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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

4450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hannamans  
Home to many of the most architecturally and significant homes, Meridian is the preeminent St On almost 2 acres the home retains the character of a bygone era, redesigned to reflect today's busy lifestyle. Re designed kitchen with radiant heat floors, op...
4 Beds, 7 Bath Areas, 8432 SqFt
$1,199,000
F.C. Tucker Company
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
$1,150,000
Berkshire Hathaway Home
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
$699,900
Flat Fee Realty, LLC
502 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 502 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
CHARMING HOME IN THE DESIRABLE AREA OF BUTLER TARKINGTON BOASTING UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS ALL THROUGHOUT AND A FULLY FENCED BACKYARD PROVIDING A PRIVATE & RELAXING RETREAT! LOVELY ORIGINAL HARDWOODS, FRESH PAINT & EXTENSIVE MOLDINGS. INVITING FOYER LEADS I...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 5942 SqFt
$579,000
F.C. Tucker Company
201 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 201 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
All the renovation work has been done here! Fab new kitchen with white cabs and white marble, and SS appliances- light and bright! With wonderful windows to watch kids playing in fully fenced yard. Main floor boasts quarter sawn oak floor reminiscent of w...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3022 SqFt
$473,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
32 West 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 32 West 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Crawford Reifeis  
NICE NEW PRICE!! Perfect blend of space, charm & updates and the best location! Outdoor living features a slate patio, brick patio & fenced back yard. The full & finished bone-dry basement has the home's 4th FULL bathroom!  All 3 bedrooms have FULL bat...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 5010 SqFt
$444,900
Carpenter, REALTORS®
238 West 44th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 238 West 44th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
Motivated seller! Bring us an offer! Move-in ready Storybook Tudor located on a quiet street in popular Butler Tarkington. Updates include all of the 2nd floor (down to the studs), addition/renovation in 2017 featuring a new master bedroom w/ full bath, ...
5 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3227 SqFt
$399,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
4216 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4216 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Fairmount  
WOW don't miss this one! TOTALLY updated 5 Bedroom home close to Butler Campus! * Main level boasts all hardwoods & Large Great rm featuring soaring ceilings, wall of windows, cozy rebuilt wood burning fireplace * All open to elegant dining rm & sunny kit...
5 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3338 SqFt
$375,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4732 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4732 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns W Meridian  
Welcome home to 4732 Kenwood Avenue. Ideally located in the heart of Butler Tarkington and within blocks to Butler University, parks, trails, and neighborhood restaurants & retail. Charming picket fence and screened-in front porch invite you inside this q...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3000 SqFt
$359,999
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
149 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 149 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
Welcome home to this classic brick home perfectly located in Butler Tarkington! Quality & historic charm w/ arched doorways throughout, original hardwoods & rich woodwork. Features LR w/ woodburning fireplace open to DR. Eat-In Kitchen includes Breakfast ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3204 SqFt
$349,900
F.C. Tucker Company
5277 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5277 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Don't miss out on this move in ready charmer near Butler University! Hardwood floors throughout, arched doorways, gorgeous french doors that let in light and access to the covered porch, patio, and fenced back garden! 3 Bdrm, 2.5 Bath, partially finished ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2808 SqFt
$335,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5329 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5329 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Beautiful Butler-Tarkington Home! This well maintained home boasts 3 Bedrooms and 1.5 Baths, lots of natural light, and hardwood floors throughout. The living room features a quaint wood burning fireplace and lots natural light. All bedrooms have beautif...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2040 SqFt
$312,900
Berkshire Hathaway Home
3914 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3914 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Completely renovated & redesigned Butler Tarkington 4BR, 2.5 bath w/new 18x18 detached garage for off street parking. Home is beautifully appointed w/ main floor master, huge walk-in closet, private master bath w/massive tiled walk in shower, plus dual va...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2331 SqFt
$290,000
M.S. Woods Real Estate, LLC
517 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 517 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Beverly Heights  
Welcome home to this fully renovated home in Butler Tarkington! This modern design & open floor plan will impress you. Updated home w/ rich hardwoods, wood burning fireplace, built-ins & updated Kitchen while keeping the original original charm. Kitchen i...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2574 SqFt
$289,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5024 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5024 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Just 1 block from Butler's campus & 5 homes North of the international School of IN is this sweet, 1539sf Story & 1/2, 3BR,1BA bungalow w/loads of character plus contemporary updates & charm. Original hardwoods in the LR (w/fireplace), formal DR, all 3BRs...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2699 SqFt
$284,900
Carpenter, REALTORS®
620 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 620 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butlers Add To College  
INVESTOR ALERT !!! 5 Bedroom and 2 bathroom totally renovated on Butler University Campus. Walking distance to everything Butler has to offer. Newly renovated head to toe. This one is beautiful and has it all. Currently being used as an Air B&B but a...
5 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2420 SqFt
$279,000
KORO Development, LLC
4128 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4128 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Ketchams North Place  
Spacious 3 bedroom 2 full bathrooms updated home with a BASEMENT!! Main level features 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, large living area, and a galley kitchen. Perfect for all your entertaining needs. Upstairs is the LARGE main bedroom and a full bathroom. H...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2394 SqFt
$267,500
Annette Fields
36 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 36 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Charming bungalow nestled in-between Butler Tarkington and Meridian-Kessler! Home boasts 2 bedrooms (office is easy 3rd br) and 2 full baths. Several modern updates: newer roof, siding, windows, SS appliances, black granite counters and white tile backspl...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2160 SqFt
$259,900
Rise Real Estate
149 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 149 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Beverly Heights  
Opportunity to rehab in "Butler-Tarkington"! Front & Back covered porches * Livingroom with wood burning fireplace * Separate Dining Room * Kitchen with Breakfast Room * 2 Bedrooms and full bath on the main level * Large bedroom with adjoining dressing r...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2982 SqFt
$256,000
Preferred Real Estate Services
319 West 43rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 319 West 43rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Corydon  
You’ll love this stunning 4-bedroom home located just blocks from Butler University in Butler Tarkington, currently rented at $2,050.00 per month until the end of May. Great past rental history. This location makes is perfect for a homeowner or invest...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2160 SqFt
$229,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
4725 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4725 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hinsley  
Great Two Bedroom One Bath, Full Basement and Original Hard Wood Floors.
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1440 SqFt
$224,500
Real Estate Investment Venture
4646 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4646 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fairview Heights  
If you were any closer to Butler University, it would be on campus. Step onto the original hardwood floors of this charming 2 bedroom/1 bath home that is a block from the excitement of Hinkle Fieldhouse and Clowes Memorial Hall. The home offers a screen...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1595 SqFt
$185,000
Envoy Real Estate, LLC
3913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Welcome home to this South Butler Tarkington home that is a charming 3 bedroom 2 full bath. Bright kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and eat-in area. Has fresh paint throughout and new carpet. Very private back yard and covered...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2600 SqFt
$174,900
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
3905 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3905 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C G Weiss Mapleton  
Cute. Quaint. Adorable. This 2 bed 1 bath remodel is turnkey and ready for you to move right in! Completed remodeled in 2018, everything has been touched from the floor to the ceiling! Backyard has been completed fenced in. Close proximity to everyth...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1856 SqFt
$159,900
eXp Realty, LLC
4056 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4056 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
THIS DUPLEX IS LOCATED WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM BUTLER UNIVERSITY. 1 BEDROOM 1 BATH ON EACH SIDE. NO
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 952 SqFt
$132,000
Platinum Real Estate Services
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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