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Mountain West Realty
658 Overland Ave
Burley, Idaho 83318
(208) 878-3500
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Oakley Idaho Real Estate
Oakley Real Estate
A Short History of Oakley, Idaho
Oakley Economic Information
Places of Interest In the Oakley Area
Oakley, Idaho Real Estate For Sale
Oakley Real Estate
Oakley is the site of more historic homes per capita in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places because of the old stone and brick buildings, some of which date back to the early 1880's. The estimated median value of a house was $105,000 in 2005, up from $76,900 in 2000.

If you have an opportunity to buy a piece of property in this town of only 4 square miles, you should take it! Oakley is well known for it's old Victorian style homes. 

A Short History of Oakley, Idaho
The town of Oakley, Idaho, originally named Goose Creek Crossing, was settled between 1878 and 1880 by Mormon immigrants from Grantsville and Tooele, Utah. Oakley was renamed after the Pony Express station operator William Oakley. Oakley is one of Cassia county's oldest communities.

The Oakley Dam was completed in 1911 and at the time was the world's largest earth filled dam. Cement and lumber to build the dam was brought in on the Idaho Southern Short Line Railroad. The railroad was also used for transporting agriculture and livestock.

A fire in 1923 destroyed most of the town's business area. With the Vipoint Silver Mine closing in 1927, Oakley was fated to remain a small town as the population continued to shrink.

In 1926, Charles Brown, the publisher of the Oakley Herald and president of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce began a publicity campaign to create a National Monument at the City of Rocks to increase tourism in the area. His efforts continued after his death and in 1964, the City of Rocks was established as a National Historic Landmark, for its association with overland migration.

Ten years later, the area was designated a National Natural Landmark, in recognition of its geological and scenic value. In 1988, Congress created the City of Rocks National Reserve and Oakley, Idaho is it's western gateway.

Oakley Economic Information
Oakley had a population of 668 during the 2000 government census. The estimated median household income in 2005 was about $30,200, up from $29,643 in 2000. Oakley is located only 20 minutes from Burley, making a trip to "the big city" convenient.

Oakley's economy is dependent partially on several nearby rock quarries. The world famous "Oakley Stone" (Rocky Mountain quartzite building stone) is mined just outside of Oakley and thousands of tons are shipped all over the world every month. Ranchers and Farmers are another major factor on the local economy.

Places of Interest in the Oakley Area
Fishing at Independence Lakes. The City of Rocks National Reserve is only about 15 miles southeast of Oakley and draws rock climbers from all over the world. There are plenty of climbing routes, but you don't have to be a rock climber to enjoy the City of Rocks. This is a great place to bring your family for a picnic and to see some incredible rock formations.

Oakley sits at the base of the South Hills and the trailhead to Independence Lakes is just a little over 30 minutes away. These alpine lakes are a mere 3 1/2 mile hike and have an altitude ranging from 8800 feet and up. The entire area surrounding Oakley is a great place for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. The Oakley Dam forms the Lower Goose Creek Reservoir with opportunities for boating, fishing and other water activities.

Howells Opera House was built in 1907 and in the 1970's was purchased by the Oakley Valley Arts Council, a group of local residents which formed to preserve and renovate the building. To this day, Howells Opera House continues to host productions. Visit the Oakley Valley Arts website for ticket information.

Sources:
City-Data.com
Oakley Valley Arts Council
National Park Service
LDS Historical Records
Southern Idaho Tourism
The Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce
Ultimate Idaho
Bartleby
Oakley, Idaho Real Estate For Sale

Mobile w/ Land
111459 - Mobile  w/ Land - Property for sale in Oakley
Very well kept manufactured home on a full unfinished basement. This property includes a 24 x 36 detached shop/Garage with vinyl siding. All on 2.65 acres. Beautiful mountain views. Wood stove. Overhead garage doors openers...

Single Family w/ Acreage
111480 - Single Family w/ Acreage - Property for sale in Oakley
Beautiful all brick ranch style home on 2.5 acres with more acres available. 5 bedroom 3 bath. Formal living and dining area. Basement has a nice recreation room with TV area, has also been used for lifting weights and playing table...

Single Family w/ Acreage
112226 - Single Family w/ Acreage - Property for sale in Oakley
Beautiful family home in Oakley. Gorgeous brick home with breathtaking views from every window. This is a 3 BR, 2.5 bath home with formal living room, family room, dining area and huge bedrooms. There is also potential for an additional...


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