Des Moines Real Estate & Community Info

Des Moines Real Estate & Community Info

Des Moines, the largest city in Iowa, is the economic and cultural center of the state. As of 2014, the city has a population of about 210,000, a small increase of 8.9% since 2000.

The city was originally founded in 1851, as Fort Des Moines, later shortened to “Des Moines” in 1857. Named after and located on the Des Moines River. The name was derived from the French colonial name, Riviere des moines, meaning “River of the Monks”.

Living in Des Moines

Don’t let the largest area in Iowa fool you though, many would describe Des Moines as a gentle big city. A city that gives you the amenities and niceties of a large city, but gives that wonderful small-town feel. That wonderful feeling also gives you the small-town security, Ranked #2 most secure places to live in the U.S. Some of the more prominent neighborhoods of Des Moines are listed below: ​

Real Estate is at a very affordable price point with a median home price of $120,000. This beautiful river front city also boasts a lower than average cost of living at 17.3%, with a median income of $62,000. making it a very attractive place to live.


Shopping and Dining Options in Des Moines

Des Moines, being the large city that it is, offers a wide variety of restaurants and shops – something for everyone.

Multiple malls and shopping centers will make sure that you can easily find anything that you are looking for, and then some. While out and about, Des Moines has over 100 restaurants ready to serve you, with many claiming they will blow your taste buds off your tongue.

Want a more local feel? The Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market will be sure to satisfy that craving with their wide selection of goods.


Des Moines Recreation

Nestled up to the Des Moines river are some of the most peaceful outdoor experiences. With over 30 different parks, there is plenty of room to walk, picnic, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.


Gray's Lake Park is Des Moines signature park, featuring the beautiful 1.9-mile trail encircling the lake. This trail is well lit, and provides a clean and safe outdoor environment. As well as its swimming beach, playground, pedestrian bridge, picnic areas, restrooms, and a large event venue.

Lilac Arboretum at Ewing Park has hundreds of lilac trees that come to life every spring to bring a beautiful array of colors. It is many locals tradition to take a walk through the arboretum and be greeted by the smell of lilacs and fresh spring air.

Union Park is home to a large carousel! The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines takes on a bolstering 34 riders and two chariots. A great place to spend some time in a wonderful park.

Schools, Health and Transportation

No matter what part of Des Moines you live in, the city offers one of the largest educational communities. 63 schools including 38 elementary schools, eleven middle schools, five high schools, and ten special schools & programs, will make sure that your family's needs are taken care of. Des Moines is also home to multiple four-year private colleges, including the well-known Drake University.

Transportation is no new subject. Des Moines International Airport makes it easy to fly to any destination, and multiple interstates allow for easy commutes. Don’t like driving or flying? A state of the art Skywalk system gives pedestrians 4 miles of enclosed walkways within the downtown area, one of the largest in the United States! The Skywalk is also accompanied by DART, the local public transit system.

With the large educational community comes great health involvement. The universities research labs work side by side with the local Medical Centers, providing the best health care for its loving community. 

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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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