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The motto for the Arden neighborhood, located on the north side of Indianapolis, Indiana might well be “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This affluent community, approximately 15 minutes by car for downtown Indianapolis, was originally part of the Walter Johnson farm. The Johnson home was located at 440 East 71st Street, and at that time there were few trees to obstruct the view to the south, across the wheat fields to the White River. The Johnson family sold 14 acres to the Van Sant family in 1910, and the Van Sants built an English Tudor home at 445 East 71st Street.

Van Sant descendants decided in 1922 to create a subdivision, as did the descendents of the Johnsons. The Van Sants platted a small subdivision on 12 acres; the Johnsons platted a larger subdivision on 112 acres. Both subdivisions failed, with only a single house being built in 1927. Both subdivisions were abandoned the following year.

In 1929, hope for a new neighborhood resumed when 126 acres were purchased from the Johnsons by the Arden Realty Group. The subdivision contained 280 lots. The first home in the Arden development was constructed in 1929, but construction ceased again in Arden because of the Depression.

In 1931, a new model home was built by a well-known local builder at 6996 Washington Boulevard, and soon construction resumed in the Arden subdivision; this time, with success. Most homes were built during the neighborhood’s first 20 years, although the neighborhood features some newer construction. Homes in Arden are a mix of architectural styles and sizes; they vary greatly in price today, from $175,000 for the most modest to nearly $3 million.

After all its false starts, today’s Arden neighborhood is a secure, established and quiet area; several residents have lived for two or more generations. Its boundaries are 71st Street on the north, Pennsylvania Street on the west, College Avenue on the east, and the White River on the south. Arden is directly north of the Broad Ripple Village neighborhood and south of the community of Meridian Hills.

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