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Old 04-07-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Hi we are a family of four and are planing on buying a home in Ames. Any help with what areas are family friendly and safe and what places to avoid would be much appreciated!
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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There honestly isn't any area in Ames that I would consider unsafe. I would walk around at midnight anywhere in Ames (and I have done so in a few places) without thinking twice about it.

As for family friendly, I would suggest anywhere that isn't immediately adjacent to campus, because those areas are more geared toward college students rather than families. But really, Ames is a very family-friendly place, and you can't really go too wrong anywhere. I'd look in north Ames and maybe far west Ames specifically, but if you find a home elsewhere, it would probably be okay too.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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I agree, the only place I would avoid is the area right next to campus, fraternities, etc. There really aren't that many neighborhoods or homes that close to campus anyway, so avoiding that area won't even limit your options very much. The campus area is safe too, don't get me wrong, but I would choose to live somewhere else and allow the drunk college students and game day revelers to have that space for themselves.

This isn't a BIG problem, but if you live really close to Ames High you'll have teen drivers zooming through your neighborhood before/after school and during lunch breaks. I was guilty of this myself at that age so I thought you should know!

As far as I know all the elementary schools are comparable in quality so you don't need to choose a home just based on school district. And since there's only 1 middle school and 1 high school you don't need to make a choice there either since all students in the district will attend those schools. Among my friends from Ames I know at least one person from every elementary school in town and they all seemed to be happy with the school they attended and didn't have big complaints about their neighborhoods either.

Since there are good neighborhoods all over town, I think you could based your house hunt primarily on the house itself. Find the price range and features you're looking for in a home, and wherever that home is in Ames it's probably a fine place to live and raise a family.

Based on my own experiences living there and those of my friends, I can vouch for these neighborhoods in particular:

Eisenhower/Buchanan/Hoover...that whole area named after presidents
Spring Valley
Northridge
Ontario St area (near Sawyer elementary)
Ken Maril/Garden Rd area (off S. Duff, near Mitchell elementary)

I hope this is useful, and good luck!
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Thanks so much for your help the areas you mentioned are ones that we have been keeping an eye on especially around Ada Hayden park and the West of Ames. My son will be going into the sixth so its going to be a big transition for him. The community seems quite diverse and friendly so we hope for the best.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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If you need a ringing endorsement for Ames, check out the Minneapolis vs. Ames thread.
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