Wrapped around a bend of the East Fork of the White River and set against the backdrop of the Hoosier National Forest, Shoals ought to tempt home shoppers looking for a quiet village community with abundant natural recreation. Farmlands and rolling hills are also staples of this quaint town in southern Indiana's Martin County, completing a agrarian ambiance that is chock full of charm. Contoured by these attributes, it's hard not to walk through Shoals without seeing it as a quintessential example of small-town America.
While it's bucolic appeal might be its draw, living in Shoals doesn't have to mean you're cut off from the rest of the world. Two in-town routes, US-50 and US-150, allow residents direct connection to Bloomington and Louisville, Kentucky, respectively. And although these cities might be only for a day trip, the nearby towns of Washington and Bedford are not, meaning Shoals homeowners have convenient access to a hub for work, shopping, and play.
If you'd like to explore living in Shoals, Tucker has the resources and tools to offer an intimate introduction. Leveraging our deep knowledge of this market, we can help accelerate your house-hunting search while at the same time making it a fluid and rewarding process.
Shopping for homes in a community like Shoals is a treat unto itself. While boasting only a modest population, you'll find many diverse "neighborhoods." This includes homes bordering sprawling farmlands, riverfront properties, homes surrounded by forested areas, and downtown offerings with tree-lined streets. As you might expect, you'll also find many different architectural and construction styles ranging from charming ranch-style homes to multi-floor family homes.
At Tucker we specialize in finding homes that match the inclinations of our clients, and Shoals provides a rich environment to help accomplish that task.
Shoals offers a number of amenities for both shopping and dining despite its small size. That includes supermarkets and general stores for food and a downtown area rife with locally owned specialty stores and service shops. You'll also find choices for a quick bite out including a diner and a pizza parlor.
For more diverse needs, both Washington and Bedford offer excellent commercial outlets in opposite directions on US-50. In either of these cities, you'll find supermarkets, national retail outlets, and large department stores. Or you could take a day trip to either Bloomington or Louisville for an urban outing, taking the time to delve into either city's diverse culinary scene.
Recreational opportunities within Shoals starts with its proximity to natural offerings. In the town itself, residents can enjoy parks and fishing and canoeing on the White River. South of town the sprawling Hoosier National Forest offers 200,000 acres of camping, swimming, and hiking. Numerous inns and wineries can also be found in the area.
Residents also celebrate their heritage with a variety of festivals including a Fall Festival and summer Catfish Festival, both which offer food, crafts, contests, and live entertainment.
For alternative entertainment options, nearby Bedford and Washington offer parks, cinemas, theaters and nightlife, but for more cultural events, it’s best to explore Bloomington. As a city whose population is over one-third college students during much of the year, Bloomington offers an exciting cultural and nightlife scene. The city is home to several theater companies, both professional and amateur, hosted in historic and intimate performance arts venues.
Likewise, Bloomington boasts a thriving music scene, both played out in its local bar scene and in larger venues, which frequently bring in national tours. Adding to the fun, several arts, music, food and ethnic festivals are celebrated in the city throughout the year including the Little 500, one of the most popular college cycling races in the country.
Popular careers for those living in Shoals include leisure and hospitality, agriculture, and manufacturing. The town's closeness to the popular tourist attraction in Hoosier National Forest means jobs in the hotel and forestry industry as well as seasonal guide jobs. In the areas around Shoals, fertile farmlands abound, creating jobs for those skilled in farming and machinery repair and operation. Several manufacturing plants can also be found in this area.
Alternatively, you can look to some of the surrounding communities for a more diverse job market. Both Bedford and Washington offer jobs in small business, healthcare, and education as well as broader options in manufacturing.
School-age children living in Shoals enroll in public school education through the Shoals Community School Corporation. Both Shoals Community Elementary and Shoals Community Jr./Sr. High School are located conveniently in town along US-50.
The school system offers a broad selection of extracurricular activities including academic and athletic clubs as well as opportunities to contribute to the community through service. At all grade levels, students are given ample exposure to technologies learning to help prepare them for success in an economy that increasingly relies on computer literacy.
High school students enjoy a broad range of course options including Advanced Placement classes that can be taken for early college credit. They're also given ample guidance in preparing for their post-secondary lives including assistance in finding scholarships.