Posted August 27, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Love at first sight

Ten 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

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Posted August 27, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured, Featured Story

Her own secret garden

Erin Ellis is a professional house sitter — for now, anyway. “It’s my fall-back career,” she jokes as she re-plots a fresh round of sunflowers. See, the house Ellis has called home for the past two years isn’t completely hers. It all began when her older sister, Sharon, received word

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Posted August 27, 2014in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Enjoyable location

Danny and Terry Wilson continue to enjoy their home on 56th Street even after several neighborhood changes. The Wilsons bought their home in 1995 and felt like it was their little secret. Just east of their home were dirt, rocks and cornfields. Deer were a common and welcomed sight. The

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Posted August 27, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured

Back to the roots

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

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Posted August 27, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured, Featured Story

Romantic bungalow

Picture yourself walking through Pottery Barn and pointing at loved accessories, pillows and wall hangings. Or daydream a scene from a romantic movie with a cute 1940s traditional bungalow as the setting. Imagine viewing a perfectly staged home that is on the market for sale — and this one won’t

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Posted August 20, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Comfortable Colby

A  particular style of Colby brick ranches in Windsor Heights is intelligently designed. With all four bedrooms and bathrooms on one side of the home, kitchen and living room areas on the opposite and a full finished basement, this home boasts a full 2,200 square feet. With a two-car attached

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Posted August 20, 2014in Community Featured, Downtown

Ballyard Lofts

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

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Posted August 20, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Eclectic farmhouse style

Hidden behind their heavily-shaded front yard sits Mike Fletcher and Karlene Kentner’s 1904 two-story farm-style home. From the street, while the leaves are on the trees, their home is a hidden treasure unveiled once you step inside their front gate constructed by Fletcher himself. Fletcher purchased the home at 309

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Posted August 20, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Kinship in Prairie Trail

After dreaming and designing their home for three years, the Horvath family was excited to move into the Prairie Trail neighborhood in January. Prairie Trail is a one of the fastest growing communities in Ankeny. It boasts a “new urbanism” lifestyle, including walkability, traditional neighborhood design and a focus on

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Posted August 20, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes

Finally settling in

For Ron and Patty Schipper, Grimes is the first community they felt they could call home. Ron and Patty met when they were both in the Army and stationed at Fort Ben Harrison, Indiana. “We met and fell in love.” says Patty. “I was the Pennsylvania girl, and he was

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