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Guide to Iowa City
Iowa City Apartments For Rent
The mighty Iowa River loops and twists through Iowa City, a Midwestern gem in the heart of Iowa and the home of the University of Iowa. But this isn’t your typical college town – Iowa City has been called one of the top cities to live, it has a huge arts scene, and the downtown shopping district is simply fantastic.
This city is proud of their Hawkeyes! These 26-time national champions are part of NCAA Division I as members of the Big Ten, and college sports fans in black and gold are everywhere. And whether you are cheering at a Hawkeyes football game or strolling along the Ped Mall and enjoying this downtown area’s brick-paved streets, quaint shops, restaurants, and boutiques, you’ll love living in your new Iowa City apartment! Want to know more about living in Iowa City? Here’s everything you need to know before making the move!
Things to Do in Iowa City:
From outdoor adventures to fine arts to historic sites, Iowa City is filled with things to do. Of course, Downtown Iowa City is stunning, from its brick streets to its historical architecture to the variety shops and restaurants. Several bars, such as The Union, Vito’s, Third Base, and Donelly’s are hotspots in the Ped Mall.
During the summer, downtown Iowa City hosts the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Arts Festival, and Saturday Night Free Movies. The Englert Theater and Hancher Theater both hold theater, orchestral, and dance performances throughout the year.
After you select an Iowa City apartment to rent, be sure to go for a walk and admire the Victorian architecture that defines this city. Look for the copulas and lacy gingerbread of the Linsay House, built in 1893. Add touring Plum Grove, the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor and built in 1844, to your Iowa City “must-do” list.
Of course, you’ll want to make Kinnick Stadium your go-to place during football season, especially if you enjoy tailgating! Kinnick Stadium is home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and is the seventh-largest stadium in the Big Ten and one of the nation’s largest university-owned stadiums. The stadium holds more than 70,000 people and was built in 1929.
If you prefer basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, or wrestling, then the Carver-Hawkeye Arena is a terrific location to enjoy these sports events. The arena, which seats more than 15,000, opened in 1983.
Silos and Smoke Stacks, a National Heritage Area, is one of just 49 federally-designated heritage areas. The area covers 37 counties and 20,000 square miles. It contains historic sites such as the Coralville Schoolhouse, built in 1876; museums, such as the Ackley Heritage Center, Belmond Historical Society Museum, and the Amana Heritage Society Museums; and the 64-mile tour of barn quilts that make up the Barn Quilts of Grundy County. Other notable sites include Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, the historic Brucemore, and F.W. Kent Park.
Outdoor adventurers will love renting an apartment in Iowa City – the mighty Iowa River provides boating and fishing opportunities, while nearby hills and bluffs are ideal for hiking. Iowa City maintains 41 parks, ranging from small neighborhood parks to large riverfront parks to specialty parks, such as Thornberry Dog Park, Skateboard Park, and Rita’s Ranch Dog Park.
City Park is a large, 107-acre park that includes walking/running trails, a swimming pool, a riverfront boat ramp, the Riverside Theatre, Riverside Festival Stage, picnic areas, outdoor ice skating, carnival rides, a canoe dock, bocce courts, ball fields, and tennis courts.
Iowa City hosts a variety of festivals and events, including a Top Chef: Downtown competition, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Iowa Soul Festival, the Iowa Arts Festival, Taste of Iowa City, and Northside Oktoberfest.
What to Consider When Moving to Iowa City:
Iowa City’s history predates statehood. The Iowa Territory was established in 1838 with Burlington as its capital. Iowa City became the territory’s capital in 1841. The Old Capitol Building, listed as a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1842. Iowa officially became a state in 1846.
Top-rated UI, a Public Ivy, is a top-rated research university that was founded in 1847. Four UI buildings surround the Old Capitol, forming the “Pentacrest.” These buildings date back to 1898 and include MacLean Hall, Macbride Hall, Schaeffer Hall, and Jessup Hall.
Iowa City has a quirky side. After choosing an Iowa City apartment, you may notice a few interesting and unusual things about your new city. For example, during the winter months, you may see trees wearing sweaters. Throughout Downtown and the Northside Marketplace, over 130 trees are “dressed” by about 120 local knitters. When the “Tree Huggers” are removed, they are washed and repurposed as blankets and scarves and donated to local charity groups.
During the summer, you may stumble upon a piano or two (or several). These public pianos can be found in the Ped Mall and along Washington Street and Market Street downtown, and are available to anyone who wants to test out their musical skills – even those who have never played a note.
The Moffitt Cottages can be found all over Iowa City. These whimsical cottages resemble something out of a fairy tale and date back to the 1920s, when Howard F. Moffitt wanted to design affordable and attractive housing. Five of these stone cottages make up the Muscatine Avenue Moffitt Cottage Historic District. Moffitt built roughly 200 homes in Iowa City and Coralville, mostly using recycled materials and a terrific imagination.
Why Iowa City Apartments Are Hot:
Iowa City is a vibrant, active college town – but it is also nationally recognized as an excellent city to raise a family and retire to. With beautiful neighborhoods, a lively arts scene, and a terrific live-work-play district downtown, Iowa City delivers a small-town feel with big-city amenities. While UI is the city’s largest employer, you’ll discover a rich and diverse economy once you move to your new apartment in Iowa City. Several Fortune 500 companies are located here. Iowa City is home to Procter & Gamble, Oral B Laboratories/Gilette, Pearson, ACT headquarters, Moore North America, and more.
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Why Iowa City?
- The University of Iowa, considered a Public Ivy, is a top-rated research university located on 1,700 acres in Iowa City.
- Cheering on the Hawkeyes! The UI Hawkeyes are part of the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.
- The nearby Amana Colonies is a fascinating collection of seven villages and are considered a National Historic Landmark.
- The Englert Theatre is a vaudeville-era playhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Devonian Fossil Gorge is an amazing location, ranked as one of Iowa City’s most popular attractions.
- Founded in 1858, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History houses a unique collection of Native American artifacts, mammals, and birds.