According to the Blue Zones Project, a healthy “habitat” is necessary for well-being. Habitat comprises the places where we spend most of our waking hours – workplaces, homes, grocery stores, schools, and restaurants. Whichever way you turn, North Iowa provides a great environment to live, learn, and do business.
A micropolitan region, Mason City and Clear Lake offer the small town atmosphere – low crime rate, excellent schools, affordable housing, and amenities – without sacrificing important assets. Just one look around shows how much people care about their homes and neighborhoods. Yards are well maintained, and most housing is owner-occupied.
The area boasts several exquisite residential developments for discerning buyers. The average sale price for a home is $128,340, with the median sales price at $104,500. A nice inventory of properties is available in all price ranges.
In the past year, the average days on market was 151 days. Mason City’s home ownership rate is 71.2 percent.
Housing is affordable and plentiful. Home styles embrace the region’s heritage while incorporating modern convenience. A wide range of styles, from the historic and classically designed Prairie homes in Rock Crest/Rock Glen to modern waterside dwellings, are located throughout the area’s welcoming neighborhoods. Many condos and twin homes are available for those who desire less upkeep, while neighbors with green thumbs can choose from the many homes with spacious yards and gardens. A beautiful lakefront dotted with year-round and summer homes can be found in Clear Lake. If you are looking for a place on the water, both Clear Lake and Mason City offer lakefront options.
Renters have a choice of houses, duplexes, and apartments located throughout the area, including downtown apartment living in Mason City and Clear Lake.
North Iowa neighborhoods provide clear evidence that residents embrace the Blue Zones philosophy. Neighborhood parks and community gardens bustle with activity, and block parties and neighborhood gatherings are a frequent sight.
Several options are available for senior living in North Iowa. Seniors who choose to live in their own houses have access to home health services. Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are located throughout the county.
The hometown spirit runs strong in North Iowa, and your future neighbors are waiting to show you what Midwest hospitality is all about.