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Butler-Tarkington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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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.

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.

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Latest Butler Tarkington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

5220 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5220 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Washington Square  
This stunning H L Simon built Butler Tarkington French Eclectic home features larger rooms with a circular floor plan including a formal living room, dining room, den, sun room, kitchen, breakfast room, attached 3 car garage. Beautiful hardwoods throughou...
5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas, 6247 SqFt
$999,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5007 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5007 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Charming Butler Tarkington home completely remodeled by Second Story! Main floor master suite with luxurious bathroom and large walk in closet.Gourmet kitchen is open to the great room with fireplace and features large center island/quartz counter tops/...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4100 SqFt
$599,900
F.C. Tucker Company
5034 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5034 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Welcome to the heart of Butler Tarkington! This English Tudor will impress you with 4 large bedrooms plus a bonus room, a master suite on the main, a sunroom, up-dated baths and kitchen, a fully finished basement with daylight windows, a family room with ...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3536 SqFt
$479,900
Carpenter, REALTORS®
5410 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5410 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
This is a beautiful home in the Butler Tarkington area has amazing curb appeal and all new landscape! Freshly painted and touched up. Newer 2.5 detached garage, newer driveway, walks, gutters, newer privacy fence. You will love this home. Kitchen has so...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3877 SqFt
$459,900
Home Now Realty, LLC
4734 Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4734 Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hinesleys Fairview Park  
Trad American 4-Square meticulously maintained by same owners for 50yrs,less than half block from Hinkle Fieldhouse!Great lrg Kit w/Ctr Isle,prep sink,butcher block,tons of Cabs.Frml DR & Bkst Rm.Den & Bkfst Rm could be combined w/full bath to make Main l...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3528 SqFt
$399,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
5101 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5101 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cedar Crest  
Outstanding Student Rental Opportunity! Beautifully updated Cape Cod style home sits directly across the street from Butler University. Its the perfect location for Professors, students or families. Less than one block from the International School & just...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3120 SqFt
$389,900
Highgarden Real Estate
219 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 219 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
A classic four bed, two bath Tudor-style home in desirable Butler-Tarkington. Original details include refinished hardwood flooring, crown molding and fireplace. The kitchen was recently updated with granite countertops and ceramic backsplash. The spaciou...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2478 SqFt
$379,900
Pearl Street Realty Group
5474 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5474 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Amazing Space in this one of a kind 3 BR, 3 Full Bath Ranch Home with Walkout Lower Level/Private AirBnB Ready Guest Suite w/ Living Rm, BR w/ Egress Window, Full Bath & Kitchen located in the heart of Butler Tarkington and .5 blocks south of The Shoppes ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2784 SqFt
$375,000
RE/MAX Legends Group
4000 North Meridian ~2312j Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 North Meridian ~2312j Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
High rise living at its best! Embrace the city views from the 12th floor! This amazing open living captures the view from every room. The open gourmet kitchen includes granite, built-in Miele coffee machine, breakfast bar, and wine cooler. Pamper yourself...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1640 SqFt
$359,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5236 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5236 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A B Carters  
Charming Butler-Tarkington home featuring tasteful updates! The gourmet kitchen offers upgraded cabinets with quartz counters and stainless appliances including 36” gas range and natural stone floors. The abundance of natural light through the homes cu...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2904 SqFt
$344,900
317Realty.com
4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
Amazing intimate condo fills all your needs and it is on the 15th floor with amazing city views! One bedroom with laundry in your condo. The most beautiful high rise in Indianapolis! Love downtown, but not sure you want to be in the heart of it? Live nort...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1100 SqFt
$275,000
F.C. Tucker Company
331 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 331 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hampton Ridge  
Charming house in the heart of Butler Tarkington. All new Floors and backyard landscaping have been completed in last 30 days. This home is 2 blocks from Butler university.
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1846 SqFt
$269,900
Blue Sky Realty LLC
5102 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5102 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cedar Crest  
CHARM AND CHARACTER ABOUND IN THIS BUTLER TARKINGTON HOME! LARGE LIVING ROOM W ORIGINAL HARDWOODS AND WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE! FORMAL DINING ROOM WITH CROWN MOLDING! EAT-IN KITCHEN W MAPLE CABINETS AND PLENTY OF COUNTER SPACE! FINISHED BASEMENT FAMILY ROOM...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2500 SqFt
$260,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4118 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4118 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Skillfully done renovation from head to toe! This 3 bedroom 2 full bath craftsman beauty exudes quality throughout. Beautiful hardwood floors welcome you into the open, spacious first floor. Kitchen offers soft touch close cabinets, quartz counter tops, ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2370 SqFt
$255,000
RE/MAX At The Crossing
3931 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3931 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Illinois St  
Beautifully updated home in Butler Tarkington. Original hardwood flooring throughout this 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bath home. Bathroom on every floor, even in the basement, which can be converted into more living space. Brand new kitchen cabinets, counter tops...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2672 SqFt
$235,000
Ala Carte Realty
521 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 521 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Fantastic studs in remodel in the heart of Butler Tarkington. This 3 bed 2 full bath home offers a complete open floor plan. Enjoy the large master on-suite with tub and separate shower and large walk-in closet. Great room offers lots of natural light and...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1491 SqFt
$229,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
Capture the lifestyle: Indy's best Midtown condo community! Privacy, fantastic kitchen with stainless steel Bosch built-in oven, microwave & electric cooktop, DuChateau luxe vinyl floors, laundry hookups, Karastan wool carpeting & ample closets. Totally r...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1125 SqFt
$225,000
McLane Realty
329 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 329 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Treser's  
3 Bedroom 2 bath bungalow in Butler Tarkington area with a ton of updates, Everything is new... This is a full rehab with a great master bedroom/bathroom up stairs. Open main floor layout. Lot of cabinets in large kitchen with pantry. It is a 2 minute dri...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2528 SqFt
$189,900
Discover Properties, LLC
315 Northern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 315 Northern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Bungalow Park  
Open concept, bright and freshly renovated. All new kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. New bathroom fixtures, flooring, windows and fresh paint. New drywall and new insulation added to exterior walls and attic. All n...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2356 SqFt
$179,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4017 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4017 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
Fully renovated south Butler-Tarkington bungalow in 'Great Places 2020' initiative area! Easy access to downtown, IMA, Butler University & local eats! Steps from Tarkington Park (with recent $6 million renovation). Enter this wonderfully reimagined space ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2250 SqFt
$175,000
Plat Collective
5425 Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5425 Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
 
