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Old 09-26-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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My husband and I (and our 7 little children) are looking to move to the Valentine area. We are wondering if it gets touristy in the Summer.

Some background... We left Washington State in January hoping for a quieter life in the Midwest. We purchased a home South of Iowa City near Kalona, an Amish town. It is still to fast for us here, still too loud and though people may consider this out in the country, it really is not. The owners of this home shared upon my husband's question, that the property behind us would not be built on by the owners. Two months later they started building their dream home. We are devastated (though we too should have looked into this further). So, due to our ignorance on the area here as well as the property and home, we put our home up for sale some months back and are once again looking for the quieter life. We are looking for some good acreage, the wide open spaces and all that I have read about in that area. I am just concerned about Summer if all the fast city dwellers head to Valentine for vacation? : ) We're also looking at a home in Vertigre with 158 acres and my husband is retired so we can go pretty much anywhere and we'll most likely rent for a year to make sure this is where we want to go. Thank you for your time.

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Old 09-26-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Verdigre is a nice, little town, too. Smaller than Valentine, but at the same time, for good or for bad, it's not as "far away from it all" as Valentine. Yankton is relatively close (with full amenities) as is Norfolk. Also, side note: Verdigre has a fairly young Amish community. I think it might be the only one in Nebraska, but I won't swear to that one.

Yes, Valentine will be a bit more touristy in the summer, but it's pretty unlikely you'll really notice it. It's busiER, but still not BUSY.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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Yeah you won't really notice the tourist much in Valentine unless a festival is going on or you going east to where they tube on the river.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: IN
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No, the area doesn't see very many tourists. I do find it ironic that you are complaining about higher population density areas when you have seven kids, though.
The Amish now have "scouting parties" to look for new farmland because many of their old agrararian settlements now have high population densities. Prime examples would be Lancaster county, PA, Holmes county, OH, and Lagrange county, IN.

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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That's how there's a new Amish settlement in Verdigre, actually.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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Thank you all for the information. We just got an offer on our home today, so hopefully we will be heading out there soon. We don't see any homes online in the Sand Hills area in our price range with acreage, so maybe we'll be heading towards Vertigre. : )

Yes, with all these kids we have enough "busyness" in our lives to not want to have much busyness around us. : )

Thanks again everyone.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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We don't see any homes online in the Sand Hills area
In this part of the world, most realtors don't advertise in national venues. At least not the reasonable properties. The stuff you see in the national listings tend to be pretty pricey!
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