Downtown neighborhoods

Downtown living offers a mix of residential options: charming, historic neighborhoods with brick-paved streets and classic architecture as well as luxury condominiums, urban lofts and modern apartments. Read more about the Indianapolis neighborhoods, community, culture, schools and housing on the No Mean City website.

Downtown Neighborhoods

16 Tech is Downtown's technology district on the northwest side of the city. It's designed to meet the specific needs of those in life sciences and information technology sectors. Stadium Lofts, located within the original confines of the old Bush Stadium, offer a one-of-a-kind living opportunity. By saving the original structure of the baseball stadium, this Indianapolis landmark lives on as new apartments. Residents enjoy access to pedestrian paths and trails with convenient access to shopping, restaurants and Downtown.

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This up-and-coming neighborhood is just a brief bike ride or walk from great eats and attractions in Downtown Indy, without being in the middle of the hustle and bustle 24/7. Bates-Hendricks is known for its active neighborhood association, turn-of-the-century homes and unique buildings. Whether you're seeking a modest house or prefer two-story living, Bates-Hendricks is able to accommodate to a variety of desires. Join Bates-Hendricks during its exciting time of innovation!

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This artsy, active neighborhood surrounds the Mass Ave Cultural District with its thriving retail, restaurants, art galleries and theaters; there's never a dull moment! Green spaces soften Mass Ave's urban setting, linking the commercial areas with the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Chatham Arch has a variety of housing options, many newly developed, accented by brick alleys and tree-lined streets. Chatham Arch features original architecture and residents are treated to a variety of boutiques and jogging trails, including the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

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The numerous options for entertainment have many wanting to call the Upper Canal home. Fayette Street is also a popular two-block neighborhood. With White River State Park in your backyard, residents have access to a variety of attractions including the Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX Theater and Victory Field to name a few. The 1.5-mile historic Canal Walk serves as a beautiful backdrop and convenient fitness trail. The view alone is one of the many perks living in this active Cultural District.

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Located on Downtown Indy's east side, Cole Noble was named after Joseph Cole who established the Cole Carriage Company in1905 producing horse-drawn carriages. The neighborhood is home to multiple small businesses, condominiums, apartments and breathtaking landmarks. Easley Winery and Sun King Brewery are neighborhood staples. Additionally, The Nature Conservancy headquarters and Harrison College are also part of the scene. The "Green Gateway" to Indianapolis running through Cole Noble is known for its cleanliness and green practices.

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Cottage Home is a historic neighborhood on Downtown's eastside that boasts residents of all backgrounds. The Cottage Home Neighborhood Association remains one of the city's most active neighborhood groups. This close-knit community of 150 homes regularly gets together for block parties and neighborhood clean ups and has one of the largest community gardens in the city. The quaint and quirky cottages are adorned with gingerbread trim porches, spindles and fishscale shingles. Live in one of these brightly- colored cottages or streamlined lofts and be part of the community.

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Located on the north side of Downtown, Fall Creek Place is home to many families in the Indianapolis area. After its renovation in the early 2000s, residents now reap the benefits of living in this revitalized area. Fall Creek Place is a community with many restored historic houses with tree-lined streets, parks and other great amenities. Residents enjoy the urban lifestyle while living minutes away from entertainment, shopping and dining. This neighborhood brings history and home right to the heart of Indianapolis. 

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Fletcher Place and Holy Rosary-Danish Church neighborhood flow one into the next on Downtown's near south side. Both are growing communities while staying true to their historical past. Residents have regular neighborhood meetings and numerous social events including the Italian Street Festival. Many Holy Rosary residents are descendants of Italian families that have lived in the neighborhood for generations. Friends gather at the local Edna Balz Lacy Park for picnics, bocce ball and sand volleyball. Virginia Avenue links these neighborhoods to the Mile Square and Fountain Square, home to an eclectic art and live music scene.

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This vibrant neighborhood includes enticing eats, quirky shops, impressive architecture and distinctive entertainment, all of which make Fountain Square a great place to call home. Comparable to a European village with its town square and central fountain, Fountain Square is also known for its visual, literary and performance artists. A great place to live, work, play and visit, this community is ethnically and socially diverse. Fountain Square is anything but square!

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Home to the oldest city park in Indianapolis, Garfield Park is a family-friendly neighborhood bustling with opportunities just southeast of Downtown.  The neighborhood focuses on resident involvement as a catalyst for their growth in terms of beautification, safety and community events.  With a goal to constantly increase neighborhood bonds, residents can get involved through the Buerrello Family Center or enjoy the unique opportunities at the Garfield Park Arts Center.

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This community is a quaint residential area tucked on the west side of the Canal. Located between Tibbs Avenue and Belmont Avenue just between Michigan Street and Washington Street, the Hawthorne neighborhood is just minutes away from all the Downtown activity. The residential neighborhood, paired with the fast pace of the city, allows for residents to enjoy more green areas while having the vibrancy of the city nearby.  The Hawthorne neighborhood is perfect for those wanting more living space while staying close to the heart of the city.

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Herron-Morton Place is a thriving neighborhood with a rich history on Downtown's north side. One of Indianapolis's most elegant communities, Herron-Morton Place has a unique blend of historic and modern architecture, highlighting its diversity. Home to one of the city's most treasured institutions, Herron High School is ranked nationally for liberal arts and attracts students statewide. Spend quality time at beautiful Herron-Morton Park, catch a Broadway show at Footlite Musicals or attend neighborhood events including Rock 'N Romp and Oktoberfest.

