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Beautiful Farm in Developing Area south of Des Moines

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Take social distancing to the extreme with this gorgeous 300 acre property, located just minutes from down town Des Moines.  If you’re searching for a fantastic weekend getaway or a secluded place to build your future dream home, you certainly will not want to overlook this property, located just off the Cumming Exit and only 10 minutes to Jordan Creek Parkway.

The recreational opportunities are seemingly endless on this property.  The Great Western Bike Trail passes right through the property, providing your own private access.  The paved trail is over 16 miles in length, starting in Martensdale and ending at the Izaack Walton League Club House near Water Works Park in Des Moines.  Enjoy Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, or Roller Skating the trail any time you wish and take in the gorgeous Prairie and Wetland areas along the way.

Badger creek winds through the entire property offering over 1 ½  miles of frontage.  Mature timber and thick brush follow the creek and throughout many of the drainages, offering fantastic habitat for deer, turkey and other wildlife.  Over 20 acres of the farm is enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which helps filter water runoff into the creek and provides additional nesting cover.  The crops, in addition to the annual income, provide as a food source for the wildlife. The neighboring properties to the East and West are a mix of CRP, tree plantings, marsh land, thick timber and brush, all of which provide phenomenal upland, deer, turkey, and waterfowl habitat as well.  Along the North boundary of this property, Dubuque St / 20th Ave is gated off and is a private access road useable only by the owners of the adjacent properties. This road, along with the main road along 25th Ave create great access opportunities for those looking for hunting opportunities. 

The Cumming area, just 2 miles north of this property, has been the focus of new developments for those looking for a stronger connection to the rural lifestyle, while still having the modern conveniences of the city close by. The growth and attention on the area has and will continue to drive up the long-term value of this property.  In addition to the long-term value, there is immediate, annual income as well.  

Approximately 218 acres of the Farm is FSA tillable and has a CSR2 rating of 57.4.  198 acres of the 218 is split between corn and soybean production.  The crops are rotated on an annual basis, and for 2021, the farm lease is open for a new tenant to take over.  The current owner / operator is offering a leaseback, at $175/acre, or $34,650/year, but this is optional to the new owner.  The balance of the farmable fields (20.2 acres) is enrolled in the CP25 practice of the CRP program, which pays $4,040/year in annual income, guaranteed through 2027.  Combined, the annual gross income is approximately $38,690 per year.

With an annual farm income and appreciation that the area is seeing given the development interest around the Cumming / Norwalk exit, this property is not only great for immediate enjoyment, but also a good long-term investment opportunity.

In today’s environment, more and more people are moving out of the city to their own slice of heaven.  If this sounds like a property you may be interested in, please contact Drew Jackson to setup a private tour of this farm (515-238-1332).  Property shown by appointment only.

  • 2 Miles South of Cumming, IA
  • Great Development Potential
  • Private driveway and beautiful building sites for executive home(s)
  • Private Access to the Great Western Bike Trail
  • 1.5 Miles of Beaver Creek Frontage
  • Incredibly Diverse Habitat (Conservation Reserve Program, Timber, Brush, Grasses, Water, Crops)
  • Great Hunting Opportunities (high deer and turkey populations)
  • Level C to North provides additional access for hunting and keeps traffic out (gated)
  • 218 m/l FSA tillable acres @ 57.4 CSR2
  • Farm Lease open for 2021, Owner will pay 4175/acre ($34,650) at buyer’s option
  • 20.2 acres enrolled in CP25 practice of CRP at $200/acre until 2027
  • Additional 20 acres available including the farm homestead and outbuildings



Take the Cumming exit (exit 65 I35) and head east towards Cumming. Head south on S44th Pl (25th ave) which will be the first road heading south after you cross the bike path. At the Y intersection take a right onto 25th ave for 1.75 miles. The private gravel driveway heads west back to the property.


  • Property ID: WC300
  • Price: $2,400,000
  • Property Size: 300 Acres
  • Property Type: Farms & Ranches
  • Property Status: Sold
  • Address: 5258 25th Avenue, Norwalk, IA
  • County: Warren County
  • State: Iowa
  • Zip Code: 50211