Posted December 19, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Spectacular Victorian

  Mark and Kayla Hawkins were living in Adel, inn-keeping a bed and breakfast and doing catering. Kayla announced to Mark she was driving to Winterset to check out a house. He asked her what she was going to do if she liked the house. She said, “I’ll move.” He

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Posted December 18, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

The good life

  A Windsor Heights couple lives the good life for sixty years and counting It was the last week of November. The year was 1953 and James and Gloria Boyt were temporarily moving into Gloria’s brother’s home in Windsor Heights as he went off to war. It wasn’t long and

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Posted December 18, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes

A Familiar Place To Call Home

Alison Ruttencutter dreamed of raising a family in Grimes, but she never expected to do it inside the familiar walls of her childhood home. Alison’s parents built the home in 1997 and sold it in January 2013. “We hadn’t seen the house since, it was hard to drive by because

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Posted December 17, 2014in Community Featured, Downtown

Big city life

“Growing up, Des Moines was considered ‘The Big City’,” Macy Koch stated regarding her current home.  Originally from Mechanicsville, Iowa, Koch’s first encounter with “The Big City” occurred while studying at Simpson College.  However, it wasn’t until Koch’s return to the city after graduation that she would move into her

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Posted December 17, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Quiet neighborhood

  When engaged couple Michael and Carrie Horn bought their home five years ago, they picked Ankeny as a midpoint between their two jobs: his law firm in Des Moines and hers at a book publisher in Ames. Now married with their three-year-old daughter, Lila, and both working in downtown

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Posted December 17, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured

Leaving old, loving new

  There’s much to love about the east side of Des Moines. Many homeowners have lived or still live there long after raising a family. Many are attached to the traditions that make permanent marks in their older east side homes. When an opportunity arises for a family to move,

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Posted December 09, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Where it all started

The location, large yard and mature trees were a draw to Chris and Trish Sackett when they started to look for a new home on Des Moines’ west side. “We have four kids and three dogs,” Trish says. “We wanted a big yard, and we liked all of the trees.”

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Posted December 09, 2014in Clive, Community Featured

Coming home

Gary and Laurie Bishop like to travel, but they really love coming home to Clive. And for good reason. The couple raised three wonderful daughters in their home and have steadily remodeled it over 31 years. “Everything in this house has been altered in some way.  We’ve landscaped, replaced the

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Posted December 07, 2014in Adel, Community Featured


Mark and Edith Hantsbarger bought the craftsman-style house on Main Street in 1983 when they moved from Cambridge. The house was built in 1918 with quality, strength and lasting beauty and has been home to four families. Mark works for Paul’s Pest Control as an exterminator. Often his customers are

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Posted December 07, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Designer’s dream

When they first saw the house in Green Meadows West, Ryan Rivera says his wife, Marianne, an interior designer, saw its potential. “My wife wanted it,” he says. “She could see that despite the fact that it was built in 1991, it had great potential, and it was in a

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