The Iowa State Fair wrapped up this past weekend. I didn’t get to go again this year because, well, I live in Atlanta. This is one fair I would love to attend. And not just for the midway rides, although some of the roller-coasters look amazing. What I’d love to see is the giant butter cow, the stunt dog show, and the Wild West comedy show. The livestock show and petting zoo are also intriguing, and the contests would be great fun to watch. And where else can you find almost every type of food on a stick? Fried butter on a stick (yikes!), fried cheesecake on a stick, chocolate covered fried ice cream on a stick (they had me at chocolate covered), pork chops on a stick, a fried pickle on a stick (really?), a deep-fried hot dog on a stick, salad on a stick (how is this even possible?), and even the typically plain-Jane PB&J on a stick.
If you are considering relocating to the Midwest, Des Moines is the perfect location – and not just because this is the location of the State Fair. Des Moines has a robust economy with publishing, insurance, and financial corporations. In fact, it has been recognized as a top city for business and one of the best cities to raise a family.
And, once a year, you get to eat fried butter on a stick.
Ready to move to this gem on the Silicon Prairie? Here are some great neighborhoods:
Downtown: A beautiful, pedestrian-friendly metro area with plenty of fine arts venues, Downtown is both hip and elegant. Stroll through the Des Moines Art Center or see a concert at the Wells Fargo Arena. Spend the afternoon at the Des Moines Botanical Center or at the Blank Park Zoo.
East Village: Located along the Des Moines River, East Village is hip and fun. It’s a collection of art galleries and boutiques with a few great restaurants and cafes tossed in. Historic architecture and festivals add even more flair to this trendy neighborhood.
Sherman Hill: This historic neighborhood is one of the oldest in Des Moines. It is a patchwork of elegant Victorian, Four Square, Stick Style, and Flemish architecture. An annual walking tour highlights this neighborhood’s history, which dates back to the late 1800s.
Beaverdale: Brick homes, beautiful parks, and a strong sense of community combine to make Beaverdale an iconic Midwestern neighborhood. When you think of Beaverdale, think of street festivals, ice cream cones on a summer afternoon, and friendly neighbors.
Drake: The neighborhood that surrounds the prestigious Drake University contains historic homes, a collection of shops and restaurants, and the Drake Neighborhood Farmer’s Market. This fun little market features handmade items, baked goods, and produce as well as entertainment and fun activities for kids.
Waterbury: Golfers, joggers, and outdoor enthusiasts, here’s your neighborhood. The Waveland Trails winds through Waterbury and connects with other trails, perfect for cyclists, walkers, and joggers. And for those who love golfing, the municipal Waveland Golf Club is located in the northern part of Waterbury.
Ingersoll: This neighborhood is near just about everything, from the lively downtown area to restaurants to attractions such as the Des Moines Art Center. Wide sidewalks, tree-lined streets, and a good mixture of architecture help make Ingersoll a desirable neighborhood.
Capitol View South: I saved this one for last for several reasons. First, this neighborhood is close to two dog parks. It is south of the famous and historic Capitol Building. It is close to the river and the beautiful River Walk. But the best reason to live in this neighborhood…it is just southeast of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Happy hunting for your favorite food on a stick!