When looking for a new home, it can be difficult to gather enough information to accurately compare areas of interest. The town you choose must be compatible with your personal needs and wants (as well as those of your family!). And, learning this information can require scouring the internet for hours. Luckily, I’m here to introduce you to the towns of Northwest Indiana and the things that make each one unique. I will point out some history, fun locations, and points of interest for your consideration.
Looking to learn more about the neighborhoods that make up the Region? We’ll start with some interesting facts about Lowell and the surrounding towns of Schneider and Lake Village.
Past and Present
- Founded by Melvin Halsted in 1852, Lowell was originally a milling town nestled near the edge of rich hunting grounds. In fact, the town is named after Lowell, Massachusetts, which had a similar milling industry at the time of Lowell’s founding.
- Today, you can find plenty of antique shops and eateries in the historic downtown district of Lowell. These newer businesses reside in the old, brick storefronts that still grace the streets of downtown!
- Just south of Lowell is the little town of Schneider, IN. Located in the Kankakee River Valley, the area originally attracted hunters and trappers taking advantage of the lush marshland. Today, Schneider students attend classes in the Tri-Creek School Corporation with Lowell students, and the communities share many public works.
- Just over the border into Newton County is Lake Village, IN. Initially a spot for trading, Lake Village was once part of the Grand Kankakee Marsh and sat on the banks of Beaver Lake, which was drained in the 1800s. Although Lake Village has its own school district, the area shares many businesses and recreational areas with Lowell and Schneider.
Places With History
- Lowell has multiple homes and areas that are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, including the James Brannon House, Melvin A. Halsted House, Charles E. Nichols House, and J. Claude Rumsey House. Most notably, the Lowell Commercial District itself is on the registry!
Points of Interest
- Chicago commuters can expect about a 1-2 hour commute to the city via I-94 or I-65. In turn, residents of Lowell appreciate more space and a quieter, rural lifestyle compared to other towns in Lake County.
- Lowell is filled with natural green space, so take a walk around any of the town’s beautiful parks, such as Freedom Park, for a bit of relaxation.
- Although the town is not on a lake, Lowell provides easy access to both Cedar Lake (7.2 mi north) and Lake Dalecarlia (4.4 mi northeast)
- Lowell is home to an interactive, historical treasure: the Buckley Homestead. Tour the grounds, including an early 1900s schoolhouse, a farmhouse built in 1910, and an 1850s style garden and farm area with animals. Or, take a walk down any of the low impact walking trails, ranging from .16 miles to about 1 mile.
- Lowell also boasts the oldest Labor Day parade in Indiana, so stop by during September to take partake in the fun!
- Visit during fall to experience Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, a place for kids of all ages to enjoy the best autumn activities: hayrides, a corn maze, a corn cannon, and more!
Places to Eat
- For casual dining, try The Mason Jar on N Liberty Street. With a focus on hearty, home-cooked meals and comfort food, it provides outstanding breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as a fun atmosphere for everyone in the family.
- Mi Ranchito is another hidden gem for which people travel from miles around just to get a taste. They’re particularly famous for their margaritas, with flavors such as strawberry, mango, and more.
- If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, try the Prime Rib at McVey’s Restaurant and Bar: the reviews don’t lie. There’s also a full-service martini bar for those guests who like a fresh drink with their dinner.
Interested in learning more about potential homes for sale in Lowell, Schneider, and Lake Village? Contact me today for more information.