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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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20794 170th Street #3b, Spirit Lake, IA - $714,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,402 SQFT
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A Superior Lakefront Setting! Capture Sweeping West Lake Okoboji Views From This Outstanding Condo At Summerview Heights. The Inviting 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Unit Boasts Over 2,400 Sq. Ft. Of Gracious Living Space With An Abundance Of Windows And S...

Amy Maris Okoboji Realty

20792 170 Street # 3a, Spirit Lake, IA - $649,900

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,402 SQFT
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Summerview Heights 2nd Floor Unit With 3 Beds And 2 Full Bathrooms Has Excellent Partial Lake Views. You Will Love The Covered Balcony With Over 500 Sq. Ft. Of Lake Views And Privacy. There Is One Underbuilding Garage Space, With Elevator, And A O...

Michael Jensen Jensen Real Estate

465 240th Avenue 106, Arnolds Park, IA - $635,000

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  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,148 SQFT
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Living Is Easy In This Impressive, Generously Spaced Condo With Floor To Ceiling Views Of East Lake And Access. The Open Floor Plan Encompasses 4 Spacious Bedrooms With Plenty Of Room For Study, Sleep, And Storage, 2 Master Suites, 3 Luxurious Bat...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

465 240th Avenue 405, Arnolds Park, IA - $615,000

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  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,082 SQFT
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This Professionally Designed Lakefront Condo Invites Comfort And Exudes Modern Elegance. With 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Generous Living Space, Expansive Views & Stylish Finishes, You'll Enjoy A Perfect Setting For Relaxing And Entertaining. Enjoy G...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

465 240th Avenue 105, Arnolds Park, IA - $615,000

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  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,082 SQFT
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Living Is Easy In This Impressive, Generously Spaced Condo With Floor To Ceiling Views Of East Lake And Access. The Open Floor Plan Encompasses 4 Spacious Bedrooms With Plenty Of Room For Study, Sleep, And Storage, 2 Master Suites, 3 Luxurious Bat...

Jeff Ronsiek EXIT Realty Midwest

1114 Gordon Drive 12s, Okoboji, IA - $599,000

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  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,438 SQFT
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Phil Den Herder Remax Lakes Realty

465 240th Avenue 306, Arnolds Park, IA - $585,000

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  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,148 SQFT
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Living Is Easy In This Impressive, Generously Spaced Condo With Floor To Ceiling Views Of East Lake And Access. The Open Floor Plan Encompasses 4 Spacious Bedrooms With Plenty Of Room For Study, Sleep, And Storage, 2 Master Suites, 3 Luxurious Bat...

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425 240th Avenue #206, Arnolds Park, IA - $549,500

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,820 SQFT
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Spacious And Beautiful Condo With Lake Views. Open Concept Floor Plan Offers The Kitchen With Stainless Appliances & Large Breakfast Bar, Nice Dining Area, Large Living Room With Fireplace, Master Bedroom/bath, 2 Additional Bedrooms, A Full Bath A...

Tom Geelan Farm & Home Services

435 240th Avenue 206, Arnolds Park, IA - $544,900

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,952 SQFT
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Beautiful Lakefront Unit Being Sold Fully Furnished/turnkey Located At Bridges Bay Resort. This Unit Provides Breathtaking Views, Gorgeous Upgrades, And Over 1800 Sq Feet, Giving You The Extra Space To Spread Your Wings. Take Advantage Of The In...

Aaron Jones Remax Lakes Realty

24094 187th Street 28, Spirit Lake, IA - $439,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,755 SQFT
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Living Is Easy In This Impressive, Nicely Located East Okoboji Lake Condo. The Open Floor Plan Encompasses 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms With Updated Throughout. The Expansive Living Area Opens Up To A Spacious Back Patio Overlooking The Panoramic Lake ...

Mary Lynn Ingvall Ingvall Real Estate Team

1605 Chalstrom Beach Road 303, Okoboji, IA - $405,000

Condominium For Sale
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,691 SQFT
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Lake Living At It's Best. Gated Community With Clubhouse, Pool, Tennis And Game Courts, 1100 Ft Of Sand Beach On East Okoboji With Your Own Slips For Boat And Personal Watercraft. Excellent Access To West Okoboji, And All Of The Attractions The...

Natalie Enger Lakeland Realty of Iowa

1028 Hwy 71 S # 202, Okoboji, IA - $399,000

Condominium For Sale
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,340 SQFT
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A Wonderful Opportunity! A 3+ Bedroom, 3 Bath Pelican Shores Condo With A Central Okoboji Location And Immense Views Of East Lake Okoboji. The Vaulted Ceilings Affords A Great Sleeping Loft. Room For All Your Family And Friends. This Great Con...

Michael Jensen Jensen Real Estate

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Listing information last updated on January 22nd, 2019 at 9:43am CST.