Welcome to Franklin, Indiana, where a historic downtown, a supply of affordable housing, a strong feeling of community and easy accessibility to employment centers make Franklin an extremely desirable place to live.
The city was founded in 1823, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. It began as a mill town but since has grown into a community with a diverse economy. Franklin sits 20 miles to the south of Indianapolis, with an interstate highway and three other main highways and routes cutting through the city; four other interstate highways are just minutes away.
Thanks in part to Franklin’s strong, long-running sister-city relationship with Kuji, Japan, city officials have been able to attract a number of companies based in that country, encouraging them to bring some of their business to Franklin. Much of the work is in manufacturing, notably in the production of parts for cars and buildings. Because of its highway access, products made in Franklin easily can reach bigger regional cities, such as Chicago or St. Louis.
Local leaders have been active in boosting the city, which has about 23,700 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. census. The Franklin Development Corporation assists in providing funding for downtown improvements, and the Johnson County Development Corporation and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce both are active in helping to maintain a thriving business community.
The downtown area reflects quintessential Americana. Restaurants and retail shops, locally owned, line the Jefferson Street corridor. The residents of Franklin don’t need to leave town for their local services, either; the downtown has a number of professionals who maintain their offices, such as attorneys, doctors and insurance agents.
Downtown, residents also can take a fitness class, have signs produced or attend church services. Victorian-era mansions dot the area. While on North Main Street, residents can see a classic movie at The Historic Artcraft Theatre. Built in 1922, the art-deco style theater once held vaudeville shows and screened silent movies.
A series of seasonal events have become annual staples in Franklin’s downtown, with the farmers market and holiday lighting ceremony, as well as the Beer and Bluegrass Festival, and Strawberries on the Square among the highlights.
Not far from the downtown core is Franklin College, which opened in 1834. It’s a four-year college with 28 majors, 36 minors and eight preprofessional programs, all concentrating on the liberal arts. Eight years after its opening, it became the first college in Indiana to admit women and just the seventh in the nation to achieve co-ed status. Its extensive fine arts and athletic offerings draw people from throughout Franklin to the campus, enhancing the richness of the community.
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana also has a Franklin campus that makes learning accessible to all, including through a number of online classes. It is ideal for traditional students just graduating from high school but also for those who want to change careers or learn new skills. It offers training for certificates in careers such as welding, HVAC, health care, logistics and human resources.
At lower educational levels, the Franklin Community School Corporation teaches about 4,800 students in grades kindergarten through 12. The school district completed construction of a state-of-the-art high school just a few years ago.
The Franklin Parks and Recreation Department also works to bolster the quality of life for residents of all ages. The Franklin Active Adults Center offers a number of services and programs for adults 55 and older, while parks, community centers and a public pool lead activities for younger residents. Franklin is truly a place for all ages to enjoy life to its fullest.
While Franklin has a number of older, well-kept homes, the community is so desirable that an influx of families has driven construction of new homes with modern amenities to emerge over the past several years.
Talk to Tucker can provide a real estate agent who will work with home shoppers interested in Franklin and introduce them to all the community has to offer. We will listen to clients detail their requirements in a home of their dreams and use our area expertise to pinpoint the ideal neighborhoods and homes.
Talk to Tucker’s assistance does not stop when the home search ends, however. Instead, once a buyer selects a home in Franklin, we will help our clients as they work with mortgage lenders, secure title insurance and homeowners insurance, and even assist in the relocation process.
Our agents list and sell property in Franklin and the surrounding communities on a daily basis. Let us find a real estate agent for you. We know the area and will show you the hidden gems that make the southern Indianapolis suburbs an amazing place to call home.