Just north of the Kankakee River Basin in northwest Indiana's Lake County, the tiny unincorporated town of Shelby offers home shoppers a mix of verdant greens and fields. A small town center provides residents with a few amenities, but for the most part, those fortunate enough to live in this heartland wellspring are left to the peace and quiet of their own devices.
That's not to say that if you choose to buy a home in Shelby, you're cut off from society at large, however. In addition to the joys of lush environment, this humble community is located just a few miles west of Interstate 65, one of the state's most important transportation corridors. This convenient route allows residents easy access to the cities bordering Lake Michigan including Gary, Michigan City, and even Chicago.
If you're looking for a beautiful, humble town to lay down roots that offers the convenience of nearby commercial and economic hubs, Shelby just might be the place for you. At Tucker we offer the advantage of a deep understanding of this community and region in addition to the community connections to make your relocation a breeze.
Although this is a small town, Shelby offers home shoppers an exciting range of architectural styles to peruse through. You'll find both large and small homes, most resting within the town's wooded epicenter where ample tree cover and sizeable lots offer a relaxing, laidback ambience. You also might find some homes near the Kankakee River along the southern edge of town that provide serene riverfront views.
Given the farmlands that spread along the outer edges of Shelby, there's even a chance farm and ranch-style homes can be found here. Your Tucker realtor can help you thoroughly explore the many options this housing market could have to offer at any given time, locating properties that most closely satisfy your inclinations.
Though it is by no means a commercial community, residents living in Shelby do have access to a few amenities for basic necessities. When it comes time to hit the supermarket, most residents head outside of town. The county seat of Lake County, Crown Point, is perhaps the closest option and only 15 miles north of Shelby. With a population of around 30,000, Crown Point offers all of what you would expect of a town its size including supermarkets, department stores, and national retail stores. It also offers an advantageous downtown area rife with small specialty shops, boutiques, and quaint dining establishments.
For more lively shopping adventures, the towns and cities bordering the southern shores of Lake Michigan are just 30 miles up Interstate 65. Gary and Michigan City are just two of many such destinations, offering beachfront communities with eclectic dining scenes, perfect for a leisurely shopping excursion. Or you could plan a day trip to Chicago where some of the best shopping and cuisine in the entire nation await your pleasure.
Nature lovers find themselves largely content living in Shelby. Resting near the Kankakee River, this area offers both fishing and hiking. Shelby Community Park is a great place for a picnic or exercise. Adding to the fun a few miles west along the Kankakee is the Lasalle Fish and Wildlife Area, a popular hunting, fishing, hiking and camping destination.
More parks and outdoor activities can be found as you head north toward Lake Michigan including national parks, golf courses, and small lakes. And the Great Lake itself offers a thriving beach community where you can explore shifting dunes, sunbathe, swim, or partake in a host of watersport activities.
For indoor fun Crown Point is a quick drive away for Shelby homeowners and offers cinemas, theaters, bowling alleys, museums, and galleries. You'll also find many venues for live music in town, particularly in Crown Point's downtown pub scene.
Michigan City is also a popular destination, which is well worth the hour's drive. This popular resort town draws tourists from all over, particularly when it comes time to escape the summer heat. One of the city's most popular attractions, the Blue Chip Casino and Resort, offers gambling and live music and shows.
You could always take a day trip to Chicago. Buying a home in Shelby means easy access to this energetic metropolis, one of the nation’s great cultural playgrounds.
Shelby is by and large an agricultural community as evidenced by the farmland in the surrounding areas. Those with agricultural experience will often be able to find work both on the farms and working in ancillary sectors such as warehousing and distribution. The nearby presence of Interstate 65 helps bolster this aspect of the economy.
Lake County also has many jobs in the healthcare industry within easy commuting distance from Shelby. This area also features a strong manufacturing culture with numerous plants representing a variety of industries. Other popular areas of employment in this area are small business and education.
Children living in Shelby attend the Hanover Community School Corporation. This system is based out of nearby Cedar Lake, approximately 15 miles northwest of town.
Every single school in this system has received an "A" designation from the Indiana Department of Education thanks to exemplary test scores and a strong, dynamic curriculum. Students also enjoy a broad extracurricular program with academics, athletics, and community service options.
Primary school students attend Lincoln Elementary School, and 7th and 8th grade students attend Hanover Central Middle School. The final four years of secondary education takes place at Hanover Central High School where students can take a number of advanced placement courses for college credit.