Are you looking for a great place to live? A new home? Prime real estate for a business? Greencastle offers a great life for all types of people. From families to all ages this is the place to be. This unique city is nestled between Indianapolis and Terre Haute in a county that has everything from covered bridges, historic districts, lakes walking and biking paths to horse arenas, parks, great festivals, a distinguished university and an exciting revitalized downtown.
From a small but ambitious beginning in the dense forest, Putnam County has grown to its current population of over 30,000 and contains 500 square miles of land. And, it’s county seat of Greencastle boasts a population of 10,326.
Greencastle was founded in 1821 by Scots-Irish American Ephraim Dukes on a land grant. He named the settlement for his hometown of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. A few years later Dukes built a cabin at the Corner of College and Washington Streets just a few blocks from the county’s historic courthouse.
At the time lots in Greencastle were going for $40 to $86. Lots for sale in Greencastle today sell for approximately $12,604 an acre.
Real estate is reasonably priced and readily available in this thriving community. Local politicians promote creative solutions to retain and create jobs, continue redeveloping the downtown area and establishing Greencastle as a hub of entrepreneurial activity. This includes investing in any local aging infrastructures and exploring new technologies to make Greencastle stronger, safer and more responsive to its citizens and homeowners.
Situated just one county west of the Indianapolis, two counties east of the state line the city is threaded by Interstate and federal arteries leading to many other urban centers in the Midwest. Greencastle is a great place to look for picturesque homes, scenic farms and great values in real estate. It also offers easy access to big city life in less than an hour’s drive.
The cost of living is very attractive in this energized city. The median income is $45,315 and the median home value is $105,000. Pretty affordable real estate. The vastly renewed downtown core boasts attractive buildings, pedestrian zones, great restaurants, brewpubs and music venues. There is a well-rounded arts and cultural scene as well as the educational opportunities offered by DePauw University and Ivy Tech.
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Civic groups like Main Street provide free music venues with their First Friday events every month. Local businesses and restaurateurs join in to make it a class event with something for every member of the community. The Saturday morning Farmer’s Market provides an array of products from homegrown veggies and fruit to arts and crafts. Music is also ever-present thanks to the number of musicians who reside in or near the area.
The school system is an award-winning corporation offering opportunities in honors academics, interaction with DePauw students and the opportunity for some high school students to take college-level classes at DPU. Greencastle staff members are engaged in continuous learning, goal setting as well as with team building activities with students, parents and the local community. This city offers an outstanding education to every Greencastle student.
The school system is known for its great teachers and variety of education programs which prepare students for careers including business, science, and engineering. Greencastle schools are always educating their students with an eye on the future.
A tradition of excellence is well known throughout the school corporation. An exceptional staff creates extraordinary opportunities through a rich curriculum in modern facilities. Pride is reflected through students and alumni in this community. It’s one that every home buyer or real estate agent eagerly seeks.
If you are looking for more than top quality high school and community sports venues, Greencastle is located close to spectator sports. Homeowners in Greencastle are within an hours’ drive to get to an Indianapolis Pacers or Colts game. If football and basketball aren’t your game, there are a few minor league franchises available. The venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway is host to the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and other events. Downtown Indianapolis is less than an hour’s drive and the Speedway is even closer.
The park system in this city is well established and new developments and projects are constantly in progress. There are eight municipal parks under the Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department. The area supports a sports park offering softball, baseball, soccer fields, a frisbee course, walking paths and a new dog park. The city park features a delightful children’s play area, aquatic center, basketball and tennis courts, a skate park as well as plenty of picnic space. During the summer residents are treated to weekly concerts presented by local musicians. The Parks Department provides many recreational and cultural opportunities throughout the year for participants of all ages.
The People Pathways bicycle and pedestrian trails are extremely popular in the Greencastle area. Since it’s inception in 1995, the goal is to create a network of multi-use trails to keep the community healthy and connected. Putnam County currently has the longest segment of the National Road Heritage Trail, an initiative to develop 150 miles continuously, cross state multi-use trail. These trails include walks through the prime real estate, pristine nature, and great neighborhoods.
The DePauw Nature Park is one of the best nature parks in Indiana with over 9 miles of well-maintained trails with modern facilities. The university offers a naturalist program that is professionally run. Numerous events such as birding programs and a camp out day are open to local residents. Research projects have included forest composition and growth, trees and vines, leaf litter, white-tailed deer, small mammal and numerous other projects. Trail maps and brochures helping to identify trees, birds, and wildflowers are available at the visitor center.
Greencastle has a climate conducive to lots of outdoor activity. Summers are warm and humid but without a dry season and little extreme heat. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year and winters are cold and variable with intermittent rain and snow. Snowfalls of 3 inches or more occur an average of two to three times each winter. The first freeze is usually in mid to late October. The last is generally in late April. This climate helps provide great real estate for farms and orchards.
Whether you are searching for a big home or small cozy house, you’ll be able to find a Greencastle realtor to help you. When Ephraim Dukes first set eyes on the dense forests, rolling meadows with meandering creeks and rivers and tree-filled ravines, they could not have imagined what a valuable, charming and highly livable community they would be founding.
Today, Greencastle is a thriving community offering a plethora of opportunities for young and old. Valuable real estate and reasonable prices make this quaint and charming town a place to call home. A spot where you can attend a concert, dine in style, listen to every type of music, watch a horse show, fish in a lake, attend a festival, walk in the woods or walk in town, Greencastle is the place to buy a home.
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