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    Places to live in Ankeny?

    Anyone know of a good place to live in Ankeny? I currently live in Clive, but I am most likely (my choice, 85% sure) going to start working out of our Ames office (as opposed to West Des Moines). I will be in Des Moines (east side) a lot for non-work related business, so Ankeny seems like the most logical choice. I am looking for a place that is reasonably priced and of reasonable quality. Any places you would recommend? Know of anyone who needs a roommate? I'd like to have a few choices. My current lease is up at the end of December and wouldn't move until then. Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    You could move into my place, but I am sure MrsBrianHos would not like that. Unless you like to babysit.

    But sorry, I cannot help, I have not lived in an apt in 11 years.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Might be a good time to find a condo or townhouse. The Ankeny area is saturated with "for sale" listings. You could probably get a very good deal. I don't know the apartment situation very well in Ankeny, but we had friends who lived just west of Hy-Vee. They didn't seem to hate it.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Apartments in Ankeny are old and you will be surrounded by WT. Do not live in an apartment and do not by one of those Tritan townhomes.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Thanks for the replys everyone! I will not buy a townhome or a condo; it's my opinion they are a waste of money. If I'm were to purchase a residence, I would want a place with my own yard and no one on the other side of the wall. As for the Triton homes, I know what was used to build them and I will stay away.

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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Rent to Own a For Sale House...or do some house sitting for a seller.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Yeah there are tons of houses in ankeny to rent, find a roomate and rent a house!

    This housing bubble has to be great for renters.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Don't move...stay in Clive and drive to Ankeny. It's not like its that far.



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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    If you're aiming for an appartment I lived in Wanda Manor for a year (moved out this past April to move into a house). They are newer, pretty big and nice enough. Only pay electric and rent. Heat is free. Some units have washer and dryer hookups. Biggest drawback in my opinion is that the A/C unit is just a wall air conditioner that doesnt really succeed in cooling the back bedroom. The unit I rented was $700 a month, with one huge bedroom with a huge closet. And a small bed room.



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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Don't move...stay in Clive and drive to Ankeny. It's not like its that far.
    Yeah but he is going to work in Ames. Thus Ankeny is much easier. That is why we moved to Ankeny, I was working downtown, MrsBrianHos was working at Mary Greeley.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    Quote Originally Posted by khaal53 View Post
    If you're aiming for an appartment I lived in Wanda Manor for a year (moved out this past April to move into a house). They are newer, pretty big and nice enough. Only pay electric and rent. Heat is free. Some units have washer and dryer hookups. Biggest drawback in my opinion is that the A/C unit is just a wall air conditioner that doesnt really succeed in cooling the back bedroom. The unit I rented was $700 a month, with one huge bedroom with a huge closet. And a small bed room.
    $700 a month? My mortgage was only $795 a month.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

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    $700 a month? My mortgage was only $795 a month.
    Property Taxes, insurance, all utilities, maintenance, down payment? I know what you're getting at. My mortgage is much more than $700 but that was with 0% down...for some people it isnt feasible to buy. Townhomes and condos seem like they would fill that gap but a lot of people just hate them in general, plus the resale has to be terrible.



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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    I work in WDM, wife works in Ames. Ankeny is a great place to live for us.
    Really like our Rottlund Townhouse, but our family is starting to outgrow it. I'm a big fan of living maintennance free. And its nice to live at the intersection of 2, (1 for the nest 2 years) golf courses.


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    Re: Places to live in Ankeny?

    We live in the far North edge of town.. about as far north as you can get. I work in Ames/Story City and it makes the drive relatively easy.

    Dont forget they are adding another exit ramp onto I35 at the golf course on the north end of town.



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    Brother if you buy a condo/townhouse i will beat you down and banish you from hanging out in my east side neighborhood!!! lol



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