Indianapolis, Indiana


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The Area

Indianapolis can feel like it’s in the middle of nowhere, and it is…sort of. Almost smack-dab in the middle of Indiana, it’s within driving distance to large cities like Chicago to the northwest, Cincinnati to the southeast, Columbus directly east, and Louisville almost directly south. Because it’s the only big city in the immediate area, Indianapolis residents have created a circle of really nice suburbs around the city. Some like Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, and Muncie have a reputation and feel all their own. As far as topography goes, it’s pretty flat, but there are some lakes north of the city and, if you're up for the drive, some state parks and forests down south by Bloomington.


College Students

Unlike other college campuses, Butler is a relatively quiet college. The surrounding areas boast great restaurants, bars, and great value for your money, housing wise. These neighborhoods are walkable, safe, and a great distance from other activities in the area. If you’re in the know, you know that SoBro is the coolest part of Broad Ripple. It’s its own neighborhood, has a smaller feel, and has a great atmosphere. Snag a great apartment for a decent price for just you or one with enough room for friends!

  • SoBro
  • Butler-Tarkington
  • Mass Ave.

Broad Ripple

Young Professionals

If you’re looking for a good time in Indy, go where the young professionals are. The popular neighborhood of Broad Ripple is dominated by bars and late night spots. In addition, there are some great, smaller starter homes. You can get your pick of craftsman or bungalow style for a lot less money than other areas. The neighborhood is always busy with young people, college kids, and younger families. It’s the perfect area to walk between breweries, dinner spots, parks, and the farmer’s market!

  • Broad Ripple
  • Brownsburg
  • Old Northside


Young Families

Starting a family doesn’t mean you have to stop the fun! Indy has plenty to offer by way of fun, safe neighborhoods that still have a lively atmosphere for new parents and young families. These neighborhoods feature great homes, great restaurants, and green spaces for fun weekend activities! Irvington is on the east side and is a great historic neighborhood. It’s pricier than similar areas like Little Flower, but it has larger houses. Small businesses have started flocking to this area in the past 5 years and it’s definitely the place to be for people who want to be in the city, but be able to have a neighborhood feel with a bit more house.

  • Brownsburg
  • Meridian Kessler
  • Irvington

Fall Creek Place

Established Families

Established families often have different priorities than their younger counterparts. These neighborhoods may be less walkable, but you can find great homes, great schools, and restaurants all in one place! Check out Fall Creek Place for tree-lined streets, parks, and great amenities. This neighborhood is a long-standing favorite amongst Indy families and it’s right in the heart of the city! If you can, snag a restored historic home close to one of the area's great parks!

  • Fall Creek Place
  • Fishers/Carmel
  • Noblesville

Fountain Square

Empty Nesters

It’s easy to stay close to the action in Indy without being in the action. In-town neighborhoods have plenty of funky and fun options, while also having some of the best restaurants and bars in the area! Retire in Fountain Square and reap all the benefits of the work that’s been put into the area in the last 5 years or so. It’s considered “up and coming” and there are great restaurants, breweries, and newly flipped homes or condos.

  • Fountain Square
  • Downtown/Mass Ave
  • Nickel Plate District