Howard Park, part of the East Bank Village, is enjoying the resurgence of urban residential apartments and homes with new construction adding to the allure. The downtown-area neighborhood includes the Howard Park National Register historic district, which features styles from Queen Anne to Prairie, Craftsman Bungalow and California Bungalow styles. Two are associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and two with the Studebaker family. Visits to Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans were the inspiration for some newly constructed homes. Each home is painted in wonderful, bright colors reminiscent of the "painted ladies."
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The Howard Park neighborhood, part of the East Bank Village, is enjoying the resurgence of urban residential living. Howard Park, which includes the Howard Park National Register District, features a variety of homes and businesses in styles old and new in the downtown area.
The historic architecture includes structures in the Queen Anne, Mediterranean Revival, Gothic Revival, American Foursquare, Prairie, Craftsman Bungalow, and California Bungalow Styles. Two are associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and two with the Studebaker family. Zion United Church of Christ's building anchors the historic flavor.
More recently, for the first time in 50 years, a resurgence of new construction in the neighborhood complements the historic homes.
The new houses are set close to the street with elevated porches for a view beyond parked cars. Each home gets the full side yard to the next house as a fenced patio.
The new home designs were inspired from visits to Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans, including a rainbow of different colors down the street.
Prices range from the $180,000's to $270,000's. The homes are Energy Star rated and come with a tax abatement.
"I think these houses are beautiful," said the buyer of one of the new homes. "I went house-shopping for the longest time. I just couldn't find anything that I liked outside of a subdivision.
"She and her granddaughter walk her four dachshunds almost every day in 11-acre Howard Park, South Bend's original city park, enjoying the beauty of the St. Joseph River, the peal of nearby church bells and interesting conversations with downtown folk.
"There's always somebody unique that we meet," she said. "It's so friendly down there. In the winter I can take my granddaughter ice skating."
The neighborhood is walking distance to downtown and adjacent to the East Bank which boasts a variety of restaurants, retail shops and other businesses.
"I really like the downtown feel," said a homeowner. It's actually like a neighborhood, with the farmers market down the street. It's very accessible. It takes 10 minutes to get anywhere. It's very centrally located."
Visit the Howard Park Neighborhood Association website.