West Des Moines

The rapidly growing community of West Des Moines consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in America. Money magazine called it the best place to live and retire, and Forbes magazine ranked it as the best location for young professionals. With a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars, parks, and highly-ranked schools, the city has something for everyone! West Des Moines real estate is a top choice for those who want to be in an up-and-coming urban center without the big city price tag.

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West Des Moines Real Estate Statistics

Average Home Price $359K
Lowest Listing Price $1
Highest Listing Price $20M
Total Property Listings 4,830
Avg. Days On Market 130
Avg. Price/SQFT $239

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West Des Moines homes for sale come in all sizes, styles, and price points. You’ll find a good mix of single-family ranch homes, modern new constructions, detached villas, duplexes, townhomes, and condos. There are also a number of lots for sale for those who want to build from the ground up.

One of the reasons the city attracts so many young professionals and families is there are a number of affordable homes for sale in West Des Moines that make for great starter properties. You can find reasonably priced homes on quiet streets close to walking trails, shops, and schools.

Single-family homes in West Des Moines typically have attractive backyards, large windows to let natural light in, garages, and/or wide driveways. The interiors often include spacious living and dining areas, fireplaces, finished basements, and laundry rooms.

Luxury homes in West Des Moines are built to impress with a slew of amenities for the ultimate convenience and comfort. Many feature contemporary design elements and custom finishes. Some features you might expect in a luxury home include:

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Marble or hardwood floors
  • Chef-quality kitchens
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Wet Bars
  • Theater rooms
  • Soaking tubs
  • Pergolas
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Saltwater pools

If you don’t want to worry about maintenance, a West Des Moines duplex, townhome or condo is a great choice. There are a number of exclusive communities throughout the city where you can purchase an existing home or choose from a variety of floor plans. These include Della Vista or The Courtyard at Kings Landing, a 55+ active adult community.

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About West Des Moines, IA

Historically West Des Moines was populated by the Fox and Sac tribes, who hunted and fished along the Raccoon River. European colonists settled here during the 1800s and incorporated the city as Valley Junction in 1893. The name referred to the fact that the area was a junction for numerous railroad lines.

By the 1930s, the Depression was in full swing, so members of the community decided to change the name of the city in an effort to attract new industries. In 1938, the city was officially renamed West Des Moines. By the 1950s, the economy was back up and running and the city saw a development boom.

Today West Des Moines is a flourishing city that spans four counties including Polk, Dallas, Warren, and Madison. The city is part of the Des Moines metropolitan area, making it a city within a city. Downtown Des Moines is just a 15-minute drive from West Des Moines. The city is bordered by a number of attractive communities including Waukee, Clive, and Urbandale.

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Amenities & Attractions in West Des Moines

Residents who own West Des Moines real estate have everything they need for a great quality of life right on their doorstep. The city has a number of shopping districts, green spaces, highly-ranked schools, and places to dine and drink. Plus, it's just a short drive to downtown Des Moines where there are even more options.

Jordan Creek Town Center is the largest shopping complex in Iowa with numerous upscale brand name stores, a 20-screen movie theater, and a lakeside boardwalk. Historic Valley Junction is another popular shopping spot with boutiques and restaurants on tree-lined streets.

Raccoon River Park spans over 630 acres and includes Blue Heron Lake. This is a great spot for swimming, cycling, jogging, and dog walking. Walnut Woods State Park is another beautiful pocket of greenery along the Raccoon River.

Golfing is a popular pastime for many West Des Moines residents. The Glen Oaks Country Club has one of the best golf courses in the state. The Des Moines Golf and Country Club has two 18-hole courses that are also excellent for all skill levels.

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West Des Moines FAQs

What is West Des Moines known for?

West Des Moines is the second largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area and it is known for its excellent shopping, dining and entertainment options. The city is also home to the Raccoon River Park, which is a massive green space with hiking trails, playgrounds for kids, BBQs and picnic areas.

Is West Des Moines a good place to live?

This thriving city is growing fast and it’s easy to see why. Residents have access to everything they need within the community including schools, shopping malls, restaurants, sports facilities and healthcare centers. Plus, the central location makes it easy to get to Des Moines, the airport and other communities in the metropolitan area.

How far is West Des Moines from Des Moines?

West Des Moines is about 9.5 miles west of Des Moines or a 15 to 20-minute drive to the downtown core.

Is West Des Moines a good place to invest in real estate?

West Des Moines is an up-and-coming city, so now is a great time to invest in real estate in the area. Housing prices in West Des Moines have been on the rise for the past few years, and this trend is expected to continue over the next few years. There are homes to suit all budgets, which makes this a great option for first-time home buyers, families looking to upgrade, and retirees looking to downsize.

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