Des Moines, Iowa Real Estate Des Moines, Iowa Community Guide
About Des Moines
Iowa’s capital city is unforgettable for many reasons. U.S. News listed Des Moines, Iowa as the 4th best place to live in the country. According to Business Wire, it’s the “number one spot for U.S. insurance companies” and the third-largest “insurance capital” of the world.
Des Moines also plays an important role in the presidential primary cycle as the site of the first caucus. In addition to its political impact, Des Moines is also home to Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, Ruan Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Beautiful historic architecture, a thriving economy, cost-effective living, and plenty of entertainment options for the entire family: It’s no wonder Des Moines, Iowa is one of the best places to live in the country.
Who Lives in Des Moines
The thriving job market, low cost of living, and entertainment options have attracted many young professionals to Des Moines. Studies show that many of the home buyers are between 25 and 34 years old.
Des Moines residents are well-educated and religious. Nearly 90 percent of residents over the age of 25 graduated from high school and a quarter received a bachelor’s degree. Half of the metro’s residents consider themselves religious. The common affiliations are Protestant, evangelical Protestant, and Catholic.
Des Moines, Iowa Demographics (For population 25 years and over in Des Moines):
- Population: 215,328 (according to 2016 census)
- Unemployment: 4.3% (according to 2016 census)
- Median Age: 34.5 (according to 2016 census)
- Medium income: $49,203 (according to 2016 census)
- High school or higher: 84.8%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 25.2%
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.6%
- Median Home Value: $126,100
- Average Commute Time: 17.7 min
Real Estate in Des Moines, Iowa
Real estate prices in Des Moines proper are well below the national average. Downtown, housing costs tend to be especially reasonable. Housing prices increase in the suburban areas surrounding downtown Des Moines.
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Median Home Value: $139,058
Average Rent: $953 per month
Single Family Homes sold in Des Moines in 2017: 9,438
Single Family New Construction Homes sold in Des Moines in 2017: 1,680
The average price of a new construction home in 2017: $349,000.
Popular Neighborhoods in Des Moines:
- City Center
- E Euclid Ave / E 29th St
- Merle Hay Rd / Urbandale Ave
- E Euclid Ave / E 26th St
- Watrous Ave / Fleur Dr
- Grand Ave / Tonawanda Dr
- Forest Ave / Beaver Ave
- E University Ave / Hubbell Ave
- SE 22nd St / Hartford Ave
- University Ave / 31st St
Education in Des Moines
Grade School – High School
The Des Moines Public Schools district is the largest community school district in Iowa with 33,057 students enrolled as of the 2017-2018 school year. The district consists of 63 schools: 38 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 5 high schools (East, Hoover, Lincoln, North, and Roosevelt), and 10 special schools and programs.
Portions of Des Moines are served by Carlisle Community Schools, Johnston Community School District, the Southeast Polk Community School District, and the Saydel School District. Grand View Christian School is the only private school within Des Moines proper.
Colleges and Universities
Des Moines also has three four-year private colleges: Drake University, Grand View University, and Mercy College of Health Sciences.
The University of Iowa has two satellite facilities in the city; Simpson College, Upper Iowa University, and William Penn University also maintain classroom facilities in suburban locations. For-profit colleges with classrooms in the area include ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan University, and Vatterott College.
Des Moines Area Community College is the area’s community college with campuses in Ankeny, Des Moines, and West Des Moines.
The city is also home to Des Moines University, an osteopathic medical school.
Recreation in Des Moines
Des Moines provides countless recreational activities for the entire family.
76 city parks
Trails and Walking Paths: the site for all trail maps in and near Des Moines, Iowa
From downtown Des Moines, the Neil Smith and John Pat Dorrian Trails are 28.2-mile paved recreational trails that connect Gray’s Lake northward to the east shore of Saylorville Lake, Big Creek State Park, and the recreational trails of Ankeny including the High Trestle Trail.
The Water Works Park recreational trails link to downtown Des Moines. These trails connect to Valley Junction and the recreational trails of the western suburbs: Windsor Heights, Urbandale, Clive, and Waukee. The 18-mile Great Western Trail also begins in Water Works Park.
In addition to the 45 miles of trails, the newly completed Principal Riverwalk runs along the Des Moines River downtown. This 1.2-mile looping trail is lit making it the perfect setting for an evening stroll.
