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Parade of Homes

HCS Builders

Subdivisions with Available Lots

Save Money, Plant an Edible garden

Area Farmers Markets

Market Numbers
June Area Events
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  Ames on the Half Shell
Fridays, June & July
Bandshell Park, Ames

Scandinavian Days 2013
June 7-9
Story City

Friday, Jun 7, 5-8pm
Downtown, Ames

Go F.I.S.H.
Sat., June 8, 8am
Hickory Grove Park Des, Colo

Campustown Summerfest 2013
Sat., June 8
ISU, Ames

Kids Fishing Derby
Sat., June 8, 10am-12pm
Hawkeye Park

Annual Rose Fest
Sat., June 15, 9-4pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Nevada City Wide Garage Sale
June 7-8, 8am-5pm

Classic Car Show
Sun., June 9, 12pm-3:30pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Summer Sounds Concert Series
Thurs., June 20, 7-8:30pm
Bandshell - Wagner Park

Star Party at Ewing Park
Sat., June 15, 9pm
5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

Movies Under the Stars
Friday, June 28, at dusk
Bandshell - Wagner Park

Useful Websites
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  Ames Chamber Logo
The Ames Chamber of Commerce

City of Ames Logo
The City of Ames

Ames CVB
Ames Convention and Visiors Bureau

Ankeny Chamber Logo
The Ankeny Chamber of Commerce

City of Ankeny Logo
The City of Ankeny

Booone Chamber Logo
The Boone Chamber of Commerce

Nevada Chamber Logo
The Nevada Chamber of Commerce

Ames Main Street Cultural District
Ames Main Street Cultural District

Interest Rate Info
Interest Rate Information

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If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2013 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA) will be held from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, June 9, and will feature 12 new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods. Two of the featured homes are built by HCS Builders, a sister company of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®.

4400TimberRidge 2720 Harrison (HCS)

4400 Timber Ridge (HCS)

4316 Cochrane Parkway (Pinnacle Properties)

4217 Cochrane Parkway (Pinnacle Properties)

2240 227th Place (Select Homes of Iowa)

The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 5: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 6: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Friday, June 7: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 8: 12pm to 6pm
Sunday, June 9: 12pm to 6pm

iPadMini Not only will you enjoy the homes and decor on display, but you will also have a chance to win prizes! Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® will be giving away an iPad mini. Additionally, if you visit all twelve homes, you will be in the running for a raffle prize from the ABHA.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each, and are good for all 12 homes on all 5 days. Tickets will be available on or before the days of the Parade of Homes at the First National Bank, downtown location in Ames, as well as the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® office at 105 South 16th Street. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the AHBA Scholarship fund and other community projects.

HCS your Building Experts

HCS Logo Whether you are looking for a completed new construction, wanting to build a home from our catalog of plans, or would like to build a completely custom home, HCS Builders strive to make the building process as easy and stress-free as possible.

HCS offers:
  • Over 150 years of combined experience
  • Guaranteed completion schedules
  • No construction loans necessary
  • Warranties that are actually followed through on in a timely manner

The Parade of Homes will be showcasing the beauty and quality of HCS construction at:

4400 Timber Ridge

4400 Timber Ridge Beautiful new HCS construction located in Estates West Subdivision. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath and office help make up this 4000 finished SF. 9' & 12' ceilings, car siding vaulted ceiling in kitchen with tile backsplash & granite countertops. Stainless steel appliances. 2 gas fireplaces with stone from main floor to lower level. 4" maple hardwood, tile & carpeting on main & lower levels. Sunken family room in lower level with 11' ceilings. Full bar in lower level with stone wall. Covered deck with aluminum & stainless steel cable railing system. Walk out lower level to 23' x 16' patio. Too many features to list all. Call for more information. Home will be Energy Star Rated upon completion.


2720 Harrison 2,725 Finished living area in this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Kitchen has birch cabinets, large eat-at kitchen island and stainless steel appliances. Hardwoods in entry, kitchen, and dining area. Tile in baths, laundry, and mudroom. Carpet throughout the rest of home. Floor to ceiling gas fireplace with stone front.

We have lots available for your Dream Home!

Hunziker Subdivisions is a great resource if you are looking to find a lot to build your perfect home. LandDevWeb There are several residential subdivisions in Ames and also in Story City and Nevada. Please contact any Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR® and they can guide you through all of the details regarding restrictive covenants, pricing, availability, and finding the perfect combination of factors that best suits your lifestyle and financial situation. To learn more about Hunziker Land Development visit us at

Lots Marketed by Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®:
Northridge Heights
Estates West
Sunset Ridge
Walnut Ridge
Northwood Heights
Village North
Nature's Crossing
Indian Ridge, Nevada
Jacobson Park, Story City

Save Money, Plant an Edible Garden

Garden A backyard edible garden will trim costs from your grocery bill while providing you and your family with the freshest produce possible. According to Bruce Butterfield, research director for the National Gardening Association, a well-maintained garden can produce a half-pound of fresh vegetables for every square foot of garden space. Even first-time gardeners will benefit. George Ball, owner of Burpee Co., says that a $10 investment in seeds for tomatoes, beans, bell peppers, lettuce, peas, and carrots, plus $80 for soil, fertilizer, and the cost of building several raised beds, can yield more than $250 worth of veggies and herbs - a substantial portion of the approximately $3,465 the average U.S. family spends on a year's worth of groceries.

Top plants for great returns
  • Tomatoes- Yield: 10-15 pounds tomatoes/plant
  • Bell pepper- Yield: 6-8 peppers/plant
  • Cucumber- Yield: 10-15 pounds of cucumbers/plant
  • Leaf Lettuce- Yield: 16 oz. of salad every 3-5 days after leaves mature
Read more at Houselogic.

It's the time of year we can enjoy farm fresh foods. Check out a Farmer's Market near you to support local growers and enjoy fresh produce.

Ames Main Street Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8am - Noon
May 4-Sept. 28th
400 Block of Main Street, Ames

Ames North Grand Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3pm - 6pm
Saturdays, 8am - 1pm
May-October 26th
North Grand Mall, Ames

Uptown Ankeny Farmer's Market
Saturdays, 8 am to Noon
May 18 thru September 28
Southwest Third and Maple Streets, Ankeny

Boone Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3pm - 6pm
Downtown Boone

Capitol Hill Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
June - September
800 E. 12th Street, Des Moines

Downtown Farmers Market
Saturdays, 7am - Noon
May 4th - October 26th
Historic Court Avenue District and 4th Street, Des Moines

Valley Junction Farmers Market
4:00 - 8:00 pm Thursdays
Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines

West Glenn Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10am - 2pm
May - September
5525 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines

Midtown Market is Nevada's Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 5pm - 7pm
June 4 - Oct. 1
Nevada City Hall, 1209 6th Street


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2013 Ames 2012 Story County 2013 Story County 2012
Active listings as of 6/3/2013 127 212   112 181
Homes SOLD Year to Date 185 195   129 87
Average Sale Price $183,933 $190,164   $133,565 $150,168
Average Days on the Market 82 108   132 109
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.8% 95.1%   93.5% 93.7%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 5/31/2013
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
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Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® has been helping people buy and sell homes in Central, Iowa for over 50 years. With offices in Ames, Ankeny, Boone and Nevada, our real estate agents can help you find the "right" place to call home. Our agents have access to hundreds of homes for sale in the Ames, Ankeny, Boone and Nevada areas through the various Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Corporate office location 105 S. 16th St. Ames, Iowa 50010, phone number 515-233-4450. Agents and Brokers are licensed in the state of Iowa.