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Why I Love Living in Coralville Iowa

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

What are the top 3 emotional reasons to buy a house or condo in Coralville? I had to take off my Realtor® hat for this and think really hard why I think Coralville is such a great place to live and what it is that I appreciate most about the town I live in. 

Walking and Biking Trails in Coralville

Firstly, I want to say that if you like to walk, which I do, Coralville offers lots of opportunities for that. For a small town of approximately 20,000 residents we have a really good selection of parks and walking and biking trails. Not to mention, just walking around the tree lined neighborhoods is a pretty walk on its own. I'm fortunate enough to live about a five minute walk from the Brown Deer Golf Club and often I find myself walking along the Brown Deer Neighborhoods, looking at the lovely houses and enjoying the views of the golf course. I'm not a cyclist, but for cyclists out there, this is a good time to mention that Coralville is very cyclist friendly and is often picked as one of the host towns for Ragbrai, Iowa's annual biking event. 

Brown Deer Golf Club and Neighborhood Coralville IA 

Coralville's Commitment to the Environment

For a green loving, environmentally conscious gal like myself, Coralville's efforts in finding a greener way to do things play a big part in why I like living here. All around you in Coralville you'll see examples of this. My favorite, mainly due to the major environmental achievement is the Iowa River Landing. The transformation of this former industrial area is really quite amazing. So amazing in fact that it earned Coralville the prestigious Phoenix award for reclaiming the browning area. Conveniently located right off the Coralville I-80 exit, Iowa River Landing is now home to the Marriott Hotel and Conference Centre, along with mixed facilities that include multiple businesses, restaurants and upscale condominiums. The University of Iowa Health Care Facility is also there. I could drone on about Coralville's achievements in this area, instead I'll include a link where you can read up on Coralville's achievements for yourself. Plus a link where Coralville's Mayor received an award for his efforts in water quality in Coralville. Yep. Showing my true colors here. These are the kinds of things that impress me. I care about our planet and am happy to say Coralville is doing its bit.

View from the Marriot Iowa River Landing Coralville IA

Small Town Community Spirit in Coralville

I like green living. I think I've made that clear in this post. On top of that I like being part of a small community that knows how to celebrate. I'm not a party animal by any stretch of the imagination, but I like the energy created by living in a town with a strong community spirit. I like to see people enjoying themselves and they do know how to do that in Coralville! The 4th of July Parade is a huge event for Coralville that gets bigger every year. And then there's FryFest that comes in a very close second. In fact as big as Football is around here, I might even consider giving it a joint 1st slot. Haydn Fry is a legend in Iowa Football and is celebrated every year before the first Football game of the season. One thing that will become apparent very quickly when you relocate to Coralville is that the Hawkeyes have an incredibly strong following. Football is King and Hawkeye Fans are very proud of their team. Not just on game day. Every day is a good day to be a Hawkeye!

FryFest Coralville Herky on Parade 2014

Well there you have it. My list of what I like best about the town I live in on an emotional level. Coralville is a great place to live for a multiple of reasons. If you're thinking of relocating to Coralville soon, or sometime in the future, I'd love to help you find the right place to call home. You can reach me easily by your favorite mode of communication - email, text or phone. My direct number is 319-400-0268

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Denise Hamlin, Realtor®


CARDINAL Realty, Coralville IA 

Licensed to Sell Real Estate in the State of Iowa


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Comments (3)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for this lovely introduction to Coralville, Iowa.  I have been to Iowa City but did not about Coralville.  I enjoyed and appreciated learning about the green initiative and the water award.  The pictures you shared communicate your text beautifully.  Thank you for your entry in this contest.  I truly enjoyed a moment in Iowa.  A

Sep 20, 2016 08:06 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner

Thank you, I really appreciate your thoughtful comment. One of the reasons for choosing Coralville when we relocated here back in 2000 was its proximity to Iowa City. That was a practical reason though and didn't belong in this post. Obviously there will need to be a follow up post with the practical reasons for living in Coralville. :)

Sep 20, 2016 08:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share with families moving to the area. I have never visited your state.

Sep 21, 2016 03:50 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner

Thanks for taking the time to comment Roy. I've lived in a lot of places and Iowans are definitely among the friendliest. Definitely worth a visit!

Sep 21, 2016 04:11 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It looks like you are upstream of Iowa River. Dad spent several years research water resources with water flowing through his lab at Iowa U Hydraulic Research Lab in Iowa City inside a 5 story red brick building.  It will be 78 years ago when he left Iowa City. 

Sep 21, 2016 04:29 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner

Yep. Coralville is just a hop, skip and a jump from Iowa City Sam. I can be in downtown Iowa City in 10 minutes depending on lights and traffic. (Not on Game Day though, that's for sure). :) I pass the Stanley Hydraulics Lab, where you say your Dad worked to get there - A very imposing and impressive building it is too. 

Sep 21, 2016 04:53 AM