Posted January 21, 2015in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Nice – Then and Now

Pleasant Hill has gone through several changes since the 1960s. Long-time residents know that just south of Oakwood Drive there were no houses, just cornfields. In fact, Oakwood Drive was really the edge of town. It wasn’t until the early 1970s did other streets and houses start appearing. Homeowner Danora

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Posted January 21, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

The New Cooks in Town

It was love at first bite for these Beaverdale residents…No, really. “I actually met him at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in our hometown,” said Sophia Leven-Stott. “But it’s not as romantic as you might think. He was the cook.” Picture this: a quaintly decorated, warm and inviting Beaverdale home in the

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Posted January 21, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured, Email blast

From the Beginning

When I converse with area residents about their homes, their histories and everything local, most need to take some time to reflect. The Meislahn family are not most people. I arrived at their home and before we were even sitting down to talk, Jeff was on-point with conversation. “I always

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

Spectacular Foursquare

In 1994, Dan and Donna Drey were looking for a change. They were relocating and downsizing. Their search in Winterset and surrounding towns for a fixer-upper eventually turned up the house at 318 W. Filmore. Another car was eyeing the house but Dreys beat them placing an offer. “Our parents

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Love at first sight

In 2001 Nicholas and Teri Mayer visited a Grimes open house as a joke.  The couple just assumed the stunning, custom home was out of their price range. It was love at first sight. Even better, they realized they could make it work within budget. “We knew we had to

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Posted January 14, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Small town feel

  Having outgrown their West Des Moines home, the Johnson family looked for a smaller-town feel with many amenities. So they chose Ankeny more than four years ago. Brian, who works from home for a compliance and risk-based company, and his wife, Jami, who works at the Principal Financial Group,

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Windsor Heights

Living the dream

How often do you hear of someone say how grateful they are to live in their home? Or to know someone who speaks of living the dream when they speak of their home? Better yet, to be that grateful person who speaks so graciously of their own home. Most homeowners

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Posted January 07, 2015in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Natural charm

  The historic characteristics and features are what drew Michael and Susan Holderness to their 1900 home at 2900 Forest Drive on the city’s west side. “We thought it had a lot of natural charm,” Susan says. The couple has lived in the home for about 32 years. The couple

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Posted January 07, 2015in Clive, Community Featured

Cousin’s Club

Gary Brown likes to buy the ugliest house on the street and turn into the nicest.  But his wife Rhonda wasn’t up for another renovation when the couple bought their Clive home in 2003.  She firmly requested a move-in-ready property. “I only wanted to do minor repairs, like paint,” Rhonda

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Posted December 31, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

A City-Style Loft in the Suburbs

In 2010 Mike and Sherri Bruckshaw downsized from their house on a three-acre lot to a cozy contemporary home In Johnston’s unique Long Meadow Lane neighborhood. The couple would soon become empty nesters and that, paired with the desire for less space and yard work, solidified their decision to build.

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