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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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15500 Tradewind Dr N # 3, Spirit Lake, IA - $639,500

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West Okoboji Harbor! Beautiful 3-bedroom, 3- Bath Townhome Has Over 3500 Sq Feet, Hardwood Floors, Soaring Ceilings, Open Living. Two Fireplaces To Cozy Up To And 3 Outdoor Spaces To Enjoy The Lovely Harbor Views. Perfect Place To Start Making Mem...

Mary Lynn Ingvall Ingvall Real Estate Team

580 Linden Drive 304, Arnolds Park, IA - $525,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,462 SQFT
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This Turnkey, Fully Furnished 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Bridges Bay Condo Is Move-in Ready. The Breathtaking East Okoboji Lake Views & Beautifully Appointed Interior Is Sure To Catch Your Eye & Capture Your Heart! Finishes Include Granite Countertops, Sta...

Jill Longest EXIT Realty Midwest

103 21st Street #12, Spirit Lake, IA - $395,000

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  • 2 Baths
  • 1,728 SQFT
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The Living Is Easy At Stewart’s Landing! This Move-in Ready Upper-level Condo Has An Open And Vaulted Layout And An Inviting Kitchen With Granite Countertops. There Are Three Very Spacious Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms And A Lovely Deck That Captures Vi...

Mickey Harrington Okoboji Realty

4402 Tallgrass Circle 4, Spirit Lake, IA - $295,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,365 SQFT
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Easy Living! Check Out These Units In Tallgrass Village's There Are A Couple Options 2 Bedroom And 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage & 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage. These Are One Level Living No Steps, Close To The Ymca Next To The Bike Rail, Plen...

Angela Bousquet-hinn Hinn Real Estate

4404 Tallgrass Circle 3, Spirit Lake, IA - $285,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,365 SQFT
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Easy Living! Check Out These Units In Tallgrass Village's There Are A Couple Options 2 Bedroom And 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage & 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage. These Are One Level Living No Steps, Close To The Ymca Next To The Bike Rail, Plen...

Angela Bousquet-hinn Hinn Real Estate

1900 Parks St., Spirit Lake, IA - $285,000

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  • 1,365 SQFT
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Easy Living! Check Out These Units In Tall Grass Village's There Are A Couple Options 2 Bedroom And 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage & 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage. These Are One Level Living No Steps, Close To The Ymca Next To The Bike Rail, Ple...

Angela Bousquet-hinn Hinn Real Estate

1902 Parks St., Spirit Lake, IA - $285,000

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,365 SQFT
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Easy Living! Check Out These Units In Tall Grass Village's There Are A Couple Options 2 Bedroom And 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage & 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Or 3 Car Garage. These Are One Level Living No Steps, Close To The Ymca Next To The Bike Rail, Ple...

Angela Bousquet-hinn Hinn Real Estate

1203 Sanborn Ave #7, Okoboji, IA - $279,500

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  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,536 SQFT
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Location, Location, Location! Enjoy Easy And Relaxed Living In This Great Brandonwood Cabin In The Heart Of Okoboji! This Place Is A Great Summer Home For You And Your Family – From The Lake Public Access A Short Block Away, To The Association Poo...

Mary Lynn Ingvall Ingvall Real Estate Team
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1203 Sanborn Ave # 4, Okoboji, IA - $269,500

Condominium For Sale
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,536 SQFT
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Enjoy Easy And Relaxed Living In This Great Brandonwood Cabin In The Heart Of Okoboji! This Place Is A Great Summer Home For You And Your Family – From The Lake Public Access A Short Block Away, To The Association Pool Steps Outside Your Front Por...

Mary Lynn Ingvall Ingvall Real Estate Team

1505 Keokuk Avenue D, Spirit Lake, IA - $199,000

Condominium For Sale
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,020 SQFT
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Town Square Condos, Unit D. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath Unit Has No Interior Steps, Open Floor Plan And Stackable Washer/dryer In Unit. It Was Built In 2014 But Is In Like-new Condition. Unit Shares Only One Wall With Neighboring Unit. Gas Furnace, Cent...

Tracey Radcliffe EXIT Realty Midwest

1505 Keokuk Avenue A, Spirit Lake, IA - $199,000

Condominium For Sale
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,020 SQFT
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This Northwest Unit Of Town Square Condos Has 1020 Finished Sf & No Interior Steps. It Has An Open Floor Plan, Stackable Washer/dryer In Unit & Two Good Sized Bedrooms. There's One Full Bath With Tub/shower And Master Ensuite Is 3/4 Bath With Marb...

Tracey Radcliffe EXIT Realty Midwest

1700 Country Club Drive 205, Okoboji, IA - $165,000

Condominium For Sale
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 867 SQFT
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Awesome Condo On Brooks National Golf Course. 2 Bed 1 Bath Unit Over Looking The Association Pool As Well As Hole #5 Of The Blue Course. Get Your Slice Of Okoboji At An Affordable Price. This Is A Great Opportunity!

Charlie Leissler RE/MAX Lakes Realty

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