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Why You Should Move to One of These 5 New Homes in Ankeny Iowa Today

new homes in Ankeny Iowa
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Looking for a move-in ready, affordable new construction home in a desirable Des Moines suburb? Ankeny, Iowa offers homebuyers a choice of brand-new neighborhoods filled with modern houses and single-family homes. As one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa located right by Des Moines, Ankeny appeals to young professionals, growing families, and empty nesters alike.

Recently I worked with folks moving to Ankeny and it was on our agenda to scope out the best neighborhood for them.  In doing so, I thought it would be great to record and share the data and information we found with others looking for new construction or a new community in Ankeny.

To be honest, most of what we found was good information about Ankeny, but there were a few items in these new communities that were not something my client wanted in a new community.

This year, five up-and-coming communities in Ankeny are featuring new townhome and housing construction perfectly suited for first-time homebuyers or downsizing retirees. These communities offer amenities like neighborhood pools, clubhouses, trails, and easy highway access at competitive prices compared to new townhomes in other parts of Des Moines.

If a new townhome and modern house living in Ankeny sounds enticing, keep reading to discover why you should consider moving to one of these 5 top brand-new communities available in 2024. From low-maintenance living to proximity to trails and attractions, these neighborhoods hit the mark for those searching for new construction townhomes in Ankeny Iowa.

5 New Construction Homes and Communities in Ankeny Iowa

Deer Creek - A New Community Great for Families in Ankeny, Iowa

Deer Creek Ankeny. 5 New Communities in Ankeny
Deer Creek Ankeny. Photo Credit: Grantham Group

Deer Creek is an exciting new planned residential community being developed in Ankeny, Iowa. Located just north of Des Moines, Deer Creek will feature over 1,000 new homes ranging from townhomes to large single-family homes on spacious lots when completed. Its amenities and location make it an ideal spot for families. The median listing price for homes in Deer Creek is $319,990, and some homes are considered "hot homes" and may sell quickly.

Why It's Great for Residents

  • Amenities like parks, trails, pool, and clubhouse

  • Top-rated Ankeny schools nearby

  • Convenient location with quick highway access for commuting

  • New home construction in a master-planned community

  • Homesites to fit different family sizes and budgets

  • Fun neighborhood events and activities bring residents together

Nearby Attractions

  • Jester Park Aquatic Center

  • Otter Creek Golf Course

  • Des Moines Children's Museum

  • Blank Park Zoo

  • Living History Farms

  • Adventureland Park

  • Downtown Des Moines

  • Jordan Creek Town Center shopping and dining

Why You Wouldn’t Want to Move Here

  • Higher than median home prices and property taxes

  • Limited public transportation options and traffic concerns

  • Some would say homes lack character

  • Potential construction noise due to continued build out

Rock Creek - A Premier New Community in Ankeny, Iowa

Rock Creek is an exciting new 1,100-acre master-planned community being developed in Ankeny, Iowa. It will feature over 2,000 residential units ranging from low-maintenance townhomes to custom estate homes when fully built out. Its many amenities and attractions make it an ideal community for families or professionals. The median listing price for homes near Rock Creek Elementary in Ankeny, Iowa is $369,000.

Why It's Great for Residents

  • Over 28 miles of trails throughout the community

  • HOA that regulates residents to maintain their homes

  • 18-hole championship golf course designed by pro golfer Zach Johnson

  • Resort-style pool, clubhouse, and fitness center

  • Convenient location right off I-35 for easy access

  • Quick commute to Des Moines and Ames job centers

  • Top ratings for Ankeny schools

  • New home construction from a variety of builders

  • Senior Living which offers a unique senior independent living option

Nearby Attractions

Why You Wouldn’t Want to Move Here

  • Higher than median home prices and HOA fees

  • Noise and disruption because of the ongoing construction

  • High retail vacancy

Otter Creek - Ankeny's New Premier Golf Community

Otter Creek is an exciting master-planned community currently under development in Ankeny, Iowa. It is centered around an 18-hole championship golf course and will feature over 1,100 high-end homes when completed. Its golf and amenities appeal to professionals, families, and retirees alike. The median listing price for homes in Otter Creek is $354,990.

