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:

Beds/Baths: 3/1
MLS # 552230
Very well maintained 3br home in the highly sought after Historic Valley Junction community. This recently updated 1.5 story home with 2 car garage has a partially fenced back yard, 3 seasons porch (outfitted with new windows), NEW FURNACE and AC. The kitchen and bath have both been updated with new cabinets, counters, sinks, and flooring. Large pantry. All appliances included. The DRY BASEMENT has plenty of room for any of your storage needs. Outside in the lovely yard, you will find the large storage/tool shed AND a in ground concrete storm/ fallout bunker. Contact your Realtor immediately to schedule a private showing cause it is sure to go quickly with this home being perfectly located near: West Des Moines schools, shopping, dining, groceries, seasonal farmer's market, highway access, and entertainment facilities.
Beds/Baths: 0/0
MLS # 457253
Prime retail, exceptional exposure at the entrance to West Des Moines Just off Grand Ave. / Served by railroad and Raccoon River / Possible Marina location / Value is in land / with Master Plan for development on record at WDM planning and zoning / Ideal location for Hotel, Retail, Multi use commercial / Panoramic river view with access to potential Marina site adjoining raccoon river/ 50th Street traffic signal and improvements currently under construction / Other DOT improvements and direct access into project are being reviewed / Tiff financing and other incentives / Buildings and house to be torn down / Conceptual plan only / Call listing agent for more details
Beds/Baths: 3/2
MLS # 544999
This attractive, warm, and inviting, two story home is located in a prime West Des Moines neighborhood. The home sits at the end of a culdesac, and has no neighbors behind it. Updated top to bottom with 2200+ sq. ft. of living space including 3 bedrooms with a 4th nonconforming in the finished basement.Walk in the front door to a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings, lots of natural lighting, and beautiful hardwood bamboo floors throughout. There are 3 large bedrooms on the second floor including the master with private en suite and custom closet doors. The finished basement offers a 4th nonconforming room with large family room, 2nd fireplace, and a custom wet bar. The backyard is fenced in with a brand new deck with built in LED lighting. Come make this house your home!
Beds/Baths: 0/0
MLS # 543676
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!
Beds/Baths: 3/2
MLS # 545937
Pack the moving truck, this home is move-in ready! This immaculate 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has new flooring, new paint, new bathroom updates, new deck and is on the corner of a cul-de-sac. The open kitchen/eating area/living room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace make this home cozy and ready for entertaining! The finished lower level walks out to a fenced in yard that has plenty of room for a fire pit, swing set or pool, etc. Great location!

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