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Irvington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Irvington, Indiana is the largest historic district in Marion County, including roughly 1,600 individual land parcels on 555 acres. Named for 19th-century writer Washington Irving, the historic district is located five miles east of downtown on the western edge of Warren Township, inside the 465 loop. Originally chartered as a suburban township in 1870, Irvington was annexed by the City of Indianapolis in 1902.

Irvington was among the first planned suburbs of Indianapolis, and is important for its Victorian Romantic winding street pattern, the varied architectural styles and types, and its cultural and educational role in the city. In 1900, the Indianapolis & Greenfield Rapid Transit Company laid tracks down the center of Washington Street. Shortly thereafter, the Citizen's Street Railway ran its new electric trolley line from Irvington to downtown Indianapolis along what is now US Route 40.

Taking advantage of this new age of transportation, business owners quickly built commercial blocks on Washington Street. A new school, and other services from the city drew many new residents to the area. Homes began popping up everywhere.

Irvington quickly became a favorite haunt of the Midwest's best fine artists and writers. It was here that the famed "Irvington Group" of artists lived, met, and exhibited their art. The namesake group was led by noted artists William Forsyth, Dorothy Morlan, Clifton and Hilah Wheeler, and others. Pleasant Run Creek was a favorite subject of those landscape artists in the group.

Today, many of the artists' homes and studios remain standing. The Irvington Lodge, Bona Thompson Memorial Library, and Studio School & Gallery are public venues where arts are currently taught and displayed.

The area contains excellent examples of every major American architectural style including Italianate, French Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival. The Benton House is a charming example of the Second Empire style of architecture, and is remembered for its association with Silence Benton, president of Butler University during its early years. The Julian House was the home of George Washington Julian, famous abolitionist. Julian welcomed Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth to his Irvington home. His daughter, Grace Julian Clarke, a lifelong resident, was a statewide leader of the Indiana suffrage movement and the first female columnist for the Indianapolis Star.

Several popular events and festivals attract people to the neighborhood throughout the year. The Irvington Farmers Market is one of the most popular farmers markets in Indianapolis. There's the Annual Irvington Folk Festival, a week of performances, workshops, lecture and film offered free of charge. The Irvington Historical Society hosts an ice cream social featuring art, music, and of course, ice cream. The Irvington Garden Club sponsors annual annual events to show local gardens, homes, and art, and the Irvington Home Tour is now in its 42nd year.

The best-known Irvington event is the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, held each fall since 1947. The festival is the nation's oldest and largest Halloween festival. East Washington Street is closed through downtown to hold the street festival. Events of the week-long festival include a 5-mile run, pageant, live music, contests, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, roller derby, a "haunted puppet show," and many other fun family events.

The Irving Theatre, built in 1913, was originally used for a nickelodeon, although it served many purposes throughout the decades until it closed in the mid-1990s. There, it sat unoccupied, until it was repoened in 2005. The theatre is a hub for live music, films, art, community, and private events. With a capacity of over 700 people, The Irving is one of the city's largest venues.

Irvington, today, has more linear blocks of brick streets than any neighborhood in the city, and its naturalistic plan is considered Indianapolis' largest and most developed example of Victorian Romantic landscape design. The 400-year-old "Kile Oak" tree on Beechwood Avenue, is thought to be the oldest Bur Oak in the country, and boasts a limb spread of 125 feet, and a trunk circumference of 16 feet.

Irvington, like much of Indiana, has a history of Temperance. In 1908, 70 of the state's 92 counties forbade the sale of alcoholic beverages within their borders. Marion County was not one of them, but not all residents were happy with that decision. In 1909 the women of Irvington rose up against a proposed German Beer Garden at Wonderland Amusement Park. Although the management was within its rights to sell beer, local beer distributors, fearing a public relations nightmare, refused to sell their products to the park. To this day, a local covenant banning alcohol sales in Irvington is still on the books (but who looks at the books? ;-).

The Irvington Development Organization (IDO), was founded in 2002 to ensure that revitalization efforts remained compatible with the historic character of the Irvington community, and to enhance the quality of life for Irvington and Indianapolis residents. The IDO has had many triumphs in recent years,including luring new businesses to the neighborhood, attracting private and public investments for redevlopment of historic buildings, and awarding grants to local businesses and property owners to improve their buildings' appearances. Today, they continue to spearhead such popular community initiatives like the Irvington Streetscape Project, Irvington Green Initiative, and Irvington Neighborhood Plan.

While the community of Irvington is known for its wealth of historic homes with price ranges to fit any budget, with so many value-enhancing inititives planned for the future, Irvington may not stay affordable for long! To secure your place in Historic Irvington, Indiana, call msWoods now.

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Latest Irvington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

