$

Ashworth Rd/74th St: Rent here is moderately high, although you pay less for the small studio apartment than for the three-bedroom house (duh). With a current vacancy rate of 4.3 percent and daily commuting time of about half an hour, this could be a good choice if you have the money. $$$

Stonebridge Rd/39th St: Another moderately priced neighborhood, this area has a vacancy rate of 3.6 percent and a decent commute time of about 30 minutes. $$$

West Des Moines Neighborhoods
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This is West Des Moines, and now it's on everyones radar. Start assessing the neighborhood to see if all this hullabaloo is worth the trouble. When it comes to places to rentin West Des Moines, you can land a very decent house at a rate much lower than other cities in the US. Check out some of these neighborhoods:

Booneville: This neighborhood, on the southwest edge of West Des Moines, is made up of a mishmash of town houses that are all over the style map and some mobile homes. Because many university students live here, the vacancy rate is a miserable 4.3 percent. Expect daily commutes to work that last 30 minutes. $$$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: In this neighborhood mostly made up of small- and medium-sized family homes and rental apartments, expect to part with small- to medium-sized rents. The vacancy rate stands at 6.2 percent, and the commuting time is at a low and appealing 15 minutes. $$$

George M Mills Civic Pky/S. 60th St: This neighborhood, in the center of the city, will relieve you of more dollars, but you can expect to live large for the money as most houses are big--talk about getting your money's worth. The 6.0 percent vacancy rate is not alarming, and neither is the half-hour average commute to work. $$$$$

Ashawa: Residents in this northern suburb pay rents on the high side, but they get to spend their days in either a medium-sized or huge mansion. Only 4.4 percent of the houses are vacant. If you move into one of these vacancies, you will spend about half an hour to travel to work. Expect to bump into the many metropolitan sophisticates who live here. $$$$

Commerce: Rents in this neighborhood are quite low, and it has many small apartments and houses dotting the landscape. A few town houses can be rented too. The vacancy rate stands at 10.7 percent and commuting generally takes half an hour. $

Ashworth Rd/50th St: Your somewhat lower rent here allows you to call an average-sized apartment home. Smaller units also exist, including single-family homes. Expect to get pissed at your neighbor for parking five serious cars in his drive. Your 15-minute daily commute to will be spent wondering what you are doing wrong. $$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: For a moderately tidy sum, you get to rent a small family home or apartment in an apartment complex. Commuting to work in this neighborhood is only a 15-minute affair. $$$

Ashworth Rd/19th St: As for this neighborhood, expect landlords to relieve of less money than others in West Des Moines. Medium-sized family houses, apartments, and even some large mansions are available, and with a vacancy rate of 10.2 percent, you should have no trouble finding your dream place. Commuting is an attractive 15 minutes. $$

Ashworth Rd/74th St: Rent here is moderately high, although you pay less for the small studio apartment than for the three-bedroom house (duh). With a current vacancy rate of 4.3 percent and daily commuting time of about half an hour, this could be a good choice if you have the money. $$$

Stonebridge Rd/39th St: Another moderately priced neighborhood, this area has a vacancy rate of 3.6 percent and a decent commute time of about 30 minutes. $$$

Life in West Des Moines

Des Moines is not just great for residential properties, the lifestyle that comes with it is what most people want. Urban sophisticates love to live in cities like this, so if that's you, then you'll certainly feel comfortable here. In addition to being an exceptional choice for metropolitan sophisticates, this community is also a great choice for families and students. Public transit is well planned, with lots of options for getting around if driving and road rage gives you a headache.

As for the climate, summertime heat peaks at about 85 degrees in July and drops to about 26 in January. Unpleasant weather events include snow and tornadoes. During the winter months, transportation can turn nightmarish due to snowfall, and the area is a twister zone with a 118 percent higher tornado threat than the rest of the nation.

As for pastimes and other attractions, this city will keep you pretty busy sampling its various nearby attractions such as the Valley View and Holiday Park Aquatic Centers, the Community Center, the 632-acre Raccoon River Park Softball Complex, and a 48-mile cycling and walking trail. Get up and get active in West Des Moines!

