You only need to have a look at LaGrange's 1878 courthouse to recognize there is something both venerable and magical about this little community. As the seat of LaGrange County, it serves as an efficient hub for the region at large. And yet, in spite of its long history and place of prominence, LaGrange somehow maintains its tranquil small town feel, featuring quiet streets, idyllic parks, and many small, intimate businesses.
All of this makes LaGrange the perfect place for those looking to plant roots in a safe place, away from the bustle of the big city and where good neighbors and the opportunity for personal growth and fulfillment can be found in abundance. If you've decided to explore buying a home in this picturesque market, you'll want a comprehensive understanding of what's available prior to making any decisions. The realtors at Tucker can give you the edge you need, having invested a great deal of time in developing community insights and accruing knowledge of the town and all that it has to offer. So give our office a call, and let's go house hunting.
Convenience is only a few miles away for any who purchase a home in LaGrange. That's because it's situated at the intersection of US-20 and State Road 9 with quick access to the Howe-LaGrange Interchange of the Indiana Toll Road just north of town. It’s location means easy access to a variety of towns and cities no matter where in LaGrange you choose to buy your home.
With that shared convenience in mind, house hunting in LaGrange becomes more about finding the right fit, and like so many communities in Indiana, LaGrange offers a wide variety of choices. Owing to its long past, prospective buyers can find any number of older homes and neighborhoods of historical significance. And due to its importance as a county seat, newer constructions are likewise plentiful and in any number of price ranges. Tucker is here to help you narrow down the field of choices and make a smooth, happy transition into your life in LaGrange.
The great thing about owning a home in LaGrange is that you'll never need to go far for delicious, home-style cuisine or intimate shopping experiences. That's because the town is overflowing with small, family-owned businesses, all of which add to its distinctively neighborly feel. There's even a seasonal farmer’s market where you can purchase fresh produce straight from the county's many farms or handmade items made by its affluent crafting community.
Still, for those looking to something a little different, the county itself offers numerous communities known for their good food and stores. Nearby Topeka is a haven for handcrafted, heirloom-quality furniture, and popular Shipshewana features one of the nation's biggest flea markets, frequent auctions, and dozens of unique Amish shops. Alternatively, those seeking urban shopping options including big box stores and malls can make a quick trip to Fort Wayne or South Bend. Residents can also plan a day trip to one of the many larger cities within a few hours’ drive such as Chicago, Detroit, or Toledo.
Those who enjoy outdoor activities and cultural events thrive in LaGrange and the county in general. The town itself features over 100 acres of northern hardwood forest, meaning there are many opportunities for hiking and hunting. You'll find wooded trails and many athletic parks including a skate park. Just east of town, LaGrange Country Club offers golfing and plenty of good company.
Further out, the county is home to over 70 lakes, perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing. Those interested in animals can check out the wildlife farm in neighboring Toledo. Equally close, Shipshewana is a popular tourist hub owing to its large Amish community and many festivals, welcoming over half million visitors each year. Even Fort Wayne and South Bend are a reasonable commute away for those looking to expand their entertainment options, particularly when it comes to nightlife. Chicago and Detroit offer venues for larger events including professional sports games.
Of course, many residents choose to just stick close to home and enjoy a good book. LaGrange has a brand new library facility featuring a large collection and serving over 7,000 registered borrowers.
The region in and around LaGrange bears no shortage of employment options for its residents. A state-of-the-art hospital is located within town for those who work in healthcare, and as the county seat, numerous county jobs can be found here. Across the area jobs in advanced manufacturing are on the uptick including work with advanced robotics and jobs at facilities that manufacture heavy equipment such as farm machinery and recreational vehicles.
There are also many jobs in the tourist industry as many people from around the world flock to LaGrange County to explore its unique culture and communities. Due to its proximity to the Indiana Toll Road, job seekers can expect to find many openings in transportation and logistics. Alternative energy investments are also on the rise since wind farms are popping up all over the region to take advantage of the high winds that blow across the flat northern portions of the state.
But it should be no surprise that when it comes to employment, agriculture reigns supreme in LaGrange County. The region features tens of thousands of acres of farmland, which as of 2015, were home to the largest number of certified organic farms in the nation.
Homeowners with school-aged children are able to enroll them in the public school system, which is overseen by Lakeland School Corporation. Younger students will take their first formative educational steps in the safe and nurturing environment of Parkside Elementary before joining students from neighboring towns at Lakeside Middle School, which is also located in LaGrange. Students in Grades 9–12 will attend Lakeland High School on the eastern edge of town where they are encouraged to challenge themselves with numerous academic opportunities and take part in athletic and community programs. LaGrange's location in northern Indiana also makes it easily accessible to Chicago where frequent field trips take students to explore the arts.
For parents seeking options outside of the public school system, LaGrange and the surrounding towns are also home to numerous private schools. A Tucker agent can offer more insights into those options while exploring home-buying opportunities.