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May
2

Iowa City Camping

Spring and summer are ideal times to explore the expansive natural beauty around Iowa City, with a diverse selection of nearby campgrounds to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly campground with loads of activities for all ages or a more rugged, primitive campsite where you can get in touch with nature, you can find it close to home. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the best places to go camping near Iowa City.

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April
21

Our story starts in 1947 – a year of many firsts.

Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. The classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street premiered in theaters. The Polaroid Land Camera was first demonstrated in New York.

In the heart of America, a small company with big dreams to serve the community with quality and value was born. That company, founded by Erick and Roy Skogman, was Skogman Homes.

Today the name Skogman means homes – and so much more. Beyond Skogman Homes, the Skogman family of companies includes:

  • Skogman Insurance: focused on lasting relationships and a level of service only available through an independent insurance agency.
  • Skogman Realty: the Corridor's top real estate company both in terms of annual volume and number of professional real estate agents.
  • Skogman Commercial Group: a dominant force in the sale and leasing of commercial properties, land development, income properties and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City, and the surrounding areas.
  • D&B Remodeling: a full service commercial and residential remodeling company serving Cedar Rapids and surrounding Iowa communities.
  • Pheasant Run Apartments: large, highly desirable apartments in Southwest Cedar Rapids with amenities including a swimming pool, basketball courts, playground, picnic area, and clubhouse.
  • Hidden Creek Apartments and Storage: a luxury apartment property including 86 self-serve storage garages.

The path to the array of services and locations Skogman offers today has been steady, thanks to five generations of family members proud to serve the community.

The '60s and '70s

Following twelve years of growth as Skogman Homes, the business entered the '60s with a desire to meet the needs of the community through expended services. In 1965, Skogman Insurance was formed to offer peace of mind through home, auto and business insurance for Iowa residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and beyond.

The Skogman brand continued its momentum in the '70s. Skogman Realty launched in 1973, growing to include offices in the communities of Hiawatha and Marion, and is now the predominately recognized real estate company in the marketplace.

In 1974, Pheasant Run Apartments were built in Southwest Cedar Rapids with amenities including a swimming pool, playground, volleyball, picnic area, and clubhouse.

The '80s

With business development on the rise, Skogman Companies launched Skogman Commercial Group in 1988 – becoming a dominant force in the sale and leasing of commercial properties, land development, income properties and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City and surrounding areas. With 24 full-time agents, they quickly became market leaders – capturing almost 50% of the market share.

The 2000's

With success in the Corridor firmly established, Skogman Homes expanded into Cedar Falls and surrounding communities to offer construction of quality-built homes to the growing communities in 2003.

Expansion followed into 2009 as Skogman Realty extended its presence in the eastern Iowa Corridor with an office in Coralville, serving the Johnson County area.

By 2017, Skogman Companies was able to acquire D&B Remodeling, a full-service commercial and residential remodeling company.

2022 and beyond

Since its birth in 1947, Skogman Homes has not only grown into one of the largest builders in Iowa, but its reputation of excellent quality and great neighborhoods has established our company as the builder providing the best home value in the Midwest.

We owe our success and growth to the hundreds of past and present employees who have helped build Skogman Companies and each of its divisions into highly regarded members of the Corridor's business community.

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to welcome you home for the last 75 years and look forward to welcoming you home for many years to come.

April
18

Patio Dining Cedar Rapids

It's time to celebrate spring in Cedar Rapids, and some of your favorite dining destinations around the city are hard at work gearing up for your arrival. So why not stop by and celebrate the season with some scenic patio dining? Our real estate agents have all the details on 6 Cedar Rapids restaurants with awesome patios for you to enjoy this spring.

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March
21

Northside Shopping

Just north of Iowa City's downtown is a historic sector called the Northside. If you're in the neighborhood (perhaps while visiting a few of our Iowa City homes for sale), try some of the outings below to get a taste of what this one-of-a-kind district is really like.  

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March
7

Vintage Decor

There is no better way to add personality to a space than by investing in some vintage or antique decor. They just don't make furniture like they used to -- vintage furniture pieces and decor are simply beautiful and can add a classic, nostalgic impression to any room.

If you love vintage furniture and decor, you're in luck there are many places where you can find these treasures!

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February
7

Cedar Rapids Tours

If you're new to Cedar Rapids — or even if you're still in the process of looking at Cedar Rapids homes for sale — we highly recommend taking local tours as a way of getting to know the area. This city has a rich history and beautiful geography, thanks to its position along the Cedar River. Here are a few of the best local tours that will help grow your appreciation for Cedar Rapids.

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January
3

Iowa City 2022

Looking to discover something new about the Iowa City area this year? Our real estate agents may have a suggestion or two! The new year is a time to look at things with fresh eyes, and you'll be rewarded for your efforts by the many fun and exciting things Iowa City has in store for its residents.

