Kalona homes for sale
A step back in time
Kalona harkens back to simpler times, blending the old world charm of Amish and Mennonites with small town modern life. Located in Washington County, this picturesque town is only about a 30 minute drive from Iowa City, and many people who live in here make the drive to the greater Iowa City area for work.
Beyond quilts and horse drawn buggies, Kalona has a bustling craft, antiques and local products industry and is also known for it’s home cooked food. With the robust agricultural influence surrounding the town, there are many options for farm-fresh and local specialties. One well-known stop is the Kalona Cheese House and Creamery, which specializes in cheese. Be sure to try some fresh cheese curds…you’ll know they’re fresh if they squeak when you chew them! Learn more about the creamery here. Another delicious distraction is the Golden Delights Bakery. Hidden away with a bit of gravel road between you and sweet baked goods nirvana, it is worth the effort to locate! They don’t have a website, but you can read reviews and tips here. If you’re looking for a fresh dining experience and a stellar selection of wines, Tuscan Moon is surprisingly refined. Read more about it here.
Kalona is also a very popular stop for people antique hunting. Strolling through downtown will give many options for unique purchases.
Area students are served Mid-Prairie Community School District. Mid-Prairie is a rural public school district in southeastern Iowa comprises three communities: Wellman, Kalona, and West Chester. There are elementary schools in Kalona and Wellman, a middle school in Kalona, and a high school in Wellman. Learn more about the school district here.
Kalona by the numbers
How does it stack up?
According to 2010 census data, 2,363 called Kalona home, and the median age is 43.3. According to the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, the average single family home price (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) was $196,984, while the median was $177,000 (Need a reminder about the difference between average and median? Brush up on your math terms here.) The average days on market was 54 days.
Visit the Kalona Historical Village
History never feels far removed in Kalona, in part because the community embraces its roots. The Kalona Historical Village promotes the history and culture of the area by educating about preservation and historical interpretation. Tour the 1800s village with its 12 authentic buildings representing life from the frontier days through the Victorian era. Learn about the historical village, and the yearly fall festival here.