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Harris Family Chooses to Make Downtown DSM Home

Home in Downtown DSM

After living in Johnston for a few months and then moving to Mason City, Noah and Madeline Harris knew they wanted to get back to Greater Des Moines (DSM). So, when Noah found the opportunity to apply for a new job with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, he jumped at the chance. Now, newly hired as The Partnership’s Investor Relations Specialist, he and Madeline are discovering all that the region has to offer, especially when it comes to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) amenities.

Family in Des Moines

Why Downtown Des Moines?

Noah and Madeline are thankful that downtown caters to young adults and families. When Madeline became pregnant, having a midwife nearby was important to her. The options in the region are much more robust than other places in Iowa. The couple is eager to get out and about to Downtown DSM events. Already, they’ve found there is so much going on — from the Downtown Farmers’ Market to other farmers’ markets in cities like Grimes, Johnston and the Historic Valley Junction neighborhood, the opportunity to shop local for fresh fruits and vegetables is around every corner.

Games in Des Moines

The ease of walking to an event instead of making a day trip of visiting Des Moines is not only convenient, but stress-free, too. Downtown trails offer opportunities for them to walk their dogs with ease — two Siberian huskies who live with them at their house near Principal Park.

On the Trails

Other places they frequent include the Lauridsen Skatepark, the Historic East Village and for trivia at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. The couple plans to attend Iowa Cubs games this summer, visit Downtown DSM breweries and ride bikes on the trails as well.

Downtown Bridge

Noah and Madeline found an affordable option when it came to housing. Madline’s advice is to look for housing as soon as you know you’ll be moving and know what you want. Then, go for it. While it can be scary to make the jump at first, once you’re living in the community, it’ll be worth it. Affordability wasn’t too much of a factor and they were able to find the right thing for their family — and now they get to know and enjoy all the downtown amenities of Des Moines at their leisure.

Learn more about living in and experiencing Downtown Des Moines. You can also visit downtownDSMUSA.com/events for more ideas on things to do.

Are you interested in moving to Greater Des Moines (DSM)? Relocation Packets offer information on everything from neighborhoods and shopping to parks and local attractions. Or, kick start your career by checking out the DSM USA Career Center. It has over 10,000 jobs listed!

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a burgeoning city with a brilliant future. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options. Find event information and follow @downtownDSMUSA on Facebook and Instagram for other news, tips and events happening downtown.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

DSM USA is the regional identifier for Greater Des Moines (DSM). DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research. The Partnership will champion the DSM USA message, and encourages its Investors, its more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and DSM USA Ambassadors to help share the region's story with One Voice.