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An Okoboji Condo Buyer’s Guide

Posted by Eric Hoien on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 11:59am.

Condo Buyers Guide

Condos for sale in Okoboji are a great option for all kinds of buyers. Whether you are first-time buyer who appreciates the affordability of this market, a retiree who loves to golf, or you have a family and appreciate the great opportunities for recreation, there are plenty of reasons to move to Okoboji.

Especially if this is your first condo purchase, there are a few things that you will need to consider. Here is our Okoboji condo buyer’s guide.

Is Condo Living Right For Me?

Ownership

Condo ownership isn’t the same as homeownership. In some ways, owning a home is pretty straightforward. When you buy the property, you own the land and all of the structures upon it. When you invest in a condo, this is not so. With townhome-style properties, buyers are usually just purchasing the structure, not necessarily the shared land. Buyers of apartment-style condos usually pay for only the interior of their condo. Any repair or updates to the outside of the building are paid for using the condo fees that each resident pays a share of. It is important to understand exactly what you are purchasing when you buy a condo.

Size

In most cases, condos are smaller than houses, although there are certainly exceptions to that. For many people, living in a condo involves acclimating or downsizing to a smaller space. If you are a retiree and your children have moved away from home, this might be a welcome change. Likewise, if you a working individual or you have a small family, a condo might be the perfect amount of space. Many condos designs include two or three bedrooms.

It’s important to consider how important outdoor spaces are to you too. If you are the kind of person who loves to host outdoor barbeques and gardens, you might need to tailor your search to condos of the townhome variety (these are usually accompanied by a yard).

Budget

One of the major reasons that Okoboji condos appeal to so many of the buyers in the area, is the price. Condos tend to be some of the most affordable properties in the area. Okoboji condos for sale begin in value at around $100,000. On the high end of the market, lakefront luxury properties can sell for upwards of $700,000. Because there is such a wide range of prices, most buyers will find that an Okoboji condo fits into their budget.

New or Old?

When you embark on your Okoboji condo search, one of the things you might want to consider is whether you will be investing in a new or old condo. There are pros and cons to both. New condos tend to be free of the problems accompanied by old age. Having that said, depending on what stage of the home building process that you buy your home, it may be some time before you are able to move in. One of the most exciting aspects of buying a new home is the ability to work with the builder to craft the condo of your dreams. For many buyers, the process of designing their home is an exciting one, however, the process can be time consuming and stressful for some. When you choose to invest in an older home, you will find that these challenges aren’t a problem. The home that you see and like is the home you will be purchasing.

Where Should I Buy a Condo in Okoboji?

Avid golfers should know that the Inn Golf Course and the Brooks National Golf Club are both located centrally. This means that many Okoboji condos are only minutes from the fairways. If golfing is your passion you might want to consider a golf home.

With West Okoboji Lake and East Okoboji Lake flanking the town, most residents will find that they are near to at least one of the lakes where they can swim, boat, or fish. The most exclusive properties in this market tend to overlook the water. Residents on the water enjoy easy access to the marina where they can keep their boat.

What is the Lifestyle Like in Okoboji?

Okoboji owes its popularity to the wealth of recreation options that can be found throughout the area. Buyers of Okoboji condos will find that life has the potential to be full of afternoons on the lake, days on the fairways, weekends exploring nature preserves and state parks, and meals at highly rated restaurants. A great range of shops ensure that residents have everything they need, and a great range of services ensure that everyone between the age of one and one hundred and one will find plenty in Okoboji to keep them busy.

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465 240th Street #304, Arnolds Park, IA - $849,000

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  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,340 SQFT
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Indulge Yourself At The Pointe At Bridges Bay. High-end Living Amidst The Utopia Of Lake Okoboji! #304 Will Exceed Your Expectations. The Expansive Views Of Both East & West Lake Okoboji Are Astounding. Upgrades In This 4-bed (1 Non-conforming), 3...

Brooke Stecker Remax Lakes Realty

7113 Lakeshore Drive #7, Okoboji, IA - $849,000

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  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,894 SQFT
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One Of A Kind Lakeside 2-story Condo Featuring 2 Master Suites And A Walkout Lower Level To West Lake At Bayrym Condos Next To Pike's Point State Park. By Far One Of The Largest Condo/townhomes On West Lake, There's Plenty Of Room For The Family ...

