Butler-Tarkington, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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.

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4404 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4404 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Iconic N Meridian country French estate Ludovici tile roof, copper gutters, leaded windows, carriage home; ALL UPDATED! English gardens with gothic stone wall, foun...

4 Beds 7 Bath Areas 5838 SqFt

$2,295,000

F.C. Tucker Company
4450 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4450 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

This graceful Federal inspired Meridian Street home offers beautiful original architectural elements including a light filled central staircase with a groin vault ce...

6 Beds 7 Bath Areas 7120 SqFt

$1,299,900

Encore Sotheby's International
4146 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4146 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Stunning Mediterranean Revival on Historic Meridian Street! Timelessly Updated to Suit Modern Needs while Preserving the Unique Charm and Architecture of the 1920's!...

4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 4294 SqFt

$1,100,000

Brince Realty LLC
4913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4913 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Many opportunities available with this charming Butler Tarkington Duplex! Within walking distance to Butler University, yet in a residential area on a quiet street. ...

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt

$679,000

The Stewart Home Group
520 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

520 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

A wide, welcoming front porch stretches the length of this fully renovated Butler Tarkington home. Every element of this home has been expertly updated while still h...

3 Beds 3 Bath Areas 2410 SqFt

$499,900

F.C. Tucker Company
339 W Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208

339 W Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208

**Seller paid buyer interest rate buy down!!**** Great opportunity in the popular neighborhood of Butler Tarkington! This is a lovely historic home from the 1920's r...

4 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2730 SqFt

$484,000

Highgarden Real Estate
4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Tarkington Tower is the premium condominium building in Indianapolis. Elegant 3 bedroom, 2 bath 9th floor residence with stunning views of downtown Indy from the lar...

3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1640 SqFt

$289,900

CENTURY 21 Scheetz
335 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

335 Berkley Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

This is it! The one you've been waiting for & located just blocks from Butler-University! Tucked inside the historic Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, this gem offers ...

3 Beds 1 Bath Areas 2688 SqFt

$274,900

Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
4031 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4031 Cornelius Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Check out this charming Butler-Tarkington home freshly remodeled inside and out! This Two bedroom with one full master sized bathroom home has new hardwood floors a...

2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1611 SqFt

$235,000

eXp Realty, LLC
345 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208

345 Harvard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Nicely updated 4 Bed 2 Bath home! with an additional room that can be used as a bedroom or office. This home has a fenced in yard, new exterior paint, and a large at...

4 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2683 SqFt

$230,000

Berkley & State, LLC
4121 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4121 Byram Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Come see this Cozy, Fully Renovated 3 Bedroom 2 Full Bath Home in Butler-Tarkington area just a few blocks from Butler University's Campus as well as Centrally locat...

3 Beds 2 Bath Areas 1512 SqFt

$230,000

Compass Indiana, LLC
4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

4000 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Elegant 15th floor residence with stunning views from the large family/dining/bedroom windows. This immaculate modern home is a rare find today. Large balcony to enj...

1 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1100 SqFt

$223,500

eXp Realty, LLC
3960 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

3960 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Welcome home to your adorable bungalow! Located just south of Butler-Tarkington, enjoy sitting on the charming porch. Walk inside to expertly refinished quarter-sa...

2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 2177 SqFt

$189,000

F.C. Tucker Company
314 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

314 Bernard Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Butler Tarkington 3 bedroom home with beautiful sunroom situated on a nice fenced in lot with 2 car garage. Large basement for additional storage. Upstairs loft/bedr...

3 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1984 SqFt

$174,900

No Limit Real Estate, LLC
311 W 39th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

311 W 39th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

A beautiful bungalow nested on a great street. This Cozy Indy home offers large sit-in porch for outdoor entertainment. Warm home offers fireplace, living room stora...

2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1920 SqFt

$132,900

Charmaine Sanders
3925 N Kenwood, Indianapolis, IN 46208

3925 N Kenwood, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Beautifully updated 2 bed 1 bathroom four minutes from Butler University. Replaced windows in the kitchen and bedroom on the left. Updated lighting fixtures and elec...

2 Beds 1 Bath Areas 1512 SqFt

$129,000

White Stag Realty, LLC
616 W 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

616 W 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Residential lot available for a new build. This property is close to Butler University. This is a thriving neighborhood. It is also close to Broad Ripple, and only m...

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt

$90,000

Snyder Strategy Realty, Inc
530 W 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

530 W 41st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Great new home build opportunity! Don't let this one slip away.

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt

$45,000

Snyder Strategy Realty, Inc

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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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