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Where to Live in Indianapolis

Written by Ysmay.

Indianapolis' neighborhoods are trendy, diverse, and historical. No matter what type of neighborhood you're looking for, you'll be able to find one that fits your personality. 

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Fountain Square

Fountain Square is located a mile away from Downtown Indianapolis and was designated the first Historic district in the state of Indiana. From the years 1910 to 1950, Fountain Square had the largest number of theaters in the entire state, which played a huge role in creating Indianapolis’s theater heritage. As of 2010, Fountain Square has become part of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. If you are looking for live entertainment, unique restaurants, and art shows then Fountain Square is the place to be.


Lockerbie Square

Known as the “Oldest surviving city” in all of Indianapolis, Lockerbie Square is the hometown of famous poet James Whitcomb Riley. Lockerbie Square is registered as the official historical district of Indianapolis and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This city is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy classic homes from the early 19th century that have been restored. The city has to raise $15,000 a year to continue with their restoration process.


Wholesale District

The Wholesale District is one of the six cultural districts located within Indianapolis. Those who choose to live here will enjoy all of the easily available activities located around them. The Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, is located within this district, as well as the Conseco Fieldhouse, shopping centers, and restaurants. This is a wonderful place to live for those always looking for something to do. With the number of stores and events located within the Wholesale District, residents will never be bored!


Broad Ripple Village

Urban Gypsy - Formerly the Broad Ripple Book Shop - by Eric FischerUrban Gypsy - Formerly the Broad Ripple Book Shop - by Eric Fischer

Broad Ripple Village is another city that has been selected as one of the six cultural districts within Indianapolis, Indiana. This city is becoming one of Indianapolis’s most socially, economically, and ethnically diverse districts. Broad Ripple Village is already known for its social, art, and political scene with much diversity. Broad Ripple also has a thriving nightlife with the bars and night clubs surrounding Butler University.


Mass Ave.

One of the first four diagonal streets located in Downtown Indianapolis, Massachusetts Avenue is part of the 6 cultural districts. Mass Ave. is currently located directly in the center of the art district of Indianapolis. This district is attempting to preserve all of the “mom and pop” shops that are still located here by undergoing redevelopment. One of the most historic buildings located on Mass Ave. is the Coca-Cola bottling center, which still holds to its original design, built in 1931.


Indiana Avenue

Indiana Avenue was known as Indianapolis’s African American cultural hub during its early days. This district is home to many of jazz’s most famous musicians, such as Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Code, Noble Sissle, and Erroll “Groundhog” Grandy. Madam C.J. Walker, the first African American female millionaire, once called Indiana Avenue home as well. Recently, Indiana Avenue was restored and received its name in 2007 after being called Stadium Drive since 1932.




Castelton is home to Indiana’s largest mall, the Castleton Square Mall, which gives the town its reputation for being a heavily commercialized neighborhood. Mostly known for its residents  being of the middle-class, Castleton contains apartment complexes and subdivision housing. You can find all sorts of lively activities in this suburb, from movie theaters and Sahm park, to various bars and night clubs from which to choose. Castleton is a commercialized suburbia, but most residents seem to love the combination!



Located within Marion County, and containing a population of 1,712 as of 2010, Southport is known for being a “port” although there is no water in sight. The teamsters used Southport as a place to load and unload their goods for all of Indianapolis in the mid to late 19th century. If you are looking for a place to live that is not amid the bustle of the city, then Southport may be perfect for you.



Bates-Hendricks is a city located on the south side of Indianapolis. The rejuvenation of Bates-Hendricks is currently underway, with active neighborhood associations and considerable available housing. The city was granted the Inspiring Places Award for creating the Abandoned Housing Project. If you are looking for a quiet place with some beautiful homes to settle down in, then you should give Bates-Hendricks a look!



Located along the north side of Indianapolis, Butler-Tarkington was originally known as a farming settlement in the early 1840’s and is home to Butler University. Butler-Tarkington consists of working, middle, and upper-middleclass families, with most of the costliest housing being located along Meridian Street and Illinois Street. This is a great city for those looking to go to college or raise a family in beautiful suburbia.

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