The King Park neighborhoods, overseen by the King Park Development Corporation, are working together to make Indianapolis’s near northside a better place to live, work, play, and visit. More than seven-thousand residents call these neighborhoods, which have seen the fastest growth in housing values in the last several years, home. Designated the site of the State’s Rebuilding Neighborhoods pilot program and named the city’s Smart Growth District, King Park is being reborn as a vibrant, livable, sustainable, connected, and welcoming model community.
Fall Creek Place
Fall Creek Place is a neighborhood filled with a diverse mix of hard-working people who appreciate the benefits of downtown living. Fall Creek Place is a model of urban renewal, boasting the highly ranked Oaks Academy, 400 new homes and beautifully renovated older homes, new parks, new sidewalks, and a walkable commercial district. Join a yoga class at City Yoga, grab a coffee at the Monon Coffee Company, enjoy a pitcher of iced tea at the charming Tea’s Me tea house, try the modern pub fare from Shoefly Public House or book time at Indy’s Kitchen, the city’s only rentable commercial kitchen . . . all less than two miles from the heart of downtown.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Herron-Morton Place was one of Indianapolis’s most elegant neighborhoods. Although many original homes were lost to fire and disuse over the years, many remain—and Herron-Morton is once again a thriving, prosperous historic neighborhood. In addition, new homes have been built showcasing unique architecture, making Herron-Morton Place a great blend of historic and modern houses. The beautiful Herron-Morton park and playground in the heart of the neighborhood is the after-school gathering spot for families.
It’s also home to some of Indianapolis’s most treasured institutions. What was once the Herron School of Art has today become Herron High School, a nationally ranked liberal arts charter school that attracts students from throughout the city. Footlite Musicals is also an arts destination located within the neighborhood and has been offering the best of Broadway for over 55 years. The Foundry Provisions, serving locally roasted coffee, pressed sandwiches, and the best granola in town and Tinker Street restaurant are popular neighborhood gathering spots, joining a growing collection of unique vintage shops, bars, salons, and bakeries.
Home to business leaders, prominent Hoosiers and one President of the United States—Benjamin Harrison—the Old Northside is a treasure-trove of Victorian architecture and historical interest. But the Old Northside is part of modern Indianapolis, as well. Although many of the original homes had been demolished by the mid-1970s, the Old Northside is once again one of the city’s most fashionable and sought-after addresses, a rich area for neighbors who appreciate history and want to preserve it for the next generation.
The Benjamin Harrison Home, Victorian Arts Museum, Indiana Landmarks’ Center and historic Morris-Butler House are open to the public—and the tree-lined boulevards and graceful mansions make pedestrians feel they’ve walked back in time. Each month, hundreds of neighbors visit the Harrison Center for the Arts, a community-based arts organization housing four galleries of edgy-yet-whimsical exhibits, a vintage gymnasium and 36 studio artists. An outdoor track, green space and soccer field, beautifully landscaped pocket parks, and a commercial district boasting fresh pastries and vintage clothing bring energy and vitality to this elegant neighborhood.
Fall Creek Proper
Fall Creek Proper is a compact neighborhood that preceded the development of Fall Creek Place and is located between 25th Street on the south, Fall Creek Parkway on the north, Delaware Street on the west, and Central Avenue on the east. Fall Creek Proper homes were newly built homes with historical reference. Goose the Market, the friendly neighborhood grocery store and European style charcuterie is a great place to pick up the best bacon in town (smoked and cured at their own smokehouse), a fabulous bottle of wine, locally grown vegetables, or a dish of gelato. Business is booming here, creating a truly walkable community.
Kennedy King Neighborhood Association is located to the east of Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Park, with boundaries of Central Avenue on the west, 22nd Street on the north, the Monon Trail on the east, and 16th Street on the south. MLK Park, named for Civil Rights Leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., anchors this community. In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy spoke to those gathered there to hear his campaign speech, but instead had to break the news that King had been assassinated. The park’s Peace Memorial honors the contributions of both slain leaders. MLK Park spreads over 14 acres and boasts playing fields used by area schools, a playground and two large pools.
New market rate homes are being built on 600 lots throughout this transitioning neighborhood that backs up to the Indy’s best known walking and biking trail. The Monon Trail – completed in 2003 – measures approximately 10.4 miles from 10th Street to 96th Street, where it connects with the 5.2-mile Monon Greenway in Carmel. It also has direct connections to the Fall Creek Greenway and the Central Canal Towpath, which leads to the White River Wapahani Trail to form a trail network that reaches to the west side of the downtown district.
