Endless Townhome Options at Gray’s

As a master planned community, Gray’s Station offers the most variety of townhomes in one location in downtown Des Moines. Whether you’re right-sizing or looking to upgrade into a larger footprint, there are so many home options for sale within the neighborhood.  

Modest + Modern 

The smaller square foot floorplans have proved to be some of Gray’s most popular to date. The Bexley, Emden and Paisley floorplans all feature approximately 1,500 square feet of space. The Bexley’s feature a stacked 2-car garage and two floors – kitchen, living on the first with bedrooms and a walk out to a partial rooftop patio on the second.  

The Emden plans, one of our residents’ favorites, are one of the most built plans in the neighborhood. The bold orange, white and gray exteriors are hard to miss along the Gray’s bike trail. With two finished floors and a walk out to an expansive rooftop patio, these modest homes bring out the best for entertaining. A kitchen, living room (with or without fireplaces), and guest bath are all on the first floor with the bedrooms, laundry, primary suite and rooftop access on level two.  

The Paisley’s feature three stories of space, a two-car garage and a pale exterior color palette. While these homes are sold out, watch for the release of the newly revamped Preston’s, another two-story floorplan that will officially release later this year.  

All of these homes are built on slab-on-grade.  

All About Levels 

The Maison and Marlow floorplans are for people looking to make a statement with their home without skimping on extra space. While these layouts are just shy of the 2,000 square foot mark, they both have distinct differences that set them apart from the rest of the homes in the community.  

The Marlow plan is sandwiched in between the Maison plans on the exterior of the same building. These homes have two floors of space with a primary bedroom walk out to a private patio overlooking downtown Des Moines. These homes also feature a fully customizable basement space with additional storage.  

The Maison plans, while sold out currently, are another popular option thanks to their loft-level overlook and sky-high ceilings in the living room. With all bedrooms and living spaces located on the first floor, these homes also feature a basement as well as a second-level wet bar and large rooftop patio.  

These homes are located along our paseo pathway which is home to the Gray’s Summer Concert Series and it will connect from SW 11th to SW 16th when the community is complete.  

High End Living 

The remaining floorplans – Asana, Chava, Cordova and Grayson – leave little to the imagination with a long list of upscale finishes from top to bottom of the three-story townhomes. With large kitchen islands and living spaces on the first floor, all of the homes lend themselves to entertaining friends and family for special occasions and holidays. Each plan ranges from 2,088 to 2,353 square feet.  

The second floor has three bedrooms, two more bathrooms – including the primary suite – as well as a large laundry space. Finally, on all of the third floors of these homes, homeowners will find expansive rooftop patios and refined pergolas. These homes are located just steps from the Gray’s Bike Trail that connects downtown and Gray’s Lake.  

What’s Next?  

The Gray’s Station designers and architects are already planning for the next phase of the neighborhood that includes new home designs, finishes, and concepts. The Preston plan, which will be a smaller square footage on slab-on-grade next to the Emden homes, will release later this year – so keep watch! In addition, more original floor plans will also be added as the first phase rounds out the building.  

If you can’t visit one of the above homes or community in person, take a virtual tour HERE 

If you’re in search of a rental townhome or apartment instead of purchasing, take a look at LINC at Gray’s Station, just steps away from the for-sale products. These options range from 800 square feet up to 2,400 with garage parking options, private patios and endless community amenities like fitness centers, dog park and a swimming pool. 

Summer Events in Greater Des Moines

Des Moines is one of the Nation’s best kept secrets thanks to growing job opportunities, the fantastic night life, and diverse food.  In addition to all of that, every summer Des Moines has events that are fit for everyone. Here are just a couple of our favorite events to catch in and near Des Moines this summer.

Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market

The Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market is ranked the “#2 Best Farmers’ Market in America” (thanks Daily Meal). The market is in the Historic Court District in Downtown every Saturday from 7-12 until October! And yes, there are all kinds of fresh produce, meat, nuts, but that’s not all! There is freshly made, ready-to-eat food sold by local vendors, street musicians and entertainers, as well as local shops that sell all kinds of merchandise and handmade items. The farmer’s market is perfectly placed to get your shopping, eating, and steps in on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Need transportation to the market? Hop on the DART bus and come on down to the farmer’s market next Saturday, or for the residents of the LINC and Cityville communities, take the short walk over to Court Ave. and enjoy the food and fun.

