Iowa City Cohousing is welcoming new members for its award-winning Prairie Hill development of 36 modest green homes on an 8-acre infill site near the University of Iowa and downtown Iowa City. Now is the time to join and select materials and finishes for a new home.
Prairie Hill Cohousing has been named the 2019 best new owner-occupied development in Iowa by the 1000 Friends of Iowa: People United for Responsible Land Use. Judges focused on the sustainability elements of our urban infill development in making the award. http://1000friendsofiowa.org/our-programs/best-development-awards/past-best-development-award-recipients/2019-best-development-awards/prairie-hill/
Homes available for completion and sale
Most of our homes are occupied or spoken for already. We have one flat available now for purchase and completion according to the owner's wishes in a fourplex with 3 completed flats. Two more flats in another fourplex will be available for occupancy in the summer of 2020. The last market-rate fourplex with two available flats is likely to be designed and started in the spring. All are located just steps from the Common House.
~A 670 square-foot, one-bedroom flat is available now in a two-story fourplex. The lower flat has a private entrance as well as a common entrance from the front porch that spans the building.
~Upper and lower 800 square-foot, two-bedroom flats are under construction now. A new owner can still select materials and finishes. The lower flat has a private entrance and shares an entrance from a wide front porch. The upper flat has a small deck overlooking a city park.
~We expect to design and break ground in the spring for the last market-rate fourplex with two lower flats available--800 and 950 square-foot homes with two bedrooms each. They will have private entrances and share a porch overlooking a neighborhood street.
Homes at Prairie Hill range from 515 square-foot studio apartments in the Common House to 1290 square-foot, two-story duplexes. The range of homes includes duplexes of one or two stories, two-story fourplexes and single-level townhouses. We have sold all the studio apartments, duplexes and townhouses.
Sustainability as a core value
All Prairie Hill homes meet standards for Energy-Star and LEED silver or gold certification. They are super-insulated and all-electric, and they require little energy for heating and cooling. Owners may choose options to make them even more energy efficient.
Prairie Hill is an eco-community planned according to permaculture principles. We have preserved half of our 8-acre site for prairie plantings and for gardens and orchards where we can harvest produce to use in our personal and community kitchens. The site plan clusters homes around the Common House and provides room for individual kitchen gardens near most homes. Most homes can accommodate optional solar collectors on their roofs. Grants and low-cost loans support sustainable stormwater management features on our site.
We are committed to being a diverse, multi-generational community. Among us are an accountant, a mediator, a landscape designer, a massage therapist, engineers, social workers, pharmacists, a piano tuner, professors, teachers, writers and editors, and affordable-home specialists. We welcome singles and traditional and non-traditional families. Our site provides places for children to explore and play outdoors, and there is a small city park with a tree house just up the hill. There is a popular kids' playroom in the Common House. We welcome pets, and pet owners share pet-sitting. Grants and tax credits help make some of our homes more affordable for moderate-income-qualified members.
Community life at Prairie Hill
The first members moved into their homes in March 2018. Community life includes voluntary sharing of Tasty Tuesday dinners and a couple of potluck dinners each month. There are spontaneous game and movie nights almost weekly. Integrating Prairie Hill into the larger Iowa City Community includes hosting community sings, neighborhood meetings, and a documentary film series. The Citizens Climate Lobby and other groups meet in our Common House. We host open houses to show off our community and available homes twice a month.
Prairie Hill is within walking and biking distance of many restaurants and other eateries, a grocery store, a fitness center, and most of the other types of business and service providers folks use in everyday life. The business and cultural center of Iowa City is just over a mile away. Two city bus routes stop within a block or so of Prairie Hill. Children can walk to an excellent public elementary school and bike on trails to a high school.
One of the best places to live in America
Iowa City is a cosmopolitan small city. National assessments of best places to live often rate the city as a best place to live. It is home to the University of Iowa with its Big 10 sports and large teaching hospital within easy walking distance of Prairie Hill.
Featuring the university’s renowned Writers’ Workshop and International Writing Program, independent bookstores, and a vast community of writers, Iowa City was the first American UNESCO City of Literature. A magnificent new performing arts center and new homes for the university studio arts programs and the School of Music opened in 2016. A new university art museum will open in 2022. These state-of-the-art facilities replace buildings destroyed in a major flood in 2008. Prairie Hill is near enough to the Iowa River to watch American eagles soaring above, but it is not in the flood plain.
You may find building and site plans and more information about Prairie Hill on our website at iowacitycohousing.org. We have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Iowacitycohousing/. Contact us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.