Cedar Rapids

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Where Can I Buy A Condo In Cedar Rapids, Iowa?

Cedar Rapids has around 137,000 people, according to the 2020 census. However, the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha Metropolitan Area has some 255,000 residents. Those looking to buy a condo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are probably best off looking inside the city itself, but you might still find some very nice properties in the suburbs and nearby small towns.

They call Cedar Rapids the City of Five Seasons. When asked, they will tell you that the 5th season is reserved for appreciating the other 4. The words “Five Seasons” and the symbol of the Tree of Five seasons appear all over the town, in sculpture and in other representational art.

The flag of Cedar Rapids was updated in 2021. The color blue represents the Cedar River, and the green represents the parks and green areas of the city. The arch represents progress, and the five stars depict those ‘Five Seasons.” This follows a 1962 flag which was voted one of the worst in the 50 states by the North American Vexillological Association. There is no scientific data to back up the sudden interest in real estate in Cedar Rapids being linked to the demise of the old flag, but it could not have hurt.


Long before the Europeans came, and even longer before anyone thought about buying a condo in Cedar Rapids, the land was the territory of the Sac and Meskwaki tribes, with close links to the Sauk and Eastern woodlands cultures. In the 1830s, the Cedar River was known as the Red Cedar, and the first settler of European origin was an outlaw named Osgood Shepherd. The town of Cedar Rapids was founded by Nicholas Brown, George Greene and a few others, who saw its position next to the eponymous rapids as a good place for a mill. It was also at the confluence of the Cedar and Iowa Rivers, so milled goods could be easily shipped to the Mississippi River and the rest of the nation. The town was originally called Rapids City. It was formally incorporated in 1849 as Cedar Rapids. The railroad joined cedar rapids to the rest of the nation in 1859. It would still be more than a century before anyone thought of buying a condo in IA, though.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Before you decide on the issue of buying a home or a Cedar Rapids condo, consider the amenities nearby in the city and in the surrounding countryside.

When you are in cedar Rapids, for example, you could tour the Brucemore historic home, explore the New Bohemia District and Czech Village, or spend an afternoon in the cedar Rapids Museum of Art. You could catch a show at the Paramount Theater, take a hike at the Indian creek nature Center, or take the kids to Beaver Park as well.

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Anyone buying condos in Iowa should be aware of Cedar Rapids’ location. It straddles both banks of the Cedar River, approximately 20 miles north of Iowa City and 100 miles northeast of the state’s largest city, Des Moines. The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City region of Eastern Iowa includes Washington, Johnson, Jones, Iowa, Cedar, Benton and Linn Counties. Look in the astern 1/5 of the state, roughly midway north and south. The city has 70.8 square miles of land area and 1.27 square miles of surface water. The city has four quadrants, divided along 1st avenue running east and west, and the Cedar River running roughly north and south. Practically speaking, though, both the river and the avenue run diagonally rather than to the cardinal directions. As a result, some “NW Cedar Rapids” addresses are south of some “SW Cedar Rapids” addresses. Covington Covington is a very prestigious neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a great place to look for a Cedar Rapids condo. Average rental prices there are around $1200 per month, which is in the top 13% of Iowa neighborhoods. Median home prices are upwards of $245,000, which is in the top 18% of Iowa neighborhoods. Blairs Ferry Road The Blairs Ferry Road and Milburn Road neighborhood is a prime spot for Cedar Rapids condos as well. It hosts mostly medium and larger homes and the occasional mobile home. Average rental prices there are around $1200 per month, which is in the top 13% of Iowa neighborhoods. Median home prices are upwards of $342,000, which is in the top 4% of Iowa neighborhoods. Linn Junction Linn Junction, also called New Buffalo, is another prestigious neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Average rental prices there are around $1175 per month, which is in the top 17% of Iowa neighborhoods. Median home prices are upwards of $280,000, which is in the top 12% of Iowa neighborhoods. It boasts many large single-family homes and townhouses. Bowman Woods Park Bowman Woods Park is a great place to buy a Cedar Rapids condo. Average rental prices there are around $800 per month, which is in the top 16% of Iowa neighborhoods. Median home prices are upwards of $284,000, which is in the top 11% of Iowa neighborhoods. Fox Tail Park The Fox Tail Park neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was heavily redeveloped in the 2000s, and many of the larger homes are quite new. Average rental prices there are around $2200 per month, which is in the top 1% of Iowa neighborhoods. Median home prices are upwards of $274,000, which is in the top 11% of Iowa neighborhoods.

Cedar Rapids demographics

Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s population as of the 2020 census was 137,710, up from 126,326 in 2010. This slow but steady growth means there is plenty of prime Iowa land for sale in the vicinity of cedar Rapids.

Just under 94% of Cedar Rapids residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and just under 33% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $60,787 in 2020, and the median value of owner-occupied housing units was $144,500.

Arts in Cedar Rapids

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Most of the arts and entertainment culture in Eastern Iowa can be found in or very near Cedar Rapids, so it is not surprising there is so much interest in condos in Cedar Rapids, IA right now. Anyone spending time in Cedar Rapids should spend at least a little time exploring cultural anchors like Theater Cedar Rapids, the Paramount Theater, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the African American Museum of Iowa and Orchestra Iowa.

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Schools in Cedar Rapids

Before you buy a condo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have a think about what the schools in the location are like. Cedar Rapids primary and secondary schools include the Metro, Kennedy, Washington and Jefferson high Schools, as well as six separate middle schools and more than 20 fine elementary schools. The Linn-Mar Community School District also serves the northeast of the city, as the College Community School district serves the southwest. Cedar Rapids Catholic schools under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque added four elementary schools, 2 middle schools, one K-8 and one high school. Cedar Rapids colleges and universities include Upper Iowa University, Kaplan University, Kirkwood Community College, the University of Iowa’s MBA facility, Mount Mercy University and Coe College. Cornell College and the University of Iowa are also located within 30 miles of Cedar Rapids.

Why Cedar Rapids?

Is Buying a Condo In Cedar Rapids A Good Move?
There are plenty of good reasons to buy or rent real estate in Cedar Rapids. The relaxed, friendly midwestern culture means a lot to the people who end up living there, and the strong economy is a big draw for people from all over the country. In the end, though, only you can decide if you would enjoy living in a Cedar Rapids condo.


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