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Moving to South Bend,IN?

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes are happening in the Bend – the city’s rebuilding and revitalizing the infrastructure – and people inside and outside city limits are starting to take notice. Shedding the rust belt image has taken a while, but South Bend is seeing significant public and private investements in new multi-use projects and luxury condos.

South Bend has many condo options. Take your pick. Are you looking for a mix of old and new? What amenities are important to you? Most Homeowners Associations (HOA) provide snow removal services and outside care, but what about a gym, pool or tennis courts? Do you desire to be near campus or downtown?

Read on to see if a South Bend condo might be in your future.


Fur traders settled the South Bend area in the early 19th Century. South Bend was incorporated as a city on May 22, 1865, but prior to European settlers, the area was occupied by Native Americans. One of the earliest groups was the Miami Tribe and later it was the people of Potawatomi who moved into the area because of the rich soil and natural resources along the St. Joseph River. For centuries, the St. Joseph River has played a huge role in the development of the area. Access to the river supported the development of Oliver Chilled Plow, Singer Sewing, Studebaker Manufacturing Plant, and many other manufacturing companies.

Things to do in South Bend

Notre Dame University

South Bend’s most popular neighbor is not a person – it’s an institution. Sitting on 1,261 acres is a globally recognized academic and spiritual leader. While technically not a part of South Bend, The University of Notre Dame, its faculty, students, and alumni have been enriching the area for more than a century.

In addition to attending sporting events at Notre Dame, the university produces numerous art exhibits, hosts well-known speakers, and is starting to book major entertainment acts like Garth Brooks and Billy Joel. Nothing like belting out “Friends in Low Places” with 85,000 of your closet buddies.

During the summer session, things are much quieter on campus, giving visitors ample time to visit and explore some of the notable landmarks like the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. After your self-guided tour, visit Rohrs at the Morris Inn, located directly on campus, and relax with a Hesburgh Manhattan.

The South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs, a Class A minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, play their home games at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium. Loyal fans flock to the ballpark to cheer on the home team each season. In addition to watching the game, families can visit the Fun Zone, where kids can play on slides and inflatables, visit the batting cages, and then cool down at the splash pad located near the right-field line.

Four Winds Casino

Try your luck at the Four Winds Casino located just off the 31 bypass in South Bend. The casino has five dining options, a 55,000 square foot gaming floor, and 10 live poker tables. A Native American tribe, the Potawatomi is running the casino.

South Bend Chocolate Company

Take a tour or just pick up some sweet treats to share with family and friends. Since 1991, South Bend Chocolates has been making some of the best chocolate in the midwest.
South Bend residents embrace outdoor activities no matter the season.

The city has a number of parks and recreational facilities. The following are a few of the most popular ones:

Howard Park

Howard Park is South Bend’s oldest park. The crown jewel of this park is a 16,000-square-foot ice trail and pond that is enjoyed by kids of all ages during the winter season. In the center of the skating ribbon, sits a playground like no other. This ADA-accessible area is perfect for all kids from 2 to 12 years of age. Kids can explore, climb, and swing to their heart's content. The park also includes fountains and a trail along the St. Joseph River for bikers and walkers that also connects with other city trails.

East Race

Looking for an unforgettable experience? Head downtown to the East Race Waterway for some wet and wild fun. The East Race runs a Class 2 rafting and is 1,900 feet. East Race Waterway was the first man-made whitewater rafting course in North America.

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South Bend is a city of 103,453 people, located five miles south of the Michigan border and is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana. The city is named for its location near the most southern bend of the St. Joseph River.

South Bend demographics

South Bend is a city of 103,453 people, located five miles south of the Michigan border and is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana. The city is named for its location near the most southern bend of the St. Joseph River.

South Bend has been reinventing itself for more than a decade; it’s slowly losing its rust-belt image. Recently, the small metropolitan area found itself in the national spotlight when South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttiegieg announced his run for President of the United States.

