Top Ten Reasons to Love Living in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Living in the Heartland is amazing! The Midwest may not be as flashy as the East Coast and may not be as warm as the West, but with beautiful state parks, winding rivers, rich forests, and of course, amber waves of grain; it certainly is one of the greatest places for your family to take root. At the crossroads of America, Indiana is an incredible place to call home. No matter what you’re looking for, Indiana has you covered. In need of a beach getaway? Indiana Dunes State Park. Looking for a vibrant city? Indianapolis. College sports fan? Uhh…take your pick, Indiana University in Bloomington, Purdue in Lafayette, Notre Dame in South Bend. Looking for a big city with a small town neighborly feel? Check out Fort Wayne.
Many Hoosiers, as well as national and international businesses including Vera Bradley and Do It Best are lucky enough to be able to call Indiana’s 2nd biggest city home. If you’re looking for a modern, larger Midwestern city where there’s plenty for you and your family to do all while still getting the hospitality and neighborliness of a small Midwestern town, then Fort Wayne is the place for you. Here are our top 10 randomly ordered reasons why Fort Wayne is a wonderful place to call home.
- The neighborhoods. Fort Wayne has a broad variety of different and interesting neighborhoods, each with its own community and feel. Forest Park Boulevard is a beautiful, historic neighborhood. A stroll through this district is a must for any lover of fine Colonial and Tudor Revival architecture styles. Staying on the theme of breathtaking architecture, Indian Village is another must visit neighborhood. Fort Wayne has more than elegant buildings—it is also a great place for fabulous boutique shopping. Support local business and do some shopping along Main Street, Wayne Street and West Wayne Street.
- The food. Some people assume that unless you live in a large midwest city like Chicago, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio, your dining options are pretty much limited to chain restaurants. However, living in Fort Wayne means that no matter what the occasion or what you’re hungry for, there is a delicious local eatery to match your mood. If you’re in search of a true Fort Wayne staple, grab a coney hot dog from Coney Island for lunch. Another option for either lunch or dinner is the Hoppy Gnome. This southwestern bar and gastropub is a must for anyone who loves their food on the spicy side. Surprisingly, Fort Wayne also has multiple options when it comes to high-end seafood restaurants. Those looking for surf and turf can always choose between amazing options like the Oyster Bar and Cork ‘n Cleaver Steak and Seafood, and those interested in a sophisticated dining experience will enjoy the decadent spread at Baker Street. Not really that hungry? Grab a delicious local coffee from Fortezza Coffee.
- The parks. Fort Wayne has an excellent parks service dedicated to the upkeep of 86 beautiful parks. And, Fort Wayne doesn’t mess around when it comes to equipping their parks. Throughout their parks you will find playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, outdoor concert space swimming pools, splash pads, and more. The popular Foster Park is known for its impressively beautiful gardens and is a great place for either a jog or a walk. And Rivergreenway Trails is a 24-mile long linear park that is also a great place for scenic recreation.
- The suburbs. If you are looking for a place to settle down and grow your family, then suburb life might be just the thing for you. Minutes away from Fort Wayne, you’ll find several lovely, close-knit suburban communities:
- The Southwest Allen County School District (SACS) has multiple communities with many quality, new-build homes for sale. If you are wishing to remain in close proximity to Fort Wayne city limits, take a look at Coves of Hawks Ridge, Glen Hollow and Grey Hawk. If you want to plant your roots inside SACS, but outside of Fort Wayne, check out Aurora Coves and Calera in Roanoke, Indiana.
- In the DeKalb County Central United School District, Bear Creek in the Fort Wayne suburb of Auburn, Indiana is an excellent, family friendly place to find a new home for sale.
- If you are interested in the Northwest Allen County School District, be sure to look for new homes for sale at The Preserves of Carroll Creek West, located within Fort Wayne city limits.
- Morgan Creek and Summer Wind are two lovely communities in Fort Wayne that are perfect for families looking to live in Fort Wayne Community School District.
- The family fun. Fort Wayne is, no joke, no hyperbole, the best place to raise a family in the United States. In 2017, Fort Wayne was ranked the number one best place to raise a family by SmartAsset. Fort Wayne didn’t just get this recognition because of some fluke. Fort Wayne earned this spot, in part, because of the amazing activities that are available for the whole family. Your family will have a blast at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, rated amongst the top ten best zoos in the country. If your family is into adventure, view nature up close and personal on a hike of Eagle Marsh, a 716-acre wetland preserve with over eight miles of trails. If you have a future scientist on your hands, go have a blast at the Science Center where they offer over 200 hands-on experiments. While you are discovering how things are made, enter into a world of pure imagination on a tour of DeBrand Fine Chocolates.
- The sports. No matter what sport you are interested in, Fort Wayne has you covered. In Indiana, basketball is no joking matter. Be sure to check out a Fort Wayne Mad Ants game. This Indiana Pacers owned G-league NBA team is known to always put on a great game. Take whole family to the home to the TinCaps, a Class A Minor League Baseball team affiliated with the San Diego Padres. Or, if you prefer your sports on ice, get your fill of hockey at a Fort Wayne Komets game.
- The culture. Fort Wayne has a great arts scene for you to explore. Home to two large music venues, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and the Fort Wayne Embassy Theater, as well as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne is known for having varied and prestigious line ups. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a part of Artlink, an initiative to expose young artists and emerging art forms. It is certainly a must for anyone enamored with visual arts. Movie Buff? Check out an artistic film at the Cinema Center.
- The spirits. If you prefer your beers with rich and developed flavor profiles, your cocktails elaborate and fancy, or you like to know the exact grapevine your wine is from, Fort Wayne has you covered. For the beer lovers out there, Fort Wayne has multiple craft breweries. Stop in at Junk Ditch Brewing Company or Trubble Brewing and sample some awesome local beers. If you are more interested in cocktails, definitely try out Three Rivers Distilling Company, Fort Wayne’s very own distillery. Wine more your thing? Visit Country Heritage Winery, Two-EE’s Winery or Byler Lane Winery; three Indiana native wineries close to Fort Wayne. Some great, local bars to check out include The Brass Rail and After Dark Nightclub.
- The cost of living. One of the many perks of living in the Summit City is the cost of living. The average cost of living in Fort Wayne is 12 percent lower than the national average. Amazingly, housing costs are 31 percent below the national average. That means you can get a whole lot of house for way less money. If you are looking for homes for sale in Indiana, Fort Wayne might be the place that stretches your dollars the farthest.
- The location. Fort Wayne is in an ideal location. It is right in the thick of things in the Midwest. A mere three-hour drive northwest from Fort Wayne puts you in the U.S. third largest city, Chicago. Driving south a couple hours puts you in Indianapolis. Driving about another three hours, but this time to the southeast, drops you off in Columbus, Ohio. Fort Wayne is in driving distance of many awesome day trip locations, but if you would rather stay in the city, that’s great too. Fort Wayne has an average commute time of only 20 minutes.
Well, the cat’s out of the bag. The Midwest is an incredible place to raise a family, and Fort Wayne, Indiana is an amazing place to live. If you’re in search of a place to live that combines the benefits of living in a growing, modern city with down-home, Heartland hospitality, Fort Wayne has many options that can accommodate you. If you’d like more information on finding a new-build or move-in ready home and starting your Fort Wayne adventure, contact Westport Homes.