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Northwood Iowa

There are few communities more charming than Northwood, Iowa. As the seat of Worth County, Northwood has much to offer its residents. The thriving downtown area is filled with locally-owned restaurants and retail spaces, as well as the historic Northwood Theatre (740 Central Avenue). The local school district and beautiful recreational facilities make it the ideal community for families. Northwood offers home buyers a small but bustling town in an ideal bucolic setting.

Parks and Recreation in Northwood

There is much to explore outside in Northwood. The town’s Park & Rec Department maintains Hurd and Swensrud Park, which offer many fun amenities such as baseball and softball fields, disc golf course, sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, Northwood Swimming Pool, and playgrounds. Nature lovers will enjoy spending time in the many Worth County Parks, including Kuennen Quarry Wildlife Area, Ochee Yahola County Park, and Stimes Forest, located in and around town. These stunning natural facilities provide endless opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, and more. The Shell Rock River, which runs along the western edge of town, is perfect for fishing and canoeing. Golf enthusiasts can hit the green at Northwood Country Club (1391 490th Street) which offers a well established 9-hole golf course in a beautiful country setting.


Education in Northwood, IA

Northwood students are educated through the Northwood-Kensett Community School District. This public school district’s mission is “creating healthily educated, ethical and productive citizens”. PreK through 6th-grade students attends the Elementary School (1200 1st Avenue North), while 7th through 12th graders go to the Junior-Senior High School (704 7th Street North).


Health and Transportation in Northwood, Iowa

Located right in town, MercyOne Northwood Family Medicine (803 9th Avenue North) provides excellent primary care services for residents. MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center (1000 4th Street Southwest, Mason City) is located 29 minutes south of Northwood when residents need more comprehensive care or emergency services.

With U.S. Route 65 running through town and Interstate 35 just west of the community, it is easy for Northwood residents to travel throughout the Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Mason City is only 30 minutes away so residents needing to travel further distances have easy access to the Mason City Municipal Airport.

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Northwood IA Real Estate

The city of Northwood was founded in 1858 and is located along Highway 65.  The city is located between Mason City and Albert Lea, MN.  It is roughly 20 miles north of Mason City and a little over 15 miles south of Albert Lea.  Northwood has approximately 2000 residents with roughly 900 households.

This county seat has quite a few businesses and entertainment options.  You don’t have to leave town to get your groceries as you can pick them up at the local market or convenience stores/gas stations.  You also have the conveniences of local banks and auto repair shops so you can stay close to home.

There are a few restaurants you can choose from as well as a local brewery.  There also are some dining options at the casino, which is located just off of I-35 west of town. 

The casino also offers entertainment options.  Besides the typical gambling that casinos offer, regularly different musical acts come for concerts.  The casino also supports cities and schools in Worth county.  Northwood also has its own movie theater so you can catch some of the latest flicks.

Northwood Iowa Homes For Sale

Northwood’s park is quite scenic as the Shell Rock river flows through the park.  There is nice playground equipment for the kids to play on and nice walking paths with a bridge over the river.  If you enjoy a little disc golf, there is a disc golf course you can play on. Or you can grab a book at the local library and sit along the river and catch up on the latest novel.

During the summer there are ball diamonds and an aquatic center that residents can use. The aquatic center is a newer structure that has water opportunities for all ages.

Looking to build a house, Northwood is a good choice.  The city has lots for sale for just $1. Be sure to contact the city for availability.

Northwood is a part of the Northwood-Kensett school district.  This school district offers preschool through 12th grade education for the kids.  All the schools in the district are located in Northwood.