Are you debating whether to buy or rent a home in Ankeny or the Des Moines metro? Buying a home is a big decision and a long-term commitment. If you’re on the fence on whether or not you’re ready for a white picket fence, consider the following benefits of renting:
Do you dream about having a massive in-ground pool in your backyard or a state-of-the-art home gym? Live the country club lifestyle without breaking the bank by renting an apartment with these amenities. Buying a home with these luxuries would be an enormous expense, costing you thousands of dollars for installation and upkeep. Similarly, condos and neighborhoods with these conveniences often charge a separate fee to use and maintain them. By renting, you’ll enjoy the niceties of life without the added cost or effort.
Life is stressful enough without having to worry about maintenance costs or repair bills. Homeowners are responsible for all home repairs, maintenance and renovation expenses, which can be quite costly. Additionally, the added task of finding the right professional to solve the problem in an affordable and timely manner can also make a difficult situation that much worse.
When you rent, big issues like a broken HVAC system to small inconveniences like changing a lightbulb are covered within your monthly rent payment. When an issue arises, there is only one maintenance number you need to call. Depending on your type of rental, the maintenance crew can often enter your unit without you needing to be present (no need to take off work or pause your day to deal with the repair). And, if it’s an apartment-complex specific handyman, they’ll likely get to your problem faster than a local repair company.
If you’ve ever experienced a Central Iowa winter, you’ll agree that renters have a major advantage not having to shovel their driveway or walkway. Des Moines gets an average of 33 inches of snow per year, which, for homeowners, can lead to some strenuous shoveling to get out the door in the morning. Renters living in an apartment community can enjoy the snow with this responsibility lifted off their shoulders. When the weather warms up leading to more time spent outside, enjoy the curb appeal of a freshly mown lawn and nurtured landscaping without putting in the labor!
Can’t afford the type of home you’d like to live in? Skip the fixer-upper starter home and continue to live maintenance-free as you’re saving up for your forever home. Many millennials are choosing to rent instead of own so they can afford a bigger, more expensive home down the line. Renting gives you the flexibility to be picky about finding a forever home in the right location, at the right size, and with all of the extras you’re looking for. Enjoy the wait by renting an apartment or townhome that provides the caliber of living you’re looking to have in your forever home.
Interested in new construction, but don’t want the commitment and burden of homeownership? The Sterling at Prairie Trail has BRAND NEW townhomes coming on the market this summer, and elevator-building apartment units scheduled to open in the fall. Stake your claim by being the first one to live in these units. Pre-leasing is now open, and spots are filling up fast!
Moving to the Des Moines, Iowa area? The Sterling at Prairie Trail is happy to call Ankeny our home! Only nine miles away from the heart of downtown Des Moines and about a 30-minute drive from Ames and Iowa State University, Ankeny is considered one of the best places to live –in Iowa and the United States as a whole.
There’s no doubt about it, Ankeny is booming! The town is ranked the 10th fastest-growing city in the United States and the #1 fastest growing city in the Midwest. Ankeny has doubled its population in the last 15 years. It currently has about 67,000 residents. Many major companies also call Ankeny home, including the headquarters of Casey’s General Store.
While Ankeny continues to grow and flourish, the city still maintains the laid-back, neighborly vibe. Ankeny has 40 parks and 80 miles of trails to stay connected to nature while experiencing all the amenities of living in a large suburban town. Many of our residents enjoy walking to Precedence Park for a quiet picnic lunch or to the local Westwinds Park which has playground equipment for kids.
Our community also supports many local shops and restaurants while offering the convenience of big box stores and the chain restaurants you know and love. We are located right down the road from The District which is a hip area of Ankeny, including local foodie fan favorites like Whiskey River, Fong’s Pizza and Jethro’s BBQ. The District is also home to some great shopping options like Blond Genius, Grey Lotus, and Mainstream Boutique!
While Ankeny’s location lends to a perfect commute for activities going on in Des Moines, Ames, and other neighboring areas, there’s so much to do here you’ll never need to leave! Ankeny is known for its Summerfest, a four-day festival featuring live music, fireworks, parades, carnival rides, as well as “grown-up” games and a beer tent (unfortunately, Summerfest has been postponed this year due to COVID-19 safety precautions). Another fun summer event in The District is Pizza Fest, scheduled for September 5th! Sample pizza from all your favorite pizzerias, restaurants and food trucks from around town – need we say more? Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are also served along with games and live music (Andy Grammer was 2019’s headliner).
