If you find yourself dreaming of a tranquil little corner in the Hoosier Heartland to call your home, South Milford might just be the ticket. This unincorporated community is more village than town—a small network tree-lined streets and groves beset on all sides by fertile farmlands. And for the neighborly folk who reside there and those who prefer the quiet of the country road to the bustle of more busy thoroughfares, that makes it paradise.
Setting down roots in South Milford is by no means a commitment to forsake modern convenience. Splitting the town north to south, State Road 3 forms something of a Main Street for the residents of town, providing an accessible means for reaching nearby communities. This includes direct access to the nearest commercial hub of sorts, Kendallville, a mid-sized town only six miles due south. And further along in the same direction, it connects residents to Fort Wayne, one of the largest cities in the state and largely known as northwestern Indiana's cultural and economic center.
While South Milford may be small, Tucker realtors have the knowledgebase and the experience to connect home shoppers to this community. We can help you explore what it means to live in South Milford, whether you're going it alone or looking to set down roots for your family. We can also provide the intelligence and inside track on available properties in town to see your dream home within reach.
Being a humble country community, you can expect to find humble country offerings when house shopping in South Milford. That means you're not likely to find sprawling Victorian manses but rather sturdy constructions built to last. These are homes of comfort, built with good intention and the thought of generations ahead. Home in town typically offer large lots with ample shade, making them ideal to enjoy a barbecue or game of catch or simply a quiet retreat to come home to after a day of work.
And while many of the homes that come on the market may be older homes, that's not to say there are not newer developments to find as well. If there are specific features and qualities you're looking for, Tucker will help you clarify those and investigate what matches might be available in South Milford to meet your desires.
Outside of a convenience store and a few minor offerings along State Road 3, living in South Milford necessitates that you head out of town when it comes to commerce. Happily, Kendallville, the county seat of neighboring Noble County, is just a few minutes drive away. There, you'll find large department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, retail outlets, and nearly anything else you could desire for fulfilling basic shopping needs. Kendallville is also home to a downtown area that offers a range of smaller locally owned offerings including many quaint dining establishments.
For a more extended excursion, Fort Wayne is just over thirty miles further south and is one of Indiana's largest commercial hubs. In Fort Wayne you'll find pedestrian-friendly districts and malls offering a broad range of stores to satiate any buying need. You'll also discover a thriving culinary scene with cafes, family restaurants, pubs, ethnic eateries, and higher end establishments.
Without much of a population to back it, recreational life in South Milford generally revolves around kicking back in the quiet of your own home and enjoying a good book. And yet, fun is just a few miles away. Nearby Kendallville offers numerous annual events including the Apple Festival, Noble County Fair, Bluegrass Festival, and the Kendallville Open, a three-round amateur golf tournament played over the town's three golf resorts.
Kendallville also offers several parks, lakes, and athletic fields for leisure and exercise needs. Its downtown is in the National Register of Historic Places and accordingly features a historic movie theater, which also happens to still be operational and very affordable. For nightlife you'll likewise find a great tavern scene downtown and a bowling alley.
When you're in the mood for something a little more varied, look to Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is an excellent walking city, offering numerous parks, quaint neighborhoods, and historic landmarks to explore. It also offers museums, galleries, and one of the most well-regarded zoos in the nation in, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
The city boasts multiple venues for performance arts and live music such as the historic Embassy Theatre, which hosts Broadway musicals, national concert tours, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. Adding to the fun, Fort Wayne runs a numerous popular events throughout the year including food, arts, and music festivals.
You'll also find four semi-professional sports franchises in Fort Wayne. An ECHL team, an NBA development team, and a women's roller derby team all play at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The San Francisco Padres class A affiliate, the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, play at Parkview Field.
Surrounded by cultivated lands, it should comes as little surprise that agriculture is a chief employment sector in South Milford and in LaGrange County as a whole. Those with farming experience and small machinery repair will find many jobs open to them. Small business and tourism are also popular sectors in the county although this will require commuting outside of town for work. Kendallville is a common source of employment for those who work in manufacturing, healthcare, and retail.
Public school students living in South Milford attend school through the Westview School Corporation, based out of Topeka, Indiana. This school strives to be a 21st-century institution, balancing traditional educational values with progressive approaches such as integrated technologies learning. Students also enjoy a broad range of extracurricular activities to round out their experience including athletic and academic clubs.
Westview Elementary houses primary school students while Westview Jr./Sr. High School sees to students' secondary education. Both schools are centrally located in Topeka and just 15 miles due west of South Milford.