Iowa City homes for sale are in demand for all kinds of reasons. Forbes has rated it one of the best small metropolitan areas in the United States. Its culture and economy alike benefit from the vibrant University of Iowa and the city is steeped in a unique literary tradition that few other places can match.

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December
6

Cedar Rapids Shops

The holiday season is here, and our real estate agents want to help you find the perfect gift!

Cedar Rapids homes for sale aren't all we do at Skogman Realty. We also know a thing or two about picking out meaningful holiday presents too. In a world where you can find just about anything you can imagine on an e-commerce website, it takes creativity and effort to hunt for a unique treasure with local flavor.

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October
4

East Central Iowa Museums

With real-life artifacts and interactive displays, museums are a wonderful way to learn about history and other cultures. Our real estate agents love to spend time with their families at these engaging museums around East Central Iowa.

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August
2

Amana Colonies

There's no other place in America quite like Amana, Iowa. Originally founded by German Immigrants in 1855, the seven villages collectively known as the Amana Colonies were virtually cut off from the rest of the United States until the 1930s. Today, they represent a tangible link to the past. 

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July
19

Coralville Shopping

When was the last time you spent a few hours just walking through stores and did some shopping? It can be really therapeutic, and at the end of the day, you come home with new items to enjoy. If you're in the area looking at Coralville homes for sale, then consider planning a shopping trip at the same time. Here are some of the best local places to browse.

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June
7

Iced Coffee Iowa City

Have you been craving a delicious iced coffee in Iowa City? Our real estate agents know that a tall iced coffee is a perfect way to cool down and perk up on a hot day. Fortunately, Iowa City is home to tons of great coffee houses that offer outstanding iced coffee and so much more. Find your new favorite coffee shop with our list of 5 great destinations where you can find the best Iowa City iced coffee all summer long.

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April
19

Historic Districts Cedar Rapids

Our real estate agents love a lot of things about living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. But above all, we love getting to call such a rich, historic city home. In the nearly two centuries since Osgood Shepherd built the first log cabin in what is now Cedar Rapids back in 1837, our city has seen its share of history. 

Cedar Rapids is home to hundreds of sites and several districts that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For anyone looking for historic Cedar Rapids homes for sale, there are a lot of great options out there. We recommend beginning your search in and around these unique historic districts in Cedar Rapids. 

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March
15

Cedar Rapids Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! While there are many breakfast options to choose from, we love to start our mornings with a warm waffle topped with all the fixings.

Our real estate agents agree that this breakfast staple is truly deserving of an international holiday. Celebrate International Waffle Day on Thursday, March 25 with your favorite breakfast from one of these great restaurants around Cedar Rapids.

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February
1

Iowa City Pizza

Cheese, sauce, crispy crust. Such a simple recipe, yet there are so many different directions that it can be taken. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened in 1905, and pizza has been one of our favorite foods ever since. National Pizza Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of the most popular, beloved dishes in the world, and you'll find no shortage of fantastic places to grab a slice in the Iowa City area. Our real estate agents have all of the cheesy, delicious details on where to celebrate National Pizza Day around Iowa City this year.

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January
18

Cedar Rapids Healthy Food

Who's hungry? Cedar Rapids is home to a wealth of dining options, including a lot of great healthy eateries. If you're anything like our real estate agents and are making a solid effort to eat healthier in the new year, then you might want to check some of these places out!

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October
5

Cedar Rapids Pumpkin Patches

Are you searching for the perfect rustic decorative touch for your home this fall, or preparing to carve pumpkins with your whole family? Then a trip to the pumpkin patch is certainly in order! Spending a few hours roaming the fields to pick your perfect pumpkin is a fun activity for all ages. Many local pumpkin patches also offer additional activities designed especially with kids in mind. Our REALTORS® have all the details on where you can shop for pumpkins and enjoy some fall family fun in the Cedar Rapids area.

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September
8

Honey Farms in Cedar Rapids

If you have a hankering for a sweet treat, there's good news ahead.

Yes, our real estate agents want you to know that September is National Honey Month. There's never been a better time to enjoy all-natural honey from right here in the Cedar Rapids area.

Honey has been called nature's perfect food, and you might just agree when you taste some of the delicious honey, you'll find within miles of the best Cedar Rapids homes for sale.

Every honey has a unique color, taste, and fragrance based on the flowers visited by bees as it was made. When you try local honey, you're getting a true taste of Cedar Rapids! Most local honey is produced around Mount Vernon, just 20 minutes away.

