Self-Guided tours are New way to Visit Gray’s

As our various industries adapted to COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines, Hubbell Homes and Apartment Living both made big shifts in technology to enable self-guided tours. These tours are meant to limit the interaction between agents and the potential renter or homebuyer while not foregoing seeing the product in person.

Self-guided tours are proving successful, especially when people can request a date and time to walk through apartment or homes on their own during the week or on the weekends. In most cases all a visitor needs are a smartphone and access to the internet.

Hubbell Homes and U-Tour:

Hubbell Homes chose to work with UTour, a technology that allows the visitor to select a home, a timeframe and receive an entry code in a click of a button. Step one is to choose from one (or more) of the six Hubbell communities that offer this type of tour – Gray’s Station included. Then, the visitor selects a time by registering and reserving a one-hour window to visit and enjoy their own tour. Finally, the visitor receives a digital entry code to type in to unlock the front door. Viola!

In addition to the self-guided tour option thanks to UTour, all our Hubbell Homes are outfitted with Ring Doorbell security systems. This allows us, our partners, and our visitors to feel more at home while visiting an unfamiliar community.

Hubbell Apartment Living and Rently

When it comes to many of Hubbell’s apartment communities, Rently is a great way to visit available apartment homes in person. Sometimes without seeing spaces in person, it’s difficult to tell how spacious a two-bedroom is compared to a three-bedroom or exactly how a studio floorplan is designed keeping your furniture in mind.

This is a great option so visitors can take their time to explore the apartment and additional community spaces yet still see everything with their own eyes. And most importantly, because social distancing continues to be a factor, this option avoids new groups of people being in the available apartment home at the same time.

At LINC townhomes in Gray’s Station, the Rently location is on the corner of SW 11th and Tuttle Street and is easily seen by its bright orange banner! Set up is easy as logging on to Rently.com, searching for the city you want to live in, putting in your credentials (a name, credit card and photo ID are required for accountability) and then receiving a code with access to enter! Similar to UTour, there is a time limit for visiting so our teams can go in and clean prior to the next visitor entering the home.

Regardless of if you’re buying or renting, there are so many ways to still see your next home whether that’s in person with an agent, virtually or via a self-guided tour!

What’s Going on Downtown in 2021?

We are on the cusp of many events kicking off not only for the spring and summer seasons but after a year of postponements due to COVID-19. Last year, many of the downtown Des Moines staples were put on hold and delayed until 2021.

Now, with the turn of the season, we are all looking ahead to some of our favorites debuting in a matter of moments. From a modified Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market, the welcoming back of DSM Arts Festival or the return of in-person concerts, the sounds, sights, and smells of downtown events are back. Check out some of the upcoming events on the calendar near Gray’s Station or see our personal highlights below:

  • May 1: Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market returns in a limited capacity with 100 vendors spread throughout the Court Avenue District. Pick up flowers, breakfast and so much more.
  • -A reason to run: The Women’s Half Marathon cuts through the heart of Gray’s Station on our bike trail, looping past LINC apartments on MLK and wraps up with wine and a concert at Jasper Winery within Water Works Park! In June, the Ironman Triathlon takes over Gray’s Lake park with triathletes from all over the world. The EMC Dam to DSM returns in August with a route that’s sure to wow.
  • Gray’s Station Summer Concert Series: We welcome all of our Gray’s Station residents to enjoy free music in our paseo one Friday a month from May until August. Bring your own chair, picnic, drinks and snacks or enjoy a few of the items we have available (hint: Craft Bru goodies and possible other partnerships to be announced)!
  • Water Works Park Event Series: Throughout the summer, check the schedule as concerts, lantern festivals, races and more events are announced at the newly opened Lauridsen Ampitheater and Killinger Family Stage.
  • Gray’s Lake Park: Gray’s Lake is welcoming back more recreational water users for kayak, canoe and paddleboard lessons and rentals. Learn how to row, go for a run or just enjoy the outdoors (and the Chris and Marcie Coleman Bridge)!
  • Catch a game at the ballpark – Principal Park that is – starting in May! The Iowa Cubs return for their home opener on May 4.
  • Iowa Events Center have lined up a handful of concerts throughout summer but most remain on the calendar into fall. Big names like Alan Jackson and Michael Buble will be in DSM before we know it!

If all else fails, grab your bike, and lace up your running shoes to hit a few of our 500-plus miles of trails that connect to Gray’s Station. The infamous Cumming Tap to the south, Raccoon River Bike trails to the west and the notorious lookout point at the High Trestle Trail and bridge lies to the north.

If relaxing is more your speed, take a look at some of Des Moines’ best hidden gems – many that are walking distance from our apartments and townhomes at Gray’s Station. We’re looking ahead to welcoming Craft Bru, a 60-handle taproom that will call LINC home, in July.

From local art galleries to downtown restaurants and bars, there is no shortage of things to do in downtown this summer. Get out there and experience them all!