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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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Latest Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 527 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mcquats  
The magnificent Lockerbie home was originally constructed in 1890 and painstakingly renovated in recent years. Majestic staircase, warm hardwoods, and large windows beyond beckon you inside. The home is host to many extraordinary spaces, including; a form...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 5864 SqFt
$1,999,000
Encore Sotheby's International
542 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 542 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
The epitome of Location, Location, Location! This Lockerbie Square home lives up to the neighborhood’s well-regarded reputation. Flourishing architectural details, both inside an out, will leave you speechless! Exceptional original details, such as in...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 6022 SqFt
$1,250,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
635 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 635 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fletchers Sub  
Pure class! Stately living offered in one of Downtown Indy’s most sought-after neighborhoods! This Tom Jones built home delivers the historic charm that Lockerbie is known for, while offering the style and livability of a modern home. Beauty is found...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 5100 SqFt
$1,250,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
719 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 719 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Davidson Add  
Beautifully designed contemporary building with stunning view of downtown skyline. Building is currently zoned and used as office but can be converted to residential. Residential conversion requires interior modifications and Historic District approval. S...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3200 SqFt
$750,000
Citify, LLC
504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: 500 Park Residences  
Completely custom move-in ready downtown condo awaits you in this 2 bed, 2 bath Park 500 condo with 10' ceilings located in historic Lockerbie just 2 blocks off Mass Ave! Enjoy downtown skyline views from one of two outdoor private balconies! Balcony also...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1237 SqFt
$524,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
530 Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 530 Allard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Desoto Townhomes  
Care-Free, Urban Living doesn't get any better than this! Gorgeous 2 bed/2.5 ba DeSoto Townhome in downtown's premiere Lockerbie neighborhood. This home offers the space & open design you desire inside & 2 (yes, 2) private outdoor spaces - a large balcony...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1904 SqFt
$469,900
Keller Williams Indy
504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: 500 Park Residences  
Sophisticated 2 bdrm 2 bth condo in heart of Lockerbie / Mass Ave neighborhood* Quiet end unit w/ great light & neighborhood views* Walking distance to museums, galleries, restaurants, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and Lucan Oil Stadium* Features include 10'...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1238 SqFt
$449,900
F.C. Tucker Company
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Stunningly updated for today's life style. This hard to find 3BR/2Ba condo is move in ready. Newly updated kitchen w/quartz counters, new SS applncs & tile feature wall makes a real statement when you walk into the home. New hardwood flooring throughou...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1771 SqFt
$419,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
EXPOSED BRICK + RECLAIMED WOOD // Just a block from the Mass Ave Cultural District, you will find one of the most walkable condo buildings in downtown Indy. Each room showcases exposed brick and tall ceilings with wood rafters. This rare 3 bed, 2 bath uni...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1729 SqFt
$415,000
Plat Collective
624 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 624 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Towne Townhouse  
Search no more! This Lockerbie Square townhome just may be the answer! Locations don’t get much more desirable than this, and for good reason – the theatre, dining, and imbibing of Mass Ave are just steps away. Not ready for a night on the town? N...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2304 SqFt
$350,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Stunning city views from this 5th floor 2BR/2ba condo w/only one shared wall. Exposed brick, wood beamed ceilings, master with two skylights. Updated master bath w/double sinks & walk-in shower. Large kitchen, w/breakfast bar, granite counters & stainles...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1482 SqFt
$339,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
421 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 421 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Nobles  
Location, Location.... You'll love this character filled home w/modern conveniences in Lockerbie! Lovely living room w/ stunning fireplace features hardwoods & pocket doors opening to the family room/formal dining room with soaring ceilings. Spacious kitc...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2238 SqFt
$325,000
eXp Realty, LLC
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
$312,800
Encore Sotheby's International
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
WOW-a completely updated corner Lockerbie Condo w/great view of Lockerbie area w/new kit, including cabinets, granite counters, & all stainless appliances. Also Brazilian Koa Hardwood in kit, dining, & great room. New water heater 2014, washer & dryer 201...
1 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1145 SqFt
$269,900
F.C. Tucker Company

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