Life in West Des Moines
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Des Moines is not just great for residential properties, the lifestyle that comes with it is what most people want. Urban sophisticates love to live in cities like this, so if that's you, then you'll certainly feel comfortable here. In addition to being an exceptional choice for metropolitan sophisticates, this community is also a great choice for families and students. Public transit is well planned, with lots of options for getting around if driving and road rage gives you a headache.

As for the climate, summertime heat peaks at about 85 degrees in July and drops to about 26 in January. Unpleasant weather events include snow and tornadoes. During the winter months, transportation can turn nightmarish due to snowfall, and the area is a twister zone with a 118 percent higher tornado threat than the rest of the nation.

As for pastimes and other attractions, this city will keep you pretty busy sampling its various nearby attractions such as the Valley View and Holiday Park Aquatic Centers, the Community Center, the 632-acre Raccoon River Park Softball Complex, and a 48-mile cycling and walking trail. Get up and get active in West Des Moines!

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City Guide

West Des Moines
Named after the Des Moines River, the French"des Moines"translates literally to "from the monks".
Named after the Des Moines River, the French"des Moines"translates literally to "from the monks".

Located at the center of Iowathe Corncob Stateis the attractive city of West Des Moines. Home to 59,000 people and still counting, this medium-sized city has been attracting residents with its eye-catching real estate development. West Des Moines doesn't just happen to be the second-largest suburb in Des Moines, its also the tenth-largest in Iowa, thanks to the wealthy investors who saw the areas potential. West Des Moins boasts thriving businesses and institutions that offer lots of opportunities for employment, so if you are planning on moving to West Des Moines, give yourself a pat on the back. It was a good decision.

Finding an Apartment

So you've identified West Des Moines as your new habitat... what next? Scope out a few homes before braving it all and signing a lease. It's best to start by contacting local real estate agents. It might cost you, but chances are high that they have homes readily available in and around your desired area. If paying brokers kind of ruffles you, try the many free online real estate locators.

What you will need

Before going out looking for a house and signing a lease, you need a budget plan showing what you can afford to pay as rent. Make sure that you have enough in your spending plan to pay for condo fees, utilities, and insurance coverage.

If you are going to use a real estate agent, inform them of your budget and what type of housing you seek. If you skip the agent, then you need to begin searching through the different neighborhoods armed with a checklist of what you want and what you definitely don't want. When you discover that ideal house to rent, don't be dazzled by the finishing and decorations. They may be there to hide some flaws in the house.

Keep your feet on the ground and double check everything, including the terms of the rental arrangement. At this point, be ready for the landlord too. Your credit score will be laid bare and so will your relationship with your current landlord. So arm yourself well. Not with guns though! Just a good credit report, employers note indicating your monthly pay, and, if possible, a referral letter from your current landlord.

Finding an Apartment
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So you've identified West Des Moines as your new habitat... what next? Scope out a few homes before braving it all and signing a lease. It's best to start by contacting local real estate agents. It might cost you, but chances are high that they have homes readily available in and around your desired area. If paying brokers kind of ruffles you, try the many free online real estate locators.

What you will need

Before going out looking for a house and signing a lease, you need a budget plan showing what you can afford to pay as rent. Make sure that you have enough in your spending plan to pay for condo fees, utilities, and insurance coverage.

If you are going to use a real estate agent, inform them of your budget and what type of housing you seek. If you skip the agent, then you need to begin searching through the different neighborhoods armed with a checklist of what you want and what you definitely don't want. When you discover that ideal house to rent, don't be dazzled by the finishing and decorations. They may be there to hide some flaws in the house.

Keep your feet on the ground and double check everything, including the terms of the rental arrangement. At this point, be ready for the landlord too. Your credit score will be laid bare and so will your relationship with your current landlord. So arm yourself well. Not with guns though! Just a good credit report, employers note indicating your monthly pay, and, if possible, a referral letter from your current landlord.

