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Living in Downtown Des Moines

Downtown Des Moines is filled with vibrant neighborhoods in which you can make your home, and living Downtown is convenient and fun. With 3,300 new housing units currently planned or under construction, why not join the 12,000+ people who live in Downtown DSM?

Des Moines schools and higher education opportunities are nearby and easily accessible. Shopping for groceries Downtown is more convenient than ever since with the Fourth + Court Hy-Vee down the street, and there are many other locations to shop Downtown. Living in Downtown Des Moines means living within walking distance of some of the best restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in Greater Des Moines and having the Principal Riverwalk and The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in your backyard.

Living in Downtown DSM USA

Downtown Des Moines Housing

No matter your needs, goals and lifestyle, there’s a Downtown Des Moines housing option for you. From studios and lofts to condos, townhomes and brownstones, new buildings are being built, restored and renovated all the time. Learn more about housing in Downtown Des Moines.

Downtown Des Moines Neighborhoods

Each of Downtown DSM's well-known neighborhoods offers something different. Will you make your home in the Market District, Downtown DSM's newest district? Or perhaps the Gray’s Lake Area, or in the midst of the Historic East Village's bustling shopping district? Learn more about each unique Downtown Des Moines neighborhood.

Downtown Des Moines Schools

Downtown Des Moines is within the Des Moines Public School District. If you live Downtown and you have school-age children, they will attend one or more of the following Des Moines schools:

  • Walnut Street Elementary School
  • Downtown Elementary School
  • Des Moines Public Schools Central Campus

Higher education opportunities are available at many universities and classrooms located either in or near Downtown Des Moines. Learn about all the education opportunities Downtown Des Moines has to offer!

Downtown Des Moines Grocery Stores

Downtown residents have several grocery store options to choose from to make shopping convenient! Longtime Downtown Des Moines business, Gateway Market, offers groceries along with unique, local lunch and dinner options to grab and go. Hy-Vee also offers a Downtown Des Moines Fourth + Court location close to many Downtown apartment complexes. With Hy-Vee Aisles Online, Downtown residents can order their groceries online and have them delivered right to their doorsteps, adding even more convenience to Downtown living. Check out these other opportunities to shop for groceries and other household items Downtown.

Downtown Des Moines Convenience Stores

Sometimes you don't even have to find a grocery store to pick up the everyday essentials. Kum & Go is planning its first urban convenience store in Downtown Des Moines, scheduled to open in spring 2020. This new concept for Kum & Go will offer healthy items for those looking to pick up a few essentials quickly and conveniently. Downtown residents can also visit Quick Trip and the bodega in the East Village for grocery items they need on-the-go!

Things to See and Do in Downtown Des Moines

Downtown DSM's resurgence was a long time coming. See how Downtown DSM continues to grow! Now that Downtown DSM is thriving, you don't want to miss all it has to offer. From beautiful views of the Des Moines River to new Downtown shops, Downtown DSM just keeps getting better.

Getting Around Downtown DSM

Downtown DSM's wayfinding system with clear signage makes it easy to get around, directing drivers and pedestrians to major destinations and public parking lots and garages. Just follow the blue signs! The streamlined signage doesn't stop outside. Downtown DSM's four miles of connected skywalks are easily navigated thanks to updated signage. And you can get anywhere in the city in less than 20 minutes by bike. Check out BCycle if you don't have your own!