Middlebrook presents a new approach to community-building. The development is anchored in tradition and respect for the land while leveraging its prime location in Cumming – just east of I-35 and near existing communities, school districts, and popular shopping hubs. The nearby Norwalk school district is one of the most desired and highly rated school districts in the region. Spanning across Cumming Avenue (Hwy G-14), and bisected by The Great Western Trail, Middlebrook residents enjoy convenient, multi-modal access to the Des Moines Metro area.
Middlebrook provides over 1,000 dwellings, with a wide variety of housing options that include single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, senior living, and high-end estate homes. Within each of these types of housing, there is a variety of types; for example, single-family homes range from the traditional homes with garages on the street to alley-loaded homes, bungalow courts, carriage homes, and even cottages.
Architecturally, the homes are inspired by the rural agricultural vernacular of the region. By celebrating individual homes with detail and textures they enable a blend of modern, transitional, and traditional styles to coexist side by side. Front porches and pitched rooftops offer a common baseline character, and strategies to minimize the dominance of the garage door on the streetscape help reinforce the pedestrian-oriented nature of the streetscape.
Eventually, the Middlebrook community will embody several smaller neighborhoods, each of which will enjoy access to the amenities of Middlebrook. Having neighborhoods within the greater community further helps to break down the scale of the community and reinforce the pedestrian-focused experience that is so important to the character of the community.
We are pleased to announce that Great Western Crossing, a neighborhood of Middlebrook, will be one of TWO site locations for the 2021 HomeShowExpo! Great Western Crossing will be featured alongside Gray's Station by Hubbell Homes in the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines HomeShowExpo's town vs. country theme.
Vernacular and modern farmhouses will shape the streetscapes of the Great Western Crossing neighborhood and compliment Middlebrook’s agrihood lifestyle. In addition, architectural styles will draw upon patterns from historic Des Moines neighborhoods. Tudor revival and early craftsman house styles will help create an authentic walkable and bike-friendly community that includes access to the Great Western Bike Trail.
Built in 1900, Cumming’s historic one-room schoolhouse provided kindergarten through high school education to the local community for several decades and was attended by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Although the schoolhouse officially closed in 1969, it was reopened as a restaurant in the 1990s and recently received a new brick façade and windows. Still maintaining its historical character, the schoolhouse will serve as a centerpiece of new commercial development just north of Middlebrook. Plans to transform the schoolhouse into a craft brewery with a hops garden are already underway. Thirsty bike riders passing through Cumming on the Great Western Trail will have a new watering hole!
A cornucopia of produce is currently being grown in the four-acre Middlebrook town garden. Visitors can find an assortment of melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, carrots, winter squash, zucchini, cucumbers and eggplant at the farm stand, open daily at Middlebrook Farm. Future plans include a farm store and café, a communal space where people will be able to gather and enjoy the bounty of the town garden with proximity to the fields and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Fresh vegetables are now available for contact-free pickup inside our walk-in cooler every Thursday at 10am. Place your order by 6pm on Tuesdays. We harvest your order, pack it, and put it on the shelf for you to pick up after 10am on Thursdays.