10 Best Neighborhoods in Indianapolis

Emily Taylor
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Fountain Square

One of Indy seven cultural historic areas, Fountain Square has radically transformed over the last five years. What used to be a mostly low-income area has become the city’s cultural and arts gem. House flippers are swarming the area with modern designs to pair with galleries and some of Indy’ best restaurants.


One of the fasted growing communities in the country is Carmel Indiana. The Indy suburb is known for the Center for the Performing Arts, luxury homes and condos and fantastic school districts. And it’s only a 20 minute drive from downtown.

Old Northside

By far one of the most historic spots in the state, the Old Northside used to be the northern barrier of Indianapolis before farmland extended. Today it’s home to large historic homes and beautiful townhouses. Fall Creek borders the norther and Mass Ave cultural district along the south. It is also known for being one of Indy’s most LGBT friendly neighborhoods.


Irvington feels like you have stepped into a small town right in the middle of I465. The quint cottage like homes line winding streets and small shops. Pogues Run Trail makes a perfect bike path from Irvington to downtown and some of the best pizza in the city (Jockamos) originated there. For history buffs, the HH Holmes house once stood in Irvington and lends to some fantastical ghost stories and haunted house tours.

Broad Ripple

Broad Ripple was made by artists and brewers. Home to the oldest brewery in the state (now called Broad Ripple Brewpub) Broad Ripple is lined with restaurants, bars, shops and tons of outdoor actives. The Monon Trail runs through it, along with the canal, kayak and boat rentals.


Named for a pioneer settler, this northwest Indy superb is has an east cost small town feel. All of the roads are brick and small mom-and-pop shops line them. One of the wealthier neighborhoods of Indy, the area is known for being family friendly and sporting some great summer events.


Known as the home of the 500 mile race. Speedway has a lot more than just the racetrack. The westside neighborhood has been redeveloped over the last two years, bringing in breweries, restaurants and shopping. Make sure and claim your street parking spots during race weekend though — it brings in more fans than any other sporting event in the country.

Meridian Kessler

Located right in the middle of I465, the Median Kessler neighborhood has a suburban feel while being in the center of Indy’s activity. A mix of young and well-established families fill most of the homes. Which is understandable considering the east access to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Butler University, shopping and one of Indy’s highest rated restaurants (Recess). Oh, and it’s also where the governor’s house is located.


Who says the midwest can’t have waterfront property? Located on Geist Reservoir, the lakeside homes are some of the most expensive in the state. They are also home to a number of Pacers and Colts players.

Lockerbie Square

Located inside Mile Square (a mile radius of downtown’s Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument), this area is developing faster than any other part of the city. Mass Ave is to the north and Indy’s most well known brewery (Sun King) to the east. Most of the real estate is brick townhouses, but there are surge of luxury apartments going up on the neighborhoods boarder as well.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on September 22, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Emily Taylor

Emily is a freelancer writer based in the Midwest.
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