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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

5005 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5005 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Looking for a house that checks all the boxes? This is it! Beautiful new 4 bedroom home in Butler-Tarkington, walkable to the growing number of neighborhood restaurants and Butler University. Open floor plan with large kitchen offering custom cabinetry, ...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3536 SqFt
$700,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
29 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 29 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Meridian Park  
Classic Butler-Tarkington home in one of the best locations in Indy! Custom kitchen with massive island perfect for entertaining with Jen-Air appliances. Cozy living room with wood burning fireplace. Master suite features custom walk-in closet w/Californi...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3602 SqFt
$689,000
United Real Estate Indpls
4580 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4580 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hannamans  
Don’t let the exterior fool you! This home is much, much larger than it appears. Perfect combination of old and new. With its coffered ceilings, built-ins, updated kitchen and the perfect office hideaway, you will fall head over heels. Did I mention...
5 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4856 SqFt
$600,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
Here it is, the most beautiful high rise in Indianapolis! Love downtown, but not sure you want to be in the heart of it? Live north, but want to be closer to downtown? Tarkington Tower is the place for you! This beautifully remodeled, spacious, open-conce...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3240 SqFt
$550,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4905 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4905 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Berry Hill  
GORGEOUS HOME! 4BEDROOMS/4BATHROOMS WITH MANY UPDATES TO INCLUDED: NEW EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PAINT 2015, NEW MASTER BATHROOM 2018, NEW FURNACE 3/18, UPDATED KITCHEN, NEW HARDWOODS IN OFFICE, NEW SIDE DOOR, NEW BASEMENT BLOCK WINDOWS. LIVING ROOM FEATURES ...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3462 SqFt
$539,900
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
4702 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4702 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Arthur V Brown S East Meridian H  
A home that has everything and more with tons of character. Living room features a wood burning fireplace w/14ft ceilings and exposed beams. Custom renovated kitchen with coffee/wine bar. Master suite features 2 walk in closets and fully renovated mast...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3824 SqFt
$525,000
United Real Estate Indpls
250 Buckingham Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 250 Buckingham Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
Wonderfully renovated "Colonial Style" hm nestled in Butler Tarkington w/ modern updts to accommodate needs. Home boasts 3 BR up w/ bonus sitting rm in master bedrm having a gel fueled fireplace. Main flr features hickory hardwoods thru-out, custom moldin...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2652 SqFt
$474,000
F.C. Tucker Company
129 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 129 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Welcome to your new home set on a corner lot on a quiet side street with 2 car detached garage and fenced yard. This home was renovated over the last 3 years including new kitchen with white shaker cabinets and granite and quartz countertops. Downstairs ...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3062 SqFt
$455,000
United Real Estate Indpls
4117 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4117 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tuttle & Hanna  
Gorgeous complete TOTAL remodel in Butler Tarkington. Pictures can't do this one justice. 3/4" solid maple grey wood floors on main; Kitchen has black stainless appliances & Brazilian black soap stone counters & tons of custom cabinets; open floor plan...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3730 SqFt
$429,900
Your Realty Link, LLC
232 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 232 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Beverly Heights  
Remarkable English Tudor home in Butler Tarkington. Home presents character including arched doorways, hardwood floors, leaded glass windows & doors and cedar closet as well as many of today's buyers desires. Remodeled kitchen with Kraft-Maid cabinetry w/...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3199 SqFt
$369,900
Encore Sotheby`s International
5300 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5300 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Beautifully renovated Cape Cod! This property, located in the very desirable North Butler Terrace , within walking distance to Hinkle Fieldhouse and Clowes Hall. This home is a must have for the avid Bulldog. So many updates including new roof, new wi...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2916 SqFt
$359,900
RE/MAX Ability Plus
5480 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5480 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
This is truly a CHARM CAPE COD style home in HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BUTLER TARKINGTON that has been in the family since 1972! This home was completely renovated in 2008, everything from the studs inward including top of the line efficient HVAC, roof,gutters,...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3194 SqFt
$354,900
RE/MAX Advanced Realty
5164 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5164 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cedar Crest  
Butler Tarkington home with character and charm. Looking for a DIAMOND in the rough? This home has a spacious Formal living . A bonus room that could be a computer room,sun room music room etc. Don't miss the Fireplace in the living room.This home feat...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3861 SqFt
$350,000
Abernathy, REALTORS Inc.
5439 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5439 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Style, space & location, all you could want! Entry foyer opens to the formal living space to the right, which leads to the formal dining space. Hardwoods & painted trim features throughout. Updated kitchen w/ stainless appliances leads to sun-filled break...
