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Indianapolis Neighborhood Guide

When most of us think of Indianapolis, we think of fast cars traveling around the giant track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The city is great for race enthusiasts, but that is just a small part of this multi-faceted town. Indianapolis is home to many beautiful neighborhoods, including small-town exurbs, loft living in hip urban areas, and country-club suburbs. There is surely something right for you in “Circle City.”

Neighborhoods Unique to Indianapolis

Just South of Downtown Indianapolis, you will find duckpin bowling, a cluster of ethnic eateries, art galleries, and antique shops in the unique and vintage Fountain Square neighborhood. In an area that was originally a farm purchased in 1835, the area opened up to commercial growth in the 1870s by German immigrants settling in the area. The centerpiece of the neighborhood is the Fountain Square Theatre.

Broad Ripple Village provides a fusion of creative and commercial, new and old. It is surrounded by long-established neighborhoods, shaped by nearby parks, and is a vibrant center of shops, nighttime hotspots, and restaurants. Broad Ripple is the only one of Indianapolis’s Cultural Districts located outside of the downtown area.

Best Indianapolis Suburbs for Retirees

Forbes recently published a list of The Best 25 Suburbs for Retirement, and one Indianapolis suburb made the list. Noblesville was rated highly because of its low cost of living, great health care, a strong economy, quality mass transit system, and low crime rates.

Movoto is a popular site that researches the best suburbs for retirees in cities across the country. They created a list of the 10 best Indianapolis suburbs based on senior amenities, the cost of living, home prices, health care, the population of older adults, and more. Their top suburb for retirees was Shelbyville. This town has a low cost of living and features affordable ranch, craftsman, and cottage style homes. Popular destinations in Shelbyville are Bear Chase Golf Club, Blue River Park, and the Shelby County Public Library.

Other suburbs on the list are Greenwood, Fortville, Danville, Martinsville, Whiteland, Beech Grove, Franklin, Edinburgh, and Mooresville with one in seven residents aged 65 years or older, and several recreation opportunities that cater to an older crowd.

Pick Your Own Ideal Neighborhood

Some of us enjoy being around people our own age because of the shared life experiences. Others of us want to surround ourselves with youth. Whatever you may look for in a neighborhood, Indianapolis has it. Fortunately, there are tools available to assist you in locating your perfect neighborhood. Neighborhood Scout features an interactive map that breaks down the many neighborhoods in Indianapolis based on crime rates, public schools, and house values.

At first glance, good public schools may not seem that important to empty nesters. However, it is a sign of a quality neighborhood. Some of the best neighborhoods for public schools in the area are the Spring Hills / Wynnedale area and Wannamaker. There are low crime rates in Traders Point and the Burge Terrace / Sun Down area.

No matter what your lifestyle may be, Indianapolis is sure to have what you want. Enjoy yourself as you learn about the town and search for your new home.

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