Springfield, IL: 31 apartments available for rent

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Last updated June 28 at 9:24AM
1300 E Jackson
Mather and Wells Neighborhood Association
Springfield, IL
Updated June 10 at 10:13AM
4 Bedrooms
$1,050
1222 W Monroe St
Historic West Side
Springfield, IL
Updated June 26 at 6:04PM
2 Bedrooms
$675
1925 Gregory
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 24 at 8:09AM
3 Bedrooms
$850
1425 Martin Luther King
C. Lee Carey Neighborhood Association
Springfield, IL
Updated June 15 at 11:12PM
2 Bedrooms
$750
1214 Mossman
Historic West Side
Springfield, IL
Updated June 16 at 3:56AM
2 Bedrooms
$650
2125 E GRANDVIEW AVE
Grandview
Springfield, IL
Updated June 17 at 10:21AM
2 Bedrooms
$675
3044 Louise Lane
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 25 at 8:56AM
2 Bedrooms
$850
3725 N Peoria Rd
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated May 17 at 9:38AM
3 Bedrooms
$780
2434 S. 14th St.
Bunn Park
Springfield, IL
Updated June 10 at 9:54AM
2 Bedrooms
$780
1825 Martin Luther King Drive
C. Lee Carey Neighborhood Association
Springfield, IL
Updated June 15 at 11:33PM
3 Bedrooms
$850
2848 Stanton #4
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 21 at 9:46AM
2 Bedrooms
$600
505 White City BLVD - APT A
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated May 13 at 10:05AM
2 Bedrooms
$725
1820 S Whittier Ave
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 24 at 8:09AM
5 Bedrooms
$1,595
1608 Whittier
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 15 at 11:32PM
5 Bedrooms
$1,600
1716 S Walnut St
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 23 at 9:15AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
2004 Cormorant
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 22 at 9:08PM
2 Bedrooms
$1,375
1025 S. 19th St.
Springfield Far East District
Springfield, IL
Updated June 10 at 10:09AM
6 Bedrooms
$1,400
820 E Converse St
Springfield
Springfield, IL
Updated June 28 at 9:24AM
Studio
$550
601 N GRAND AVE E
Enos Park
Springfield, IL
Updated June 27 at 2:53AM
Studio
$1,000
831 Kenyon Dr.
Oaks
Springfield, IL
Updated June 15 at 11:32PM
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
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City Guide
Springfield
“Let’s do the time warp again …”

You might feel like you’ve stepped into an Antebellum Era time warp when you first see Springfield. A history buff’s paradise, Springfield is home to several sites and museums dedicated to its most well-known resident, Abraham Lincoln. Popular Honest Abe hotspots include his tomb, law office, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol Building, and the president’s long-time residence, which has been restored to its pre-Civil War appearance (sorry, apartment hunters, this one's not for rent). There’s undoubtedly a small town, apple-pie-and-picket-fence look and feel to Springfield.

“Big wheels, keep on turning …”

Your best bet for working, shopping, banking, and playing conveniently is via your own set of wheels, as the Springfield Mass Transit District is more suited for historic site-hopping tourists than daily commuters. Luckily, traffic jams pale in comparison to those in the big city, and parking spots are plentiful, even in the commuter-heavy downtown neighborhoods.

A Leaser’s Life

The cost of living in Springfield is more than 15 percentage points lower than the national average, and rental prices are among Illinois’ most affordable (less than $700). A few other things you might like to know before taking the Springfield plunge:

  • It’s not old. It’s distinguished … Historic homesteads (pre-1939) outnumber modern houses (1995 to present) by roughly 2.5 percent in Springfield, and in many neighborhoods, you won’t find a single freestanding house or apartment building built prior to the 1970s. There are a handful of redeveloped lofts and condos in and around downtown.

  • A buyer’s … er, renter’s … market … About 10 percent of residential properties in Springfield are vacant, and apartments are pretty much always available, so you can afford to be choosy. Most leases are for a full year, but 6-month and month-to-month leases are available as well at some complexes, especially those on the southeast side of Springfield. Apartment managers will typically want to see proof of income and proof of (positive) renting history, or, you’ll need a co-signer to help you score your dream pad.

Choosing your Stomping Grounds

Now the real fun part: deciding which part of town you want to call your own. To get a true feel for which ‘hoods have the vibe you desire, you should visit Springfield in person before signing the dotted line.

Generally, the southwest side of Springfield has blossomed most in recent years, and this is the area where you’ll find modernized housing/rental units. The Woodside neighborhood is in southeastern Springfield.

The downtown area, meanwhile, offers a variety of dwellings, from high rise apartments and luxury condos to vintage townhouses, bungalows, and older-than-old-school single-family detached homes. Easily the most walker-friendly and compact area of Springfield, downtown is an ideal choice for renters who either work in the inner city or just feel more comfortable in an urbanized environment. Rental prices vary, but if you have a thousand bucks a month set aside for room and board, you’re in good shape.

To the immediate north of downtown is Enos Park, whose tree-lined streets and abundance of historic homes make the neighborhood perhaps Springfield’s most scenic. The area has been redeveloped in recent years and now offers a variety of condominiums and apartments for rent, including some that are available in the mid-$600 range.

Other popular neighborhoods include the Historic West Side, Laketown, and the Lincoln Park area, each of which offers affordable, centrally-located lodgings.

If the shoe fits, wear it. And if the horseshoe looks tasty, eat it …

Chicago may have its deep-dish pizza pie and St. Louis its toasted ravioli, but Springfield boasts a culinary treat of its own: the horseshoe sandwich. Traditionally a concoction of two burgers sitting atop a pair of thick-sliced pieces of toast and covered with a mountain of fries and melted cheeses, the horseshoe sandwich is allegedly what made the Giant of Illinois so damn big in the first place (no, not really). In any case, it’s a delectable dish that you’re about to see on every menu in every restaurant you patronize.

And on that tasty note, you’re all set to begin your search. So welcome to the Land of Lincoln, and happy hunting!