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Irvington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Irvington, Indiana is the largest historic district in Marion County, including roughly 1,600 individual land parcels on 555 acres. Named for 19th-century writer Washington Irving, the historic district is located five miles east of downtown on the western edge of Warren Township, inside the 465 loop. Originally chartered as a suburban township in 1870, Irvington was annexed by the City of Indianapolis in 1902.

Irvington was among the first planned suburbs of Indianapolis, and is important for its Victorian Romantic winding street pattern, the varied architectural styles and types, and its cultural and educational role in the city. In 1900, the Indianapolis & Greenfield Rapid Transit Company laid tracks down the center of Washington Street. Shortly thereafter, the Citizen's Street Railway ran its new electric trolley line from Irvington to downtown Indianapolis along what is now US Route 40.

Taking advantage of this new age of transportation, business owners quickly built commercial blocks on Washington Street. A new school, and other services from the city drew many new residents to the area. Homes began popping up everywhere.

Irvington quickly became a favorite haunt of the Midwest's best fine artists and writers. It was here that the famed "Irvington Group" of artists lived, met, and exhibited their art. The namesake group was led by noted artists William Forsyth, Dorothy Morlan, Clifton and Hilah Wheeler, and others. Pleasant Run Creek was a favorite subject of those landscape artists in the group.

Today, many of the artists' homes and studios remain standing. The Irvington Lodge, Bona Thompson Memorial Library, and Studio School & Gallery are public venues where arts are currently taught and displayed.

The area contains excellent examples of every major American architectural style including Italianate, French Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival. The Benton House is a charming example of the Second Empire style of architecture, and is remembered for its association with Silence Benton, president of Butler University during its early years. The Julian House was the home of George Washington Julian, famous abolitionist. Julian welcomed Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth to his Irvington home. His daughter, Grace Julian Clarke, a lifelong resident, was a statewide leader of the Indiana suffrage movement and the first female columnist for the Indianapolis Star.

Several popular events and festivals attract people to the neighborhood throughout the year. The Irvington Farmers Market is one of the most popular farmers markets in Indianapolis. There's the Annual Irvington Folk Festival, a week of performances, workshops, lecture and film offered free of charge. The Irvington Historical Society hosts an ice cream social featuring art, music, and of course, ice cream. The Irvington Garden Club sponsors annual annual events to show local gardens, homes, and art, and the Irvington Home Tour is now in its 42nd year.

The best-known Irvington event is the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, held each fall since 1947. The festival is the nation's oldest and largest Halloween festival. East Washington Street is closed through downtown to hold the street festival. Events of the week-long festival include a 5-mile run, pageant, live music, contests, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, roller derby, a "haunted puppet show," and many other fun family events.

The Irving Theatre, built in 1913, was originally used for a nickelodeon, although it served many purposes throughout the decades until it closed in the mid-1990s. There, it sat unoccupied, until it was repoened in 2005. The theatre is a hub for live music, films, art, community, and private events. With a capacity of over 700 people, The Irving is one of the city's largest venues.

Irvington, today, has more linear blocks of brick streets than any neighborhood in the city, and its naturalistic plan is considered Indianapolis' largest and most developed example of Victorian Romantic landscape design. The 400-year-old "Kile Oak" tree on Beechwood Avenue, is thought to be the oldest Bur Oak in the country, and boasts a limb spread of 125 feet, and a trunk circumference of 16 feet.

Irvington, like much of Indiana, has a history of Temperance. In 1908, 70 of the state's 92 counties forbade the sale of alcoholic beverages within their borders. Marion County was not one of them, but not all residents were happy with that decision. In 1909 the women of Irvington rose up against a proposed German Beer Garden at Wonderland Amusement Park. Although the management was within its rights to sell beer, local beer distributors, fearing a public relations nightmare, refused to sell their products to the park. To this day, a local covenant banning alcohol sales in Irvington is still on the books (but who looks at the books? ;-).

The Irvington Development Organization (IDO), was founded in 2002 to ensure that revitalization efforts remained compatible with the historic character of the Irvington community, and to enhance the quality of life for Irvington and Indianapolis residents. The IDO has had many triumphs in recent years,including luring new businesses to the neighborhood, attracting private and public investments for redevlopment of historic buildings, and awarding grants to local businesses and property owners to improve their buildings' appearances. Today, they continue to spearhead such popular community initiatives like the Irvington Streetscape Project, Irvington Green Initiative, and Irvington Neighborhood Plan.

While the community of Irvington is known for its wealth of historic homes with price ranges to fit any budget, with so many value-enhancing inititives planned for the future, Irvington may not stay affordable for long! To secure your place in Historic Irvington, Indiana, call msWoods now.