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Tucked away on Downtown's eastern border, Holy Cross has the warmth of the suburbs with a beautiful, unobstructed view of the Indianapolis skyline. This diverse neighborhood is full of homes distinguished by skilled craftsmanship and includes gorgeous Highland Park with duplexes and Victorian cottages surrounding each side. Neighbors get together frequently, gathering to share food, conversations and games of cornhole, poker and horseshoes. With single and multi-family homes available, there is something in everyone's price range.

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The Indiana Avenue Cultural District stretches from the Canal to the White River and showcases Indianapolis' rich African-American heritage. Ransom Place was the first African-American neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Indiana. This diagonal gateway to Downtown is home to the IUPUI campus, the city's life sciences initiative, a collection of major medical campuses and many residences. In the neighborhoods you'll find diverse residents, from long-term residents to medical and law students. Residents relish the nearby Cultural Trail, Canal and multiple dining & shopping choices.

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Irish Hill was first developed in the 1850s and is still considered one of the Midwest's major Irish-American communities. The residents have always been hard working, interested in politics and many with strong religious devotion. The area was once known for being one of the toughest neighborhoods in town, but today is a thriving part of Downtown Indy, north of Fountain Square.

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Home to famous Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, Lockerbie Square was Downtown's first historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. It's a vibrant neighborhood with tree-lined cobblestone and brick streets and renovated houses - from cozy cottages to mansions. A very active neighborhood association (population around 400) makes for good neighbors. Rich with history and charm, these elegant homes are perfect for families or those looking for a little peace and quiet while staying close to the center of Downtown.

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Market East is Downtown's newest district featuring historic attractions and modern living with easy access to all of Downtown. The Artistry boasts five stories of urban apartments with contemporary amenities. A brand new 28-story tower, Market Square Tower, is coming to the area in 2016 along with a Whole Foods Market. Residents enjoy the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis City Market, The Hall and close proximity to Mass Ave, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Georgia Street, Circle Centre mall and many Downtown favorites.

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The North Meridian neighborhood offers diverse living options. The area is anchored by the Indiana War Memorials which occupy five blocks featuring Downtown's striking monuments and majestic green space. The new Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Scottish Cathedral are right outside your door. Choose from high-rise condos at 429 N. Penn, Athletic Club condos, a renovated church turned Meridian Arch Condos, three separate Vermont Place apartment buildings, newly remodeled 333 Penn apartments and many others.

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The Old Northside incorporates classic charm with an urban edge to make it one of Downtown's most sought after addresses. Residents have included leaders of Indianapolis' social, political and commercial life and former U.S. President Benjamin Harrison. This historic neighborhood also includes the Morris-Butler House Museum with numerous cultural events occurring throughout the year. Today the Old Northside is thriving with innovative construction, quaint homes to elegant mansions and lush tree-lined streets.

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Old Southside offers its residents plenty of green space without losing the metropolitan feel of Downtown. Home to the historic Babe Denny Park and Pogue's Run, this neighborhood is located a short walk from Indianapolis Cultural Trail and has effortless access to Lucas Oil Stadium to catch a Colts game. A variety of housing options decorate Old Southside, from cottages to luxurious Victorian Queen Anne-style homes. The active Stadium Village Business Association is a great asset.

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This funky Downtown neighborhood is an easy walk to Monument Circle and Mass Ave, where residents can find plenty to do. St. Joseph neighbors have a strong sense of community, gathering often in local coffee shops, restaurants and bars. The area boasts converted warehouses, Civil War-era cottages, a commercial building of early 1860s construction and a significant collection of row house buildings. New-construction condominiums and recently-renovated apartments are also options.

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Just across the White River from Downtown lies the neighborhood of Stringtown, a vibrant urban neighbor with breathtaking riverfront views of Downtown. Stringtown’s proximity to Downtown allows for an easy commute, along with the accessibility to attend many of Indianapolis’ events and activities. Stringtown, along with the other neighborhoods in the Near West Neighborhood district, has also been selected by Great Places 2020 as an influential neighborhood in which it will see a large increase in culture, commerce and community development in the upcoming years. The Stringtown neighborhood is perfect for those who desire close proximity to Downtown, while being able to enjoy a distinct experience just outside the busy city center.

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In the Wholesale District, entertainment is front and center. Amid Downtown's historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, you'll find the biggest names and brightest attractions. From world-class shopping, signature restaurants and professional sports, live in the heart of the action 24/7. The Wholesale District is home to trendy lofts, condos and apartments including Conrad Indianapolis Residences, Victoria Centre Condominiums, Meridian Lofts, 26 W. Washington, 110 E. Washington, Six Over Meridian, The Block, Janus Lofts, Harness Factory Lofts, 111 S. Meridian St. and others.

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Located just one mile east of Downtown, Woodruff Place is known for its beautiful Victorian-era homes.  The historic neighborhood has a distinctive park-like atmosphere which creates an inviting aesthetic to the community.  Perfect for those who enjoy to walk or bike, Woodruff Place allows for a surprise down each street with its variety of charming homes.

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