A unique, affluent, and endearing community with historic sophistication

Welcome to Butler-Tarkington

Upscale enclave Butler-Tarkington is undoubtedly one of Indianapolis's most sought-after neighborhoods. Perched 5 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, Butler-Tarkington is renowned for its quaint charm, tree-lined boulevards, lush greenery, and proximity to the region's finest offerings. Butler-Tarkington's thoughtful design creates a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere where the heart of the city is well within walking distance from most homes, and there are always plenty of attractions.


Even though the neighborhood was originally a consolidation of numerous nineteenth-century farms and orchards, it has largely remained a residential community. Butler-Tarkington earned its dramatic name from Butler University, a highly acclaimed learning institution located within the confines of the area, and Booth Tarkington, a popular Hoosier and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who once called the neighborhood home.

What to Love

  • Quiet, tree-lined streets
  • Historic glamor at every corner
  • Close proximity to urban nightlife without the busy streets or noise
  • Exquisite dining options

Local Lifestyle

Butler-Tarkington's renovated condominiums and lavish homes often draw the attention of established, serious homebuyers who prioritize luxury and peace. Lush, green foliage is prominent throughout the community, which provides shade, privacy, and prestige. Retirees and young families mingle with empty nesters and bond over their love of chic Indy living in this charming enclave. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Butler-Tarkington's shopping scene is unarguably one of its most prized assets. Whether you're searching for on-trend clothing or a specialty gift for a friend, Butler-Tarkington has the spot for you. For the latest in casualwear, gifts, and décor, be sure to visit Be the Boutique or The Secret Ingredient. 


When you've worked up an appetite, Butler-Tarkington offers a multitude of globally inspired cuisine options to satisfy any craving. At Ambrosia, top-rated chefs craft delicious Italian dishes that blend conventional recipes with a modern flair. 


Warm and inviting, Chatham Tap Butler is an inspired evolution of contemporary American gastronomy. Located inside Butler University, this upscale eatery also doubles as a British-style pub, perfect for a weekend of watching football with friends.


To reconnect with nature, Holcomb Gardens at Butler University is a nearby 20-acre greenspace that is an excellent destination for a picnic or an afternoon hike. Overlooking a small manmade lake and the iconic Indianapolis Central Canal, this gorgeous slice of Indianapolis's expansive land is home to native forests, a gazebo, waterfalls, and a grass mall.


Performing arts aficionados find their home at Clowes Memorial Hall. This 2148-seater behemoth has existed since 1963, but it still looks new and full of character. Star-studded lineups, glitzy nights, and electric crowds await in this legendary performance space.


Perched on 152 acres of sprawling land and stunning gardens, the Indianapolis Museum of Arts, located at Newfields, is the anchor of the region's art scene. With a permanent collection spanning a wide range of cultures and eras, the museum's historical allure is indisputable. Gaze upon wow-worthy pieces by artists like Picasso and Cezanne, linger near major works of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, and when it's time to catch a breather, the locale’s lush outdoor green spaces will be waiting for you. 

Things to Do

For a chance to enjoy the Indiana sunshine in all its bliss, spend the afternoon at Tarkington Park. Once the former site of Wolf Run Golf Corse, this 215-acre parkland is a true outdoor haven, complete with basketball courts, tennis courts, and a state-of-the-art children's play area.


Art and nature blend simultaneously at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. Untamed woodlands and mesmerizing meadows abound here, along with site-specific contemporary art and a 35-acre lake.


Every year, the Butler Arts Fest brings locals together to experience the works of talented musicians, dancers, writers, and students. Prominent artists frequently grace the occasion.


Butler-Tarkington hosts a wide array of notable academic opportunities for students in both public and private learning institutions. A few of the area's most widely recognized, high-quality schools include:


  • Butler University
  • International School of Indianapolis, 9-12

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