These posts are great and as a transplant to Indianapolis (moved from Phila back in 1990) I will tell you a couple of things.
The adjustment is challenging in the beginning but it is a great area to live with a great cost of living.
Indianapolis/Indian is a growing area
The city/state does whatever it can to help build while having a safe/fun community.
While I can't help you find a home (professionally) I can help you finance it. When you have questions or need a mortgage quote just feel free to drop me a email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a call at 317-714-8080. I guarantee all my closing costs with a $500 guarantee
Good luck with your search
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You can't go wrong with Broad Ripple. I'm moving there myself in a few months after my new home is completed. I work at a real estate office nearby and know the area well. It's a great "village" with everything you need, including shops, restaurants, and a great city park with a "bark park" and swimming pool. Add the canal and White River flowing though it and Broad Ripple can't be beat...and don't forget the ever popular Monon Trail. And did I mention the wonderful, outdoor Broad Ripple Farmers Market each Saturday morning, or the art fair, or the historic home tour? Go to: http://www.discoverbroadripplevillage.com and you'll like what you see. (ps...I own a place in Osprey.)
Like the others have mentioned there are different areas around the city that would be great. We have the old and the new and you can be as busy as you would like. Here are a couple of links you can check out and learn a little bit more about Indianapolis.
As far as where to live would all depend on where you are working and how far you would like to drive. There are all kinds of houses and condo to buy inside the Indianapolis belt way and outside that would be safe. There are some real nice areas down town, and Broad Ripple have older homes. It will be a fun job when you get looking to find a place.
Here are those links I mentioned earlier.
I lived in Indianapolis for almost 50 years. The Ripple neighborhood is probably the oldest and most established of the trendy places to live. The transformed neighborhoods of Mass Avenue, Flectcher Place, and even what is called the old Northside are more recent.
You did not mention if you are going to buy or rent. There are many options.
I would consider them all hip places with activities from nightclubs and dancing, fine dining to dive bars, duck pin bowling, to shops, galleries and museums. Just depends what youâ€™re looking for. Carmel arts district is the newest. Located outside of Indianapolis in what could be argued as one of Indianaâ€™s top Cities. I would say for a single girl, Carmel might be safer than Fountain square or Broad Ripple. Having said that, I have never had a problem in any of the mentioned areas, but know people who have. (Homes broken in to, cars stolen, assaults, and stuff you hate to read or hear about)
Carmel and Broad Ripple are located on the Monon Trail. A rails to trails project that has been wildly successful. Biking, jogging, rollerblading etc. Very popular. They both have shops set up along it at major intersections.
I might also consider Noblesville. The downtown area is really quaint with dining, antique shops, artist studios, an old-time hardware store and ice cream shop. Car cruises on weekends. You can even walk to the city park from downtown. Putt Putt, a working carousel, city pool, golf course, and railroad museum are located there. If youâ€™re into canoeing or kayaking. White river is close by if you like those activities.
With Noblesville and Carmel, you get away from the urban setting somewhat and the older character of the city, but still have things to do. Clay terrace, and the new mall in Noblesville are both open concept shopping malls where you walk outside to all the stores vs. being enclosed. Verizion Amphitheater is located in Noblesville. Lots of parks and trails as well.
Broad Ripple has been known for a long time as a hip area of Indy. Nightclubs, artsy, trendy, are all good descriptors. It's also located close to Butler University so there is pretty active college nightlife.
It would be a pleasure to answer any more questions you might have. I have clients in all areas referred to so I get my references from people who are actually living there.
All the best. -Eric