For those looking for the simplicity of the quintessential Hoosier Heartland lifestyle, Spiceland checks all the boxes. This agrarian town is built around a humble downtown Main Street where you'll find red brick buildings lodging a handful of locally owned shops and a network of family-friendly, tree-lined streets branching out around it. And further out, cultivated fields stretch as far as the eye can see.
Situated just south of Interstate 70, residents of this sunny locale enjoy the benefits of direct access to Indianapolis, albeit forty miles away, offering an urban escape when the pleasures of country living need a little shaking up. More conveniently, they also enjoy quick access to New Castle, a mid-sized town offering ample amenities to back the quiet lifestyle of Spiceland living.
If you have your mind set on a laying down roots in the nation's heartland, Spiceland is the place to be. At Tucker we're well aware of the appeal of this community and are well positioned to give you an intimate introduction to all it has to offer.
While Spiceland offers a few commercial and dining options in town, you'll generally need to head out of town when it comes time to stock the kitchen or shop for other goods. The best bet is nearby New Castle, which serves as center of commerce for many of the area towns. There, you'll find many malls and plazas and a downtown shopping community offering small stores, boutiques, and service shops. You also find numerous supermarkets, department stores, and national retail outlets in New Castle. New Castle offers excellent dining options with cafes, grills, pizzerias, and ethnic options to suit every taste.
For more diverse options, the metropolitan experience of Indianapolis is less than an hour away. You'll find modern malls and trendy shopping districts, perfect for a extended shopping outing. The city also offers a fantastic culinary scene, providing no better choice for a romantic outing or a meet-up with friends.
When it comes time to play, residents of Spiceland find many offerings in nearby communities such as New Castle. You will find parks, athletic fields, and golf courses. A cinema offers first-run movies, and there is even a bowling alley. New Castle also features a great nightlife scene with a many pubs and taverns offering live music. Several cultural events and festivals, such as the Farmer's Pike Festival, draw people in from all around, making New Castle the cultural hub of Henry County.
Should you have an appetite for more diverse cultural and entertainment opportunities, residents of Spiceland enjoy convenient access to two urban playgrounds: Muncie, just over 25 miles north of town, and the metropolitan sprawl of Indianapolis, about 40 miles west.
Although it has a population in the tens of thousands, Muncie is a town of manicured parks, picnic areas, biking and walking trails, and several golf courses. For lovers of history and art, Muncie is also home to several excellent museums and galleries in addition to historical sites and landmarks. A thriving theater scene is built around multiple performance arts venues, highlighted by the 3,500-seat Emens Auditorium. Such venues also host national concert tours and a philharmonic orchestra as well as the city's many pubs and taverns showcasing local musicians.
As the state's largest city and cultural epicenter, Indianapolis provides everything Muncie does and more. This city is home to several designated cultural districts including Broad Ripple Village, White River State Park and Canal, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass. Avenue, Market East, and the Wholesale District. Within these distinctive neighborhoods, you can find live music, comedy, theater, shopping, and restaurants. Connecting these districts is the Indianapolis Cultural Trail where you can bike or walk between destinations.
The city is also home to many famous monuments, museums, and galleries. Venues such as Indiana Convention Center hosts many large events, and the city celebrates several popular festivals such as Indy Jazz Fest, the Indiana State Fair, the International Film Festival, and the Indy 500 Festival, a month-long celebration culminating in the Indianapolis 500 auto race. In addition to its popular racing scene, the city is also home to the Pacers (NBA), and the Colts (NFL).
With huge green fields that expand outward on all sides of the town, it should come as no surprise that Spiceland's main industrial sector is agriculture. Trained farm labor and heavy machinery expertise is always desired. Ancillary industries, such as food processing, distribution and warehousing, are also common sources of employment. And thanks to the proximity of Muncie, Richmond, and other larger towns and cities, many different jobs are available within a short drive of Spiceland. This includes careers in advanced manufacturing, education, healthcare, retail, and even technologies.
If you intend to work outside of Spiceland, your Tucker realtor may be able to help you select a home that cuts down on your commute time.
Public school education in Spiceland is overseen by the South Henry School Corporation. Anchored in nearby Straughn, this forward-thinking district provides a broad curriculum backed by integrated technologies learning. Students at all levels enjoy access to many extracurricular options to help round out their education.
Primary school students attend Tri Elementary where they enjoy the benefits of small class sizes and vibrant classroom settings, helping to instill in them a love of learning at a young age. The elementary school feeds into Tri Junior-Senior High School where students are met with increased educational choices and afterschool activities. This school prides itself on developing socially responsible, critical thinkers. At the upper-class level, students are able to take advanced placement courses, allowing them to earn college credit and a broad range of science, technology, and fine arts courses are also offered.