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Houses on Ridge Road in Munster Indiana are some of the largest, grandest homes in The Region. Ridge Road has some of the oldest homes along this first-road of NW Indiana, and many of the Munster homes have been maintained and/or restored to their historic beauty.

Houses For Sale On Ridge Road In Munster

What It’s Like To Live On Ridge Road

There are definitely pros and cons of living on a busy road. Speaking from experience, I bought one of the houses for sale on Ridge Road. Let me tell you what it’s like to live on Ridge Road…

Pros of Living on Ridge Rd

Some of Munster's Largest Lots

Many of the homes on Ridge Rd. have large wooded lots and enjoy up to an acre of privacy. 

Older Historic Home Charm

Many of Munster’s first homes were built on Ridge Road, dating back to the late 1800s. If you’re looking for older home charm vs new build, it’s easy to find on Ridge Road  Munster Indiana.

Convenience To Everything!

Living on Ridge Rd. in Munster puts you very close to everything you need: Expressways, many restaurants, shopping, Police Department.

Home Small Business Possibility

One of the interesting advantages of Ridge Road is it is one of the few locations in Munster where you may be able to get zoning permission to run a small business from your residential property. This is due to the mixed residential/business use already in place on this popular and convenient roadway.

Discounted Home Prices

While living on a busy road may be a plus for those considering mixing business use, it is normally a detriment in residential areas. Therefore, homes on busy roads generally sell for about a 10% discount from traditional residential areas.

Cons of Living on Ridge Rd

Ridge Road Traffic

You can hear the traffic on Ridge Road, although there are ways to minimize it. Also, sometimes the expressway is backed up and Ridge Rd is used as the easy detour. 

Snow Surplus From Plows

As a resident on Ridge Road, my biggest pet peeve is the winter snow. This main road gets plowed first and regularly, which is great. However, the 2 lanes of plowed snow are continually deposited in the front of my driveway every storm.

No Privacy In Front Yard

If you are a very private person, living on Ridge Rd may not be for you. The front of your home will be out there for all to see.

Business/Residential Mixed

Businesses are common up and down Ridge Road in Munster, sometimes very near residential single family homes.

The History of Ridge Road in Munster and The Region

As you drive down Ridge Road, imagine it as the sandy beach shore of Lake Michigan that was once there instead, forever ago. The lower areas of north Munster, and everything north was actually under water back then.

Shifting glaciers pushed a ridge of land up higher than the lake, trapping water on both sides. This higher land became a convenient traveling route, when Native Americans ruled the land and settlers developed the area thru proximity to Chicago.


What started as a trail forged on the ridge of some high land between large bodies of water eventually became Ridge Road in Munster.

Ridge Road is one of the first roads in Indiana and essential to The Region’s growth. For history lovers, you might like this in-depth history of how Lake Michigan was formed.

Highland Homes For Sale On Ridge Rd

The Munster/Highland boundary line on Ridge Rd. aligns with the west boundary of Wicker Memorial Park. If you aren’t dead-set about buying one of the houses for sale on Ridge Road in Munster Indiana specifically, then one of the grand houses along Ridge in Highland might suit you. These Highland homes extend to Cline Avenue.


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