Here's where you can stock up on local honey this September:

  1. Bass Family Farms – 840 Bass Lane, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
    When you visit Bass Family Farms, you can enjoy year-round family fun, including the popular all-ages agri-tour. As you journey through the property, you'll get a real sense of the Bass commitment to sustainable farming – and see prime examples of more than four dozen types of flowers that bloom throughout the area. That's one of the secrets to rich, delicious honey not far from Mount Vernon homes for sale!
  2. The Big Apple Orchard – 1117 Highway 30 West, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
    The Big Apple Orchard lives up to its name with acres and acres of apples. The orchard is known for its mulled apple cider, apple turnovers, and apple donuts that visitors journey from miles around to enjoy each fall. There are 22 types of apples and 2,000 apple trees on the property, but don't forget honey, which comes from local hives. Plus, picnic and event areas are available right at the orchard.
  3. Ebert Honey – 1090 Highway 1 North, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
    Family-owned Ebert Honey was founded in 1980 with about ten bee colonies. In the years since father Phil and sons, Adam and Alex have gone from selling honey in the home to producing some 100,000 pounds of honey per year. While most of the honey can be purchased from retailers throughout the state of Iowa, both properties have been known to welcome guests in the warm season.
  4. Kroul Farms – 245 Highway 1 South, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
    A fine example of community-supported agriculture, Kroul Farms has a history dating back to 1948. The latest generation of owners has transformed the farm into a beloved destination for seasonal products. The products and produce are all sought-after Iowa staples, but Kroul uses modern and sustainable techniques. Honey, pumpkins, corn, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and more are popular.
  5. The Noble Bee – 2956 170th Street, South Amana, IA 52334
    The Noble Bee dates back to a mid-1980s experiment in back yard beekeeping that has developed into a top brand available from retailers all across Iowa. Visit their store minutes from Amana homes for sale, and you can pick up fresh honey along with your other favorite grocery items for a party or picnic. Whether you want liquid honey, whipped honey, comb, or crystallized, you can choose from ten distinct flavors.

Contact us today to learn about real estate opportunities around Cedar Rapids.

July
6

Ice Cream in Coralville

June is National Ice Cream Month, and our real estate agents don't want you to miss out on the chance to indulge your sweet tooth. Luckily, there are plenty of wonderful bakeries, ice cream parlors, and family restaurants near some of the best Coralville homes for sale.

 Let's take a look at some of the "sweetest" names in Coralville ice cream:

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March
2

Sports Bars in Coralville

Our REALTORS® couldn't be more excited for all the basketball games we'll get to watch in March! If you share our enthusiasm for basketball's most exciting event, you're in the right place.

Coralville locals take their sports seriously, and it shows! Here are a few of our favorite sports bars where you can fill in your brackets and keep up with all the games. 

  1. Coach's Corner: 749 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City, IA 52246
    Coach's Corner is a friendly sports bar with plenty of large TVs. They also have an excellent menu filled with all the things you need to enjoy watching the games. Whether you're in the mood for pizza, wings, burgers, or bar munchies, you'll find what you're looking for here. There are also a ton of great Iowa City homes for sale nearby, so you can make good use of your time by visiting a few before the game starts. 

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December
2

Cedar Rapids Charities

Why not make the holiday season a little brighter for others? Keep #GivingTuesday trending on December 3, designated as National Day of Giving, by donating money, supplies, or time to one of these deserving charities near Cedar Rapids homes for sale.

  1. Dogs Forever - 809 Rockford Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids 52404
    Dogs Forever is a fully volunteer-run organization dedicated to placing dogs in a forever home. Special consideration is given to elderly and sick dogs through their Mend a Friend and Seniors for Seniors programs. Contribute through donations of money or supplies such as food, collars, and cleaning products. Office hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

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July
15

Iowa City Wine Bars - Skogman Realty

Wine and cheese is an appropriate pairing for any day or occasion. In fact, it's such a popular combo that July 25 has been declared National Wine and Cheese Day. Celebrate the holiday at one of these great wine bars around Iowa City recommended by our real estate agents. Cheers!

  1. Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar - 209 N. Linn St., Iowa City 52245
    Have you ever noticed how wine and cheese taste even better outside? After viewing Iowa City homes for sale, enjoy your celebration on the relaxing patio at Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar. Try one of their gourmet boards that combine cheese with selections of charcuterie, fruit, and house-made spreads. Make it a party at Brix's upstairs Tasting Room with a private bar, TV, and music. Brix opens at 11 a.m. every day but Sunday.

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June
10

 

Father's Day Destinations Around Iowa City - Skogman Realty

Father's Day is fast approaching and it's the perfect opportunity to honor the dads, grandpas, uncles, and other special father figures in your life. One of the best gifts you can give to Dad is spending quality time with him. Our real estate agents have some great tips for things to do around Iowa City that'll wow your dad and make Father's Day fun for the whole family.

  1. Father's Day Introduction to Fencing Class - The Iowa City Fencing Center, 415 Highland Ave., Iowa City
    An excellent sport to keep the body and mind sharp, fencing can reduce stress, improve fitness, and is a ton of fun. Each month, the Iowa City Fencing Center hosts two-hour introduction to fencing seminars and on Sunday, June 16th, dads fence free! Cost for non-dads is $25. Call or e-mail to register. Be sure to check out Iowa City homes for sale when you're done with your class.

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