You have spotted South Bend on the U.S. News and World Report's list of the 150 best places to live in 2022. The list compares affordability, quality of life, and job market to find the best communities in the country to call home. So why did South Bend make the cut? Our community offers a high quality of life for the cost of living here. Here are a few things our real estate agents routinely point out to homebuyers new to our area.
- Plenty of popular attractions.
Don't be fooled by South Bend's small-town price and community. There's plenty to do and see! Popular attractions such as the Potawatomi Zoo provide easy entertainment during the warmer seasons, and the Studebaker National Museum and The History Museum focus on educating the public about the history of South Bend and its relationship to industry.
- Ample outdoor entertainment.
South Bend is a dream town for the active and outdoorsy. Our community boasts plenty of parks and outdoor entertainment within close proximity of most South Bend homes for sale. For instance, Potato Creek State Park offers trails for hiking and cycling, or explore the lake from a kayak. Another popular park, Howard Park, has a playground for the kids, ice skating in the winter, and the famous River Lights. Interested in river rafting right in the city? The East Race Waterway boasts a manmade river rafting course with challenges for all skill levels.
- Lots of live performances and culture.
South Bend boasts several centers of culture where you can catch live performances of all kinds. Located in a hundred-year-old vaudeville house called the Palace Theatre, the Morris Performing Arts Center runs plays, musicals, and a variety of live music, including both modern bands and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The South Bend Civic Theatre in downtown South Bend also offers a varied season of plays.
- All the shopping you could ask for.
In addition to the abundance of activities you'll find in South Bend, there's also plenty of shopping to meet all your needs. From big-box retailers and well-known chains, to indie shops offering antiques, art, gifts, and more, you'll find everything you need in South Bend. Check out popular shopping centers, such as Heritage Square and University Park Mall. There's even a year-round South Bend Farmers Market, with fresh produce, meats and cheeses, gifts, and a cafe at the center of the market.
- The culture and community that comes with having a prestigious university nearby.
South Bend isn't just a college town, but it's true that the University of Notre Dame is part of South Bend's roots. It was a combination of river-based industry and the formation of Notre Dame that created the town of South Bend, and we're proud that the university is still a big part of our community's culture and identity. You'll find we're big college football fans here!
There are many good reasons to live in South Bend, so if you're not already a resident, maybe it's time to take a look and see what you like. For more information on the South Bend real estate market or to start your search for your dream home, contact us today.