Other nearby farmer’s markets include: Beaverdale (Tuesdays from 4-7pm), Ankeny (Saturdays from 9am-noon), and Valley Junction (Thursdays from 4-8pm)

80/35 Music Festival

Looking for a way to enjoy both international and local artists in Downtown Des Moines? The 80/35 music festival is back again this year in Downtown Des Moines at Western Gateway Park. The event is Friday and Saturday July 8-9, headliners this year are Father John Misty on Friday and Charli XCX on Saturday. In addition to the Hy-Vee Main Stage – featuring the headliners and other prominent artists – there are other stages with free admission featuring emerging and local artists. Learn more or get your tickets here.

Iowa State Fair

It’s one of the most essential activities in Iowa in late summer. The Iowa State Fair is the perfect place to celebrate agriculture, various industries and enjoy all the events and bizarre food combinations. With so many concerts to choose from, tickets are available to see Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, and more performing live over the 11-day extravaganza.  (We recommend a throwback with Alanis Morissette!)

Get the kids out of the house and bring them to the fair for the 2022 coloring contest (with divisions for ages 3-10), veterinarian camp for 4th-7th graders and advanced vet camp is back for 8th-12th graders. There are many more activities for kids available throughout: check out all the activities for kids HERE.

The State Fair naturally features all your favorite snacks and comfort foods and some you may have never heard of before. This year there will be a total of 69 foods on a stick, and local vendors added over 60 new foods for this year’s festivity. (Peanut butter and fluff dough anyone?)

Hinterland Music Festival

There are even more music options available for music lovers in the area. Hinterland 2022 is August 4-7th in Saint Charles, just 10 miles south of the metro. This four-day event has camping and glamping opportunities, and lots and lots of music (did we mention there’s lots of music?). Learn about artists who could be your new favorites or check out artists you already love. Starting in 2015 and growing in length and offerings, this year’s event is sure to be spectacular.

Iowa Cubs Game

Take the family, friends, or coworkers out to the ballgame at Principal Park right in downtown Des Moines! See our very own Iowa Cubs play all summer through September. With games six days a week and fireworks for each Friday home game there are plenty of opportunities to get to a game. Single game tickets are available, as well as skybox suites and group packages.

What are you waiting for? Come on down to the farmer’s market next Saturday, block off your weekend for Hinterland, and buy your tickets to see your favorite artists at the state fair – fill up that summer calendar!

To learn about the other events in the area, make sure to check out the events calendar at catchdesmoines. If you’re looking to buy a home that’s within walking and biking distance to the best downtown events, restaurants, and attractions, visit our Hubbell Homes at The Banks or Gray’s Station or any of our downtown Indigo Living communities to see what is available now!

Mad Meatball Open at LINC

LINC at Gray’s Station welcomed a Des Moines staple to the community earlier this year: Mad Meatball. The popular pizzeria and pub was located downtown on SE 5th until 2019, and we are excited that it has found its new home in Indigo Living’s LINC at Gray’s Station.

“While leaving the building we’ve called home for so many years wasn’t an easy decision, we know that this prime location at LINC will give us a great connection to downtown residents and visitors as well as more space to grow,” said Andy Hartman, co-owner of Mad Meatball. “Our improvements took longer than anticipated, but we’re extremely excited to reopen and welcome back our many died-hard Mad fans.”

Mad Meatball is known for its eclectic and retro feel, great pizza (and meatballs) and family-friendly, sports-themed environment, The location definitely has style, with a vintage and trendy atmosphere. – making it the perfect addition to LINC and the rest of the Gray’s Station community. It is joining Craft Bru and Iowa Spine + Performance at the location. Mad Meatball has customized their space into booths, a three-sided bar, and an outdoor patio that overlooks the downtown skyline, one of the many perks of being in its downtown location.

With weekly events and specials, Mad Meatball provides the perfect excuse to get out and give it a try. It has a happy hour every day from 2-6pm every single day with $5 appetizers, as well as trivia night on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm ($50 to the winning team) accompanied with all you can eat wings starting at 5. Mad Meatball has 17 different wing options, including dry rubbed and sauced wings.

Wondering more about the menu? Mad Meatball has everything Italian (more than just pizza); meatballs, sandwiches, and pasta are all staples of the menu. Not to mention breakfast offered every Saturday and Sunday.

The perfect place to watch sports, Mad Meatball hosts watch parties for a variety of sports, from the collegiate level to professional. Combine this with the full bar (including scotch) and you’ll see that it is the place to be on the weekends during any season, even giving you the opportunity to eat away your favorite team’s loss.

In addition to downtown access, Mad Meatball is near trails, Gray’s Lake Park, and the upcoming Pro Iowa Soccer Stadium. There is something for everything in LINC’s newest restaurant, but don’t take our word for it. Stop by and check out Mad meatball, whether for trivia, happy hour, basketball, or just a good meal.

Apartment Home Options at LINC

Apartment Home Options at LINC

The growing Gray’s Station neighborhood is the home to many amazing new things, one of which is LINC at Gray’s Station, a beautiful apartment community with surprising options and amenities. Read on to learn more about the rental options (from studio apartment homes to townhomes) and some of the amenities and perks.

Studio Apartment Homes

These apartment homes combine all the areas of your home (except for the restroom, of course) into one room: the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. Making the perfect living space for minimalists and are generally more affordable than their one-plus bedroom counterparts. At LINC, these may be first-floor walkups, with private entrances from outside the building, or they may have interior entrances, being located on the second floor or higher.

1-4 Bedroom Apartment Homes

LINC also has typical apartment homes, with separate living, sleeping, and cooking/dining spaces. The one- and two-bedroom apartment homes are located all on one floor, with spacious, open-concept living/dining, and each bedroom in the one- and two-bedroom units has its very own full bathroom.

The larger three- and four-bedroom plans are generally located between two floors, with a private staircase in the home to go between floors. They also have an open living/dining area. The three-bedroom apartments homes have 2-3.5 bathrooms, and the 4-bedroom plans have 3-4.5. No matter how you look at it, the larger apartment homes have lots and lots of space, making them great for families or friends, with plenty of room to host.

Townhomes

The LINC townhomes sit separate from the apartment buildings, located just to the south. These townhomes feature three floors, with the bottom floor being reserved for a two-car garage and, in some floorplans, an extra living space. The second floor includes the primary living space, kitchen and dining, and a bedroom, and the third floor is bedrooms. The LINC townhomes have 3-4 bedrooms each, and 3-4 bathrooms as well. The townhomes are among the largest rental offerings, and who wouldn’t love to have a two-car garage of your own in downtown Des Moines?

Amenities

What would a community be without places to hangout and things to do?! Here are just a few of the amazing amenities in the LINC community.

Fitness Center

The 24-hour fitness center at LINC is open for all residents, all the time. With a squat rack, free weights, battle ropes, treadmills, ellipticals, and more, the fitness center is the perfect place to accomplish any workout goal.

Community Room

On the top floor of LINC sits a gorgeous community clubroom. This reservable space has an amazing view of Des Moines on its balcony (yes, there’s a balcony with tables and chairs), not to mention the prep space and fridge.

Swimming Pool, Pool House & Dog Park

The pool is the perfect place to cool off in the summer, with a huge pool deck and a pool house with a full kitchen and ping pong table. Just off the pool house is the dog park, because man’s best friend deserves a space to hang out with their four-legged pals as well.

There is also a game room, bike storage room and trails throughout the community connecting to Gray’s Lake. Check out some of these amenity spaces in our video, or even better, come see them yourself with a scheduled visit.

There you have it, the different home options, and extensive amenities available at LINC, the beautiful rental community at Gray’s Station.

Springing Forward: What’s Ahead in 2022 In & Around Gray’s?

Gray’s Station is located right in downtown Des Moines, so it should come as no surprise that things are happening all the time in this community. From the addition and introduction of floor plans to the construction of a huge new soccer stadium, to a music festival headlining Charli XCX, 2022 is set to be a big year for the neighborhood as we enter the spring. Here are just a couple of things coming to Gray’s Station this year and down the line.

New Floorplans Available

Maison

This two-story townhome has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, two-car attached garage and 1,871 square feet of living space. The modest yet modern end-unit townhome has an open-concept living, dining and kitchen layout with the primary bed/bath and a second bedroom and main bath all located on the first floor. With a second level dedicated to a wet bar and rooftop patio with the option of full-deck upgrade and an optional lower-level feature with an expansive living room, as well as an additional bed and bath, this floorplan has excitement on every level.

