We all know the joke about how much houses cost in LA. I decided that it would be fun to look at a million dollar home in LA and compare that to a million dollar home right here in the Cedar Valley. Today we are taking a look at an LA Home and a LA home.

4117 Daina Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Cost: $1,299,900

8,147 sqft | 5 Bed | 5 Bath


12513 Walsh Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Cost: $1,195,000

984 sqft | 3 Bed | 2 Bath

Which One of these spots would you rather live in? Let us know!

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Million Dollar Waterloo Home VS La Home

Which house would you pick?

4117 Daina Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Cost: $1,299,900


12513 Walsh Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Cost: $1,195,000

The Cedar Valleys House was built in 2010 and states:

Luxury living and sophisticated style! Boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, this full brick, Klunder built home is packed with high-end finishes throughout. Stepping inside, this entryway really packs a punch with a major wow factor! The living room features Brazilian cherry flooring, expansive floor to ceiling windows, along with a gas fireplace flanked with custom built-in cabinets that center the room. Soaring ceilings open to the kitchen and dining area through beautiful colonnades. This custom kitchen is fit for a chef with high-end cabinetry, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry and professional grade appliances.

The LA House was built in 1945 States:

 Beautifully remodeled bright and airy 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home in the Del Rey area of Silicon Beach. This gorgeous home offers a tastefully remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliance suite including dual fuel range and quartz countertops, enlarged bathroom with new vanity, tub and toilet and original hardwood floors in great condition throughout. Upgrades also feature a new roof, new vinyl double pane windows throughout, new interior and exterior paint, new washer and dryer, recessed lighting and Forced Air heating with new central air conditioning.

Million Dollar Waterloo Home

Location: 1944 Kitty Hawk Dr, Waterloo, IA 50701
Price: $995,000

Would you live in the almost million-dollar Waterloo home?

Iowa's Island City

There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.

Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis. Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.

The idea behind plotting the land was because there was no town between Lyons (north Clinton) and Bellevue. The plot of the new town was recorded in Dubuque as this area was part of Dubuque county at the time, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

According to Island City Harbor's website, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.

In 1846 the settler’s decided to find a name. Island City Harbor's website says that because of it’s sandy soil, William Hubble suggested the town be called "Sabulum" which is Latin for sand. A party was being held around the time the town name was being discussed, when a woman, supposed to be Miss Harriet Hudson, suggested the town be called Sabula as it was easier to pronounce and sounded more elegant, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.

Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.

I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.

It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.

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