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Living Downtown

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is filled with vibrant neighborhoods in which you can make your home. Gray’s Lake Area, Historic Court Avenue District, Historic East Village, the Market District, Sherman Hill and Western Gateway Park are all beautiful communities within Downtown DSM, where more homes are being added every day. Downtown DSM has 3,300 new housing units currently planned or under construction, so why not join the 12,000+ people who live in Downtown DSM? The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is your backyard, restaurants are your kitchen and the many music and entertainment venues are your TV.

Living in Downtown DSM USA

Downtown DSM Neighborhoods

Each of Downtown DSM's well-known neighborhoods offers something different. Whether you make your home in Downtown DSM's newest district, Gray’s Lake Area, or in the midst of the Historic East Village's bustling shopping district, you'll find the right place for you with so many incredible options. Check out these informative videos to find out more.

Things to See and Do

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 (check it out from the Women of Achievement Bridge) to new Downtown shops — including a new Fourth + Court Hy-Vee, as well as other grocery options! — Downtown DSM just keeps getting better.

Arts & Culture

Like in any large metropolitan area, arts and culture are key to enhancing a city's vibrancy. In Downtown DSM, there are a growing number of attractions that promote the arts. Watch performances at the Des Moines Civic Center. See the Ballet Des Moines or the Des Moines Symphony. Visit the Pappajohn Sculpture Park or one of the many Downtown DSM art galleries. The Des Moines Social Club offers up a variety of opportunities to find engaging entertainment and Hoyt Sherman Place, a beauty all its own, brings an array of performers to create in its historic space.

Getting Around Downtown DSM

Downtown DSM's wayfinding system makes it easy to get around, directing traffic and pedestrians to major destinations, as well as to public parking. 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. You can get anywhere in the city in less than 20 minutes by bike. Check out BCycle if you don't have your own! 

Work, live and have fun in the heart of DSM USA.