Marlow

The Marlow is a two-story townhome with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, two-car attached garage and 2,277 square feet of space as an interior unit. The first level has an expansive kitchen-dining combo space opening into the living room and main bath. The second level features three beds, including primary bed/bath, laundry, and multiple walk-in closets. Like the Maison, this spacious plan comes with an optional lower-level finish with an additional living room and bath.

Emden

The Emden plan is a two-story townhome plan featuring modified rooftop patio options, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 1,528-1,568 square feet of space. The first level features a two-car attached garage, walk-in kitchen, dining, living and half bath. Three bedrooms, including a primary and ensuite bathroom, and laundry are on the second level. The Emden also features a rooftop patio option, including patio, pergola, and optional deck additions with railings.

What’s Happening

80/35 Music Festival

The annual celebration of music is back in the summer of 2022 in Des Moines. 80/35 2022 takes place July 8-9 in the beautiful Western Gateway Park. Headliners this year are Charli XCX and Father John Misty. This marks the 13th anniversary of the music festival and is sure to be a blast, especially with the 2020 and 2021 festivals being canceled due to COVID-19.

IRONMAN Des Moines

Cheer on the elite athletes competing in the 2022 Certified IRONMAN North American Championship in Des Moines this summer. Race day starts with a 2.4-mile urban swim in Gray’s Lake. Athletes will push their limits on this 112-mile ride featuring rolling hills and city views. The final leg of this race features an action-packed city tour, spectator-lined trails and a downtown finish line. Take in the action on June 12.

Down the Line

ProUSL Soccer Stadium + Global Plaza

Professional soccer is coming to Iowa in a big way in 2024. With a USL team and a beautiful new stadium and global plaza, located right next to Gray’s Station. This development will of course include the stadium, as well as other projects including an entertainment venue and a stadium hotel. This is great news for Gray’s Station residents because the stadium is expected to increase the surrounding property value by as much as 10 times. It is also expected to add greatly to the Des Moines economy by bringing in an expected one million visitors by 2028, over 2,000 permanent jobs, as well as property taxes and revenue, construction jobs during development, and more. Not to mention that the project will be absolutely beautiful. Learn more about the project here.

Slate at Gray’s Landing

In addition to the stadium, Sherman Associates is developing a 55+ residential product right in the heart of Gray’s Landing, Slate at Gray’s Landing. This adds 132 units to the area. The building will be four stories tall with underground parking. Amenities including a connected one-story clubhouse with an indoor pool, a fitness center, community room, spa, and family room will all be available to the resident of the upcoming community, expected to be finished in 2023.

There you have it, stay up to date with things coming up in and around Gray’s with Catch Des Moines, or just stop by and see what’s going on. There’s bound to be something for you!

Craft Bru is Open in LINC

It’s no secret that many of the Gray’s Station communities are home to small businesses, but our LINC community just saw the opening of a vibrant new taproom, Craft Bru. With 60 beers on tap, Craft Bru is sure to have something for everyone. All the featured beers, seltzers, and ciders are from nearby 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.” When he says constantly changing, he means it! There are new options rotated in weekly, and of course they have specials to finish off the emptying kegs. As if all this isn’t already enough, they also have seasonal drinks (candy cane vodka anyone?) for every season. 

One of the most amazing things about this new taproom is the ordering system. Craft Bru uses a one-of-a-kind, contactless ordering with their app; Pour Choices. The app not only lets you order and pay without walking up to the bar, but it provides insight into each beer, making the ordering process much more approachable and helping you try new things. The more you use the app, the better it becomes, connecting the beers you like to build a unique flavor profile, connecting you to new beers you may like. 

Looking for an excuse to get out? Craft Bru has all kinds of events every week. That’s right, hosting game nights with specials and prizes (themed BINGO is one of our favorites) and Live Music every Friday and Saturday during the beginning of 2022 are just a couple things that are going on at Craft Bru. Come and checkout your favorite local artists or discover your new favorite beer and chocolate with their Chocolate and beer pairings. Try four different dark beers, each paired with its own chocolate, and walk home with a Craft Bru glass at the Chocolate & Beer events. For the warmer months of the year, Craft Bru encourages you to bring your dog to their patio with you for “yappy hour” with free dog beer – alcohol free of course. This patio is equipped for cool weather, being heated for comfortability on spring and fall nights. And you can’t have a taproom without giant pretzels! Craft Bru has one-pound soft pretzels, charcuterie, Detroit style pizza, and more in the realms of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. 

