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Des Moines, IA Homes for Sale

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines is the largest metropolitan area in Iowa with a total population of just over half a million. Despite its size, Des Moines retains much of the small town charm of Iowa's past, while leading the state to its future. The city was founded in 1843 as a military fort. Today, local attractions include Adventureland Park, the downtown Des Moines Art Center and Prairie Meadows race track and casino. Grey's Lake Park and Water Work Park offer Des Moines residents some of the nicest walking trails in a metropolitan area.

Homes for Sale in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines real estate market presents many types of opportunity for the interested buyer, from established communities to new housing developments. Downtown Des Moines homes for sale include luxury lofts and condos that offer fantastic views of the Des Moines skyline. These properties typically list in the mid $500's and up. Entry level buyers can also find studio lofts near the artsy East Village in the mid $100's and up.

The Windsor Heights community is immediately west of downtown Des Moines. The real estate market here ranges from single family homes to condominiums and townhouses. The community has a small town feel, yet is literally minutes from the more urban atmosphere of downtown. Split-level and single level ranch homes are quite common, and these properties enter the Windsor Heights real estate listings in the low $100's.

Pleasant Hill, east of downtown, is a popular community for people who work in downtown Des Moines. Townhouse units present the first time home buyer with an affordable entry into the Pleasant Hill real estate market. A townhouse property can enter the market in the low $100's. Comfortable single family homes for sale in Pleasant Hill can be found in the low $400's and up.

Des Moines Community Schools

The Des Moines Community School District is the largest district in the state, with over 30,000 students enrolled in 63 schools. The public schools have long produced exceptional students. Recently, a Roosevelt High student won an ACLU-sponsored essay contest. Private religious schools include Dowling Catholic High and the Des Moines Christian schools. Colleges in Des Moines include Drake University, Grandview College, the AIB College of Business, and Des Moines University, an osteopathic medical college.

Business in Des Moines, Iowa

Downtown Des Moines has been the focus of a sustained economic rejuvenation process, prompting Forbes Magazine to rank the community #4 in its 2007 survey of best places for business and careers. The community offers businesses a well-educated populace, easy access to two major roadways: I-80 and I-35 and an international airport.

Des Moines Real Estate Agents

Interested buyers should consider engaging the services of a Des Moines REALTOR. Their first-hand knowledge of the community, and the ins and outs of the local real estate market will help match a prospective buyer to the perfect home.