Perched just north of the verdant sprawl of Hoosier National Forest, the tiny unincorporated community of Owensburg offers homebuyers a peaceful quality of life. This community is perfect for those who prefer wide-open spaces that offer residents easy access to exciting natural adventures and the conveniences of a vibrant urban setting. That's because in addition to being in close proximity to Indiana's largest protected forest, Owensburg rests alongside I-69, offering quick and easy access to the beautiful city of Bloomington to the northeast.
While not even officially a town, Owensburg does offer plenty to do in town. Its happy residents celebrate their town's traditions with an annual Founder's Day Festival, and they even have their own golf course. Overall, the community is very family-friendly and eager to welcome new homeowners.
If you find yourself intrigued by what Owensburg has to offer, Tucker is ideally positioned to help make the introduction to this intimate little village. Our realtors enjoy a valuable asset in their deep market knowledge of this secluded area in addition to their considerable experience.
Like so many communities in Indiana, Owensburg comes from humble beginnings. You'll find that it maintains this aspect in its homes, offering simple, quality abodes of hardy construction with an eye toward longevity. That said, you are apt to find many large lots since space in Owensburg is in abundance. Such attributes are perfect for play and family gatherings or to enjoy some peace and quiet.
If you have certain architectural preferences in mind, be certain to bring that up with your Tucker realtor in Owensburg. While it’s not as common, newer constructions can be found here, and Owensburg has a long history behind it; several popular building styles from past eras are apt to be found in this area.
While living in Owensburg provides ample privacy, its general lack of amenities means even stocking up on basic necessities requires a trip out of town. There are several communities within a quick driving distance, and most residents set their sites on Bloomington.
Bloomington is a prosperous commercial hub, being home to a booming tourist industry and the largest campus in the Indiana University system. Several malls and retail districts can be found in the city, housing just about any shopping experience you could want for.
Especially popular is the historic Fountain Square Mall. The area around the square, which also includes College Mall, is closed off to retail expansion, meaning the area primarily houses smaller, locally owned specialty shops and boutiques. Numerous quaint dining establishments, cafes, and pubs can also be found in this area, offering options to satiate just about any craving. Nearby city hall also hosts a farmers' market during the warmer months where you can pick up local trade goods including plenty of locally grown produce.
The outskirts of Bloomington are more commonly home to larger malls and plazas, particularly in West Bloomington, conveniently accessible for homeowners in Owensburg. It's there that you'll likely go to find the large supermarkets, national retail outlets, and department stores, taking advantage of the area's many new malls, plazas, and restaurants.
When it comes to having fun, those living in Owensburg enjoy advantageous proximity to several large parks areas. The most prominent is Hoosier National Forest to the south, home to over 200,000 acres of protected forests and scenic back roads. These grounds house several camping sites, inns, hiking trails, horseback riding adventures, and bodies of water for fishing and boating. The Hoosier National Forest is also home to several festivals and events throughout the year.
For indoor entertainment choices, you'll want to look to Bloomington. With a generous population that includes over 40,000 college students, Bloomington offers a fantastically active and diverse cultural atmosphere. The city is home to multiple theater companies, both professional and amateur, which take advantage of its many historic and cozy performance arts venues. A local favorite is the "Bus-Chum," a renovated 616-seat former vaudeville house that hosts over 250 public performances each year.
Like its theater scene, Bloomington's music scene is also alive and well. Large venues play host to national concert tours while the city's pubs and taverns provide a showcase for local artists. Music festivals held throughout the year draw thousands from local communities.
Adding to the fun, several arts, music, food, and ethnic festivals are celebrated in the city throughout the year. And you'll definitely want to check out the Little 500, billed as the largest college cycling race in the country.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of residents in Owensburg commute outside of town for work. Luckily, Interstate 69 offers an easy drive to regional economic centers. This includes Bedford, to the east, which is known as the "Limestone Capital of the World." Its quarries post jobs in mining, machinery, distribution, and manufacturing.
Healthcare, education, and retail are also popular employment sectors. This is especially true for those who don't mind the 20-mile commute to Bloomington, which boasts a diverse and stable jobs market supported by its massive Indiana University campus. If you intend to commute to work, let us know! We can assist you with looking at houses that will help cut down on your commute time.
Public school education in Owensburg is offered through the Eastern Greene Schools District, located in Bloomfield. While the commute ranges between 15-20 miles depending on your route, parents will be please to know this district has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as an "A-rated School." This distinction is awarded based on a variety of factors including test scores and facility and teacher quality.
Primary school students will attend Eastern Greene Elementary through the 6th grade where they receive the benefit of an environment that excels at nurturing a love of learning. At Eastern Greene Middle School, students receive expanded opportunities in a safe learning environment designed to develop critical thinkers and socially responsible individuals. And at Eastern Greene High School, students finish up the final four years of their secondary education with a broad curriculum that offers diverse educational and extracurricular activities. They also receive the benefit of technologies training to help prepare them for a world where success increasingly hinges on computer literacy.