The translation of Belleville in French is “beautiful city” and with its pleasant streets and friendly neighbors, the title’s fitting as ever. Settled in the southern part of Illinois, this quaint Midwestern city was once a German settlement and former manufacturing hub. Today, it is alive with shopping, restaurants, museums, cafes, golf courses and a drive-in theater. A modest music scene also thrives here, with lots of jazz singers and even a couple notable alt-folk musicians from groups such as Son Volt, Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. Apartments for rent aren’t too hard to come by and rental prices are reasonable.
One-bedroom apartments will typically cost $400 to $450 while two-bedrooms go for about $500 to $550. More upscale complexes can have two-bedrooms listed up to $850 and $900 with three-bedrooms going for slightly more. Nearly all of the apartments in Belleville will offer Internet and cable with many properties boasting extra amenities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, patios, gardens, fitness centers and off-street parking. Many also have air conditioning, hardwood floors and big yard spaces. Apartments on the luxurious end will feature additional square footage and some will even include all utilities paid. Lease terms are fairly standard, ranging from six months to a year and a half. It isn’t difficult to find places that allow dogs and cats, though you’ll need to put money aside for a pet deposit. Special promotions are also common, such as offering the first month of rent for free, so keep an eye out – it may save you a couple hundred dollars.
With houses for rent, you also have plenty to choose from in Belleville. One thing that’s quite unique to this city is its great diversity in architecture. If you’re in the market for a rental home, you have good variety of choices. There’s everything from row houses to ranch style homes to beautiful, multiple story houses with American, Italian, Victorian and Gothic style building features.
Two-bedrooms are easy to find for about $850. You can rent a comfortable, three-bedroom ranch house for about $1000 a month. Four-bedroom rental houses will run in the $1300 to $1400 range. Duplexes are also a great option for folks who want something affordable but with more privacy and things like basements and a backyard.
Belleville is a great community to live in with fantastic people. There’s no doubt in our minds that you’ll find something to love in no time. Happy hunting!