Historic Renovation at Spaulding Lofts

Posted by Rick Tollakson on Nov 21, 2016 4:16:00 PM

You may already know that Hubbell Realty is always "breaking new ground" by continuously building new developments around the Des Moines metro but we’re always thrilled for the opportunity to breath new life into Iowa’s historic buildings. Our latest renovated offering is Spaulding Lofts in Grinnell, home to Grinnell College, a small, top-20-ranked Iowa liberal arts college located about midway between Des Moines and Iowa City. The first of two Spaulding Center buildings to be renovated is complete with residents moving in, and the second is planned to open this fall.

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Topics: Trends in Development, Apartment Living

What Does a Construction Project Manager Actually Do?

Posted by Casey Port on Oct 6, 2016 3:54:27 PM

It’s the end of Construction Week 2016, but the work never stops in a city like Des Moines. Whether it is downtown residential developments like Dwell, Verve, or Cityville or projects throughout the metro like the fourth building at the Grimes Distribution Center or commercial projects in the growing city of Waukee, our project managers are the traffic cop at a very busy intersection. But what exactly is the role of the project manager in the development of property?

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Topics: Trends in Development, Human Resources, Real Estate, Construction

What Is the Water Trails Plan for Des Moines?

Posted by Rick Tollakson on Jul 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Last year, I was honored to become the chair of the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Steering Committee. Ever mindful of future generations, the committee’s mission is to cooperate across political boundaries, cultures, and recreational uses to accentuate and enhance the region’s water trails and greenways to realize their immense potential as a multifaceted centerpiece for a vibrant and dynamic region like Des Moines. 

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Topics: Trends in Development, Hubbell Realty, downtown living

How Can I Find the Next Up-and-Coming Neighborhood?

Posted by Steve Niebuhr on May 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Have you always wanted to be one of the first to get in on a hot new neighborhood? If so, you’re not alone. Plenty of house and apartment hunters have their eyes out for the city’s next hot spot, hoping to get in before property values take off and the housing market tightens up in the area. It’s not always easy to predict where the next trendy neighborhood will be, but there are signs you can look out for that can indicate an area is on its way up.

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Topics: Trends in Development, downtown living

Options in Senior Living

Posted by Steve Niebuhr on Nov 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

As we journey through our lives, our living needs change. The apartment that is perfect when we’re single grows too small as we begin our families, and the spacious family home becomes more than we need when our kids grow up and move out on their own. Anticipating these kinds of changes and thinking about how your needs are likely to evolve over time can help you plan when and where to make your next move.

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Topics: Trends in Development

Amenity Trends in Multifamily Communities

Posted by Darcy Valline on Sep 29, 2015 2:29:38 PM

Today’s renters place a high value on amenities, and modern multifamily communities are evolving to satisfy them. To attract current apartment seekers, newer multifamily communities are offering amenities that provide opportunities for social engagement, such as shared space and group activities, as well as special features important to pet owners and families. Offering affordable luxury alongside more upscale options creates a diverse, multigenerational community that can include recent college graduates, families, professionals, and empty nesters.

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Topics: Trends in Development