Named after the 15th President of the United States, Buchanan, MI, is in close proximity to the Indiana border and less than an hour from Michigan City and South Bend by car. The Berrien County city is sometimes referred to locally as "Redbud City" due to the abundance of redbud trees in and around the city. Buchanan is a rural community where apartment renters can find affordable living options while enjoying many neighborhood amenities like community playgrounds and convenient access to open spaces ideal for recreation or simply observing the natural surroundings. The city itself isn't far from attractions scattered throughout the county, including several golf courses, wineries, parks and a handful of resorts and beaches.
Buchanan was settled in 1833 at the point where McCoy Creek intersects with the St. Joseph River. Originally formed as a village, the city was incorporated in 1858. A marker near the Moccasin Trail makes reference to the fact that many Native American tribes once used the river as a major source of transportation. Fertile soils fostered a thriving farm community that still exists today.
According to 2010 U.S. Census figures, nearly 4,500 people live in the area, typically enjoying reasonable rent and mortgage rates. The National Arbor Day Foundation designated Buchanan as a Tree City U.S.A. due to its abundance of trees lining many streets and commonly traveled routes in and out of the city. If you enjoy nature, the 105-acre Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is found on the eastern bank of the St. Joseph River, and Madron Lake is a popular spot for fishing.
Outdoor enthusiasts won't have trouble finding something to do here. In addition to several walking and hiking trails not far from residential neighborhood areas, the city is also home to the Redbud MX motocross track, which is part of the American Motorcyclist Association National Motocross. Local attractions include the Tin Shop Theatre and Pears Mill, a flour mill dating to the mid-1800s.
The city is about a mile-and-a-half from the U.S. 31 interchange located on the Indiana Toll Road. The closest rail hubs are Amtrak stations located in South Bend, Niles and New Buffalo. The South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, IN, is the nearest source of commercial air service.
The Buchanan School District consists of a public high school and two neighborhood elementary schools. The school district is known for excellence in high school sports, especially when it comes to tennis, basketball and track and field. College students can rent an apartment within the city to save money and conveniently commute to nearby schools in Niles, Notre Dame, South Bend and Granger. The closest universities for student apartment renters wishing to remain in the area are Indiana University South Bend, Davenport University in Granger, the University of Notre Dame, Andrews University in Berrien Springs, and Michigan State University in Benton Harbor.
Some of the top employers in the Berrien County area include the Lakeland Health, Whirlpool Corporation, Andrews University and Four Winds Casino. Apartment renters wishing to live and work here will find a number of smaller businesses scattered throughout the city. Business owners looking to relocate here will discover that commercial rent is considered extremely reasonable when compared to what it would cost to rent or lease similar spaces in nearby larger cities like Detroit and South Bend.