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Local neighborhoods again grace 'This Old House' magazine pages

Friday, August 26, 2011

Homes and home life in the City of Greencastle are featured in the September 2011 issue of This Old House magazine, the second time in six months the community has been included in the popular periodical.

Featuring Greencastle under the Home News section, the story encompasses all of Page 14 of the magazine. It is headlined "Here's another one of our picks from 2011's Best Old-House Neighborhoods."

The September magazine is already on newsstands.

The feature lists some of Greencastle's attributes as "Home to DePauw University," "beautifully crafted houses for less than $100,000" and "small-town living at its best."

The page contains a photo of a Craftsman bungalow at 204 Hillsdale Ave. (in the historic Northwood District), along with a Banner Graphic shot of the Greencastle Farmers' Market during a recent Saturday morning on the courthouse square.

In the accompanying text, Carole Braden writes: "In the summer months, when trees are in bloom and DePauw University is on a more relaxed schedule, a walk along Greencastle's streets evokes a time when homeowners cut their grass with push mowers and television had yet to supplant front-porch views."

The writer adds, "The city of 10,000 gets plenty of 21st-century energy from the annual invasion of students, as well as the young professionals who commute to downtown Indianapolis, just 45 miles away."

The text also notes that last year's average sale price for a home in Greencastle was just shy of $100,000.

"Greencastle offers plenty of old-fashioned advantages," the magazine article adds, enumerating "a town center that's been designated historic; an industrious American work ethic (a handful of plants here support the auto industry); a focus on community; and three new National Register Historic Districts, collectively comprising hundreds of (very affordable) homes."

Earlier, the April 2011 edition of the magazine listed Greencastle as one of the Midwest's 15 communities where the "Best Old House Neighborhoods" can be found. Greencastle was the only Indiana city on the 2011 list.

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