Housing Trends & Amenities in the Shimek Elementary School District
Where are the best neighborhoods in Iowa City? I get asked this a lot and yet my opinion is subjective and wouldn’t help you pick a neighborhood to live.
Information is power and the best way to give you a feel for Iowa City neighborhoods is to introduce you to neighborhoods in Iowa City. Today I’m looking at homes and neighborhoods in the Shimek Elementary School District. Schools affect the desirability of an area and ultimately that will impact where buyers what to buy a home. This is universal, not just in Iowa City. Buyers look for homes with amenities they need close by. Schools and their place of employment will top that list. These are factors that also impact the price of real estate.
Amenities in the Shimek Neighborhood
A big plus of living in the north of Iowa City is that I-80 Exits 244 and 246 are close by. (Access to the Interstate is missing on the east side and something you should factor in if it’s important to you). Downtown Iowa City is less than 10 minutes away via N Dodge St. And as is the case with all neighborhoods in Iowa City, there’s a park close by. (Iowa City has 41 parks at the last count so regardless of where you live there will always be a park close by). In this case it’s Hickory Hill Park. Iowa City is very “Green.” And I’m not just talking about parks, the City also has a strong focus on taking care of the environment. ECO Iowa City for instance is an initiative to improve environmental sustainability in Iowa City. The University of Iowa participates in a big way too.
Housing Trends in the Shimek Neighborhood
28 homes sold in the Shimek School District in 2011. 35 sold in 2012 and 26 in 2013. Looking at the number of homes sold by elementary school name, Shimek neighborhoods have the lowest turnover of homes in the Iowa City area. In other words there are generally less homes for sale in the Shimek neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods in Iowa City. One reason for that is the smaller area covered by Shimek Elementary. The other is that buyers stay put when they buy homes in the Shimek neighborhood. In the Weber or Horn school district on the west side for instance they have a much higher turn over rate of homes with folks moving much more frequently. The takeaway from that is if you see a house in the Shimek neighborhood you like you should jump on it. No waiting for something better to come on the market – You might be in for a long wait!
When you’re ready to take the next step towards buying a home in Iowa City you’ll want to work with the right Realtor to help you you navigate the complexities of the Iowa City real estate market, all the while looking out for you and your money! Watching out for buyer and seller clients is my strong suit and with good communication skills and attention to detail you’ll always know that sound advice and guidance is just a phone call, text or email away. Call Denise now at 319-400-0268.