For families who seek a lifestyle amenable to spending the four seasons outdoors, look no farther than Lawrence, Indiana.
With some of the region's finest golf courses, parks and recreation areas, Lawrence is ideal for residents of all ages. In fact, the past two U.S. censuses have shown that Lawrence, Indiana, isn't a very well-kept secret.
Lawrence also is known as the home of Fort Harrison State Park, which boasts about 1,700 acres used for both passive and active recreation. An 18-hole golf course sits in the middle of the park. Open green spaces and picnic areas beckon those who want to relax, while walking, hiking and biking trails appeal to those seeking a day of exercise while enjoying the views of the spring wildflowers or the brilliant fall foliage. It stays open throughout the year, with winter visitors spending the day ice fishing or sledding.
Between 1990 and 2000, the population jumped a whopping 45.4 percent. Ten years later, in 2010, the number of people living in Lawrence had risen another 18.2 percent, bringing the population count to 46,001.
After all, what isn't to like about living in Lawrence? Less than a 20-minute drive from the center of Indianapolis, Lawrence is just eight miles northeast of the big city but full of small-city charm, convenience and family-first amenities. Located in Marion County, Lawrence was incorporated in 1929 and named after naval Captain James Lawrence, who took part in the War of 1812.
In the 2010 census, almost 40 percent of the approximately 18,000 households had children under the age of 18. Those youngsters attend the schools of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence. With about 16,000 students, it is Indiana's seventh-largest school district.
Nine parks lie within the 20 square miles that make up Lawrence, and the hub of activity frequently is the Lawrence Soccer Complex. The complex is dotted by 21 full-sized soccer fields and a parking lot that can hold up to 8,000 cars. Nearby, the Indiana Youth Soccer Association has its headquarters. Additionally, the Indianapolis Greenway System connects the people of Lawrence to neighborhoods, schools and shopping both in their community and in Indianapolis, giving them a safe trail system on which to walk or bicycle.
Fort Harrison State Park also provides a history lesson. It opened in 1908 as Fort Benjamin Harrison in honor of the 23rd president, who grew up in Indianapolis. Once an active Army base, its land became a park in 1991. Still, a military training camp there has been preserved, and visitors can learn about the soldiers who once lived at Fort Benjamin Harrison at the Museum of 20th Century Warfare on site.
Even though Lawrence has all residents would need, the proximity to Indianapolis does provide the opportunity to take advantage of first-class cultural and sporting opportunities, with museums, two professional sports teams, top-flight universities and theater and music offerings. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is among the finest museums for youngsters in the United States, as rated by a number of publications. Each of the city's cultural districts also offer a distinct flavor and appeal.
Residents of Lawrence are a diverse group, with more than 11 percent of them for whom English is not their first language. As a result, Lawrence public safety officials have become the first in Indiana to use a mobile interpretation system that can instantly connect police officers and firefighters with interpreters. The officials now can communicate quickly with residents in one of 180 languages, and the time saved in being able to speak to a resident and assess an emergency situation can prove lifesaving.
A variety of ethnic restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores have opened in Lawrence, as have churches that cater to the area's different ethnicities. In all, Lawrence has 17 churches within its boundaries.
Lawrence has proved such a desirable place to buy a house that homeowners live in nearly 75 percent of the homes in the community, above the Indiana state average.
The agents who work with Talk to Tucker are intimately familiar with Lawrence and all that it has to offer. They will help clients looking to settle in Lawrence find the perfect home. Since even a home in an ideal family community like Lawrence cannot sell itself, our agents will use their expertise in marketing to sell a property quickly when they list a property for sale.
By working with a Talk to Tucker agent, homebuyers also know they will be put into contact with the area's leading mortgage lenders and home inspectors, as well as homeowners and title insurance agencies. Our clients deserve the best.
There is no reason to wait any longer to find a new home in Lawrence. With today's low interest rates, first-time buyers can find a larger home than they thought they could afford. It's also an ideal time for move-up buyers to both buy and sell. Call a Talk to Tucker professional in Lawrence today. Our agents are experts in the Lawrence community. Contact us so that we can show you why so many people have decided to call Lawrence home. After all, the secret is out.