Jerry and Virginia Adams bought their Altoona home in 2000. It’s enough space, but not too much. It only takes Jerry one hour to mow.
As the couple plans for retirement, they wanted to be close to their children — two in Ankeny, one in Des Moines and one in Pella.
Since they’ve been in this home, they’ve planted two trees and added Jerry’s shed in back. They changed the front landscaping, added siding on the house, painted the kitchen and replaced all the carpet on the main level. The light blonde engineered hardwood in the kitchen is one of Virginia’s favorites. It’s easy to clean, and it’s beautiful all the time.
“I like my backyard, too,” says Virginia. “It’s the right size and the right amount of shade to keep the house cool.”
Their home sits on a cul-de-sac with easy access to a walking path. Their grandkids like to cross the bridge that stretches over the creek and feed the ducks.
The Adamses do entertain, but not like they used to. It seems pizza is the best dinner for their four kids and 10 grandkids.
“There are so many of us when we all get together,” Virginia says. “Sometimes it’s hard to have seating for that many people.”
Once upon a time, they thought they were on the edge of Altoona. Back then, Fifth Street didn’t go all the way through. Fifty or more homes have been built near their home since they’ve moved in. However, the couple has no regrets. They still love the location of their retirement home.
“The neighborhood is full of kind, friendly people,” says Virginia. “We’ve watched all these kids grow up, and now many of them are graduating from high school.”
It’s a beautiful and busy little street. It’s summertime in Iowa as boats are being geared up to back out, swimming pools are bursting with laughter and others are out watering.
“I really enjoy that everyone takes care of their yards and landscaping around here,” Virginia says. “I even like to hear the kids in the backyard pool next door.”
No different from their neighbors, this couple’s summer is full of traveling, celebrating holidays with family and on occasion, just simply doing lunch out together.