Diligent Development is a diversified real estate investment and development company focused on identifying and executing on opportunities in the land, residential and commercial real estate asset classes.

Diligent specializes in providing solutions for transitional development land in both urban and rural communities. We are continually seeking collaborative investment opportunities and strategic alliances throughout the state of Iowa.


A new type of neighborhood in a cooperative environment.

A growing movement of communities being built around working farms and community gardens is taking root across the country. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) defines agrihoods as single family, multifamily, or mixed-use communities centered around working farms.

Instead of development pushing agriculture further away from population centers, agrihoods enable development to preserve land for farming where people live, invest in critical farm infrastructure, and subsidize a portion of the cost to operate a diversified community farm.

Agrihoods also make it easy for people to foster a deeper connection to the land, improve their health, and strengthen relationships with their neighbors. They are a tool for building community, nourishing people with healthy food, and teaching people about agriculture.

Dozens of new agrihoods are sprouting up every year creating a growing demand for people seeking to live in communities focused on healthy sustainable living. Middlebrook in Cumming, Iowa seeks to join this movement by creating an agrihood that honors the agricultural legacy of the state and region, while building a vibrant neighborhood that nourishes community through healthy food and farming.

Welcome to Middlebrook

A place of special moments, Middlebrook uses its enviable position in the region only twenty minutes away from downtown Des Moines, and anchors the southwest corner of the metro. Located in the suburb of Cumming, this small town offers a quiet retreat for active professionals and families after the hustle and bustle of the day.

By building off of the foundation of this agricultural community, Middlebrook envisions new neighborhoods with architecturally unique single-family homes, suburban townhomes, and a town center that brings vibrancy and livelihood to the community. A place where families can be raised, memories created, and dreams achieved. It’s Middlebrook, in sustainable harmony.

To learn more about the community, the farm, and the events taking place there, please click here.


In Great Western Crossing, a neighborhood of Middlebrook, lots are available! This bike-friendly neighborhood located on the north side of Middlebrook will incorporate the new agricultural community concept, unique design and character, and includes access to the Great Western Bike Trail.

For more information on building in Great Western Crossing, please click here.

Available Land

Do you have land for sale and are ready to develop?

Successful real estate investments and development projects require sound business practices, industry support and experienced people. Diligent Development cooperates with and supports others bringing opportunities to our attention. If you have an opportunity for us to consider or would like to become a strategic partner, we welcome your inquiry.

Tim Portzen, Vice President
Mobile: 563.543.3692
Office: 515.309.0705
Email: Tim@DiligentDevelopment.com


For more information regarding Diligent Development lot sales, or if you have land that you are interested in selling, contact one of our Diligent representatives.

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