Southeast Indy, encompassing several unique and distinctive neighborhoods, covers five square miles and has, for over a hundred years, lent itself to a vibrant district of homes, commercial establishments, churches, community organizations, and manufacturers. Come see this charming community within walking distance of downtown. Throughout the district, enjoy the city’s best Greek and Mediterranean food, round-the-clock burgers and breakfast, jumbo tenderloins, hand-dipped shakes, and Italian like no other. Discover such unexpected pleasures as duckpin bowling, swing dancing and live cabaret performances. In addition, the Southeast offers unique events such as Art squared (including the Masterpiece in a Day competition and the Fountain Square Art Parade), Scare on the Square, Tonic Ball, and more.
Split by I-65 and I-70, Southeast neighbors enjoy easy vehicle access to the entire Indianapolis region. And while major Indy Go bus lines cross the neighborhood, the area is both highly walkable and bicycle friendly with grocery shopping, affordable dining, banking and browsing at the library branch and retail shops close by.
Fountain Square is a vibrant neighborhood as unique as the people who call it home. Great food, uncommon shops, noteworthy architecture and distinctive entertainment make Fountain Square a must-see destination in Indianapolis. This historic community has a town square and central fountain, much like a European village. It also boasts a concentration of visual, literary and performing artists who live and work in the neighborhood. Fountain Square is pioneering live/work options for local artists and creative entrepreneurs, more than 75 of whom live and work in the Wheeler Arts Community or have studios in the Murphy Art Center.
Fountain Square is a vibrant, ethnically and socially diverse community and a great place to live, work, play and visit. It offers everyone who visits an experience that’s hip, fun and out-of-the-ordinary – because Fountain Square is anything but square.
North Square, home to the award-winning LEED headquarters of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, is just north of the Fountain Square business district. This six-block section of small cottages is in the midst of extensive rehabilitation led by the hardworking residents who aim to revive and beautify this quaint neighborhood. North Square is located south of English Street, north of Prospect Street, west of Shelby Avenue, and east of 1-65.
This spot, one of the oldest residential areas in the entire county, is named after the historic mansion that’s at the center of it, a mansion at which Mr. Abraham Lincoln himself once spent the night. Bates-Hendricks is located south of I-70, north of Beecher Street, west of I-65, and east of Madison Avenue. This neighborhood is a prime area in the Southeast for rejuvenation and renovation of its many turn-of-the century homes and architecturally unique buildings. A best kept secret is the outdoor piano, under the gazebo on New Jersey Street, where college guys serenade their girls and summer nights find neighbors playing everything from Chopin to Chopsticks.
The borders of Fletcher Place are Louisiana Street to the North, I-65 to the South, East Street to the West and I-70/I-65 to the East. The streets west of South College Avenue run north-south and east-west, while most streets east of South College Avenue are oriented to the diagonal axis of Virginia Avenue.
The new Cultural Trail transverses the neighborhood, perfectly situated between downtown and Fountain Square. Neighborhood hotspots, including Amelia’s bakery, Bluebeard (recently ranked Indy’s best new restaurant), South of Chicago Pizza, and the unbelievably friendly Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company make Fletcher Place a neighborhood where it really feels like “everybody knows your name.” The Villagio, the Mozzo, and the Hinge are brand new developments offering beautifully-designed options for apartment and condo living.
The Holy Rosary neighborhood, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is anchored by the Holy Rosary Church, a bastion of Italian culture (host of the annual, much-beloved Italian Festival) and the site of the only Latin Mass in town. The neighborhood embraces its Italian heritage; many residents are descendants of old Italian families that have lived here for several generations. Summer nights find neighbors picnicking at the Edna Balz Lacy Park in the center of the neighborhood, cheering on bocce ball tournaments and sand volleyball games, while kids chase fireflies and swing.
This charming neighborhood just south of Bates-Hendricks surrounds the city’s oldest (and arguably most beautiful) city park, home to playgrounds, ball fields, community tennis courts, a swimming pool, gorgeous sunken gardens, an arts center, the tropical Garfield Park Conservatory (a favorite respite on winter days), and an outdoor amphitheater where neighbors gather for everything from free Symphony concerts to Shakespeare productions by their own local theatre company. Very active neighborhood associations encourage community building and economic development in the area, an easy bike ride from downtown and a great place to exercise year round – from walking along the Pleasant Run Trail in the summer to sledding in the winter.
