Young professionals, families and retirees alike have all found good reasons to call Marshalltown home. An impressive array of housing styles, price ranges and neighborhoods means that no matter what stage in life you are, you can find the home that best suits your lifestyle.
- Early days: In the early days of Marshalltown’s development, residential housing tended to cluster in the northwestern portion of the town, conveniently located near the scenic Iowa River.
- Today: Historic residences, in the Tudor, Victorian and traditional styles, stand as a tribute to Marshalltown’s past.
- Examples: The stately Willard Mansion and exquisite Binford House are both on the National Register of Historic Places. For those interested in living in the classic styles of days gone by, housing opportunities – both renovated and awaiting restoration – abound.
- The study: The results of the 2014 housing study commissioned by Marshall Economic Development served as a springboard for housing development. The study revealed housing needs and opportunities that were communicated to developers.
- The response: Since that time, single-family homes, workforce housing town homes, senior assisted living facilities (both new and expansions) and a new housing development have sprung up around the community. Some are completed; others are underway. But, all of them benefit the quality of life in the area and open up significant new housing choices for those in or relocating to the area.
Downtown loft living
- On the upswing: One of the residential housing options that has increased in availability recently is downtown loft living.
- Example: The Kibbey Building, built in 1895 by Dr. Kibbey to house his medical practice, suffered smoke and water damage in 2012 during a fire in the building next door. The owners of the Kibbey Building have since renovated the second level creating four beautiful loft-style apartments and are working on the main level as a potential business space.
- Unique urban garden: As a further benefit, this and other downtown loft-style living opportunities are in the vicinity of the impressive Gallery Garden. A privately owned, urban-style green space that is open to the public, the Gallery Garden is the only project of its kind in Iowa. Its inspired designs feature paintings, sculpture, thousands of plants, the soothing sound of a fountain and cutting-edge rain harvesting technologies allowing downtown dwellers and other visitors to enjoy a peaceful, reflective experience.
The growing senior population of Marshalltown has equally growing housing options. Here are a few examples:
- Marshalltown Senior Residences located in the beautifully renovated 1894-vintage Letts-Fletcher Building downtown.
- The Willows of Marshalltown, which offers assisted living and memory care in a newly constructed west-side facility.
- The Embers, independent living for active seniors.
- Bickford of Marshalltown, personalized assisted living services.
- Glenwood Place Retirement Community, independent and assisted living in town home and apartment settings)
- Accura Healthcare of Marshalltown, intensive medical and rehabilitative services for short and long-term care needs.
- Grandview Heights Rehab and Healthcare, offering therapy services, holistic health care, hospice and respite care plus a memory wing.
- Southridge Specialty Care, with rehabilitation services as well as skilled nursing, long-term and hospice care.
- Iowa Veteran’s Home. Nestled in the beauty of nearly 150 acres, the veterans home provides a continuum of care to Iowa’s veterans and their spouses in an environment focusing on individualized services to enhance their quality of life.