Urbandale

Urbandale is a peaceful suburb of Des Moines that is partially in Dallas and Polk Counties. The city has a population of just over 45,000.  This picturesque community is home to a plethora of open spaces and parks for community activities.  Urbandale homes for sale range from luxury estates to affordably priced single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Residents who own or rent real estate in Urbandale have great access to Interstate 35/80 (the Urban Loop) with the benefit of easy commutes to anywhere in metropolitan Des Moines.

Wind mill against a blue sky in Urbandale, Iowa

Urbandale Real Estate Statistics

Average Home Price $315K
Lowest Listing Price $12
Highest Listing Price $1.3M
Total Property Listings 315
Avg. Days On Market 95
Avg. Price/SQFT $251

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Urbandale is a mainly residential city with quiet cul-de-sacs, tree-lined streets and plenty of green spaces. Many of the homes for sale in Urbandale sit on generous lots with wide lawns and easy access to schools and walking and cycling trails.

Ranch style homes are very common in Urbandale, although you can also find colonial constructions and modern two-storey homes. The majority of Urbandale homes for sale feature garages, patios, and ample space to gather with family and friends.

Luxury homes in Urbandale have additional features for comfort and convenience. These could include fireplaces, wet bars, home offices, walk-in closets, spa-like bathrooms, covered decks, and Smart home technology.

Condominiums and townhomes for sale in Urbandale are a great option for first-time home buyers or those looking to downsize. Many of these homes are newer constructions and feature modern amenities such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.

Interested in building your own custom dream home? Urbandale has quite a few new developments in the works where you can purchase land for sale. For example, Coyote Ridge, Waterford Landing, and Oakwood Haven all offer walk-out properties and flat lots.

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About Urbandale, IA

Incorporated in 1917, Urbandale has long been a satellite city of Des Moines. It was once home to four coal mines, multiple farms, and the end of a streetcar line that served commuters traveling to and from Des Moines.

Population growth really took off in Urbandale during the 1950s and 60s, and the community has seen steady growth since then. Although the coal mines and streetcar station are now closed, Urbandale is still thriving thanks to its location along the major transportation routes of the Urban Loop.

No matter where you live in Urbandale, it’s easy to access Des Moines and a number of other suburbs. West Des Moines is to the south, Waukee to the west, Johnston to the north, and Beaverdale to the east. Downtown Des Moines is just a 15-minute drive away depending on traffic.

Amenities & Attractions in Urbandale, IA

Urbandale residents don’t have to go far to find shopping, dining, and recreational activities. The community is home to a number of grocery stores, restaurants, trails, and parks with sports fields and facilities. Plus, downtown Des Moines is just a 15-minute drive away.

You can find a wide variety of restaurants in Urbandale, from chain restaurants like Panera and IHOP, to independent eateries and food trucks. Popular spots include Hidalgo Mexican Bar and Grill, The Urban Grill, and the Chicken Coop Sports Bar and Grill.

If you want to see what life was like in Urbandale and Iowa hundreds of years ago, visit the Living History Farms. This interactive outdoor museum gives a glimpse into Midwestern rural life and history. It is also home to the Flynn Mansion, which was built in 1870.

Residents who own Urbandale real estate have plenty of opportunities to live an active lifestyle, as the community is home to 33 miles of walking and cycling trails, the Urbandale Golf and Country Club, and beautiful green spaces. Parks include:

  • Walker Johnston Park
  • Walnut Creek Regional Park
  • Lions Park
  • Northview Park

Urbandale is served by a number of school districts with highly-rated schools for students of all ages. The main Urbandale Community School District includes multiple elementary schools, one middle school, and Urbandale HIgh School.

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Urbandale FAQs

What is Urbandale known for?

Urbandale is a vibrant suburb of Des Moines that has plenty to offer everyone. This is the home of Living History Farms, a huge outdoor museum that pays homage to the agricultural history of the area. It is also the birthplace of the Des Moines Buccaneers hockey team, and home to the Paragon Prairie Tower, which has the largest glass mosaic mural in the country.

Is Urbandale a good place to live?

Residents of Urbandale enjoy a high quality of life with easy access to big city amenities, plenty of parks, top rated schools, and a variety of recreational venues. This is an excellent place to do business, raise a family, and settle down. 

How far is Urbandale from Des Moines?

Urbandale is technically part of the Des Moines and metropolitan area. It is located just 11.5 miles northwest of Des Moines or a 15 to 20-minute drive from downtown Des Moines.

Is Urbandale a good place to invest in real estate?

Housing prices in Urbandale can be slightly higher than other communities in the metropolitan area, but you get what you pay for in terms of location and access to amenities. With its close proximity to downtown Des Moines, the area has seen steady growth over the past few decades and this is likely to continue well into the future.

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