Residents of the Near Eastside of Indianapolis have a long history of gathering together for a common purpose. They have repeatedly sought association and action as a means of protecting and saving their community. In 2006, residents convened under the direction of the John H. Boner Center to develop an East side quality of life plan. Because of the strength of this resident-developed plan, the commitment by major citywide stakeholders and the organizational capacity of the Bonner Center, the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee selected the Near Eastside as their Legacy Project for the 2012 Super Bowl. In years past, most cities have used the gift to enhance an existing youth-serving organization by renovating an existing site, although a few have built a new facility. The Super Bowl Host Committee and Boner Center had bigger plans. They launched a capital campaign to leverage the NFL’s $1 million with another $13 million with the goal to construct a community and fitness center for the Near Eastside, on the campus of Indianapolis Public Schools’ Arsenal Technical High School.
Neighbors of all backgrounds have found an incredible community in the historic Cottage Home neighborhood, an easy walk from downtown. With one of the largest community gardens in the city and a neighbor to neighbor market (where neighbors share everything from backyard produce to hand-knitted baby hats) this incredibly close-knit community is committed to making their neighborhood a welcome place for all. The quaint and quirky cottages in a variety of styles, feature turned posts and spindles, gingerbread trim porches and fishscale shingles. The 150-home neighborhood abuts Arsenal Tech High School (created by Congress in 1863 as a permanent United States Army Arsenal), and is bounded by 10th, Oriental, and Michigan Streets, and I-70. The Cottage Home Neighborhood Association was formed in 1984 and remains as one of the city’s most active neighborhood groups, frequently gathering together at the neighborhood’s beloved local pub, the Dorman Street Saloon.
Windsor Park, a neighborhood of winding streets, old Queen Anne and Victorian homes, and lush green lawns located just east of downtown, was built 1880s and 1920s. The neighborhood is anchored by Spades Park, a sylvan setting for the annual Feast of Lanterns, a neighborhood festival which features hundreds of handmade paper lanterns, bedecking the trees and illuminating the night. The Spades Park Library, Brookside Park and the Windsor Village Park, a five acre park sporting a family center (with a gymnasium, computer lab, kitchen and game room), walking trail and a basketball court provide a wealth of greenspace. Schools that serve the Windsor Park area are Indianapolis Public Schools, School 101, School 15, School 74, Holy Cross Catholic School and Arsenal Technical High School. The Windsor Park Neighborhood Association is active in the community to make it a great place to live.
The Holy Cross neighborhood is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The neighborhood, which lies within walking distance of downtown, has beautiful, unobstructed views of the Indianapolis skyline, and an even more compelling sense of community. Neighbors get together frequently, gathering in each others’ backyards to share food, conversations and games of cornhole, poker, and horseshoes, or just to watch their children play together.
Holy Cross is a diverse neighborhood full of homes distinguished by skilled craftsmanship. Historically, its center was a farm owned by the family of Governor Noble, now beautiful Highland Park. Later, the community was settled by families of German, Irish and Italian descent. And, in the last half century, the diversity increased to include African American and Hispanic families. Today, the skills and care of all kinds of hard-working families remain evident in this close-knit neighborhood.
The historic strengths of the neighborhood have been individual responsibility coupled with community activism. Long-time neighbors provide a strong foundation that encourages new people to move into the neighborhood. Many rehab older homes and build new ones on vacant lots. Sustainability has been a long-time goal and it is more of a neighborhood watchword even today. A lot of newcomers are transplants from the suburbs who want to live downtown without giving up community. They feel right at home in Holy Cross.
While little evidence remains of its existence today, the beautiful little park in Arsenal Heights can make two claims to sports history: it is one of the founding sites of baseball’s American League, and the birthplace of Indiana football. This corner of the Holy Cross neighborhood is a “best-kept secret,” with lots of original houses that are small enough to be affordable to rehab, while still maintaining the character and charm of the last century. Arsenal Heights homes are an easy walk from Mass Ave and downtown.
This gracious historic community, located just one mile east of downtown, is recognized as Indianapolis’s first planned residential suburb. In a beautiful park-like setting, you will find fine examples of lovely Victorian era homes, esplanades with fountains and statuary, and an ambiance that is unlike any other. Alleys lined by large carriage houses and servants’ quarters bisect lots along each of three drives. By the early twentieth century, Woodruff Place had earned recognition as a close-knit affluent community which has it’s own town hall and hosts many neighborhood social activities including the annual, much anticipated Woodruff Place flea market.
