Family-friendly community a short drive outside of Des Moines.

Welcome to Altoona

A growing community with new residential developments and plenty of fun


The town of Altoona is a family-friendly community a short drive outside of Des Moines. Over the past decade, the city has seen quite a bit of growth as more young families and professionals begin to settle here. According to the latest census data, there are just under 20,000 residents living in Altoona.


As you drive around this quintessential American town, you’ll notice the homes in the area have a contemporary feel to them. With new developments dominating the area, there's certainly a style and character to fit every new homebuyer wanting to move to Altoona. The city has beautiful single-family homes with spacious lawns and backyards. There are also townhomes as well. Seeing as this community is still growing, there is a fair share of undeveloped land for those who are interested in developing their own space. Get in touch with Luxury Homes By Char Austin, Realtor if you’re looking for luxury homes for sale in West Des Moines, IA.


What to Love

  • Short drive to downtown Des Moines
  • Family-friendly attractions
  • Lush greenery 
  • Spacious residential developments
  • New construction homes

Local Lifestyle

Life in Altoona is relaxed, enjoyable, and comfortable. Residents here have access to some of the best amenities Polk County has to offer. Because Altoona is on the outskirts of the Des Moines city center, there are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities. From local parks to a range of commercial establishments to enjoy, Altoona offers a little bit of something for every type of resident. One of the best benefits of life in Altoona is access to the outdoors and a range of outdoor activities. Residents here have access to the bustling city life while enjoying the calm and comfort of this suburban outskirt. If you're browsing luxury homes for sale in West Des Moines, IA and hoping to find somewhere exciting, Altoona is the perfect fit. Give Char Austin a call today to learn more.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Altoona has a small-town vibe and plenty of great establishments with premier dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences. Many of the attractions are about a 15-minute drive away in central Des Moines. 


The nearby Outlets of Des Moines provide residents an opportunity to shop at some of the nation’s leading brands including Coach, Kate Spade, and much more. 


Once you’ve packed in a day of shopping, you can head over to Johnny’s American Steakhouse. This local favorite serves mouthwatering cuts and other steakhouse staples including shrimp, burgers, and sandwiches. 


The local Bass Pro Shop is another favorite destination for locals. There is a strong fishing scene in Altoona and Bass Pro will help you gather all the necessary gear before you head out on the water.


Things to Do

The growing area of Altoona is a great place for families with young children and for those who are young at heart because of all the attractions nearby. Adventureland is one of the hallmarks of the town and it has some of the best roller coasters and rides in the region. This theme park has over 100 rides, countless shows, and other attractions families and visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy. 


Throughout the year, there are plenty of events and festivals to look forward to in Altoona. During the holidays, the Jolly Holiday Lights festival is a local favorite that brings out the joy of the season. With holiday movies, trivia, and other activities for children, the community gets to celebrate while contributing to a good cause — the Make a Wish Foundation. 


For locals celebrating their own event, the Meadows Events & Conference Center is a popular landmark that boasts over 34,000-square-feet for any celebration. 



Altoona is served by the Southeast Polk Community School District and offers some of the most highly rated schools in the area. 


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