Oelwein, once known as “Hub City” because of the rail lines running through it and the repair shops located there, sprawls along either side of Highway 150 just north of Independence. Lake Oelwein sits like a jewel between Edgewater Golf Course and Hickory Grove Golf Course west of town. Backbone State Park is a short ride to the east.
The community offers up a wholesome experience with its parks, twin screen movie theatre, performing arts center, bowling alley, and much more. Locals and visitors alike take to paved hiking/biking trails, campgrounds, and the aquatic center. The big draw though is the man-made, 55-acre Oelwein Lake and the unspoiled Iowa landscape.
MLS listings for this area usually have several family homes and rentals posted. Current demand is such that the listings are constantly changing and serious buyers vie for prime locations.
Oelwein is 15 mi north of Independence, 39.9 mi east of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and under an hour drive to Cedar Rapids to the south. Connection to shopping and entertainment, and commuting to jobs in either direction is very appealing for anyone who wants to work in a large city, yet live in a small town.