Because of its college town status Iowa City tends to be more expensive than most other communities in the state. The median list price of a home here in early 2017 was $279,450, according to Zillow.com. The Northside Neighborhood is a popular area north of Downtown with older houses, brick streets and neighborhood shops and restaurants. Other neighborhoods mentioned include Longfellow, Goosetown or College Green. Living too close to the University can be noisy, but if one lives too far away you cannot easily walk downtown.