Springdale is a NESCO community located between Jefferson (W)to Rural (E) and Brookside Parkway South Drive (N) to 10th Street (S). The neighborhood is home to Treasured Homes and Land Conservancy, the Urban Renovator, People’s Garden, and Dewey’s Garden, along with many historical properties and friendly neighbors. In 2010, Springdale welcomed Pogue’s Run Grocer, Indy’s first cooperatively owned grocery store, which provides the neighborhood with Indianapolis’s best locally sourced produce and natural products, as well as a place to meet a friend for a great sandwich. The newly opened TickTock Lounge serves an amazing bacon-vodka infused Bloody Mary. There will soon be a Springdale Conservancy and green space on Jefferson street for community gathering.
St. Clair Place
St. Clair Place has been undergoing an incredible transformation – building on the solid character of the neighbors and the charm of the original architecture. In the past year, the streets, sidewalks, and alleyways have all been redone, and several homes are finished (or soon to be!). Of the original 900 parcels, many are still in wonderful shape, and the neighborhood association is very active in bringing the vacant parcels up to the same standards. You’ll find a big surprise when you compare what St. Clair has to offer to singles, couples, and families wanting to live in a close knit community where the motto is “front porches make good neighbors.”
Just east of historic Woodruff Place neighborhood, this dynamic neighborhood’s nearby amenities include urban farms, walk-to parks and schools, easy access to Mass Ave, downtown sports and activities, the Monon Trail, and the Cultural Trail, the John H. Boner Center and a growing commercial corridor on 10th Street. Thanks in part to the 2012 Super Bowl Legacy Project, St. Clair is becoming even richer in amenities and social services.
People who live in Englewood love living in Englewood – and have for a long time. The neighborhood’s unique 150-year old story includes a minor league baseball park, streetcars, and even a roller coaster. The several historic buildings that remain, including a Carnegie Library, give Englewood a strong sense of past. But the neighborhood is changing. Englewood is now home to a thriving Hispanic population, with walkable access to authentic Mexican food, supermercados, and late-night taco trucks. Englewood Christian Church is also a central part of the neighborhood. The Community Development Corporation that it started has helped dozens of happy families move into the neighborhood by assisting in rehabs and home loans, or just lending a hand on a workday. The neighborhood’s go-getter attitude and strong connection to its history make Englewood ideal for people who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, of making good neighbors, and of loving where they live.
Living Downtown provides convenient, walkable access to the city’s best restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums and parks. It means skipping the daily commute and suburban traffic jams and having time after work for family, friends and fun. What’s more, Downtown boasts vibrant neighborhoods with many options for prospective homeowners and renters.
More than 3,400 new townhomes, condos, single-family homes and apartments have been built in the last decade. More than 3,600 new homes will be completed by 2017. You can purchase a new or historic home starting as low as $130,000 to more than $2.5 million or lease from $600 to $3,200 or more.
The St. Joseph neighborhood, tucked under the interstate within an easy walk of downtown, is a fun and funky neighborhood with surprising socio-economic diversity. Neighbors have a wonderful sense of community and are deeply committed to caring for all the members of their community, who gather together in the neighborhood’s coffee shops and bars. The area boasts converted warehouses, two frame Civil War-era cottages, a commercial building of early 1860’s construction, and the most significant collection of row house buildings in the city.
Chatham Arch-Mass Ave.
The Chatham—Arch Historic District surrounds the thriving Massachusetts Avenue (known locally as Mass Ave) arts and theatre district.
Five performing arts theaters call Mass Ave home, each one distinctive in its own way. Numerous art galleries make the Avenue the place to experience top-notch art. Independently-owned restaurants serve up some of the best meals in town. Don’t expect to find any mass production in Mass Ave’s locally-owned niche stores. Shoppers can find one of a kind hostess gifts at Silver in the City, artistic and educational games and toys for the children in their lives at the Mass Ave Toys, and even treats for Fido at the Three Dog Bakery. Old National Centre, the largest theater venue on Mass Ave, hosts numerous performances throughout the year, including national and Broadway tours. Mass Ave has plenty of after-hours entertainment options for people with all tastes. From live music and good times to relaxed outdoor conversations, the night is always young on Mass Ave!
Greenspaces soften Mass Ave’s urban setting, linking the commercial areas with the surrounding residential residential neighborhoods.
