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Old 12-08-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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[SIZE=2]Given its proximity to Des Moines, I would think Winterset would be a nice choice.
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Hi Capital City Guy !

Yes, Winterset is the town I seem to keep coming back to !! The people there are SO friendly, 100 % of the stores downtown are filled !! The one problem is that the property taxes are REALLY high !! I know that sometimes you get what you pay for (it is a nice town!) But, I have to make sure I'll be able to afford those taxes when I retire !!!
Thanks for your imput , I appreciate it! Have a wonderful day!
Jodi
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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If I had the flexibility in my job to move anywhere in Iowa - I'd move to Clear Lake in a heart beat. It's a beautifully maintained small town located on a large natural lake, and it has easy interstate access to Des Moines or Mineapolis (less than 2 hours to either).
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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If I had the flexibility in my job to move anywhere in Iowa - I'd move to Clear Lake in a heart beat. It's a beautifully maintained small town located on a large natural lake, and it has easy interstate access to Des Moines or Mineapolis (less than 2 hours to either).
Hi Pepe1 !

I Love, Love Clear Lake !! It used to be in my top 3 choices but I ruled it out because I thought it might be a little too cold !! Coming from New Mexico, I know it's going to be hard enough adjusting to the Iowa Winters, So to be up there in the "Blizzard zone" might be more than I could handle !!!

But, if I thought I could get used to the weather ,then Clear Lake is perfect !!
I love going to the Surf Ballroom, and I love the downtown area , and the Lake of course is so beautiful !! Maybe I'll hear from somebody that lives there and can tell me exactly what to expect about the winter there !!

Thank-you very much Pepe, Have a good evening !
Jodi
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Mount Vernon is a small college town near Iowa City, which is a large college town. It's also close to lake McBride. I read that nearly every building on the Cornell campus in Mount Vernon is on the national registry of historic buildings.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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From my days at Simpson College Indianola struck me a pretty nice place. Very convenient to Des Moines and the college in the town is a plus. Might be a bit busier than you wanted though (its growing pretty fast). Pella is a cute little town too (also with a small college).
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Mount Vernon is a small college town near Iowa City, which is a large college town. It's also close to lake McBride. I read that nearly every building on the Cornell campus in Mount Vernon is on the national registry of historic buildings.
Hi Griz !

Yes , I Love Mt. Vernon too !!! It is such a quaint, beautiful little town ! I check out the real estate there every couple of weeks just in case something comes available ! It's proximity to Iowa City, and CR is perfect !
And yes, the Cornell campus is SO beautiful, I didn't realize that so much of it was on the national registry !
Thank-you so much for that suggestion, Have a great day !
PS- I've never been to Lake McBride, I'd love to check it out !

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Old 12-10-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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From my days at Simpson College Indianola struck me a pretty nice place. Very convenient to Des Moines and the college in the town is a plus. Might be a bit busier than you wanted though (its growing pretty fast). Pella is a cute little town too (also with a small college).
Hi Jeffredo !

I have been through Indianola a couple of times , but never spent any time there. You're right, it's really growing ! It's a shame because it could have that small town feel (with the beautiful courthouse, and town square), but I'm afraid that its becoming almost like a suburb of Des Moines !!

I was really enchanted with Pella, (especially their bakeries !!) But I was told by MANY people (even a realtor) that if I wasn't dutch, then don't bother looking there because I would never fit in ! That was sad, but I still visit there often and went to their "Tulip Days" this year ,which was really nice.
Thank-you so much for your suggestions ! Have a wonderful day !
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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Hello again Jodi,

There are three more towns that might be good fits for you. Spencer, Boone, and Fairfield. Both Spencer and Fairfield have good arts communities, but neither are 30 miles to a city.

Boone is a nice town and is close to Ames. Ames has a great art supply store at the university and there's a great art store downtown where local artists sell their work.

Have nice day!
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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The entire Cornell campus is on the National Registry of Historic places. Cornell College Profile | Fast Facts - About Cornell - Cornell College
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Hello again Jodi,

There are three more towns that might be good fits for you. Spencer, Boone, and Fairfield. Both Spencer and Fairfield have good arts communities, but neither are 30 miles to a city.

Boone is a nice town and is close to Ames. Ames has a great art supply store at the university and there's a great art store downtown where local artists sell their work.

Have nice day!
Hi Lauger60,
Thank-you again for those great suggestions !! I have been to all three and liked them alot- Spencer was wonderful, We visited a glass blowing studio which was fascinating ! I loved their downtown area too ! I was warned by a lot of residents that the winters there are brutal !! (I guess it gets very windy there !) I was only in Boone about a half hour, I stopped at a great bakery there ! I always try out the bakery in every town (very important !)
Boone seemed to be a nice town, I would love to re-visit it !

Many people suggested Fairfield so I checked it out, It was hard for me to get a feel for the place ? I was told about the strange "dynamics" between the locals and the "Maharishis". I don't know if it's true, but I don't want to live in a place where there is underlying tension ! If anybody can tell me more about Fairfield I would appreciate it ! I'm only going by what others have told me ?
Well, Thank-you again Lauger, Enjoy your weekend , I don't know if you're in Iowa ?, But I hear it's going to be a VERY cold weekend !
Take Care ! Jodi
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