Finding Apartments for Rent in West Des Moines, IA
You may find West Des Moines, IA’s well designed, inexpensive housing, low unemployment and outstanding job opportunities make it the irresistible choice out of all the communities you've been considering.
Weather in West Des Moines, IA
The West Des Moines climate is called “continental.” This means there are clear seasonal variations in temperature and precipitation. There are 220 days of sunshine in a year. Spring and Fall average temperatures are 47 F and 50 F, respectively. The average summer temperature is 75 F, while average winter temperature is a chilly 23 F. Snowfall averages 31.6 inches annually.
Shopping in West Des Moines, IA
Historic Valley Junction began life in the late 1800’s as a collection of small shops owned by local merchants, connected by wooden sidewalks. Today the Valley Junction Historic Business District provides neighborhood shopping flavored by undeniable community tradition. With more than 150 specialty stores, art galleries, fashion boutiques, restaurants and antique shops, you can enjoy the melding of art and history as you find just the right place to dine.
Jordan Creek Town Center occupies 2 million square feet of thoughtfully designed space. In winter you’ll appreciate its enclosed shopping area, offering you a comfortable place to linger, chat and shop, no matter how frosty the outdoors. Throughout the rest of the year you can enjoy the 3.5 acre lake with trails and waterfront boardwalk. Those who prefer the old fashioned ambiance of movies with popcorn will flock to the Century 20 Jordan Creek movie theatre.
City planners often say that mixed use development is best as there’s activity throughout the day and week, with no part of an area left isolated from 5 PM to 8 AM or on weekends. Mixed use is safer, provides a sense of community and often affords the possibility of living very close to where you work. The Village of Ponderosa is such a location. It’s home to the Embassy Club West, which offers fine dining in a tranquil lakeside setting. Wellman's is another popular night spot in this community. Well built homes, lofts and townhomes are integrated into this planned community that features charming paths, a downtown market area and functional yet elegant walkways.
Cultural Attractions in West Des Moines, IA
West Des Moines, IA is in America’s heartland with its cherished tradition of quilting. Quilt making was common at the end of the 18th century and early 19th century, and continues today. Many skilled hobbyists enjoy this craft and keep it alive, often through the colonial tradition of the quilting bee. Quilting achievements are proudly displayed at quilting and craft shows. In West Des Moines, you can find out about the many upcoming quilting events and purchase a full range of quilting supplies and quilting equipment both new and used. You can also attend quilting classes at the local quilting center, Heart of Quilting.
Tallgrass Theatre specializes in creating engaging community theatre, and encourages volunteers. When you live in West Des Moines IA, there are many ways you can get involved in the theatre. One possibility is helping behind-the-scenes. You can participate in set design or help run part of a production. If you’re a writer, consider submitting your own dramatic work. Don’t forget to put Tallgrass productions on your calendar.
The West Des Moines Historical Society relies on volunteers to pursue its goals of ongoing community education and preservation of the community’s history. When you volunteer you can preserve knowledge of old traditions, create new ones, socialize with your neighbors and learn new skills.
Transportation Options in West Des Moines, IA
Flex Route 72 serves West Des Moines. It operates between the Jordan Creek Town Center area, University Avenue medical corridor, Valley West Mall and the Valley Junction area.
There are connections to Local Route 11 at Valley Junction, Local Routes 3 and 52, Express Route 94, and at 60th Street and Westown Parkway. You can also connect to Express Route 95 at 60th Street and Vista Drive. You can obtain a guide to reading and interpreting transit schedules in West Des Moines here.View Apartments in West Des Moines, Iowa
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