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Indianapolis Apartments For Rent
“When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash,
Then I long for my Indiana home…”
Sure to bring tears to the eyes of any Hoosier, this song written by the team of MacDonald and Hanley has been an annual tradition at the city’s most spectacular event, the Indianapolis 500, since 1946.
Indianapolis has been the “Racing Capital of the World” since 1911 when the first Indianapolis 500 was held. Today this open–wheel automobile race takes place each Memorial Day weekend on a 2.5-mile oval track. The Indy 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, hosting more than 257,000 permanent seats in addition to a large infield area. The 500 Festival is a month-long cornucopia of events celebrating the Indianapolis 500. The event features a “mini-marathon,” the largest half-marathon in the US featuring 40,000 participants pounding the Indy 500 track, and culminates in a parade the day before the race.
But there’s much more to Indianapolis than this famous race, and when you rent an apartment in Indianapolis, you’ll find year-round fun and plenty of excitement that doesn’t involve a checkered flag. Indianapolis is a beautiful, modern city with a terrific downtown and a wealth of art and culture. Downtown Indianapolis is so terrific it was ranked one of the best downtowns in the nation by Livability.com, based on the number of great restaurants, shops, theaters, art galleries, museums, and parks available, as well as the beautiful Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bike and pedestrian path that runs through downtown. Here’s everything you wanted to know about the “Circle City” and why you’ll love your new Indianapolis apartment!
Things to Do in Indianapolis:
If you ask an Indianapolis resident where to find a great apartment, they might tell you to check out Broad Ripple. This terrific cultural district (one of six in the city) is trendy, pedestrian-friendly, and fun. The area features wonderful international cuisine and a smattering of pubs and sidewalk cafes. The Broad Ripple Art Fair, held in May, is a great event that features terrific local and nationally-known artists. Broad Ripple is located along the White River and has two trails for running, walking, biking, and rollerblading.
White River State Park, located downtown, covers 250 acres along the river. The park contains open green space, waterways, hiking and biking trails, and several attractions including the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Indianapolis Indians ballpark, Victory
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Indianapolis Colts? The 2006 Super Bowl champs play at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the city loves their football – just wait until game day! Lucas Oil Stadium opened in 2008, and the Colts moved to their new home after 24 years at the RCA Dome. The seven-level stadium is also used for NCAA basketball, concerts, and other events. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2012 – the first Super Bowl held in Indiana.
If basketball is your game, then you can cheer on the NBA’s Indiana Pacers! The Pacers play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and have won eight division titles. The 2000 Eastern Conference champions also claim five Hall of Famers: Reggie Miller, Roger Brown, Alex English, Chris Mullin, and Mel Daniels.
Shoppers will appreciate downtown’s City Center, a four-level indoor mall that includes restaurants and a movie theater. The huge mall covers two blocks and is connected to the Indiana Convention Center and several hotels. For a more local shopping experience, head to Mass Avenue! This district is filled with unique locally-owned shops, art galleries, and boutiques. Fountain Square is the ideal place for antiquing – it is home to several antique stores and the Indianapolis Antique Mall.
Indianapolis is home to several museums, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
Be sure to attend the Indiana State Fair, held in Indianapolis every August. This fair dates back to 1881 and attracts thousands – more than 978,000 attended in 2013, the fair’s highest number of visitors. The fair features competitions, including a high school marching band competition, concerts, a 4-H competition, art contests, auto races, a Midway, rides, and vendors. Other fairs and events in Indianapolis include the Midwest Music Summit, Indy Jazz Fest, the Heartland Film Festival, and several more.
Of course, no visit to Indianapolis would be complete without a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And while the Indianapolis 500 is the crowning event, the Speedway hosts a variety of events and is home to the Hall of Fame Museum, the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, and the iconic Yard of Bricks and Pagoda. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened with balloon races in 1909. Those races were followed a couple of months later by motorcycle races and then automobile races.
What to Consider When Moving to Indianapolis:
Indianapolis has six official cultural districts: Broad Ripple Village, Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square, the Wholesale District, Canal and White River State Park, and Indiana Avenue. Each district has historic and cultural significance to the city. The Cultural Trail is a world-class, 16-mile bike path that connects these six districts and serves as the downtown hub for the central Indiana greenway system.
There are several colleges and universities in Indianapolis, including Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis and Butler University. IUPUI enrolls about 30,000 students and is considered the third-largest university in Indiana, after the main campuses of Indiana University and Purdue. Butler University is a private school established in 1855. This university was the setting for the 1986 Oscar-nominated film Hoosiers, inspired by actual events at the university – a championship game between the underdog Milan Indians and the Muncie Central Bearcats in 1954, a game dubbed the “Milan Miracle.”
Indianapolis is an exciting city with several distinct neighborhoods. When looking at apartments for rent in Indianapolis, be sure to check out the neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle. If you enjoy elegant Victorian architecture, be sure to check out Old Northside. These Victorian mansions were once home to the Indianapolis elite. Many of the mansions have been converted into apartment buildings. Fountain Square contains historical factories and warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts. Market East is a terrific downtown neighborhood that includes the Indianapolis City Market and is near Circle Centre Mall. St. Joseph is a cool downtown neighborhood featuring condos, apartments, and row houses dating back to the mid-1800s.
Why Indianapolis Apartments Are Hot:
Downtown Indianapolis is a terrific place to live. Be sure to check out the multitude of apartments, condos, and lofts available in Downtown Indy. After choosing one, be sure to head over to the Georgia Street Boardwalk – especially on a Friday, when the food trucks are there for Food Truck Fridays. Events held downtown include the Strawberry Festival, Dig IN: A Taste of Indiana, and the Talbot Street Art Fair.
Ranking 3rd on the Livability.com best downtowns list, Indianapolis features terrific entertainment, culture and arts, beautiful parks, and stunning architecture. Downtown Indy is very walkable and bicycle-friendly, providing the perfect live-work-play community.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Indiana Business College Indianapolis
- Indiana University Purdue U Indianapolis
- Indiana University School of Law Indianapol
- Lincoln Technical Institute
- Ivy Tech State College Central Indiana
Nearby Military Bases
- “Racing Capital of the World,” hosting the Indianapolis 500 since 1946
- The 500 Festival, a month-long celebration before the race including a half-marathon
- Broad Ripple Village, a designated cultural center, offers hip, young nightlife and music scene
- The city hosted the Super Bowl for the first time in 2012
- A hip, new revitalized downtown area
- The Cultural Trail, a 16-mile bike and pedestrian path, connects six downtown districts
Union StationHenryk Sadura/Shutterstock.com
Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Downtown IndianapolisTodd Taulman/Shutterstock.com
Steam-Powered Clock Near Indiana State MuseumAlexey Stiop/Shutterstock.com
An early-morning view of the Indianapolis skyline.Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.com
Lilly Science Hall and the reflecting pool on the University of Indianapolis campus.Stephen B. Goodwin/Shutterstock.com
The Capitol Building in IndianapolisHenryk Sadura/Shutterstock.com