Everything You Need to Know About the Beaverdale Neighborhood

The Beaverdale Neighborhood is well-known and well-loved for its abundance of beautiful brick homes, quaint shops, and friendly neighborhoods. With its charming, tree-lined streets and convenient access to everything, it’s one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Des Moines area. Welcome to Beaverdale.

The beautiful public parks within the Beaverdale Neighborhood add to its broad appeal. Whether you’re just looking for an afternoon in nature or a pickup game of basketball, it’s all here. Residents have easy access to sporting activities, playground equipment, shelters, and wading pools.

Residents living in the Beaverdale Neighborhood have created a long-standing culture of community support that is rare in today’s world. In Beaverdale, it’s common for neighbors to help neighbors. Further, the neighborhood association is continually involved in the betterment of the community.   

The Beaverdale Fall Festival is a testament to the value Beaverdale places on community and neighbors. For over 20 years, Beaverdale has been celebrating it’s community each fall with a parade, music, carnival rides, car shows, contests and much more.

Beaverdale is the largest recognized neighborhood in Des Moines, covering over 300 square miles. You can get almost anywhere in the Des Moines area within just a few short minutes of Beaverdale. It’s centrally located, with easy access to both downtown Des Moines and the suburbs.


Beaverdale was once a rural area on the western outskirts of Des Moines, comprised of orchards and farms. Even before the Civil War, the “Fort Dodge Stage Road” ran through the area. This road was renamed Beaver Avenue in 1903 and paved with brick in 1917. 1917 also marked the year this section of Des Moines was officially named “Beaverdale” (previously Urbandale).

Early neighborhood associations began in 1907 and worked to improve the area with schools, churches, and a business district, which consisted of 16 shops at the time. The city continued to make progress on roads and transportation via horse-drawn streetcars (eventually converted to electric streetcars), making access to the downtown area more convenient from Beaverdale.

Neighborhood development took off after The Great Depression of the 1930s when the federal government stepped in to create new mortgage structures and regulations. In the late 1930s, developer E.T. McMurray began to construct the trendy and well-known “Beaverdale Brick” Tudor-style homes. Streets were laid out in a traditional grid pattern and included surrounding parks.

Quick Facts

  • Des Moines population: 215,500 (and growing)
  • Beaverdale is the largest of 51 recognized neighborhoods in Des Moines
  • The neighborhood comprises 143 blocks and over 300 square miles
  • The Beaverdale Neighborhood has over 50 acres of public parks
  • Beaverdale is officially located between Douglas Avenue on the north, Forest Avenue on the south, 30th St. on the east and 49th Street on the west.
  • Beaverdale has four public elementary schools: Hillis, Monroe, Moore, and Perkins.
  • Some of Des Moines’ top employers include Wells Fargo, UnityPoint Health, Principal Financial, HyVee, Inc., Nationwide, John Deere, Vermeer Corp., and DuPont Pioneer
  • Beaverdale is centrally located just 10 minutes from Downtown Des Moines
  • Beaverdale is within 10 minutes of major hospitals: Blank Children’s Hospital, Broadlawns Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center
  • The U.S. Veterans Administration hospital is located in the Beaverdale Neighborhood.
  • 2017 marked the Beaverdale Neighborhood centennial (100 years!).

Local Attractions

One reason many people choose Beaverdale is its proximity to, well, everything. You can walk to restaurants, churches, and shopping. Merle Hay Mall and Flix Brewhouse are just around the corner. Northwest Aquatic Center is located by Hoover High School and has zero depth entry, a shaded swim area, and a slide (along with swim lessons). Don’t forget about Franklin Avenue Library, where there are programs for kids, teens, and adults. Jump in the car or call an Uber and, in just a few minutes, you’re in Downtown Des Moines. Whatever you want to do, you’re just minutes away in centrally located Beaverdale.


