South Bend presents home shoppers with an intriguing duality. You see, it is both a welcoming community to call home and a gateway for recreational escape. While the metropolitan playground of Chicago may seem like an irresistible draw based on its beckoning proximity, the attraction is mutual with Chicagoans themselves often heading in the opposite direction on I-90 and I-94, particularly during the hot summer months.
They do so to take advantage of a beachfront community bustling with retail outlets and specialty boutiques, delicious fare, and even a thriving casino and resort. And yet, Michiana, as the locals lovingly call their town, is also full of quiet parks and tree-lined streets, comprising neighborhoods that maintain a persistent small town charm no matter what the time of year.
South Bend is a community that exceeds all expectations, no matter what you might be looking for. Sorting through these features is another matter altogether, and that's where a Tucker realtor can give you the edge you need. If you've set your sights on Michiana, you've made a great decision. Let Tucker help you bring it home.
South Bend is a promising community to go house hunting, no matter what you are looking for. A range of neighborhoods exist from bustling commercial districts to scenic beachfronts to quiet, out-of-the way streets. A history dating back to 1830 means you'll also be likely to find any number of housing styles popular throughout the nation’s history on the market. This includes older, cozy abodes with a classical ambiance and more contemporary selections with unique spaces and dimensions.
Because of South Bend’s economic prosperity, numerous developments and housing improvements are often ongoing, even as the town continues to cultivate and preserve its quainter aspects.
In order to navigate such a diverse housing market, it helps to have knowledge and experience on your side. Tucker can provide those for you, bringing the benefit of community insights and connections to work for you in your hunt for the perfect house.
Shopping and dining may not get much better than what you can find in South Bend. Specialty shops and boutiques are rampant with numerous commercial districts and plazas to support them. You'll also find national retailers sharing space and occupying some of the town's malls, highlighted by the Marquette Mall. Outlet stores are also a big regional draw. For your basic necessities, grocery stores, big box stores, and service shops are readily available in several neighborhoods.
In terms of food, you're likely to find a restaurant to satisfy any craving lining popular Franklin Street, whether you have a taste for Italian, pub food, or maybe something Asian. This includes national franchises and locally owned options plus many high end eateries.
In the rare event you grow tired of South Bend's offerings, neighboring communities such as Mishawaka and Elkhart offer nearby alternatives. Or you can plan an easy day trip to Chicago where gourmet cuisine, elegant urban shopping malls, and trendy commercial districts abound.
South Bend is largely defined by its resting place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Boat clubs are common, and the Indiana Dunes State Park, which stretches 25 miles along the lake from the southwestern edge of town, offers sandy hills, wooded trails, and swimming. All of this makes it understandably a popular tourist destination, and the culture of the community is built around this aspect.
In town numerous parks, sports fields, and golf courses can be found as well as biking and walking paths by which to explore the city. Local attractions such as Old South Bend Light, a wandering dune named Mount Baldy, and the Washington Park Zoo offer more variety.
The city is also home to the popular resort, Blue Chip Casino, a gambling destination that also offers a hotel and spa. The Blue Chip Stardust Event Center hosts national concert tours and other performances, and numerous local theaters and bars offer venues for smaller events. For catching first-run or classic movies, South Bend homeowners have several options for this as well.
For alternative choices, particularly when the tourist industry dies down during the winter months, Chicago awaits. Chicago boasts acclaimed museums and art galleries, professional sports franchises, and numerous landmarks. It also offers both large and small venues for performance art and music.
Due its advantageous position on Lake Michigan and its location near the economic hub of Chicago, South Bend offers a broad range of employment opportunities to its residents. The tourism industry is naturally a major sector with Blue Chip Casino being one of the city's largest employers. Workers with leisure and hospitality experience will find themselves in demand as well those who work in the retail industry. Much of the wealth brought in by tourism and ancillary industries is redirected towards development. Consequently, new business and industrial parks offer opportunities in technology and manufacturing.
Other major employment sectors are education and healthcare with many schools, clinics, and larger hospitals in the area. Transportation and distribution, due to the many rail and bus lines, Interstates 90 and 94 as well as a small local airport also provides jobs.
Public school education in South Bend is provided by the South Bend Area Schools Corporation. Depending on where in town a resident lives, children attending primary school will be enrolled in one of several elementary schools. This ensures parents have ample opportunities to participate in their children's early-learning experience. The broad elementary school system feeds into two middle schools where students receive guidance and opportunity during these important transitional years before high school.
South Bend High School serves all of the public high school students in town, and parents will be pleased to learn it presents a challenging, inclusive curriculum with advanced placement courses, vocational training, and fine arts instruction. This curriculum is backed by technologies integration in the classroom, ensuring students are prepared to succeed in a world whose economy is increasingly centered around the computer. Rounding out this education are community service programs and a range of scholastic and athletic clubs.
Several private schools also exist in the area for parents who are looking for something outside of the public offerings. Your Tucker realtor can help explore those options in addition to answering any further questions on education you have while on the path to finding a new home for you and your family.