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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

4936 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4936 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: No Subdivision  
Spectacular historic Meridian Street home- one of the few multi acre properties on Meridian St. Motivated to save the grand property, a full restoration began in 2007. Not available since 1953, this historic Jens Jensen landscaped home fts original walnu...
7 Beds, 11 Bath Areas, 9877 SqFt
$2,549,900
F.C. Tucker Company
2 W 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 2 W 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Washington Square  
Welcome to this historically significant home by architect HL Simon! Feel the quality, sense the history & see the beauty the moment you enter. Step onto original marble floors & take in the bright & OPEN main level w/tons of natural light from restored l...
6 Beds, 5 Bath Areas, 6728 SqFt
$899,900
F.C. Tucker Company
5220 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5220 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Washington Square  
This stunning H L Simon built Butler Tarkington French Eclectic home features larger rooms with a circular floor plan including a formal living room, dining room, den, sun room, kitchen, breakfast room, attached 3 car garage. Beautiful hardwoods throughou...
5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas, 6247 SqFt
$899,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5032 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5032 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Don't miss this rare ground-up construction by John Eaton Homes in the heart of Midtown Indianapolis! This mint condition 4 bed 4 bath home offers an amazing corner to corner open floor plan hard to find in Butler-Tarkington. A spacious gourmet kitchen,ha...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3420 SqFt
$699,000
Stephen J. Burns
29 W 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 29 W 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Meridian Park  
Charming Arts & Crafts style home located on one of Meridian Kessler’s finest streets! Complete top/down renovation in 2018 boasts timeless updates throughout. Kitchen featuring floor to ceiling cabinets, Jen-Air appliances, spacious island, quarts to...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3602 SqFt
$599,900
eXp Realty, LLC
319 W 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 319 W 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Stunning rehab steps from Butler campus. This home has been taken down to the studs and built back w/ an added 2nd story creating a 4 bedroom plus loft master piece! No detail overlooked w/ only quality finishes. From the welcoming porch to the open floor...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2822 SqFt
$575,000
RE/MAX Advanced Realty
100 W 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 100 W 54th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Welcome home to this Butler-Tarkington charmer! Impressive 5 BR, 3.5 Bath home w/ a full walk-up attic ready for you to finish & make your own. Home features an easy layout w/ gleaming hardwoods. Large Living Room opens to Family Room & sun drenched offic...
5 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3788 SqFt
$474,900
F.C. Tucker Company
321 N Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 321 N Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Immaculate Butler Tarkington home rests on one of the community’s most iconic blocks and on an amazing 0.26 acre lot. Inside you’ll find a clean and updated space with the charm and character of a 1931 bungalow. Inviting front porch, beautiful hardwoo...
5 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2140 SqFt
$469,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
5505 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5505 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A B Carters  
This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home is full of charm and character. It's fantastic location is less than 1 block from the 56th & Illinois shops. A short walk to restaurants, shops, the canal and the Monon. A huge covered front porch with brick arches looks ou...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3501 SqFt
$450,000
Trusty Realty, LLC
4415 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4415 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Marotts  
A Mid-Century Modern Ranch on one of the most desirable blocks in the city! Clean lines, an easy flow floor-plan & a walkable location make a highly sought-after combination. 3 spacious bedrooms on the main floor (plus two bonus spaces downstairs) & 3 ful...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 4636 SqFt
$435,000
Asset One Real Estate Company
4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
$10,000 credit for new drywall! Secure living with 24 hr door staff will delight you from the moment you pull up to the 16 story tower! This stunning combined unit is one of a kind with 3 bed/3.5 ba & 3 private balconies! Open concept living & a dream to ...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3479 SqFt
$434,900
F.C. Tucker Company
333 E Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 333 E Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Tell your friend's that you're moving to Butler-Tarkington's MOST COVETED STREET! This 1st-class 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home has everything your heart desires! All the charm of it's time has been preserved, while ensuring every update you require. Beautiful &...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2708 SqFt
$420,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
A fabulous luxury condo remodel. This is 2 units combined overlooking Meridian St historic corridor. Ease of access to Downtown, Ripple, Keystone Crossing. Walls of windows letting natural light stream into your space. Large open nicely appointed living ...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2080 SqFt
$418,900
M.S. Woods Real Estate, LLC
4041 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4041 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Martindale & Cos  
Wishing for that out of the ordinary, magical home with yard space to garden and play AND close to downtown? This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath with unusually large yard for the area fulfills all those wishes. Great bones and amazing space just waiting for your ke...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3247 SqFt
$400,000
Carpenter, REALTORS®
245 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 245 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
A delightful English Tudor nestled on one of Butler-Tarkington’s most sought after streets! This home retains stunning 1920’s charm with an all brick exterior, leaded glass windows, hardwood floors, coved ceiling, & arched, gas fireplace. Beautiful or...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2118 SqFt
$399,000
Plat Collective
