The Top Ten Reasons to Love Living in Indy

Posted on: February 19th, 2019

Let’s face it. Living in Indiana is awesome. You get to experience the joy of the changing seasons, and you have access to a plethora of lakes, rivers, parks, trails and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Add to that the legendary “Hoosier Hospitality”, and you have the perfect place to raise a family.

Northern Indiana has cool cities like South Bend, home of the University of Notre Dame. Fort Wayne is another happening city in northern Indiana that offers big city living with a small town neighborly feel. However, in many ways, Indianapolis is the epitome of what’s great about Indiana living. It’s decidedly hip, with myriad cultural experiences and award-winning restaurants, but it’s also a city that cares about its people and supports local businesses. Let’s take a look at the Top Ten Reasons to Love Living in Indy.

    1. New Home Builders IndianapolisThe neighborhoods. Indianapolis proper has a diverse array of neighborhoods, each with its own unique vibe. First time visitors to Indianapolis should check out: Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave.), Fountain Square, Irvington, Broad Ripple and downtown Indy itself. There are endless places to explore, great architecture and independently owned boutiques and restaurants to discover as well. If a walkable city is high on your list of priorities, you’ll find that most neighborhoods in Indy fit that bill. Indianapolis is the 47th most walkable large city in the U.S.  If you’re looking for homes for sale in Indianapolis with safe, walkable neighborhoods and great amenities such as multi-use paths, ponds and playgrounds, check out Averly Park, Cardinal Village, Overlook at Birchwood Park, Tansel Creek, Village at New Bethel, and Villas at Birchwood Park.
    1. The food. There was a time when the Indianapolis food scene was synonymous with chain restaurants, fair food and corn. Those days are gone. Indianapolis restaurants and chefs are now recognized on a national level, with newer restaurants like Milktooth and Beholder from award-winning chef Jonathan Brooks and old school, storied eateries like St. Elmo Steakhouse. Other upscale standouts include: Bluebeard, Union 50, Nesso (in the swanky Alexander Hotel) and Vida. Families with young kids will love locally owned casual places like Bru Burger Bar and Bazbeaux Pizza.
    1. The drink. While the artisan cocktail and craft beer trends didn’t originate in Indianapolis, they’ve certainly taken hold. Indianapolis now boasts more than 50 craft breweries, several of which have gained national attention and distribution. Locals love Sun King Brewery, which is the largest brewery in Indy. Smaller breweries of note include: Books and Brews, Triton, Daredevil, Bier and Metazoa, to name just a few. And if it’s craft cocktails you’re after, venture down the stairs on Mass Ave. to the subterranean Libertine Liquor Bar, or across the street to the Ball and Biscuit. If you find yourself in Fountain Square, Hotel Tango Whiskey is not to be missed.
    1. New Home Builders IndianapolisThe suburbs. While some folks love living in Indianapolis proper, growing families might prefer putting down roots just outside the city limits, where there’s room to spread out and enjoy communities that have that close-knit community feel just minutes from the big city. If you’re looking for warm and welcoming communities outside Indianapolis’ city limits, take a look at Devonshire, Grant Park at Prestwick, Regency Estates, Regency Reserve or Settlement West in Avon. For a west side location that’s convenient to downtown and the airport, check out Bridlewood Estates and Bridlewood Reserve in Plainfield. On the south side, in Greenwood, check out Estates at Rocklane Ridge, Pleasant Valley or Reserve at Rocklane Ridge. Other lovely communities to consider are Sawmill in Greenfield, Homestead in Monrovia, Sheffield Park in Westfield, Stone Crossing in New Palestine, Twin Lakes Estates in Shelbyville and Westwood Landing in Whitestown.
    1. The family fun. Indianapolis is a super kid-friendly city. The Children’s Museum is extraordinary (even from the outside!), and the 64-acre Indianapolis Zoo is home to over 2000 animals and the largest aquarium in the state of Indiana. For kids who love to be active, places like Sky Zone, Monkey Joe’s, Climb Time and Go Ape will keep them engaged and playing for hours on end. If they love outdoor adventure, Indianapolis alone has nearly 200 parks, including the massive Eagle Creek Park on the west side. And if your kiddos are playing sports, they’ll most likely have a game at Grand Park, the multi-million dollar sports complex in Westfield.
    1. The sports. Indianapolis abounds with opportunities to support your hometown teams. If you’re a football fan, you can get behind the Indianapolis Colts. Soccer fans will love rooting for the Indy Eleven, while basketball fans can check out a Pacers game. And baseball fans can cheer for the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field. Those who love hockey can watch the Indy Fuel battle their opponents. And, of course, there’s that little race track over on the west side, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the legendary Indy 500. If you’d rather play than watch, swing your clubs at any one of the world-class and award-winning golf courses in and around Indianapolis and the surrounding counties of Hamilton, Hendricks and Hancock.
    1. The culture. If sports aren’t your thing, and it’s arts and culture that you love, Indy has plenty for you too. Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art) offers a dizzying array of events and rotating exhibits and is the permanent home to works by Degas, Hopper, Cezanne, Picasso and O’Keefe. Theater aficionados will adore the broad and diverse selection of local theatre venues, including The District Theatre on Mass Ave., the Phoenix Theatre and the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) downtown. Further north, Equity productions can be found at the Studio Theatre, home to Actors Theatre of Indiana on the spectacular campus of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Classical music lovers will swoon over the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and for more a more intimate setting, choose the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Live music options include the posh and sophisticated venue, The Cabaret, which attracts Broadway talent on a regular basis. There is also the Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple, which regularly features nationally and internationally recognized jazz legends. This list just barely scratches the surface of the bounty of art, live music and theatre available in Indy’s bustling arts scene.
    1. The nightlife. At a certain age, none of us gets out as often as we used to. Dancing until dawn might sound appealing, but dawn is way past our bedtime these days. However, Indy still offers some places where you feel like you could get dressed up and have a night on the town, while still being able to feel like a responsible adult in the morning. If you want to feel a part of a thriving nocturnal scene, head to Broad Ripple, Fountain Square or Mass Ave. any night of the week. Again, walkability is key here. You can park your car once and stroll the streets, soaking up the vibe and hopping from one bustling night spot to another. In Broad Ripple, check out The Red Room. In Fountain Square, visit Repeal, which is housed in an old bank building that still bears the bullet holes from a 1920s robbery. On Mass Ave., Ralston’s is a great spot to people watch.
    1. New Home Builders IndianapolisThe cost of living. One of the best things about life in the Circle City is the cost of living. Overall, the cost of living in Indianapolis is almost 10 percent lower than the national average, with housing costs a whopping 20 percent less than homeowners would pay for comparable homes nationwide. So, if you’re looking for homes for sale in Indiana and want the maximum bang for your housing buck, Indianapolis is the place for you.
    1. The location. Indianapolis’ central location means you have easy access to just about anywhere you want to go. The Indianapolis International Airport has nearly 150 departures daily, with direct flights to 86 national and international destinations. If you’re driving, Chicago is a quick three-hour jaunt, Bloomington is a short one-hour drive and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio are just two hours and three hours, respectively.

There you have it. Ten amazing reasons to Love Living in Indy. So, if you’re looking for a new-build home or a move-in ready home in or around Indianapolis, there are loads of fantastic options available. If you’d like more information on amazing Indianapolis homes for sale, Westport Homes is a trusted Indianapolis new home builder that has the right home at the right place, in the right location for you. Contact Westport Homes today to learn more.

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