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Old 01-23-2012, 02:43 AM
 
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We have 3 sons living in Omaha but husband and I are thinking of moving to Iowa because I been reading it has lower taxes. Can someone please tell me more about Counsil Bluff?
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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One thought, what you'd save in property taxes, (about 800 a year for a "medium" priced house), may not be worth the time you may spend going back and forth, + the cost of gas for your cars. Much of CB has a bit more of a "crowded in" feeling, much like East Omaha, since it was set up before most people had a car, or two. Certain times of the day the traffic going over the river on I-80 can back up and be a bit hairy. I'd go ahead and look in Omaha too, closer to the kids if it were me. There are some pretty good buys on houses right now, and lots to pick from. Good luck!
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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Crescent, Iowa
I grew up just outside of Council Bluffs and Omaha on the Iowa side in a small town called Honey Creek, sharing a zip code with the more popular, Crescent. Driving out to my house you would inevitably pass the “World Famous, Pink Poodle Steakhouse.” Famous to people who don’t like steak apparently. You would have better luck getting a good meal at the local bar, Denny’s. Get their pizza, unless it’s a Tuesday, than get as many tacos as you can shovel into your face. Drink until you are greeted by a drunken man they call Denny, don’t try to understand him, he is drunk anyways and he will only be complaining about how the Pink Poodle is still trying to steal his customers. When you go home at the end of the night remember your experience at Denny’s, the smell of bar food, the feeling of the cheap vinyl booths, and how much better a draft beer tastes when priced at $1.50 compared to double what is costs just 5 minutes to the west, because you won’t find anything like it in Omaha.
You have probably already fallen in love with my hometown, you got plastered off 20 bucks, met a man that speaks some dialect of English mixed with God knows what, and ate the nastiest tacos you have ever had, but strangely enough are ready for next Tuesday to roll around so you can have some more. You see, all small towns have their staples, each with something to offer that the nearby city dwellers only read about in “Esquire’s 50 Greatest Bars in America.” Sure, the choices are limited to one or two options for dinner, if you buy a new car the entire neighborhood talks about where the money came from, and when your 16 year old sister goes to church on Sunday with a freshly added hickey she will forever be known as a ****. But there is something about a small town that is great, that can’t be explained, it must be experienced throughout an entire lifetime.
The people are typically one of the first things people talk about upon returning from some exotic location. The people of Honey Creek, Iowa are no different. Like any small Midwest town we have our share of meth heads and drunks, we have our bible beaters and our farmers, sometimes all four of those are the same person, sometimes not. I am not a religious man, I am a faithful man, but religion is something that I lost long ago. I have tried churches all over the world in hopes that somehow they will fill the void that my church in Honey Creek had previously held. Until you leave a church and receive more hugs than a 5 year old on their birthday, you haven’t experienced a Sunday at my church. Every person that you meet is kinder than the last. The only time an announcement about a Sunday dinner is made during service is when Pastors beloved Packers are playing the Sunday night game and that there will be no Sunday dinner this week. Invitations are not necessary, doors are never locked, and as long as you don’t cheer for the Huskers you are always welcome.
So when you start to look at homes in Council Bluffs you should drive right through and keep east on Interstate 680 until the interstate literally, just ends and you find yourself in Crescent, Iowa. It will be missed if you are too busy trying to find a cell phone signal, and don’t even bother trying to get 3G. It somehow is only 5 miles from Omaha, but is in the middle of nowhere. Not to worry though, on the main strip is Denny’s, have a pizza and beer while you try to understand Denny as he tells you how to get back home.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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First off, it is CounCil Bluffs. Just sayin. CB is/was a working-class town, though it is starting to make strides and there are nicer parts now. It really depends on where your sons are in Omaha if it would be worth it. If you would be interested in a smaller nearby town then Glenwood (new bridge to NE opening soon) may be good if they are more south and you will get a lot more bang for your buck there housing-wise.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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I've got family in Council Bluffs. I really don't hear anything good about the place. Lots of bad, but no good.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Default Council Bluffs A Big Surprise in a Good Way

Upon the recommendation of some friends I visited Council Bluffs and what a surprise. I'm not sure where all the funding is coming from (Casino taxes?) but this is a community that has invested heavily in its historic downtown, restored community parks (with a 90 acre park under development along the riverfront), fountains, public art, fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright style central library...and as if that wasn't enough...three fabulous residential historic districts populated with homes mainly from the 1880's to 1930's. Then there is a wonderful new senior center (for those 50 years and up) with just about any amenity you could wish for.

What's not to love, incredible homes for prices that are unbelievable bargains compared to the coasts or Rocky Mountain states. Beautiful mature trees covering the hillsides rising off the Missouri River. Views of downtown Omaha with all the sports and arts venues one could ask for, plus the Old Market entertainment/shopping district reached by a pedestrian bridge spanning the Missouri River. Stick on the Council Bluffs side and you enjoy lower property taxes, lower gas taxes and even cheaper car registration.

Forget the frustrations of flying out of a big city airport. Just take your 15 minute drive to the Omaha airport, also right on the river. Twenty gates, about six airlines, and descent fares now that Southwest has moved into the marketplace...even parking your car in covered parking is dirt cheap.

So whats the catch, well its the climate. The good news about winter is like everywhere the winters just aren't as bad anymore, but summers are hot and humid. Luckily with so many community recreation resources and beaches you can escape that heat and humidity. If you can live with the heat and humidity of summer you should give Council Bluffs a good, hard look. For the money it would be hard to find a community this pleasing.

All I can say is kudos to the movers and shakers of Council Bluffs. You have performed miracles in your community!!!
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