5 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 4488 SqFt
$330,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
4711 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4711 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Large brick, 4 bedroom, 2 full bath home with incredible potential as a rental. Basement partially finished with 9 ft ceilings and a full bath, so make another bedroom and still have living space. Covered front porch, half screened-in. Large entry foyer (...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2450 SqFt
$274,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
3931 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3931 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Illinois St  
Beautifully remodeled 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home. The home is located in a well kept and pleasant neighborhood, situated in the Butler Tarkington community. Elegant hardwood flooring in the living room dining room, and bedrooms. Brand new kitchen; new c...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3044 SqFt
$259,000
Community Real Estate Services
5018 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5018 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Location Location Location, is what it's all about with this well maintained, move in ready 3 bedroom home. Located in the sought-after Butler Tarkington area, close to Butler University, shops, restaurants and entertainment. The lot the home sits on is p...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2732 SqFt
$249,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
521 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 521 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Butler-Tarkington Beauty! 2bd 2bth almost 2000 sq ft taken down to the foundation and completely remodeled w/ designer finishes and fixtures Loaded w/ amazing details and amenities including an open floorplan with 9ft ceilings on the main level & vaulted ...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2039 SqFt
$189,900
F.C. Tucker Company
4044 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4044 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
There's plenty of space for entertaining in this all brick ranch with a full Basement! The main level features all hardwood floors, new windows and an updated Kitchen. The Basement is half finished and is equipped with laundry connections, plumbing and 2 ...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2784 SqFt
$169,000
Carpenter, REALTORS®
4026 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4026 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Come See This Beautiful All Brick Home. This Home Has Lots Of Character. The Storm Iron Doors Opens Up with Double French Doors That Leads You Into The Home. The Living Room Is Spacious With Fireplace with Glass Has Been Built Around It. French Glass Door...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2688 SqFt
$165,999
Gill Realty
3909 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3909 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C G Weiss Mapleton  
Arts and Crafts home minutes from the new Tarkington Park! Totally redone in move-in condition. Cafes, Restaurants and Bars in walking distance. Multi-million dollar renovations are under way in this very popular area. New AC, New Dimesional Roof, New Gu...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1726 SqFt
$139,900
Sell4Free Cash Back Realty
3901 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3901 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Everything You Need in Updates, Location, and Uniqueness! This 3 Bedroom & 2 Full Bathroom Bungalow-Style Home Is Minutes From Downtown and Has New Cabinets, Granite Countertops, New Flooring, All New Windows, Brand New Stainless Steel Appliances, Refinis...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1143 SqFt
$130,000
Snyder Strategy Realty, Inc
157 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 157 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Residential vacant lot in one of the best neighborhoods in the city, Butler Tarkington. Build your dream home, where homes in the area go for over $600,000. D-5 zoning allows for single and multi-family dwelling. Taxes estimated. All utilities at street o...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$125,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
4133 North Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4133 North Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
NOTE: House sold as-is. Previously had a renter in it. Owner has never lived in the property. Previous info reflects 2/1 on tax info. House is a 3/2 so square footage will be different on tax record. Large bedrooms, large walk in closets. Newer mechanical...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1461 SqFt
$110,000
I Find You Lease Corporation
616 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 616 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Close to Butler University, here is your chance to get into a thriving neighborhood. Close to Broad Ripple and minutes from downtown, 105x160
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$93,500
RE/MAX Centerstone
3909 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3909 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Good investment opportunity in the Butler-Tarkington area. This area has seen lots of redevelopment over the last few years and continuing. This property offers potential for appreciation as the area continues to see more redevelopment. The average hom...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1962 SqFt
$75,000
CityPlace Realty
329 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 329 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Treser's  
Charming home with lots of potential in upcoming Butler Tarkington area. A 2 min drive from Butler University and less that 20 min walk. Many newly remodeled homes in the area and lots of construction still underway. This 2BR 1BA bungalow has newer mecha...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1548 SqFt
$68,500
Carpenter, REALTORS®
4021 4023 Clarendon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4021 4023 Clarendon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Duplex on the Westside close to Downtown and Butler University. Each side offers Living Room with Dining area, Kitchen, Bath and 1 Bedroom. Has full basement with washer and dryer hookup. Kitchen appliances are included and garage is shared by both ten...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$66,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro W
412 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 412 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
This spacious all electric 3 bedroom home is located just 5 minutes from Butler University making it the perfect investor opportunity with a brand new tenant already moving in April 2018! Two spacious bedrooms on the first level & master suite on the top ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1064 SqFt
$64,900
Triple E Realty, LLC
3831 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3831 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Mapleton  
Good investment opportunity in the Butler-Tarkington area. This area has seen lots of redevelopment over the last few years and continuing. This property offers potential for appreciation as the area continues to see more redevelopment. The average hom...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2171 SqFt
$60,000
CityPlace Realty
530 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 530 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Close to Butler University and Broad Ripple. Minutes to downtown Indianapolis 40x65
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$45,000
RE/MAX Centerstone

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