Johnston is an attractive suburb of Des Moines with beautiful trails along Beaver Creek and the Des Moines River. It is part of Polk County and has a population of just over 21,000 people. Johnston is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Iowa thanks to its easy-going suburban feel and excellent amenities for all ages including excellent schools and parks. Plus, Johnston real estate is very reasonably priced compared to other U.S. cities.

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Johnston Real Estate Statistics

Average Home Price $399K
Lowest Listing Price $90K
Highest Listing Price $7.7M
Total Property Listings 214
Avg. Days On Market 56
Avg. Price/SQFT $248

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Johnston homes for sale range from two-story and ranch single-family homes to modern condos and townhouses. The city is growing at a fast rate, so new developments are in the works and there are plenty of lots and new construction homes to choose from.

Single-family homes in Johnston typically have backyards, garages, inviting living spaces, and anywhere from two to four bedrooms. Higher-end homes may have additional features such as walk-in pantries, fireplaces, wet bars, and home offices. Newer constructions often include Smart home technology.

Johnston condos for sale are a great option for those who want to enjoy low-maintenance living. Most condo buildings in Johnston are managed by HOAs that take care of maintenance such as snow and garbage removal, irrigation, and lawn care. 

New developments in Johnston are on the rise, so you’ll find plenty of single-family and condo communities with brand new homes for sale. For example, Hidden Valley Estates consists of beautiful single-family homes, while Crosshaven Villas include condos designed by D.R. Horton of Iowa.

For those who want to build their own dream home from the ground up, there are often attractive lots for sale on the Johnston real estate market. Much of the land for sale in Johnston is located in new subdivisions slated for development and includes standard, daylight and walk-out lots.

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About Johnston, IA

Johnston is located northwest of Des Moines in Polk County. It is bordered on the north by Saylorville Lake and on the east by the Des Moines River. To the west is the community of Grimes and to the south is the city of Urbandale. Beaver Creek flows through the city. 

The Johnston area was settled in the late 1800s when a sawmill was erected near what is now Beaver Drive. Later it became a train station stop for trains traveling between Des Moines and Perry. Over the past two decades, the city has seen significant growth, and today it is a thriving suburb of Des Moines.

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Amenities & Attractions in Johnston, IA

Johnston has something for everyone including beautiful parks and trails, award-winning schools, and fun community events. There is a good selection of shops and restaurants in the community, and for more options, downtown Des Moines is just a 20-minute drive away.

Terra Park is located in the center of the city and boasts over 200 acres of green space with a fishing lake and pier, a large lawn and open-air amphitheater for concerts and festivals, a playground, and nature trails. Johnston residents can also hike and camp at various points along Saylorville Lake.

The Beaver Creek Golf Club is just north of Johnston in the city of Grimes. It nine-hole course has challenges for all skill levels and beautiful scenery including water features and mature trees. The golf club also has a driving range, putting green, and on-site golf pros.

With numerous events taking place throughout the year, it’s easy to get to know your neighbors in Johnston. Friday nights see the football stadium packed with fans cheering on the Dragons. In the summer months, the Farmer’s Market features vendors selling local produce and artisan products. Other popular events include the annual kite festival and jazz festival.

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Johnston FAQs

What is Johnston known for?

Johnston, IA is known for its safe neighborhoods, excellent schools, beautiful parks and over 40 miles of trails. It is also known for its farmer’s market and annual Kites on the Green festival that takes place every May.

Is Johnston a good place to live?

According to a 2020 survey, over 80% of the residents of Johnston reported being very satisfied with their quality of life in the city. Money Magazine once ranked Johnston the 16th Best Place to Live in America and Business Insider recently named it the 25th Best Suburb in America.

How far is Johnston from Des Moines?

Johnston is a suburb of Des Moines. It is located 8.7 miles north of Des Moines, which is approximately 25 minutes by car.

Is Johnston a good place to invest in real estate?

Home prices in Johnston, IA are very reasonable compared to other cities in the U.S. That being said, home values have grown over the past few years and that trend is expected to continue. The population of the city has nearly doubled over the past decade, so it is reasonable to expect that the prices of homes will also rise over the next few years.

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