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Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Lockerbie Square is the historical residential district of Indy. The oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, the district features an eclectic mix of Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne homes. It was the first district in Indianapolis to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just east of Downtown, Lockerbie offers historic single family homes as well as impressive repurposed condos. Take the walking tour and admire the history of our great city.


A Small Oasis in the Big City

Stepping into this neighborhood is like stepping back in time 150 years. Well-kept 19th-century homes line the ancient cobblestone streets, with gorgeous alleyways, stone carriage stoops, hitching posts, ancient curbs, brick sidewalks, and a tree canopy rivaled by none.

The neighborhood takes its name from the Lockerbie family who platted out the district in the mid 1800s. Skilled laborers and artisans built homes alongside wealthy retailers and furniture manufacturers. The neighborhood's most famous resident was the "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley, who lived in Lockerbie Square for the last 23 years of his life. The home is now the James Whitcomb Riley Museum.

During the years following the First World War, Lockerbie Square residents migrated north beyond 38th Street. The big houses of the neighborhood were turned into boarding houses with absentee landlords, and the small cottages were abandoned, falling quickly into disrepair. Streets and sidewalks crumbled. By 1958, Lockerbie Square was all but a ghost town. It was then that the neighborhood attracted the efforts of the Metropolitan Planning Department of Marion County.

Shortly thereafter, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (HLFI) was founded by Eli Lilly, Edward Pierre, Edward James, and Wilbur Peat. In 1966 they established the Lockerbie Square committee, which — together with the HLFI & the Marion County Historical Society — shepherded a bill through the Indiana General Assembly that created the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC).

Over the years, the HLFI purchased and restored several historically important residences, including the Staub House at 342 North College Ave., the Holler Cottage at 324 North Park Ave., and the George Schribner Cottage, which it moved across the city to North Park Ave. in 1977. By 1970 the HLFI had encountered so many complications with the Tax Reform Act of 1969 and difficulties with estates, absentee landlords, tenants, and transients, that it turned its attention elsewhere.

In 1973, the Lockerbie Square People's Club took over the reigns. Working with the HLFI and the IHPC, as well as the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the Lugar administration, the Club got the General Assembly to help fund a staff for the Commission. Inspired by the 1976 Bicentennial, and joined by the Junior League, the Indianapolis Garden Club, and the Department of Transportation, these groups worked together to bring noticeable improvements to the neighborhood, including the Victorian street lamps, cobblestones, sidewalks, and tree replacements that we see today.

In 1976 a group of residents formed Lockerbie Square, Inc. Their new ideas and improvements were consolidated and reflected in the Lockerbie Square Historic District Preservation Area Plan I. Following this plan, the Lockerbie Glove Factory Condominiums were rehabilitated in 1982-83. Since then, many new townhouses have been built in the neighborhood. The challenges faced by Lockerbie Square today no longer involve the halting of demolition and decay, but shaping and managing the neighborhood's character as a historical urban neighborhood.

Such a dear little street it is,
nestled away from the noise of the city and the heat of the day
In cool shady coverts of whispering trees.
With their leaves lifted up to shake hands with the breeze
Which in all its wide wanderings never may meet
With a resting-place fairer than Lockerbie Street!
— excerpt from "Lockerbie Street"
by James Witcomb Riley

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251 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 251 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Bates & Fletchers  
Spectacular home with exceptional views of downtown. The 2 private balconies offer exceptional views of downtown and are perfect for entertaining. The balcony off the kitchen and dining area features a built-in grill while the other is located one level a...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4738 SqFt
$1,675,000
Springer Real Estate Co
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1883 SqFt
$783,600
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1793 SqFt
$717,600
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1407 SqFt
$567,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1470 SqFt
$564,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1361 SqFt
$531,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1361 SqFt
$525,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
346 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 346 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Holts  
Looking in Lockerbie --here it is! Primitive charm meets classic updates in this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath farmhouse on gorgeous brick lined street. Wide open kitchen welcomes at the front door w/center island, ss appliances & granite counter tops. Hardwood line...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2620 SqFt
$525,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
507 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 507 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Brownstones At Lockerbie  
Some of the world's most prestigious addresses are on Park Avenue and now just like Monopoly you can own a Park avenue Brownstone for yourself! This Chic Downtown Indy town-home scores a 100 in walkablity! Step out your front door and you are minutes from...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2852 SqFt
$485,600
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1217 SqFt
$472,400
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
725 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 725 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles Hrs Sub  
Don't miss out! This updated home offers far more in location, size, and condition than you might have thought possible at this price point. If you've been thinking of a vehicle-free existence this home is walk-able to multiple groceries, Mass Ave, the ...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1871 SqFt
$400,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 992 SqFt
$387,600
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Prime downtown living at its finest! Unique opportunity to live in the historic Glove Company building in downtown Indy. Chic floor plan offers a wonderful mixture of views and textures-from the exposed brick walls to the breathtaking cityscape views. Har...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1197 SqFt
$312,500
Encore Sotheby's International
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Lovely one bedroom/one bath condo in the historic Lockerbie Glove Company Condominiums. Beautiful beamed ceilings and brick walls give this home a wonderful loft feeling. The raised living room add a great dimension for entertaining or just relaxing. T...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1037 SqFt
$244,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz

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