Mishawaka is a midsized college town with a population of just under 50,000 residents and boasting 29 parks. The prime community feature is The Riverwalk, which has numerous walking and biking trails that cross the St. Joseph river over several bridges and connect to area parks. The town has a low cost of living, even compared to other cities in Indiana, and a violent crime rate 20% lower than the rest of the state. Homes in Mishawaka are often designed in Cape Cod style, in neighborhoods with close access to shopping and highways while still retaining a rural feel with nearby parks, hiking trails and waterfronts.
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The area is the second most visited shopping district in Indiana. Mishawaka's retail center is along Grape Road and Main Street in the north part of town. University Park Mall offers everything from major retail stores to local boutiques. The area also has a wide variety of restaurants from which to choose. Downtown Mishawaka is easy to walk around, and provides shopping and nightlife. Mishawaka has an educated workforce due to the five major universities and other colleges in the area, including Notre Dame, Bethel College and IU South Bend. The proximity to Notre Dame also adds college culture and national sports programs to the vicinity.
The median home price in Mishawaka is 23.7% less than the Indiana average at just below $100,000. You can find single family homes, townhomes, and condos among the many residential locations. Mishawaka is situated less than 30 minutes from South Bend Regional Airport and along I-80/90 which connects to Chicago, 100 miles to the west, and Indianapolis, 140 miles to the east. Major employers include Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Bayer, Siemens, and Daman Products. Mishawaka has diverse neighborhoods; you can find everything from subdivisions like Blair Hills and Winding Brook to villa communities at The Forest. Blair Hills has transitional style homes, a community recreation center and pool. The Forest is close to shopping but you can still view wildlife from your backdoor. Older and more historically charming homes are closer to downtown. As a cultural and economic hotspot, Mishawaka is comfortable but convenient. You are only an hour's drive from Lake Michigan beaches or Amish country, country living or bustling urban activity, making this area a great place to live.