Iowa home sales, prices see strongest third quarter in 8 years

McClelland’s Beach residents know this is a hidden paradise. It’s interesting that many Iowa communities are getting a lot of attention from the media.

“Our communities have been receiving a lot of national attention from magazines and online media outlets. Iowa truly is a great place to grow!”
– IAR President Jon Yocum

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Home again: US-flag swimsuits, Coors, Cheez-Its and cannonballs off the dock

Ed Bartels and friends fishing - McClleland's' Beach - historic photo.
Ed Bartels, left, and friends with a big fish haul – McClleland’s’ Beach – Spirit Lake – historic photo.

Up north is Spirit Lake, which tends to be quieter, and more of a place for the locals to boat and fish. It is, however, the state’s largest natural lake and known for some of the best fishing in the area. So it’s worth an angler’s effort to get there.
– Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune

When the Chicago Tribune takes notice, you know you’ve got something, especially after you’ve just hauled in the big one off your dock at McClelland’s Beach. This is a wonderful piece on the “coming home” effect of the Iowa Great Lakes vacation areas. Read the full story.

Learn more about the real estate climate and McClelland’s Beach community.

U.S. builders start houses at fastest pace since 2007 Great Recession

For McClelland’s Beach residents who may be wondering about all the sudden building activity …

“More housing starts means more construction jobs as well as confidence from real estate developers that people will be buying. We’ll know the economy is really hitting stride when we see these starts in the range of 1.5 million.”
– Tara Sinclair, George Washington University professor, chief economist for job site Indeed

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Escape in 35 minutes, get new winery’s exciting gold-medal winner

This looks like a fun, quick trip from McClellands Beach.

Round Lake Vineyards and Winery, which celebrated its grand opening just one month ago and has not completed its first full year of commercial wine production, took home a gold medal for its Frontenac Gris and won bronze medals for two other wines in a regional contest hosted by the Iowa Culinary Institute. Read the full story in the Jackson County Pilot.

Round Lake Vineyards and Winery is only about a 35-minute drive from McClelland’s Beach. The winery features live music by Fishin’ for Olives, Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

When at the lake, do as the Great Lakeians (sp?) do

So those of you lucky enough to have a place at McClelland’s Beach, remember, it’s a “cottage”, not a “cabin”. Whether you moved here 60 years ago or yesterday, you’ll enjoy these tips.

“Unique to the Iowa Great Lakes is the use of the word “cottage” to describe your dwelling on the lake. “Cabins” can be found in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado but you own a “cottage” at the Iowa Great Lakes.”
— Aubrey LaFoy, Dickinson County News

Read the rest of the article on what real Iowa Great Lakeians do.

Fed signals patience with low interest rates has run thin

“Buyers should act now––delayed purchases will only result in higher monthly mortgage payments as prices and rates rise. In fact, our forecast data show affordability may decline as much as 10% over the course of the year.”
– Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at

Well, it had to happen sometime. All the people who took the plunge at McClelland’s Beach over the last few years should be feeling pretty good right about now.

Arnold’s Park welcomes vacation volunteers for 125th anniversary celebration

“We’re hoping to get as many people there (at Monday’s meeting) as we can. I’ve had some emails from people who don’t live here in the wintertime. They’ve emailed me that they would like to be involved. So, if they can’t make the meeting, just email me at, or give us a call here at the office.”– Di Lorenzen

Arnolds Park in nearby Okoboji, one of only five amusement parks in the nation operated by a non-profit, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Find out how even non-wintertime residents can help. Read the full Dickinson County News story.