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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

4450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4450 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hannamans  
Located on iconic Meridian Street, home to many of the most distinctive and historically significant homes in Indianapolis. Set on over 2 acres of rolling lawn the home retains the character and charm of a bygone era yet redesigned to reflect today's lif...
4 Beds, 7 Bath Areas, 8432 SqFt
$1,388,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5129 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5129 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Washington Square  
The house you always dreamed of finally hit the market. This home is truly a one of a kind. Colonial style with its double front porches will take your breath away. Large hearth room is perfect or entertaining or enjoying a little family time. Master bed...
4 Beds, 5 Bath Areas, 4918 SqFt
$1,199,999
Luxcity Realty
4002 North Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4002 North Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Great Opportunity for Investment Properties! 100% Rented! Home is part of a group sale of 13 tenant occupied properties.
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$1,100,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
3922 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3922 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mc Kean Place  
Great Opportunity for Investment Properties! 100% Rented! Home is part of a group sale of 13 tenant occupied properties.
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2340 SqFt
$1,100,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
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
$675,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
4290 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4290 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Farr & Cooks  
This French Eclectic classic welcomes you home to one of Meridian Kessler's best streets. 4 beds & 3.5 baths along w/graciously sized rooms, rich hardwoods, masterfully built mantels, crown molding & massive trim make this home a must see. Divided light f...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3731 SqFt
$575,000
F.C. Tucker Company
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
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
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
$435,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
51 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 51 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Meridian Park  
Property has a comfortable charm while maintaining elegant aesthetic features & is on a cool, close-knit street that extends just 1 block between Meridian & Illinois. Classic details include crown molding, tall ceilings & leaded glass windows, hardwood fl...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3562 SqFt
$424,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
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
$414,900
Your Realty Link, LLC
5480 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5480 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Location is just the beginning. This home has been completely rebuilt and improved All new plumbing, all new electrical, new fireplace, new and updated Kitchen. Upstairs master has a walk-in closet and a full bath with double sinks. Two bedrooms on the...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3194 SqFt
$350,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
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
$334,900
RE/MAX Ability Plus
5164 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5164 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Tarkington  
Lots to love in this white center-hall Colonial on quiet tree-lined street near Butler U. Hdwds! Blt-in bkcases, gas firepl in living rm. French doors open to lovely screened porch. Sit here! Oak kitchen w/ island. You won’t believe the walk-in master c...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2808 SqFt
$324,900
F.C. Tucker Company
4134 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4134 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Capitol Ave  
List/Pend
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 4473 SqFt
$275,000
F.C. Tucker Company
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
$249,500
Community Real Estate Services
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
$235,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
4226 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4226 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Fairmount  
Amazing open concept. 2 Bd 1 Bth Bungalow in Butler Tarkington! This home boasts 9' Ceilings, marble tile on fireplace, office in basement and a brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and concrete counters. Garage has 50amp panel for hot tub ...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1580 SqFt
$227,500
Terra Real EState, LLC
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
$225,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
620 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 620 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fairview Park  
Eclectic Butler Tarkington home with all the updates you’re looking for! Completely redone kitchen with butcher block countertops, stainless appliances, new cabinets and a spacious walk-in pantry. Refinished hardwood floors with a look to compliment le...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2420 SqFt
$199,900
RE/MAX Legends Group
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
4031 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4031 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Great home in quiet Butler Tarkington. This freshly remodelled home was completely remodeled w/ designer finishes and fixtures. Home should be very low maintenance. Brand new kitchen with new appliances and quartz countertops. Home has a new roof, new w...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1690 SqFt
$159,500
United Real Estate Indpls
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, 2 Bath Areas, 2784 SqFt
$149,900
Carpenter, REALTORS®
4107 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4107 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Illinois Terrace  
Charming bungalow close to shopping, dining and entertainment. This 2 bedroom boasts beautiful unpainted woodwork throughout. Unfinished attic has full staircase and could easily be converted into a bonus room. Owner has great success growing a variet...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1476 SqFt
$125,000
Sandcastle Real Estate, LLC
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
3953 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3953 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Come home to warm and quiet. Upgraded low maintenance exterior and secure two car garage. Featuring large bright kitchen, full dining and living rooms, large private fenced yard and covered porch to welcome family and friends. Comfortable and clean throug...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2408 SqFt
$119,900
Green Tree Solutions, Inc
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
$119,500
Snyder Strategy Realty, Inc
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
321 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 321 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Great Home in Quiet Butler Tarkington. Home should be very low maintenance. Home has a newer roof and new electric and plumbing. Located in one of Indy's hottest up and coming neighborhoods. Located minutes from Butler Campus and everything midtown has t...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1134 SqFt
$105,000
eXp Realty, LLC
530 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 530 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Completely updated 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow. New interior finishes within last 2 years including new furnace. House is currently leased for $850 per month.
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1744 SqFt
$99,300
R. P. Lux Company
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
4033 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4033 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
2 unit with nice floor plan, laundry room and bsmt. One side occupied. Vacant side could use some cosmetic work before you Move in or rent out.
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$69,000
Neu Real Estate Group
325 West Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 325 West Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
Nice bungalow in south Butler Tarkington. This area is seeing a lot of revitalization with nearby Maple Crossing identified as one of the Great Places 2020. Walk to Tarkington Park, grocery store, cafe and shopping. Home has 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath and 1 ...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1462 SqFt
$65,000
Alpine Realty, LLC
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
$64,999
Carpenter, REALTORS®
Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: H E & A Phelps  
This home is only a half mile from Tarkington Park, and provides a sound investment opportunity for any flipper looking to make a sizable profit. The up and coming Tarkington area is just south of Butler University.
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1445 SqFt
$49,000
Paradigm Realty Solutions
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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