Indianola is on the South side of the Des Moines Metro area in Warren County and has a population over 15,000.  While separated from the metro area it offers great convenience to the Des Moines Metro with a short drive (Des Moines 15 minutes and West Des Moines 20 minutes).   Indianola is home to the Des Moines Metro Opera and host the National Hot Air Balloon Classic every summer.  A small-town identity with a classic town square and unique shopping with big city convenience.  Indianola has experienced steady growth and expansion and offers great opportunities for new housing and business development.  

Colorful hot air balloons about to take flight in Indianola, Iowa

Indianola Real Estate Statistics

Average Home Price $295K
Lowest Listing Price $33K
Highest Listing Price $2.3M
Total Property Listings 141
Avg. Days On Market 207
Avg. Price/SQFT $230

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Indianola homes for sale range from large commercial properties to luxury homes with plenty of attractive features, modestly priced single family homes, bungalows, condominiums, and townhomes. You can also find acreages and plots of land for sale in Indianola.

Architectural styles in Indianola are typical of the Midwest with plenty of ranch homes on offer, as well as two-storey homes and modern constructions. It is not uncommon to find historic homes that date back to the early 20th century. Many older homes have been updated to meet contemporary building standards and styles.

Indianola luxury homes often sit on huge lots and offer sweeping views of rolling green hills or wooded areas. Although each luxury home has its own unique characteristics, some common features you might find include high ceilings, natural hardwood floors, wrap-around porches, fireplaces, hot tubs, wet bars, and separate guest suites.

If budget is a concern, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of affordable homes in Indianola. Single family homes typically range from three to five bedrooms and often have formal living and dining areas and outdoor spaces like backyards and gardens.

Condos and townhomes are good choices for those who are looking for low-maintenance living. Homeowner associations will typically manage tasks such as garbage removal, snow removal, and upkeep of grounds and public areas.

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About Indianola, IA

Indianola was founded in 1849 and was designated as the county seat of Warren County. Today it is a thriving city that offers a relaxed, small-town atmosphere. Surrounded by open countryside and forests, it almost has a rural feel in some parts.

One of the main draws to Indianola is that it offers a safe, peaceful atmosphere, as well as access to all the amenities of downtown Des Moines, which is just a 27-minute drive away. Indianola is also well connected to other communities via Highways 92, 65 and 69.

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Amenities & Attractions in Indianola, IA

Despite being a small town, Indianola has plenty to offer residents and visitors alike. The downtown square is the focal point of the city and where you will find everything from historic buildings to restaurants, dental offices, fitness centers, law firms, and more.

Indianola is most famous for the National Balloon Classic, an annual event that features hot air balloon competitions and rides. During the festival, the skies above Indianola fill with over 100 colorful balloons competing for prizes. Back on the ground there are live music performances and fabulous food and drink stalls.

As the county seat, Indianola also hosts the Warren County Fair every summer. Fun for the whole family, the fair features fun rides, games, and contests. Show-stopping events include truck and tractor pulls and figure-8 races. Best of all, the majority of the activities and events at the fair are free.

For a bit of culture and entertainment, catch a performance at the Des Moines Metro Opera. During the Summer Opera Festival in June and July, you can see shows on three stages. Young people can apply for the James M. Collier Apprentice Artist Program for the chance to work with experienced singers, musicians, and performers.

Foodies don’t have to go far to find great eats in Indianola. You’ll find all your favorite chain restaurants here as well as independent eateries. Popular local businesses include Uncommon Grounds for coffee and light bites, Winn Pizza & Steakhouse, and La Casa for Mexican fare.

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Indianola FAQs

What is Indianola known for?

Indianola is the county seat of Warren County in Iowa. It is best known for the annual National Hot Air Balloon Classic, which is a 9-day event that takes place every summer and features hundreds of colorful hot air balloons floating above the city. It is also known as the site of the Warren County Fair, another fun festival that happens every summer.

Is Indianola a good place to live?

The city of Indianola attracts people of all demographics thanks to its safe streets, beautiful parks, excellent schools and community-centered atmosphere. The city council is dedicated to helping its residents thrive, so it puts a great deal of effort into ensuring residents and businesses have everything they need in terms of services, amenities and environmental upkeep.

How far is Indianola from Des Moines?

Indianola is located about 17 miles south of the Des Moines Metropolitan area. It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Indianola to downtown Des Moines.

Is Indianola a good place to invest in real estate?

Over the past 20 years, Indianola has seen significant and steady growth. There are numerous opportunities to invest in new construction homes, as well as established homes at very reasonable prices. This growth is expected to continue over the next decade, meaning homes will continue to be in demand and home values may rise.

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