A million-dollar Ankeny home is also a bird and butterfly sanctuary – Des Moines Register

7647 NE Berwick Dr, Ankeny

A haven for nature lovers is up for sale in Ankeny, priced just shy of a million dollars, and described as a “private bird and butterfly sanctuary.”

Located on 6.4 acres, greenery and mature trees surround the modern, two-story, 5,973-square-foot home. Located 16 minutes from downtown, a three-car garage is attached to the house and a bonus, two-car detached garage sits close to the main building.

Inside the main entrance, the living space is naturally brightened by windows facing a heated greenhouse, an uncommon asset for the experienced (or novice) gardener. For those without a green thumb, realtor Rick Wanamaker suggests the attached, 24×29 space could be converted into an “indoor sport court.”

Featuring five bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, the layout is suitable to add a home gym, office and family room. The main bedroom includes a fireplace and an attached bathroom with a whirlpool tub.

Downstairs, the sellers are completing an upgrade of the kitchen for the next owner, adding cabinets, appliances, new flooring and interior paint. And a well-lit indoor patio provides access to a raised deck overlooking the back garden.

With plenty of land available for possible expansions, it is the well-manicured outdoor space that immediately creates a memorable first impression.

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Stocked with fish, the lily pond is surrounded by verdant grass and curated patches of garden designed to attract butterflies and birds. And a few steps away, a water feature splashes and ripples over a rock garden.

A hedge maze has also been nurtured, with room to grow larger, creating a setting for spooky future Halloween fun.

The property is listed at $995,000 by Rick and Marcia Wanamaker of Iowa Realty Mills Crossing. Contact (515) 771-2412 to tour this home or similar properties.

Richard Lane is the real estate reporter for the Des Moines Register. He can be reached at rlane@registermedia.com.

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