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 # 546157
Enjoy summer evenings on the front porch of your new Rockwell 2 story townhome! Live a carefree lifestyle with no mowing or snow removal and access to the clubhouse and swimming pool! Only minutes from Jordan Creek Mall, dining, entertainment and freeway access. Pedestrian friendly area with sidewalks and bike trails. Yes, we are pet friendly! We can't wait to show you all that the Rockwell has to offer!
Beds/Baths: 3/2
MLS # 551327
Enjoy contemporary styling, high ceilings with exposed duct work, and wonderful views in the heart of the Jordan Creek Town Center. Take in the sighs and sounds of this West Des Moines hot spot from your spacious terrace, or relax in your open living room in front of your fireplace. This suite has 4 unique sliding maple wood walls so you can adjust your privacy and living space as you need to. The large windows allow plenty of natural light into your spacious home of over 2000 square feet of modern living! Over 400 sq ft Terrace.
Beds/Baths: 5/5
MLS # 545359
Many upgrades in this Custom 5 bedroom home on a cul-de-sac, this amazing home has a wrap around porch and backs to beautiful pond. New expansive deck is perfect for entertaining and relaxing while enjoying the view. Two story entryway welcomes all who enter. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, The Den/Study with french doors right off entryway. Huge windows let in lots of natural light. Kitchen contains large island, SS appliances, pantry, and wine fridge. Main floor laundry and drop zone. Upstairs 4 bedrooms two with a Jack and Jill bathroom the other bedroom has it’s own private bath. The Master is a private retreat with a en suite that has his and her separate sinks with walk-in shower and tub! Custom daylight basement with wet bar, projector with screen ,5th bedroom and bath! Home has Irrigation, Home Security System, and Central VAC. Waukee Schools, Walking distance Parks and Jordan Creek Town Center. Large Yard and Beautiful Views!
Beds/Baths: 0/0
MLS # 543692
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! Plat 1 scheduled to be ready in December 2017. Plat 2 scheduled to be ready summer of 2018!
Beds/Baths: 0/0
MLS # 433787
Maffitt Ridge is one of West Des Moines' most environmentally sensitive new developments. Consisting of 38 estate lots ranging from 0.92-2.902 acres with walkout, daylight, and flat lots still available. The neighborhood is heavily wooded with an abundance of wildflowers, native prairie grasses, wildlife, and paved walking trail. Located in West Des Moines School district this is one of the most private settings in the metro and just minutes away from all the conveniences of West Glen and Jordan Creek Town Center. This development is builder friendly and allows you to choose your own. Panoramic views and adjacent to Maffitt Lake with an 1,500 acre park and reservoir, fishing from public docks and 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Public services including: CITY SEWER, CITY WATER, street maintenance snow and garbage removal!

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