Stanley and Stella Huber have called the one-story house across from Ashleaf Park in Urbandale home since 1977. Since transferring from Mason City with the phone company, the Hubers have raised three adult children in the recently remodeled home and have no plans of leaving. The family claims to be Golfview Estates longest residents, their walk-out ranch subject of a recent TV commercial.
“You want to see the work we’ve done?” Stanley asks in response to my request. “Watch your television.”
In fact, Midwest Construction in Des Moines featured the Huber remodel during a recent TV spot, the extensive upgrade advertised for all to see. Stanley values his newly-built four-seasons porch, where he spends most of his time. Overlooking a vast patio area, Huber enjoys the daily sunrise creeping above tall backyard trees.
From the entrance, the Huber home is welcoming; a narrow path leads through a bricked entrance, Christmas wreath greeting you at the front door. Snow covers most of the landscaping, giving the property a peaceful aura resting beside a park, dormant for the cold months ahead.
The Huber’s cozy home is just west of the Urbandale Country Club, on a narrow street north of Douglas Avenue. The neighborhood is quiet; sidewalks running behind the house are frequently visited by joggers and dog walkers during summer months.
“Everyone who passes by says nice things about our garden,” says Stella Huber. The raspberry patch is a frequent subject of admiration.
The pair are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale and met with me after service at a local diner. Fellow church friends urge them to boast about the recent upgrades to their home, but the Hubers are a reserved pair, seemingly prepared for the upcoming holiday season.
Stanley, wearing a Santa hat to breakfast, looks forward to his kids coming home for the holidays. The Hubers are expecting a large gathering at 4005 Mary Lynn Drive during Christmas, as Urbandale is convenient as a middle ground for the kids.
“We’re right in the middle. We have a daughter in Minnesota and a son in Kansas City. The kids love coming back to their childhood home.” says Stanley.
What better place to return, than the comfortable abode Mom and Dad have called home for nearly three decades?