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Old 10-21-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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Well Florida is flat, hot, and humid. I think the geography and 4 season weather might be nice change of pace.

I thought Tulsa, Ok was beatiful. Iowa can't be much more plain than that, can it?
In my personal opinion, Iowa is a nice place to live, but I would not brag about the geography. At least Florida has beaches. Central Iowa has next to nothing for bodies of waters, not even decent lakes or rivers.

Coming from Florida, you might have a different perspective, but I personally think the geography sucks out here. However, it is a nice, relaxing place to live.

If you seek simple living, then Iowa has a lot offer. If you seek geography, then Central Iowa does not offer it.

Let's get real, this is the Midwest. You don't move out here for the geography or the weather.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Still, Iowa is not endless "flat and ugly." Check out the photo thread, and I'll try to make time to post some shots from the bike paths.

//www.city-data.com/forum/iowa/...to-thread.html
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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I grew up in Boone and wouldn't recommend it. People nickname it the meth capitol.

Ames is the best place for a family. There is shopping, resturaunts, and has a GREAT school system. They offer year round athletics and great recreation programs.

I would recommend googling algor property management for a place to live
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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I grew up in Boone and wouldn't recommend it. People nickname it the meth capitol.

Ames is the best place for a family. There is shopping, resturaunts, and has a GREAT school system. They offer year round athletics and great recreation programs.

I would recommend googling algor property management for a place to live
Yea we have pretty much settled on Ames. Being closer to Des Moines and the university will be worth it.

I emailed algor property. Hopefully they will get back to me with some info.

We will probably take a little mini vacation up there soon a few days to look around at places to live and get a feel for good areas also.

Thanks

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Oh by the way does anyone know how the area east off of Grand Ave is, near Ames High School?
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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Ok well things have changed a bit. We are 100% going to be in iowa in about 3 weeks, but the start up that my wife will be working on will be in Ankeny not Story City. I think Im going to abandon this thread and create a new one in the Des Moines section.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Ankeny is a large (by Iowa standards) suburb of around 49,000 residents as of the latest estimate. It grew by over 19,000 people during that last census decade.
Ankeny tends to sprawl north to south along U.S. 69 & I-35 so depending on where in Ankeny your wife will be working & where you plan to work, you could still actually consider living in part of the Ames region, as in some small towns located between Ankeny & Ames if you cared to. The cities are gradually growing together. A small suburb of both called Huxley lies beteen them and is a pleasant small town.
If however your wife ends up working in far southeast Ankeny near I-35 & just above I-80, a focus south or east could be in the cards for you. Access to all over central Iowa in any direction is pretty good from the Ankeny area.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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Ankeny is a large (by Iowa standards) suburb of around 49,000 residents as of the latest estimate. It grew by over 19,000 people during that last census decade.
Ankeny tends to sprawl north to south along U.S. 69 & I-35 so depending on where in Ankeny your wife will be working & where you plan to work, you could still actually consider living in part of the Ames region, as in some small towns located between Ankeny & Ames if you cared to. The cities are gradually growing together. A small suburb of both called Huxley lies beteen them and is a pleasant small town.
If however your wife ends up working in far southeast Ankeny near I-35 & just above I-80, a focus south or east could be in the cards for you. Access to all over central Iowa in any direction is pretty good from the Ankeny area.
Yea I looked up Huxley, but the only apartment complex i found there is closed it looks like. Would be a good location maybe. Any info on other places between Ankeny and Ames would be appreciated also.

Her job is just north of Renaissance Park and Otter Creek golf course in Ankeny, not sure if that is considered north ankeny, but I'm pretty sure it is not South Ankeny since it is not that close to I-80 as you said. Some of the best apartments I found were 5-7 or so miles north of her job, so I guess we would be living in north Ankeny if we went with those options?

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Old 11-02-2013, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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There is not much else in the way of towns of any size other than Huxley that are directly in the Ankeny to Ames corridor but a small town alternative a few miles west of north Ankeny would be Polk City. It's situated over near the Saylorville Reservoir on the Des Moines River & just south of Big Creek Lake. It would be an alternative if you preferred a small town of about 4,000 people versus actually locating in a large suburb such as right in Ankeny.
I have not been to Polk City for many years so I cannot tell you anything about apartments or the home rental market there as of now given that it has changed tremendously since my last visit there.
Good luck in your search!
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