Why It's Great for Residents

  • 18-hole TPC golf course designed by renowned architect Bobby Weed

  • Golf course views and community integrated with the course

  • Low-maintenance living with lawn care and snow removal included

  • Future clubhouse, swimming pool, and tennis complex

  • Quick access to Ankeny's amenities and highway system

  • Ankeny School District ratings among the best in Iowa

  • New home construction from a variety of builders

  • Retirement community appeal with maintenance-provided living

Nearby Attractions

Why You Wouldn’t Want to Move Here

  • Higher than average home prices and HOA fees

  • Limited shopping/dining

  • Lack of walkability since it is designed for golf course living

  • Slow build-out

Prairie Ridge - A Vibrant New Ankeny Neighborhood

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center. Photo Credit: Grantham Group

Prairie Ridge is a brand new residential community being developed in Ankeny, Iowa. Located off NE 36th Street, it will feature 76 estate lots with large custom and spec homes. The community backs up to nature and is close to amenities. The real estate homes for sale listings near Prairie Ridge Middle School have a median listing home price of $369,900.

Why It's Great for Residents

  • Secluded privacy with large lots backing up to woods/prairie

  • Walking trails tied to a regional trail system

  • Custom and spec home construction

  • Quick access to Highway 69 and I-35

  • Well-rated schools in Ankeny District

  • Community pool, clubhouse, and parks

  • 10 minutes from Jordan Creek dining and shopping

Nearby Attractions

  • Otter Creek Golf Course

  • Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

  • Jester Park Nature Area

  • Saylorville Lake beaches

  • Downtown Des Moines events

  • Adventureland Theme Park

  • Living History Farm's hands-on exhibits

  • Hoyt Sherman Place concerts & performances

  • Several Ankeny parks, pools, museums and markets

Why You Wouldn’t Want to Move Here

  • Higher than average home prices

  • Limited lots and options (mostly built out)

  • Noise and disruption for nearing Highway 69 and other roadways

  • Perceived exclusivity

Camden West - A Beautiful New Community in Ankeny

Camden West Ankeny
Camden West Community. Photo Credit: Grantham Group

Camden West is an exciting new neighborhood being developed in Ankeny, Iowa located north of Oralabor Road. It will feature 62 large homesites with spec and custom-built homes. The community has picturesque views and quick access to amenities. Homes in Camden West range from $459,900 to $885,000.

Why It's Great for Residents

  • Large lots with walkout basement potential

  • Quiet streets in a peaceful prairie setting

  • Custom, spec, and model homes from various builders

  • Part of the highly-rated Ankeny School District

  • 10-15 min drive to Jordan Creek shopping & dining

  • Quick access to I-35 and Downtown Des Moines

Nearby Attractions

  • Deer Creek State Park trails

  • Saylorville Lake marina and beach

  • Ankeny Market Pavilion local shops & eateries

  • Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

  • Historic East Village entertainment district

  • Science Center of Iowa hands-on exhibits

  • Oralabor Gateway Gardens botanical site

  • Big Creek State Park camping just north

Why You Wouldn’t Want to Move Here

  • Predominantly custom builds

  • Limited amenities

  • Car dependent

  • Weather severity

  • Lacking of retail and restaurants (soon to change)

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As you can see, Ankeny offers homebuyers no shortage of exciting new planned communities to call home in 2024. Whether you prioritize amenities, home customization, or budget and convenience, you’re sure to find the right fit amongst these neighborhoods selling new construction townhomes and modern houses in Ankeny, Iowa.

While the floorplans, features, and builders may differ across these communities, they all provide easy access to Ankeny and Des Moines opportunities while balancing green space and trails. Before committing, schedule a tour to get a feel for each community’s lifestyle and hometown flavor.

Ready to learn more or book a tour of any of these new home communities in Ankeny Iowa? 

Get in touch with me, a knowledgeable real estate agent familiar with all of Ankeny’s new home neighborhoods and offerings. I will help you identify the right community to match your needs, schedule tours, and walk you through the new construction process from start to finish. Click the button below for your free no-obligation consultation!


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