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$175,000
Indy Home Shop LLC
4134 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4134 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Large Brick 3bdrm home in Butler Tarkington area has charm and character you will love. Original Hardwood floors in Great Room & Family Room, lovely retro mosaic tile floor in Dining Rm and front of fireplce. Kitchen with plenty cabinets and new stainless...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3410 SqFt
$174,900
American Wholesale Properties,
520 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 520 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Columbia Place  
Charming home with loads of updates and upgrades. Main level features beautiful living room with fireplace, enclosed porch and large family room with bar. Bedrooms are great sizes and have great character. Updates include new furnace & Central air, water ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2307 SqFt
$150,000
United Real Estate Indpls
426 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 426 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
Move in Ready! Great use of space with an open floor plan, updated throughout while keeping the charm. Large living room w/fireplace leading to dining room and into kitchen. 3 beds & 1 full bath are upstairs, additional half bath on main level. Neutral pa...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1619 SqFt
$144,900
F.C. Tucker Company
336 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 336 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
Lots of charm and personality in this large home! Home has beautiful hardwood floors, built-in book shelves, high ceilings, large dining room, fireplace, covered porch and so much more. This is a must see home!
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1855 SqFt
$109,900
RE/MAX Results
616 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 616 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Close to Butler University, here is your chance to get into a thriving neighborhood. Close to Broad Ripple and minutes from downtown, 105x160
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$93,500
RE/MAX Centerstone
314 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 314 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Instant income! New 12 month lease just signed in March. This is a 2 bedroom bungalow in the Butler-Tarkington area. Glassed in front porch, large living room. Jack and Jill bathroom. Stairs take you up the the finished attic and the options up there are ...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1920 SqFt
$85,000
eXp Realty, LLC
4014 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4014 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
This 3-bedroom/2-bathroom home would be ideal for a first-time home buyer looking to do some renovation work or for an investor looking to add to their portfolio. Situated very close to Butler University's campus, this neighborhood is seeing a lot of gro...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1638 SqFt
$74,900
RE/MAX Advanced Realty
530 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 530 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Close to Butler University and Broad Ripple. Minutes to downtown Indianapolis 40x65
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$45,000
RE/MAX Centerstone
4113 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4113 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
No sign in yard. Please do your own due diligence. Property sold AS IS. Listing Broker & Seller assume no responsibility & make no guarantees, warranties or representations as to the availability or accuracy of information contained herein. A boundary (st...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$39,900
Ebeyer Realty, LLC
340 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 340 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
ATTENTION INVESTORS!! This is a great opportunity in Butler/Tarkington. If you don't know, there is A LOT going on in this area. Located near Butler University. Could make an excellent addition to your buy and hold portfolio. OR, if you're an experienced ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1688 SqFt
$29,900
BLP Realty Group

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