  • El Aguila Real Mexican Restaurant is a highly-rated family restaurant, located on Beaver Avenue, serving quality dishes at an affordable price. Dine in or takeout.
  • Chef’s Kitchen was voted Best Beaverdale Restaurant 2016. They offer dinner Tuesday-Saturday and an excellent weekend breakfast. They provide a casual atmosphere with American food, seafood specials, and a full bar.
  • Rice Bowl Restaurant offers Cantonese-style cuisine, including all your favorite traditional Chinese dishes. Come for the great food and enjoy the superb service. They are open for lunch Monday – Thursday, and dinner on Saturday. Dine in or carry out.
  • Christopher’s is a well known family-owned favorite in the neighborhood. They are open for dinner Monday – Saturday and offer Italian and American food with a full bar.
  • Michael’s Pizza is a casual pizzeria with a bistro setting. They offer both lunch and dinner (Tuesday – Saturday, dinner on Sunday) and are conveniently located on Beaver Avenue. Save room for their homemade desserts!
  • Reed’s Hollow is a neighborhood dinner hot spot with a great patio. Go to Reed’s for a delicious casual dinner or drop in for apps and drinks during Happy Hour (Tuesday-Friday).
  • Flying Mango is open for dinner only, Tuesday-Saturday. They offer a unique, quaint dining experience with award-winning BBQ with a Caribbean flair (once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives).
  • Saint’s Pub and Patio is conveniently open every day of the week. Their menu has something to please everyone, from burgers to salads and even brunch on weekends.
  • Snookies is the place to be in Beaverdale during the warmer months. It’s a family-owned malt shop, offering a variety of ice cream flavors. Don’t forget to bring Fido for a free mini cone.


  • Airports – The Des Moines International Airport is located at 5800 Fleur Dr., on the southwest side of Des Moines. It has connections to 21 major airline hubs so that you can get anywhere you need to go.
  • Public Transportation – Bus service is available via the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART). DART operates 150 buses that travel about 15,000 miles each day throughout the Des Moines area, including downtown, shopping malls, schools, and residential areas.
  • Major Roads and Interstates – Beaverdale is conveniently located just minutes from Interstates 235 and 80, with easy access to Interstate 35 as well.


  • Merle Hay Mall – Beaverdale is just five short minutes from Merle Hay Mall. Stores and restaurants here include Target, Flix Brewhouse, Applebee’s, Sears, Justice, Torrid, Helzberg Diamonds and much more.
  • Beaverdale Shops – Beaverdale’s business district has that small-town charm that makes you feel right at home. It’s home to shops, such as Beaverdale Books, Beaverdale Bicycles,  Uptempo Music, and Back Country, among many more.
  • More shopping – In Beaverdale, you’re just minutes from an abundance of other shopping experiences. Beaverdale offers easy access to the East Village, Valley West Mall, Jordan Creek Town Center, and West Glen Town Center.

Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do

  • Downtown Des Moines – Beaverdale is located just 10 minutes from downtown, where you can find a variety of things to do. From music venues, such as Vaudeville Mews and Wooly’s to dining and nightlife in the Historic Court District, it’s all downtown.
  • Nature and Bike Trails – Beaverdale is close to some fantastic bike and nature trails. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Gray’s Lake, bike the Trestle to Trestle Trail, or explore many of the other options in the area.
  • Hoyt Sherman Place – Hoyt Sherman, located in historical Sherman Hill, entertains all ages, along with banquet and meeting facilities. Come for the show and enjoy the classic elegance of the building’s architecture and historic features.
  • Waveland Golf Course – Waveland is just blocks from Beaverdale. It’s a municipal golf course that offers a traditional 18 hole course with beautiful hillsides and mature trees.
  • Beaverdale nightlife – For a night on the town, head to one of the unique bars and pubs to relax and chat with old friends…and make new ones too. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed, casual atmosphere or a more upscale experience, you don’t have to look far to find it.
  • Wells Fargo Arena – The arena has 16,980 seats and is part of the Iowa Events Center, an extensive community complex. The arena hosts large sporting events and concerts from well-known artists, like Taylor Swift, as well as family shows, such as Disney On Ice.


Des Moines Independent Community School District is the public school district in the Beaverdale area.


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About the Author:

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo.