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Old 01-12-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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Hi there. I am moving to Iowa City / Area soon and was wondering if anyone had any advice on daycares and places to live in the general area. Specifically, I am looking mostly at Iowa City, Coralville, or North Liberty for either or both.

And if anyone would actually go out on a limb and recommend (or not recommend) a particular condo/apt/townhome or daycare, it would be greatly appreciated!

In Iowa City / Coralville, Linn Street Condos, The Lodge, Dolphin Lake Point, and the Hampton at Coral Ridge, others?

In North Liberty, does anyone have any recommendations? Creekside apts?

Thanks!!!
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Welcome to Iowa City!

I don't know anything about daycares, but I'll try to help you with a place to live.

What I know of the ones you mentioned:

Linn Street Condos: This building has just been (is still being?) renovated from apartments into condos. Great location, right downtown. However, might not be the best for young kids--lots of traffic, noise, drunks. Goes to either Mann or Lucas Elementary, I'm not sure. Both schools are ok. Not the best in town, but not the worst. Mann sees a lot of international children, doing a lot of cool multicultural and language learning stuff.

The Lodge: AVOID. Pretty much a dorm. Not the kind of place for a young child. Bad. Bad. Bad.

Dolphin Lake: Eh, depends on who you talk to. It's a nice complex on the edge of a bad neighborhood. You'd probably be fine here, but the schools are pretty bad. I'd look other places first.

Hampton: I'm not really familiar with this one, but it seems like it's in a good neighborhood. I'd check it out.

I would also look for townhomes north of I-80 in Coralville. Lots of young families, visiting professionals and grad students, very safe area, good schools. The only catch is it's very suburban...good bus routes, but not very walkable.

There are also some cool townhomes and condos in the fairly new Peninsula development, off of Foster Rd. I think that's a pretty cool little area. Mann schools (see above).

Good Luck!
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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I don't know much about the daycares in the area either, but here is a website that has a list of Iowa City (and Cedar Rapids, but you can search by city) area daycares, complete with reviews: Corridor Child Care - Iowa City, Cedar Rapids

As for condos, I agree with what SharpHawkeye said above. Except I'm even less positive about Dolphin Lake. That complex is just too close to a neighborhood with rising crime (the area just west, around California Ave) for my taste. The schools on the southeast side are some of the worst in the district.

As for Hampton at Coral Ridge, it's a recently renovated complex under new management. It's in a safe neighborhood very close to the mall, supermarket, and other shopping. Another poster on this board recently looked at them (and I believe they moved in) and said they were impressed. I would definitely look at them. Kirkwood isn't the best elementary school in the district, but it's certainly not bad.

In North Liberty, you'll find a lot of pretty new condos. The schools are good. It's a safe town. The only downside is that it is very suburban, and so new that there aren't really many stores yet. It may be slightly cheaper to live in North Liberty, so it might be worth looking into. But if it isn't, I think I would choose Coralville or IC first. There's nothing really wrong with North Liberty, I just don't like it as much.
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