Being in the developing Gray’s Station neighborhood in downtown Des Moines has its perks. Craft Bru is within walking distance of trails, Gray’s Lake Park, and the upcoming Pro Iowa Soccer stadium. Needless to say, there is a lot going on at this taproom in Indigo’s LINC community. So, what are you waiting for? Whether it’s the beer, bingo, chocolate, or giant pretzels, Craft Bru is ready to satisfy. 

Winter Events in Des Moines

The recent snow is enough to remind us that Des Moines winter is in full swing. Maybe there isn’t an outdoor farmer’s market or a state fair coming up, but there is still so much to do in downtown Des Moines near the Gray’s Station neighborhood. Whether you are a music lover, a sports fan, or anything in between, here are just a couple events and happenings this winter.

Botanical Blues

The Botanical Garden may not be your first thought for a winter weekend, but the Des Moines Botanical Garden Conservatory hosts Botanical Blues every Sunday until March 27th. Listen to some of the best blues artists in the Midwest and enjoy beautiful landscapes inside of the cozy conservatory. With one hour shows at 1pm and 3pm every Sunday, Botanical Blues is the perfect quick trip from the Gray’s Station neighborhood.

Craft Bru Concert Series

Looking to enjoy music other music spots? You can enjoy local artists in Craft Bru every Friday and Saturday as part of the Craft Bru concert series. These artists will be singing from 7-10pm in this taproom with 60 rotating beers from all over the nation to choose from, not to mention fantastic giant pretzels. The best part for our Gray’s station residents, it’s located on the first floor of LINC at Gray’s Station, keeping you out of the cold as much as possible during the winter.

Des Moines Civic Center & More Music

If these aren’t enough music and entertainment to warm you up this winter, The Des Moines Civic Center and Hoyt Sherman have you covered. These locales are home of performances from both the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Ballet this winter. There are also traveling musicals and shows every week this winter – just check out their full calendars. Make sure to get your tickets to Tootsie and Hadestown, the Tony-Award Winning Musical, before they sell out!

Looking for something more low-key and jazzier? Noce is literally a two-block walk from Gray’s Station and offers up poetry, jazz and cabaret-style nights all winter long.

Sledding

All of these are great ways to have fun and stay warm, but if you are willing to brave the cold to enjoy the city, sledding at Waterworks Park is calling your name. Grab a sled, a friend, (and kiddos if you have them) and head over to enjoy the park the only way you can in the winter: on a sled. With Des Moines being the capital of Iowa, the hill right in front of our beautiful capital building is another great sledding location, and it is lit at night for a beautiful experience! Sadly, Sleepy Hallow ski and tubing park is closed for yet another season, but they vow to be back for 2022’s next winter.

Iowa Wild and Wolves

Sports are a great escape, and Des Moines hometown hockey and basketball teams have games at Wells Fargo arena until April. Grab your tickets and get downtown to see the Iowa Wild play, with games all the time and so many home games left until the season ends in April. There are group rates, suites, birthday plans, and more options to enjoy watching the Wild or the Wolves play on the hardest surface in sports.

Teehee’s Comedy Club

For a good laugh, just a couple of blocks away from Gray’s Station, check out Teehee’s Comedy Club. With shows every weekend and a full bar, this is the perfect place to spend a wintry night. Teehee’s was founded by local comedians and has only been on the scene for a few years, but they know how to draw in great headliners from around the country. Besides, what warms you up on a cold night better than laughing?

There you have it. Downtown Des Moines has all kinds of events to keep you occupied this winter, all withing striking distance of our Gray’s Station community. Take an adventure this season to try one of the events you have never been to or return to an old favorite.

Nevertheless, we are proud to call downtown Des Moines our home.

Looking for more warm events? Check out the Catch Des Moines events calendar for even more options!

Get To Know: Iowa Spine + Performance

At Iowa Spine and Performance, the mission is simple: Get you out of pain and return you to performing your best in life and sport.

What makes us different is our modernistic, patient-centered approach that is focused on the most efficient way to get our patients better as quickly as we can. This is achieved by combining well researched, evidence-based practices in chiropractic care with manual therapy techniques and excellent rehab skills.

