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Saylorville and Ankeny comprise two smaller neighborhoods within close proximity of downtown Des Moines, with Ankeny incorporated as a separate city. Both neighborhoods are close to interstates for quick commutes to and from work, and residents have lots of options when it comes to shopping, dining and recreation. The cost of living in these communities runs slightly higher than the rest of Iowa, but with access to big-city amenities, the quality of life for residents is quite high.


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The areas of Ankeny and Saylorville have plenty of fast food joints, but residents do have some tasty options when they’re in the mood for home-cooked meals.

Winner of multiple regional and national titles between the restaurant’s two pitmasters, Smokey D’s BBQ serves up some of the tastiest barbecue in the country. Diners can choose between sandwiches, BBQ ribs and platters, including The Whole Pit, a meal that feeds four to six people and includes a full rack of ribs, six different barbecue meats, three different sides, spud sticks and garlic bread.

Yanni’s Grill & Vineyard serves a great buffet of Italian and Greek dishes for lunch. On Sundays the buffet includes homemade pasta, pizza and Greek-seasoned beef dishes. Locals love the chicken piccata as well as the buttered garlic knots.

Another barbecue joint that vies to be the best in Des Moines, Jethro’s BBQ & LakeHouse serves up tasty barbecue as well as Cajun cuisine. Located in the Saylorville neighborhood, diners can concentrate on either barbecue or Cajun, or combine both on a platter. Pair the spicy chicken and sausage gumbo with some smoked brisket to make your taste buds sing.

A great place for a quick breakfast or lunch, CJ’s Bagel Basket turns out tasty, chewy bagels just perfect for a sandwich. Try a ham and egg bagel to start your day right. For lunch, locals recommend the BLT sandwich on the Asiago bagel.

Firetrucker Brewery, located in an old fire station, serves up in-house craft beers that change with the seasons. From porters and stouts to IPA and ginger beers, locals enjoy the varied events held at the brewery, including musical acts and food delivered in from various local restaurants.

With an affordable happy hour and plenty of televisions to catch the game, Thunderhead Sports Bar & Grill keeps patrons happy. Craft beer from Thunderhead and local area brewers can be found on tap, and the place is known for its Thunderpies, huge pizzas covered with a variety of different toppings and tons of cheese.


Located six miles north of the Des Moines metro area, John Ankeny and his wife Sarah established the settlement of Ankeny in 1875, which incorporated in 1903. The coal mining industry played an important role in Ankeny’s early history, and by 1914, Ankeny coal companies were some of the top coal suppliers in the state. Major employers today in Ankeny include Tone’s Spices, Mrs. Clark’s Foods and Des Moines Area Community College.

The Ankeny Area Historical Society has public tours of the property house, an old classroom and coal mines of the area. The society maintains a property built in 1905 as its home office.

The Ankeny Art Center has free admission for visitors. The exhibits change every eight weeks, and the center hosts classes and events throughout the year.

Summerfest takes place in July. Residents enjoy a cardboard regatta and parade as well as music, great food and fireworks.


Residents of Ankeny have access to the Ankeny Express bus service, which aids residents who commute to work or for shopping in downtown Des Moines. The on-call shuttle bus service takes residents where they need to go within Ankeny city limits. Freedom Taxicab offers its services to residents who wish to travel in and around the Des Moines area, as Uber doesn’t provide service this far out. Located at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35, residents who commute by car have easy access to areas outside Ankeny, as they are only ten minutes from downtown Des Moines. Ankeny also has a small regional airport, making travel to far-away places easy and convenient. Over 73 miles of paved biking and hiking trails can be found in and around Ankeny, but most residents use these trails for recreation rather than commuting. Residents of the Saylorville neighborhood have access to the Des Moines Area Regional Transit bus services, which makes many stops throughout the Des Moines area.


The cost of living in Ankeny averages 8 percent higher than the rest of Iowa and 7 percent less than the national average, with a one-bedroom apartment renting for $750 per month. Gasoline averages 9 percent less than the national average, and the price of a bottle of beer during happy hour can set you back $3. An express bus pass for Ankeny residents is $58 per month.

