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    Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

    November 23rd, 2011

    When most people initially think of Thanksgiving the first words that spring to mind are shopping, turkey, and football. What tends to get glossed over by most people is actually stopping to think about all that we have to give thanks for. Thanksgiving provides us with an excellent opportunity to step back and think about the things that we are most grateful for. Living here in Des Moines we all have plenty to give thanks for.  We decided a great way to do this was to take a step back and look back at all the achievements our city of Des Moines was able to accrue this year.  Thankfully the Greater Des Moines Partnership had already researched some of this information and pulled together an impressive list:

    Greater Des Moines Ranks #1 Best City for Young Professionals - Forbes, July 2011

    Des Moines ranks #2 Best Place for Business. - Forbes, June 2011

    Des Moines is the #1 richest metro in the nation. - US News & World Report, June 2011

    Des Moines is the #1 city in the US for home renters. - Time Magazine, June 2011

    Iowa ranks #9 for best state for business. - CNBC, June 2011

    Des Moines ranks #5 for best cities for families. Based on great schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs, and parkland. - Parenting Magazine, June 2011

    Not only are we thankful for our wonderful city getting so much recognition this year, we were also thankful to be named #1 in Overall Customer Satisfaction for  both home buyers and home sellers this year.  This annual award is presented by J.D. Power & Associates.  More information can be obtained from their website.  Statistics on home buying can be found here, and home selling can be found here.

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    Why we love Sherman Hill

    December 15th, 2010

    Nestled just on the outskirts of downtown is the historic village of Sherman Hill.

    Des Moines oldest neighborhood, known for it’s classic victorian houses, hills, and loft apartments; Sherman Hill is the perfect place for the younger crowd who wants a quiet neighborhood, with quick access to the exciting downtown atmosphere.

    Shops and restaurants are right at hand for this lovely neighborhood, with Ingersoll and Cottage Grove business district just blocks away. As well as places like Cafe Di Scala and Ancient Ways, who call Sherman Hill their home.

    Hoyt Sherman Place offers a variety of entertainment opportunities in Sherman Hill. Drawing performers like local favorite Max Wellman, to activities such as Tonic Sol-Fa or Ballet Des Moines. Residents of Sherman Hill and it’s visitors have high quality entertainment at their fingertips.

    Grocery shopping is easy to do in Sherman Hill. Whether you want to buy organic and local at Gateway Market, or prefer Dahls, both are readily available.

    Sherman Hill is the perfect place for the young crowd. While its a quiet neighborhood, arts and entertainment, grocery shops and downtown life are all just minutes away. It’s a neighborhood that manages to have the best of both worlds.

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    West Des Moines hits the spot

    November 27th, 2010

    Our blog is all about why we love Des Moines and Iowa and so we’ve decided to do something special.

    Over the next few weeks we’re going to do a weekly blog on different neighborhoods of Des Moines. Talking about what they offer, what living is like etc.

    We hope you enjoy.

    If you’re looking for a nice place to live. Somewhere that has options. Whether it’s a duplex, a town home or an apartment. Somewhere that’s quiet.

    A place that people of all ages can enjoy; whether they’re 60 and retired, 23 and a recent college graduate, or someone raising a family.

    A place that offers the lifestyle of a suburb, but has the excitement of downtown only minutes away. A place like this does exist. In fact, it was also named one of the “Best places to Live” by CNNmoney magazine and a best place to start a business by Business Record.

    This place, is West Des Moines.

    Located just 15 minutes outside of Downtown Des Moines, West Des Moines offers the calm peace of a suburb, with the excitement of downtown living just moments away.

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    Jordan Creek town center is just one example. With all sorts of restaurants, a movie theatre and fantastic stores, J-Creek is a great place to visit.

    Local grocery stores are also conveniently located in West Des Moines, whether you like Dahls, Trader Joe’s, Hy-Vee or Fareway, we have them all.

    The City of West Des Moines also has options for those who like to be outdoors. With over 1200 acres of Park’s and open space and 35 miles of bike trails, there’s something for everyone in West Des Moines.

    West Des Moines is home to a superb education program as well. With 8 elementary schools, 2 junior high schools and one high school; and an average student-teacher ratio of 16-1 children in West Des Moines are sure to get a quality education.

    Exciting nightlife is close at hand too. In West Glen alone patrons can check out Blue Moon dueling piano bar, Funny Bone Comedy Club or Cabaret West Glen.

    There’s plenty more of West Des Moines to see and check out, but we can’t include all of it here. So, come out and check us out. Whether it’s going to a game at Valley Stadium, shopping at Jordan Creek or a simple stroll in the park. West Des Moines is a great place to visit and live.

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