Ashley, Indiana is known as “The Home of the Smiley Face” because of the large water tower with a smiley face painted on it. This town is on the far northeastern side of Indiana, only ten miles from the Ohio border. Ashley is located just off of Interstate 69, straddling both Dekalb and Steuben Counties. It is also very close to some bigger cities, making it the perfect place to live. Angola is only ten miles away, Kendallville is 18 miles away, and Auburn is 32 miles away. Residents of Ashley enjoy having a small town to live in and the convenience of larger cities close by for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
The perfect home for your family can easily be found in this community. Ashley was founded in the 1800's, so there are plenty of quaint, older homes with plenty of character. There are also many modern homes if you are looking for something more updated. Either way, our real estate agents will scour the houses for sale and find the right one for you. Ashley also has apartment complexes for rent.
Because Ashley is a small town, the cost of living can be quite affordable. This is yet another reason why families think Ashley is the perfect place to live. They enjoy the affordable living along with the luxuries of the nearby cities. There are always plenty of homes for sale in many varieties so you can pick and choose your perfect home.
Because Ashley is a small community, there are only a handful of small stores. However, it does have everything you need located within its city limits. Some of the businesses Ashley has include grocery stores, banks, farm supply stores, a graphic design studio, tanning salon, and several more shops. With the luxury of having the city of Angola only ten miles away, shopping will never be difficult. Angola has multiple outlet malls and many of the most popular national chain store
There are a few local favorite restaurants in Ashley, including Beer's Pub and Grub and Joe's Place. If you are looking for more variety, Angola has many more option where there are fast food places like McDonald's and other sit-down restaurants such as Red Lobster, Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Pizza Hut. If you are looking for a fancy night out, you can take a quick drive to the city and have many places to choose from.
Ashley has multiple parks for entertainment. There are four parks with over 20 acres of land total. These parks have baseball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a large playground. Every year on the first Saturday in August, the Ashley-Hudson Festival is held by the Chamber of Commerce. There are day-long events in both Ashley and Hudson, an adjacent town. The Community Center in Ashley has a gym and fitness center, which has many pieces of equipment and weights for working out.
Ashley has been working with the DeKalb and Steuben County Economic Development Partners to attract new businesses to their small town. While there are quite a few local businesses in Ashley, residents also have more employment opportunities in other nearby cities and towns such as Angola or Fort Wayne. Many families think Ashley is the perfect place to live and the perfect town for commuters. They understand the small town environment and peace of mind that their children are safe while having the conveniences of a city only ten miles away.
Students in the town of Ashley go to the DeKalb Central School District. The elementary school is found about two miles south of Ashley. Both the DeKalb Middle and High Schools are located in Waterloo, which is about ten miles away. Conveniently located for Ashley residents, a satellite location of Ivy Tech Community College is located at the Ashley Community Center. Students from the four surrounding counties are serviced by this Ivy Tech site in Ashley.