Just 30 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis awaits the charming city of Westfield, Indiana. Voted the 18th best place to live by CNN Money in 2013, Westfield is an increasingly sought-after place to live, thanks to a solid economy, several attractions and things-to-do, plenty of green space, excellent schools and strong real estate market.
But while Westfield is a small city, with a population of just 31,000, it is nevertheless among the more affluent cities in central Indiana. In fact, the American Community Survey (ACS), an statistical survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, put the median family income at $96,374 from 2007-2011.
Education is another strong suit in Westfield. U.S. News & Special Report ranked Westfield High School No. 6 in the state. The school was among just 127 Indiana schools to make the publication’s list of “Best High Schools” in the nation out of 31,000 U.S. public high schools reviewed.
There are a number of things to do in Westfield that are popular among both visitors and locals. Here are a few of the more notable examples.
Asa Bales Anti-Slavery Cemetery
The Asa Bales Anti-Slavery Cemetery is located in Asa Bales Park, just north of Westfield Middle School, at the southwest corner of the W. Hoover St. and N. Union St. Follow a long, paved walking trail to get to the cemetery.
The Underground Railroad was a big part of the city’s history, with city founder Asa Bales leading the charge. In fact, both Bales and his wife are buried in the “freedom cemetery,” which is the final resting place for many Civil War soldiers.
Located at 16616 Southpark Drive in Westfield, Arctic Zone is a state-of-the-art public ice skating rink that offers recreational ice skating and competitive hockey for all ages. A special hockey training course is offered for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced slap shot experts.
The Westifeld segment of the Monon Trail runs 2.9 miles, from 146th Street to 161st Street. This hugely popular, paved asphalt greenway offers a direct connection to downtown Indianapolis, and runs past numerous attractions along the way, including the Broad Ripple Village.
The newest section of the Monon Trail extends west, from 161st Street towards Oak Ridge Road. It is 12 feet wide and connects to the Midland Trace Trail at Quaker Park. The Monon trailhead is located at 1155 East Greyhound Pass offers several amenities, such as benches, restrooms, bike racks, a drinking fountain and free parking.
Located at 1836, S.R. 32, Westfield Playhouse is an active community theater that produces a total of 6 theatrical productions from February through December. This former church was purchased by Main Street Productions, the theater’s parent organization, in the 1990s. It is an all-volunteer organization.
The venue offers opportunities for hands-on participation to anyone interested in learning the nuances of live theatrical production and performance. The venue itself affords a theater experience that is both comfortable and intimate.
Main Street Shoppes
It’s a great destination for ‘antiquers’ thanks to the great variety of vendors. And in case you need a ‘pit stop’, you’ll be happy to know it’s located next to a popular restaurant, called Big Hoffa Barbecue.
Rather Be Dancin’
Located in the heart of historic downtown Westfield, at 132 South Union Street, Rather Be Dancin’ is a local dance school that offers lessons in ballet, ballroom, hip hop, jazz and tap dance for all ages and all levels.
Westfield Washington Historical Society Museum
The Westfield Washington Historical Society Museum is located at 145 S Union St in Westfield. It’s is a great place to explore the city’s history, with a number of different exhibits relating to the city’s historic underground Railroad, including numerous antique photographs, period works of art, and artifacts from daily 19th century life.
Wandering Peacock Art Gallery
Wandering Peacock Art Gallery is located at 141 South Union Street in Westfield. This eclectic little gallery/shop offers a variety of locally-made art items made by 30 different local artists. Genres include water color, acrylic, sculpture, soaps, hand-made candles, wood cuts, stained glass, photography and more. They also offer one-on-one art classes for kids.
The gallery is run by artist/potter, Erin O’Rear. The building itself was built in the early 1900s, and has previously been an ice cream parlor, and even a comic book store.
Westfield Farmers Market
The Westfield Farmers Market is held in the parking lot at Ameriana Bank, at 3333 East State Road 32. The market runs on Friday evenings, from June 14 through September 27. It’s a nice place to shop for local produce and homemade goods, and is a tradition among locals prefer an alternative to conventional grocery stores.
Downtown Westfield may be small compared to a large metro area like Indianapolis, but it’s a big part of life for locals, and an increasingly popular destination for visitors from all over central Indiana.
A number of renovations have been completed by the city in recent years, including a reconstruction of Old Friends Cemetery Park, construction of the Midland Trail and trailhead, and construction of the Grand Junction trail.
