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Prairie Hill featured on Channel 4!

Reporter Jack Brooks visited Prairie Hill several times to gather background for this in-depth video report on the first cohousing community in Iowa. Check it out! You'll quickly see why we love it here!

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Prairie Hill wins award for Best New Development in Iowa

Prairie Hill was named the 2019 Best New Owner-Occupied Residential Development in Iowa by 1000 Friends of Iowa, a statewide nonprofit focused on promoting sustainable land use practices.

Prairie Hill stood out in all the award criteria:

  • Energy-efficient construction
  • Use of renewable energy
  • Best practices in stormwater management
  • Use of sustainable materials

See what the judges liked about us at

Sustainability built-in at Iowa’s first cohousing development

On Jan. 14, 2020, the Corridor Business Journal cited Prairie Hill for sustainability practices and the neighborliness built into its community design:

Green houses and green thumbs in eco-friendly cohousing

Prairie Hill was featured in the Daily Iowan on Aug. 19, 2018. Reporter Andy Mitchell interviews Carolyn Dyer, Nan Fawcett, and John Bowman to get their takes on living in community:

Only cohousing community in the state welcomes visitors in Iowa City

Lukas Voss from CBS2/FOX28 covers the open house at Prairie Hill in a video story posted on Sunday, July 29, 2018:

In Iowa City, a co-housing movement blends living large with living small

Christine Hawes of the Iowa City Press Citizen explores Iowa City Cohousing and the River City Housing Collective in an article published on July 23, 2018:

Building green: Energy efficiency, sustainability can be incorporated into home design

Prairie Hill is featured in a story on green building by Gazette reporter Alison Gowans, March 18, 2018:

Iowa City Cohousing development is a worthy investment

Karen Kubby, an Iowa City business owner and visionary, shares her thoughts about investing in cohousing in the Iowa City Press Citizen, November 24, 2017:

Construction continues on a shared-housing community focused on sustainable living

Reporter Kayli Reese interviews Del Holland, Carolyn Dyer, and Nan Fawcett (Daily Iowan, November 10, 2017):

First residents set to move into Prairie Hill

KCRG-TV interviews Craig Mosher and Donna Rupp, two Iowa City Cohousing members who will be among the first to move into Prairie Hil (KCRG-TV, November 6, 2017):

First cohousing neighborhood in the state readies for first residents

Donna Rupp, Craig Mosher, and Marcia Shaffer talk about the benefits of cohousing in this television interview broadcast on KWWL-TV, November 2, 2017:

Iowa City boasts state's first cohousing development

The Gazette focuses on the concept of cohousing in their interview with Craig Mosher and Marcia Shaffer. Be sure to scroll through the slideshow (Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 30, 2017):

"Not a '60s Commune": Iowa City's New Co-Housing Community

Ben Kieffer interviews Del Holland on Iowa Public Radio's River to River podcast (June 2, 2017)

Cohousing community breaking new ground in Iowa City

Little Village news director Lauren Shotwell attends an information meeting and interviews Del Holland, Nan Fawcett, and Annie Tucker (Little Village, February 10, 2017):

Earlier coverage

Prairie Hill to become Iowa's first cohousing site

Our groundbreaking ceremony on November 13, 2016, brought reporters to the site. This piece was published in the Corridor Business Journal, November 22, 2016:

Cohousing inches closer to Iowa City

Del Holland, Barb Bailey, and Scott Roser highlight some of the environmental benefits of cohousing (Daily Iowan, September 19, 2016):

Group creates Iowa City’s first cohousing community

Brea Love, reporter for KCRG-TV9, broadcast this piece June 28, 2016:

Cohousing in Iowa City coming closer to reality

Iowa City Press Citizen reporter Andy Davis interviews Bob Miklo, Barb Bailey, Del Holland, Marcia Shaffer, and neighbors about the project (Iowa City Press Citizen, June 28, 2015):

Iowa City cohousing community presents revised proposal

Del Holland explains plan revisions (The Gazette, May 21, 2015):

Iowa City officials to consider cohousing development

Iowa City senior planner, Bob Miklo, talks about the project (The Associated Press, published in Finance & Commerce, September 18, 2014):

Cohousing project moves ahead

Danel Seidl reports on early project plans (Daily Iowan, May 12, 2014):

Iowa City cohousing group will soon own land

Del Holland talks about the project (Daily Iowan, April 15, 2013):

Iowa City Group Working on Cohousing Project

Barb Bailey, Annie Tucker, and Del Holland are interviewed on the land (KGAN-Channel 2 News, May 8, 2014):