Indianapolis, colloquially known as Indy, lies at the heart of the Hoosier State and is an extraordinarily vibrant city, rich in history, culture, and things to do.
Mile Square & The Wholesale District
Defined by its iconic Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis is officially a mile square. The city’s historic grid structure was inspired by the baroque design of Washington D.C. Mile Square is the oldest part of Indianapolis, where buildings and streets date back to the settlement of Indianapolis.
The Wholesale District, located inside of Mile Square, is one of Indianapolis’ seven cultural districts. It’s here that you’ll find the brightest attractions Indianapolis has to offer: Lucas Oil Stadium, Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis Arts Garden, Indiana Repertory Theater, and much more. For housing within Mile Square, you’ll find urban condos and townhouses nestled amongst high rises, office buildings, and other commercial buildings.
While Mile Square is considered the heart of Downtown Indy, a variety of distinct residential neighborhoods and cultural districts with their own personalities and amenities can be found on the fringe.
Chatham Arch & Mass Ave.
Chatham Arch, one of Indy’s oldest neighborhoods, and the adjacent Mass Ave. cultural district, are thriving hotspots for retail, comedy clubs, theaters, restaurants, and art galleries. Here you will find quaint homes dating back to the Civil War era, as well as larger homes representative of Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revival architecture. In addition, you can find recently constructed contemporary condos and lofts right in the heart of the action.
Enjoy the popular Indianapolis Cultural Trail or head over to experience Indianapolis’ newest multi-use neighborhood: Bottleworks District, home to The Garage Food Hall, a community hub for all things culinary, arts, and entertainment.
Quirky, artsy, and fun, Fountain Square is located just southeast of downtown. It is also one of Indy’s cultural districts and has experienced a renaissance in recent years. The neighborhood's commercial district is centered around the main square’s antique fountain and includes popular restaurants, coffee shops, bars, entertainment, and more. Most homes are single-family—either recently-renovated cottages or fixer-uppers beaming with potential.
Fall Creek Place
Located less than two miles from the heart of downtown, Fall Creek Place is a thriving neighborhood with a diverse mix of people and housing options thanks to heavy investment in the area. Recent development features newly constructed single-family homes, townhouses, and condos alongside restored historic homes. In addition, you will find new parks, new sidewalks, and other amenities like the Monon and Fall Creek trails. Fall Creek Place is a tight-knit community and neighbors enjoy walking to local favorites like Goose The Market, Monon Coffee, Shoefly Public House, and Tea's Me.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983, Herron-Morton Place is quintessential Indianapolis. It is a beautifully preserved neighborhood with magnificent colorful Victorian mansions, as well as charming cottages and foursquares. Local dining favorites include Tinker Street and Baby’s.
Bates-Hendricks is a hot neighborhood just south of Downtown. It’s a community rich in Indiana history and local culture. Most of Bates-Hendricks consists of one- and two-family residences with small front yards and larger back yards.
Whether you’re looking for a recently renovated home or a diamond-in-the-rough, it offers both. The Pleasant Run Trail runs through the southeast corner to Garfield Park, and additional public green space can be found at Hendricks and Ringgold parks.
From the big front porches of their historic cottages and foursquares, residents of Holy Cross enjoy a lovely view of the Indianapolis skyline. Situated just east of the center of Downtown, neighbors enjoy a tight-knit community tucked away from the hustle and bustle. The four-acre Highland Park is the centerpiece of the neighborhood and a great place to enjoy the incredible view of the skyline.
During the late nineteenth century, a residence in what was then the Northside of the City was a mark of success and affluence. Boasting amazing Victorian mansions built by some of Indianapolis’ most prominent citizens, the Old Northside continues to be one of Indy’s most sought-after neighborhoods in the city.
Located one mile east of downtown, historic Woodruff Place offers Victorian-era homes. It was the first suburban neighborhood in Indianapolis and served as an enclave for the wealthy. Today, Woodruff Place is prized for its architecture, park-like setting, and close-knit neighbors.
Living Downtown truly offers the urban dream. Its extraordinary neighborhoods coupled with boundless lifestyle opportunities make it easy to see why Conde Nast calls Indianapolis “one of the best cities in America,” and Travel + Leisure cited Indianapolis as one of “America’s favorite places.”
As the nation’s second-largest exporter of life sciences, Indianapolis is an economically thriving city with a growing job market. The city has become a hotbed for tech companies and software start-ups, which is why MoneyGeek named Indianapolis one of the “Top 10 U.S. Cities for Job Seekers'' in 2021.
Fortune 500 companies like Eli Lily and Company and Simon Property Group call Indianapolis home. Major employers include Dow AgroSciences, Indiana University Health, Roche Diagnostics, Rolls Royce, Anthem, Inc., Amazon, Salesforce, Cummins, Simon Property Group, and NCAA Headquarters.
Indianapolis is a hot food scene with a brilliant array of restaurants. Voted “most exciting food in America '' by Bloomberg, the city is home to favorites like St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, Café Patachou, Milktooth, Sharpiro’s Deli, The Rathskeller, Livery, The Garden Table, and Bluebeard.
Indianapolis sits at the junction of four major interstates, giving it the nickname “Crossroads of America.” It is home to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an internationally acclaimed 8-mile biking and walking trail which connects all six of the city’s Cultural Districts.
The trail is a safe and convenient way to explore the city from Mass Ave to White River State Park and Fountain Square. Many residents also take advantage of IndyGo, the nation’s first all-electric bus rapid transit line. The interconnected highways, accessible trails, award-winning international airport, and public transportation help make Indianapolis a commuter-friendly city.
Indianapolis is well-known as the host of the biggest sporting events in the country, like Super Bowl XLVI, the Men’s NCAA Final Four, and the Big Ten Football Championship. It’s the annual host of the largest single-day sporting event in the world bringing in over 400,000 fans to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy500. It’s home to the Indianapolis Colts professional football team, Indiana Pacers & Indiana Fever professional basketball teams, Indy Eleven professional soccer team, and Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team.
From world-class attractions to urban charm and unparalleled affordability, it’s easy to see why Indianapolis is a great place to put down roots.
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