Aaron Jones Remax Lakes Realty

304 Lake Drive B4, Arnolds Park, IA - $549,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,650 SQFT
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Prime Location...in The Heart Of It All, Within Walking & Biking Distance To Bars, Restaurants & All The Attractions, Yet Far Enough Off The Busy Hwy For Seclusion/privacy. No Internal Stairs W/elevator Right Outside The Door For Quick Access To L...

Tracey Radcliffe EXIT Realty Midwest

445 240th Avenue #105, Arnolds Park, IA - $549,000

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  • 3 Beds
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  • 1,934 SQFT
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Capture Incredible East Lake Okoboji Views From This Immaculate Bridges Bay Condo. The Ground-level End Unit Sits Lakeside At The Front Of The Building And Has Expansive Windows Delivering An Abundance Of Natural Light And Unobstructed Views. The ...

Mickey Harrington Okoboji Realty

445 240th Avenue 204, Arnolds Park, IA - $545,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,820 SQFT
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If You're Looking For The Experience Of The True Lake Life, Then This Condo Is Certainly For You. Enjoy East Okoboji Lake At Its Finest Just Steps From Your Front Door, Or Enjoy The View By Relaxing In Your Living Area! This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom ...

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1803 Boston Avenue #b, Spirit Lake, IA - $525,000

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  • 3 Beds
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  • 2,734 SQFT
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Easy Living On East Lake Okoboji. Features A Large Open Concept Kitchen, With Center Island, Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Living Room With Fireplace Open To Dining Area, Peaceful Evenings Spent On The Lake Front Deck. Lake View Master Suite Has Larg...

Mary Lynn Ingvall Ingvall Real Estate Team

580 Linden Drive 408, Arnolds Park, IA - $524,900

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  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,704 SQFT
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Top Floor, Lakefront, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Unit In The Newly Constructed Bayside Building At Bridges Bay Resort. This Unit Comes With An Open Floor Plan, Upgraded Interior Finishes, Exceptional Lake Views, And Access To All Of Bridges Bay Amenities. ...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

580 Linden Drive 108, Arnolds Park, IA - $509,900

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  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,704 SQFT
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Ground Floor, Lakefront, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Unit In The Newly Constructed Bayside Building At Bridges Bay Resort. This Unit Comes With An Open Floor Plan, Upgraded Interior Finishes, Exceptional Lake Views, And Access To All Of Bridges Bay Amenitie...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

580 Linden Drive 207, Arnolds Park, IA - $479,900

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  • 1,704 SQFT
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4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Unit In The Newly Constructed Bayside Building At Bridges Bay Resort. This Unit Comes With An Open Floor Plan, Upgraded Interior Finishes, Exceptional Lake Views, And Access To All Of Bridges Bay Amenities. These Condos Make Grea...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

15528 Landings Avenue #j 1, Spirit Lake, IA - $475,000

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  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,257 SQFT
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Blue Skies Are Always On The Menu When You're On West Lake Okoboji. This Condominium Promises Sunrise Lake Views, Open Living Space That Flows To Your Outdoor Space, Breakfast Bar And Landscaped Grounds. This Unique Community Offers A Sandy Beach,...

Mary Lynn Ingvall Ingvall Real Estate Team

580 Linden Drive 405, Arnolds Park, IA - $459,900

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  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,581 SQFT
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4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Unit In The Newly Constructed Bayside Building At Bridges Bay Resort. This Is A Top Floor Unit Boasts An Open Floor Plan And Has Expansive Sunset Views Of East And West Lake. You Will Also Have Access To Some Of The Best Ameniti...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

1601 Chalstrom Beach Road F303, Okoboji, IA - $434,800

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  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,542 SQFT
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Extremely Low Density Condo Complex Chalstrom Beach Plantation Featuring This Top Floor Loft Unit In The Furthest West Building Folly, This Building Is Also Probably The Most Private. South Facing Windows Allow The Sunlight To Stream In Making Th...

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