Located between Chicago and Detroit, South Bend was a place where middle class families could buy a home and raise a family. In the 1960s and 1970s, like many other cities in the rust belt, manufacturing ceased or moved out of state, leaving a major hole in the local economy. When Studebaker closed, the town had no back-up plan, and it left a huge void in the local economy. Studebaker at one point employed nearly 24,000 people.

South Bend is no longer reliant on manufacturing companies like Studebaker and Oliver Chilled Plow, but both companies have left a philanthropic legacy to the community. As a more diverse economy sprouted over the past several decades, the largest industries in South Bend now include: healthcare, education, small and medium sized businesses, and tourism. Some large corporations still have facilities based in South Bend including Crowe, Honeywell, and AM General.

Arts in South Bend

The Oliver Mansion

Fans of Victorian architecture and local South Bend history will love the Oliver Mansion, located at The History Museum. The Oliver Mansion is an exquisite, well-preserved home from the Gilded Age of the late 19th Century. Built for J.D. Oliver, an executive with Oliver Chilled Plow Works, and his family, this South Bend landmark sits on two acres of lush European-inspired gardens – which are very popular with wedding parties.

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has a beautiful campus that many people enjoy. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the most recognized landmarks on campus. Its stunning beauty and architecture is something not to be missed. The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a hidden gem on the campus of Notre Dame. Its peaceful surroundings offer the visitor time to pause and reflect in silent prayer or meditation.

Studebaker Museum

The Studebaker automobile company put South Bend on the map. Even though Studebakers are no longer lining the streets of America, car enthusiasts from all corners of the world visit South Bend to celebrate this famous automobile. The museum is not just about cars, it is also about sharing the story of the automotive and industrial history of South Bend and surrounding areas. You will see national treasures such as the carriage Abraham Lincoln rode to Ford’s Theatre and one used by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824.

West Side Democratic Club

Dyngus Day, a fun Polish holiday, is a South Bend tradition celebrated the Monday after Easter and is the informal kick-off of primary campaign season. While many restaurants and organizations host parties to celebrate, the most widely recognized party is hosted at the West Side Democratic Club. Not only does the club serve up a never-ending supply of pierogies and haluski (cabbage and noodles), the club has invited some important politicians to speak including Bobby Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

Morris Performing Arts Center

Home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the theater seats 2,500 people and welcomes popular Broadway shows, concerts featuring national and regional acts, and children’s performances. Built-in the 1920s, this National Historic Landmark was lovingly restored and updated in 2000.

Schools in South Bend

Residents have a choice in school options in South Bend. They can choose the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC),which offers elementary, middle and high school options close to neighborhoods. Additionally, there are private or Catholic school options as well. South Bend residents can also apply to Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation as a non-resident. When it comes to higher learning, South Bend is home to the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College, and St. Mary’s College.

Why South Bend?

Top 3 Reasons to buy a condo in South Bend, IN.

Innovative Start-up Economy

South Bend’s Ignition Park and Notre Dame’s Innovation Park are generating fresh ideas leveraging the local academic talent pool and public-sector investment to create new ranks South Bend “one of the top 10 unexpected cities for high high-tech innovation.”

Standard of Living

According to a 2019 report from, South Bend is the second most affordable city of 100,000 or more people in the U.S.

Great Location

Even though South Bend does have a vibrant culture with many things to do, its location is an easy drive to Chicago, Detroit, and Lake Michigan beaches.

Retirees who want to remain part of a vibrant academic community are looking to buy condos in South Bend, IN. The no-maintenance, easy-living lifestyle a condo provides gives you time to do what you want to do – time to volunteer, work part-time, attend a lecture, travel, or just relax with a game of cards or a round of golf. But it’s not just retirees looking for condos in South Bend, IN. With the increase in new start-up businesses, young professionals are seeking to live closer to downtown or near innovation hubs, like Notre Dame.

Things are changing in South Bend. The revitalization of neighborhoods, the conversion of old industrial buildings into unique condos, and the streetscape improvement projects are creating an attractive energetic environment.


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