Ames Real Estate & Information
Ames Real Estate & Information
Designated #9 on the 2010 “Best Places to Live” list by CNNMoney.com, Ames, Iowa lies in the heart of the Midwest, just 30 miles north of Des Moines. Nationally recognized as a “best place” to do business, find a job, live, and work, Ames is one of the most livable cities in the country. It is also the largest city in Story County and has a population of approximately 51,000 people.Short commutes, friendly neighbors, quality public education, and access to big-city amenities without the big-city atmosphere are just a few of the reasons why Ames, Iowa real estate is always in high demand.
Shopping and Dining
A lively college town, Ames offers a number of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The North Grand Mall is home to over 50 brand-name stores, specialty shops and restaurants, including: JCPenny, Victoria’s Secret, Eddie Bauer, and Gap. Fresh produce is available year-round at the indoor farmer’s market in downtown Ames. Outdoor enthusiasts can pick up new gear at Jax Mercantile Co. on West Lincoln Way. Hungry? Aunt Maude’s provides locally owned, causal dining with great service and a full bar. Or, try the Asian cuisine and fine dining atmosphere of Café Shi. Chocolate lovers can find a delightfully indulgent treat at Stam Chocolaterie on Main Street.
Parks and Recreation
With its 36 parks, numerous recreational facilities, disc golf, cross country skiing, and more, relocating to Ames, Iowa is an investment in quality living. Walk or bike around the 130-acre lake in Ada Hayden Heritage Park or pick up a game of sand volleyball at Emma McCarthy Lee Park. Members of the Ames Golf & Country Club can enjoy the Club’s 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and swimming pool. Like to golf but don’t want a membership? Play a round on the Veenker Memorial Golf Course, a premier public facility run by the University. And, don’t forget to visit the 14-acre Reiman Gardens, a Central Iowa top ten attraction.
You’re sure to find the home of your dreams in one of the many distinct neighborhoods of Ames, Iowa. Whether you’re looking to live in a bustling, mixed-use neighborhood where dinner is just around the corner or you’ve got your eye set on one of the gorgeous houses on Country Club Blvd., Ames, Iowa has the perfect home for you. Average listing price is $229,000.
Schools, Health, Transportation
A leader in agricultural and veterinary education and research, Ames is home to the Iowa State University of Science and Technology and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service's National Animal Disease Center. The Ames Community School District runs one public preschool center, five public elementary schools, Ames Middle School, and Ames High School. Residents of Ames are well served by the city’s medical centers, which include: the Iowa Heart Center, the 220-bed Mary Greeley Medical Center, and the McFarland Clinic PC, the largest physician-owned multi-specialty clinic in central Iowa. Ames is the headquarters for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Ames’s citywide transit system is called CyRide.