Why Downtown DSM is Home

Of course we love Gray’s Station, but a living community can only be amazing if it is located in an amazing place. Downtown Des Moines is the perfect place to find a sense of self, explore new events and a great place for everyone to call home.

Living Options

If you’re wondering if downtown Des Moines and Gray’s Station has a living option for you, the answer is definitely yes! There are living options ranging from studio apartments perfect for simple living all the way to two-and-three-story single family homes fit to entertain. The only thing you have to do if you want to find a space for yourself in the community is look!

Easiest way to discover all of your options is to check out our Live Here options, Hubbell Realty Company or Hubbell Homes to see what you can find!

Access to Shopping and Nature

Depending where you want to spend your day, you can pick a couple of locations in downtown Des Moines and experience something new in each.

The East Village is home to many unique restaurants and boutiques, and is located right by the beautiful capital building. With notable shops like RayGun and restaurants including Des Moines classic Zombie Burger and Scenic Route Bakery to name just a couple, it’s easy to find a place to grab a gift and a bite. Local business owners like the ones at AllSpice Culinarium specialize in the best spices and olive oils; Eden brings the heat with beauty products and there are so many more local businesses to support.

Move further into the heart of downtown’s Court Avenue district and Western Gateway, you’ll discover more businesses and even more restaurants from high end Italian cuisine at Centro to timeless American food at the aptly named Americana.  This area is also home to some of the best hidden gems for nightcaps, antique finds and good eats that are just hitting the scene.

Downtown Des Moines is also home to plenty of park spaces, trails and paths. One of America’s largest urban parks, Water Works Park, is located on the southwest side of the area and connects the beautiful Gray’s Lake to so much beautiful, natural space. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a walkable park filled with one-of-a-kind sculptures, and is a popular place for photography right in downtown.


Downtown Des Moines also has events fit for everyone. The brand new Lauridsen Skate Park is the largest open skate park in the nation and hosts events, including hosting the Dew Tour in May of 2021. More interested in produce and culture than skating and sports? The Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market is a sure hit during the warmer months (and a couple times during the winter). The Des Moines Farmer’s Market is ranked the second-best farmer’s market in America, and between the fresh local produce, the delicious ready to eat food, and the local artists, the Farmer’s Market is everything it promises to be.

The Wells Fargo Arena hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year. Hosting the minor league hockey team, the Iowa Wild, all winter is only the start. This arena is the largest in Central Iowa, with 16,980 seats, so it has room for you to enjoy whatever event interests you most. If outdoor events are more your style, 80/35 Music Festival, the Lauridsen Amphitheater  and the World Food Festival are just a few coming up in 2022.

All of these are just the tip of the iceberg – there are so many more reasons that Downtown Des Moines is the perfect place to live. Between the living options, the shops, the entertainment, and of course the food, the beautiful downtown is sure to keep you busy.

(There is a reason that Des Moines is ranked in the top 15 places to live in the U.S.

Discover Our Local Businesses

You likely already know about all the living opportunities at the Gray’s Station community, but the community has much more to offer than just living spaces, including local business in and around the community.

A vibrant new taproom just opened in the community. Craft Bru was the first restaurant to move into the Gray’s Station community. Located in LINC @ Gray’s Station, Craft Bru uses an app called Pour Choices for contactless ordering from the 60 different craft beers they have on tap. If you’re scared that 60 options aren’t enough, fear not! There are new options every week! All the featured beers, seltzers, and ciders are from around the globe, and eclectic owner Dennis Dix is passionate about this locally brewed craft beer.

“In addition to the Iowa breweries, we’re excited to feature, we will also focus on bringing a lot of beer from outside the state. Guests can expect frequent ‘tap take-overs’ highlighting these breweries, along with constantly changing and seasonal beer menus.”

Have an old injury or your back out of whack? Also, within the LINC community is Iowa Spine and Performance, a chiropractic office founded by Iowa native Dr. Michael Henrichs. Whether you want to return to a professional sports career or take care of aches and pains, Iowa Spine and Performance can help you return to activity. Dr. Henrichs unique treatment plan balances chiropractic care and rehab technique. Iowa Spine and Performance is fostering relationships with a litany of local gyms and trainers to provide a seamless transition from rehabilitation to maintenance. With treatments ranging from personal training to dry needling, Iowa Spine and Performance can get you back in fighting (or walking) shape.

Another restaurant set to open in LINC is Mad Meatball. Previously located in the East Village, this pizzeria is sure to satisfy. The restaurant is known for its homey and retro feel, great pizza (and meatballs) and family-friendly, sports-themed environment. Mad Meatball is set to open by the end of 2021, rounding out the delicious options right inside of the community.

There are still two available bays open to lease – in case you’re in the market for a new home for your local business. These spaces have two entries – a walk up front and a back entry – all located along MLK Jr. Parkway.

For those willing to venture within a short walking distance of the community, the options keep coming. Just outside of Gray’s Station is ChuChu Donuts, a donut shop that bakes fresh donuts daily and allows you to customize your donuts with different creams or jelly. Right next door is Des Fresh, a delicious veggie-based shop for all your guilty pleasures. For the beer lovers, there are two breweries right down the road from Gray’s Station: Confluence Brewing Company and Exile Brewing Company. Both breweries brew in Des Moines and offer a teste of local Iowa grains made into local Iowa beer.

It’s true, being in downtown Des Moines does give Gray’s Station proximity to a lot of amazing local businesses, just make sure to stop by and check them out!