One of the better schools in the state. 20 minutes from Indy (distance in the MidWest is by time, not miles) 1300 sq foot 1925 copied Craftsman home, attic is another 800 and basement is similar size. Almost a full acre of land with two outbuildings and within easy walking distance of four restaurants, a coffee shop, a donut shop and an ice cream shop. As well as several small businesses. Taco Bell, Hardees, McD, Burger King and Wendy’s are all about 5 minutes away, we’re just off a main highway, but far enough away that it’s not an issue.
On the flip side, there is a well used train track through town. And the state max security prison is just down the road, I can hear the shift change whistles. And Juvie and the medium security prison. (Last escape was like 8 years ago)
We paid around 85k for the place and it’s worth somewhere around 150k about 4 years later. Houses leap off the market lately. In addition Indiana just got listed the 3rd most free state in the nation, though you still can’t buy cold beer at the gas station. But at least the liquor store isn’t owned by the state.
I like Indiana, and the midwest, but it does have it’s issues. The local GOP keeps thinking that we’re all bible thumping maniacs. I run a small group at my church and volunteer there extensively, most of their arguments against gay marriage and beer on Sunday fall on deaf ears for us. It’s too far to the beach here. And some of it is mindbogglingly (hunh, didn’t know that was one word) flat.