A huge part of care in our office is education and training on how to help our patients not only get out of pain but prevent future injury as well. The rehab and education combined allows us to get our patients actively involved with their care, which leads to getting them out of our office faster and back to the things they love.

We specialize in treating most conditions of the spine from disc herniations to strains and sprains. Our facility contains state-of-the-art rehab equipment allowing us to treat many sports injuries like knees, hips, ankles, and shoulders.

Our rehab area also functions as a gym that allows us to hold physician guided, semi-private group training, sport-specific training for youth athletes, and personal training. It is the ideal situation for those coming off of an injury and wanting to return to training without further injury, and those who have been afraid to join a gym in fear of hurting themselves. Physician guided training is key in ensuring youth athletes develop properly. Our facility has the best rehab and recovery tools that allows everyone to train and recover like D1 and professional teams.

I have had the opportunity to train and treat many professional athletes while living in Kansas City and as a former college baseball player, I know firsthand what it’s like to utilize sports training and recovery. I have special certifications in assessing and training baseball/softball players along with other rotational and overhead athletes like (golf, tennis, and volleyball).

Fun fact: I was born in Des Moines, and graduated from Carlisle, so this is very close to home for me, and I’m thrilled to be back, doing what I love. I truly enjoy being able to help the local community and athletes get better and stay better.

We chose downtown, and specifically Gray’s Station because we feel it fits our modern approach and is a great area of Des Moines to grow alongside! This area is ever expanding, and we are excited to grow with it!

If you’re looking to break free from pain and perform your best, or take your training to the next level, find out more at www.iowaspineandperformance.com.

 

Dr. Mike Henrichs is a guest blogger and the owner of Iowa Spine + Performance, located at 210 SW 11th St. Suite 3. Hailing from Carlisle, Iowa, this Iowa native is excited to be back in downtown Des Moines running and operating his own business after spending time in Kansas City. 

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.

Events

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!

A Look Back on 2021 Events

After a year where events and outings were put on hold, it was refreshing to reconnect as a Gray’s Station community throughout 2021. From food trucks to live music, our first year of events is officially in the books.

In early March, residents filled out a March Madness bracket challenge to highlight some of the top things they wanted to see in the neighborhood. One of the most fun events of the year was the Gray’s Summer Concert Series! Our team welcomed four talented, local musicians who rocked the Gray’s paseo.

“It felt really good to be back playing in front of a live audience,” explained Andrew Hoyt, who’s acoustical music debuted the series. “2020 was a tough year for musicians and it just feels right being back in front of an audience.” Joining Hoyt throughout the months of May, June, July, and August, were Ducharme-Jones Duo, Emma Buttersworth, and Jake Kemble, all of which brought music to our neighborhood.

There were also numerous locally owned businesses who joined the Gray’s Station family over 2021.

First, Iowa Spine and Performance, ran by Carlisle-native Dr. Michael Henrichs opened in May 2021. The chiropractic clinic specializes in sports performance and rehab techniques.

Then, in June, Craft Bru was the first restaurant/bar to open in the newly finished LINC business space along MLK Jr. Parkway. This taproom rotates 60 craft beer handles at one time and services strictly through the phone app, Pour Choices, making contactless ordering easier than ever.

“What we’re trying to do is highlight beers that you wouldn’t necessarily find on the taps of other restaurants,” said Co-Owner Tracy Schlueter in an interview with Des Moines Register.

Rounding out the year, Gray’s Station welcomed another yummy local business in Mad Meatball Pizzeria. This notable pie place was once located in the East Village and has since relocated to LINC, opening a large patio overlooking the downtown Skyline and restoring their beloved pizza and sandwiches.

 

It’s been extremely fun to welcome athletes of all levels to – and through – Gray’s Station. Marathoners, half-marathoners and 5k runners all visited during the Women’s Half Marathon and IMT Des Moines Marathons in June and October. Utilizing the Gray’s bike trails and connecting Gray’s Lake, it was easy to cheer on runners from your front door or balcony.

On any given weekend, residents and visitors could experience Yoga in the Paseo, various food trucks and CrossFit courses in and around Gray’s Station.

The Gray’s Team is already gearing up for a stellar 2022 – hoping to bring back some fan favorites and also introduce some new concepts to the lineup.

If you have ideas about what you would like to see for events at Gray’s Station, send us a note on Instagram or Facebook or shoot us an email at info@hubbellrealty.com!

