University Heights - A Popular West Side Location in Iowa City

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268

The City of University Heights is a small, exclusive cluster of neighborhoods on the west side of Iowa City. University Heights - Iowa City NeighborhoodsUniversity Heights is completely surrounded by Iowa City and being a curious soul I wondered how that came about. It seems that George and Lee Koser were Entrepreneurs in  their time and had the foresight to recognize that Iowa City would be expanding to the west. My last couple of posts about Goosetown and the Longfellow Neighborhoods were about homes east of the river, so you know that's the historic part of town. In the 1920's the Koser Brothers bought up land in anticipation of growth to the west. They were right, and when that happened they were sitting on some prime real estate in University Heights!

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That as they say is history and now homes in University Heights are in the perfect location for access to the UI Hospitals and Kinnick Stadium.University Heights - Iowa City The UI Hospitals is a teaching hospital which means there's a big turnover of homes every year when the new Resident and Fellow Physicians come to Iowa City. This constant "changing of the guard" makes for a very active real estate market on the west side of Iowa City. The University Heights neighborhoods are very popular with anyone coming to Iowa City for the UI Hospitals as many of the homes are close enough to walk or take a short bike ride to the UI Hospitals, and if they're not close enough for that there is a very good bus service in place for a real short and easy commute.

Elementary age children in the area attend Horn Elementary School on Koser Ave.Horn Elementary School, Iowa City The west side has developed way past University Heights since the 1930's with all the amenities you could possibly need east or west of  University Heights. There's also access to I-380 exit 91 via Mormon Trek / Hwy 1. Coralville and  all it has to offer is just a couple of miles away. The list goes on... If you're relocating to Iowa City to be at the UI Hospitals, University Heights has probably already hit your radar. As is typical for Iowa City, the closer you are to the UI Hospitals or the University of Iowa, the more the location will impact the price. When location plays a roll in the pricing of a house it's even more important to do your due diligence before making an offer to make sure it's priced right.

If you're looking for a buyer's agent who knows the Iowa City neighborhoods and is ready to help you find the right home to fit your lifestyle at the right price, give me a call at 319-400-0268 or drop me an email,  I'm here to help!

Originally posted at Iowa City Homes For Sale

Posted by

Denise Hamlin, Realtor®


CARDINAL Realty, Coralville IA 

Licensed to Sell Real Estate in the State of Iowa


Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices 

Iowa City Area Real Estate Services


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Comments (2)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Denise-This was really interesting. It is fun to find out what entrepreneurs did back in their time. Sounds like they were one of the savvy ones and probably was better off than most during the Great Depression. Great localism and well written post.

Jul 05, 2012 11:10 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

Thanks Sharon. The Koser brothers were a couple of smart cookies. It's great that they kept such good records and we know exactly how University Heights came to be surrounded by Iowa City. Not coming from here I'd always wondered about that.

Jul 06, 2012 02:42 PM