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    Living in & around Des Moines

    I'm looking for some objective insights/opinions on Des Moines and some of the surrounding communities... West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Norwalk, Indianola, Waukee, Pleasant Hill.

    For a youngish family moving there, which part(s) of Des Moines and/or surrounding communities (such as the ones named above) would you recommend and why? Which would you avoid?

    Any input would be much appreciated.



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Grimes wouldn't be a bad alternative either



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    You came to the wrong spot for objective insights on towns. This will quickly turn into a bash Ankeny, or bash Waukee fest.


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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by tec71 View Post
    You came to the wrong spot for objective insights on towns. This will quickly turn into a bash Ankeny, or bash Waukee fest.
    Ah. Well, sorry?



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    I'm looking for some objective insights/opinions on Des Moines and some of the surrounding communities... West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Norwalk, Indianola, Waukee, Pleasant Hill.

    For a youngish family moving there, which part(s) of Des Moines and/or surrounding communities (such as the ones named above) would you recommend and why? Which would you avoid?

    Any input would be much appreciated.
    I'm just curious why you're not considering Beaverdale/Waveland Park area?


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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by tec71 View Post
    You came to the wrong spot for objective insights on towns. This will quickly turn into a bash Ankeny, or bash Waukee fest.
    Well, the Ankeny part is true...

    Been ages since I've tried commuting from the east. But from what I regularly see and my wife has to endure, if you work downtown, coming in from the west can be pretty frustrating. As frustrating as Des Moines can be anyway. If you're coming from Chicago or somewhere... no worries.

    Alot more newer stores, restaurants going up in the WDM/Waukee area.

    But I've been here for 16 years now. I really don't see a whole lot of difference between the subs.

    Norwalk has a very small town feel to it, but is only a couple miles from Des Moines. IMO, Indianola feels like a haul. But I work NW so for me, it's true.

    Depends what you're looking for. Alot of established neighborhoods in WDM, Ankeny, Clive. IMO - Waukee, parts of Ankeny & WDM feel like cookie-cutter-ville.


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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    I live in Windsor Heights area and love it.


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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    I'm looking for some objective insights/opinions on Des Moines and some of the surrounding communities... West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Norwalk, Indianola, Waukee, Pleasant Hill.

    For a youngish family moving there, which part(s) of Des Moines and/or surrounding communities (such as the ones named above) would you recommend and why? Which would you avoid?

    Any input would be much appreciated.
    In April we moved to the west edge of Johnston, just off HWY 141. Location is perfect; work in WDM only takes 10 mins, close to everything, yet still somewhat of a 'country' feel being that we're surrounded by cornfields and open areas.

    Downside, HWY 141 sucks! I can go 8 miles from Jordan Creek Parkway/i80 to the HWY 141 exit, in the same time it takes me to go 2 miles from the HWY 141 Exit to the second stoplight!



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Depends. Do you want a house with "character" (aka old)? Do you want more quiet living or closer to malls, etc?

    How much are you looking to spend?

    There are probably things you should list if you want an objective opinion.



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone1985 View Post
    In April we moved to the west edge of Johnston, just off HWY 141. Location is perfect; work in WDM only takes 10 mins, close to everything, yet still somewhat of a 'country' feel being that we're surrounded by cornfields and open areas.

    Downside, HWY 141 sucks! I can go 8 miles from Jordan Creek Parkway/i80 to the HWY 141 exit, in the same time it takes me to go 2 miles from the HWY 141 Exit to the second stoplight!
    Could not agree with this more...



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    hawk fan = east side



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Each suburb location has it's positives/negatives but a lot depends on the specific location in each suburb.

    We moved to Johnston about 10 years ago, before that we lived in West Des Moines. When it came to buy a new house 4 years ago we considered Grimes, Waukee, West Des Moines, and Clive. We don't have kids so schools were not a big consideration but I don't think there is a lot of difference between the quality of education. After looking at a bunch of house/locations we were pretty set on Grimes or Waukee. At the time it seemed land prices were a lot higher in Johnston so we really didn't look here. Then a brand new house showed up on the market that met all our criteria in Johnston.

    Looking back I'm happy we chose Johnston. We're in a development that has a lot more expensive homes which should help resale, the house is what we wanted, we're relatively close to 8-/235, traffic isn't a problem, the Johnston city planners seem to know what they are doing, etc.

    With that said, we would have probably been happy with the same house in Waukee, Clive, WDM, or Grimes as well.

    I think it's more important to find the right neighborhood when it comes to the western suburbs.


    As far as 141, I take it every day and never experience any delays but I leave the house at 5:30am.



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    I'm just curious why you're not considering Beaverdale/Waveland Park area?
    Pretty much just ignorance on my part. I know very little about the city, its neighborhoods or the surrounding areas. I've heard WDM is nice, just interested in what the surrounding smaller communities are like as well. Not that I wouldn't like to know more about the better neighborhoods in the city.



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    hawk fan = east side
    Nice. Lemme guess, the way way east side?



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    Re: Living in & around Des Moines

    I grew up on the west side and I don't think you could go wrong with any of them, WDM, Clive, Waukee. I agree some additional details would help, price range, do you have kids, where are you going to be working, what types of things would you like to be close to, etc.



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