Downtown Westfield has seen a number of small businesses set up shop, including Cinderella’s Closet, Erika’s Place, Carpet Express Flooring of Westfield, Such Great Heights, Dotted Lime, and the Wandering Peacock Art Gallery.
Golf in Westfield
Woodwind Golf Club
There are a number of cool restaurants in Westfield that offer a nice change-of-pace from the big national chains. It almost isn’t fair to give special attention to one independent restaurant over another. But we would be remiss to not touch upon a few of the more popular establishments. Here are a few examples of restaurants that have earned good reviews from folks from all over central Indiana.
Big Hoffa BBQ
Big Hoffa BBQ is located at 800 East Main Street in Westfield. This barbeque joint is the brainchild of California transplant, Adam Hoffman, who came to Indiana to offer the same recipes his friends back home went crazy over, such as pulled pork sandwiches smoked for over 12 hours, and beef brisket smoked for over 30 hours.
Located at 102 S Union Street in Westfield, Erika’s Place is a charming, little mom-and-pop diner that serves breakfast and lunch only. Menu choices include traditional American cuisine, from western omelets to breaded tenderloins.
Grand Junction Brewing Company
Located at 110 South Union Street in Westfield, Grand Junction Brewing Company is a popular microbrewery and restaurant where you can order drinks with quirky names like “Squirrel Stampede” (Nut Brown Ale) and “Imperfect Backside” (Oatmeal Stout), in addition to variety of home-brewed ales, lagers and beers.
Jan’s Village Pizza
Westfield offers a number of great public parks, including Anna Kendall Trail, Armstrong Park, Asa Bales Park, Cool Creek Trail, Freedom Trail Park, Hadley Park, Liberty Park, Main Street Programming Center, Midland Trace Trail, Monon Trail, Natalie Wheeler Trail, Old Friends Cemetery Park, Osborne Park, Quaker Park, Raymond Worth Park and Simon Moon Park. Here we highlight a few of the more notable parks.
Asa Bales Park
Asa Bales Park is located just north of Westfield Middle School, at the southwest corner of the W. Hoover St. and N. Union St. This multifaceted 13-acre park features an amphitheater, several picnic shelters, an 18-hole disk golf course, a playground, public restrooms, swings, a skate park, dog waste stations and drinking bowls, charcoal grills and water fountains. The city’s annual Independence Day celebration, Westfield Rocks the 4th, is held in the park.
Old Friends Cemetery Park
Here are a few examples of high-end properties currently for sale on the Westfield real estate market. You can search and browse all Westfield Indiana homes for sale.
|0 E Eagletown Road, Westfield, IN 46074|
|Subdivision: No Subdivision|
|Wonderful residential development ground in the path of new development. A total of 88+ acres in two parcels. One of the parcels is large and open with access on both 186th and Eagletown. The other is 23 acres with a beautiful pond and access on Eaglet...|
|0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt|
WKRP Indy Real Estate
|1349 W Chatham Ridge Court, Westfield, IN 46074|
|Subdivision: Chatham Hills|
|2022 Homa-A-Rama Dream Home by Scott Campbell Custom Homes overlooking the 16th fairway in sought-after Chatham Hills. This entertainers paradise boasts an open floor plan with expansive gourmet kitchen with large island open to eating area that leads to ...|
|5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas, 7534 SqFt|
F.C. Tucker Company
|0 E Chad Hittle Drive, Westfield, IN 46074|
|Subdivision: Subdivision Not Available See Legal|
|This is an excellent opportunity for you to acquire nearly 7 acres of commercial land that is zoned General Business. This property offers over 1,000 feet of frontage along U.S. 31 with over 54,000 cars driving by each day. This could be a great location ...|
|0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt|
RE/MAX Advanced Realty
|420 E Main Street, Westfield, IN 46074|
|Subdivision: Roberts Rolling Acre|
|Rare large development parcel in downtown Westfield on Main St. Just over 3 acres of combined land for sale with both hard corners at East St and Hillcrest. Includes several parcels that can be combined into 1 for higher use. Currently there is a PUD i...|
|0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt|
WKRP Indy Real Estate
|18809 N Eagletown Road, Westfield, IN 46074|
|Subdivision: Metes & Bounds|
|Absolute must see by master builder Rick Harding in Westfield Schools! This gorgeous Eastern Coastal Style home sits on 8.33 amazing acres w/ access off 186th St! Home boasts an attached 4 car garage, home theater, exercise room, finished basement , updat...|
|4 Beds, 6 Bath Areas, 6208 SqFt|
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