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Westboro is a central Topeka neighborhood featuring large homes in Italian Renaissance Revival, French Eclectic, and Colonial styles. The area includes Westboro Park and Westboro Mart, a quaint shopping area with an delightful array of specialty shops.
Many of the homes in Westboro were built in the 1920s and 1930s and became model homes for the L.F. Garlinghouse Company of Topeka, which sold the floor plans via annual catalogs throughout the United States. Westboro is located in the Topeka Public Schools school district.
Once its own miniature city, Potwin Place is revered for its beautiful Victorian-style homes, charming circular intersections, and expansive tree coverage.
The holidays are a big deal in Potwin. At Christmastime, the neighborhood decorates homes and intersections with lights and holiday-themed décor. Touring the neighborhood displays during the season could mean a run-in with Santa or stumbling upon joyful carolers. Halloween and Fourth of July also are popular holidays to celebrate in Potwin with decorations, parades, and activities. Potwin Place is located in the Topeka Public Schools school district.
Appropriately named for its location just north of Washburn University, College Hill is a historic neighborhood with beautiful American Four-Square, Victorian, Georgian Revival, and Craftsman homes. A few of Topeka’s favorite restaurants are adjacent to College Hill, with easy access to the beautiful campus a short distance away.
The College Hill neighborhood hosts its own Independence Day neighborhood parade, complete with turtle races and free ice cream sandwiches in Boswell Park. College Hill is located in the Topeka Public Schools school district.
The Oakland Neighborhood is a tight-knit community home to one of the nation’s longest running Mexican Fiestas. The week-long event held every summer features a carnival, live music, jalapeno-eating contest, authentic Mexican food, and much more. Many of Topeka’s locally owned restaurants and retail stores are in the Oakland area. Oakland is located in the Topeka Public Schools school district.
North Topeka or NOTO, encompasses a large area of the city north of the Kansas River. The area boasts the NOTO Arts and Entertainment District and the historic Overland Station. North Topeka Boulevard is the main thoroughfare, with restaurants, shops, and services. NOTO is split between Topeka Public Schools and Seaman School Districts.
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The Indian Hills community in West Topeka is a popular destination for families. Featuring Sherwood Estates and West Indian Hills subdivisions, homeowners appreciate access to newly built Midwest Health Aquatic Center, golf course views, and Auburn Washburn Schools. The area will soon welcome the new $10 million family park planned to open in 2021.
Shunga Park neighborhood is mostly single story homes adjacent to the Shunga Trail, an extensive walking, running, and biking trail that winds through town.The neighborhood is close to Crestview Community Center, which offers a playground, baseball diamonds, BMX track, and tennis courts. Large trees and quiet streets make the neighborhood a popular location for young couples. Shunga Park is located in Topeka Public Schools.
Sherwood Park is a family-friendly neighborhood in southwest Topeka, west of Wanamaker Road. It’s a popular neighborhood of newer development homes that’s gained a reputation for being tight-knit. Sherwood Park is located in Auburn-Washburn School District.