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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
334 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 334 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Home Is Where The Heart Is! Gorgeous updated home in the SoButler area! Immaculate detailed features throughout this home will have you leaving with the total "WOW" impression! From the kitchen to the basement, every inch has been mastered away! Relax in ...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3942 SqFt
$640,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
5007 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5007 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Wheelers Illinois Heights  
Charming Butler Tarkington home completely remodeled by Second Story! Main floor master suite with luxurious bathroom and large walk in closet.Gourmet kitchen is open to the great room with fireplace and features large center island/quartz counter tops/...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4100 SqFt
$619,900
F.C. Tucker Company
344 Buckingham Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 344 Buckingham Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Forest Ridge  
Butler-Tarkington beauty on desirable Buckingham! Take a stroll to Butler University campus from this all brick colonial, or visit popular restaurants and shops at 56th & Illinois. 4BDR with current configuration using 4th BDR as huge walk-in closet with ...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3234 SqFt
$509,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
5233 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5233 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Rices Capitol Ave Addition  
Fabulous ‘hilltop’ English Tudor featuring 3 BR, 2.5 Baths. Home offers everything to love about the charm and character of Meridian Kessler/Butler Tarkington; lead glass windows, brick and stucco façade, beautiful hardwoods and prime location near I...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3576 SqFt
$489,900
Berkshire Hathaway Home
5410 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5410 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
This is a beautiful home in the Butler Tarkington area has amazing curb appeal and all new landscape! Freshly painted and touched up. Newer 2.5 detached garage, newer driveway, walks, gutters, newer privacy fence. You will love this home. Kitchen has so...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3877 SqFt
$479,999
Home Now Realty, LLC
4429 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4429 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Hannamans  
Classic colonial on gorgeous 300 feet deep lot with mature oaks. Note that there are two full baths up. Kitchen and baths have been updated. There is an oversized two car garage with a workshop. The home is very convenient to St Thomas, The Internationa...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3120 SqFt
$449,500
Schulte and Associates, Inc
149 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 149 Blue Ridge Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
Stunning Dutch Colonial home in the heart of highly desirable Butler Tarkington! This beautiful 3-bed/2-bath home has been renovated throughout, but has kept all of the best original features in tact: hardwood floors, gas log fireplace, staircase, built-i...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3006 SqFt
$425,000
F.C. Tucker Company
36 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 36 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Marotts  
Ideally located at the crossroads of Meridian-Kessler and Butler-Tarkington on Historic Hampton Dr, this property overflows with quality and charm. Highlights include handsome hardwood floors, detailed moldings and wainscoting, spacious and stylishly upda...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3914 SqFt
$425,000
F.C. Tucker Company
5101 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5101 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cedar Crest  
Beautifully updated Cape Cod style home sits right on the cusp of Butler University. Its the perfect location for Professors, students or families. Less than one block from the International School & just a 10 minute walk to the center of campus. This hom...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 3120 SqFt
$399,900
Highgarden Real Estate
219 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 219 West Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blue Ridge  
A classic four bed, two bath Tudor-style home in desirable Butler-Tarkington. Original details include refinished hardwood flooring, crown molding and fireplace. The kitchen was recently updated with granite countertops and ceramic backsplash. The spaciou...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2478 SqFt
$399,000
Pearl Street Realty Group
5236 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5236 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A B Carters  
Turnkey Butler-Tarkington Colonial is perfectly move-in ready, just in time for the holidays! The gourmet kitchen with a stunning 36” gas range is ready-made for your home chef, and the two main level living spaces provide plenty of room for friends to ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2904 SqFt
$365,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A B Carters  
Butler Tarkington Double! It's your chance to own this perfectly situated double. Just off Butler's campus on a quiet street, this property is perfect for an investor. Also ideal for the homeowner, live in half and rent the other. 3 bed, 1.5 bath per side...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$350,000
F.C. Tucker Company
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
$325,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
5356 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5356 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: North Butler Terrace  
Charming Tudor-style 3 bedroom home in desirable North Butler Terrace. Beautiful new slate tile roof and freshly painted exterior. Beautiful hardwood floors and wood trim throughout adds to the character of this home. Updated kitchen with heated tile flo...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2142 SqFt
$309,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro S
4118 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4118 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Beautifully done renovation from head to toe! This 3 bedroom 2 full bath craftsman beauty exudes quality throughout. Beautiful hardwood floors welcome you into the open, spacious first floor. Kitchen offers soft touch close cabinets, quartz countertops...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2370 SqFt
$299,999
CENTURY 21 Diversified Realty
5109 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5109 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Cedar Crest  
Spacious yet charming home nestled in a walk-able community close to Butler's campus. The home is 1 1/2 stories with 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath on the upper level. Impressively large master with two closets. The basement has a bonus bedroom with a functi...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1738 SqFt
$299,900
Real Estate Investment Venture
5245 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 5245 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Rices Capitol Ave Addition  
Great Butler Tarkington location; this home has a great western exposure, elevated just right above Capitol Ave with great views. Fully fenced back yard is private and offers endless opportunities; the new deck connects the four season room to the outdoor...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2620 SqFt
$285,000
Carpenter, REALTORS®
4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tarkington Tower  
Amazing intimate condo fills all your needs and it is on the 15th floor with amazing city views! One bedroom with laundry in your condo. The most beautiful high rise in Indianapolis! Love downtown, but not sure you want to be in the heart of it? Live nort...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1100 SqFt
$275,000
F.C. Tucker Company
4137 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4137 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Wow!! Completely gutted to the studs renovation in Butler Tarkington with almost everything new. Upgraded and almost everything new 5/3 and a new detached 2.5 garage (24x24). So close to Butler University and Broad Ripple. Designer kitchen is open concep...
5 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3007 SqFt
$268,000
Red Bridge Real Estate
4027 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4027 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
Butler Tarkington Beauty! Completely updated home with all new mechanicals and windows. This craftsman custom designed house is screaming for a new owner to come in and love it! Every detail has been custom and lovely designed with you in mind. When you w...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2352 SqFt
$230,000
Hanza Realty, LLC
4134 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4134 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Large Solid Brick 3bdrm home in Butler Tarkington has the charm and character you will love. Original Hardwood floors in Great Room & Family Room, lovely retro mosaic tile floor in Dining Room and front of fireplace. Kitchen with plenty cabinets and new s...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3410 SqFt
$189,900
American Wholesale Properties,
250 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 250 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Bossons Senate Ave  
PRICE DROP!!! -- Fully Rehabbed in Butler Tarkington for under $200k! This home has gone through an extensive rehab and is ready for a first time home buyer or any investor looking for a turn key rental. Located in an area of revitalization, hard to find ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2275 SqFt
$175,000
LIV
522 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 522 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Butler Tarkington! Unique open floor plan with historic 1920's charm. Don't miss an opportunity to see this updated classic just minutes from Butler University, downtown and the near north-side. The covered front porch welcomes you home to this 3 bed, 3 b...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2880 SqFt
$165,000
F.C. Tucker Company
3933 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3933 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Illinois St  
Looking for a new home close to downtown?! Look no further, this beautifully updated 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is perfect for any new home buyer! When you walk in the front door you are greeted with original hardwood flooring in the spacious living room. F...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2626 SqFt
$164,900
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
426 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 426 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
A GREAT home for a GREAT value!! Great space & well-maintained throughout! Large formal living room w/ decorative fireplace leading to the formal dining room w/ painted trim & millwork! Kitchen is updated tasteful stone counter tops, newer stainless appli...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1619 SqFt
$160,000
RE/MAX Ability Plus
4236 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4236 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: A V Browns Fairmount  
Come check out this cute bungalow just south of Butler University. Hardwood floors thru out that have been refinished. New Kitchen cabinets and tops. Built in for extra storage as well. Dining Room has a built in hutch for storage as well. Fenced in ...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1804 SqFt
$159,900
Wall and Associates
4138 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4138 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Great investment opportunity with both units already tenant occupied! Located near Butler University making both units easy to fill! All appliances included and both sides have central air. Large covered front porch.
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$155,000
Triple E Realty, LLC
3827 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3827 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Haugheys Mapleton  
UPDATED EVEN MORE SINCE LISTING! Charm! Charm! Charm! Located in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood near parks, schools, and shopping, this newly renovated 1920's home is ready for move in! New paint inside and out, new windows, new kitchen and water hea...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2232 SqFt
$149,500
Priority One Realty
3962 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3962 North Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lattas North Illinois St  
Recent updates throughout this Butler-Tarkington 3 bedroom home. Updated kitchen, including new granite countertops, updated bathrooms, fresh paint, new carpet and new kitchen appliances. This home is near it all. Tarkington Park is just 1 block away. ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1796 SqFt
$139,900
United Real Estate Indpls
4069 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4069 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
This is a beautifully updated home in Butler Tarkington. Virtually everything here is new: roof, exterior paint and front porch windows, both baths, all new kitchen with SS appliances, new cabinetry/countertops, all new laminates, new carpet in the bedroo...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1656 SqFt
$135,000
Barnes Property Management LLC
4050 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4050 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Great duplex in the Butler/Tarkington area. One side is currently rented but the tenant is month to month so can be evicted easily. The other side is vacant and has fresh paint and carpet throughout. Great investment property which can fetch $825 to $8...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$127,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
3913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Get into South Butler-Tarkington with this fantastic bungalow. The 3 bedroom/2 bath was totally renovated in 2013 and just needs some minor updating to get it into tip top shape. Original hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances....
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2600 SqFt
$124,900
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
4060 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4060 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
 
