For those looking for small town living with all of the advantages of a major commercial hub, Lakeville might just be the quintessential community to set up roots. With a long history behind it dating to the arrival of Euro-American settlers in the early 19th century, the town is rife with artifacts of a bygone era that only add to its charming appeal. Homeowners in Lakeville together forge a welcoming community that celebrates togetherness with town festivals, quaint parks, and close-knit neighborhoods.
Its small town charm is only bolstered by its easy access to neighboring South Bend via US-31 on the eastern side of town. Not just your ordinary county seat, South Bend is the epicenter of cultural and economic activity in the northernmost reaches of Indiana. It even hosts the second busiest airport in the state and easy electric train access to Chicago and Detroit. That means ample job, educational, and entertainment choices abound to indirectly support this picturesque community. Begin exploring the home buying market today with a Tucker realtor and find yourself living in one of Indiana's most stalwart and amicable towns tomorrow.
No matter where you choose to buy a home in Lakeville, you'll be positioning yourself for years of quality living. That said, details matter, and quality living is more fun when paired with unequivocal happiness. A Tucker realtor can help you narrow down the options to find not just a home in Lakeville but the home of your dreams. This town offers numerous architectural choices with more populous areas where you can enjoy the convenient company of good neighbors along with more isolated ones where you can enjoy peace, quiet, and a huge back yard.
As a Lakeville resident, you'll have the benefit of several options for dining out locally including pizza parlors, cafes, and grills. You'll also enjoy shopping in the town's humble shops, which number far more than one might expect in a town of this size. Perhaps that latter point is due to the fact that a booming commercial center is just a few miles north, minutes away for any Lakeville homeowner thanks to nearby US-31.
As a college town and one of Indiana's largest cities, South Bend hosts multiple malls, big box stores, and best of all, a thriving downtown community. You'll find numerous boutiques, specialty retailers, newsstands, and salons, making it the perfect shopping getaway close to home. Of course, you'll also find dining options to satisfy any craving in South Bend as well from home-style fare to Thai food.
If you're looking for big city commerce and cuisine, Chicago isn't far by way of I-90/I-80. Or you can sit back and ride into the windy city via commuter train.
Entertainment seekers residing in Lakeville have access to some of the best options in all of Indiana. Locally, there are plenty of recreational activities to keep you busy. Athletic fields and parks in central Lakeville provide great places to get in some physical exercise outdoors. Meanwhile, Maple Ridge Campground on the west side of town and Riddles and Pleasant Lakes on the south side offer camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. The town also offers many community events including festivals held throughout the year.
Just minutes to the north, South Bend offers the arts and cultural environment you'd expect of a city that plays hosts to several colleges, not to mention tens of thousands of year-round residents. The South Bend Museum of Art boasts over 850 works of arts including many that are locally produced. There are also additional museums and multiple landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places in this area. Several performing arts venues are located here where Lakeville residents can catch concert tours, performances by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, amateur and professional theater productions, and even vaudeville acts.
In terms of sporting events, Lakeville residents get front row access to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish experience. Football Saturdays pull in visitors from all over the nation to celebrate in South Bend. The city also features a minor league baseball team, and for something a little different, a women's roller derby league.
For those looking for a unique day trip that doesn't involve Chicago, the beaches and sand dunes of Lake Michigan make an ideal day trip to the north. You can head in the other direction to one of the largest Amish countries in the nation, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to the Nappanee area or farther east to Shipshewana.
Living the quiet life on the edge of the commercial epicenter of northern Indiana has its perks. Homeowners in Lakeville have the good fortune to be living on the crossroads of a bi-state region that is home to nearly one million people. That means big time employment opportunities.
Like many other areas in Indiana, agricultural opportunities are to be found here. There are also many residents in Lakeview who find work in other areas of expertise with top choices being in education, healthcare, and small businesses. This is largely due to the presence of not only Notre Dame but four other institutions of higher learning in this area. To help bolster these trends further, significant improvements have been made in recent years to the area's telecommunications infrastructure and continue to be made in hopes of luring and keeping various high tech companies in the area. Those working in healthcare are often employed by the extensive Memorial Health System, one of the largest employers in the region.
Keeping true to the region’s industrial roots, jobs in manufacturing are also popular for homeowners in Lakeville. While this area was once a center of automobile parts manufacturing on account of being on the rail line between Chicago and Detroit, that industry has cooled down considerably, although it hasn’t disappeared completely. New residents have moved into many of the abandoned parts factories where companies manufacturer parts and machinery for a variety of industries.
Residents of Lakeville with school-aged children have the option of enrolling them in the public school system overseen by Union-North United Schools. The system consists of two schools: LaVille Elementary School for Grades K–6 and LaVille Jr.-Sr. High for Grades 7–12. While the schools are open to all students within both Union and North Townships, they are located in Lakeville itself on the south side of town. This means convenient access for all Lakeville homeowners.
Parents looking at buying a home in the Lakeview area will be pleased to learn that in addition to a strong tradition, Union-North United has an eye toward the future by instituting a 1:1 learning environment designed to prepare young people for a world where technology continues to play an important role in the job market and life in general. This high school offers college prep and advanced placement courses, vocational instruction, and many fine arts classes.
While there are no private schools in Lakeville itself, there are numerous options in the region. If you'd like to buy a home in Lakeville and send your child to a private school, be sure to bring that to your Tucker realtor. They can help you find a home to minimize your drive. This will also be a boon to those with post-secondary educational interests since the county offers numerous colleges and universities within commuting distance from Lakeville.