West Des Moines
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From its inception, the City of West Des Moines has endeavored to provide the best possible services to its citizens. The City has been recognized by several national publications and a metro-wide publication as a great place to live and conduct business. It has grown from an 1893 railroad town known as Valley Junction with a population of 500 to a hub of commerce and premier living.
Throughout the year, citizens and visitors to West Des Moines can treat themselves to activities that meet every taste and lifestyle. West Des Moines offers a plethora of exciting and varied shopping options that includes Valley Junction where local shops line a history downtown street. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, the Jordan Creek Town Center features national and local brands every shopper will enjoy. West Glen Town Center combines the best of both worlds with a variety of shops, fitness centers, restaurants and loft style apartments.
If spending time outside is what you’re looking for, West Des Moines has over 1200 acres of parks and open spaces, which includes the 632 acre Raccoon River Park. The park, located in the southeast part of the city, is the "crown jewel" of West Des Moines and offers ample swimming, fishing, boating, biking and picnicking activities for visitors. Raccoon River Park is also home to the West Des Moines Soccer Club, recreational sports teams, the Raccoon River Nature Lodge and an off-leash dog park. When you want to beat the heat of summer, you can head over to the Holiday Aquatic Center or the Valley View Aquatic Center. Both facilities offer water slides, pools, a lazy river and other wet and wild activities for people of all ages.
West Des Moines is also home to a variety of events during the year. Starting in May, A-May-Zing Days is the community’s biggest celebration ever with events and activities spread across all corners of the city throughout the entire month of May like Festivale Cinco de Mayo, farmers markets, Music in the Junction, the Principal Charity Golf Classic, The Spring Art Market and others. Illumnifest is held in September and is a fall festival of lights that features paper lantern lightings, carnival rides, food, drinks and live music. The Valley Junction Farmers Market features over 100 vendors and generally runs May through the end of September/early October. Here you can enjoy music, purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, sample area wines and enjoy delicious home baked goods.
For more information on everything there is to see and do in West Des Moines, check out the City of West Des Moines website, the Valley Junction website and the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce website.
Just a short drive from West Des Moines, you can also find all of Des Moines Metro Area's featured destinations like the as Blank Park Zoo, the Iowa Cubs, the Science Center of Iowa, the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Des Moines Farmers Market. You can find more inforation about events and entertainment around the Des Moines Metro area on the Catch Des Moines website.
Interested in moving to West Des Moines? Check out the most current list of West Des Moines homes for sale and come see for yourself why this city has everything you could ask for in a place to call home and then some!
West Des Moines Homes for Sale:
MLS # 543684
West Des Moines’ newest development features 72 executive single family lots including walkout, daylight, cul-de-sac, and lots backing to 32.5 acres of prairie/green space. Enjoy the views and mature trees surrounding this development. Prime location with amenities that include Raccoon River Park, easy access to Interstate 35, Jordan Creek Elementary, West Des Moines library, Scenic Valley Park, and a quick drive to West Des Moines restaurants and shopping centers. Neighboring Raccoon River Park is 630 acres of parkland providing access to a swimming beach, fishing pier, boat ramp, dog park, walking/bike trails, play areas, picnic shelters, nature lodge, and ice rink. West Des Moines Schools! Bring your own builder!
MLS # 548936
Looking for character and warmth, in a newer townhome? Here it is! Custom details have been added throughout this spacious townhome in walking distance to Jordan Creek area amenities. Welcoming, wide front porch and extra space on side yard provide great outdoor living, plus community greenspace is right out the front door. Indoors, custom trim that gives this home a great vibe. More than 2200 square feet of inviting living space. Custom stained glass cabinet doors and stainless steel backsplash in kitchen, fanciful light fixtures. Two bedrooms and two baths on the main level, along with living room, dining area and large laundry room. Extra parking in front for guests, plus 2 car garage. Kitchenette, family room, bedroom and full bath in lower level expand the possibilities! Great teen or guest suite, or entertaining space. One of a kind!
MLS # 555052
COME HOME TO THIS QUIET CUL-DE-SAC SO CONVENIENT TO I-35, SCHOOLS AND SHOPPING!! STEP INTO A TWO STORY ENTRY, OPEN STAIRCASE. A GENEROUS KITCHEN WITH PLENTY OF EAT AT BAR SPACE, DINING AREA LOOKS INTO A VERY LARGE FIRST FLOOR GREAT ROOM WITH FIREPLACE. A DINING ROOM SPACIOUS ENOUGH TO HOLD YOUR DINING SET. UPSTAIRS OFF A CENTAL HALL PLAN IS A MASTER BEDROOM WITH WALK IN CLOSET AND FULL BATH. TWO OTHER BEDROOMS. FULL HALL BATH AND LAUNDRY ROOM FINISH OUT THE UPPER LEVEL. IN THE WALK OUT BASEMENT IS A FAMILY ROoM WITH SECOND FIREPLACE, POSSIBLE GUEST ROOM/ OFFICE , 3/4 BATHROOM AND STORAGE ROOM. THE PATIO OFF THE SLIDER WALKS OUT TO THE FENCED BACK YARD.
MLS # 533637
Grayhawk Homes does it again! Another Village of Ponderosa GEM with master bedroom on the main level! HUGE kitchen with tons of cabinet space and large island. All soft close cabinets and a walk in pantry! Vaulted family room with gas fireplace. 2 more large bedroom upstairs with additional loft/office space.
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MLS # 546338
Looking for something different? This Bennett plan has everything you need on one floor plus, your own Private Outdoor Courtyard and a second Master Suite with Bath above. Enjoy the Pool, Clubhouse and Pickle Ball Court while we take care of the Irrigation, Lawn Care and Snow Removal. For a personal tour, call your Realtor or stop by Open House every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00.