My wife and I have 40 beautiful, mostly forested acres along Buffalo Creek near Coggon, Iowa. We live on the property and would like to share it with a diverse group of folks that enjoy the outdoors (e.g., retirees spending the evening watching the sun go down, young adults (or young at heart!) that kayak, hike, bike and ride ATVs), thoughtful, creative ‘tinkering’ (e.g., crafts, home improvement, vehicle maintenance, gardening, forest management) and family/community (e.g., we welcome family visits to the property and enjoy knowing and interacting with neighbors). We do not intend to create a community dedicated to a specific ethos or governance, we just want to create a place that people want and enjoy to come home to… whether that’s for a month, or a lifetime.
The community is located, literally, across the street from Coggon, Iowa (population of about 600). However, it is not within the ‘legal’ city limits and not bound by their zoning ordinances. The community is just off Highway 13 with direct access to Cedar Rapids (about 30 minutes south) and Manchester (about 20 minutes north). Coggin is a friendly small town with a state chartered bank (Community Savings Bank), firehouse, community grocery store, community center (old school), nice city park and a Casey’s General Store (great pizza!). Buffalo Creek State Park, Pinicon Ridge Park, access to the Wapsi River and a golf/country club is less than 5 minutes away. Central City is about 5 minutes south of the property and is about twice the size of Coggin with more restaurants, K-12 school, and activities, including the Linn County Fairgrounds. Marion is about 15 minutes to the south with a population of about 35,000. Marion is well developed with all the necessities for someone transitioning from the ‘city’ life to country living… Walmart, Home Depot, Menards, coffee shops, diverse restaurants, auto repair, major banks, etc. Oh, and for those who are interested, the ‘Field of Dreams’ is about 30 minutes away! 😉
Current Community Amenities
We are very excited about the opportunities to share and develop our property with and for the community. However, a large investment is required for some amenities and we are using this post (and many others) to try to gauge actual interest in such a community at our specific location. We have the ability to accommodate residents almost immediately, but want to plan amenities based on long-term potential. So, if you, or someone you know are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, ideas or suggestions you may have to increase interest… based on amenities listed or anything else you think would be important. The following describes what is currently available on-site.
Although we both still work, we live on the property and I work just 15 minutes away with every other Friday off. Residents will have access to 37 acres that include the following amenities:
• Small, gated community with maximum of 15 tiny homes, RVs and other potential home types that can be easily moved on, off and within the property. Mobile homes and homes requiring a permanent foundation will not likely be permitted.
• Resident have full access to 37 acres including field, forest, Buffalo Creek, fish pond and 2+ miles of trails.
• Many sandy beaches along Buffalo Creek.
• Trails are suitable for hiking, biking, walking, golf carts and light ATV use.
• Many firepits and 2 horseshoe pits are available for resident use.
• Primitive camping allowed for residents and visiting guests of residents (this is not a public campground).
• Lawn care and snow removal are provided.
• We have a chicken coop and will share eggs with the community.
• We currently have 2 adult and 2 child kayaks that we would be happy to share with residents.
• Abundant wildlife on the site. Animals commonly seen include:
o River Otter
o Very diverse avian community for birders
Future Community Amenities
Due to the large investment required, electric, water and septic are not currently available on-site. However, water and dump stations are within 5 minutes of the property and we may be able to provide generators to those who need a place immediately. If interest in the community warrants, we will provide WiFi, run electric, provide a community well and septic tanks to residents. We also hope to provide the following amenities to residents if interest warrants:
• Guest house/Community Center with kitchen
• Chipping/Putting Green
• Archery Range
• Community Garden
• Storage building(s)
• Dog Park
• Golf Carts for Seniors and Handicapped
• Suggestions… Ideas?!? We are open to both and love to build things!
I am a wildlife biologist and Navy veteran. My wife is the Director of Nursing at a local nursing facility. I enjoy outdoor activities and land management and she likes crafts, painting and sculpting in the winter and tinkering with vehicles and such out in the garage in the summer. If were not tinkering with something… we must be sleeping!
If you're interested, please contact us at email@example.com.
Type of VillageTINY-ONLY VILLAGE
AmenitiesCommunity Garden, Community Manager, Fire Pit, Gated Community, Hiking, Lawn Care, Recreational Vehicles, Walking/Biking Path
Lot Sizes (sq ft)
Number of Lots
|Forest, Treed, Flat, Waterfront, Pond(s), Creeks|