South Bend’s Ridgedale Neighborhood: Hills and Historic Charm

by Nick Molnar on July 31, 2009

Tomorrow, or possibly Sunday I’ll post the comprehensive monthly sales report from the South Bend Area MLS.

But today was beautiful and I spent some time in one of my favorite South Bend neighborhoods, Ridgedale.

Ridgedale is a leafy neighborhood on the south side of South Bend. It has distinct architecture and according to tax records, various sections of the neighborhood were built from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. This fits with what I found at the local history section of the library, where maps of South Bend from 1903 don’t show anything in the area, and maps from 1937 have the neighborhood streets plotted.

Homes vary from under $100,000 for a smaller home to well over $1,000,000 for some of the palatial estates. Architecturally the neighborhood has everything from steeply pitched French influenced designs to one of just two  Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes in South Bend. It also has two things in abundance that are rare in the area: slate roofs and steep hills.

Here are a few homes and sights that caught my eye:

If you want to see more of South Bend’s Ridgedale neighborhood (and you aren’t prone to motion sickness), you might watch this rough-cut video of a bike ride through Ridgedale. Forgive the lack of polish, this is our first attempt at adding video to the blog. We”ll refine our technique, edit in still photos and interviews, and add music and subtitles to future videos.

If you’re moving to South Bend and want to know more about Ridgedale and other neighborhoods with historic character, contact a agent. If you have a home in Ridgedale you want to sell, you might want to do the same.

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Joe Molnar July 31, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Here is a link to a neighborhood tour of Ridgedale that we created in early Spring of 2009. It is good that the trees are not yet in bloom as it allows you to see the lovely homes that are otherwise obscured by the leafy foliage of huge Red Oaks and Maple trees. Click here to view Ridgedale: or here: and select the community of interest under the Community tab to see all of the tours currently available in South Bend, Granger and Notre Dame neighborhoods.


Jake August 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I love taking bike rides through the Ridgedale/Twyckenham Hills area. Thanks for posting the info on the Frank Lloyd Wright house. My wife and I have been wondering where the mythical 2nd Wright house was in the Bend. Took a nice drive by.


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