Moving to Des Moines

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  1. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    I realized something.

    My parents live in a big dense city and have a lake home. My in-laws have an acreage. Both sets of parents are moving into townhouses in the next year. So, as a family we're losing free and unlimited access to a lake home, a place to stay in a big city, and an acreage.

    I think part of my anxiety with looking at neighborhoods is because we had every option available to us through our parents. We could enjoy the city, the lake, and go four-wheeling anytime we wanted to. We were so lucky. Once they sell all their land we'll have nothing left except to a suburban home on a cul-de-sac. I'm sad all of those options are going away and I don't want to feel trapped.
     
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  2. BryceC

    BryceC Well-Known Member

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    Again on the neighborhood thing, and it seems like we go through this every year - I live in Ankeny in the prairie trail area. I live across the street from a park. My kids have been spending probably 3-5 hours a day outside at that park since it got nice. If I go out to eat, it's probably somewhere at the prairie trail district. I honestly don't do much outside of a 500 yard area from my house. I go downtown about as much as I did when I lived in Ames. You just have to find an area that works for you, and stereotyping entire cities seems a little bizarre.
     
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  3. AgronAlum

    AgronAlum Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you'll get lucky. My parents tried the townhouse thing and hated it so they flipped it and moved outside of town. My dad went nuts not having anything to take care of or space to breathe.
     
  4. dmclone

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    Sounds like it's time for you to buy an RV. I heard Cutty's has some open spots.
     
  5. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    Outer Limits is more than 500 yards from PT brah.
     
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  6. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    We actually looked at some houses in PT recently - I wouldn't mind living there except the price.
     
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  7. BigTurk

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    I did the same thing twice. My wife and I moved from Dubuque to Des Moines (Western Des Moines. Not West Des Moines but the West side of Des Moines). After our first was born we moved back to Dubuque, but decided the careers weren't there so we moved to Ankeny. Now we have two kids and it was a stressful move at first but things are good now. I can give you some info and such if interested. Let me know.
     
  8. discydisc

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    Have you looked at Bondurant?
     
  9. Three4Cy

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    If the OP is serious in stating his kids are going to Catholic school, Bondurant means a lot of driving your kids to get them to school and school-related activities.
     
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  10. Gunnerclone

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    I can already tell OP is a WDM guy. That’s my pick for where he ends up. Welcome to the family.
     
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  11. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

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    I could see the pricing thing. I mean, everyone I've talked to (myself included) in Johnston area's house went up 15% - 20% in the last two years [​IMG]
     
  12. BigTurk

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    When we moved back to the Des Moines area in 2015 we had a terrible time finding affordable housing in the Des Moines metro. Things in the price range we wanted were completely junk. Nicer homes were way out of our price range or in nieghborhoods we didn't want. That's the reason we expanded our search and jumped at the first house we found in a burb. It was affordable and next door to a school. Not the type of house we wanted but we had to make concessions. Renting wasn't an option either because the rentals I found were twice the monthly payment of a purchase.
     
  13. BringBackJohnny

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    +1 vote for Beaverdale Waveland Park area. Pleasing to the eye, nice trees, good organized neighborhood activities, and affordable.
     
  14. capitalcityguy

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    If I moved to Ankeny, PT would probably be one of the few neighborhoods I'd consider. You pay a premium because this is generally the type of neighborhood most say they want to live in, but unfortunately most developments are done in a more suburban style, so supply is not there to meet demand....and thus housing is more expensive here.
     
  15. mustangcy

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    I've got 7 years until I'm an empty nester (living in SE Iowa small town) and Bondurant seems like the place I'll seriously look into if we decide to move back up to central Iowa. A stones throw from Ankeny and quick shot to Ames, a lot of good lot sizes and you can get a a very nice house for 300K.
     
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  16. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    I'm surprised this type of development isn't the rule rather than the exception.
     
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    JY07 Well-Known Member

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    Have you considered making more money? That seems like the easiest solution to the mentioned concerns
     
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  18. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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    #138 capitalcityguy, Apr 3, 2019
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    It used to be.

    It is complicated and I've mentioned this on other threads. When we made the shift and decided post-WWII that the #1 priority in building our cities was to make it as easy as possible for as many cars to go anywhere and everywhere as possible, that had a dramatic and unfortunate effect on our development pattern.

    This is why the neighborhoods west of downtown, Beaverdale, Prairie Trail, etc. are priced at a premium when you compare a similar house in a newer suburban styled neighborhood. It is supply and demand. It causes most of us to settle for less than what we ideally want because the ideal is priced at a premium or there simply isn't anything on the market available.
     
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  19. AgronAlum

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    The big turnoff for me in that area are the little narrow streets with the little narrow alleys leading to your garage. I’d hate to be on top of my neighbors any more than I already am.

    The neighborhood north of Oralabor and west of Irvandale would be a prime location for me. Basically straight north of Ace. A little out of the price range right now though.
     
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  20. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    Some part of Sommerset in Ames had the same alley situation.

    If you like that area North of Ace, check out some of the Neighborhoods along 18th St. The area where Fletcher is down to Kimberly’s house is nice.
     

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