A mix of small-town suburbia and the fast-paced big city, Brownsburg is an ideal spot to find a home. Located just outside Indianapolis, it’s on the verge of having a redeveloped downtown area with a retail, commercial and residential hub. It will be an even more pedestrian-friendly, vibrant economic center.
Developers plan to spend about $70 million on the project that will bring new restaurants, retail spaces, offices and hundreds of apartments to the heart of this town of 25,000. A parking garage, sidewalks, and bike path are part of the plan as well as a recreation center.
The new area will back up to Arbuckle Acres, a 68-acre wooded park that includes baseball and softball diamonds, basketball and tennis course, shelters and more than a mile of walking trails along White Lick Creek. It’s also the home of the highly anticipated annual Arts in the Park festival.
This project along with the development that has been taking place over the last ten years near the I-74 corridor makes Brownsburg a booming area with great real estate available. It’s a good time to buy a home in Brownsburg. Home appreciation is up 4.7% over the last 12 months and 6.22% over the last ten years. The median home price is $157,600.
Located in northeastern Hendricks County, Brownsburg is bordered on the east by Clermont and Indianapolis, Avon to the south and Pittsboro on the northwest. I-74 runs parallel to US-136 which is the main street in the town. Interstate 65 is only about 8 miles northeast and I-70 only 13 miles south. This makes commuting really simple with an average travel time of 20 minutes.
When James B. Brown, a Kentucky native settled in Brown Township in 1824 the area was a dense and unbroken wilderness. Four years after Brown came to the area the first log schoolhouse was built. It was the beginning of an outstanding school system.
A few years later one-room brick schools were built every 4 miles all through the county. Everyone but the mothers in the household attended the schools (as long as it wasn’t crop season) and the age range in the classrooms ran between six-year-olds to 40 somethings.
A stagecoach line was established in 1820 connecting all the small outlying communities with the state capital of Indianapolis. The first post office was established in 1836 and the first church followed a few years later.
From the 1840s to the 1870s, the town nearly tripled in area. It grew from its original 6 acres to more than 16 acres. The area’s first election in 1848 saw a total of ten male votes were cast. In 1869 the Big Four Railroad opened service to Brownsburg. By 1910, the Interurban was making daily trips between Indianapolis and Crawfordsville with hourly stops in Brownsburg.
In 1917 the first public library was erected funded by local gifts as well as a $12,500 gift from the Carnegie Corporation. A two-story schoolhouse was built the same year. A gym was added later and it was one of the gyms used in the filming of the movie Hoosiers. The first high school was built in the late 1950s.
Today, the Brownsburg Community School Corporation maintains all the public schools in the area. During the 2013-14 school year, all the schools earned an A for ISTEP testing. For the past 7 years, the ISTEP+ scores averaged 13.6% above the statewide average. They have a graduation rate of 85.3%.
Both Brownsburg Middle Schools have averaged 12 and 13% above the statewide average for the past several years. The Elementary schools have even higher scores and several are ranked as 4-Star Schools. There are two private Christian Schools in the area as well and both have above average ISTEP scores, a high graduation rate and great rankings.
The Brownsburg public schools spend $9,615 per student, well under the average expenditure in the United States. The schools have 1.3 students per teacher. With just under 8,000 households with children under the age of 18 living with them, the quality of the schools in the area are important.
Another big factor that makes Brownsburg so appealing to homeowners is the quality of public safety. The area is served by the Brownsburg Fire Territory and covers 52 square miles and employs 87 firefighters, civilian medics and administrative staff members.
The incorporated area of the town is protected by the Brownsburg Police Department with seven divisions. This includes a K9 unit of four dogs and officers, uniform patrol and reserve officers, a motorcycle unit and bicycle unit with five officers (operating 8 months out of the year), a training unit and a SWAT team for crisis situations. There is also an Interstate Crime Enforcement team that patrols the interstate area outside of the city limits.
With it’s low crime, strong economy and excellent schools, Brownsburg is an ideal town with the promise of more growth and livability for homeowners. Safety is paramount in Brownsburg. Homes are secure and businesses are protected.
Brownsburg is a mecca for race fans. It is also the home of Lucas Oil Raceway home to the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, No Hatin’ Drag Racing, Slamology, the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals and the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.
With it’s racing history it’s no surprise that a number of well known race drivers call Brownsburg home. These include: Aldo Andretti, John Andretti, Pancho Carter, Bobby East, Joey Saldana and Robbie Stanley.
A number of professional sports figures are also residents of Brownsburg. They are Cincinnati Reds MLB Catcher Tucker Barnhart, Major League Pitcher Kent Bottenfield, Soccer Player Chris Estridge, Basketball Player Gordon Hayward, MLB pitcher Lance Lynn, Colts Punter Pat McAfee, MLB Pitcher Bill Sampen, MLB pitcher Drew Storen, NFL Kicker Mike Vandejagt and Colts Lineman Joe Staysniak.
With all the activities and events it’s no wonder that Brownsburg is a popular choice for families moving to the Indianapolis area. The community’s growth has been intelligent and well-planned. The town was named as the 33rd best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine in 2009 and one of the top 100 Best Places to Live by CNN in 2011. Residents here enjoy all the benefits of small town living with all the necessities close at hand and the city of Indianapolis just minutes away.
Not only is Brownsburg a wonderful place to call home for families but is home to a number of businesses and attractions. There are several restaurants, both national chains and locally owned. The community hosts many events including a Christmas parade and haunted hayrides. These are in addition to the more than 100 different racing events each year.
Old established neighborhoods mix with new housing developments in Brownsburg. Easy access to Indianapolis via I-74 make this area perfect for commuters. With the median age of residents around 34-35 it’s a great area to buy a home. Whether you are looking for a large home, apartment, condo or commercial business site, you’ll find the ideal property in Brownsburg.