Ankeny is a suburb of Des Moines in Polk County with a population over 68,000 and has had phenomenal growth over the past several years and recognized as one of the best places for families in the region.  Ankeny has highly rated schools and a great variety of organized activities for all ages.  Parks, shopping, restaurants, and bike trails all provide Ankeny with great opportunities for the community.  

Beautiful park in the summertime in Ankeny, Iowa

Ankeny Real Estate Statstics

Average Home Price $368K
Lowest Listing Price $1
Highest Listing Price $4.1M
Total Property Listings 518
Avg. Days On Market 119
Avg. Price/SQFT $254

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You’ll find a wide array of real estate in Ankeny, from gorgeous estates on acres of land to ranch style and two-story single family homes, luxury condos and new construction detached homes and townhouses in attractive planned developments. There are Ankeny homes for sale to suit all budgets and lifestyles.

Luxury homes in Ankeny are designed to impress with sprawling lawns behind private gates, outdoor entertaining areas with patios and swimming pools, and ample living spaces inside including theater rooms, workout rooms, chef’s kitchens and recreation rooms. Other features could include commercial-grade appliances, Smart Home technology and high-end finishes.

Ankeny single-family homes for sale come in a variety of architectural styles. Single-story ranch homes are very common, although you can also find Craftsman, colonial, and contemporary homes. The city has seen rapid growth over the past few years, so there are several new developments with new construction homes where you can choose from an array of floor plans.

Condos and townhomes are also prime real estate in Ankeny, and a great option for those looking for low-maintenance living. Most condo and townhome developments are managed by HOAs that take care of trash removal, snow removal and upkeep of public spaces. There are a number of condo and townhome developments in Ankeny that are in active 55+ communities.

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About Ankeny, IA

Ankeny is a suburb of Des Moines located north of the downtown core. It was founded by John and Sarah Ankeny in 1875 as a farming community. It was officially incorporated as a town in 1903 and declared a city in 1961. Over the past 10 years, Ankeny has seen significant growth and attracted many new families, working professionals and retirees.

Today Ankeny continues to be an attractive community for people of all walks of life thanks to its vibrant atmosphere, wide variety of real estate, and close proximity to downtown Des moines and a number of beautiful parks, trails and greenspaces.

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Amenities & Attractions in Ankeny, IA

Residents who own homes in Ankeny, IA don’t have to go far for great shopping, dining and recreation. The city is home to numerous grocery stores, a Walmart, Target, PetSmart and Sam’s Club. It also has its own airport, arts center, trampoline park, and a slew of local shops, eateries, and bars. 

Outdoor activities are very popular in Ankeny. The city has more than 60 parks with sports fields, picnic areas and playgrounds. Golfers can tee off at the Otter Creek Golf Course, Briarwood Golf Course or the Woodland Hills Golf Course. There are also numerous hiking and cycling trails around the city.

The District at Prairie Trail is a one-stop shop for food, shopping, beauty services, special events and more. Pick up some new clothes or items for the home, then stop into one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat and a beverage. The complex also has a bowling alley and an arcade, and hosts live bands and art camps.

There are numerous events that take place in Ankeny year-round that are fun for all ages and a great opportunity to meet people in the community. Summer events include Yoga in the Park, Summer Sounds Concerts and Movies Under the Stars. In the winter, residents can skate on the community ice rink and enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s fireworks.

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Ankeny FAQs

What is Ankeny known for?

Ankeny is known for being one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population of the city has more than doubled over the past 15 years. It is also known for its great parks, schools and entertainment venues such as Ankeny Miracle Park and the Urban Air Trampoline Adventure Park.

Is Ankeny a good place to live?

Residents of Ankeny love its close proximity to Des Moines and easy access to beautiful outdoor trails and spaces. Crime rates are low and real estate can be very affordable, which is why the city attracts a mix of home buyers including young professionals, families and retirees. 

How far is Ankeny from Des Moines?

Ankeny is located 13.5 miles north of Des Moines. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive from Ankeny to downtown Des Moines.

Is Ankeny a good place to invest in real estate?

Right now is a great time to buy a house in Ankeny because you can find a wide array of real estate at all price points. As the city continues to grow, demand for houses will continue to be high.  Experts expect home values in Ankeny will increase over the next decade.

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