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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
$1,348,000
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
$1,175,000
Luxcity Realty
5007 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5007 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Welcome Home! Immaculately renovated with no detail overlooked! Enjoy 4,100 Sq. Ft. of luxury spread across 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and even a highly sought after home office and fully finished basement! The details are spectacular, including shiplap, gorg...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4100 SqFt
$700,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
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
$650,000
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
$565,000
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
4852 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4852 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A B Carters  
Move right into this blue gem located in the heart of Butler Tarkington. This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home is walking distance to some of Indy's finest restaurants, coffee shops, and Butler University. Modern home has updated Kitchen with new SS appliances, Gr...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2483 SqFt
$510,000
Flat Fee Realty, LLC
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
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
$400,000
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
$399,900
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
$335,000
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
$319,900
RE/MAX Ability Plus
331 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 331 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hampton Ridge  
All the historic charm of Butler-Tarkington can be found in this newly renovated 4 bdrm/2.5 bath home. Fully updated kitchen with new cabinets, granite countertops, subway backsplash and stainless-steel appliances. Spacious living room with cozy fireplace...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1846 SqFt
$299,900
North Peak Property Group
4141 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4141 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Remodel on double lot being sold together but can be separated on hot Butler Tarkington street. Back on the market after additional work was completed. See attachment for list of improvements and other renovations in this hot neighborhood. Charm of Butler...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3100 SqFt
$295,000
Platinum Realty Group
5370 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5370 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Welcome home. All ready for you. Great location between campus and canal tow path walking trail in Butler Tarkington. 3BR/1.5BA Cape Cod. Upstairs master with half bath. Sunny kitchen w/ bay window, butcher block counter + stamped tin backsplash. Stainles...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2778 SqFt
$289,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5360 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5360 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Butler Terrace  
Ideally located move-in ready home in sought after Butler-Tarkington area! Indiana limestone exterior and four season porch. Refinished original floors! Open concept living and dining areas, complete with natural light and fireplace. Kitchen features walk...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2516 SqFt
$282,900
Redfin Corporation
4077 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4077 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Rare find in desirable Butler Tarkington. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath is brand new construction with all modern finishes. Open concept floor plan with 9ft ceilings is flooded w/ natural light, includes main level guest suite, and beautiful LVT hardwood floorin...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2042 SqFt
$274,900
RE/MAX Centerstone
4016 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4016 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Illinois St  
Historic Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood. Spacious home sits on 2 lots has expanded attached garage w/Workshop. 3 Bdrm, 3.5 baths, gleaming laminate Hardwood Floors. Inviting entry has French door, arched doorways, Sun Rm, Living rm w/ frplc, lots of windo...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4142 SqFt
$254,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
4240 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4240 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Fairmount  
Fantastic Home is located in the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood. It has the Charm of Yesterday & the Conveniences of Today. The natural woodwork & hardwood floors are accented by a fireplace. The dining room has French doors & a built in hutch with leaded...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2170 SqFt
$249,900
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
5251 Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5251 Hinesley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Welcome home to this Immaculate, Updated Brick Ranch with Finished Basement in Butler Tarkington! Both the Updated Eat-in Kitchen & Sun Room have new flooring. Refinished Hardwoods in Dining Room, Living Room with Wood Burning Fireplace, & 2 Bedrooms. Ne...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2870 SqFt
$240,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4226 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4226 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Fairmount  
Fun 3 bedroom 1 bath Butler Bungalow with an amazing large open concept! This home boasts fun details like built-in cabinets, 9' Ceilings, marble tile on fireplace,& a brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and chunky and sleek concrete counter...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1640 SqFt
$209,900
LIV
144 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 144 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A B Carters  
Check out this amazing Butler-Tarkington Bungelow style home with a full basement and 1 car garage with room for storage. Updated Kitchen, included appliances, subway tiled backsplash, breakfast bar. Gleaming Hardwoods throughout. Covered Porch. Updated b...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1976 SqFt
$195,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
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 lea...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2420 SqFt
$185,000
eXp Realty, LLC
409 West 44th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 409 West 44th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Beverly Heights  
OUTSTANDING LOCALE! This sought out location - amidst a thriving, grand neighborhood just a stones throw from Butler's Campus and Holcomb Gardens! Charming and endlessly charismatic 2 bedroom and 1.5 bath. Stunning hardwood flooring, arched doorway, built...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2064 SqFt
$185,000
F.C. Tucker Company
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
$160,000
Gill Realty
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®
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
$149,500
Hanza Realty, LLC
4050 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4050 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
This large duplex in the south Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood has great living space and huge bedrooms! Now is your chance to get an investment property before prices skyrocket with all the development happening in the area. One unit is rented (2 bed, 1...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$144,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
4071 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4071 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Updated and Modern! Open Floor Plan! 2 big bedrooms and 3 car garage! Everything new! New modern kitchen! New Roof, Windows, Electric, plumbing, furnace, A/C, water heater, paint, floors!
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2089 SqFt
$139,900
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
$114,900
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, 3 Bath Areas, 1143 SqFt
$105,000
Snyder Strategy Realty, Inc
527 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 527 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Wow! Incredible completely updated house just blocks from butler. You'll never find another house under 100k with this many updates in a hot area! Great curb appeal! Open floor plan with modern kitchen! New white shaker cabinets, backsplash, butcher block...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 947 SqFt
$100,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
420 West 39th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 420 West 39th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: H E & A Phelps  
Wonderful Bungalow in South Butler Tarkington. This is a area of much revitalization. From your amazing covered front porch you can walk to the grocery store or café. Come see this completely rehabbed 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow. This property has new ...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1542 SqFt
$99,900
Wynkoop Brokerage Firm, 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
3921 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3921 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
What a beautiful home with so much of the original charm in tack!! Original hardwood floors, Spacious FR and DR. Master suite on Main. 2 Beds upstairs one with a private bath. Large back yard. Yard is fully fenced front AND back. Easy access to down to...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2396 SqFt
$65,000
F.C. Tucker Company
3930 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3930 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Two story single family dwelling. Three bed rooms. One full bath. Full basement. Fireplace.
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1881 SqFt
$64,900
Grace & Associates, Inc.
Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Cute bungalow with lots of potential in up and coming area! Upper attic bonus space offers many possibilities. Huge basement offers lots of storage. Nice back yard. Needs some TLC.
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2760 SqFt
$59,900
CENTURY 21 Diversified Realty
4113 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4113 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
 
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$49,900
Ebeyer Realty, LLC
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
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
$42,900
Paradigm Realty Solutions

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