Munster's residential charm

2013-04-24T00:00:00Z Munster's residential charmBy LuAnn Franklin nwitimes.com
April 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Planning has been the hallmark of Munster’s growth through the decades. And that shows in the residential areas of this Ridge community.

Munster has a home style and type to suit every budget. Choose from elaborate complexes of comfortable rental apartments, luxury townhomes and condominiums, elegant older single family homes, or spacious executive styles.

Prices, too, reflect the variety in Munster homes, from homes in $100,000’s to more than $1 million.

Families enjoy quiet, secure lifestyles in an environment separated from busy major thoroughfares, yet can access major roads and the Borman Expressway. Enclaves of condominiums and townhomes often have residents from many generations.

Walkers, joggers, bicyclists and children at play are familiar sights in Munster’s residential areas. Many neighborhoods offer playgrounds and green spaces within walking distance. These neighborhood parks dot all residential areas, providing serene respites and places for active kids to play. Often, there is a school or church within easy walking distance.

Residents express pride in their well-maintained neighborhoods through their own landscaping projects and holiday decorations.

With interest rates at historic lows and spring in the air, home sales have been robust in many markets, including Munster.

For example, single-family home sales in Northwest Indiana rose 23.1 percent in February as compared to February 2012, marking the 20th straight monthly increase in home sales, according to the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

In a recently published article in The Times, Carol Dobrzynski, a Realtor with ReMax Realty Associates in Munster, said Move-up buyers looking for larger, nicer homes are reinvigorating the housing market, with a surprising number prepared to make cash purchases.

“If it's turnkey ready, all ready to move in, they are going very fast,” Dobrzynski said. “We can't write them up fast enough.”

With low interest rates and more people putting their homes up for sale, it remains a buyers’ market, according to Pete Novak, CEO of the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

“To me it’s all about consumer confidence and where this economy is now heading,” Novak said in another published report.

Munster’s residential housing stock “reflects a high percentage of home ownership,” says Munster Town Manager Tom DeGiulio.

“The schools and town are rated highly in delivering quality services to the residents,” he said. “I think it is a testament to the pride of the community that, while time has passed, the town has adapted and changed, always looking toward the future.”

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