Just three months ago when Ballyard Lofts opened, Nyla Evans and her cat, Strider, jumped at the chance to move in. Evans wanted to be closer to work.
Ballyard Lofts, located at 350 S.W. Second St., are just north of Principal Park. The lofts offer exposed duct work, concrete floors and huge windows that open up to downtown Des Moines. Each unit includes kitchen appliances, washer, dryer and one parking stall in a private lot. The common areas include a party room with a pool table, theater room, business center, gym and secured storage lockers.
“Ballyard has all the amenities I was looking for,” Evans says. “My two biggest were washer and dryer, and being able to have pets. The cement floors are so easy to clean. Also, an awesome bonus is being able to pay my rent online every month.”
Evans says she loves the downtown area and all that it has to offer.
“There are so many different things you can do every day of the week,” she says. “All the different opportunities are so close, from yoga in the park at Gray’s Lake to the concerts by the river, the farmers market, Iowa Cubs games and Science Center activities. The best part is everything is within walking or biking distance.”
The lofts are completely full, and it’s no surprise why. Residents enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cultural attractions within a walkable area. The central location provides easy access to the Court Avenue entertainment district, Historic East Village and the Western Gateway. They’re also steps away from the Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) hub, so public transit is a breeze.
“Since I live on the east side of the building, I can sit on my couch and watch the Principal Park fireworks from my window,” Evans says.
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