Author: Black Hills Property by Gideon Oakes

13 Reasons We Love the Black Hills

Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Dignity Statue at Chamberlain
Dignity Statue at Chamberlain
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Rapid City
Rapid City, SD
Mule Deer
Mule Deer

The Black Hills: Those who live here get it. Those who visit wonder why they don’t live here. Here are just 13 of the things that make Rapid City and the Black Hills a great place to visit, and an even greater place to call home, as compiled by our friends at

• Five National Parks in close proximity: Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Devil’s Tower
• Western South Dakota’s largest shopping hub specialty shops, boutiques, and antiques stores. Downtown Rapid City’s business district contains some 400 businesses.
• 75 hotels/motels with 5,000+ available rooms and six convention properties. Listings:
• 17 area golf courses, 2 indoor tennis facilities in town
• 14 mountain lakes, more than 300 miles of streams and reservoirs for water sports and fishing
• 400 miles of nature walks and hiking systems in the Black Hills alone
• Rapid City Bike Path crosses the city from east to west with 13.5 miles along Rapid Creek
• Mountain Biking trails five minutes from downtown plus hundreds of miles of wooded single track and the famous Mickelson Trail for easy cruising the entire length of the Black Hills
• Rock Climbing routes that are world-renowned from the Cathedral Spires, the Needles, and Devils Tower
• Two area Ski Resorts that boast deep snow and 1000’ vertical drop
• Hundreds of miles of Snowmobile Trails and offroading opportunities
• Hunting Areas including 2 million acres of public land in the Black Hills
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is a modern facility for conventions, entertainment and athletic events. Complete convention complex includes an 11,500 seat arena, 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, 1,774 seat theater, meeting rooms and catering facilities, conveniently located in downtown Rapid City.

How to Pick Out Your Perfect Home

How to Pick Out Your Perfect Home

When you find your dream home, it’s only natural for your heart to beat a little faster. But you still need to get the best value for your dollar. Following are six ways to make you a happy and savvy homebuyer:

1. Find the Right Real Estate Agent:

An agent can be your most valuable asset. Word of mouth is good, but if you’re interested in a particular location take note of sold signs in the area to find a real estate agent who has special knowledge of the neighborhood.

2. Make a List of Needs and Wants:

Prioritize them because you likely won’t find a house with everything. Lenders, agents and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation have online checklists that will help you focus on the important things.

3. Define What Value Means to You and Your Family and Follow Through:

If you believe you’ve found the right neighborhood, don’t just proceed with an offer. Make personal visits on different days and times. Talk to the neighbors and research the facilities and schools in the area.

4. Look Closely at the Boring Things:

Updated wiring in an older home is a great plus, and a basement that’s been flood-proofed is all-important in certain areas. However, that shiny, new siding you see could be hiding a not-so-new problem.

5. Energy Efficiency:

Power is only going to cost more in  the future, so look for an energy-efficient home. Some homes have an energy rating tag on the electrical panel. Look for a high rating. If there isn’t a rating tag, ask to see previous utility bills.

6. Don’t Overbuy for the Neighborhood:

Sellers may feel their $100,000 kitchen renovation should net them a 90% return, but if the neighborhood comprises modest 1970s bungalows with small kitchens, you may have trouble getting back the premium you paid when it comes time for you to sell.