4106 W Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4106 W Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Check out this fully renovated 3 Bed 2.5 Bath Butler Tarkington beauty! Exterior updates include brand new roof, gutters, siding, windows, privacy fence and back deck. 2 car garage & extra off street parking out back. Inside taken down to the studs. Updat...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2081 SqFt
$275,000
Indy Home Shop LLC
4111 N Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4111 N Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Illinois Terrace  
WOW! MOVE-RIGHT-INTO THIS ALL UPDATED BUTLER STUNNER OUT OF A MAGAZINE! DO NOTHING BUT ENJOY THIS BRIGHT & AIRY LUXE PROPERTY W/ 3 SPACIOUS BDS + DEN + FULL BSMT. 2019 KITCHEN REMODEL W/ WHITE SHAKER CABS, STAINLESS APPLIANCES & MARBLE COUNTERS. MAIN FLOO...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2679 SqFt
$250,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
304 E Northern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 304 E Northern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Bungalow Park  
Inviting front porch welcomes you to this wonderfully updated home located on a superb street in Butler Tarkington. Not a flip - as the home has been lovingly maintained & recently remodeled top to bottom & ready for move-in! Main level has an impressive ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2344 SqFt
$232,500
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
4029 W Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4029 W Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
BACK ON MARKET WITH MANY UPGRADES! New roof, New gutters, New AC, New SS appliances in addition to the already fully remodeled interior and new exterior paint! This cozy 3 bedroom home is close to downtown in desirable Butler-Tarkington. Detached 2 car g...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1811 SqFt
$210,000
The Cascade Team Real Estate
4217 E Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4217 E Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Corydon  
Adorable home that has had extensive updates. Investment opportunity for a renter/renters, including students for Butler University and IUPUI. Average going rate for students ranges between $500-$650 per student for similar homes in the area. 2 beds and a...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2160 SqFt
$207,500
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
4046 E Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4046 E Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Full Bath home situated on spacious corner lot with plenty of mature foliage for privacy! The home features a main level master or in-law suite depending on your needs! Updated kitchen with granite counter tops, shake style cabinets,...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2530 SqFt
$199,900
Stanifer & Associates Real Est
3837 N Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3837 N Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Haugheys Mapleton  
Come see this Fully Rehabbed 3 Bed 2 Bath in a growing part of Butler Tarkington. Exterior updates include new siding, roof, soffit, gutters, windows, doors, front steps & side walkway, sewer line to street, back deck, privacy fence, landscaping & double ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2351 SqFt
$199,900
Indy Home Shop LLC
3949 N Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3949 N Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Looking for something practically brand new w/ low maintenance? Well check out this wonderfully renovated Butler-Tarkington home. Take a step inside where you will be greeted with a heated/cooled covered front porch surrounded with windows to enjoy the su...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1778 SqFt
$199,900
Front Porch Real Estate, LLC
3832 N Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3832 N Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Mapleton  
A great opportunity to purchase a home in Butler-Tarkington area, 3Bed 1.5 bath for under 250k. This home features an open concept foyer / family / dining and kitchen on the main level. 3 large bedrooms on the second floor with a finished loft area that...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2845 SqFt
$190,000
Plat Collective
3833 N Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3833 N Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Haugheys Mapleton  
Perfect turnkey 3bed/2bath in Butler-Tarkington!! This remodeled home has a detached 2 car garage, new roof, new windows, fully updated bathrooms and kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances. A screened in front porch is great for soaking in the Summe...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2276 SqFt
$185,000
Elite Indy Realty Group
4031 E Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4031 E Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Wonderful 3 bed/1.5 bath home in beautiful Butler-Tarkington! A covered front porch gives great curb appeal and is a perfect spot for coffee & conversations. Completely renovated in 2018, this home has all the tasteful modern updates you could desire! The...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1690 SqFt
$185,000
Plat Collective
4626 S Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4626 S Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fairview Heights  
HISTORIC BUTLER-TARKINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD! Traditional Style Bungalow has spacious upper Dormer Bedroom with built-in storage. 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, Formal living and dining rms, Office/study, space saver Kitchen, Range/oven, Refrigerator, Washer, & Dryer ...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1452 SqFt
$182,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
315 W 43rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 315 W 43rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Corydon  
Don't miss this cute updated 3 bedroom Cape Cod home located just blocks from Butler University in the popular Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. Home features beautiful original hardwood floors throughout, updated eat-in kitchen and bathroom, tons of storag...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2160 SqFt
$169,900
United Real Estate Indpls
3913 E Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3913 E 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
$165,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
409 S Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 409 S Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
Beautifully updated bungalow in crown hill with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. This former 2 bedroom, 1 bath house now has a new and spacious 3rd bedroom with an egress window and a bathroom in the basement. Also enjoy the new luxury vinyl plank flooring, w...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1350 SqFt
$159,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
Exquisite Condo in desirable Tarkington Tower. Newly updated home offers an open floor plan, sparkling hardwood floors, modern appeal, custom finishes and an abundance of natural light. Warm living room and /dining room  with access to sunroom. Kitchen f...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1000 SqFt
$159,000
eXp Realty, LLC

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