When our residents aren’t laying out by our resort-style pool, they often walk over to Cascade Falls Aquatic Center which features water slides, diving boards, a lazy river, a surf machine, and many kid-friendly options. On rainy or cold days, our residents are often found at the B&B Movie Theater which also has a bowling alley, arcade and a full bar and grill!
Ankeny has low crime rates and a community that looks out for one another. With one of the top school districts in Iowa, Ankeny is a great place to establish your roots and find your next home! If you are looking for an apartment or townhome in Ankeny, consider The Sterling at Prairie Trail!
Contact us today to book a virtual tour and see what our community has to offer.
It’s not easy co-living with a friend, spouse, or roommate - even under normal circumstances! In times of crisis, built-up tension and a lack of communication can damage the relationship you have built with those you are living with. At The Sterling at Prairie Trail, we’d like to offer you a few tips on maintaining a positive relationship with your roommate (while staying physically and mentally healthy) during this unprecedented time.
With the COVID-19 State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, many local businesses, including gyms, theaters, retail stores, bars and restaurants, are currently closed. Ankeny residents are urged to practice social distancing, often opting to stay at home when they would usually be at work or taking advantage of the fun shops, restaurants, and recreation that Prairie Trail has to offer. The spread of the Coronavirus has also understandably fueled anxiety and tension as we all try to navigate a new “normal.” Use the extra time spent with your roommate to build up a strong relationship and grow your bond, instead of letting negativity get the best of you.
Will you and your roommate choose to self-quarantine, limiting all social interactions? Or, is hanging out in a group of 10 people or less alright? While you may tune in to the daily coronavirus updates in Iowa to understand the government’s clear health recommendations for the general public, it’s smart to have a discussion with your roommate and define a few boundaries to live by.
When you’re in a shared space, everyone must be on the same page with preventative measures – not only to flatten the Coronavirus curve, but to ease the fears and frustrations that can fester if there is a disconnect. Consider creating a “social distancing” roommate agreement to discuss your level of comfort when it comes to cleaning and personal boundaries during these unprecedented times. Have an open and honest discussion about your feelings of your roommates socializing outside of the house, how to mitigate the potential risk of the virus in your co-living situation, and what changes you will make to your lifestyle to be understanding of each other’s thoughts and feelings. Transparent communication about what you’re comfortable with during this time is the best way to find a middle ground and avoid any unnecessary conflict.
Social distancing is more than binge-watching TV and working on a puzzle. For the foreseeable future, it is our new way of life. If you are able to work from home, communicate with your roommate about how to keep distractions to a minimum during working hours and how to be respectful of common spaces during this time. While the gym at The Sterling is currently closed, find ways to maintain your exercise regimen with an indoor workout, or by going outside for a jog and walking the dog! Don’t give in to the urge to sleep in – set your alarm for the normal time, shower, eat your usual breakfast and change out of your pajamas for the day. Life feels a little less hectic when you maintain some forms of normalcy, and that mindset can lead to more positive interactions with your roommate.
If you are feeling cooped up and need a little space from your roommate, head outdoors! A little fresh air can cure your cabin fever. Mandatory stay-at-home and social distancing orders allow exceptions for engaging in activities outdoors, generally close to home, like walking your dog, riding a bike or going for a run. Continue to maintain 6 feet away from others and avoid activities where you may come in close contact with other people.
Continue to be diligent about good hygiene practices, even when outdoors. Wash your hands before and after time spent outside, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth while outdoors. Carry hand sanitizer with you in case you accidentally touch something that hasn’t been disinfected (consider park benches, pull-up bars, park bathrooms and crosswalk buttons).
If you’re feeling healthy, social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Continue to find fun ways to spend time with your roommate! Some ideas include trying a new board game or puzzle, watching a new show together on Netflix, cooking a new recipe together or explore a different part of the neighborhood on an evening walk. Host a virtual happy hour over Google Hangout with mutual friends. Or, even consider learning a new skill or hobby together – there are online learning resources out there offering discounted or free lessons. Plan activities that you will both look forward to every day.
Sharing your living space is never easy, but now that you’re spending more time than ever with your roommate, it’s important to communicate and let go of little annoyances. Do your best to prevent unnecessary conflict by being direct instead of passive-aggressive about your thoughts and feelings during this time. Try to find something positive in each day, and remember – this too shall pass.
Planning to move to the Des Moines Metro or Ankeny area soon? We offer contactless virtual tours over Facetime at The Sterling at Prairie Trail. Schedule yours today by calling (515) 360-5787.