Alisha Scanlon lives in her south Ankeny townhome with her boyfriend, Jim, and their dog, Quincy. For Scanlon, the townhome was an important first step in independence.
“I was relatively young when I bought (the townhome),” the now 30-year-old Scanlon says. “I’d gone from living at home as a teenager to living in dorms and shared housing through college. When I graduated, I just really wanted a place that was all mine.”
When she discovered her townhome, the timing couldn’t have been better.
“The neighborhood was still new,” she explained. “The builders hadn’t completed the interior on mine, so I was pretty much able to build to suit. When every house looks exactly the same from the outside, it’s important to make it feel unique on the inside. This home is definitely me.”
Scanlon’s townhome is spaciously designed. The entirety of the main level contains just two interior walls, which contain a half bath. The rest of the main floor plan is a completely open space consisting of the kitchen, dining and living room areas. The space is broken up by the placement of sofa and dining table, and the kitchen features an island with counter space and stove built in.
The bottom level holds the master bedroom and bath, as well as a smaller guest bedroom, second bathroom and laundry facilities. Both bedrooms have walk-in closets and south-facing windows looking out on the tree line behind the property.
Scanlon works for John Deere and appreciates being near the interstate for a quick commute to West Des Moines.
“I grew up on the south side of Des Moines,” she says. “I liked the close-knit neighborhoods, but I never really felt like I was close to anything.”
“But,” she continued, “now that I’m living in Ankeny, I feel like I’m close enough to all the things I want to do, but still can enjoy a smaller, more intimate neighborhood.”
And for Scanlon, the neighborhood is everything.
“Kids ride their bikes out on the street. It’s quiet. I know all my neighbors. It’s always nice to come home,” she says.To be featured in an upcoming “Where We Live” column, contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.