The suburbs. You spend years vowing you’ll never move to them, yet eventually you find yourself sorting through listings, hoping to find a perfect suburban home.
It’s a good thing we don’t have to live by the words of our younger selves. For all the hustle and bustle, bang and boom of the city, there’s a lot to be said about living in suburbs and small towns. If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, a bigger yard and more of a country feel, here’s a sampling of five suburbs and small towns in the Cedar Rapids area.
Center Point — Charming bridges, old barns and historic homes give this small community of about 2,400 people a unique feel that combines small-town life with modern amenities and easy access to the freeway.
Fairfax – Built on the bubbling waters of Prairie Creek, the quaint town of Fairfax more than doubled between 2000 and 2010. Some of the highlights include the historic Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the town's tree-lined streets. Modern developments have been built along Highway 151, connecting Fairfax to Cedar Rapids proper.
Hiawatha — Located north of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha continues to see increased commercial and residential development. With a bustling farmer’s market, free concerts and outdoor movie screenings during the summer, it has plenty of activities to keep families busy. Built on Interstate 380, it offers easy access to the city — a huge convenience for commuters.
Marion — As one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest, Marion is a vibrant city that prides itself on being one of the best places in the country to raise a child. Located just northeast of Cedar Rapids, this suburb has a rich history that is most prominently seen in the Granger House Museum.
Shueyville — Located to the south of our big city, Shueyville is a sleepy little town that’s perfect for people who want easy access to Cedar Rapids but still want to have plenty of land so they can stretch out and enjoy themselves. Just minutes away from the beautiful Lake Macbride State Park and the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area, Shueyville is in the perfect compromise between the natural and metropolitan worlds.
Urbana — This secluded small town has been jumping in population in the past couple of decades (it has increased 41.7 percent since 2000). Reasons for this growth include its family-friendly appeal, open spaces and tight-knit community. If you’re looking for a slice of small-town life, Urbana might be the town for you.
Other suitable communities include Walford, Palo, Atkins, Ely and more.
To learn more about these cities and other opportunities in Cedar Rapids real estate, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today for expert advice that will help land you in your dream home.