Brian Wolcott doesn’t believe what some people have to say about where he lives.
“I think there’s this stigma about townhomes,” Wolcott says, talking about the home he purchased three years ago. “They kind of get a bad rap. ‘Oh, they all look the same, it’s kind of soulless,’ things like that. For me, it’s kind of the best of both worlds.”
The Johnston townhome is the first home purchase for the 32-year-old Wolcott. The ISU grad went from living in college housing to an apartment on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
“I’ve always enjoyed apartments because they’re kind of no-fuss,” he says. “If something breaks, you don’t pay to fix it, you just call the landlord. There’s no mowing, no shoveling. But eventually it was a matter of space.”
Wolcott works from home as a construction contractor, and as his workload grew over the years, so to did his need for dedicated office space. However, he knew that he wasn’t interested in a lot of the daily issues that accompanied owning a house in the city.
“Here, the homeowner’s association handles the snow,” he says. “They mow the grass behind the complex. But at the same time, I’ve got the whole space to myself, and it’s quieter.”
Wolcott’s two-bedroom, two-bath townhome has a large main living area that includes the living room and kitchen. Granite countertops and an island stove accentuate the kitchen area, and a small breakfast nook overlooks the communal back yard. The main floor also houses the master bedroom and main bath. South-facing bay windows give the living space light throughout the day, and the main level features wood flooring throughout.
The bottom level is where Wolcott has created his entertainment space, with a large TV and sidebar dominating the main room. Off of the main room is the second bath, the laundry area and Wolcott’s home office.
“It’s a great feeling, being able to just come downstairs and not be bothered,” he says.
“But,” he admits with a smile, “it’s nice to be part of a community here, too. Johnston’s a great town. I’ve got some good neighbors.”