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    Moving to DSM area

    I know this has been discussed in other threads and I read through them but most are around 1 year old.

    Background: I might be getting a job at DSM airport and have been looking around the DSM area for homes. I am married with one son (starting kindergarten this year) and another one on the way (due November).

    I want to live in Clive, West Des Moines, Urbandale or Norwalk to be near the south side of DSM and was just wondering what people's opinions are on these areas?

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    I was looking online at homes and there are a lot of homes I like in south DSM but the school system is the DSM Independent School District. I was told to stay away from DSM North, South, Lincoln, Rooselvelt, etc... So, is that the truth?

    Thanks for any help!



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Norwalk would be your least expensive option, and a quick jump to everywhere with the new Highway 5 bypass.



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Tank I was hoping this was a slideshow of females that are moving to Des Moines. Disappointed.


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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Quote Originally Posted by Tank View Post
    I know this has been discussed in other threads and I read through them but most are around 1 year old.

    Background: I might be getting a job at DSM airport and have been looking around the DSM area for homes. I am married with one son (starting kindergarten this year) and another one on the way (due November).

    I want to live in Clive, West Des Moines, Urbandale or Norwalk to be near the south side of DSM and was just wondering what people's opinions are on these areas?

    -Schools
    -Homes
    -Taxes
    -Fun things to do
    -Etc...

    I was looking online at homes and there are a lot of homes I like in south DSM but the school system is the DSM Independent School District. I was told to stay away from DSM North, South, Lincoln, Rooselvelt, etc... So, is that the truth?

    Thanks for any help!
    No interest in Beaverdale or Waveland Park. May I ask why?


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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    I currently live in Waterbury, fairly close to Roosevelt and other schools and very close to the airport. Talking to the neighbors, I have heard nothing but glowing reports on the schools and there is certainly no shortage of things to do. Plus, it's about 10 minutes to everything!



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

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    No interest in Beaverdale or Waveland Park. May I ask why?
    I may be biased cuz I live there but yes Beaverdale is a nice neighborhood but if he's going to be working at the airport somewhere close the bypass is a good choice...However..MLK is not very far from Beaverdale and may be closer than some of the stuff out west. I don't know much about the schools but I don't think Roosevelt is bad is it? Thought it was supposed to be pretty good? Or am I on crack?



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

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    No interest in Beaverdale or Waveland Park. May I ask why?
    I live in Beaverdale and while it is not a bad place to live there is no way in hell I am staying here long term and sending my future kids to Des Moines schools. Right now they'd be going to Meredith and Hoover which aren't exactly known as great schools. I hear Norwalk has good schools, probably one of the places we'll eventually look at.


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    No interest in Beaverdale or Waveland Park. May I ask why?
    Not sure if serious.


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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerdaddy View Post
    I may be biased cuz I live there but yes Beaverdale is a nice neighborhood but if he's going to be working at the airport somewhere close the bypass is a good choice...However..MLK is not very far from Beaverdale and may be closer than some of the stuff out west. I don't know much about the schools but I don't think Roosevelt is bad is it? Thought it was supposed to be pretty good? Or am I on crack?
    Clearly you are on crack, as everyone from Beaverdale is on crack.



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Quote Originally Posted by Tank View Post
    I know this has been discussed in other threads and I read through them but most are around 1 year old.

    Background: I might be getting a job at DSM airport and have been looking around the DSM area for homes. I am married with one son (starting kindergarten this year) and another one on the way (due November).

    I want to live in Clive, West Des Moines, Urbandale or Norwalk to be near the south side of DSM and was just wondering what people's opinions are on these areas?

    -Schools
    -Homes
    -Taxes
    -Fun things to do
    -Etc...

    I was looking online at homes and there are a lot of homes I like in south DSM but the school system is the DSM Independent School District. I was told to stay away from DSM North, South, Lincoln, Rooselvelt, etc... So, is that the truth?

    Thanks for any help!
    I don't know how this will come across but honestly it kind of depends on the kind of person you are. If you (or your wife) want to "keep up with the Jones's" then WDSM is right...but if you don't like the cookie cutter blocks where every house is the same...some more established neighborhoods may be for you. Or you could find a place in one of the smaller neighboring towns if you like that. It didn't sound like you were looking for an acreage or anything so that may be out. But given where you will be working...you have a ton of options for your "lifestyle"



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Roosevelt is a good school but has a very strange mix of kids. You've got the very wealthy "south of grand" kids and then you have some pretty low income kids.


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    Clearly you are on crack, as everyone from Beaverdale is on crack.
    I thought the water tasted a little funny.

    But seriously as a single dude with no kids...isn't Roosevelt well respected as a school?



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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I currently live in Waterbury, fairly close to Roosevelt and other schools and very close to the airport. Talking to the neighbors, I have heard nothing but glowing reports on the schools and there is certainly no shortage of things to do. Plus, it's about 10 minutes to everything!
    +1. It's no joke; the Waterbury/Roosevelt neighborhoods are about ten minutes from everywhere in the metro. And I've heard nothing but good things academically about Roosevelt and the elementary school right next door. But if you want to live in a newer home, then you might want to look elsewhere. It's a lot of older homes (pre-1930) that have all sorts of charm but can require a lot of maintenance.



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    East Des Moines would be great for you. Lots of interesting people, and you'd be close to the fairgrounds!


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    Re: Moving to DSM area

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    No interest in Beaverdale or Waveland Park. May I ask why?

    Honestly, didn't know about these areas or where they even are until looking at the map.

    We do not want the cookie cutter homes. We both want a nice neighborhood where the avg age is not retired so that my kids can play with kids there own age. We want an area that has mature trees and homes that all do not look the same (hence cookie cutter). We are not opposed to an acreage but I want my kids to be able to walk down the street to play and I have kinda grown custom to the city lifestyle and not necessarily the farm lifestyle on how I grew up.

    I don't know a thing about the DSM Independent School System. I was just saying what people; who live in Norwalk, Ankeny, West Des Moines have told me. Like I said, some of the best homes we found are in the Southwestern Hills area just NW of the airport but b/c of the schools, I was told to lean away.



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