South Bend, Indiana, is perhaps best known as the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While the campus iconic gold dome attracts thousands of college football fans each year, its not all South Bend has to offer. This northern-Indiana town sits along the St. Joseph River, which gives South Bend its moniker. From boating along the river to visiting The South Bend Museum of Art and the historic homes dotting the town, South Bend has something for everyone.
The vacancy rate in South Bend sits at just under 15 percent. The median home price in South Bend is $86,700, below the states median of $109,126. Single-family homes are the most common types of property found in South Bend. While homeowners make up more than 65 percent of the local real estate market, there are plenty of rentals available. Single family homes and apartments rent for an average of $690 per month, and those in the rent to own market will also find a number of options in the area.
Whether you are on the prowl for the latest fashions or looking for unique antiques, South Bends shopping has it all. The fashionistas in your family will find on-trend threads at University Park Mall and the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. The Mall is home to stores like Sears, JCPenney and Macys and specialty stores, such as Buckle, Deb and Express. At the outlets, you can find great deals on more than 120 brands, including DKNY, Eddie Bauer, Kenneth Cole and Rue 21. For a more unique shopping experience, head down to Downtown South Bends shopping district. Youll find unique pop-up shops, featuring fine arts and local crafts, as well as South Bends best antique haunts.
As autumn comes to South Bend, the town becomes alive with blue and gold; Notre Dame Football is the name of the game in these parts. Of course, if college football isnt your thing, there is plenty of other activites to do in and around South Bend. From mid-August to mid-November, The Snite Museum of Art will host a landscape photography exhibition featuring the work of Terry Evans. Afterwards, indulge your sweet tooth with Sweet!, The Center for Historys exhibition celebrating Americas confection industry.
South Bend is not your classic Midwestern city. With a quick exploration of the citys neighborhoods you can easily see the diversity and charm that truly hold South Bend together. Though South Bend is home to nearly 30 unique neighborhoods, they are often grouped together by geographic location:
Southeast South Bend was the original home of the Studebaker family. Today, the neighborhoods are classified by rolling hills, stately homes and Craftsman bungalows. You can find two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright here.
Southwest neighborhoods are best known for large wooded lots and tranquil neighborhoods. Lafayatte Falls borders a nature preserve while Rum Village sits on the edge of an urban village.
Downtown neighborhoods are your best bet for finding large, historic homes. West Washington features award-winning homes from the 19th century. Downtown South Bend is home to the majority of the towns hip restaurants and an extensive shopping district.
In the northeast part of the city, Coquillard Woods and Cross Creek feature an eclectic collection of homes and a country-like setting. Eddy Street Commons is one of South Bends newest hot spots with proximity to Notre Dame, and it has easy access to Downtown.
Northwest neighborhoods are popular among South Bend families. The proximity to some of the areas best schools combined with tree-lined streets and well-manicured lawns attract families with children. You can find everything from small ivy-covered cottages to large American Foursquare homes in the Northwest.
Near North Side includes the attractive neighborhoods of Harter Heights and North Shore Triangle. Harter Heights is a short walk from Notre Dame and remains popular with students and faculty alike. North Shore Triangle is best known for its homes designed by Ernest Young, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright
Near East Side is the best of both worlds, with an urban culture and historic roots that run deep. You can find everything from small starter homes to large stately properties in the same neighborhoods. The variety of architecture and home sizes causes many families to upsize and downsize in the Near East Side without ever leaving their neighborhoods.
East Sides River Park neighborhood is known for its community. The neighborhood features a collection of locally-owned shops, pubs and restaurants. Tight-knit residents are often found visiting local shops and spending time together.
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