If you're looking for small town living, it doesn't get much smaller than the nostalgic community of Matthews, Indiana. Founded in 1895 and named after then-governor Claude Matthews, the town rests along the Mississinewa River, which runs along the northeastern border of town. Matthews is centered around Massachusetts Avenue where you can find its handful of amenities and services. However, despite its tranquil seclusion, Matthews is just miles away from Interstate 69, by which it rests conveniently equidistant between Indianapolis to the southwest and Fort Wayne to the northeast. This affords residents easy access to two of Indiana's most important urban hubs and of the entertainment, commercial, and economic opportunities generated by such a position. Adding to the appeal, the city of Muncie is just miles away.
If you find yourself craving the idyllic life of a pastoral small town, you can’t go wrong with Matthews. Your Tucker realtor can help you explore this picturesque village’s housing market, leveraging experience and expertise to find the home of your dreams.
Matthews comes from humble origins and maintains that aspect in its homes. That means you're not likely to find sprawling historic mansions in this community. However, you will find cozy, quality houses built with an eye for longevity and of sturdy build and with solid insulation against the heat and cold and large lawns for play and family gatherings. You could choose to shop for a house along the Mississinewa River for its scenic appeal or nearer the town center along Massachusetts Avenue for closer proximity to good neighbors and amenities. In either case, you'll find a range of home styles to choose from that are built from a number of construction styles. If you have certain architectural preferences in mind, be certain to bring that up with a Tucker realtor. They may be able to help you find a home in Matthews that suits those tastes and matches your other preferences.
For basic necessities residents of Matthews can shop in the few stores that line Massachusetts Avenue. You'll also find service shops, gas stations, and the town post office here as well. A few neighboring towns of larger size offer more options, and for broader options most people choose to make a trip to nearby Muncie, which is just over 15 miles southeast of Matthews and reachable via a few convenient back roads. As a city of tens of thousands with a much larger metropolitan area, Matthews residents can find a number of national retailers and malls in Muncie plus thriving commercial districts offering specialty stores and eclectic dining options.
More urban commercial and cuisine opportunities await with an easy day trip to Fort Wayne to the northeast or the sprawl of Indianapolis to the southwest.
When it comes time to have fun, most Matthews residents choose to get away from town and enjoy the benefits of the nearby Muncie Metropolitan Area, only a few miles away. There, you can take advantage of numerous parks, athletic facilities, and biking and hiking trails. For sports entertainment, you can catch a college game at Ball State University where the local favorite NCAA Division I Cardinals are perennial contenders in football, baseball, and basketball. Ball State's David Owsley Museum of Art is also a popular draw, and their Emens Auditorium is a 3,500-seat venue where you can catch frequent performance arts events.
Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are also home to popular performance venues, drawing in national concert tours, Broadway performances, and numerous other events that make the relatively short drive well worth the effort. There you'll also find multiple museums, libraries, parks, and landmarks to satisfy your cravings for cultured experience. And the Indianapolis nightlife is not to be missed, making the perfect accompaniment to catching an Indianapolis Colts or Indiana Pacers game.
When it comes to outdoor activities, many Matthews residents choose to stick closer to home. As a pastoral community, residents will find no shortage of off-the-beaten path nature excursions, and many popular lakes and campgrounds exist in the area. Matthews also sports the only covered bridge in Grant County, around which the annual Covered Bridge Festival is held. Grant County is also home to multiple golf courses if you're feeling the urge to swing the clubs.
Like much of central Indiana, the majority of Matthews' economy is rooted in agriculture. Farmlands and mills are frequently found nearby, and consequently jobs in distribution, warehousing, and logistics are also commonplace. Many manufacturing opportunities also exist in the area. Its advantageous proximity to Muncie means Matthews homeowners can enjoy low-cost living while working in the cutting-edge career sectors of healthcare and technology. As a college town, jobs in education, entertainment, and retail are also prevalent in Muncie. Additionally, opportunities abound in larger communities lining Interstate 69. A Tucker realtor can help you explore comfortable housing options to cut down on your commute, regardless of your place of employment.
School-age children living in Matthews are able to enroll in a public school managed by the Mississinewa Community School Corporation. Elementary school students will be able to stick close to home by attending Matthews Elementary School. Students in Grades 6–8 come together with children from neighboring towns at R.J. Baskett Middle School in neighboring Gas City. There, they form a collaborative learning environment to tackle these important transitional years.
Older students will likewise attend school in Gas City at Mississinewa High School. Attending MHS means access to a broad range of academic programs to prepare them for success in their post-secondary lives, whether they elect to attend college right away or enter the workforce directly. Educational programs are backed by an evolving curriculum and a heavy focus on technologies integration into the classroom, ensuring students are equipped to meet the challenges of an increasingly techno-centric economy.
Nearby Muncie offers a few private school options for parents looking to place their students outside of public education. Muncie is also a haven for post-secondary education, highlighted by Ball State University. While exploring the housing market with you, your Tucker realtor can help you examine these options in addition to addressing any commuting concerns you might have.