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Old 03-28-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Hello, I will be moving to DSM and working near Pela. Where should I live? I'm 30 and single and would like to meet some friends. Also what's the dating scene like in DSM?
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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Depends on what type of lifestyle you like best. If you like a downtown atmosphere, there are apartments/lofts downtown. Otherwise, West Des Moines offers quite a bit as a suburb for someone that is single.

Urbandale and Ankeny would be the next thoughts. Many apartments there and retail/food but they sit a bit further out from the core entertainment in Des Moines and West Des Moines.

Then there is Waukee, Johnston, Clive, Windsor Heights, Pleasant Hill, Norwalk, Altoona. All nice but are more family oriented suburbs. Windsor Heights is a neat older 'suburb' with some nice homes and bit more of an eclectic crowd.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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^ If he's going to work in Pella, I'm not sure the western suburbs make a lot of sense.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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^ If he's going to work in Pella, I'm not sure the western suburbs make a lot of sense.
Very true. Pella isn't THAT far but it would get old having to drive that every single day, especially in winter when I80 often seems to get the brunt of snow and ice and fog.

Pleasant Hill or Ankeny or Altoona would make more sense. Or even just live in Pella and make frequent trips to DM
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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Or even just live in Pella and make frequent trips to DM
I agree with this. Of course I'm married and a little beyond 30 so my perspective is going to be different, but Pella is large enough to offer pretty much everything a person should need on a day-to-day basis. With gas prices pushing $4 and rising and housing being generally more affordable in Pella it probably makes more sense financially to live in Pella during the week and stay in a hotel in Des Moines every weekend.

Of course Pella doesn't offer a "night life" to speak of, and 30ish singles are probably going to be hard to find, so if an active social life that includes hitting the clubs on a nightly basis is part of the plan the eastern suburbs of DSM make more sense.

If you really want to live it up, though, the East Side might be a good choice! It all depends how you feel about mulletts, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and wife beater shirts.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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I agree with this. Of course I'm married and a little beyond 30 so my perspective is going to be different, but Pella is large enough to offer pretty much everything a person should need on a day-to-day basis. With gas prices pushing $4 and rising and housing being generally more affordable in Pella it probably makes more sense financially to live in Pella during the week and stay in a hotel in Des Moines every weekend.

Of course Pella doesn't offer a "night life" to speak of, and 30ish singles are probably going to be hard to find, so if an active social life that includes hitting the clubs on a nightly basis is part of the plan the eastern suburbs of DSM make more sense.

If you really want to live it up, though, the East Side might be a good choice! It all depends how you feel about mulletts, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and wife beater shirts.
I was with ya till the last sentance. Come on. I live near the east side and have yet to see a mullet (except for the State Fair) or wife beater. And downtown bars sell PBR! The stereotypes are just sooooo over the top.

Myself, I would go crazy living in a small town like Pella, and wouldn't take a job there in the first place, it's way too small for my liking. But that's just me.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I was with ya till the last sentance. Come on. I live near the east side and have yet to see a mullet (except for the State Fair) or wife beater. And downtown bars sell PBR! The stereotypes are just sooooo over the top.

Myself, I would go crazy living in a small town like Pella, and wouldn't take a job there in the first place, it's way too small for my liking. But that's just me.
My job used to take me into the heart of the beloved "east side" on a daily basis. Trust me, the stereotypes are real.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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My job used to take me into the heart of the beloved "east side" on a daily basis. Trust me, the stereotypes are real.
If you say so, it must be true. Forget the fact that I am there quite often myself and have not observed it to be so.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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West Des Moines by highway 5 wouldn't be a much longer drive than the eastern suburbs, as it's already further south. Personally, I'd avoid the east side suburbs (or east side in general) at all costs.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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One plus...Altoona seems to have the lowest gas prices in the metro a good deal of the time
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