In Saylorville cost of living is 7 percent higher than the Iowa average and approximately 8 percent less than the national average. A one-bedroom apartment here rents for less than $700 a month, with beer, gasoline and transportation costs similar to those in Ankeny.


Small mom-and-pop retail shops can be found within the Ankeny and Saylorville areas, with Uptown Ankeny housing lots of places for shoppers to browse and buy. Quilter's Cupboard features the latest fabrics and notions for quilters. It also provides classes on quilting techniques and has clubs for quilters to work on projects as a group. The shop also sells Baby Lock machines and provides training for them.

For crafters, Bulldog Ceramics teaches would-be artists and experienced potters how to create ceramic works of art. The shop also features ready-made items for gifts. The Funky Zebras has a location in Ankeny that carries women's fashions and home decor. Shoppers can also find children's and teens' clothing, including great sales and special shopping events throughout the year. Gently used home decor from furniture to dishes can be found at The Attic. This consignment shop has new merchandise arriving daily, so shoppers can always find something unique.

The Uptown Ankeny Association hosts the Uptown Ankeny Farmer's Market every Saturday from May through September. Residents can find baked goods, handcrafted items, and fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

For groceries, residents shop at Hy-Vee, Whole Foods Market or Fareway. If you're in the mood for freshly prepared foods and artisan bread, stop by Palmer's Deli & Market on Ankeny Boulevard. This lovely market has an extensive menu of specialty sandwiches and an impressive selection of gluten-free options. Enjoy a quick meal in the dining room, or take your food home for a hassle-free family meal. Other options include specialty food shops such as C Fresh Market, which features Vietnamese specialities, and AllSpice, which has a huge selection of spices, oils, herbs and vinegars.


Ankeny has 40 parks, two aquatic centers and 34 miles of hiking and biking trails for residents and visitors to enjoy, and has been named as a Playful City six times by the KaBoom Foundation.

Residents and their pets enjoy the Ankeny Dog Park, over seven acres of fenced-in areas for pets to run off-leash. The park features a pond and separate areas for large and small dogs. Yearly passes cost residents $25, and nonresidents can use the park for $35 a year.

Hawkeye Park has lots of picnic tables and grills for families, baseball and softball fields, areas for fishing and ice skating, and plenty of playground equipment. Residents can also play a game of Frisbee golf on the course in the park.


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Fieldstream Apartment Homes
1735 NW Fieldstream Ln, Ankeny, IA 50023
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Havenwood by Redwood
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902 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021
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The Sterling at Prairie Trail
2325 SW Plaza Pky, Ankeny, IA 50023
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1601-1507 NW Prairie Lakes Dr, Ankeny, IA 50023
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170 NE 41st St, Ankeny, IA 50021
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Delaware Crossing
901 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021
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415 NE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021
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1646 Hull Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
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3945 E 23rd St, Des Moines, IA 50317
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Avondale Trace Apartments
110 NE 46th Ln, Ankeny, IA 50021
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1680 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023
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725-783 NE 5th St, Ankeny, IA 50021
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2030 S Dmacc Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023
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1210 SW 28th St, Ankeny, IA 50023
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1227 NE Windsor Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021
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1918 SW Lesina Ln, Ankeny, IA 50023
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1115 W 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50023
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The Pines
309 NW 18th St, Ankeny, IA 50023
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2004 NW Sharmin Dr, Ankeny, IA 50023
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Apartments for Rent in Outer Ankeny Saylorville, Ankeny, IA

Saylorville and Ankeny comprise two smaller neighborhoods within close proximity of downtown Des Moines, with Ankeny incorporated as a separate city. Both neighborhoods are close to interstates for quick commutes to and from work, and residents have lots of options when it comes to shopping, dining and recreation. The cost of living in these communities runs slightly higher than the rest of Iowa, but with access to big-city amenities, the quality of life for residents is quite high.

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