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Latest Irvington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

5365 E Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5365 E Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Levi Ritters  
These properties don't come along often. Over 6000 sqft of possibilities in Irvington. This property is zoned commercial and residential. Incredible details and character throughout. The apartment has almost 2000 sqft, hardwood floors, built-ins, boxcar c...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 6396 SqFt
$299,900
F.C. Tucker Company
39 N Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 39 N Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Downeys  
Incredible 4bd 3ba completely updated home in the heart of Irvington! This home has a great layout with open floorplan. Large kitchen with cool backsplash, marble counters, and SS appliances. 1bd and 1full bath on main level could be a second master. HUGE...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2590 SqFt
$295,000
United Real Estate Indpls
100 S Edmondson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 100 S Edmondson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: No Subdivision  
Tons of potential and possibilities on this 3.05 acre lot. Located just a 1/4 of a mile from the Shadeland/Washington St interchange, and 1 mile from the I-465/Washington St interchange. Also within 5 min. of historic Irvington, and 15 min. from downtow...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$250,000
Weichert REALTORS® Cooper Grou
701 N Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 701 N Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Emerson Ave Add  
Come check out this beautifully updated 3 bdrm/2bth Irvington home. It sits on a large corner lot with a multi level deck that is perfect for enjoying the fall weather or a cook out with the family! The backyard is fully fenced with a short stroll to the...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1525 SqFt
$249,999
Go Fish Realty
23 N Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219 23 N Audubon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Original Irvington  
Location, location, location! Check out this fantastic home located off the east side of the North Audubon circle in Historic Irvington. Features include a spacious wrap-around front porch, tall ceilings, lots of woodwork, & plenty of unique character thr...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 3019 SqFt
$245,000
RE/MAX Advanced Realty
957 E Graham Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 957 E Graham Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Ellenberger Park  
Beautiful Mid-Century Irvington gem! With original hardwood floors, fireplace, 3 season porch and huge wildscaped yard with mature trees, this 3 bedroom brick-exterior property is ready to be your new home. In such a desirable Irvington location, this wel...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1190 SqFt
$225,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
6037 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 6037 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Shearers Pleasant Run Plaza  
Beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bath Brick Home located just seconds from the heart of Historic Irvington. Full Basement with we bar and half Bath. Original Hardwood Floors in the Main Living Areas, Wood Burning Fireplace, Master Bed has a Bonus Area (Listed separa...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2664 SqFt
$225,000
Matlock Realty Group
211 S Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 211 S Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Sheltons Sub  
Irvington updated Victorian ready for you to move in for the holidays! FOUR bedroom TWO full baths plus powder room on main level. Just four homes south of the Pennsy trail. Bike, run, or walk Indy''s Cultural Trail. Main level master en suite with doub...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2971 SqFt
$219,900
RE/MAX Legends Group
736 N Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 736 N Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Woodford  
Beautiful Irvington 1920s brick bungalow in PAR 10! This sun-soaked 2 bedroom home will have you falling in love with the historical details in great condition: French doors off of the porch, original sash windows, tons of original built-in storage, canni...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2512 SqFt
$205,000
Plat Collective
26 S Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 26 S Arlington Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Original Irvington  
Charming 3BR, 1.5 BA home situated on a double lot! New carpet, laminated flooring, updated kitchen and baths, etc.! Original characteristics of the home found throughout! Covered front porch and upper level deck off the master bedroom! Large formal dinin...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2445 SqFt
$199,900
Stanifer & Associates Real Est
960 N Graham Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 960 N Graham Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Ellenberger Park  
This majestic 3 bed / 1 Bath Dutch Revival in the heart of Irvington still has all its original charm, hardwood floors and arched entries. Imagine enjoying your morning coffee on the expansive front porch, family gatherings in the living room and hearty m...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2440 SqFt
$199,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
5458 E St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5458 E St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Ellenberger Plaza  
Step through the gorgeous front door and into an Irvington classic, a brick Justus-built bungalow with a huge picture window overlooking Ellenberger Park, the jewel in Irvington's crown You'll be enchanted by the arches and hardwood floors, the sensible l...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2214 SqFt
$190,000
Gallery of Homes Real Estate
6055 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 6055 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Shearers Pleasant Run Plaza  
Great location. Possible 3 bedroom 1 full and 2 1/2 baths. Located just minutes from the Heart of Historic Irvington. Within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Pleasant run golf course is just around the corner too. Both bedrooms downstairs hav...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2352 SqFt
$184,500
Exodus Realty
5155 S Atherton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5155 S Atherton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: No Subdivision  
Gorgeous Irvington Bungalow located on the former Butler University campus. Has the MCM look/60's, but was built in 1947. Beautiful refinished hardwood floors. Galley kitchen/full basement, One and a half car deep garage with 2 doors! Large fenced back ya...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1946 SqFt
$159,900
Artisan, REALTORS®
448 S Catherwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 448 S Catherwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Holloway & Jenisons  
Desirable 2 bedroom brick ranch close to all the shops and restaurants Historic Irvington has to offer. Move in ready with new electric, plumbing, flooring, bath, roof, garage, kitchen cabinets and granite countertops. Spacious great room with ceiling fan...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1700 SqFt
$150,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro W
5209 E Walnut Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5209 E Walnut Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Emerson Ave Add  
REDUCED to SELL! Great buy on this Classic Irvington bungalow just a few houses west of Ellenberger.Park. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION Formal living room with built in bookcases and gas masonry fireplace could be woodburning again.. Beautiful hardwood floo...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1240 SqFt
$129,975
RE/MAX Legends Group
418 S Sheridan Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 418 S Sheridan Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Holloway & Jenisons  
Incredible Irvington bungalow! 2BR, 1BA. Kitchen has new flooring, new stainless appliances, small porch for storage. Nice woodwork & arches throughout. Built in buffet in dining, vinyl windows, siding and A/C, furnace. Bathroom recently remodeled with ne...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 884 SqFt
$125,000
Triple E Realty, LLC

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