Post # 1
I just received a job offer in the Quad Cities and will be relocating in a couple months (June or July most likely). We would like to rent a house with a fenced yard (any size will work) because we have two dogs. Additionally, we would like to have a garage so we don’t have to deal with digging our cars out of the snow in the winter. We don’t have any kids so we’re not concerned with the schools in the area. We would like to stay under $1200/month if possible, ideally under $1000/month. I’ve done a little research about the best areas to live. It seems like the best area to live in is Bettendorf but most of the houses are a little out of our price range. It seems like we can get a better bang for our buck in Davenport, Moline or Rock Island. Are there certain parts of each town that we should avoid? Any help would greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
I live in Davenport and have lived in the area a long time. Bettendorf is definitely the best area, but more expensive than Davenport. I would avoid the Illinois side, particularly Rock Island. Taxes are outrageous in Illinois which impacts the cost of gas.
Before I suggest you totally eliminate Illinois, what side of the river is your job on? The bridge situation between Iowa and Illinois can be a mess some days, so you might be wise to look for a house in the state where your job is. Especially when they are working on the bridges, which seems to be all the time.
There are nice areas in Davenport as long as you stay north of Locust Street. The farther north the better. That seems to be the dividing area between the safe areas and the dicier areas.
I manage duplexes for my boss, and a two bedroom townhouse with garage runs between $825.00 and $1,050 depending on the footage of the unit. So I believe $1000 is probably reasonable. Sometimes it is difficult to find a rental that will accept dogs.
Good luck in your move. Be prepared though as the winters can be brutal. This last winter was the worst we have experienced in quite a few years.
Post # 3
Thank you so much for your help! My job is in Rock Island right on the river. I’ve tracked the commute during rush hour times on google maps from various locations on the IA side and it doesnt seem like I should have any issue having a commute less than 20 minutes. Currently I have a 30 minute commute without traffic, and on average it takes me about 45 minutes during peak rush hour times. I’d rather have a little longer commute if it means living in a better area.
Are there any areas on either side that allow for walking distance to restaurants and/or bars or are these areas mainly full of college students? Besides the brutal winters, anything else we should be prepared for?
Post # 4
If you are coming from a larger city, this bridge will be a piece of cake. I came from awful traffic in St. Louis, so what was considered a traffic jam here was laughable. However, the longer you are away from big city traffic, the less tolerant you become.
A lot of the downtown areas are coming back since they are turning all the old buildings into loft apartments. Downtown Davenport was dead until recently, and now new restaurants and bars are popping up since there are now so many (most young people and college students) living in the lofts.
You might look into some of the outlying areas such as Blue Grass, Dewitt or Eldridge in Iowa – these are very nice areas away from the cities all on interstates with very little traffic. We lived in Blue Grass for a long time and it took about 20 minutes to work. Now I am only 5 minutes away, which is great.
I am less familiar with the outlying areas in Illinois – we have people in our office that live in Rapid City, Andalusia and Cordova, but I can’t tell you what the housing situation is in those areas. In my opinion, Rock Island really isn’t the most appealing area – there a lot of nasty areas and I don’t know anyone who lives there. Moline is nicer, but for whatever reason I prefer the Iowa side.
If you do much traveling by air, it can be frustrating to get where you want to go. Living in St. Louis you could pretty much fly anywhere in the world without too much trouble, and that is definitely not the case at the Quad City Airport.
Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Overall, it is a satisfying place to live.