Connect to Downtown Bike Trails Via Gray’s Station

One of the biggest perks about living at Gray’s Station, outside of the connectivity to downtown Des Moines, is actually going the opposite direction – into nature.
The bike trails that intertwine Gray’s Lake, Water Works and Central Iowa all converge in downtown Des Moines. Like many established trails, most of these connectors started out as railroad ties and roads at the turn of the 1900’s.
Heading south on the Gray’s bike trail connects to a world of bikers, joggers, dog-walkers, and people who are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The Chris and Marcie Coleman Bridge, which connects Gray’s Station to Gray’s Lake Park and beyond, was installed in late 2019 and provides a crucial connection to one of the nation’s largest green spaces – Water Works Park. With more than 1,500 acres of open space, parks, amphitheaters, and soon-to-be access to the ICON Water Trails system, this park is larger than New York City’s Central Park and is outlined with trails.
Within a 13-mile southwestern bike ride or cross-country ski on the Great Western Trail, bikers enjoy can enjoy the town of Cumming, a small up-and-coming town best known for the Chicken restaurant and The Iowa Distilling Company. 
Travel in the opposite direction to link up with the Clive Greenbelt Trail, Brown’s Woods in West Des Moines or the High Trestle Trail – all of which have their own unique viewpoints and perks – perfect for any daytrips from homes downtown.
  •  Brown’s Woods:
    • This 486-acre forest in the heart of West Des Moines is just 7.4 miles from Gray’s Station and the Gray’s bike trail.
  •  High Trestle:
    • Weave your way from Des Moines to Ankeny or pack up the bike for a short 10-minute drive to Ankeny’s Trailhead, to jump on the 25-mile loop to the High Trestle Trail for a helluva view! This trail connects five communities and four counties and ends on a bridge overlooking the Des Moines River.
One of the best trips, hands down, is biking around downtown Des Moines itself. Squeeze in an easy 8-10 miles while taking in sites like the Lauridsen Skatepark, newly renovated Birdland Marina, Western Gateway and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the many boutiques and breweries located along the way.
If you don’t own a bike, fear not! For as little as $1-$5, you can pay as you go or snag a Des Moines BCycle bike for a round trip at one of the 27 stations located throughout downtown and a few metro suburbs. Once your done, dock at any available station and the charge will go directly to your credit or debit card.

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!

What does Proposed Soccer Stadium, Redevelopment Mean for Gray’s Station?

A recent redevelopment proposal may mean big changes near the Gray’s neighborhood, and subsequently more retail, event venues and living options near Gray’s Station.

Pro Iowa, the campaign working to bring professional soccer to Iowa, is now working with Krause+ real estate group, the City of Des Moines, Sherman Associates and environmental agencies to redevelop and revitalize the 65 acres to the west and northwest of Gray’s Station. A portion of the area would be environmentally remediated then house, what developers are calling, the Global Plaza and Iowa’s first professional soccer stadium, including large green spaces and ample parking.

Alongside those proposals are plans to add hotels, retail, and a mixed-use neighborhood as well as a Central Iowa Water Trail connector and access site off of the nearby Raccoon River, near the bridge to Gray’s Lake. The water trails aims at activating 150-miles of water ways in and around central Iowa with more than 80 access sites planned.

“The development is a wonderful compliment to projects we have in place,” said Will Anderson, Sr. Developer with Sherman Associates. “New connections and throughways will bridge existing and developing neighborhoods and unlock new opportunities for residents to live, work and play downtown.”

The soccer stadium has a scheduled groundbreaking in October of 2021 with the first kickoff coming in 2024. The stadium would host approximately 20 games a year with other events filling in throughout the year such as high school band/sports, concerts and more.

The proposal’s redevelopment would coincide with Phase Two and Three of Gray’s Station’s master planned community. Phase Two is anticipated to start by 2023. Hubbell Realty Company and Gray’s Station continue to work with the proposed developers keeping traffic flow, parking, and melding of the communities as top of mind.

The streets, cycle track and bike trails would connect with the Gray’s Station neighborhood and MLK Jr. Parkway, making pedestrian traffic a number one priority. The proposal also outlines redeveloping some of the Western Gateway neighborhood, which is a two-minute walk north from Gray’s Station.

To learn more about the proposed plan and stadium, visit uslproiowa.com.