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Old 09-02-2010, 10:02 PM
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Hi all,
We are considering a move to Iowa City, and we are heading up this weekend to check it out. We've been before but never checked out the neighborhoods. Here's our wishlist:

smaller houses
big trees
no suburbs

What neighborhoods do we drive through? What do we avoid?
Thanks in advance!!
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:28 PM
Location: Midwest
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I attend The University of Iowa but will not be in Iowa City this weekend. You so happen to pick a busy weekend to visit Iowa City since it will be our first football game of the season. I find Iowa City to be heavy in traffic especially around the campus and I have been told game days are even heavier. From my understanding most avoid the southeast side of the city due to crime. Many also may avoid the downtown area if not wanting to be disturb by college parties.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:17 PM
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we'll if you look on google maps you can find this area: west of scott blvd, north of muscatine, east of governor, and south of rochester is a pretty residential area. Also west and south of kinnick is residential too but I think that's mostly grad and med students and I'm not very familiar with that area.

*edit: scott blvd not court st

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Old 09-05-2010, 03:16 PM
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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I'm sorry if this is too late, but I would definitely check out Goosetown. It's a historic district officially bounded by Dodge St. on the west, Brown St. on the north, Reno St. on the east, and Bloomington St. on the south. The homes are some of the oldest in town, mostly built by Czech immigrants in the 1800s, and are consequently smaller than most homes near downtown (they didn't have very much money). This neighborhood is also located close to the amenities of downtown Iowa City, but farther from campus than Northside or College Green (other nice older neighborhoods) and is therefore less student-centric.

You might also look into the area around Longfellow Elementary, east of Summit and south of Court. There are some beautiful older homes in that area. The Manville Heights neighborhood (off of Park Rd.) is a very nice neighborhood as well, but perhaps more expensive than the other two I've listed. The only exception in this neighborhood is "Mosquito Flats", Normandy, Eastmoor, and Manor Drives, which is a flood plain and was severely damaged 2 years back.

You might also be interested in the older part of Coralville (between 12th Ave. and 5th Ave., north of 5th St.) as it has many older, smaller homes. However, these homes are newer than the homes in the other neighborhoods I have mentioned, probably more like early-to-mid-20th century or so, I'd guess.

Avoid the far SE side (south of Highway 6, east of Gilbert) - it is currently having some crime issues that haven't been dealt with yet.
Avoid anything east of 1st Ave IC and probably anything on the west side of town, not because they're indesirable but since these areas are probably too new/suburban for your taste.

I hope this helps and that I didn't get here too late!
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:01 AM
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I would deff stay away from the SE side of Iowa City. The crime there is bad. other than that there are several neighborhoods in Iowa City that are great!!
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:23 PM
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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A neighborhood you might consider is the area just south of the mall in Coralville. Very nice area with houses and zero lot townhouses with prices running from around $ 115,000 to $ 200,000. Easy access to interstate, Cedar Rapids, downtown, the university, and all the businesses on the north side. Also, most of this area is out of the flood area.
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