Rent to Own Homes in Council Bluffs, IA

Located just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska, Council Bluffs is a small, thriving community that takes pride in maintaining its own identity. After all, the city not only predates its larger neighbor by more than a decade, but it is also the historic starting point of the Mormon Trail, as well as a major national railway hub. A number of successful casinos, including Harrahs Council Bluffs, have sprung up in recent years, increasing the citys financial and cultural opportunities.

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Council Bluffs, IA 51503

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Housing Statistics

Of the nearly 25,000 homes and apartments in Council Bluffs, about 35% are renter-occupied. At any given time, approximately 8.5% of the total rental homes are vacant. Compared to national averages, real estate prices are quite affordable for all types of properties, including single family dwellings, apartments, and rent to own houses. The median sales price for residential homes in the city is $141,500, while rental rates hover around $694 per month.

Outdoor Activities

Theres plenty to do outdoors, particularly in and around water. The Missouri River provides residents with plenty of boating, fishing and recreational opportunitiestheres even a riverboat casino. The expansive Lake Manawa State Park features camping, boating, fishing, swimming and sunbathing. Council Bluffs also offers a wide range of natural areas and historic sites, including Stan Bahnsen Park and the Golden Spike monument.

Local Sports

The Mid-America Center (MAC) in Council Bluffs is a 6,700-seat arena that hosts a variety of entertainment and sporting events. Formerly the home of the Iowa Blackhawks Arena Football team, the MAC has recently hosted the Omaha Rollergirls, as well as USHL hockey. High school sports are something of an obsession in the area, with rabid local followings for St. Albert, Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Central and Thomas Jefferson varsity programs.

Neighborhoods in Council Bluffs

Though Council Bluffs is itself a relatively small suburban town, there are distinct neighborhood divisions. Most are fairly historic and served as settlement homes for various groups of railway workers. A few of the most notable areas include:

  • The West End, which lies east of the Missouri River and near the Union Pacific Transfer rail yards. The mature, tree-lined streets, historic Central Missouri River bridge and turn of the century architecture are inspiring enough to have made their way into such films as "Citizen Ruth" and "About Schmidt."
  • Madison Avenue/Woodbury Avenue, with its low 4.3% vacancy rate, is popular with the citys families and is a surprisingly good area to find rent to own homes. Theres a lot of dining and shopping nearby, including the busy Mall of the Bluffs.
  • The South End is known locally as "Little Copenhagen." The venerable neighborhood features the RailsWest Railroad Museum and the Longfellow School.
  • Oakland/Fairview is the home of the Lincoln Monument, which commemorates the spot where our 16th president established the location of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1859.
  • Dumfries is located on the eastern side of Council Bluffs and includes newer homes than other parts of the city. While average home values exceed $170,000, rental rates are affordable at just over $610 per month. With the good cost of living, this is an excellent area to consider a rent to own situation.