About Iowa

Iowa

Geographically, Iowa is fairly flat, with rolling hills and a few bluff-like outcroppings near the Mississippi River. Part of this river tract is also referred to as loess hills. The region is characteristically hilly, with ridges and jagged cliffs. Glacial formation millions of years ago cut and carved these hilly outcroppings.

Today, the predominance of very rocky soil substrata, due to glacial movement, has left the area radon-rich. In fact Iowa is one of the only states where uncommonly high measurements of radon occur. Homeowners are required to test for the gas and contractors to build new homes to specifications that include methods to block or reduce radon gas.

Next time you are at the gas pump and notice the sign for ethanol, think of Iowa. The agricultural state is one of the leaders in corn farming, and now in ethanol, a type of biofuel produced from corn. One other significant way you might recognize Iowa’s influence in America is during each Presidential election year. Iowa kicks off caucuses with a bang. All politicians stump in Iowa, bringing big media and top-level social issues to the state.

Academically Iowa wins big points for its collegiate lineup and its emphasis on keeping state residents educated beyond high school. Drake University in Des Moines may not ring a bell to most, but for aspiring law students it is one of the oldest programs in the U.S. Des Moines is home to Principal Financial Group, just one of a crowd of insurance and financial corporations that have come to settle in this increasingly cosmopolitan Midwest city

 
$245,000
Beautiful home overlooking the scenic Iowa river, with boat dock access

Iowa Falls, Hardin County, Iowa


Beautiful home overlooking the scenic Iowa river, with boat dock access. This is ideal for both a single-family home, and a weekend family retreat. This home is perfect for entertaining guests with over 2600 ft.² finished living area, including informal living room, two family rooms, large deck, and patio. Enjoying boating, hot tubbing, or just relaxing next to the three fireplaces. There is plenty of room in this four-bedroom home with two non-conforming bedrooms. When winter comes store the boat in the large third stall garage. Updates include the kitchen, and baths, just to name a few.

Shawn Knickerbocker , RE/MAX Real Estate Center

0.25 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2661 SQ FT
 
$1,050,000
Executive lake front home on Iowa's premier private lake

Panora, Guthrie County, Iowa


This extraordinary Jones Cove property is unparalleled at Lake Panorama. Enjoy the 450 feet of waterfront and approximately 2 acres of land (3 lots). The gently sloping lawn is perfect for lawn games and lounging. Other outdoor features are a koi pond and orchard. Inside the house you'll be amazed at the incredible views of Jones Cove and the main channel. The custom kitchen has a large island and a cozy breakfast deck, perfect for coffee and the morning paper. Another 60-foot deck is accessed off the massive family room. The master bedroom and en-suite on the main floor have ample storage and double sinks. Entertaining in the lower level is a breeze with a second kitchen adjacent to the large patio area just steps from the lakefront. A huge game room is located on the lower level, along with 2 more bedrooms. Other features are: a lower level over sized garage with storage for water toys; 3 car attached garage with custom cabinets, 2 car detached garage, 2 boat docks, and more!

Julie Wykoff , Lake Panorama Realty

2.10 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
4148 SQ FT

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