5631 University Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5631 University Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Julian Johnson Rawles & Goodes  
This is a SUPER rare opportunity! The 1876 Eudorus Johnson house is currently available (son of Sylvester Johnson, co-founder of Irvington.) This historic Victorian Gothic architecture is captivating with its detailed bargeboards, two intricate towers & ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 4689 SqFt
$325,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
520 Campbell Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 520 Campbell Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Irvington  
Terrific 1920's Center Hall Brick Two Story with Tile Roof Overlooking Pleasant Run Creek. Large Home with Very Generous Room Sizes. 3 Season Porch Overlooking the Creek is 8x30. This is that "Almost Completely Original House" that People Talk About. Orig...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 4149 SqFt
$285,000
Artisan, REALTORS
5334 Lowell Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5334 Lowell Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Ritter Resub  
HELLO IRVINGTON!! This sweet townhouse is in a PRIME Irvington location- close to Ellenberger Park AND the hot "restaurant and shopping" district of Irvington! Beautiful restoration paired with original features make this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome a p...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2550 SqFt
$219,000
New Dimensions in Real Estate
5336 Lowell Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5336 Lowell Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Ritter Resub  
HELLO IRVINGTON!! This sweet townhouse is in a PRIME Irvington location- close to Ellenberger Park AND the hot "restaurant and shopping" district of Irvington! Beautiful restoration paired with original features make this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome a pe...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2450 SqFt
$215,000
New Dimensions in Real Estate
301 North Ridgeview Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219 301 North Ridgeview Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Irvington Terrace  
Corner lot! Charming and ready for another 30 years of life. This 1940's bungalow has been renovated and updated. See list of updates attached as supplement. Brand new kitchen and layout, complete with new stainless appliances and a custom made butcher bl...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2110 SqFt
$199,900
BluPrint Real Estate Group
138 South Catherwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 138 South Catherwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Tilford & Thrashers  
Enjoy living right on the Pennsy Trail in Irvington, in a brand new house! Upgrade your lifestyle with quality finishes throughout this very spacious 4 bedroom home with 3 full bathrooms. The huge main level bedroom provides multiple options to fit your n...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2436 SqFt
$199,000
F.C. Tucker Company
72 North Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 72 North Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Irvington  
Great Irvington with four bedrooms, two full baths, very large living room with fireplace, and large dinning room. This homes has four sets of french door, and great woodwork. This home is on the Pennsy Trail and is very close to the park. The bedroom on ...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3480 SqFt
$185,000
Artisan, REALTORS
49 North Kenyon Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 49 North Kenyon Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Irvington Terrace  
A rare bird here, this beautiful, updated Irvington home that's actually priced within reach! Clean, and crisp home with nicely remodeled kitchen and baths, and full of vintage charm (check out the dining room built in!). Upstairs, three bedrooms (seller...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1824 SqFt
$174,000
Deb Kent Gallery of Homes, LLC
991 North Bolton Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 991 North Bolton Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Osborn Ridge  
This charming Irvington brick home is ready for its next owner to make it shine to its fullest! It has all the great bones: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, original hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, french doors & charming built in bookcases. Sitting a top the hil...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2664 SqFt
$165,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
5935 East Rawles Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5935 East Rawles Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Julian Johnson Rawles & Goodes  
WELCOME TO THE SOUGHT AFTER IRVINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD! WITH THIS HOMES POSITION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SITTING ABOVE STREET LEVEL YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED WITH THE CARE THIS HOME HAS RECEIVED. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LARGE YARD THAT SURROUNDS THIS HOME WITH ITS EAS...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2085 SqFt
$145,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
5124 East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5124 East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Pleasanton  
This 1926 Dutch Colonial home features most of its originality from 1926 time period, including original light fixtures, hardwoods, & built ins. If you are looking for a piece of history in the National Historic District of Irvington w/some upgrades & lot...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2154 SqFt
$142,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
204 South Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 204 South Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Downey & Ohmers Woodland  
BRING THIS BEAUTY IN HISTORIC IRVINGTON BACK TO LIFE!!! 3 bedroom 1 bath needs repair and lots of TLC but has lots of potential! Lots of original trim and detail. Possible additional sq. ft in attic area. Appliances are not included in sale of home. Ho...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 2037 SqFt
$95,000
Livingston Realty
329 South Butler Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 329 South Butler Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Campus Terrace  
Updated Kitchen w/New Counter tops, new sink, new faucet, new cabinets, Ceramic tile. Home is freshly painted inside and outside, New Water Heater, Newer Furnace, Updated Electrical Panel, Newer Carpet, good usable space in the basement, updated bathroom,...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1460 SqFt
$79,900
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
5841 Rawles Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5841 Rawles Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Walkers  
Super cute two bedroom home that has original hardwood floors and arched doorways. Updated bath on main level and second full bath in basement and new roof. One plus car detached garage. Privacy fenced back yard. Long driveway beside home for off stree...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1920 SqFt
$75,000
RE/MAX Realty Group
5201 Burgess Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5201 Burgess Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Insleys Burgess Ave  
**Investment Package for four homes. See agent remarks for all BLC #'s. All homes are currently rented and have contracts in place. Seller may sell separately depending on terms. All homes currently rented, please see investor package info attached. Owner...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1888 SqFt
$59,000
Carpenter, REALTORS®
5535 Greenfield Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5535 Greenfield Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
**Investment Package for four homes. See agent remarks for all BLC #'s. All homes are currently rented and have contracts in place. Seller may sell separately depending on terms. All homes currently rented, please see investor package info attached. Owner...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1236 SqFt
$58,000
Carpenter, REALTORS®
5421 Greenfield Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5421 Greenfield Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Witz & Spannuths  
ATTENTION INVESTORS!! Cute, 2 bedroom Bungalow with a fenced in front yard. Home sits on a dead end street with minimal traffic. Subject also has an unfinished basement. The bathroom and kitchen are very nice! See this home, today! Home is currently occup...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1960 SqFt
$49,900
The Wilmoth Group
701 North Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 701 North Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Emerson Ave  
 
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1176 SqFt
$45,000
Beech Grove Realty
5213 Burgess Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 5213 Burgess Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46219 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Insleys Burgess Ave  
Property Description: **ATTENTION INVESTORS!!** Another Redevelop Indy Investment Opportunity that could make a nice buy and hold addition to your portfolio or a Flip. 2 bedroom and one bath bungalow. Alley access. Detached one car garage. Large enclose...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1233 SqFt
$35,900
BLP Realty Group

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