Additional trails near downtown Des Moines:
City Parks and Recreational Facilities:
The trails surrounding the city lead to many nearby recreational facilities.
|Birdland Park and the Birdland Marina/Boat Ramp||2100 Saylor Rd, Des Moines, IA 50313|
|The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden||909 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|*Gray’s Lake||2101 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50315|
|McHenry Park||1012 Oak Park Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313|
|Pete Crivaro Park||1105 E Railroad Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Principal Riverwalk||115 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Riverview Park||710 Corning Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313|
|Union Park and its Heritage Carousel of Des Moines||1801 Pennsylvania Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309|
*Gray’s Lake, part of the 167 acres of Gray’s Lake Park, features a boat rental facility, fishing pier, floating boardwalks, and a park resource center. Located just south of the downtown, the centerpiece of the park is a lighted 1.9-mile (3.1 km) Kruidenier Trail, encircling it entirely.
|Anytime Fitness Downtown Des Moines||300 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines|
|Max Oxygen Crossfit Downtown||1901 Bell Avenue, Des Moines|
|Planet Fitness||3405 SE 14th Street, Des Moines|
|TGR Fitness||455 SW 5th St., Suite A, Des Moines|
|Wellmark YMCA||501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines|
Entertainment in Des Moines
80/35 Music Festival: July 6-7
Des Moines Art Festival: June 22-24
Blue Ribbon Bacon Fest: February 16
Des Moines Beer Week: June 16
Downtown Farmers’ Market: May 5 – October 27 (Saturday, 7:00 am-noon)
Festival of Trees and Lights: November 21-25
ImaginEve!: December 31
Jolly Holiday Lights: November 23 – December 29
Iowa’s Premier Beer: November 9-10
Iowa State Fair: August 9-20
Oktoberfest: September 28-29
World Food & Music Festival: September 14-16
Winefest: June 2-9
Wild Rose Film Festival: May 12-19
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Drake Relays Parade, Capitol City Pride Parade, Iowa State Fair Parade, Labor Day Parade, and Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade.
Activities and Entertainment Places in Des Moines
|Des Moines Art Center||4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines|
|Blank Park Zoo||7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines|
|Brenton Skating Plaza||1824, 520 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines|
|Escape Chambers||338 SW 6th St, Des Moines|
|Des Moines Civic Center||221 Walnut St, Des Moines|
|Science Center of Iowa||401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines|
|Pappajohn Sculpture Park||1330 Grand Ave, Des Moines|
|Up Down: Des Moines Arcade Bar||500 E Locust St, Des Moines|
Sporting Events in Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa is home to many professional minor league teams and Drake University. Sports Business Journal ranked Des Moines #1 for Minor League sports.
In addition to its collegiate and minor league sports, Des Moines hosts the Principal Charity Classic, a Champions Tour golf event held at Wakonda Club each year. The IMT Des Moines Marathon, consisting of three days of activities, is held throughout the city in October.
Iowa Cubs (AAA minor league baseball)
Iowa Barnstormers (professional indoor football)
Des Moines Bucs (United States Hockey League)
Iowa Wild (American Hockey League)
Iowa Wolves (NBA G League)
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Restaurants in Des Moines
With its rapid growth, Des Moines has become a hotspot for restaurateurs. The city hosts the restaurants of some of the Midwest’s hottest chefs!
|801 Chophouse||801 Grand Ave #200, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Alba Restaurant||524 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Americana||1312 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Bubba||200 10th St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Centro||1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|**Chicago Speakeasy||1520 Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313|
|Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company||309 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Eatery A||2932 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312|
|Exile Brewing Company||1514 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Gateway Market Cafe||2002 Woodland Ave Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312|
|**Harbinger||2724 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312|
|The Iowa Taproom||215 E 3rd St #100, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Malo||900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Proof Restaurant||1301 Locust St C, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|**RoCA||208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|**Simon’s||5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322|
|Splash Raw Oyster Bar||303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|**St. Kilda||300 SW 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309|
|Tursi’s Latin King Italian Restaurant||2200 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317|
|Vivian’s Diner & Drinks||400 Walnut St #101, Des Moines, IA 50309|
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