Community Spotlight: Elk Run in Elkhart

Directions: Take the Elkhart/Polk City exit (Exit 96) on I35, go right on NE 126th Ave. Then Left into Elk Run development homes.

Elk Run is in a great location! It’s only 20 minutes from downtown Des Moines and 30 minutes from Ames. You can get to Ankeny in about 10 minutes!

  • North Polk Community School District
  • Youth activities include Little leagues for softball and baseball, soccer, and club sports.

We’re building our most popular floor plans in Elk Run. Call Tammy Heckart, Realtor at 515-778-8807 to learn more!

View Greenland Homes listings in Elk Run. Don’t delay in contacting us! We’re in different stages of building for each home, but for many of the homes RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to pick out paint colors, features, and talk about upgrades.

We’re Giving $500 to Charity of Your Choice in September

September 5, 2019 is the International Day of Charity. In honor of this holiday, we want to help YOU make a difference in your community! For every Greenland Home sold in September, we are pledging to give $500 to a registered charity of the homeowner’s choice after the closing of your home is complete!!

Please fill out this form and bring it to your closing!

We’re so excited to run this program in September! Don’t forget to fill out the form and bring it with you.

NterNow Gives You Instant Access to Homes

NterNow Keyless Lock System

It’s so simple – here’s how it works …
1. Look for the NterNow sign at a Greenland Home
2. Download the app, scan your drivers license, and enter the code
3. Tour the home at your own pace and at a time that works for you
4. Fall in love and call your real estate agent to write an offer!

Don’t believe us? See for yourself! We asked someone to try out the NterNow keyless lock system so we could show you how easy it is.

You can currently try out our NterNow locks at these locations:

Keep checking back! We’re adding them to more homes as soon as the new locks come in!

Local Spotlight: Steve’s Chef Kabob & Other Food Finds at the Farmers’ Market

We don’t know about the rest of you, but we’ve been hitting the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market as much as possible this summer! And we’re always looking forward to stopping at our favorite food stands. If you’re ready to try new flavors and expand your taste buds, we recommend these local Farmers’ Market food finds:

1. Steve’s Chef Kabob

Family-owned (three generations working together!), Steve’s Chef Kabob is the one of the first places many market goers stop at to put in their orders. They’re known for their fried tempura vegetables, kabobs with sticky rice, egg rolls, and crab rangoons.

It’s not uncommon for folks to stop by first thing and put in a huge order for crab rangoons, shop around the market, then come back later to pick their orders up. Weekly orders of crab rangoons and egg rolls? YES PLEASE!

Sounds amazing, right? Just wait … there’s more …

Check out these other great food finds

2. Rootz Afro Caribbean Cuisine

Yum … West African-style food like peanut butter chicken, jerk chicken, jollof rice … and when we’re extra lucky, ox tail!

3. Pupusas – El Salvador

You must get at least one pupusa while at the Farmer’s Market! Plus, don’t forgot to try some of the other El Salvadorian-style food, too. You’ll love it!

4. Say Cheese Des Moines

Ready for home-made, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches? (YES!) Made with fresh bread from Gateway market, you’re going to fall in love!

5. Des.Fresh.Foods

Stop by to taste delicious vegan food that’s locally sourced! Try crepes, spring rolls, cookies, and more!

The Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market is open May-Oct. Get more information here

Community Spotlight: Clayton Estates in Waukee

Just Minutes from Schools!

Clayton Estates is in the middle of Waukee and just minutes from schools. It’s part of a growing community with trails, recreational opportunities, restaurants and more!

This is a great location for your family!

View Greenland Homes listings in Clayton Estates. Don’t delay in contacting us! We’re in different stages of building for each home from our Advantage Series, but for many of the homes RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to pick out paint colors, features, and talk about upgrades.

Check out our featured floor plans from the Advantage Series homes in Clayton Estates:

Local Spotlight: JMT Trucking

25 years of Hauling

JMT Trucking is a dump truck company specializing in hauling aggregate and dirt for all types of industries, Commercial, residential, heavy highway, and agriculture.

“I started the company in 1994 following the sale of the ready mix concrete business that my wife and I along with her 3 brothers owned. I figured it would be a good way to continue to serve the same customer base that we had built while in the ready mix business.” – Jeff Wangsness

JMT Trucking has always valued the importance of being a good community partner. For example, we’ve always been able to count on them to support causes like the Charity House that Greenland Homes has built 5 years in a row, dedicating profits to the Children’s Cancer Connection.

Their level of service through their business and through the community is unmatched and we’re proud to work with them!

“I believe our customers have come to expect a high level of service from us. They have the confidence that we have always made it a priority to have late model equipment with highly trained drivers that provide a level of safety. Time is money in just about any business but especially the construction business in the Midwest. We only have so many working days since not much can be done during the Winter months. We have built a relationship with a lot of independents in an effort to always be able to respond to our customers demand.” – Jeff Wangsness

To learn more about JMT Trucking visit their website

Local Spotlight: Tom Onnen

Getting Your Home Ready for You to Move In

Tom Onnen’s business specializes in Final Cleans of new construction homes and Rough Cleans of new construction homes. Tom started his business over 30 years ago after seeing a need in the industry. As of today it has grown to over a million dollar company!

“Builders depend on us. We are where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there. We are known for our punctuality and thoroughness.” – Tom Onnen, Owner.

Backyard Decor

Image Source: Live Laugh Rowe

☝️☝️☝️ What is it about blue that just cools you off? We love this deck make over!

Keep your backyard looking cool on hot summer nights!

One of the great things about new construction homes is that you get to start with a blank slate in your backyard. Use these ideas if you’re looking for backyard inspiration this summer! And then check out the other ideas we found on Pinterest by visiting our “Backyard Living” board.

Needing a safer alternative to a bonfire? Try fairy lights on logs – just like this idea from PurrlsPlace on Etsy.

Looking for a rug that can weather the weather? Try painting your rug on the deck or patio like this idea from

Add extra lighting throughout your landscaping with these ideas from The Lux Pad.

Feeling crafty? Create some glow-in-the-dark decor, like these tiles from DIY Home Sweet Home.

Have fun decorating your backyard!

Community Spotlight: Autumn Park West in Grimes

Located on the west side of Grimes and close to W 1st street, you’ll see how easy it is to get to Hwy 141 and directly to Des Moines.

Autumn Park West connects to the Central Iowa Bike Trail System and includes parks and green space! Your family will love this community!

Schools in the district:

View Greenland Homes listings in Autumn Park West. Don’t delay in contacting us! We’re in different stages of building for each home, but for many of the homes RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to pick out paint colors, features, and talk about upgrades.

Local Spotlight: Beisser Lumber Company

Full-Service Lumberyard

Beisser Lumber is a full service lumberyard providing Iowa builders and contractors with quality building products and services for over 60 years. Established in Fort Dodge Iowa, they have expanded to include operations in Grimes (Des Moines Area) and Coralville/Iowa City. We love working with Beisser Lumber as they emphasize complete customer service, continuously striving to meet and exceed customer expectations.

They offer so many products and services! In 2004, they began the production of interior and exterior doors in their new 26,500 square foot Door Plant. They will also work to install cabinets, decking, siding, windows, and doors in your home. And we can’t talk about Beisser Lumber without mentioning the amazing decks they build (see below) …

To learn more about Beisser Lumber visit their website or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.