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Love at first sight

Posted August 27, 2014 in Community Featured, Waukee

DSC02466Ten years ago, Jodi Welder was looking for a place that “symbolized tenacity, goals attained, and things fully earned” when she went searching for her new dream home. A young mother of two and a recent career change encouraged Welder to relocate closer to work and to a community better fit for her family.

“I’d been commuting almost an hour from a small town after beginning a new career in West Des Moines. My boys and I were ready for city living and a thriving environment. The Waukee/West Des Moines area felt awesome and was right for us,” Weldner explains.

The Country Club Ridge Townhomes are nestled between Maple Grove Elementary School and Des Moines Golf and Country Club, making it the perfect quiet location for family.

“It is close to everything and in the Waukee School District,” Weldner says. “I’m about five minutes from Centennial Park, four grocery stores, Waukee Library, Panera, the gym, Trader Joe’s, new hospitals, Gusto, the pool, Trostels, El Rodeo, and the interstate.”

Jodi Welder’s Waukee townhome puts her in a community that is a good fit for her family. Photo by Megan Flynn.

Jodi Welder’s Waukee townhome puts her in a community that is a good fit for her family. Photo by Megan Flynn.

With such an ideal location and “cool neighbors,” her home is the perfect fit for Weldner and her family in this stage of her life. She says her oldest son, Jeffrey Welder, loves that the location is “Caucus Central,” and her youngest, Jordan Welder, likes that “with a lawn chair in the right spot, we can see fireworks of both Waukee and Des Moines Golf.”

For Weldner, the townhouse was love at first sight, and she instantly “fell in love with it on the first visit.” From the beautiful foyer and flip-on fireplace to the simply gorgeous master suite, the home had everything she was looking for and more. Weldner loves that “lawn care, landscaping and snow removal are no longer on my ‘to do’ list” and the basement, a rarity in townhomes, was an absolute must for her boys.

After 10 years in her home, Weldner has many amazing memories that make the living space even more special, from middle school poker tournaments her boys would host to the silly songs they would write, sing and record together. The home has happy memories of family Thanksgivings and Christmas gatherings that give it a warm and welcoming feel, and with a new granddaughter, Ella Isabel Welder, she is ready for the sound of pitter-patter to once again fill the house.

Contact Darren Tromblay at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to be featured in a future “Where We Live” column of Waukee Living.

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