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Walnut Place a Charming Home in Historic Valley Junction area of West Des Moines

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,240 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This 4 Bedroom home with large kitchen and gathering areas is completely furnished and ready for you to enjoy. You will love the charming features of this home. Two bedrooms have new queen size beds and two bedrooms have 2 twin beds each. There is also a memory foam sofa sleeper in the living room and 3 roll out queen size mattress/beds included at an additional charge. There is a 1/2 bath on the second floor, a full bath on the first floor and a really cool locker style bathroom with 2 showers 2 sinks and a toilet in the basement, along with a washer and dryer. The lovely shaded patio area provides outdoor space as well. The home is within walking distance to Historic Valley Junction, where there is great shopping and entertainment. You will be close to parks, pools, biking trails as well as the Racoon River park. This is a great property and very conveniently located. It is less than 15 minutes from the Airport and Downtown Des Moines. Plenty of off street parking.

Jana Belle and Renae Johanningmeier
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Jana Belle and Renae Johanningmeier

We are native Iowans that love our state and the area that we live in and really look forward to sharing it with you. We love hospitality when we travel and enjoy providing an inviting setting for our guests. We look forward to making your stay enjoyable and memorable.

Jana Belle and Renae Johanningmeier purchased this house in 2017

Why Jana Belle and Renae Johanningmeier chose West Des Moines

We love this house because it has such great character and fun unique features that have been preserved very well. Original woodwork and hardwood floors. Original texture wallpaper as well as beautiful glass door knobs.

What makes this house unique

This property has an open room off the kitchen that could be used as a meeting room if people want to have a corporate retreat or a bridal shower. It can be set up with chairs and tables that would easily seat 25-30 people. We have a projector system that is WiFi accessible for presentations.


West Des Moines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2240 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , tub has shower wand
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Attached to Second Floor Queen Bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Really cool locker room style bathroom in basement
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , First Floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Second Floor
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , First Floor
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Second Floor
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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Walnut Place a Charming Home in Historic Valley Junction area of West Des Moines
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

Our family had a great time.

  • 4 of 5

We loved looking around this fascinating house. The original floor plan is exactly like a home one of my sisters lived in for many years in Waterloo, Iowa. One more bed instead of the hide-a-bed would have served our 10 people better. Our kids and grand kids played games by the hour and well into the night.

Thank you for a good experience in our first house rental.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It’s a historic property. I didn’t know that basement bathroom doesn’t have a door. Other than that.

  • 4 of 5

We would leave at 7am and get back 8pm. So didn’t spend much time at the house. The owners were very attentive.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The location was perfect for us and centrally located to visiting our Family

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quirky, charming and accomadating multi-use home

  • 3 of 5

This full of character "1930's-esq" home is charming. The owners are extremely accomadating and the home couldn't be cleaner. The home is definitely used for several functions evidenced by commercial sprinkler fittings and multiple mounted fire extinguishers. Quirky home furnishings including a converted garage meeting room with projector and screen, basement massage table and kids "bar" area. The only showers are 2 adjacent camp/locker room like showers in the basement. The view and location is a bit unfortunate due to a power station immediately adjacent on one side and a busy street on the other. If you are looking for quirky, charming, accommodating, immaculate stay, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house welcomed a family reunion/memorial celebration with plenty of space

  • 5 of 5

Our family hosted a memorial celebration with several family members in attendance.

The house had plenty of sleeping space/bathroom facilities for the 5 adults/2 toddlers staying there. It also had a large parking lot out back which took care of all parking needs.

The house was well stocked with every kitchen item you needed. One thing that would have been nice to have was a dishwasher, although we used many disposable items which helped.

We were not able to connect to Wifi, and there was no cable/satellite connections. (owners said this was going to be addressed).

The owners were very responsive to all of our questions with immediate responses.

The house was in excellent working order and was very clean!

The house was the perfect place for us and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house with wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at the house the house owners left us salsa & squash as a welcoming gift. The house is very charming with a historical feel. Pictures do not do it justice. All of the bedrooms are a nice size as well as the kitchen. Thank you! We will stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
Iowa State Fair
Blank Park Zoo
"Great Place for a fun family outing"
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Des Moines Art Center
Valley Junction
Fong's Pizza
Jordan Creek Town Center
East Village
East Village
Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market
Django Restaurant
Iowa State Capitol
Centro Restaurant
Jordan Creek Mall
Des Moines Botanical Center
Prairie Meadows
Gray's Lake Park
Nearest Airport
7.5 Miles
Des Moines Internation Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
G Mig's 5th Street Pub
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Willow Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I - 235
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Coopers On 5th
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Racoon River Park
Car: recommended

Located near Historic Valley Junction, Within walking distance to great restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Close to Racoon River Park where there is a beach, boating and playgrounds as well as biking and walking trails that will connect you to many other trails in the city. There is a great swimming pool with water slides for the kids as well as parks and lots of green space within walking distance of the location. Also nearby is the Des Moines Art Center. Great location with many nearby amenities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 19.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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