Bloomington, Indiana, is one of the best college towns in America, including all the amenities, culture, and fun that come with a Big Ten school. In this guide you’ll learn about six residential neighborhoods that make living in Bloomington appealing for not just college students, but for everyone! A Griffin Realty agent can help you determine the best neighborhood to meet your needs, but this Bloomington neighborhood guide is an excellent place to start your search.
This neighborhood sits barely two blocks South of the Indiana University campus truly in the heart of Bloomington as a locally designated historic district with an urban vibe. It’s walking distance to just about everything, but most importantly to campus! And it’s just a quarter mile to Bryan Park, one of Bloomington’s favorite parks. The neighborhood features gorgeous single-family homes (built of limestone, brick, tile and/or slate) as well as smaller homes of less than 1,200 square feet, duplexes, rooming houses, and several apartment buildings just beyond the district’s lines. Currently, the average price per square foot is $240.45, and the median list price is $383,000. Learn more about Elm Heights by visiting the City of Bloomington Here.
The Hyde Park subdivision is located 10 minutes Southeast of campus. Located just minutes from College Mall and Eastland Plaza, which include shopping, restaurants, and more! Hyde Park is also conveniently located on the Bloomington trail system great for cyclists and walkers. These homes were built primarily in the late 80s into the 90s featuring larger homes with square footage ranging from 2500-6000 square feet or above, with most lots ⅓ to ½ acre in size. Homes in this neighborhood have an average price per square foot of $193.14, with a median list price of $412,000.
Park Ridge East subdivision is just 10 minutes due East of campus and sits just minutes away from the new IU Health Hospital, shopping, dining, and entertainment! Park Ridge East boasts a beautiful park, with a ball field, basketball court, tennis court, a playground, and picnic pavilion. Homes were built in the 60s and 70s and many homes feature a variety of bi-level, tri-level (splits) and ranch style homes ranging primarily in square footage from 1300-3000. Homes in this neighborhood have an average price per square foot of $160.00, with a median list price of $318,000.
Prospect Hill neighborhood is located just west of downtown Bloomington. Prospect Hill includes The Building Trades Park, Rose Hill Cemetery, and is conveniently located near the B-line urban trail and other trail systems great for cyclists, runners, and walkers! The Bloomington Farmer’s Market is just one of the many perks of this attractive district. Prospect Hill consists of owner-occupied and rented single–family homes, Multi-plexes, small apartment buildings, apartment buildings and commercial businesses. Many homes were built in the early 1900s (with many in the 1920s) with a median list price of $230,000.
Sherwood Oaks subdivision is located 2.5 miles South of the IU campus. It’s conveniently located near Bloomington’s integrated trail systems and bike routes. Sherwood Oaks has its own park which includes a playground, swings, tennis courts, and a picnic pavilion and is nestled in-between other coveted neighborhoods such as The Stands, and Canada Park. The neighborhood is minutes away from the Winslow Ridge Sports Complex and the YMCA. Most homes were built in the 60s and 70s and feature a variety of split-levels (bi–levels, and tri-levels and quad-levels), ranches and a few two-story homes with square footage primarily ranging from 1200-2800 square feet. Homes in this neighborhood have a median list price of $325,500.
Located on the southwest side of town, the Highlands is a subdivision right off the Clear Creek Trail, which connects to the Bloomington Rail Trail, which is great for cyclists, runners, and walkers! One of Bloomington’s relatively newer neighborhoods built in the 2000s, these 3 & 4 bedroom homes with attached garages have square footage ranging from 1200-2500 square feet with median list price of $302,000.
Finding Your Next Bloomington Neighborhood
Bloomington is a cyclist friendly town with integrated trail systems connecting dozens of neighborhoods. The public bus system is another perk of Bloomington. Additionally, there are so many amazing city parks to take advantage of in B-town, whether it’s taking your family to a playground, playing community softball, watching little league, hanging out at the pool, or enjoying a picnic! And let’s not forget, Lake Monroe is only 20 minutes away.
These are just six of the many awesome neighborhoods found in Bloomington IN. If you have any questions about Bloomington neighborhoods, give us a call, we’d love to show you around!