West Des Moines Neighborhoods

This is West Des Moines, and now it's on everyones radar. Start assessing the neighborhood to see if all this hullabaloo is worth the trouble. When it comes to places to rentin West Des Moines, you can land a very decent house at a rate much lower than other cities in the US. Check out some of these neighborhoods:

Booneville: This neighborhood, on the southwest edge of West Des Moines, is made up of a mishmash of town houses that are all over the style map and some mobile homes. Because many university students live here, the vacancy rate is a miserable 4.3 percent. Expect daily commutes to work that last 30 minutes. $$$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: In this neighborhood mostly made up of small- and medium-sized family homes and rental apartments, expect to part with small- to medium-sized rents. The vacancy rate stands at 6.2 percent, and the commuting time is at a low and appealing 15 minutes. $$$

George M Mills Civic Pky/S. 60th St: This neighborhood, in the center of the city, will relieve you of more dollars, but you can expect to live large for the money as most houses are big--talk about getting your money's worth. The 6.0 percent vacancy rate is not alarming, and neither is the half-hour average commute to work. $$$$$

Ashawa: Residents in this northern suburb pay rents on the high side, but they get to spend their days in either a medium-sized or huge mansion. Only 4.4 percent of the houses are vacant. If you move into one of these vacancies, you will spend about half an hour to travel to work. Expect to bump into the many metropolitan sophisticates who live here. $$$$

Commerce: Rents in this neighborhood are quite low, and it has many small apartments and houses dotting the landscape. A few town houses can be rented too. The vacancy rate stands at 10.7 percent and commuting generally takes half an hour. $

Ashworth Rd/50th St: Your somewhat lower rent here allows you to call an average-sized apartment home. Smaller units also exist, including single-family homes. Expect to get pissed at your neighbor for parking five serious cars in his drive. Your 15-minute daily commute to will be spent wondering what you are doing wrong. $$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: For a moderately tidy sum, you get to rent a small family home or apartment in an apartment complex. Commuting to work in this neighborhood is only a 15-minute affair. $$$

Ashworth Rd/19th St: As for this neighborhood, expect landlords to relieve of less money than others in West Des Moines. Medium-sized family houses, apartments, and even some large mansions are available, and with a vacancy rate of 10.2 percent, you should have no trouble finding your dream place. Commuting is an attractive 15 minutes. $$

Ashworth Rd/74th St: Rent here is moderately high, although you pay less for the small studio apartment than for the three-bedroom house (duh). With a current vacancy rate of 4.3 percent and daily commuting time of about half an hour, this could be a good choice if you have the money. $$$

Stonebridge Rd/39th St: Another moderately priced neighborhood, this area has a vacancy rate of 3.6 percent and a decent commute time of about 30 minutes. $$$

West Des Moines Neighborhoods
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This is West Des Moines, and now it's on everyones radar. Start assessing the neighborhood to see if all this hullabaloo is worth the trouble. When it comes to places to rentin West Des Moines, you can land a very decent house at a rate much lower than other cities in the US. Check out some of these neighborhoods:

Booneville: This neighborhood, on the southwest edge of West Des Moines, is made up of a mishmash of town houses that are all over the style map and some mobile homes. Because many university students live here, the vacancy rate is a miserable 4.3 percent. Expect daily commutes to work that last 30 minutes. $$$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: In this neighborhood mostly made up of small- and medium-sized family homes and rental apartments, expect to part with small- to medium-sized rents. The vacancy rate stands at 6.2 percent, and the commuting time is at a low and appealing 15 minutes. $$$

George M Mills Civic Pky/S. 60th St: This neighborhood, in the center of the city, will relieve you of more dollars, but you can expect to live large for the money as most houses are big--talk about getting your money's worth. The 6.0 percent vacancy rate is not alarming, and neither is the half-hour average commute to work. $$$$$

Ashawa: Residents in this northern suburb pay rents on the high side, but they get to spend their days in either a medium-sized or huge mansion. Only 4.4 percent of the houses are vacant. If you move into one of these vacancies, you will spend about half an hour to travel to work. Expect to bump into the many metropolitan sophisticates who live here. $$$$

Commerce: Rents in this neighborhood are quite low, and it has many small apartments and houses dotting the landscape. A few town houses can be rented too. The vacancy rate stands at 10.7 percent and commuting generally takes half an hour. $

Ashworth Rd/50th St: Your somewhat lower rent here allows you to call an average-sized apartment home. Smaller units also exist, including single-family homes. Expect to get pissed at your neighbor for parking five serious cars in his drive. Your 15-minute daily commute to will be spent wondering what you are doing wrong. $$

S. 50th St/George M Mills Civic Pky: For a moderately tidy sum, you get to rent a small family home or apartment in an apartment complex. Commuting to work in this neighborhood is only a 15-minute affair. $$$

