In the expanding city of Bondurant, there are not many places in which you can avoid the effects of the city’s growth. Jeff and Becky Vargason are one of the select few families in town who can claim such a rare title.
Originally built in 1961 by retired farmers, Jeff and Becky purchased the homestead in 1997 after career paths moved them away from their hometown of Independence.
“We went to California and then we went to Chicago. After we left Chicago, our goal was to get back to Iowa,” says Jeff.
After renting in Ankeny, the Vargasons began attending Bondurant Federated Church with their sons, David and Daniel, which was their first introduction to the small-town feel of Bondurant. The church served as a catalyst for their move to Main Street, right in the heart of town.
It took only three years for Jeff and Becky to start adding on to the house, doubling its existing size.
“We fixed it up the way we wanted it” says Becky.
The design work and most of the construction was completed by the Vargason family, along with friends and their church family.
A new basement was constructed and the ground floor was expanded to allow for increased floor plans.
“When we first moved in, we only had six feet of counter space” Jeff recalls.
The new addition provided necessary living space for the family, as well as a few personal touches.
“We love the family room,” Jeff says. “We sit back there and are away from the front of the house. We can look out the bay window at the outdoors or walk out on the deck. It’s just a cozy room we designed.”
Since day one, Jeff and Becky envisioned finding not just a house, but a home.
“It’s having our family here. Knowing that we raised our boys here” explains Jeff “Once we settled here, we said we weren’t moving again, except to the graveyard.”
Bondurant has proved to be a reliable and perfect city to plant family roots for Jeff and Becky.
“Bondurant is far enough away from a lot of hustle and bustle, but it is close enough that you can go somewhere and do something,” says Jeff. “We’ve been very satisfied with our home life, our church life and that’s a big plus for us.”
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