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: 3/3
MLS # 548662
Stand alone Ranch Villas by Brothers Construction Iowa! No More Mowing, Watering or Moving Snow. These Amazingly Built & Designed Ranches Feature 3 Bedrooms, 3-Car Garage and ALL the Great Touches that will be sure to WOW! 2X6 Construction. Hardi-Plank Siding, 3.0 Energy Star Compliant. The Open Floor Plan has Beautiful Harwood Floors, Granite or Quartz in Kitchen & Bathrooms, Custom Trim and Cabinets. Kitchen Boast Large Center Island, Pantry & SS Appliances. Wooden Lockers off Garage Along with Access to Master Suite. Master Suite has Large Double Vanity, Tiled Shower & HUGE Walk-in Closet. Lower Level is Finished with 3rd Bedroom, Full Bathroom, Family Room with Fireplace & Full Wet Bar. For People That Want to Downsize Not Downgrade. Located in West Des Moines, Your Just Minutes from Shopping, Waukee Schools, Restaurants, Medical Facilities and Just Blocks from the Playground. $2,000 in Closing Costs Offered with our Preferred Lender. See Agent for Details.
Beds/Baths: 2/2
MLS # 555128
Welcome to this beautiful condo that you can own for less than rent! Located on SW side of Urbandale. Close to lots of Urbandale attractions like restaurants, retail and the movie theater. You will love the height of the ceilings that make this space feel very open. The screened in porch will be your favorite spot to hang out and relax on those nice summer nights! Master bedroom with own ensuite. Extra room that can be used as an office or another bedroom. Laminate flooring throughout with a grand corner fireplace. Updated bathrooms and kitchen with plenty of storage room. New AC unit and heater in 2014. Appliances included!
Beds/Baths: 6/8
MLS # 550214
Elegant custom 7,500' 2 story with 6 bedrooms and 8 baths on 1.2 acres backing up to woods. This home has all the features you would expect in a home of this quality such as: floor to ceiling windows in 2 story great room, formal living room and dining room, large laundry with separate pet shower. Subzero fridge, Dacor stove and Fisher Paykel 2 drawer dishwasher. Upstairs all 4 bedrooms have private baths as well as an additional room that can be used as an exercise room or kids study. The lower level is made for entertaining with a theatre room, kitchen, 2 large family rooms and an additional bedroom and 2 baths. Best of all this home is in one of the most convenient West Des Moines locations! Close to schools, shopping, churches, restaurants and major arterials. Call today for a private showing.
Beds/Baths: 4/3
MLS # 553250
Built by the award winning Meadowbrook Builders. This open concepts ranch has 4 beds/3 baths on the main level. 9 Ft ceilings on the main and basement. Kitchen has lots cabinets, SS appliances, W/I Pantry, quartz counters and tile back splash. The large island overlooks the DR. You can access the 12x12 covered deck right off the dinning room. Large living room with a Full Stone corner fireplace. Master bedroom with Tray ceiling and private bath. The master bath has dual vanity, tile shower and large W/I closet. The two spare bedrooms are separated by the hall bath. Drop zone with lockers right off garage entry. Basement includes a large family room w/ bar, 1 bed & 1 bath. 12 x 24 Tile, Hardwood and Carpet throughout the home. LP Siding and lots of stone on the front of the home. Ask listing agent today about closing costs with preferred lender.
Beds/Baths: 5/5
MLS # 554439
Beautiful 1.5 story on a quiet cul-de-sac with a private backyard that backs to trees. Located in Glen Oaks. Iowa's only gated golf community. Close to S gate for easy access to Grand & interstate. Stunning 2 story entry. Complete kitchen renovation with center island with backlit granite top, cabinets with one of a kind glass insets. Spacious eating area overlooks new deck. 'T' staircase. Bamboo floor with new subfloor in kitchen, laundry, foyer & master bedroom. Italian tile with new subfloor in living room, dining room & sitting room/study. Enjoy the fireplace in the hearth room. Master Bath with tile shower and whirlpool. Lower Level includes a large bar, full refrigerator, dishwasher, built in entertainment center, bedroom and bath. New Geothermal heating and cooling system. All Audio, attached/mounted TV's to be included along with the pool table. Newer roof, hot water heater, water softener, & exterior paint.

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