Choosing an Iowa City Neighborhood: A Mom’s Guide to West Branch

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If you have the desire for small-town life without being too far from city life, West Branch is a great option. It’s only a ten-minute drive on Herbert Hoover Highway from the Eastside of Iowa City. When it comes to finding a location rooted in history, West Branch is the city to be. Home of the 31st president, this small town has made its mark. With its rich history, booming shops, and delicious local eats, there is something for everyone.

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The West Branch Community School District is home to one elementary, middle, and high school. They also include a transition center for young adults with special needs. If you are looking for other educational options for your high school student, the city of West Branch does house a private school.


West Branch has a variety of locally-owned restaurants, as well as a few fast-food chains for dinner on the go!


West Branch offers several locally-owned small businesses, which is the perfect opportunity for those extended family visitors. After a day of shopping, be sure to make an appointment at one of the local hair salons for a little pampering!


West Branch is known as Herbert Hoover’s hometown, which provides both the community and tourists with national historic sites. It’s not everyday residents can say they live in the same city as a Presidential Library. These unique, educational experiences are fun for the whole family. Check out our Parent’s Guide to the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum!

Parks and Recreations

If you enjoy the great outdoors, West Branch offers access to four parks. Each park provides a different service to the community, allowing residents a variety of options. Be sure to look through the local Parks & Recreation page for the wide range of sports offered to children.

  • Lions Field
  • Pedersen Valley Park
  • Beranek Park
  • Wapsi Creek Park

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HealthCare/Animal Care

West Branch offers both a family medical and dental office for its residents. For animal lovers, there are two clinics available for your furry friends.

Gas Stations/Convenient Stores

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If you are looking for a small-town feel that isn’t too far from the cities, then West Branch might be the place for you!
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Hiring the Bails Team at Urban Acres Real Estate means you’ll have access to the real estate expertise you need anytime, anywhere. This real estate team includes Mike Bails, Phil O’Brien, Marcy Willier, Chelsey Riggan and Briley Desmet. Together, they have over 50 years of combined experience and a deep understanding of the entire residential and commercial real estate picture in the Iowa City area – it’s what they like to call a panoramic view of real estate.

If you are ready to buy or sell, give them a call today and tell them ICM sent you!

Mike Bails | 319.321.5500
Phil O’Brien | 319.331.1701
Marcy Willier | 319.936.5899
Chelsey Riggan-Kuepker | 319.631.1434
Briley Desmet | 319.330.5078

Nikki Wildemuth
Nikki is new to the area. She graduated from the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. She married her husband the same year. Nikki loved the creativity of teaching and continues to bring that same creativity as a stay at home mom. During the day you can find her chasing after her precocious toddler. By night she is a Pinterest junkie! She enjoys getting out and spending time with her family!


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