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Old 05-05-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Hi all: I've done a search on anything related to Keokuk and still had a few questions.

It seems for the most part folks in Iowa don't like it Is there anyone on the forum who does?

I'm currently living outside Rochester NY so I don't think the winter will be an issue for me. I grew up in PA so I'm used to hot, buggy summers as well It appears I'll actually have a shorter winter with less snow and a slightly longer summer.

I'm a homebody and enjoy rural living so I'm not worried about lack of things to do.

My main concern is finding a rental property - they seem to be in very short supply. I do not want to live in an apartment. Any suggestions? If I can't find something in Keokuk would it be a reasonable commute to travel from MO since it's so close? Is there another area I could check for home rentals?

Thanks for any insight you could provide
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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Oops thought of another question. I'm a horse lover and was checking for horse boarding and don't see anything - do people just not advertise on the web or is Keokuk not really a horse friendly area? Thanks again.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:49 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Hi TWHLover7,

I don't live in Iowa yet, but have spent a couple years traveling the whole state, looking for a small town to move to ! I haven't been to Keokuk, but I had been looking at some homes for sale there on the internet, and there were some beautiful mansions for sale for cheap !! I decided against it though after doing more research on the town, I read about drugs, crime, and heard that the town is sorta run down ? I know that until I visit myself I can't make a judgement, and so I hope to visit soon !,
Have you considered any other Iowa towns ?? What made you choose Keokuk ? There is a lady in the town I live in (in New Mexico) that is from Keokuk, she is a really nice person, and I think you'd probably find that most people there would be friendly ! Most Iowans I've met are !
Good luck with your search !
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I grew up just across the river and about 10 miles east of "K-Town," worked there for years and still live in the area. I'll try to give you some guidance here.

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It seems for the most part folks in Iowa don't like it Is there anyone on the forum who does?
I like Keokuk. It has gone downhill in the last few years, there are more empty stores downtown and less good jobs. But it still has all the basic services needed for daily living, lots of affordable housing, and some interesting history and beautiful scenery. I wouldn't have an issue with living there.

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My main concern is finding a rental property - they seem to be in very short supply. I do not want to live in an apartment. Any suggestions? If I can't find something in Keokuk would it be a reasonable commute to travel from MO since it's so close? Is there another area I could check for home rentals?
I'm not sure where you're looking, but there's no shortage of rentals in the area that I'm aware of. Here's a link to classifieds in the local paper:

Keokuk's Daily Gate City Online > Admarket > For Rent (http://www.dailygate.com/admarket/for_rent/houses_for_rent/ - broken link)

I don't know what you consider a reasonable commuting distance, but Montrose, Donnellson, Fort Madison, and Argyle, Iowa; Alexandria, Wayland, Kahoka, St. Francisville, and Revere, Missouri; and Hamilton, Carthage, Warsaw, and Nauvoo, Illinois are all within 20 miles or so of Keokuk. The housing market is pretty slow there right now, so if you call the local realtors they may have houses that have been on the market awhile that the owners would be willing to rent.

And if buying a place is an option, there are lots of great buys on homes in the area. Here's alink to the local MLS if you're interested:

Keokuk Area, Iowa Real Estate and REALTORS®

As far as horses go, the tri-state ILIAMO area is definitely horse country. I don't know of any commercial stables in the area, but there are plenty of farmers and horse owners who will board a horse or 2 for you. If you use Facebook, you might be able to get some leads at the Keokuk Saddle Club page.

Okay, that was a little long winded, but hopefully the information will help somewhat. Please let me know if you have other questions.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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Thank you SO much!!! That was extremely helpful!!!!
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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If you don't mind my asking, what is it that might be bringing you to Keokuk?
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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If you don't mind my asking, what is it that might be bringing you to Keokuk?
I'm curious too. It's not every day someone says they want to move to Keokuk.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:45 PM
 
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Hey I might be going to keokuk for a job interview. I was wondering if Roquette America, Inc in a decent company to work for.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Hey I might be going to keokuk for a job interview. I was wondering if Roquette America, Inc in a decent company to work for.
No, it's not decent. It's excellent. I've considered going to work there myself and it would be a 40 mile commute one way. Good luck with your interview!
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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I would avoid that company. They lie, that's all I can say. The town itself stinks from their processing plant. I did an internship there and seen several people get laid off a few months after they relocated from different regions of the country. There are no other jobs in Keokuk remember. You have been warned.
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