In comparison to many counties outlining major metropolitan areas, like Indianapolis, Boone County remains unique, offering a wide array of appealing lifestyles—from high-end, affluent living to a more moderate way of life. In the communities, quaint town squares and villages are surrounded by a host of appealing historical homes, while outlying areas are dotted with multi-generational farmsteads, equestrian farms and beautiful country estates. The small-town neighborly atmosphere discovered here is unmatched and is made even better by its proximity to big-city amenities found in nearby Indianapolis and college towns such as West Lafayette.
“Potential homebuyers can expect to find everything in Boone County, from magnificent country estates and gated communities with million dollar-plus homes featuring grand and diverse architecture, to the simple two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow,” explains Dale Smith, a Lebanon resident and manager of RE/MAX Countryside.
From its founding in 1852, Zionsville has been a warm and inviting place to call home. The centerpiece of the community is “The Village,” with its brick main street flanked by unique shops and quaint historic homes. “The Village has a very rich mix of architectural styles and historical homes, many of which have been renovated and expanded upon over the years,” explains Ed Mitro, Zionsville Town Manager. “We have a lot of new subdivisions, but when most people think of Zionsville, the quaint village in the old part of town comes to mind.”
Planned communities and subdivisions have been, and continue to be, developed by leading national and local builders/ developers such as Beezer, Pulte, Ryland and Estridge. With a nod to the kind of design and planning that makes Zionsville’s Village so attractive, nearby Stonegate offers its residents many of the same kinds of benefits. This splendid planned subdivision offers a variety of architectural styles, ranging in price from $400,000 up through $1 million. Stonegate’s stately homes line the pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets, and the nearby schools, parks, community center and restaurants offer places for neighbors to gather.
Some of Zionsville’s older, well-established neighborhoods include Colony Woods, Raintree and Austin Oaks, while its newest addition is Oldfields On Hunt Club. Oldfields On Hunt Club will feature the best of city and country living, with a great location off Hunt Club Road. Lots begin in the $270,000s and work up from there, with minimum building requirements starting at 4,000 square feet for a ranch and 4,500 square feet for a two-story home. “This will be a breathtaking community of custom home sites nestled in the equestrian corridor of Zionsville,” says Smith.
One of the biggest impacts on the county is the 1,700-acre, mixed-use Anson community being developed by Duke Realty Corporation in Whitestown, just west of Zionsville. Anson will have over 650 single-family and 2,000 multi-family homes at completion. Ryland’s Anson Townhomes and the blvd apartments and lofts opened in late 2007. Well-respected local builder Hansen & Horn began marketing and building single-family homes in Anson in late 2008. The homes range from $200,000 to $400,000 with a few select custom sites available as well.
Whitestown is a growing community offering a mix of older homes and newer residences. The community now boasts of one of Boone County’s largest neighborhoods, Walker Farms. Upon completion, Walker Farms will fill 384 acres of Whitestown with homes. Beezer is one of the largest tract builders in the nation and the developer of the project, which showcases a mix of three-bedroom, two-bath, two-car garage ranch-style homes in the lower $100,000s and giant two-story homes with three-car garages starting in the $250,000s. “The town is eager to grow, and grow it will with its location close to Anson and the interstate, as well as Lebanon and Zionsville,” explains Smith.
Lebanon offers plenty of fine homes under $100,000, with upper-end real estate starting at $200,000 and up. The county seat features such prominent neighborhoods as Brendanwood, Golfside at Ulen, the Morningside Addition and Chadwick Village, with pricing ranging from the $150,000s to the $250,000s. At higher prices, the architectural styles of these homes begin to vary and lots tend to be larger. “With 3.5 exits off I-65 leading to Lebanon, plus its proximity to Indianapolis and Lafayette and a well-established hometown feel, it has the potential to become one of the finest small towns in the Midwest,” says Smith.
When traveling the countryside of Thorntown, one will discover a wealth of new and older homes of all shapes and sizes—and the beauty of this portion of the county is the envy of surrounding areas. Notably, people will come across many two-story, all-brick Italianate-style homes that were built in the 1860s. “When you see these homes, up in the attics and down in the basements and see the high ceilings, woodwork, flooring, transoms and windows, a deep sense of history overwhelms you,” says Smith.
The biggest demand for housing in Boone County is, without a doubt, at the entry level, “and the price parameters for entry-level homes are certainly different, depending on what part of Boone they are located,” says Smith.
Zionsville is home to Royal Run, the most affordable subdivision in town with a varied range of styles and prices, from the low $100,000s into the $200,000s. Zionsville also has the Cobblestone Lakes subdivision, featuring large, well-adorned homes complete with ponds, a clubhouse and plenty of curb appeal. Current houses on the market here range from $323,000 to $549,000. “I think only in Zionsville will you find ‘entry-level’ housing this impressive,” says Smith.
He continues, saying, “In Lebanon, Prairie Heights, Mar Lee Manor, Rolling Meadows, Northfield Addition, Park Place, Hickory Meadows and Clear Vista come to mind where excellent entry-level housing is available. In addition, the older sections of town, not in a subdivision, also provide good entry-level housing in abundance.”
Lebanon is bursting with entry-level housing, ranging from the $70,000s to the $125,000s. Other Boone County communities offer plenty of entry-level housing as well, though the larger land sizes of Lebanon and Zionsville provide a larger inventory of homes.
The diverse residential real estate market of the Boone County region certainly reflects its deep historical roots and charm, while simultaneously embracing its focus on the future. Growth and development have remained thoughtful and steady over its 150-year history in the Hoosier state—a characteristic that is sure to remain well into the coming years.