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Living Downtown Indy

Living Downtown provides convenient, walkable access to the city’s best restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums and parks.  With so much happening in the heart of the city, Downtown has become THE hotspot to live. 

Canal WalkDowntown Indianapolis is a thriving success story and model for revitalization.  Living Downtown provides convenient, walkable access to the city’s best restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums and parks.  With so much happening in the heart of the city, Downtown has become THE hotspot to live.  Since 2000, more than 3,500 units have been built.  Downtown living offers a mix of historic neighborhoods, luxury condominiums, lofts and apartments.

Downtown has vibrant neighborhoods with an emphasis on neighbors.  Downtown residents include corporate leaders and front line staff, local celebrities, doctors and nurses, students and professors, artists and entrepreneurs; transferees and life-long Indianapolis dwellers.  It’s the only place in Indianapolis that people of all backgrounds call home and share the Downtown living experience. With the goal of expanding the residential population from more than 20,000 to 40,000 by 2020, Downtown is a dynamic and growing residential market.

Why live Downtown?
Mass AveLiving Downtown provides convenient, walkable access to the city’s best restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums and parks. It means skipping the daily commute and suburban traffic jams and having time after work for family, friends and fun.
Leave your car behind and let your feet take you where you want to go. 

What’s more, Downtown boasts vibrant neighborhoods with many options for prospective homeowners and renters. Whether the view is overlooking Downtown’s Central Canal, high above ground level spanning the city or nestled in a historic neighborhood, each home lies in the heart of Indianapolis. 

Indianapolis was ranked as having the No. 1 Downtown in the U.S. in 2011 based on entertainment options, beautiful architecture and green spaces and the planning that went into the city’s design according tolivability.com

Downtown residents rave about the multiple reasons they call Downtown home.  Terri Stauffer says, “We are truly living a vacation lifestyle; eating out more, attending more events and theatre, enjoying art galleries and museums… We do the things you would do when visiting another city! Our home is in the middle of a ‘playground’ with all the access and excitement that Downtown offers."

Chris Herndon adds, “When I consider what my life might be like if I didn’t live Downtown… I can’t imagine ever leaving. There is a unique pride and energy that Downtown residents share with each other.”

New development
Even through a tough economy, Downtown has seen strong demand and occupancy levels, driving the surge in residential development. This has led to more than 3,200 new residential units currently in the pipeline totaling more than $518 million. These houses, condominiums and apartments are scheduled to begin or be completed by 2017. For the most up-to-date list of new residential projects, visit www.indydt.com/projects.cfm.

For sale
Several options, from custom condos to row houses, are available for those looking to own a home or condominium in Downtown. There are three projects totaling 222 new homes being developed. Prices start at $130,000

Condos and new homes can be found in the Wholesale District, Mass Ave Cultural District and throughout Downtown where residents are steps away from restaurants, theatre, shopping, sports and nightlife.

For rent
Downtown offers several rental options. Eighteen projects being developed include more than 3,000 apartments. Rental rates begin at $300.

Downtown devotees who can't wait for the new developments to be completed can choose to live in a variety of recently constructed residential projects ranging from apartments overlooking the Downtown Canal to renovated lofts in the heart of the central business district.

Living Downtown is green!
Wishard GardenDowntown is literally green.
It has more than 350 acres of green and public open spaces including waterways, gardens, trails and parks to throw a Frisbee, have a picnic, walk your dog or attend a festival. Many of the parks are unique, world-class, people-places like the 250-acre White River State Park and picturesque Central Canal. Add to that the one-of-a kind Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, an 8-mile urban bike and pedestrian path that officially opened in 2013.

Downtown is environmentally green.
Many of Downtown’s residential projects renovate unused buildings. Building reuse and higher density reduce the amount of land and materials required which minimizes the impact on the environment. Also, many new residential developments are obtaining LEED certification since they are more energy efficient and use locally based materials.

Because Downtown is so walkable and compact, Downtown residents rely on their cars less, use less gas and generate less pollution. Downtown also means green when it comes to shopping. The Indianapolis City Market and successful farmers’ markets and winter markets conveniently offer fresh, locally grown foods.

Downtown saves green … Money, that is.
Walking saves gas and parking money, wear and tear on your car and time. Walkability also helps your housing value. Many real estate experts state that walkability raises home values. In fact, a study conducted by CEOs for Cities found that homes with a high “walk score” had higher values (www.walkscore.com). Downtown Indianapolis has excellent walk scores. For instance, Blacherne Apartments scores 91/100, Residences at 429 on the Park is 94/100 and 3Mass and 110 E. Washington St. condominiums both rate a 97/100.

Additionally, Downtown Indianapolis was ranked as one of the best “four-season Downtowns” for retirement according to the book Retire Downtown.

Safe, decent housing for all people
The City of Indianapolis, community development corporations, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), Indianapolis Coalition for Housing Development (ICHD), Downtown Indy and other partners are committed to providing safe, decent homes for all residents.  Through their efforts, a number of renovated Downtown buildings designed to meet the needs of residents who would not otherwise be able to afford homes, have been completed including Rink Savoy apartments, The Salvation Army Barton Center, the Davlan and others.

Lockerbie ParkHistoric and designated Downtown neighborhoods
Many Downtown neighborhoods have been revitalized with the restoration of homes, lofts and apartment buildings and the enthusiastic support of active, friendly residents.  These areas have the charm of antique lighting, tree-lined cobblestone and brick-paved streets and classic architecture.  There are 15 Downtown historic/recognized neighborhoods Downtown:

  • Babe Denny
  • Bates-Hendricks
  • Cole Noble Commercial Arts District
  • Chatham-Arch & Massachusetts Avenue
  • Cottage Home
  • Fayette Street
  • Fletcher Place
  • Herron-Morton Place
  • Holy Cross
  • Irish Hill
  • MartindaleLockerbie Square
  • Old Northside
  • Pogue’s Run
  • Ransom Place
  • St. Joseph
  • Upper Canal
Neighborhoods Surrounding Downtown
Additionally, ownership opportunities at various price points are abundant in many of the neighborhoods including Fall Creek Place www.fallcreekplace.com and Martindale on the Monon surrounding the city’s core.

By the Numbers…

  • In 2012, 1,421 residential units totaling $176.7 million were completed, a 32 percent increase in value from 2011 and 3,506 percent increase compared to 2000.  Since 2000, 5,356 residential units totaling $780.1 million have been completed.  (Source: Individual project developers and Downtown Indy)  
  • In 2012, 81 single family homes were sold, a 76 percent increase compared to 2011 and 37 percent more than the number sold in 2000.  In 2012, 139 condominiums were sold, an 18 percent increase compared to 2011 and a 215 percent increase compared to 2000.  (Source: Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors)
  • In 2012, the average sales price of a single family home was $61,327, a 12 percent increase compared to 2011 and a 49 percent increase compared to 2000.  In 2012, the average sales price of a condominium was $269,124, an 8 percent increase compared to 2011 and an 87 percent increase compared to 2000.   (Source: Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors)
  • In 2012, the number of Class A and B apartments in Downtown increased to 4,738, an 8.5 percent increase compared to 2011 and a 110 percent increase compared to 1994.  (Source: Tikijian Associates Multihousing Investment Advisors)
  • More than 20,000 people live Downtown. 

Downtown living is all about having fun in a safe, vibrant, friendly, convenient and walkable neighborhood. Come make yourself at home in Downtown Indianapolis. You’ll soon agree — it’s a great place to live.

Updated 8/2013

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