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Gray's Lake Area


The conversion of century-old warehouses into lofts and trendy eateries, complemented with new developments, is helping to shape this up-and-coming neighborhood as it develops into a vibrant addition to the existing Downtown Des Moines (DSM) community. Nestled between Downtown and Gray’s Lake, Gray’s Lake Area is Downtown DSM’s newest neighborhood.

Things to Do

Recently ranked #1 minor league market by SportsBusiness Journal, Downtown DSM boasts teams in four sports and the fans to support them. Principal Park is one of the nation's most breathtaking minor league ballparks and home to the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs). The Escape Chambers, offering live room escape games, can be found here.

Outdoor Fun

There are more than 600 miles of connected walking, biking and running trails in the region, with Downtown DSM as the culminating point for many of these trails. Living in Gray's Lake Area, you'll have quick and easy access to these trails. The nearby Meredith Trail connects Principal Park to surrounding restaurants, bars and other attractions including Gray's Lake and Water Works Park.

Getting Around

Thanks to Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART), traveling in Downtown DSM and the region is convenient and easy. DART bus lines make trips to many Downtown DSM business districts and residential areas. See the schedule here. You can get anywhere in the city in less than 20 minutes by bike. Check out BCycle if you don't have your own.

Restaurants & Nightlife

With plenty of development still in the works, new residents can get in on the ground floor of this emerging neighborhood but not before visiting the rooftop patio at 300 Craft & Rooftop. It boasts some of the most impressive views of Downtown DSM’s skyline. Close to must-see attractions like  and Jasper Winery, Gray’s Lake Area is close enough to Downtown DSM to be convenient while also removed from the hustle and bustle of city life 24/7.

Linked by a bike trail and housed in a former furniture warehouse, popular eatery St. Kilda Café & Bakery has flipped Downtown DSM’s brunch scene on its head by offering Australian fare in the heart of Downtown DSM. Other favorites near Gray's Lake Area include , Blaze Pizza, Fuzzy's Tacos and DSM Brew Coffee Co. Don't miss out on these tasty restaurants!

Regeneration of the old and rapid development of the new is setting Gray’s Lake Area as a top destination in Downtown DSM for a unique urban experience.