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Named after the Des Moines River, the French"des Moines"translates literally to "from the monks". Read Guide >
1340 SE Bishop Drive
1340 SE Bishop Dr
Waukee, IA
Updated February 17 at 02:30pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,525
Results within 5 miles of West Des Moines
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Urban Green
7715 Hickman Rd
Polk County, IA
Updated February 17 at 10:31am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$799
A unique community in a quiet location, this beautiful development features balconies or patios on each unit, complete appliance packages, cable connections, and granite countertops in some unit. Walk to nearby trails and public transit.
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Country Court
395 4th St
Waukee, IA
Updated February 17 at 10:31am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$695
Featuring large living spaces, open floor plans, and a simple, centralized location, this development is walking distance from the YMCA and local farmer's market. Amenities include ample closets, new kitchens, and a full appliance package.
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Legacy Landing
2701 Cedar St
Norwalk, IA
Updated February 17 at 12:26pm
1 Bedroom
$895
2 Bedrooms
$1,005
3 Bedrooms
$1,275
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PrairieGrass Apartments
500 NE Horizon Dr
Waukee, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:18pm
1 Bedroom
$745
2 Bedrooms
$1,070
3 Bedrooms
$1,230
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Stonegate Crossing
15400 Boston Parkway
Clive, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:23pm
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1 Bedroom
$950
2 Bedrooms
$1,150
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Walnut Lake
4454 NW 142nd St
Urbandale, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:14pm
1 Bedroom
$780
2 Bedrooms
$922
3 Bedrooms
$1,154
Enjoy quiet living with easy access to I-80. New, modern complex has homes with walk-in closets and granite counters. Air conditioning. Community features include a game room, gym and garage parking.
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The Village at Westchester
5413 Aurora Ave
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$695
2 Bedrooms
$685
A unique space on 23 acres of park-like land. Onsite amenities include a pool and sundeck. Fireplaces available. Within the Johnston School District. Apartments offer large closets and spacious layouts.
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High Pointe
1900 Cedar St
Norwalk, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$845
2 Bedrooms
$925
3 Bedrooms
$1,150
This welcoming community provides ample privacy. Features include bike trails, a fitness center, business center and a resort-like pool. Each apartment offers newer appliances and a spacious floor plan.
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Plaza Manor
3821 66th St
Urbandale, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$660
2 Bedrooms
$675
3 Bedrooms
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Located near I-35, schools and shopping. This community is only a half a mile from Merle Hay Mall. On-site amenities include ample storage and private laundry. Green space and kids area provided.
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Crescent Chase
8650 Crescent Chase
Johnston, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$860
2 Bedrooms
$915
A stunning community with several floor plan options available. On-site pool with a sundeck, playground and community room provided. Apartments feature walk-in closets and washers and dryers.
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Sherwood Glen
8825 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$700
2 Bedrooms
$745
Located just minutes from shopping and recreation centers, and 10 minutes from Downtown. On-site amenities include a pool and sundeck. Each apartment features large closets and a full kitchen package.
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SaddleBrook Apartments
8301 Colby Pkwy
Urbandale, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$785
2 Bedrooms
$1,150
Modern apartments in a friendly residential community. Located between the Urbandale Public Library and North Karen Acres Park. Furnished homes have ovens, laundry facilities and garbage disposals. Media room, parking and swimming pool. Near I-80.
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Westchester Square
5528 Meredith Dr
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$760
2 Bedrooms
$855
Just a few minutes from dining and entertainment. Outstanding amenities including a pool and ample green space. Apartments feature a fireplace, closets and a private balcony. Appliance packages provided.
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Weston Park Apartments
4200 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$762
2 Bedrooms
$799
3 Bedrooms
$1,030
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Soll
2301 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:14pm
1 Bedroom
$1,025
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
Community has bike storage, electric car charging, and outdoor pool. Apartments feature large closets, quartz countertops, and nine-foot ceilings. Close to the Raccoon River and Chamberlain Park.
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The 31st Street Apartments
500 31st St
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$800
A charming home near the downtown area and several universities. Large balconies and spacious layouts provided. On-site parking and laundry facilities. Pet-friendly. Near entertainment and shops.
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Park Avenue by Broadmoor
4400 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$840
2 Bedrooms
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The 4220 Grand Apartments
4220 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$815
3 Bedrooms
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Near parks and the Des Moines Art Center. This community features a green area with ample space, a sun deck and a pool. Located near universities and dining. A patio or balcony provided.
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Ingersoll Towers
3662 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$800
2 Bedrooms
$870
3 Bedrooms
$1,150
A beautiful community near the area's best dining and shopping. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, sundeck and clubhouse. Apartments feature a private balcony and patio, large kitchen and updated appliances.
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Flux
1400 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 17 at 01:14pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,415
2 Bedrooms
$1,675
This newly constructed community features open layouts, nine-foot ceilings, and lots of storage. Cool, modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances. On-site rooftop lounge, outdoor courtyard, and stunning views of the city.
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Bristol Ridge
4435 86th St
Urbandale, IA
Updated February 15 at 12:23am
1 Bedroom
$715
2 Bedrooms
$770
3 Bedrooms
$950
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Ashford Ridge
3650 Patricia Dr
Urbandale, IA
Updated February 15 at 12:23am
1 Bedroom
$685
2 Bedrooms
$685
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Redwood Waukee
835 Redwood Boulevard NW
Waukee, IA
Updated February 15 at 12:23am
2 Bedrooms
$1,299
Residential community west of Des Moines and just blocks from Grant Ragan Elementary School. Spacious living areas with vaulted ceilings, pass-through kitchens, air conditioning and hardwood flooring.
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City GuideWest Des Moines
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.

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. $$$

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!

February 2019 West Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 West Des Moines Rent Report. West Des Moines rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the West Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

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February 2019 West Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 West Des Moines Rent Report. West Des Moines rents declined 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 declined moderately over the past month

West Des Moines rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in West Des Moines stand at $760 for a one-bedroom apartment and $940 for a two-bedroom. West Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -1.0%, as well as the national average of 1.0%.

    West Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased moderately in West Des Moines, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. West Des Moines is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • West Des Moines' median two-bedroom rent of $940 is below the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 2.3% increase in West Des Moines.
    • While West Des Moines' rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), San Francisco (+2.7%), and Denver (+2.5%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in West Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, which is more than three times 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. at this link.

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    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    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 here.

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