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Posted March 19, 2014 in Ankeny, Community Featured

When the Hansen family was looking for a new neighborhood, they wanted three things: a family-friendly town to raise their 3-year-old son, Evan, a community that would embrace a consignment franchise and a shorter commute to Saydel.

Tony, Jessica and Evan Hansen moved into their home in the Diamond Hills development on Oct. 30, 2010 — Beggar’s Night.

Jessica and Tony Hansen, with son Evan, enjoy their home in the Diamond Hills development.

Jessica and Tony Hansen, with son Evan, enjoy their home in the Diamond Hills development.

“Evan and I handed out candy, while my husband and our brother-in-law put together our beds,” Jessica says.

Diamond Hills is located just southwest of the south side Hy-Vee. It’s tucked away from the busy streets of Oralabor and State, but still close enough to shops and restaurants. And it’s easy to get to Des Moines.

The Hansen family moved from the south side of Des Moines and chose the Diamond Hills neighborhood because of its proximity to Crocker Elementary School and Sawgrass Park/Diamond Hills Greenway.

Jessica says they enjoy their friendly neighbors and like living between the park and school. She says they visit the park regularly in the summer, which is near a local bike trail. The park has a pond and playground equipment, along with a path that circles the pond.

SONY DSCIn addition, Jessica’s consignment franchise, Rhea Lana’s of Ankeny-Des Moines, seemed like a good fit for the community. Plus, Tony enjoys his shorter commute.

Their two-story house features a large backyard and laundry on the second level, both of which Jessica loves. With three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a fireplace, it works well for the Hansen family. In addition, the open floor plan lets Tony and Jessica see Evan the living room if they’re in the kitchen. Jessica also enjoys the den with the French-style doors.

A little unusual? Jessica says when they moved in, there was a crank-handled, old-fashioned pencil sharpener hanging on the stair frame in the basement. She says they left it there, because they still have no idea why it was put there in the first place.

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