Posted October 22, 2014in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Peace and quiet

Sometimes the major life transitions that occur in families are hard to accept. When homeowners Dennis and Mary Wheeler decided to sell their home on Beech Boulevard, their youngest son wasn’t overly excited. Although he was happy for his parents, he wasn’t ready to see his childhood home leave the

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Posted October 22, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Anything but mundane

Five years ago, if someone told Laurie Kramer she would trade in a life of adventure, exotics and intrigue for a two-car garage in a quiet neighborhood, she probably would have laughed in that person’s face. The New Hampshire native spent a good part of her childhood in Iowa, but

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Posted October 22, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured, Email blast

Not like they used to

If you take the short drive down Lincoln Street S.E., Bondurant’s past and present seem to collide. Vestiges of the past are apparent while modern touches have been added out of both necessity and desire. The perfect example of this can be seen in the home of Steven and Lynette

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Posted October 22, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured

A fruitful 40 years

When this neighborhood was a cornfield, Randy Colyn was about to graduate high school. The year was 1973. This Altoona cul-de-sac, Camelot Court, started to develop in 1974. Forty years later this quiet part of town has many homes, beautiful mature trees and is well kept. Homeowners Randy and Gay

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Long-time appreciation

Homeowner Bev Bierma has appreciated Windsor Heights and all its offerings for many years. Having been in the area since elementary school, Bierma has much to love and appreciate about her Windsor Heights location. She enjoys Colby Park’s music in the park, yoga for seniors in the community center and

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes


When couple Brenda Hummel and Dan Foreman started looking for a house in Grimes, it wasn’t as simple a quest as finding one with a three-car garage or a galley kitchen. No, it was Brenda’s daughter, Andrea, influencing the couple’s buying decision. Andrea, nicknamed Scooter, is nonmobile, nonverbal, g-tube fed

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Posted October 15, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Quiet, country feel

The Posusta family didn’t have to move to the country to find some private space in Ankeny. Matt, Jen, Madi, 11; Morgan, 8; Myla, 6; and their dog, Kobe, moved to their new home just a year ago. They moved from Clover Ridge in Ankeny, just a few miles south

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Posted October 15, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Curious charm

Thirty years ago, Steve and Patty Weeks decided to move to town from the country and make a house on East Court Street their home. The two-story home has a mansard roof and was supposedly fashioned to give it a steam ship look. According to documents in the Weeks’ possession,

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Posted October 08, 2014in Clive, Community Featured

A perfect fit

Phil Isley had been living in a wonderful home on Rio Valley Drive in Clive for the last six years when it was time for his family to grow. He had chosen the home in order to be in the West Des Moines school district for his daughter, Amelie, and

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Posted October 08, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Deep roots

When Kristine Winber looked at private education costs in southern California for her young son compared with her native Des Moines, the choice was clear: return home. Winber packed up her son and moved back to Des Moines in 2003. She would periodically come back to visit, and a friend

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