Ankeny began as a farming community founded by John Fletcher Ankeny and his wife Sarah in April of 1875 and in 1961 was declared a city, nearly one hundred years later. Since 1961 the city of Ankeny has grown from 3,000 to over 54,000 residents.
Ankeny covers twenty-nine square miles and sits just north of the Des Moines Metro. Ankeny has become a highly sought after suburban community with top rated schools and many new, attractive residential developments. Ankeny is a family friendly community named “50 best suburbs in America” and “top 10 safest places to live in Iowa” in 2014. It also offers a diverse and multi-generational population, being named one of the “best places for millennial job seekers in the Midwest in 2015” and Cityview’s “Best Community to Live in 2015.”
The real estate landscape in Ankeny is diverse and offers something for most. With long established neighborhoods chalk full of charmers to the booming new construction and housing communities, you’re sure to find a place to call home here in Ankeny.
Ankeny is filled with a plethora of shops, restaurants and family activities. It has 3 golf courses, home to Saylorville Lake and the Ankeny Art Center, many parks and trails, places of worship, and just a short drive to Des Moines attractions such as Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Downtown Farmer’s Market and more.
Ankeny’s real estate landscape has much variety. The median home value in Ankeny is $184,000. With many charming, established neighborhoods amongst a back drop of booming new construction there is something for everyone. Many new homes range from ultra-modern to chic farmhouse exteriors. With many custom builders at work in Ankeny, it’s truly a unique place to call home.