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The Cole-Noble District, located on the near East side of downtown Indianapolis, is home to a large variety of small businesses, condominium and apartment buildings, plus several beautiful landmarks. The state-of the-art headquarters of The Nature Conservancy and the campus of Harrison College are here. Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles has to-die-for fried green tomatoes and melt in your mouth caramel cake. Local winemakers Jack and Joan Easley, founders of the Easley Winery located in Cole-Noble, were instrumental in creating and incorporating the Indiana Wine Growers Guild, along with 8 other Hoosiers, which reversed the Indiana winery laws in 1971 (until this time, it was illegal to operate a winery in Indiana). Throughout the next three decades, the Easley family produced Indiana wine with grapes from the family-owned Cape Sandy vineyards in Crawford County.
Lockerbie Square, a quiet residential area about half a mile from the very center of Indianapolis, is rich in history and charm, with tree-lined brick streets, small homes, a few mansions, and a population of just over 400. It is the oldest remaining residential neighborhood in downtown Indianapolis, and is considered a wealthy neighborhood with strong political ties. The most famous resident of Lockerbie Square was James Whitcomb Riley, who was widely published and revered nationally for his Hoosier dialect poetry. His home is designated a National Historic Landmark.
The Upper Canal area has numerous options for convenient apartment and condo living along the three mile walkway on the refurbished Central Canal. The Canal Walk is a beautiful and popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity seekers alike. This is Downtown’s “waterfront,” dotted with pedal boats and gondolas all summer long, with bicycles and surreys gracing the district’s pathways. Scattered throughout the Canal and 250-acre White River State Park are some of the city’s most inspiring museums, attractions and celebrations. Discover Indiana’s heritage as you meander along the limestone walkway, enjoying a stunning backdrop of the Downtown skyline.
Ransom Place Neighborhood was the first African-American neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Indiana. Today, the neighborhood has diversified and is home to both long term residents who never left as well as empty nesters, young professionals and medical/law students who find the easy walk to school and the proximity to both the Cultural Trail and the charming walks along the Canal appealing.
This one street, 2 block long neighborhood, bordering the canal, is a wonderful spot for outdoor living. The beautifully landscaped canal, built in the 1830’s holds the distinction of being one of the oldest manmade features in the city and is a charming place for an afternoon walk or run along the art-festooned arteries, or a bike, segway, gondola or paddle-boat ride. The Cultural Trail, which connects arts districts throughout the city, passes alongside this neighborhood as well. In 1995, the city gutted every home on these two blocks and auctioned the stabilized, historically significant facades to owner occupants, many law and medical students from nearby IUPUI, who love the closeness to downtown and the many recreational opportunities this quaint neighborhood provides.
With a convenient location just minutes from Broad Ripple Village and Downtown, Midtown’s central location makes many of the city’s best entertainment, dining, shopping, and recreation options just a short bike or car ride away. Home to parks, schools and churches, all residents of this area are eligible for a FREE membership at The Children’s Museum, considered the #1 Children’s Museum in the nation! Midtown offers beautiful early 20th century architecture and several active neighborhood associations where residents can truly make a difference. Rich in history and thriving in cultural diversity, come see why you can Live Life Better in Midtown.
Historic Meridian Park
Historic Meridian Park began flourishing in the 1890′s when well-to-do downtown families decided to construct their summer homes here. The Historic Meridian Park neighborhood is bounded by Pennsylvania St. and Washington Blvd. and by 30th and 34th Streets. HMP is a mixture of lifelong residents and relative newcomers. Many of the recent transplants were originally drawn to the fine old turn-of-the century homes – who could resist the romance of homes with Rookwood tile fireplaces, stained glass and leaded windows, hardwood floors and cabinetry, sleeping porches and welcoming front porches? But the people are the reason they’ve stayed.
Mapleton-Fall Creek shares its northern border with the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which hosts more than 300 unique events every year and houses Indy’s largest public ice skating rink. MFC residents can keep fit, explore Indy greenways and even commute to work by bike on the Fall Creek and Monon Trails, both of which run through the eastern part of the neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to several active faith based organizations and neighborhood associations. Families have a wide variety of educational choices for the children including both public, private (the acclaimed St. Richard’s school) and charter schools.
Historic Watson Park
The Watson-McCord Neighborhood, bounded by 38th Street on the North, Fairfield Avenue on the South, Woodland Avenue on the East, and Central Avenue on the West, has beautifully curving streets in a park-like setting. The community is comprised of many older, historically significant hilltop homes as well as mixed-use buildings, small businesses and not-for-profit agencies, a public school, several churches, and two beautiful parks: McCord Park and the Watson Road Bird Preserve. The neighborhood is a vital cross-section of Indianapolis, racially mixed and economically diverse.