Now married with their three-year-old daughter, Lila, and both working in downtown Des Moines, Carrie says, “We’ve discussed moving closer to our jobs, but I really like Ankeny, and I know their schools will be more beneficial for Lila.”
The threesome live on NW Applewood Street. “We’re in the neighborhood where the majority of the streets end in ‘wood’: Greenwood, Beechwood, Westwood,” Carrie says.
Their home is situated between NW State Street and NW Irvindale Drive, close to the Faith Baptist Bible College and North Creek Park. It’s also near High Trestle Trail, Kirkendall Public Library and provides easy access to some of Ankeny’s main streets. The neighborhood features mature trees and limited traffic. “It’s quiet. We don’t hear traffic, sirens or even the parade during Summerfest,” Carrie says.
“We liked the large trees and cozy feeling over some of the brand new developments on the east side of town. When Michael walked into the house, he imagined himself on the deck grilling while I imagined myself running around in the backyard with our future children.”
On the inside of their three bedroom, two bathroom home, Carrie says she’s glad that the previous owners had painted such a pleasant color scheme in the living and dining rooms. “They painted brick red accent walls beside tan colored walls throughout. I like the look, but I don’t think I would’ve been brave enough to try it on my own. Michael loves the deck because it has plenty of space for using his grill.”
The only downside, Carrie says, is that since the house was built in the 1970s, it only has a one-car garage, which we’re not too excited about, but we’ve learned to deal with it.”