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1752 SqFt
$120,000
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
325 West Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 325 West Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Maple Heights  
Wow!! Completely updated 3bd bungalow in hot area! Everything new! New kitchen, bathrooms, refinished floors, open floorplan, new paint inside and out, new A/C, ALL new Electrical, New windows, newer roof. This is one you don't want to miss!
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1480 SqFt
$114,990
United Real Estate Indpls
321 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 321 West 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
Great Property in great location! By Butler University, Broadripple, and downtown action! Go biking, walking, enjoying life in this new developing area. New updates makes this home a fantastic opportunity for first time buyer or investor! The owners withd...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1134 SqFt
$113,500
eXp Realty, LLC
3902 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3902 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
Beautiful hardwood floors and high ceilings make this home feel really spacious! 3 large bedrooms large living area and over-sized kitchen and dining room make this home ready for today's buyers! The exterior needs painting and landscaping and the seller ...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2410 SqFt
$110,000
No Limit Real Estate, LLC
3827 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 3827 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: C E Shovers  
PRICE REDUCTION!!! Fabulous property in South Butler Tarkington area. Easy access to Downtown and Northside. The area is on the rise with homes being restored at a much higher sales price. Love the entry with beautiful original wood. Large inviting por...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2912 SqFt
$109,900
Carpenter, REALTORS®
4129 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4129 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Culver Riggs & Lynns  
 
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3160 SqFt
$99,500
United Real Estate Indpls
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
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
4129 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 4129 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Granville M Ballard's  
 
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$44,000
Nottingham Realty Group
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
$43,900
Ebeyer Realty, LLC

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