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Old 01-11-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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Within the next month, my family will be relocating to Des Moines. While we'll initially be renting an apartment we plan on buying a home. However, we don't want to purchase a cookie cutter house in a development where the houses basically sit right next to each other. We'd like some breathing room. I suppose you'd call it a more "rural" setting, maybe half an acre to one acre, possibly two. Something that backs up to woods or fields would be ideal. Quiet and privacy are very important to us but, we also need to be within a short drive to shopping, etc. A half hour commute to work would be fine. If anyone can offer some informed suggestions I'd appreciate it (as well as places to avoid).
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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It would help to know where "work" is. Downtown? Western Suburbs? Other? Commute times are pretty short in the DM metro, but can easily chew up the 30mins and more if you locate on the wrong side of where you are heading for work.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:49 PM
 
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Ohhh...sorry to be rude. Should have said this first.

Welcome to Des Moines!
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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The office where I'll be working appears to be just north of the airport.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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Welcome to Des Moines!

I don't think you'll have any problems finding some desirable homes with some land both south of the airport and east, towards Pleasant Hill. Don't listen to nay-sayers who tell you to avoid living on the south side. Yes, there are a few places to avoid, but you won't be looking at those if you want a little land.

It's great that you're renting! We've had an easy winter so far, but normally we get a lot more snow. You'll want to take that into account for your commute. If you find that driving in the snow is too much of a pain, you'll want to consider living fairly close to your job. I have a 10-minute commute for that reason.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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Having originally lived in New York I know how snow can turn a manageable commute into a nightmare. I'll certainly factor that into our decision. Are there any particular areas that you would suggest we research?
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:40 PM
 
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Being close to the airport, avoid north and northwest part of the metro (Altoona, Ankeny, Polk City) and focus instead on south/southwest or west. Carlise, Norwalk, Madison County. You should find a lot of options for "elbow room" worthy housing in those areas.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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Will do. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:08 PM
 
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Being close to the airport, avoid north and northwest part of the metro (Altoona, Ankeny, Polk City)
Quick correction -- These areas are in the north to the northEAST of downtown Des Moines. And they are nice areas, just too far away for an easy commute for you.
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:14 AM
 
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Quick correction -- These areas are in the north to the northEAST of downtown Des Moines. And they are nice areas, just too far away for an easy commute for you.
YEs, sorry. Northeast part of the metro (e.g...Altoona) is the opposite side of the airport area which is located in the south/southwest.
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