Adel Iowa is a charming, friendly, small town just a few miles West of the Des Moines metro area.  Adel has a population just under 3500 and is the seat of Dallas County, one of the fastest growing counties in the Midwest.  If you’re looking for unique shops, friendly small-town service and welcoming hospitality, you’ll love it here.  Adel also offers a variety of recreational activities along the Raccoon River water way and connects to the large metro bike trail system with Raccoon River Trail.  Adel was also home to Iowa legend and hero Nile Kinnick.  

Adel County Courthouse in Adel, Iowa

Adel Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $390K
Lowest Listing Price $54.9K
Highest Listing Price $2M
Total Property Listings 79
Avg. Days On Market 174
Avg. Price/SQFT $267

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Adel is growing at a fast pace thanks to its affordable real estate and pleasant small-town atmosphere. Yet despite its rapid growth, the Adel real estate market is still rife with opportunities to purchase single-family homes and plots of land where you can build your dream home from the ground up.

Homes for sale in Adel are typical of the Midwest with architectural styles ranging from ranch homes to two-storey dwellings, split-levels, and modern new construction homes. Older homes on the market often feature upgrades, while new construction homes give you the opportunity to customize features like appliances and finishes.

Single-family homes typically have anywhere from three to five bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, laundry rooms, and garages. Other common features could include hardwood floors, fireplaces, and pantries. Some homes also have storage sheds and fenced-in yards.

Land for sale in Adel, IA is a great investment because the plots tend to be generous and offer views of the rolling Iowa countryside. You can hire your own builder and turn your vision into reality or opt for a pre-designed floor plan by reputable builders like D.R. Horton.

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About Adel, Iowa

Adel holds the title of the oldest city in Dallas County, Iowa. It was originally incorporated under the name Penoach in 1847, and resident’s changed the name to Adel in 1849. The city’s ideal location on the Raccoon River and close to Des Moines made it an appealing location for settlement.

The city really began to grow when a railroad line was constructed in the 1870s. Soon after, the Dallas County Courthouse was built in 1902, and it still stands today. The railroad line was abandoned in 1987, and now the line has been repurposed into the Raccoon River Valley Trail. 

Today Adel is a fast-growing city that still retains a sleepy suburban and rural feel. It sits on the north section of the Raccoon River and is surrounded by gentle hills, farmlands, and forest. Adel is just an 8-minute drive from Waukee and a 28-minute drive from Des Moines.

Amenities & Attractions in Adel, IA

Adel may be a small town, but there is plenty to offer within the city limits. Residents have access to grocery stores, pharmacies, shops, and schools. Another big draw to the town is its close proximity to parks, hiking trails, and areas of natural beauty.

The Raccoon River Valley Trail was once a railroad line, but now features 90 miles of paved trails that run all the way from Jefferson to Waukee. In fact, this is the longest paved loop trail in the United States. You can hike, bike, walk, or roller blade the trail and pass by forests, farmland, the river and quaint country towns.

Adel is also home to numerous parks where you can play sports, go camping, and spot wildlife. Kinnick/Feller Park is the largest park in the city and it has a football field, volleyball court, public swimming pool, grills for barbecuing, and a boat ramp to the Raccoon River. 

Are interested in buying or selling a home in Adel, Iowa? Contact us online or call 515-329-4667 to speak to one of our local Des Moines real estate experts today!

Adel FAQs

What is Adel known for?

Adel is the oldest community in Dallas County and the county seat. It is known for its historic homes, sprawling farms and beautiful trails along the North Raccoon River. The Dallas County Fairgrounds are just north of Adel.

Is Adel a good place to live?

The city of Adel has a strong economy, very little poverty and low crime rates. Residents typically feel safe and enjoy a high quality of life. There are amenities for all demographics in Adel including restaurants, shops, recreational facilities, schools and parks.

How far is Adel from Des Moines?

Adel is located 26.5 miles west of Des Moines. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Adel to downtown Des Moines.

Is Adel a good place to invest in real estate?

Adel has a wide range of real estate to fit all budgets including million-dollar estates, affordable single-family homes, new construction properties and land for sale. The city has seen a great deal of growth over the past few years, and this trend is expected to continue. Home appreciation has gone up nearly 10% over the past year and many believe this trend will also continue.

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