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NW Des Moines Living

What is living in Des Moines like?

The Des Moines Metropolitan area includes Des Moines, Ankeny, Altoona, West Des Moines, Urbandale, and more; but did you know that Des Moines has quite a few unique neighborhoods just in itself? One of these is the Northwest side of the city, which is home to Drake University, Roosevelt High School, and a wide variety of food and ice cream choices.

Loren and Sol take us through the area, showing us a ton of local spots, including the historic Polk Boulevard sycamore trees. Beautiful! Des Moines Public Schools and Drake just partnered to build a brand new stadium in this area, which will serve as the home stadium for all of the high schools as well as Drake’s soccer field.

The Drake, Roosevelt, and Waveland area has much to offer! As Loren mentions in the video, the area is centrally located in Des Moines, and you will find a relatively easy commute to anywhere you want to go in the Metro area. Want to go beyond Des Moines proper? Check out the other City Guides for the surrounding areas.



The central Iowa market continues to sit at about 2,800 homes available. This end-of-summer, pre-state-fair plateau is normal, and now is still a great time to buy or sell!

Regardless of your income level or the current mortgage rates, buying a home is still considered one of the best forms of long-term investment. Paying off your mortgage each month builds you equity in the home, giving you more to work with in the future.

Keeping Current Matters states, “On average, nationwide home prices appreciated by 290.2% over the last 32 years.” This infographic does a great job of explaining how homeownership works for you!

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