West Des Moines

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From its inception, the City of West Des Moines has endeavored to provide the best possible services to its citizens. The City has been recognized by several national publications and a metro-wide publication as a great place to live and conduct business. It has grown from an 1893 railroad town known as Valley Junction with a population of 500 to a hub of commerce and premier living.

Throughout the year, citizens and visitors to West Des Moines can treat themselves to activities that meet every taste and lifestyle. West Des Moines offers a plethora of exciting and varied shopping options that includes Valley Junction where local shops line a history downtown street. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, the Jordan Creek Town Center features national and local brands every shopper will enjoy. West Glen Town Center combines the best of both worlds with a variety of shops, fitness centers, restaurants and loft style apartments.

If spending time outside is what you’re looking for, West Des Moines has over 1200 acres of parks and open spaces, which includes the 632 acre Raccoon River Park. The park, located in the southeast part of the city, is the "crown jewel" of West Des Moines and offers ample swimming, fishing, boating, biking and picnicking activities for visitors. Raccoon River Park is also home to the West Des Moines Soccer Club, recreational sports teams, the Raccoon River Nature Lodge and an off-leash dog park. When you want to beat the heat of summer, you can head over to the Holiday Aquatic Center or the Valley View Aquatic Center. Both facilities offer water slides, pools, a lazy river and other wet and wild activities for people of all ages.

West Des Moines is also home to a variety of events during the year. Starting in May, A-May-Zing Days is the community’s biggest celebration ever with events and activities spread across all corners of the city throughout the entire month of May like Festivale Cinco de Mayo, farmers markets, Music in the Junction, the Principal Charity Golf Classic, The Spring Art Market and others. Illumnifest is held in September and is a fall festival of lights that features paper lantern lightings, carnival rides, food, drinks and live music. The Valley Junction Farmers Market features over 100 vendors and generally runs May through the end of September/early October. Here you can enjoy music, purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, sample area wines and enjoy delicious home baked goods.

For more information on everything there is to see and do in West Des Moines, check out the City of West Des Moines website, the Valley Junction website and the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce website.

Just a short drive from West Des Moines, you can also find all of Des Moines Metro Area's featured destinations like the as Blank Park Zoo, the Iowa Cubs, the Science Center of Iowa, the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Des Moines Farmers Market. You can find more inforation about events and entertainment around the Des Moines Metro area on the Catch Des Moines website.

Interested in moving to West Des Moines?  Check out the most current list of West Des Moines homes for sale and come see for yourself why this city has everything you could ask for in a place to call home and then some!


West Des Moines Homes for Sale:

Beds/Baths: 5/4
MLS # 550936
This stunning ranch by Diamond Builders is truly a gem. So many fantastic features that you would typically only see in a custom home like extensive crown molding, tile surround in all of the showers, floor to ceiling living room windows and two fireplaces with stacked stone. The gourmet kitchen includes both a gas stove/oven plus a wall mount oven and microwave. This home was designed with convenience in mind with an access door allowing you to pass groceries from the garage into the walk in pantry and a large drop zone. The laundry room has a sink and is connected to the master closet. Entertain throughout the year on the covered, stamped concrete backyard patio or in the large basement family room with a walk behind wet bar with a dishwasher and microwave. Save money compared to most new construction with custom blinds and landscaping included. Convenient West Des Moines location near shopping, aquatic center and restaurants in the prestigious Waukee school district. Welcome home!
Beds/Baths: 4/3
MLS # 553784
Great West Des Moines Split Level! All new flooring and paint. As you enter, you may go up into the main level Living Room, dining room and kitchen, or forward to the Family room in the back of the home with Fireplace, nice built-ins, half bath and French doors leading to deck/backyard. 2nd level has three bedrooms and a full bath (master Br includes walk in closet and en suite). Finished lower level bedroom leads to basement/mechanical room. All appliances included! Only minutes away from shopping/dining and Interstate access. The only thing this one is missing is you!
Beds/Baths: 6/4
MLS # 550367
This freshly remodeled 6BR, 4BA house is located in a very desirable part of WDM. With a professional design & $120,000 in upgrades, this spacious house has a stunning state-of-art MBR, (including quartz double vanity counter, full glass wall shower), new granite kitchen counters, tile backsplash, Jenn-Air stovetop, light fixtures, remote-controlled ceiling fans, new wood floor, new carpet on upstairs & downstairs, new siding & window wells. New paint in & outside the house. The basement has a big rec room, an in-law suite w/sink, counter & fridge, all 3 storage areas w/built-in shelves. The roomy attached 3 car garage fits 2 cars tandem on left side & 1 car on the right side. Huge back yard is secluded by a privacy fence & a garden. The 3 season porch walks out to a deck w/built-in benches. This custom built 1-owner house is at the end of a quiet CulDeSac. It is within minutes of 2 major shopping malls, library, schools, Raccoon River Park, & bike trails. 2 miles from all interstates.
Beds/Baths: 0/0
MLS # 543666
West Des Moines’ newest development features 72 executive single family lots including walkout, daylight, cul-de-sac, and lots backing to 32.5 acres of prairie/green space. Enjoy the views and mature trees surrounding this development. Prime location with amenities that include Raccoon River Park, easy access to Interstate 35, Jordan Creek Elementary, West Des Moines library, Scenic Valley Park, and a quick drive to West Des Moines restaurants and shopping centers. Neighboring Raccoon River Park is 630 acres of parkland providing access to a swimming beach, fishing pier, boat ramp, dog park, walking/bike trails, play areas, picnic shelters, nature lodge, and ice rink. West Des Moines Schools! Bring your own builder!
Beds/Baths: 0/0
MLS # 540648
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