Dallas Center

With beautiful parks, quiet residential streets, and direct access to the Racoon River Trail, Dallas Center is the perfect place for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. This small city is located northwest of Des Moines and attracts families and young professionals who want to be in close proximity to the capital, but enjoy all the benefits of living in a rural community. There is a great mix of real estate in Dallas Center for all budgets including single-family homes and plots of land.

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Dallas Center Real Estate

Average Price $317K
Lowest Price $59.9K
Highest Price $1.2M
Total Listings 21
Avg. Days On Market 266
Avg. Price/SQFT $307

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Dallas Center homes for sale range from beautiful luxury homes to modest ranch homes and plots of land where you can build from the ground up. Housing prices are very affordable compared to Des Moines and other communities in the Metropolitan area, making this a great place to invest in land or a starter home.

Single-family homes are the norm in Dallas County, and they can range from two bedrooms up to seven bedrooms. Most homes for sale in Dallas Center have spacious backyards and front lawns, wide driveways and multi-car garages. Some have decks and patios where you can set up BBQs and patio furniture.

Interiors could feature open-plan living spaces where you can gather with family and entertain friends. Kitchens could feature islands and walk-in pantries. Fireplaces are common, as are laundry rooms and basements. Master suites often feature ensuite bathrooms with vanities and tubs, showers, or both.

If building your own home has been a dream of yours, Dallas Center is a great place to look for land. There are many plots available that have access to water, natural gas and electricity. Some of the land for sale in Dallas Center is located on planned development sites that are designed to be family-friendly enclaves close to parks, trails and schools.

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About Dallas Center, IA

Dallas Center is located about a 30-minute drive from downtown Des Moines and about a 15-minute drive from the city of Grimes. It offers a pleasant rural atmosphere, while still being close enough to the city to commute. The city attracts a wide demographic of home buyers including families, young professionals and retirees.

Dallas Center is known for its excellent schools. It shares a school district with the neighboring community of Grimes, so there are plenty of options for students of all ages. Highly rated schools include Dallas Center Elementary School, Dallas Center Grimes Middle School and Dallas Center-Grimes Community High School.

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Attractions & Amenities in Dallas Center, IA

One of the biggest draws to Dallas Center is the easy access to parks, bike trails and miles of beautiful countryside. On any given day, residents can go biking, hiking, or simply stroll along pathways through the fields and forests.

Dallas Center is the site of one of the trailheads to the Raccoon River Valley Trail, which is the longest paved loop trail in the United States. The trail runs for 90 miles through prairie, wetlands and offers opportunities for cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, camping and snowmobiling.

There are two large parks in Dallas Center that are excellent spots for recreational activities. Memorial Park has a 9-hole disc golf course, basketball court and a playground for little ones. Mound Park also has a playground, as well as tennis and volleyball courts, a rollerskating rink and a gazebo.

Residents of Dallas Center can cool off in the Lena Moser Memorial Swimming Pool during the summer months. There are swim lessons available throughout the summer. The classes are open to all ages and available in the mornings and evenings. 

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Dallas Center FAQs

What is Dallas Center known for?

Dallas Center is a tiny city northeast of Des Moines with a population of under 2,000. It is best known for its rolling farmland and recreational parks and facilities. The city is also one of the trailheads for the Raccoon River Valley Trail, which runs for 56 miles through a number of communities around Des Moines.

Is Dallas Center a good place to live?

If you prefer rural communities over urban centers, then Dallas Center is a great choice. The city is surrounded by farmland and forests, yet it is only a short drive to Des Moines where you can find big city amenities like brand name stores, trendy restaurants and arts and culture venues. There are several excellent schools in Dallas Center, making it a top choice for families.

How far is Dallas Center from Des Moines?

Dallas Center is located about 23 miles northeast of Des Moines via I80 E and I-235 E. The drive from Dallas Center to downtown Des Moines takes about 35 minutes depending on traffic.

Is Dallas Center a good place to invest in real estate?

There is a great mix of real estate in Dallas Center, from modest single-family homes to modern estates, new construction homes and plots of land for sale. Now is a great time to invest in the area because it has not yet seen the rapid growth that other suburbs of Des Moines have experienced over the past few years. However, the city is expected to grow over the coming decades.

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