You’ll find more information at MuncieNeighborhoods.org. This lists 50 identified neighborhoods. DiscoverMuncie is not a summary site of each. We are blessed to have wonderful neighborhoods in Muncie. We have a large degree of diversity. The map below shows them all…MAP_neighborhoods
We love this map above. It really shows how spread out some areas are and others are just a couple of blocks. As mentioned before on other sections of this site, out town is divided into certain sections. On the Southside of town is our Industrial Park area with large factories and easy access to SR67. When those factories were being built, neighborhoods of modest homes and amenities grew all around them. Ball Corporation, Westinghouse, and many auto-part manufacturing plants had thousands of employees. Restaurants, Crestview Golf Course, and shopping centers, all were built to support the thousands that lived in and worked in the area. The Southside and Thomas Park/Avondale areas have been loved by many for years. As you drive around, you’ll notice how our city did a great job of including a wonderful park system throughout our city.
On the Northside of town, Ball State University and Ball Memorial Hospital were growing and those institutions catered to a different type of neighborhood home buyer. We saw many cottage style and ranch homes get built to support young professors, BSU staff, and hospital employees. Thousands of employees needed housing in this area and there was a large demand for apartment complexes too. This Northside area was a more educated community with a taste for more custom homes. The Ball Family helped develop Westwood Addition just West of the BSU campus that showcased very custom, expensive homes of the day. Kenmore and Gatewood, West of the hospital, was another neighborhood with very few similar homes ranging in styles from tradition, tudor, french provencial, art deco, and more.
Downtown was always a center of business housing. Like today and for thousands of years before, most of a cities population likes to live close to heart of a city and it’s amenities. Muncie was no different. The Old West End residents built large American 4 Square style homes, others in Gilbert and East Central built large custom homes with big porches amidst big shade trees. Others were built just North of downtown, close to the Ball Family mansions along the river, with a wide variety of styles. Many with very welcoming front porches and other neighboring parks.
As you can imagine, with much of the growth of the city happening from 1900 to 1960, we have many homes that are not newly built. In fact, as of 2019, the average age of a home in the county is 59 years old. When land became used for housing, businesses, and not for profits (BSU/Hospital), growth simply pushed out at all 4 corners. County Schools were built in the 70’s in each quadrant of the county and neighborhoods popped up there too. With the greater ease of getting to Indy with the addition of Interstate 69 in 1967, the need for housing West (closer to I-69) ramped up toward Yorktown. But the biggest push to Yorktown came in the late 1980’s when Muncie city property taxes were much higher than surrounding areas and Yorktown Schools were getting a lot of attention for quality education. Many new subdivisions were built from 1990 to 2005 in Yorktown. Woodland Trails was really at the forefront of development West as they built this around the new Player’s Club Golf Course in 1990. Today, all areas are treated the same from a tax point of view. The State of Indiana caps the limit to 1% of your assessed value if you claim a homestead exemption.
If you want to really get a sense of neighborhoods, ask a full-time Realtor or lifelong resident to show you around. They’re a treasure trove of information!
Here’s some examples of homes around the city. Traditional neighborhoods, country settings, downtown living… we have it: