Neighborhood Spotlight: Franklin, Indiana

(photo by historicindianapolis.com)

Looking for a quaint, charming town in Central Indiana to call home? Franklin, Indiana could be the place for you! 

Central Indiana is full of wonderful cities and towns! Franklin, Indiana is located about 25 miles south of downtown Indianapolis in Johnson County. It is an ideal suburb to commute to and from, while still providing a cozy hometown feeling. Founded in the early 1820’s, this city is named after Benjamin Franklin. The historical charm and intellectual sustainment of this city make for a great place to call home. Read on for our facts that earn Franklin its great name:

The County Seat

Franklin is the county seat of Johnson County. This honor has allowed Franklin and its residents to preserve the city’s natural appeal. With nationally recognized preservation projects and accomplishments, Franklin, IN has managed to remain successful in creating growth and safety. The chamber of commerce is a tightly organized city chamber that values the engagement of the community through farmer’s markets, seasonal festivals and recreational activities geared towards families and college students alike. With a thriving calendar of events, Franklin has a character of creativity and integrity. 

Schools and Franklin College

The school system in Franklin has been one of progress and innovation. In fact, in 2015, Franklin Community Schools earned an “A” letter grade in growth and performance. With five elementary schools, an intermediate and middle school, and Franklin Community High School, families are able to raise children in a safe public school system. One growing staple in Franklin, Indiana is Franklin College. Creating a chance for local continued education, Franklin College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1834, the college continues to see successful enrollment as there are just over 1,000 full-time students currently attending. Franklin College is a liberal arts college and students can choose from over 50 majors and a multitude of minors and other programs. Franklin College is certainly a proud tradition and foundation in Franklin.

Historical Sites and Parks

Downtown Franklin houses several landmarks that attract both tourists and locals. One benchmark is the historic Artcraft Theatre. Built in the roaring 1920’s, the Artcraft Theatre started as a silent movie theater and still runs today and is considered one of the most preserved “Art Deco” theatres in Indiana. Guests can come watch new movies and classics, become a member of the Artcraft theatre, and can check out their website for schedules.

The Johnson County Historical Museum is also a historical staple in Franklin. Many of the houses on the main streets of downtown Franklin are historical homes. The Willard Restaurant has been around almost from the founding of the city and is a great place for locals to grab a bite to eat.

Franklin offers a variety of parks that include a dog park and disc golf courses. One of the most visited parks may be Province Park which also houses Franklin Family Aquatic Center. The Historic Greenway bike trail runs through Franklin as well. (Be sure to check out our article about the best bike trails in Indiana). 

Housing Options

Franklin’s suburban appeal allows home buyers of all walks to find a home suitable for their desires. From the downtown historical homes, to family oriented neighborhoods and to homes with a little bit of land, buyers will be able to find houses in their budgets with ideal locations. Franklin’s south-central geography allows the working family to commute comfortably and explore our state conveniently.  

If you are interested in relocating to Franklin, Indiana, Ferris Property Group can help! Let us be your guide through this wonderful neighborhood.