As a real estate agent, Danielle Seifert has seen a lot of homes. So when she and her husband, Eric, decided to build a house, they chose the Prairie Trail neighborhood in Ankeny — which is where Danielle was living already. They moved into their new home together in June 2013.
Their home is a “European Romantic” style — one of the four classic home designs in Prairie Trail. Danielle and Eric chose Caliber Homes to build their 3,700-square-foot home. So with their growing family — Danielle, Brecken, Emerson and Gibson — they needed some space to spread out.
The exterior features huge chimneys finished in brick or stone, along with other dramatic finishes, including the copper accent on the front of the house.
The inside includes six bedrooms and 4.5 baths with casual spaces flowing from one area to another. Danielle says it’s all usable space — no formal rooms they don’t use. The two-story family room is Danielle’s favorite place to hang with the kids, she says. The custom trim work and large windows makes it a joy to be in.
As Danielle says, Prairie Trail is right in the middle of the action. She and her family live on State Street overlooking “The District,” the entertainment hub which will be soon be filled with restaurants, coffee shops and an amphitheater. It will overlook Precedence Lake and a walking path.
Danielle says she grew up in small-town Iowa where everyone knew everyone.
“There is a comfort that you can give your kids by living in a neighborhood like that. There are a lot of good neighborhoods in Ankeny, but with as active as our kids are, being close to the parks, schools and aquatic center — it’s priceless.
“I can’t imagine a better place to raise my kids,” Danielle says. “The neighbors are the best. It’s like a small town within Ankeny.”
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