I’m smitten with the great color and sharpness my Yashica Lynx 14e delivered on Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 the day I walked around Zionsville.

Yellow box truck

It was a rare sunny day this extra-gray winter. After a heavy snow event the temperatures rose to near 50 degrees and so the streets were full of puddles.


I photograph Zionsville a lot now that I live here, usually the charming Main Street. This day I walked along some of Zionsville’s back streets and alleys looking for interesting compositions.

Garage and alley

The town was chartered in 1852 and many buildings and homes from the last half of the 19th century remain. Some of them have been repurposed, like this little church that is now someone’s home.


This green house at the north end of Main Street is probably my favorite in town, and I’ve photographed it over and over. Zillow says it was built in 1918, and has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Green house

Zillow also says that this house is worth about a half million dollars. That’s a huge amount of money for a house in Indiana. The same house in Indianapolis would go for far, far less. “The Village” in Zionsville can command these prices because it’s such a charming place to live. Margaret and I would love to move to the Village, but unless we luck into an incredible deal its home prices put it out of our reach.

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12 responses to “The back streets of Zionsville”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Thanks for the Z-ville Tour! Living there was one of the few things I miss about Indy, altho not without their own set of problems. Still, spent ever night walking those streets….

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a charming place to live!

  2. DougD Avatar

    Nice, I have mixed feelings about repurposed churches, but repurposing is far better then demolition. My daughters ballet studio is in a 125 year old church building.

    Half a million sounds like a bargain, the house across the street went up for $725k this week, craziness. Somehow our 1960’s court has had very low turnover since we moved in 20 years ago, but this’ll be the fifth time that particular house has sold. Real estate is a mystery..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We live in a bit of a bubble here in Indiana, with housing so reasonably priced.

  3. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Having lived in cookie cutter housing developments in the Phoenix area during my married years, I now really appreciate the diversity of homes in neighborhoods like this one. Looks like a nice place to live.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a wonderful place to live. Too bad it’s out of my reach.

  4. Stuart Templeton Avatar

    Thanks as always for sharing pictures of where you love – it looks a fascinating place. That Yashica has done a cracking job of those colours – those shots look great. I really like the shot with the van and the one with the garage on the left is superb.

    Nice work Jim!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I can’t get over how much this Lynx loved the Fuji 400! Just amazing.

  5. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    If it makes you feel better, that house in Colorado would be 50-100% more expensive, but I have to admit $500K sounds a little crazy for Indiana. Of course the owners can ask whatever they want for it, doesn’t mean that they’ll get it…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      In other Indiana communities a half mil will buy you a mansion.

  6. Allen Gross Avatar
    Allen Gross

    I regret selling my two 14 Lynxes years ago. I recently got a 5000 Lynx and have gotten good results from it. Yashica made some great cameras! The 14 was quite heavy though.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve heard great reviews of the Lynx 5000; now I want to try one!

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