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Living in Downtown Des Moines

October 3, 2022

When looking for that perfect place to live, there are many factors to consider, from recreation to culture to convenience. At Hubbell Homes, we believe that a modern, energy-efficient home isn’t enough for your future — you deserve a hometown that checks off all the boxes on your list, too.

How do vibrant streets, trendy shops, restaurants, and fun people sound? Say hello to beautiful Downtown Des Moines! When you add a spacious, low-maintenance home that’s built for your lifestyle into the mix, you know that your best days are just ahead. We can’t wait for you to experience the energy and excitement of Downtown Des Moines living with a new home in one of our unique urban communities!

Should I Live in Downtown Des Moines?

Downtown is the heart of Des Moines, where businesses thrive alongside a flourishing cultural and social scene. As opportunities expand in the downtown area, more and more Iowans are choosing to make their homes here – and for a good reason.

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Though the area has skewed toward young renters, Downtown Des Moines is diversifying, attracting a broader spectrum of people. The city holds something for just about everyone, from recent college grads to young families, and LGBTQ community members to retirees. As more choices in housing emerge, even more people will discover the joys of living in Downtown Des Moines.

What to Do in Downtown Des Moines, IA

If you’re wondering what to do in Downtown Des Moines, there is a diverse array of activities and attractions for people of all backgrounds. Downtown Des Moines is a hub of fun and intriguing cultural attractions, sporting events, shopping, and more. Beautiful parks and gardens, exciting live music venues, unique bars and nightclubs, charming boutiques and art galleries… not to mention the food!  

Where to Eat in Downtown Des Moines

Whether you’re craving pizza, burgers, brunch, or late-night bites, this town has it all! Food trucks and brewpubs, cafes and diners, casual outdoor patios, and candle-lit fine dining… here are a few of our favorites: Zombie Burger’s “post-apocalyptic chic” restaurant in the East Village offers unique burgers and hand-mixed shakes. Famous Fong’s Pizza is known for its Asian-inspired pizzas and appetizers. You’ll also love the light and fluffy donuts at ChuChu, the pastrami sandwiches at Palmer’s Deli, the fresh sushi from Blue Sushi Sake Grill, and all manner of cutting-edge cuisine prepared by James Beard-nominated chefs.

Enjoy Downtown Des Moines Living in Our Townhome Communities!

Once you’ve fallen in love with all Downtown Des Moines offers, it’s time to find the perfect place to live. And Hubbell Homes’ Urban Collection, available in our Townhome Communities, has homes for families of all types and sizes. The Banks, located along the Des Moines River, and Gray’s Station, the largest urban neighborhood in Downtown Des Moines, feature contemporary finishes, rooftop views, and floorplans that are thoroughly modern and designed specifically for urban living.

Sunset view of Hubbell homes downtown in des moines

Our incredibly sought-after community, The Banks, offers urban style and a spacious home interior. The East Village of Des Moines has been steadily growing in popularity for years. With charming shops, a lively night scene, and plenty of outdoor areas and recreational trails to enjoy, it’s an ideal place to set down roots. The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge is just steps away. Across the river, you’ll find several entertainment options. The Wells Fargo Arena boasts a variety of incredible performances, and the Lauridsen Skatepark is always a fun outing. You will easily find whatever you want in your dream home in one of our four floor plans available at The Banks. The Azure, The Capri, The Eredine, and The Glasswater, each have three bedrooms, two-car attached garages, four-season rooftop patios, open layouts, and flexible living spaces.

The stunning and groundbreaking community at Gray’s Station offers a plethora of amenities scattered throughout its central location. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the area will welcome a new soccer stadium, retail shops, restaurants, parks, and more. With bike paths connecting the community to the downtown streets and an upcoming new phase that includes a clubhouse and pool, residents will benefit from an awe-inspiring new approach to urban living. Combining the vibrancy of city life with a sense of peace and privacy, this community also offers an ideal location just between West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Gray’s Lake. Prospective homeowners have the choice between seven townhome floor plans. Boasting three bedrooms, two-car garages, rooftop patios, and up to 2,310 square feet of living space to personalize, you’ll be able to find a floor plan that’s just right for you within this incredible urban community. The great news is we have a variety of townhomes AVAILABLE NOW, so you can move into your new home sooner rather than later!

Things will be great when you're Downtown.

At Hubbell Homes, we believe that our new homes reflect the towns that they’re built in, which is why we chose to build in beautiful Downtown Des Moines. This is a place that defines home — from its carefree way of life to fun neighbors and exciting things to do. Take a look at our new homes for sale in Gray’s Station, and The Banks, and contact us for more information.

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