Beaverdale Area Real Estate & Community Info

Beaverdale Area Real Estate & Community Info

Beaverdale was once considered the western edge of Des Moines, Iowa. Now a lovely community of its own with a neighborhood population of 1,300, a 70% increase since 2000.

Once known for its fruit orchards and truck farms, it was the Fort Dodge Stage road stop in the early 1900's.  As the community developed, this road was renamed Beaver Avenue and eventually the towns people took on the name of Beaverdale to distinguish their community. 

Living in Beaverdale

Beaverdale was developed in the early 1900’s.  After the depression, federal mortgage financing promoted the purchasing of homes and cars, making 1930 to 1940 the largest period of economic development for Beaverdale. In the final years of the neighborhood construction the iconic “Brick Homes” came to symbolize the community.


Real Estate in this historical area is very affordable, with a median home price of $140,000, and a continuous appreciation of home values of 22% over the past 10 years.  Beaverdale also offers a much lower cost of living; 14% lower than the average in the U.S.  Beaverdale has an excellent location as it's just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines, 5 minutes from the prestigious Drake University and 10 minutes from the fantastic Valley West Mall.

Shopping and Dining Options in Beaverdale

Beaverdale may be smaller in scope than its surrounding communities, but it still plays host to many businesses and retail establishments. The newly landscaped downtown offers a lovely place to visit small boutiques and local vendors; while the Valley West Mall offers a full-range of well known retail and specialty stores.  Dining options abound in Beaverdale and the surrounding area! Here are a few of the local favorites; Christopher's Restaurant- a Des Moines area tradition for over 50 years! The Rice Bowl- delicious Cantonese style cuisine, Michael's Pizza- Des Moines style pizza that is extraordinary, Snookies Malt Shop- a Des Moines area institution for terrific ice cream treats and Saint's Pub & Patio for the best in Pub Grub! View a listing of all dining venues in the area here.

Beaverdale Parks and Recreation

Beaverdale is proud of its excellent parks and recreation department!  Offering 50 acres of public parkland featuring a large variety of community events throughout the year.  The four beautiful area parks include; Beaverdale Park- a 25 acre park featuring open fields for play, a picnic area, playground and inter-urban walking and biking trails. Ashby Park- named after the famous Ashby Family, this park boasts a splash pool, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts and more. While the gorgeous Witmer Park hosts 19 acres of parkland with a pond, tennis & pickleball courts, playground and beautiful walking trails. Beaverdale also hosts many festivals and events of which 2 of the community favorites are the Fall Festival in September and BNA's Annual Easter Egg Hunt






Schools, Health, and Transportation of Beaverdale

Beaverdale contains four of Des Moines Public elementary schools: Monroe, Moore, Perkins, and Hillis, as well as Holy Trinity Catholic School.  High school students in Beaverdale attend one of two schools; Hoover High School or Roosevelt High School, depending on the area in which you live. Have family members pursuing higher education? The prestigious Drake University, a private 4 year college is right in your backyard.

Beaverdale’s transportation and health is combined with the Des Moines surrounding area. DART provides local public transit systems, and with a large educational community, the universities combine with local medical centers to provide their residents the best health care.  

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Contact Information

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Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, SRES, SFR
Iowa Realty
3521 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines IA 50310
Fax: 515-453-6404



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