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 in close proximity to 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, town homes, 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.
Work is already underway on Plats 2 and 3 in Great Western Crossing! This bike-friendly neighborhood located on the north side of Middlebrook will incorporate the new agricultural community concept and include 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.
We’re eager to be a part of the Cumming community and ready to invite guests to our farm. Discover what’s happening at Middlebrook.