Is 50266, IA A Good Place To Live?

Is 50266, IA a nice place to live? Should I move to 50266, IA? What is it like living in 50266, IA? Find out information on living conditions, demographics, transit options, schools, daycares, things to do, and homes for sale.

Before you even start your home buying search, you’d want to know which area to move to. Several factors can influence the choice of place such as demographics, nearby schools, amenities, local community, and more. If you’re considering moving to 50266, IA, there are several ways for you to identify if 50266 is a good fit for you.

50266: Highlights

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Who are your 50266 neighbors?

The demographics of a place can be a fair indicator of how ‘neighborly’ a place is. 45% of the households in 50266 are renter-occupied.

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Is 50266 a walkable zipcode?

Quality of life is subjective and can depend on a variety of things. While some home buyers might want a walkable city that offers ample things to do closer to where they live, others might prefer the suburbs with their tranquil streets, peace and quiet, and proximity to open spaces and nature. For some, the idea of being car-dependent is unacceptable, while for others, a reasonable drive time to their favorite weekend hangout is a dream come true.

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Taking that into account, it would be great to know what amenities are available in the neighborhood, and whether you can complete most of your daily tasks on foot. 50266, West Des Moines has a walk score of 44 and a bike score of 42. Most errands require a car.

The freeway nearest to 50266, West Des Moines is I-35.

Also, if you have an electric vehicle and are looking for homes near electric-vehicle charging stations, this neighborhood might be a good fit. There are 4 electric vehicle charging locations in 50266, West Des Moines with 11 level-2 charging points and 8 DC fast charging points.

What are the public transit options in 50266?

We cannot find any nearby public transit options for 50266

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What are the best schools in 50266, IA?

The definition of a good school can vary depending on what people are looking for - some might be interested in schools which have great sports programs, while others might be looking at schools that are better at preparing kids for higher education. Since perspective can make a difference, independent bodies like Niche assign ratings to schools and are commonly used by parents to make a decision. However, you are encouraged to verify these ratings through other sources including visiting the campus.

It is not surprising to note that places with highly-rated public schools tend to have relatively higher home prices because of the perpetual demand for those neighborhoods. If you have children or plan on having in the future, checking out the nearby schools and their ratings is a good idea. Maple Grove Elementary School (#23 in metro), Woodland Hills Elementary (#24 in metro), Jordan Creek Elementary School (#37 in metro) are among 5 A+/A/A- rated public elementary schools in the district. Indian Hills Junior High School (#20 in metro), Waukee South Middle School (#9 in metro), Timberline School (#7 in metro) are among 4 B+ and higher rated public middle schools in the district. Valley High School (#2 in metro), Waukee Senior High School (#4 in metro) are among 3 C and higher rated public high schools in the district.

Choosing an area with good school rating consistency is important. While the area you’re looking at right now might have great elementary schools for your young children, it’s well worth examining the middle and high schools they’ll grow up to attend. The nearby elementary school, middle school and high school quality ratings from Niche are very similar. If you have children and desire a consistent school experience as they grow up, this neighborhood may be a good place to plant long-term roots.

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What are the activities for kids in 50266, IA?

For households with kids, accessibility to nearby parks, playgrounds, daycare centers as well as highly-rated preschools is key. There are a few parks and playgrounds in 50266, West Des Moines, including Osprey Cam, Valley View Park, and Wild Rose Park. These playgrounds provide great recreational facilities for kids, as well as adults. Families can enjoy a nice picnic under the shade in summer months, or walk along the trail for a weekend activity with the kids.

Proximity to good daycare centres is extremely important, especially if the parents have a full-time job. For young families in 50266, West Des Moines, childcare options include A Child's World, Cadence Academy Preschool, Westlakes KinderCare, and A Child's World at Jordan Creek. Proximity to urgent care centers such as UnityPoint Clinic Express is also a plus.

What's nearby 50266?

Whether a neighborhood is a good place to live or not could also depend on the nearby amenities. Having a high walk score means that there are a lot of places nearby like stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, and more. While the scores are by no means perfect, they are a good indicator for "stuff to do" around those places. Things like proximity to grocery stores, dining options, and parks can make a huge difference in your daily lives.

There are also plenty of dining options for the residents of 50266, IA. You can grab your morning cup of coffee from Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Smokey Row, or Caribou Coffee and sit down for a relaxed weekend brunch at Noodles & Company, Jethros BBQ and Jambalaya, or Chick-fil-A. Dessert shops like Dairy Queen, Cold Stone Creamery, and Dunkin' in 50266, West Des Moines are great options for satifying your sweet tooth. Residents love to order tacos from On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, El Guapo's Tequila + Tacos, or Chipotle Mexican Grill and burgers from Wahlburgers, B-Bops, or Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The Club Car Restaurant and Lounge, Wahlburgers, or On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina are some great spots for a fun dine-in experience.

50266, West Des Moines has quite a few grocery stores including ShoppingList, Hy-Vee Healthmarket, and Prairie Natural Meats & Seafood.

What are the things to do in 50266?

We cannot find nearby things to do for 50266

Who is the best internet provider in 50266, IA?

A good internet and broadband connection is a must-have, whether you work from home or not.

What are the noise levels and air quality in 50266, IA?

Most often than not, the higher the walk score, the higher the noise. So if you’re an extremely noise-sensitive person and it’s absolutely intolerable, you may need to opt for a neighborhood with a lower walk score.

Last month, the air quality in 50266, West Des Moines was good (Air Quality Index, i.e., AQI was 24 for pollutant PM2.5). In 2020, the air quality was bad for 2 days when AQI for pollutant PM2.5 exceeded 100.

Should I buy a house in 50266, IA?

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There is one important indicator of knowing how good the neighborhood is - the number of homes sold in the past. A high percentage of homes sold in the past say, 5 years could indicate that it’s an up and coming neighborhood with people looking to settle here. At the same time, a neighborhood with low home sales, in spite of getting listed on the market could indicate that current residents are looking to move out. It would be nice to speak to residents of this neighborhood to understand what they loved, or didn’t like about living here.

56 homes were sold in 50266, West Des Moines this month. 70% more than previous month. 8% less than same month last year.

You can also look at several other factors before deciding to make the move. For example, do all the houses in the neighborhood look almost identical? That could mean that the homeowners association might not be the most adjusting. Is there space for parking? Where would your friends and family park when they come to visit you? Your garage could already be full with your own vehicles. How well is the neighborhood maintained? It could help you identify whether you’d want to live next to such neighbors.

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The information is provided exclusively for consumer's personal, non-commercial use, it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. The data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.


The information is provided exclusively for consumer's personal, non-commercial use, it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. The data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.