Anyone living in the Okoboji region will tell you that they live in one of the best places in the country and the reasons for this are endless. At Hoien Realty, we feel the same way. We are honored to be living and servicing the Okoboji area for its strong sense of community, thriving economy, outstanding selection of recreational activities, and breathtaking natural scenery. 

If you've been thinking about relocating to small-town USA, we have five reasons why you should choose Okoboji, IA real estate:

1. Okoboji Waterfront Real Estate

Generations of families have made Okoboji's chain of glacial lakes their favorite vacation destination for its natural beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. In fact, Okoboji is known to inspire some of these visitors to buy and move to the blue water playground full-time. There's no doubt Okoboji waterfront real estate is some of the nicest you'll come across in the Midwest, with its sparkling waters, striking sunsets, and beautiful homes sitting on the peaceful shorelines. As the saying goes, "you'll come for a visit but stay for a lifetime!"

2. Dive Into Year-Round Activities

When you live in Okoboji, you get to experience more than a handful of recreational opportunities—during every season! The Okoboji region offers some of the best fishing and waters for boating. You can water ski, pontoon, swim, tube, paddle board—you name it, you can do it!

For the golf aficionados, Okoboji is home to over 15 golf courses. You can choose between the championship Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, or something a little more relaxed like Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

During the colder months, residents look forward to a weekend full of indoor-outdoor activities put on by the University of Okoboji Winter Games. For nearly 40 years, the community comes together to partake in everything from Broom Ball to outdoor ATV races, and hockey tournaments.

Residents can fish all seasons here! Take a day out to snowmobile across the frozen lake to pitch your perfect spot for ice fishing. The water is so clear, you can almost see the fish eating the bait right through the ice!

3. Glacier Fed Water

Studies show that living next to water is good for reducing stress. Lucky for Okobojians, they are surrounded by two large lakes, allowing them to enjoy the soothing health benefits that can only be found when living waterside. 

Another benefit of living next to the Great Lakes is that it's one of three blue water lakes in the world, meaning the Great Lake is glacier fed.

West Okoboji Lake is one of only a dozen of water bodies recognized by the Department of Natural Resources that has a special designation as an Outstanding Iowa Water. This means the lakes surrounding Okoboji exceeds Iowa's recommended water quality standards. With over 20 non-profit associations dedicated to maintaining safe drinking water and high-quality recreational water, residents can feel confident that the water they're drinking and swimming in is top-notch.

4. Innovation In Iowa

Iowa's been on the radar for its growth in becoming the most entrepreneurial state since the late 90s. With a dwindling economy back then, John Pappajohn (a profound entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leader) was motivated to stimulate Iowa by setting up entrepreneurial centers and schools throughout the state. For the last decade, The University of Iowa Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has partnered with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development to launch the annual week-long Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute.

Each year, the sharpest students from the Universities of Iowa gather and partake in venture seminars, start-up simulations and network with acclaimed entrepreneurs and leaders. The course is designed to propel the success of budding entrepreneurs in The Iowa Lakes Corridors. These students are dedicated to adding to the long-term economic vitality in the Great Lakes by helping to start and grow existing companies each year. Needless to say, when living here, you'll be sure to come across creative and forward thinking Okobojians.

5. Okoboji Culture

You'll always have an opportunity to experience the arts and entertainment offered in Okoboji. The Pearson Lakes Art Center (PLAC) features six art galleries, a performing arts theatre, an interactive gallery, art classrooms, a pottery room, and an events hall. You'll get to experience permanent and traveling exhibitions that showcase both local and national artists. Even for a smaller town, PLAC sure knows how to put on world class art exhibitions and performances to be enjoyed by all.

Does life in Okoboji sound like the right fit for you and your family? Looking for more information or ready to begin your home search? Contact the team at Hoien Realty, your Okoboji area experts, today!

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