Summary. Ft. Wayne has a vast array of neighborhoods and communities that reflect every available lifestyle. From private, waterfront homes, to golf course communities Ft. Wayne and the surrounding areas offer a wide choice of housing alternatives. The distinct suburban areas surrounding the city are all within minutes of a revitalized downtown Ft. Wayne however each is unique and must be valued as such.
Education. School districts are often a determining factor when new residents begin their search for a home in the Ft. Wayne area. As such, they can have a direct impact on your valuation. Ft. Wayne offers four highly acclaimed school districts including East Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Northwest Allen County Schools, and Southwest Allen County Schools as well as many private options. It is important that your appraiser be familiar with the impact it has on your home’s value. Proximity to the Lutheran and Catholic School network in the area can also play a part in valuations.
Culture. Ft. Wayne is known as the “Summit City” and has some of the most well attended festivals in the state including the Johnny Appleseed Festival and the Three Rivers Festival. As northeastern Indiana’s cultural hub, Fort Wayne is home to 15 museums and art galleries, a philharmonic orchestra, botanical conservatory, zoo, three minor league sports franchises and an NCAA Division I team. The city is home to the fifth-largest public university in Indiana, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), and the private universities of Concordia Theological Seminary, Indiana Institute of Technology, and University of Saint Francis. A strong performing arts community is bolstered by the historical Embassy Theater as well as the Grand Wayne Convention Center.
Commerce. Fort Wayne is a great place to live! Money Magazine, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, All-America City Awards, Business Week, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have all awarded the community for it’s outstanding quality of life. In addition, Fort Wayne boasts a low cost of living that consistently ranks below the national average, making it possible for residents to own their dream homes. Top-notch medical care is available for five area hospitals boasting cutting edge cancer and heart centers. All of these factors contribute to a unique and ever-changing housing market that requires a distinct local perspective.
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