Family-friendly homes in the best cities for raising kids

Des Moines, Iowa

Address: 2241 Camelot Court, Altoona
Price: $175,000
What you get: 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,400 square feet
Price per square foot: $125

Des Moines is the capital of Iowa, a national center for insurance and a major hub for publishing and financial services. Besides making the Forbes list of best places to raise a family, it also topped the magazine’s 2013 "Best Places for Business" list. Schools in the city aren't especially great, but many of the suburbs have highly rated districts. There is a well-developed trail system, both in the city and the surrounding countryside.

Altoona is a suburb 20 minutes northwest of Des Moines, with excellent schools and parks. Although this house sits on a quiet cul-de-sac, it's less than a mile from the Adventureland amusement park — not an amenity you'll see every day. The home was built in 1975 and features wood floors and trim. The eat-in kitchen leads to a deck and terraced backyard, and the finished basement features a home theater with surround sound.

Contact: Jonathan Lee of RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts at 515-276-2872