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Old 12-11-2010, 01:11 PM
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Hi everyone,

My husband and I are considering moving to Iowa City area this summer from Madison, WI. He would be working at the University of Iowa hospital. We are in our mid 20s and are looking for a safe neighborhood within 10-15 minutes driving distance of the hospital, good restaurants and shopping. We'd like to buy a condo or small home, hopefully for around $150,000-$200,000. We are looking for a more suburban, family-oriented neighborhood, rather than a college neighborhood.

We are not at all familiar with the area, so any advice on good neighborhoods would be really helpful. So far, Coralville looks like it may be a good fit for us... Is anyone familiar with that area?

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Old 12-11-2010, 04:11 PM
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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I think Coralville does sound like a good fit for you. I grew up there and still keep myself up-to-date with the local news and visit often. Coralville is definitely a family-friendly suburb, and has the most shopping in the area with the mall and its surrounding stores. Coralville has a lot of restaurants too, mostly chains, but some good local fare too.

If you are considering schools in your decision, I would suggest avoiding Kirkwood Elementary. The other Coralville schools are better. Wickham is one of the highest-performing schools in the district, and Coralville Central is pretty good too (I went there and I think I've done well for myself...).

There aren't really "bad parts" of Coralville, but you'll find that the newer, nicer areas are generally north of I-80. The only issues with that area is that it is often more expensive (because it's newer) and it is farther from the hospital.

The west side of Iowa City is also quite nice, and definitely within your commute. There are some nice, newer homes and condos off of Rohret Road that I would recommend. This area is farther from shopping, but there is a grocery store and a couple restaurants nearby.

Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any questions you might have!
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Location: Chicago
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What do you think Iowa City west of the river has more in common with, more alike:

Iowa City east of the river or Coralville?
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:30 PM
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Default Peninsula

The Peninsula Neighborhood has the housing types you are looking for: http://www.peninsulaiowacity.com/listings.html (broken link)

http://www.thepeninsulaneighborhood.com/homes-for-sale.php (broken link)

The neighborhood is within 10 to 15 driving minutes of the hospital, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Another area that I like is the area just south and east of downtown. Some of the houses there may be too large for your needs, but there's a limited number of nice condos. There are some houses that students rent rooms in east of downtown, but you can often tell where they are.

Last edited by lauger60; 12-11-2010 at 09:35 PM.. Reason: issues with the links
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:16 AM
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Thanks so much for your help everyone. I'll look into these places.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:00 PM
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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University Heights might also be a good area for you. It's a small enclave city, completely surrounded by Iowa City and right on the doorstep of UIHC. The city goes to IC schools (most or all of UH goes to Horn Elementary, a great school. Roosevelt is more iffy).

Good neighborhood, a mix of older people, families and some students--although most in that area are med or grad students. There should be a few places there in your price range to check out,
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