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Prairie Hill Cohousing, Iowa City IA

by Carolyn
Land + Real Estate

Iowa City Cohousing is building 36 owner-occupied, attached homes and a Common House for shared activities. Homes on Prairie Hill, ranging from 515 square-foot studios to 1600 square-foot, two-story, four-bedroom duplexes, are clustered around a Common House. Twenty are sold and 13 were occupied by March 2019.

Homes available for sale this building season, range from two 670 square-foot one-level flats in a two-story fourplex to two 1290 square-foot, two-level duplexes. One newly built 800 square-foot, one-level townhouse is ready for a new owner to select appliances and light fixtures and move in.  (See pictures and floor plans.)

Our homes are all-electric with Energy Star heating and cooling equipment. Buildings are super-insulated and sited for optional solar collectors on their roofs.  They are built to LEED silver standards. The Common House has two guest rooms, a big kitchen and dining room and spaces for varied activities from ping pong to movie night to origami lessons.

The cohousing community holds weekly shared meals and frequent potlucks.  We offer low-cost wifi and cable TV. Prairie Hill is on bus lines, and it is located to be walkable to the University of Iowa, downtown Iowa City, an elementary school, and restaurants and stores. As in many intentional communities, we share tools, resources, and skills and trade child-and pet-care with community members.

Prairie Hill is the first cohousing community in Iowa.  We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive community.  With a dead-end private street, Prairie Hill is a safe place for kids, their families and singles too.  Pets are also welcome.

Nearly 4 acres of our 8-acre site has been reserved for gardens, orchards, prairie, and open space with room to play and places to explore. There’s a great view of the surrounding countryside from our hilltop.  A small city park is adjacent to our property, and a new, large multi-faceted city park is within walking distance.

Iowa City Cohousing has been awarded grants and tax credits to build some affordable homes and to offer down-payment assistance to several income-qualified owners.  We also have grants to develop our land sustainably with prairie grasses, a bioswale, and a detention basin designed to maintain stormwater run-off on our property.

Prairie Hill is located in a cosmopolitan community frequently rated as one of the best places to live—fourth on the livability index for 2019, for example.  We have Big-Ten sports and world-class cultural offerings.  Iowa City was the first of two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the United States, home to excellent independent bookstores, an annual book festival, and book and poetry readings several times a week.

As host of the first-in-the nation test of presidential candidates’ voter appeal, Iowa is a great place to get a retail-level view of politics.  Virtually all of the already-announced candidates for the 2020 presidential election have already visited the Iowa City public library, bars or restaurants, the University of Iowa campus, and people’s homes, and they will return.  We have the rare opportunity here to ask a candidate a question face-to face and advocate for the issues important to us when they are listening.


Contact:  Carolyn at:    [email protected]

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