Ashworth Rd/19th St: As for this neighborhood, expect landlords to relieve of less money than others in West Des Moines. Medium-sized family houses, apartments, and even some large mansions are available, and with a vacancy rate of 10.2 percent, you should have no trouble finding your dream place. Commuting is an attractive 15 minutes. $$

Ashworth Rd/74th St: Rent here is moderately high, although you pay less for the small studio apartment than for the three-bedroom house (duh). With a current vacancy rate of 4.3 percent and daily commuting time of about half an hour, this could be a good choice if you have the money. $$$

Stonebridge Rd/39th St: Another moderately priced neighborhood, this area has a vacancy rate of 3.6 percent and a decent commute time of about 30 minutes. $$$

Life in West Des Moines

Des Moines is not just great for residential properties, the lifestyle that comes with it is what most people want. Urban sophisticates love to live in cities like this, so if that's you, then you'll certainly feel comfortable here. In addition to being an exceptional choice for metropolitan sophisticates, this community is also a great choice for families and students. Public transit is well planned, with lots of options for getting around if driving and road rage gives you a headache.

As for the climate, summertime heat peaks at about 85 degrees in July and drops to about 26 in January. Unpleasant weather events include snow and tornadoes. During the winter months, transportation can turn nightmarish due to snowfall, and the area is a twister zone with a 118 percent higher tornado threat than the rest of the nation.

As for pastimes and other attractions, this city will keep you pretty busy sampling its various nearby attractions such as the Valley View and Holiday Park Aquatic Centers, the Community Center, the 632-acre Raccoon River Park Softball Complex, and a 48-mile cycling and walking trail. Get up and get active in West Des Moines!

Life in West Des Moines
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Des Moines is not just great for residential properties, the lifestyle that comes with it is what most people want. Urban sophisticates love to live in cities like this, so if that's you, then you'll certainly feel comfortable here. In addition to being an exceptional choice for metropolitan sophisticates, this community is also a great choice for families and students. Public transit is well planned, with lots of options for getting around if driving and road rage gives you a headache.

As for the climate, summertime heat peaks at about 85 degrees in July and drops to about 26 in January. Unpleasant weather events include snow and tornadoes. During the winter months, transportation can turn nightmarish due to snowfall, and the area is a twister zone with a 118 percent higher tornado threat than the rest of the nation.

As for pastimes and other attractions, this city will keep you pretty busy sampling its various nearby attractions such as the Valley View and Holiday Park Aquatic Centers, the Community Center, the 632-acre Raccoon River Park Softball Complex, and a 48-mile cycling and walking trail. Get up and get active in West Des Moines!

Rent Report
West Des Moines

November 2020 West Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2020 West Des Moines Rent Report. West Des Moines rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

West Des Moines rents increase sharply over the past month

West Des Moines rents have increased 0.9% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in West Des Moines stand at $1,036 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,236 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in August. West Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.4%, but exceeds the national average of -1.4%.

    West Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    Rent growth in West Des Moines has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. West Des Moines is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • West Des Moines' median two-bedroom rent of $1,236 is above the national average of $1,101. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in West Des Moines.
    • While rents in West Des Moines remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Detroit (+3.5%), Phoenix (+3.3%), Atlanta (+-2.4%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $895, $1,144, and $1,191 respectively.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in West Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,467, which is nearly twice the price in West Des Moines.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post about the methodology on our blog.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

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    November 2020 West Des Moines Rent Report

    Welcome to the November 2020 West Des Moines Rent Report. West Des Moines rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    View full Rent Report

    November 2020 West Des Moines Rent Report

    Welcome to the November 2020 West Des Moines Rent Report. West Des Moines rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    West Des Moines rents increase sharply over the past month

    West Des Moines rents have increased 0.9% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in West Des Moines stand at $1,036 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,236 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in August. West Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.4%, but exceeds the national average of -1.4%.

      West Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

      Rent growth in West Des Moines has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. West Des Moines is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

      • West Des Moines' median two-bedroom rent of $1,236 is above the national average of $1,101. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in West Des Moines.
      • While rents in West Des Moines remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Detroit (+3.5%), Phoenix (+3.3%), Atlanta (+-2.4%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $895, $1,144, and $1,191 respectively.
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in West Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,467, which is nearly twice the price in West Des Moines.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post about the methodology on our blog.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.