Pleasant Hill

Just like the name suggests, Pleasant Hill is a charming community with a laid-back atmosphere and lovely green spaces. Located just east of Des Moines, the city has a safe, suburban feel with tree-lined streets, pretty parks, and plenty of schools. The area is growing quickly as more people seek out Pleasant Hill homes for sale for their excellent price points, easy access to Des Moines and major transportation routes, and prime locations in quiet, community-oriented neighborhoods.

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Pleasant Hill Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $308K
Lowest Listing Price $89.9K
Highest Listing Price $515K
Total Property Listings 56
Avg. Days On Market 98
Avg. Price/SQFT $238

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Pleasant Hill homes for sale tend to be very reasonably priced compared to real estate in downtown Des Moines and other U.S. cities of the same size. You might find that you get more bang for your buck here in terms of square footage, amenities, and upgrades. 

Architectural styles in Pleasant Hill range from ranch homes to 2-story houses, and split-level homes. Most homes have backyards that make for great spaces for kids and pets to play, decks where you can set up a BBQ or outdoor entertaining area, and large driveways and garages that can accommodate multiple cars.

Common interior features of Pleasant Hill real estate include open-plan living spaces, master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, basements (finished or unfinished) and laundry rooms. Many homes have sliding doors that open to decks and large picture windows to let natural light in.

Higher-end homes for sale in Pleasant Hill often have ample space to spread out and luxe features like above-ground swimming pools, fireplaces, fenced-in yards, and state-of-the-art amenities like energy efficient appliances. Some also have outbuildings like barns, workshops, and tool sheds.

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About Pleasant Hill, IA

Pleasant Hill is a city in Polk County that is located six miles east of downtown Des Moines. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1956, and since then it has served as a suburb of Des Moines. Although it is close to all the action of the big city, it has a quiet, community-focused feel.

Residents of Pleasant Hill love that they have easy access to Des Moines and other communities in the metropolitan area. Highways 163 and 65 traverse the city, so you don’t have to drive long to get to points like the Des Moines International Airport, the Adventureland amusement park in Altoona, or the Greenbelt Park & Trail in Clive.

Amenities & Attractions in Pleasant Hill, IA

Being so close to Des Moines, it goes without saying that residents who own Pleasant Hill real estate have everything they need for shopping, dining, and entertainment close by. However, what draws many people to Pleasant Hill is the access to beautiful parks, cycling paths, and hiking trails.

Copper Creek Lake Park is located in the north of Pleasant Hill and offers amenities for all ages. The park features a 40-acre lake surrounded by open green spaces, bike paths, and nature trails. The park also has a playground, sheltered picnic tables, a grill, and fishing areas.

Pleasant Hill is also a hub for many trails that connect the city to Des Moines and other communities in the metropolitan area. These include the Four Mile Creek Greenway Trail and the Gay Lea Wilson Trail that connects Pleasant Hill with Altoona and Des Moines.

Schools in Pleasant Hill, IA

Families will find numerous schools for children of all ages in Pleasant Hill. The city is served by the Des Moines Public School District and the Southeast Polk Community School District. Schools in Pleasant Hill include Four Mile Elementary School, Southeast Polk Junior High, and Southeast Polk High School.

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Pleasant Hill FAQs

What is Pleasant Hill known for?

Pleasant Hill is known for being a quiet residential community with plenty of access to parks, trails and lakes. It is growing quickly thanks to its ideal location east of Des Moines and along many major transportation routes. If you prefer a peaceful suburban lifestyle over the hustle and bustle of the big city, Pleasant Hill may be the spot for you.

Is Pleasant Hill a good place to live?

Residents of Pleasant Hill love that there is a safe, small-town atmosphere in the community and the fact that there are many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the scenery. Despite the fact that the city is growing quickly, the city planners are committed to maintaining a high quality of life for residents, so the streets and public spaces are well-maintained.

How far is Pleasant Hill from Des Moines?

Pleasant Hill is located 6 miles east of Des Moines along the E.M.L.K Jr. Parkway. It takes about 15 minutes to drive from Pleasant Hill to downtown Des Moines.

Is Pleasant Hill a good place to invest in real estate?

Homes in Pleasant Hill are very reasonably priced compared to those in Des Moines and other larger suburbs. There are many new construction homes on the market, which is great for anyone looking for a starter home or those who want to build a dream home. The city has seen significant growth over the past few years and this trend is expected to continue, meaning houses will likely continue to be in demand and may appreciate in value over time.

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