If you're a home shopper not looking to settle for mediocrity when it comes to quality of life, Osceola presents an option that ought to intrigue you. While offering small town living, Osceola is big on advantages, starting with its tranquil beauty. Here, you'll find quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods nestled up against the flow of the St. Joe River and Baugo Bay and beautifully manicured parks to help set the tone for a community that is as welcoming as it is relaxed.
Cutting across the center of Osceola, State Road 933 provides a corridor for the town's handful of amenities as well as ready access to some of Osceola's neighbors along the St. Joe. In fact this remarkably placed little community sits equidistant between Elkhart to the east and Mishawaka to the west, both just five miles away. Both of these cities number in the tens of thousands and offer the residents of Osceola economic and commercial advantages that are noticeably atypical of town its size. As though that weren't enough, just a few miles further to the west is one of Indiana's largest and most viable cities, South Bend.
If you're tempted by the appeal of Osceola, we don't blame you. Tucker has long recognized the benefits of this charming and picturesque little community. We can offer you a unique introduction and ample expertise in exploring its housing options, leveraging knowledge and experience to help you find out whether this little town might just be the perfect place for you to lay down roots.
Osceola is a beautiful example of the aesthetic that appeals to many who crave the lifestyle of small town living. That means older, well-loved houses with ample lots along with plenty of shade to escape the heat in the summer months. Of course, you'll also find examples of more contemporary architecture frequently on the market as developers often target this community on account of its scenic attributes and its proximity to so many important regional hubs.
Whether you're looking for something overlooking the St. Joe River or along the town's primary transportation route, Tucker can help you navigate this quaint market without all of the headaches of going it alone. You can finally enjoy the process finding a home that meets your needs.
Those who love to shop will find themselves perfectly positioned in Osceola. That's not to say that Osceola has much in the way of a commercial district itself. Sure, you can find access to enough amenities in town for your basic necessities including grocery stores and convenience stores, service shops, and a variety small specialty offerings. And if you travel along State Road 933, you'll find several options for a quick bite out including both locally owned restaurants and cafes and national franchises. But all of this pales in comparison to what’s offered to you just a few miles away in Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend.
While South Bend is the commercial crown jewel of northern Indiana, all three cities offer diverse retail districts as well as shopping malls, perfect for a quick outing or for day of luxurious shopping. Still, South Bend does just fine with a thriving downtown area that is home to many specialty shops and boutiques as well as a thriving culinary scene that is perfect for a romantic night out or a meet-up with friends.
Osceola homeowners are treated to a diverse natural landscape that offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and picnicking. This is particularly true with Baugo Bay and Ferrettie/Baugo Creek Park, located along the eastern side of Osceola. Athletic fields also offer sports and exercise.
Elkhart is home to many more options for entertainment including the historic Lerner Theater, which hosts concerts, special events, and local theater productions. Elkhart is also home to many museums, a waterpark, golf courses, skate parks, and a downtown riverwalk. For local festival fun, the three-day Elkhart Jazz Festival along the river is a big regional draw as well as the airshows held at the Elkhart Municipal Airport.
As vibrant as Elkhart might seem, an even better entertainment scene can be found just as close to the west where Mishawaka and South Bend await your exploration. Mishawaka's cultural life revolves around the appeal of its many historic neighborhoods, which are interspersed with many beautiful parks, making it the perfect place for a walk or bike ride or to enjoy a game of bocce or Frisbee golf.
South Bend offers several prodigious museums and art galleries as well as many popular venues for performance art, chamber music and symphonies, and live music. It's also home to Indiana's oldest zoo, the Potawatomi, which houses both animals and a botanical garden. South Bend's tavern and pub scene, bolstered by a large college population, also provides the setting for lively nightlife.
For sports enthusiasts Saturdays across the region are widely celebrated during college football season. That's because national favorite, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, are rooted just north of South Bend. South Bend is also home to a minor league baseball team and a roller derby club.
Most people living in Osceola look outward for employment opportunities, which are bolstered by its proximity to several important urban centers. These areas provide interesting options for employment.
Due to its location on the St. Joseph River, many employment opportunities in this region have historically been located in industrial sectors. That trend continues today and includes manufacturing opportunities in automobiles and parts, electronics, aerospace, and manufactured and mobile housing. But while manufacturing might have been the overwhelming source of employment years ago, today the economy around Osceola is equally bolstered by jobs in education, healthcare and health sciences, and trade.
If you intend to commute to work, let us know! We can factor this into your search for homes in Osceola in order to minimize your drive time.
School-aged children living in Osceola are enrolled in the public schools through the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. If you're a parent, you'll be pleased to know that the district is an A-rated school system with multiple Four Star schools, recognitions bestowed by the state as a result of the district's progressive curriculum and surpassing test scores among other factors.
Elementary school children can stick close to home during their early learning years with Moran Elementary School centrally located. This provides young learners with the benefit of small class sizes, allowing teachers to give each child the attention he or she deserves.
Starting in middle school, students head across the river to Schmucker Middle School in Mishawaka, which is just minutes away from Osceola. There, they take part in a collaborative learning environment with children from other communities, enjoying expanded educational choices and challenges while becoming socially responsible critical thinkers.
This trend continues at Penn High School, located directly beside the middle school. Penn offers a traditional curriculum balanced with technologies integration, providing students with personalized and global learning opportunities. Students can choose from advanced placement, business and tech, and fine arts courses, among other course offerings.
Several private school options are also available in this area. If you intend to send your child to private school, Tucker realtors can help you explore these options including homes that make sense for commuting.