Amelia Mieth knew just where she wanted to live after graduating from Drake University: downtown Des Moines.
“I like being in the hub,” says Mieth, who for the past year or so has lived at Market Place Lofts, located at Court Avenue and Fourth Street.
Mieth likes that her location is within walking distance of many events and locations, including the Downtown Farmers Market, Des Moines Arts Festival, East Village Holiday Promenade and the Principal Riverwalk. Her regular hangouts include Sbrocco and The Continental in the East Village, Centro and Dos Rios.
An added plus: Her apartment is also close to her job as a teacher at Hiatt Middle School.
When looking for a place to rent, Mieth had looked at Market Place as well as the Court Avenue Lofts. The taller ceilings, open floor plan, updated look, roominess and devoted bedroom space featured in both appealed to her. Market Place had a unit available first, so she jumped at the opportunity.
“I’m very happy with what I’ve found and with this unit,” Mieth said of her one-bedroom, one-bath. She’s enjoying amenities that include big closets, secured entry, a fitness center, parking and a balcony, which is an extension of her entertaining space.
“That was a huge bonus,” says Mieth, who likes to sit and people watch. Her random celeb sighting: She’s about “95 percent sure” she spotted Paula Abdul during her recent visit to Des Moines.
When it comes to decor, Mieth keeps things simple: black and white, with little clutter. Chalkboard decals, wooden quote boards and metal wall hangings fill the walls.
She’s also a candle lover, and will usually have them burning.
“I think it makes the space feel warmer, more comfortable,” she says.
There are some downsides to where she lives, but none that she can’t live with. She’s gotten accustomed to the noise from the train that runs nearby and the buzz of crowds on a Friday night.
“I like living downtown for now,” Mieth says. “It’s been good.”