If you’ve lived in Sioux Falls all your life, or if you’ve just moved here, you probably know by now that you’d be hard pressed to find a better value for your dollar when it comes to our housing market. Not only does the dollar stretch more here, but for a city our size, we have a lot to do in the way of entertainment. Here are some of my favorites, and as you can see, they’re all Downtown.
A great way to travel and see Downtown is on our Trolley. With stops on just about every block, it’s not hard to find a place to board, and it runs every 30 mins. A schedule can be found at www.siouxareametro.org.
There is no better afternoon in Sioux Falls than spending a great fall day walking the Downtown area. With numerous shops and restaurants, you can’t go wrong. Here are a few of my favorite restaurants:
Kaladi’s Coffee Legend & Bistro – www.kaladisbistro.com
200 S Phillips Ave
Great coffee and a perfect place to have a business meeting or to spend time chatting with friends or family.
Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese – www.chedds.com
323 S Phillips Ave Suite 102
This is the perfect grilled cheese made any way you like it–afternoon or evening.
A Taste of the Big Apple – www.atasteofthebigapple.com
600 N Main Ave Suite 100
If you’re looking for a New York style pie, look no further. Open afternoons until evenings, it’s a great afternoon lunch or place to hit before a night on the town.
If you’re looking for an evening meal Downtown, these restaurants can’t be beat:
Crawford’s – www.crawfordssf.com
214 S Phillips Ave
For a great meal with a touch of class, give Crawford’s a try.
Mama’s Ladas – www.mamasladas.com
116 W 11th St
For some of the best enchiladas in town, stop in to Mama’s. It’s a Sioux Falls favorite.
Luciano’s North – www.italiandiningsiouxcity.com
For some of the best Italian dining in Sioux Falls, try Luciano’s. Luciano’s is new to Sioux Falls, but has been in Sioux City, IA for many years, and it is legendary.
After a great evening meal, it’s time to hit some Sioux Falls night life. For a city our size, we have some of the best night life next to Omaha and the Twin Cities.
Fat Daddy’s Comedy Club – www.fatdaddyscomedy.com
224 S Phillips Ave
Open Fri., Sat., and Sun., Fat Daddy’s attracts some of the best comedy acts in the Midwest.
Latitude 44 – www.44downtown.com
201 N Weber Ave
Built in 1918 this building has a lot of history. This is by far my favorite place to hear live music in Sioux Falls. Owner Cynthia is a very nice lady and the live music café brings quality Acoustic, Indie Rock, Blues, Soul, Folk, Bluegrass, Reggae and Jam acts to Sioux Falls. If you’re looking for something to do midweek, they have an Open Mic Night on Wednesdays that attracts a lot of Sioux Falls talent. Doors open at 4:30pm and the stage opens at 7pm.
Sioux Falls offers more than a great place to live. Get out and enjoy our wonderful city. We have so many restaurants and things to do it Sioux Falls, it’s hard to even cast a light on a fraction of what is available.
Let’s face it, we’re all getting older. Some of us have elderly parents moving in with us, and some of us are getting beyond retirement age ourselves and our bodies are just not what they use to be. Making a few changes to our homes can increase our comfort level or allow us to remain in our home for years to come. Here are a few changes you can make to your home to increase your comfort and safety as you age.
Doors can be one of the biggest obstacles for ease of movement. Consider opening smaller doorways to 34-36 inches or use pocket doors. These changes will not only make movement easier but also may make your home more desirable to certain buyers when it comes time to sell.
Levers on Doors, Showers, and Faucets
Replace round knobs with levers. Levers not only look nice, they also make turning faucets and opening doors a whole lot easier. For a few hundred dollars, you can change all these items and make a world of difference.
Many companies make what is known as a “comfort-height” toilet. These toilets are a couple of inches higher and make a world of difference to sore backs or troubled knees. Also, the look of these toilets is not that much different, so resale will not be a problem.
Grab Bars in Showers, Tubs, and Near Toilets
Bars can make a huge difference in safety and may even save a life. Every year, aging adults fall in the bathroom causing serious injuries or broken bones that may never heal correctly. Adding “grab bars” will add stability in the bathroom. Many companies also make these in a variety of colors in addition to standard chrome.
I hope these suggested modifications prove helpful. If you would like more information, give me a call!
So you’re ready to buy your first home? Congratulations on your journey to home ownership! Some of my favorite clients are the ones who want to own a home for the first time. Well, I have good news for you! There are programs to help the first time home buyer right here in Sioux Falls and throughout South Dakota.
A loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration, known as an FHA loan, requires a modest 3.5% down. That is a lot more affordable than the 20% down required for conventional financing. Another great option is the South Dakota Housing Administration and the several loan options they offer. These loans look at different income-based requirements, but a lot of people do qualify for this financing. Not only is there usually a great rate, but the down payment requirement is far lower than conventional and FHA financing.
First things first, though. Regardless of what financing options you choose, meeting with a lender first is the best advice I can give any home buyer. Not only will this tell you what you qualify for, but it will allow you and the lender to correct any errors in your credit that may stop you from getting the best rate. You may also have to pay off certain debt or fix some items before the purchase, which may take time. Once you’ve met with a lender and gained a mortgage commitment or get prequalified, it’s time to go shopping for that home of your dreams!
What other questions do you have about buying a home? Ask them here!
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