I lived in Alva some time back and moved to Wisconsin. I cannot tell you how much I missed the place. I am on the way home as I write this as I have obtained a realtor to help me find a home. If you have kids you will be happy to know that the school system is awesome. There is a strong relationship between teachers, students, and parents. Principals door is always open. After a shot periiod you are known on sight. Its a peaceful place to live and raise a family. Nature surrounds you, outside activities are abundant and unlike most places kids kind of like to be outside. So many things to do. You have the advantage of living in a country setting, but close to the mall!!lol. Distance to major shopping is about the same as crossing town in a large city. Roads are safe, low crimerate and tons of friendly people. Horse owners paradise as there are miles and miles of horse, hiking, and bike trails. Boaters paradise. Very protected from major storms. Well I got to get to packing so I can come home, Wishing you the best of luck in your move, you will no regreat it!!!!