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Posted February 04, 2015 in Community Featured, Johnston

Jim and Elaine Jones began casually looking at houses in 2007. Elaine considered it a hobby.  In reality, she wasn’t sure she wanted to say goodbye to their Urbandale home of 42 years.

Elaine and Jim Jones enjoy being close to one of their sons and his family in their Johnston home.  Photos by Courtney Keiser

Elaine and Jim Jones enjoy being close to one of their sons and his family in their Johnston home.
Photos by Courtney Keiser

“I was humoring Jim. I thought I would never leave behind all of those memories,” she admits. “It’s where our children grew up.”

Ready for change, Jim wanted a home with main-floor laundry, an attached garage and modern conveniences. One of their sons had recently built a home on Wickham Drive.  When they went to check it out, it just so happened their own dream home was for sale down the road.

Jim toured the house alone the first time, then convinced Elaine to join him for an open house.

“We loved the openness of the inside, large windows and the old trees in the back lot. The neighborhood and the outside design were perfect.  It was our favorite of all that we had seen” Elaine explains.

An emotional decision quickly became somewhat easier.  After much consideration, they made the move to Wickham Drive. After nine years in the home, the couple couldn’t be happier.  Jim can often be found in the walk-out basement with his built-in bar, sound system and wine collection. Jones 2

They pass the time together on their covered deck overlooking the pond, birds and wildlife in the warmer months.

Elaine enjoys spending time in the kitchen because its large windows allow for light and gorgeous scenery during the frigid Iowa winters.

Jim and Elaine are approaching 59 years of marriage. They have four children and ten grandchildren, some living out of state.  Elaine says that when they visit, they enjoy having sleepovers at grandpa and grandma’s house and being “spoiled.”

“Our grandson from Texas likes our neighborhood so much that he thinks the whole family should just have houses on this street,” she laughs.  “Holiday and summer get togethers with family are the most fun.”

And because one son’s family home is close to theirs, the couple admits they have their very own electronic helper and Mr. Fix-It to call upon.  The Joneses rarely have to miss out on their grandson’s school functions and events, which in itself, makes life in Johnston well worth it.

“This is our home and we love it,” Elaine says. “We plan on being here for as long as we can.”

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