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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

4359 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4359 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hannamans  
A rare opportunity to own something truly special. You will feel the quality the moment you walk thru the door of this French stunner. Amazing attention to detail from top to bottom. Original stone floors in Entry, LR & DR. Custom kitchen w/top of the lin...
4 Beds, 6 Bath Areas, 6031 SqFt
$999,999
Berkshire Hathaway Home
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
29 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 29 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Meridian Park  
Meridian Kessler Arts & Crafts style home has modern finishes and open floor plan. Custom kitchen has massive center island and includes Jen-Air appliances. Luxurious Master suite features walk-in California closet, Restoration Hardware vanity & Tile show...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3602 SqFt
$649,900
Flat Fee Realty, LLC
319 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 319 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Stunning rehab steps from Butler campus. This home has been taken down to the studs and built back w/ an added 2nd story creating a 4 bedroom plus loft master piece! No detail overlooked w/ only quality finishes. From the welcoming porch to the open floor...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2822 SqFt
$599,900
RE/MAX Advanced Realty
5154 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5154 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cedar Crest  
Storybook 1932 4 bedroom 2.5 bath Butler-Tarkington Tudor with impeccable character & charm. Ornate wood moldings, leaded windows, old-world front door, built-ins, hardwood floors, marble counters, intricate iron staircase & stately limestone fireplace. ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3723 SqFt
$529,900
RE/MAX Ability Plus
4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
Welcome to the city's first high rise situated minutes from downtown and steps from the RedLine! 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 with 3 be...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3479 SqFt
$499,900
F.C. Tucker Company
321 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 321 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Immaculate Butler Tarkington home rests on one of the community’s most iconic blocks and on an amazing 0.26 acre lot. Inside you’ll find a clean and updated space with the charm and character of a 1931 bungalow. Inviting front porch, beautiful hardwoo...
5 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2140 SqFt
$469,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
333 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 333 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Tell your friend's that you're moving to Butler-Tarkington's MOST COVETED STREET! This 1st-class 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home has everything your heart desires! All the charm of it's time has been preserved, while ensuring every update you require. Beautiful &...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2708 SqFt
$449,900
F.C. Tucker Company
4209 North Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4209 North Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
This home is close to Butler & Marian Universities, Newfield Art Museum, Tarkington Park & Interstate-65. This is NEW construction & unique! It's built for inter-generational living. Or you can start your real estate empire by living in one unit & renting...
6 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3600 SqFt
$399,999
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
5280 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5280 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Classic Cape Cod in the heart of Butler Tarkington! Situated on a lush and private lot, this home boasts charm & character throughout...and brand new windows! The main level offers generous living spaces, an easy, circular floor plan, original hardwood fl...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3077 SqFt
$394,900
F.C. Tucker Company
5451 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5451 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
CHECK OUT THIS 1939 HISTORICAL CHARMER with all updated mechanicals in coveted Butler Tarkington area. This beautiful home has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths home with a home office. Enter through the beautiful front covered porch where you can enjoy time ...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3386 SqFt
$389,000
Green Pocket Realty
5270 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5270 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Charming 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in beautiful Butler-Tarkington! Layout is perfect for today’s buyer. Main level owner’s suite complete w/ double vanity & huge walk-in closet w/ custom shelves. Open Kitchen-Living-Dining layout has a tremendous amoun...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2140 SqFt
$340,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
521 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 521 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
A gorgeous home located in Butler Tarkington. This home offers an open floor concept with 12ft ceilings, new laminate flooring in the main areas and new carpet in the bedrooms. Beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops and glass tile backsplash, updated...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1491 SqFt
$249,900
Trahan Realty Group
529 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 529 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
INCREDIBLE BUTLER LOCATION // Welcome home to this thoughtfully renovated 3 bed, 2 bath Craftsman. You'll love how this house sits perfectly atop a hill with neighborhood views from the front porch. The beautiful entry features a tray ceiling, original fi...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2592 SqFt
$239,900
Plat Collective
3832 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3832 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Mapleton  
A great opportunity to purchase a home in Butler-Tarkington area, 3Bed 1.5 bath for under 250k. This home features an open concept foyer / family / dining and kitchen on the main level. 3 large bedrooms on the second floor with a finished loft area that...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2845 SqFt
$229,900
Plat Collective
4029 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4029 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
BACK ON MARKET WITH MANY UPGRADES! New roof, New gutters, New AC, New SS appliances in addition to the already fully remodeled interior and new exterior paint! This cozy 3 bedroom home is close to downtown in desirable Butler-Tarkington. Detached 2 car g...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1811 SqFt
$220,000
The Cascade Team Real Estate
4217 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4217 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Corydon  
Adorable home that has had extensive updates. Investment opportunity for a renter/renters, including students for Butler University. 2 beds and a loft upstairs offer opportunity for a separate living/sitting space. The basement has been partially finished...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2160 SqFt
$209,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
417~2D419 West 39th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 417~2D419 West 39th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: H E & A Phelps  
Amazing South Butler Tarkington duplex with one side that has it's own master suite! One side is a standard 2 bedroom 1 bath duplex while the other has the 2/1 configuration PLUS an extra bedroom and full bath addition on the back main level so perfect f...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$199,900
No Limit Real Estate, LLC
3953 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3953 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Illinois St  
Beautifully renovated, spacious 2Bd/1Ba home in South Butler neighborhood. Drive the streets and see the almost endless renovation underway...only this one is done! Home features new roof, original HW floors, gorgeous molding, gas fireplace, brand new kit...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1804 SqFt
$189,900
Asset One Real Estate Company
4626 Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4626 Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fairview Heights  
HISTORIC BUTLER-TARKINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD! Traditional Style Bungalow has spacious upper Dormer Bedroom with built-in storage. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, Formal living and dining rms, Office/study, space saver Kitchen, Range/oven, Refrigerator, Washer, & Dryer ...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1452 SqFt
$182,900
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  
Exquisite Condo in desirable Tarkington Tower. Newly updated home offers an open floor plan, sparkling hardwood floors, modern appeal, custom finishes and an abundance of natural light. Warm living room and /dining room  with access to sunroom. Kitchen f...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 784 SqFt
$174,900
eXp Realty, LLC
517 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 517 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Located in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood you'll find this 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow. Large back yard, completely fenced in for your privacy. Easy access to downtown with walking and biking trails, and easy access to Newfields. Great opportunity and ...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2240 SqFt
$124,900
eXp Realty, LLC
800 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 800 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Jeanette I Neighbours  
Just blocks away from Butler University, Newfields and close to Marian University! This quaint 3 bedroom/1 bath home with tree lined front yard ready new owners. Located on a corner lot, with a large storage shed in the fenced back yard. All appliances...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1130 SqFt
$120,000
F.C. Tucker Company

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