Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Email blast, Grimes

A piece of history

If anything is evident about Mel and Gerry Bauman’s house, it’s they know the concept of making a house a “home.” A house is little more than a structure, but a “home” tells the story of the people who live there, and in some cases, particularly the Bauman’s, the house

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Victorian remodel

When Brian and Angela Van Pelt blended their family, the home at 703 W. Court fit their needs. In 2008, they made the 1875 Victorian house their home. While the home worked for their family as it was, Brian had a vision for remodel that would be a better design

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Posted September 17, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Altoona to Ankeny

After college, Brooke Gillum bought a townhome in Altoona, but after she met her husband, Josh, they started looking for a home they could grow into and raise a family. Josh, Brooke, Ashlyn, 2; Brynlee, 5 months; and their two dogs, Emma and Madison, moved to their Ankeny home seven

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

In her element

One of the main reasons homeowner Nondas Beswick purchased her Windsor Heights home in 1974 was to entertain. Forty years later, she’s still entertaining! “It’s a fun house to entertain in,” Beswick says. She has family holidays and serves turkey, beef tenderloin or prime rib. Other parties and groups of

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Downtown

New and modern

Four months ago, Tyler Klobassa made downtown Des Moines his home — specifically at the Fleming Building at 218 Sixth Ave. The Fleming Building is an 11-story historic property that was designed and built in 1909. It is fully occupied and will be adding retail, office and restaurants on the

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Posted September 10, 2014in Clive, Community Featured

Total transformation

Julie and Bart Baudler moved into their five-bedroom Boesen home in 2000. During the 14 years they’ve lived there, they have renovated almost every square foot of their property inside and out. One of the biggest transformations can be seen in their backyard.  They took an ordinary lawn and transformed

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

100 years and counting

Dana and Jennifer Oredson were immediately sold on their 1915 house from the moment they first looked at it in 2005. The couple was moving back to Jennifer’s native Des Moines from Minnesota and wanted to live in a neighborhood with older houses with charm and character. The brick home

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Posted September 03, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Watching the world go by

Mike and Karen Sogard can hardly believe how busy they are in retirement. Of course, it’s nice to know that they say that while enjoying a leisurely, late afternoon lunch on their front patio overlooking the summer traffic as it floats along South Shore Drive. “There’s always something to do,”

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Posted September 03, 2014in Community Featured, Urbandale

Grow with the family

Bill and Lora Knapp know a thing or two about buying and selling homes. They have both been selling real estate for years, and Bill now adds homebuilding to his resume. A co-owner of Ironwood Homes since 2008, Bill has built two of his family’s residences. Bill and Lora were

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Posted September 03, 2014in Adel, Community Featured

The just-right home

When Anthony and Marnie Swigert bought the house at 1135 Court St. they knew it was just right for their lifestyle. “It is meaningful to me when local residents refer to our house as the Brokaw house,” Marnie says. Robert and Edna Brokaw lived in the house from 1955-1986. Over

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