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When Al Green wrote the timeless classic "Take Me to the River," he could have been referring to the stretch of the river that meanders through the northern portion of outer southeast Des Moines. The Des Moines River creates several tributaries that run through the neighborhood. Creeks and streams provide sustenance for fertile soil that homeowners in the area use to grow thriving organic gardens. Recreational activities such as fishing and boating define the neighborhood, as does the close location to downtown Des Moines. The northern outer southeast section of Des Moines gives residents a bird's eye view of the spectacular skyline, which rises less than a mile from where the neighborhood begins.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Altoona, IA is $535 for a studio, $744 for one bedroom, $864 for two bedrooms, and $1,076 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Altoona has increased by 1.1% in the past year.

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$535
1 BR
674
$744
2 BR
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$864
3 BR
1,187
$1,076
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Ratings

29 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
13 Transit Score® Minimal Transit
31 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

The convenience of living so close to downtown means that outer southeast Des Moines residents can quickly reach the dining hot spots located in East Village. However, why make the trek downtown when you can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants in your own neighborhood? No other Des Moines restaurant does Chicago Deep Dish Pizza better than Scornovacca's. The menu includes a "make your own pizza" section featuring unique ingredients such as gyro lamb, sauerkraut and homemade taco meat. For fans of martinis and extensive wine lists, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse takes you back to the Rat Pack days of Sinatra, Martin and Davis. The sleek restaurant has an intimate ambiance that croons with panache. Johnny's famous iron skillet potatoes make an excellent choice for couples to share before they savor the mouth-watering juiciness of a Parmesan crusted New York Strip.

Sports bars dominate the nightlife in south Des Moines. Located near the western edge of outer southeast Des Moines, Francie's attracts fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes as well as locals who root for professional teams. The menu features a Philly Buffalo chicken sandwich that customers rave about. As another benefit of living so close to downtown, you have immediate access to the best live music venue in the upper Midwest, Wooly's. This vibrant concert hall showcases highly regarded regional and national bands that have received extensive media exposure. Dancing days are here again in the Court Avenue entertainment district. Put on your dancing shoes and dance away the blues at Jokers, where locally renowned disc jockeys spin the most popular tunes. Nearby Johnny's Hall of Fame has survived more than 30 years of Des Moines bar wars by providing an outstanding venue for watching sports and playing pool.

History

For decades after the founding of Des Moines, the area at the outer southeastern edge of the city remained fertile farmland that provided both sustenance and revenue for area residents. Constant flooding made the area uninhabitable until the Army Corp of Engineers designed natural levees to forestall the river's invasion. Small subdivisions eventually formed near the Des Moines River and the neighborhood then expanded east and south to border more established Des Moines communities.

Numerous art galleries operate in nearby East Village, which gives you a more leisurely way to enjoy fine art than by contending with crowds that visit the Des Moines Art Center. Located just north of the Des Moines River, the Des Moines Science Center features an IMAX theater that presents vivid narratives about the world's greatest scientific treasures. The Des Moines Science Center provides a day's worth of cultural pleasures for the entire family.

Transportation

Pedestrians stroll to the labyrinth of paved bicycle paths that cut through the neighborhood from downtown and nearby Gray's Lake. Why should you bother with heavy traffic congestion on Indianola Avenue and Southwest 9th Street when you can ride on two wheels to and from work in less time? Des Moines keeps the bike paths in pristine condition to ensure your bike does not succumb to shoddy pavement. You also can secure your bike at one of the many bike racks the city strategically places throughout downtown, instead of paying exorbitant daily fees to park your vehicle.

Prompt cab and Uber services provide residents of outer southeast Des Moines with two transportation options not readily available to most other area neighborhoods. Most of the cab companies operate downtown, which sits a mere few minutes away from your outer southeast Des Moines home. With the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority's centrally located bus hub less than two miles from the northern half of outer southeast Des Moines, you enjoy quick access to every downtown attraction by taking either the number 6 Indianola Avenue or number 7 Southwest 9th bus. At the bus hub, you connect with other routes that take you virtually anywhere in the Des Moines metro area. Many residents of the neighborhood choose alternative modes of transportation because the closest interstate sits more than five miles away.

Cost

Having a clear view of the majestic Des Moines skyline does not mean you have to pay a king's ransom for a one-bedroom apartment. In fact, the median monthly payment of a one-bedroom apartment in the northern half of outer southeast Des Moines runs only $623. However, you can expect to pay more than the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment the closer you live to downtown. The overall cost of living southeast of downtown runs about two percent higher than the average cost of living for the entire metropolitan area.

Public transportation costs $1.75 for a two-hour fare that permits one transfer to any of the other bus routes. For only $48 per month, you can ride the bus any time that you want. Due to the dearth of service stations in the neighborhood, gas prices run just about 2 percent higher than what the average American pays at the pump. Fueling your stressed out body with cold domestic draw beer only costs $2 for a 12-ounce chilled glass.

