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Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Lockerbie Square is the historical residential district of Indy. The oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, the district features an eclectic mix of Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne homes. It was the first district in Indianapolis to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just east of Downtown, Lockerbie offers historic single family homes as well as impressive repurposed condos. Take the walking tour and admire the history of our great city.


A Small Oasis in the Big City

Stepping into this neighborhood is like stepping back in time 150 years. Well-kept 19th-century homes line the ancient cobblestone streets, with gorgeous alleyways, stone carriage stoops, hitching posts, ancient curbs, brick sidewalks, and a tree canopy rivaled by none.

The neighborhood takes its name from the Lockerbie family who platted out the district in the mid 1800s. Skilled laborers and artisans built homes alongside wealthy retailers and furniture manufacturers. The neighborhood's most famous resident was the "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley, who lived in Lockerbie Square for the last 23 years of his life. The home is now the James Whitcomb Riley Museum.

During the years following the First World War, Lockerbie Square residents migrated north beyond 38th Street. The big houses of the neighborhood were turned into boarding houses with absentee landlords, and the small cottages were abandoned, falling quickly into disrepair. Streets and sidewalks crumbled. By 1958, Lockerbie Square was all but a ghost town. It was then that the neighborhood attracted the efforts of the Metropolitan Planning Department of Marion County.

Shortly thereafter, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (HLFI) was founded by Eli Lilly, Edward Pierre, Edward James, and Wilbur Peat. In 1966 they established the Lockerbie Square committee, which — together with the HLFI & the Marion County Historical Society — shepherded a bill through the Indiana General Assembly that created the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC).

Over the years, the HLFI purchased and restored several historically important residences, including the Staub House at 342 North College Ave., the Holler Cottage at 324 North Park Ave., and the George Schribner Cottage, which it moved across the city to North Park Ave. in 1977. By 1970 the HLFI had encountered so many complications with the Tax Reform Act of 1969 and difficulties with estates, absentee landlords, tenants, and transients, that it turned its attention elsewhere.

In 1973, the Lockerbie Square People's Club took over the reigns. Working with the HLFI and the IHPC, as well as the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the Lugar administration, the Club got the General Assembly to help fund a staff for the Commission. Inspired by the 1976 Bicentennial, and joined by the Junior League, the Indianapolis Garden Club, and the Department of Transportation, these groups worked together to bring noticeable improvements to the neighborhood, including the Victorian street lamps, cobblestones, sidewalks, and tree replacements that we see today.

In 1976 a group of residents formed Lockerbie Square, Inc. Their new ideas and improvements were consolidated and reflected in the Lockerbie Square Historic District Preservation Area Plan I. Following this plan, the Lockerbie Glove Factory Condominiums were rehabilitated in 1982-83. Since then, many new townhouses have been built in the neighborhood. The challenges faced by Lockerbie Square today no longer involve the halting of demolition and decay, but shaping and managing the neighborhood's character as a historical urban neighborhood.

Such a dear little street it is,
nestled away from the noise of the city and the heat of the day
In cool shady coverts of whispering trees.
With their leaves lifted up to shake hands with the breeze
Which in all its wide wanderings never may meet
With a resting-place fairer than Lockerbie Street!
— excerpt from "Lockerbie Street"
by James Witcomb Riley

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Latest Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

251 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 251 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Bates & Fletchers  
Spectacular home with exceptional views of downtown. The 2 private balconies offer exceptional views of downtown and are perfect for entertaining. The balcony off the kitchen and dining area features a built-in grill while the other is located one level a...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4738 SqFt
$1,800,000
Springer Real Estate Co
542 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 542 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
The epitome of Location, Location, Location! This Lockerbie Square home lives up to the neighborhood’s well-regarded reputation. Flourishing architectural details, both inside an out, will leave you speechless! Exceptional original details, such as in...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 6022 SqFt
$1,200,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
635 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 635 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fletchers Sub  
Pure class! Stately living offered in one of Downtown Indy’s most sought-after neighborhoods! This Tom Jones built home delivers the historic charm that Lockerbie is known for, while offering the style and livability of a modern home. Beauty is found...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 5100 SqFt
$1,100,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: 500 Park Residences  
Experience the ultimate in sophisticated luxury in this beautifully constructed condo w/ attention to detail, located in the heart of downtown Indpls just off Mass Ave. This modern smart home features automatic blinds, museum quality lighting, security sy...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2129 SqFt
$1,099,000
F.C. Tucker Company
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1883 SqFt
$749,825
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1804 SqFt
$748,007
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
527 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 527 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Holts  
Charm and Location! This Victorian cottage boasts a most-desirable Lockerbie address! The home’s original architecture has been tastefully accentuated by an addition that offers incredible flexibility! Living space galore! An open concept kitchen an...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3406 SqFt
$675,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1433 SqFt
$584,716
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1470 SqFt
$562,275
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1397 SqFt
$559,025
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1361 SqFt
$530,043
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spir...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1361 SqFt
$519,670
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 504 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: 500 Park Residences  
Completely custom move-in ready downtown condo awaits you in this 2 bed, 2 bath Park 500 condo with 10' ceilings located in historic Lockerbie just 2 blocks off Mass Ave! Enjoy downtown skyline views from one of two outdoor private balconies! Balcony also...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1237 SqFt
$494,000
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
624 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 624 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Fletchers Sub  
Anything but Average! This Lockerbie Square townhome has just received a top-notch renovation, placing it in a class of its own. From the outside - in, you will find no shortage of original charm! Period architectural details include masterfully carved po...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2090 SqFt
$475,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
640 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 640 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie  
In the heart of Lockerbie Square, this historic town home is ready for a new owner who wants to enjoy the beauty and energy of downtown Indianapolis. With off-street private parking and just blocks from north and south Mass Ave., it is the perfect home fo...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3311 SqFt
$460,000
Paradigm Realty Solutions
316 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 316 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Blues Sub S K Fletchers 1st  
RARE OPPPORTUNITY TO OWN IN LOCKERBIE SQUARE!Gorgeous historic home blt in 1865,in the heart of downtown,w/ Mass Ave just min away!The home has kept its historic charm & character while having all the updated amenities you could want.Home offers raised ce...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1977 SqFt
$435,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Address Not Disclosed, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
EXPOSED BRICK + RECLAIMED WOOD // Just a block from the Mass Ave Cultural District, you will find one of the most walkable condo buildings in downtown Indy. Each room showcases exposed brick & tall ceilings with wood rafters. This 3 bed, 2 bath unit featu...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1729 SqFt
$384,500
Plat Collective
855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 855 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Chatham  
Now taking reservations. Enjoy an exclusive contemporary lifestyle. Residences with an abundance of large windows and rooms filled with light. Carefully selected materials and expert craftsmanship. All in a neighborhood filled with history, contrast, spi...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1119 SqFt
$378,629
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 430 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Lockerbie Glove  
Prime downtown living at its finest! Unique opportunity to live in the historic Glove Company building in downtown Indy. Chic floor plan offers a wonderful mixture of views and textures-from the exposed brick walls to the breathtaking cityscape views. Har...
1 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1197 SqFt
$312,800
Encore Sotheby's International

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