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    Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    For those of you that live in these cities, what is your opinion of the towns and the North Polk school district. I had a post up on CF awhile ago about Huxley, but the more we look the more we like thes towns. We have the banking process pretty well done, just need to select a home and just wanted thoughts!

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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    For those of you that live in these cities, what is your opinion of the towns and the North Polk school district. I had a post up on CF awhile ago about Huxley, but the more we look the more we like thes towns. We have the banking process pretty well done, just need to select a home and just wanted thoughts!

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    I don't live in any of these towns, but I have been to every one of them. All are pretty good, but I would have to give the edge to Polk City, followed by Alleman. There are more things to do in Polk City than Elkhart and Alleman.

    The North Polk School district is pretty good as well. The elementary school is in Polk City if I remember right.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    Polk City is pretty appealing, in my opinion. Close to DM and Ankeny. Near the lake.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    There is an elementary in Polk City for those kids, and the rest of the 3 towns go to the elementary in Alleman. I'm in PC and like the small town/school district atmosphere yet it's easy trip to Ames and Des Moines.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    true but North Polk is a 2A district. Try going for a 4A district like Des Moines, Urbandale, Southeast Polk, West Des Moines, Johnston, or Ankeny.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    Definitely would recommend Polk City unless you've got active high school kids. A few stores and shops, a few eating places and a great golf course. Big Creek and Saylorville are minutes away. If you've got high school kids and they're in a lot of activities you might consider Alleman and a place called Alleman Estates I believe a mile south of Alleman and 5 miles north of Ankeny. The high school is in Alleman.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    AntiSnob, these are honest questions and not a slam. What size high school did you attend? What is wrong with a 2A school? I attended one. My son attended different one. We both agree that the small schools were great and given a choice we would do it again.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    One thing to consider is that Polk City is also the farthest away from any grocery stores or anything. Alleman and Elkhart are pretty close to North Ankeny.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    My daughter has a townhouse in Polk City that she is about to put on the market. 2 brm, 2 car garage, full basement, wood deck, 1/2 block from the elementary school.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    Quote Originally Posted by AntiSnob View Post
    true but North Polk is a 2A district. Try going for a 4A district like Des Moines, Urbandale, Southeast Polk, West Des Moines, Johnston, or Ankeny.
    I personally agree with you. I went to a hick 3-a school ( carlisle) and would have rather attended Lincoln.


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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    I have a cousin who lives in Elkhart. They have a family with young kids and love living in Elkhart.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    l Lived in Elkhart for a year and it was okay, nothing great. The train going through town all the time was an irritation, however if you get in the new development it might not be as bad. Elkhart really didn't have anything real great about it. Out of all the towns I've lived in it was probably the most bland-nothing to do town I've ever seen. At least your close to Ankeny, I guess that is a positive.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    I played sports against North Polk in High School, just in the last few years. They were one of the best all around schools for its size in the area. They have a very good athletic department, especially in baseball and softball. They're bball teams have been very good in the past years, and they were ranked my senior year. They also have a better educational department than many of the schools in the area. It is also nice to be close to Ankeny. Polk City is also a very nice town. With two really nice parks, Big Creek and Saylorville.



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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    Quote Originally Posted by AntiSnob View Post
    true but North Polk is a 2A district. Try going for a 4A district like Des Moines, Urbandale, Southeast Polk, West Des Moines, Johnston, or Ankeny.
    Quote Originally Posted by Longhorns3131 View Post
    I personally agree with you. I went to a hick 3-a school ( carlisle) and would have rather attended Lincoln.
    Did either of you actually stop to think before you posted? Like maybe there's a reason the OP is asking about these specific towns vs. the DM area? City life is not something everybody wants. The towns mentioned are smaller, quieter communities that are still within a reasonable distance of the services provided by a larger metro area like DM. Very appealing to many people. No reason to be condescending to someone looking for a different lifestyle.


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    Re: Elkhart/Alleman/Polk City

    This isn't even a question... you live in PC. It's SO MUCH BETTER then either of the other two. There is more to do, better community, close to Johnston and Ankeny... PC it is... Not even close. I lived in PC for almost 4 years.. GREAT city and awesome school district.



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