Butler-Tarkington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale
The Butler-Tarkington area encases Butler University just north of Downtown Indianapolis offering a small town college feel near the heart of a big city. The name is derived from Butler University and the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Booth Tarkington.
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This Stunning 5 Bedroom/3.5 Bath Butler Tarkington home sits on over 1/4 acre! The backyard is fully enclosed with a privacy fence, New Fireplace, New Extended Con...
5 Beds 4 Bath Areas 4049 SqFt
Amazing opportunity to live with the stars above the treetops! High rise living and maintenance free lifestyle at its best - Tarkington Tower offers the best there i...
4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3479 SqFt
UNIQUE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Classic Butler Tarkington ranch on 3 lots across the street from Butler University. This 5 bedroom, 4 bath home, currently leased to g...
5 Beds 4 Bath Areas 4160 SqFt
Welcome to the heart of Meridian Kessler/Butler Tarkington area! Rare 5 bedroom, 2 full bath classic English Tudor with all the charm and character you've been looki...
5 Beds 3 Bath Areas 4623 SqFt
BUTLER TARKINGTON BEAUTY! This Classic English Tudor is a SHOWSTOPPER! 3 Bed/2 Full bath home in Prime location! Walking distance to Butler Univ and the Illinois S...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2928 SqFt
Fall in love with this character filled home in Butler Tarkington area w/ easy access to downtown. Architectural features include gleaming hardwoods, arched entrywa...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 3717 SqFt
If you are seeking “la dolce vita” look no further. This extra special unit has been reconfigured and has gone through a comprehensive luxury renovation. No nee...
2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1640 SqFt
Build your dream house on this lot in the hot Butler Tarkington area. Join the those who have built new construction in this ideal location near Butler University, ...
0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt
A fabulous luxury condo remodel. This is 2 units combined overlooking Meridian St historic corridor. Ease of access to Downtown, Ripple, Keystone Crossing. Walls of...
2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2080 SqFt
This rare find 1st floor condo at Tarkington Tower is completely updated & ready for your gracious lifestyle. 2 BRs plus Den, 2.5 baths, hard surface flooring, gourm...
2 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2200 SqFt
Secure living with 24 hr door staff will delight you from the moment you pull up to the 16 story tower! This stunning combined unit is one of a kind w/ 3 bed/3.5 ba ...
3 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3479 SqFt
Butler Tarkington is calling your name! Come & see this majestic Colonial that proves pride of ownership! Step inside to a welcoming living rm area, beautiful hardwo...
4 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2380 SqFt
This lovely home is move in ready!! Wow the charm and space that this home has is absolutely the home you want to see! Living room, Dining room, 4 bedrooms, large b...
4 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2496 SqFt
This is a Luxury Smart House with Vaulted Ceilings 3 bed 2 bath with Remote controlled ceiling fans (3 light options available in living room) , all of the top ameni...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1400 SqFt
Amazing high rise condo in perfect location in Indy! Beautifully updated kitchen, bath and freshly painted. The timeless shutters enhance the enclosed balcony and go...
1 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1000 SqFt
Adorable and updated 3 bedroom house steps away from Hoagies and Hops and Butler campus. Large laundry room with a deck off the master bath. You can cozy up to your ...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2096 SqFt
Investors Special! 3bed/2bath cash flowing property in Butler-Tarkington. This remodeled home has a detached 2 car garage, new roof, windows, bathrooms and kitchen f...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2276 SqFt
Huge Butler-Tarkington 5b/2ba (2,138 sqft) property with new flooring, updating plumbing, new doors, light fixtures, kitchen and baths, windows, central air, water h...
5 Beds 2 Bath Areas 3398 SqFt
**Priced to Sell! ** Beautifully updated bungalow in crown hill with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. This former 2 bedroom, 1 bath house now has a new and spacious 3rd ...
3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1350 SqFt
One block from Tarkington Park!!! Spacious 2 bedroom home with hardwood floors in highly sought after Butler Tarkington neighborhood. Charming built-in cabinets in ...
2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2750 SqFt
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The neighborhood, originally known as "Mapleton" (due to the large number of maple trees in the area) began as a German farming settlement in the 1840s. The settlement was connected to the railway in the 1860s. In 1890, the city's electric street car system ran a line through the neighborhood. These "trolleys" provided city residents with a fast efficient means of mass transit that made possible residential development in areas farther removed from the city.
By 1898, 350 streetcars ran through the community, providing rapid access to all parts of the growing city. Mapleton was annexed by Indianapolis in 1902, and most of the rest of the neighborhood was annexed by 1906. Residential development took off in the 1910s and 1920s, and the neighborhood was completely built-out by the end of WWII.
Consisting mainly of working-class and upper-middle-class households, much more upscale homes can be found along the western edge of Meridian Street and those parts of Illinois Street north of 40th. Butler-Tarkington is known for its stunning residential architecture. The neighborhood was named after nearby Butler University, which relocated here in 1928, and famous writer, Booth Tarkington.
Crown Hill Cemetery marks the southern boundary of the neighborhood. Dedicated in 1864, the 555-acre cemetary is the third largest non-governmental cemetery in the United States, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetary is built on the summit of "Strawberry Hill" (which has since been renamed "The Crown"), a high point overlooking the city. It's the final resting place for many well-known people, including President Benjamin Harrison, and Vice Presidents Charles Fairbanks, Thomas Hendricks, and Thomas Marshall. The gravesite of poet James Whitcomb Riley also overlooks the city from atop "The Crown".
Eager to boost business, the Indianapolis Street Railway Company purchased 200 acres of wooded area along the Central Canal, north of the cemetary, and developed the area into a park featuring a restaurant, bowling alley, refreshment stand, merry-go-round, and picnic area. Outdoor plays were staged on the banks of the canal, and band concerts became a Sunday tradition.
The park helped redeem the image of the canal, which until then had been considered an eyesore. In 1885 the Indianapolis Water Company (who owned the canal) began offering boat rides to the cemetery from the bridge at Indiana Avenue. Relatives and friends of the deceased, picnickers, and courting couples all took advantage of the service. Canoeing on the canal became a popular pastime.
This change in public attitudes toward the canal, combined with the attractions of Fairview Park, and the freedom afforded by the trolley, all combined to stimulate the residential development of what later became known as Butler-Tarkington.