Shopping

Major shopping areas, such as Jordan Creek Town Center mall and downtown retail districts, blend with the charming appeal of East Village's small boutiques and locally-owned specialty stores. Located directly above the eco-friendly specialty store Green Goods for the Home, Chapter 2 sells handcrafted jewelry designed by Leah Hoffman and Linked Jewelry Designs. The women's specialty store also features environmentally friendly clothing and innovative accessories. Porch Light Antiques carries vintage furniture and other trinkets that turn drab rooms into conversation pieces. The store has received national exposure for its unique line of products that possess historical significance.

East Village also acts as the home for specialty grocers. East Village Pantry features an extensive lineup of ethnic food products, with an emphasis on selling hand-ground herbs and spices. New Oriental Food Store blends several Asian cuisines into a fusion themed grocery store. Many of the Asian chefs in the area visit the store to purchase items for their menu selections. Local chefs also support the Des Moines Farmers market, a seasonal market that promotes locally-grown organic produce and free-range raised meats.

Parks

Residents who call the northern half of outer southeast Des Moines home do not have to drive far to get away from the hectic urban lifestyle. Located on the western edge of the neighborhood, Gray's Lake provides year-round recreational activities that include fishing, boating and ice skating. While the park costs nothing to enter, you have to pay boat rental fees and an annual fee to fish. Numerous bike and walking trails slice through the park, with the bike trails comprising part of the Des Moines area bike trail network that takes avid cyclists to rural communities.

Canine lovers must leash their dogs at all times during their visits to Gray's Lake. Ewing Park, which operates on the south of outer southeast Des Moines, contains a four-acre park that allows your unleashed furry friend to socialize and romp around with his best friends. Ewing Park also includes more kid-friendly amenities than those found inside Gray's Lake Park.

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Bridlewood Apartments
100-112 5th Ave NW, Altoona, IA 50009
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2 wks
$679 - 900 1-3 Bed Available Now
866-610-2200
Oakland Pointe
615 17th Ave NW, Altoona, IA 50009
1 / 61
4 days
$695 - 905 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
866-811-1458
Rock Creek Condos
1827 34th Ave, Altoona, IA 50009
1 / 36
4 days
$995 - 1,095 2-3 Bed Not Available
855-245-2606
Linden Oaks by Redwood
437 Elgin Ln, Altoona, IA 50009
1 / 15
4 days
$1,299 - 1,749 2 Bed Available Now
844-834-0051
Altoona Towers
1414-1616 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
1 / 40
2 wks
$1,074 - 1,734 Studio - 4 Bed Available Now
844-799-0591
Park Winds Apartments
3604 E Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
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$632 - 950 1-3 Bed Not Available
888-406-7126
Ironwood
2570 1st Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009
1 day
$790 - 1,350 1-3 Bed Available Now
515-346-6490
Altoona Terrace
1002-1108 4th St SW, Altoona, IA 50009
1 day
$495 - 725 Studio - 2 Bed Not Available
844-235-0018
Prairie Woods
4014 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
2 days
$640 - 825 1-2 Bed Available Now
515-608-8439
Parkside East Apartments
3540 E Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
2 days
$620 - 1,000 1-3 Bed Available Now
866-906-5091
Centennial Place
901 7th Ave SE, Altoona, IA 50009
4 days
Call for Rent 1-3 Bed Available Soon
844-287-4995
Spruce Pointe
1000 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
1 wk
$574 - 844 Studio - 2 Bed Available Soon
866-811-1444
Venbury Trail Apartments
908 8th St SW, Altoona, IA 50009
1 wk
$660 - 900 1-3 Bed Available Now
866-323-8628
Bridlewood Apartments
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Hilltop
3720 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
$770 2 Bed Available Now
844-801-4268
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Golf View Apartments
5115 NE 23rd Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
$775 - 1,200 1-3 Bed Available Now
515-337-8812
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Altoona Park Apartments
351 2nd St NW, Altoona, IA 50009
$790 - 975 2-3 Bed Available Now
844-572-0982
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Triple Crown Apartments
1030 Greenway Ct, Altoona, IA 50009
$689 - 979 1-3 Bed Available Now
844-240-9520
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3607 E 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50317
$1,295 House for Rent Available 09/15/17
515-360-1795
1 wk
2345 3rd Ave SW
Altoona, IA 50009
$1,350 Townhome for Rent Available 10/01/17
515-635-3552

Apartments for Rent in Outer SE Des Moines N, Altoona, IA

When Al Green wrote the timeless classic "Take Me to the River," he could have been referring to the stretch of the river that meanders through the northern portion of outer southeast Des Moines. The Des Moines River creates several tributaries that run through the neighborhood. Creeks and streams provide sustenance for fertile soil that homeowners in the area use to grow thriving organic gardens. Recreational activities such as fishing and boating define the neighborhood, as does the close location to downtown Des Moines. The northern outer southeast section of Des Moines gives residents a bird's eye view of the spectacular skyline, which rises less than a mile from where the neighborhood begins.

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