Malvern Real Estate & Information

Malvern Real Estate & Information

When John Paddock brought his bride to Iowa, there were no other residents to greet them. It was September of 1869 and they built a small house that would be their home and a general store. Workers completed the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in November and soon other families moved into the area. Within the first two years, the population grew to a community of 800. Farms and factories sprang up. In 1870, the first school opened, followed by a county fair, a library and even a Chautauqua, an institution to further adult education. It brought culture to the town in the form of speakers, musicians, entertainers and preachers. The loneliness that many early settlers had to face quickly faded in the bustling new town. Residents named the community Milton at first, changing it later due to other communities in the territory having the same name. Agriculture dominated Malvern real estate then and continues to do so today.

Shopping and Dining

Visitors will find most businesses reside on Main Street, like Casey's General Store, offering pizza, snacks and gasoline. Joyfully Yours Country Decor is the perfect spot of interior design, Iowa-style. You will find unique specialty shops like Pondibilities, with everything you need to create a beautiful water feature to complement your backyard. For professional attire and back-to-school shopping, most residents of Malvern real estate head to Omaha and the larger malls available there. Westroads Mall, Village Pointe Shopping Center and Oak View Mall are local favorites.

The food is comforting and tasty at Classic Cafe and Catering, with traditional menu items like smoked prime rib and rich mashed potatoes prepared perfectly. You can enjoy breakfast with charm at C&M's Cafe. Wash down spicy barbeque with an ice cold beer at the Garage Bar & Grill. 

If you want to take a little drive, you can enjoy a juicy burger at the Hood in Silver City or Jamaican Jerk chicken wings at the Gridiron Garage in Glenwood.

Parks and Recreation

Malvern proves that small towns are not always boring by hosting a number of unique annual events throughout the year. In February, the town gathers at Classic Cafe for a special dinner which generates funds for community projects.The Sizzlin' Summerfest in July offers a chance to ride ponies and carnival rides before the fireworks at the Mills County Fair. The Race the Trace 5K also takes place in July at the Wabash Trace Nature Trail Depot. Soon after school starts in the fall, the Wabash Marathon takes runners from Malvern to Shenandoah. The Gateway of Chaos is one of the highest ranking haunted houses in Iowa during the Halloween season. The winter holiday season begins at the end of November with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Wish Lantern Launch followed by the Festival of Trees a week later.

Even when there is nothing special on the calendar, residents of Malvern real estate can find plenty of things to keep themselves entertained. The Wabash Trace Nature Trail offers 62 miles of scenic views for hikers, bikers, skiers and equestrians. Golfers can practice their swings at the Fairview Hills Golf Course, a nine-hole opportunity on the south edge of town. The Municipal Swimming Pool is open all summer. Boehner Park is a favorite spot for campers.


Several new housing developments have given Malvern real estate a boost. The Mills County population is growing faster than most of Iowa. Approximately 1,100 people live in the 1.19 square miles that make up Malvern. Homes range in price from about $150,000 to about $285,000. The median value in 2013 according to City-Data was $117,712. The typical home would be two stories with three bedroom and one and a half baths. It would boast a garage, finished basement and central cooling with forced air heat. Buyers can expect convenient details such as decks, barbecues and double-paned windows. The view from the front window would be of attractive green spaces rising to meet clear blue skies. Mature trees would shade pristine landscaping.

Schools, Healthcare, and Transportation

The East Mills Community School District serves the community with two elementary schools and one combined middle and high school. Chandry Elementary in Malvern serves children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Nishna Valley Elementary is located between Red Oak and Hastings. It serves students from kindergarten through grade six. East Mills Middle and High School serves students from seventh grade through graduation.

Nebraska Medicine in Bellevue is the closest medical facility. Other nearby facilities include Glenwood Resource Center about nine miles away in Glenwood and Pacific Place, located in Pacific Junction, about 10 west.

The US-34 connects Malvern to the rest of the country. The largest airport nearby is Eppley Field in Omaha, NE. A number of smaller airports are nearby, the closest of which is Aero-Land in Randolph.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 712-624-9094 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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Rob Washburn
Ed Spencer Real Estate - Farms America, INC
Mall of the Bluffs
Council Bluffs IA 51503
Fax: 712-624-9251

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