kgb49 wrote:Hi all, iam about to move to Indianapolis, could those that are familiar with the city tell me the" good" and" not so good" places to live, I will be driving so proximity to the university is not necessary. Than you.
I will not be attending UI-Indy, but I am a current resident of Indianapolis so I hope it's okay to hop in your thread here
Indy is interesting because there are pockets of good neighborhoods all over where previously seedy areas have slowly gentrified. But these neighborhoods still tend to be surrounded by or bordering on places you do not want to wander after dark. The bad thing about this is that a lot of these boundaries are ones you have to figure out on your own; the good thing is that they really do set up a perimeter and people in the 'shadier' areas tend not to wander into the less shady areas, if you catch my drift. Most of the city itself (area surrounding downtown) is consistent in this dichotomy until you reach what is encroaching on the suburbs.
That being said, if you would like to stay close to the downtown area, I recommend the following neighborhoods:
- Lockerbie Square; this is right around Massachusetts Avenue (a "younger" area of Indy). The area is very nice and so are the houses/apartments, but you will likely not be able to afford this area without roommates. Lots of beautiful rowhouses and townhomes in this neighborhood though. It's a short distance to all things Indy and has a large supermarket smack dab in the middle. It's within the highway circle surrounding the city, towards the Northeast corner.
- Fletcher Place is also within the highway circle surrounding the city, but towards the Southeast. I think this is closer to the IUPUI campus, as its a decent distance to White River State Park and all that. MUCH less fancy than Lockerbie Square, and also much less fun to look at, but generally fairly safe from what I've been able to discern.
Outside of the circle and directly north there is the Old Northside (around 11th to 16th) and then Herron Morton (17th to 23rd ish, maybe a bit more north). Herron Morton is less gentrified and definitely a bit dicier. But this whole area has a sweeping historic feel, as there are a lot of big old estates (especially in the Old Northside). I currently live in the Old Northside (in a big old house split into condominiums) and I love it - the area is beautiful, lots of quiet streets lined with big old trees and wonderful architecture. I stay within the boundaries of 11th to 16th, and then Alabama to Park ish (about a 4 block by 4 block perimeter) when I walk my dog and go for runs late at night, but I've never felt unsafe. There are a lot of old mansion-museums in this area as well, such as the Benjamin Harrison house. It's about a 10 minute drive to the IUPUI area (where my gym is). I would say it takes me about 15-20 minutes to walk to central downtown from here.
If you go even further north from Herron Morton, there's Fall Creek Place which is right around the Monon. It's a nice little area but definitely a little lower in safety and quality than if you were closer to downtown, as its approaching the STAY AWAY area of Indy (more further below on that).
People will generally advise against Speedway and the East Side areas, but there can be nice places to live in both. Eagle Creek (near the speedway) is a pretty quiet area, and within the East side your best bet is Chatham Arch. It's a lot like Lockerbie/Fletcher/Old Northside and is very gentrified in comparison with the rest of the East side. There are again pockets of nice little neighborhoods such as Holy Cross, Fountain Square, and Arsenal but I don't have a lot of experience with those except for brief visits. When I was apartment hunting in Holy Cross in particular I did not feel nearly as comfortable as I did in the Old Northside.
If you are willing to look outside of the direct Indy downtown area, I suggest looking into Broad Ripple (about a 15-20 minute drive from downtown?); this is a very college-y scene and has a bit of an artsy feel to it. It's got a very young population overall, is probably the most gay friendly area of Indy, and is home to a lot of college-type bars (think Brothers) and kitsch-y boutiques. There's a "river" type thing, its overall very walkable.
If you are looking for a more suburban feel and are willing to live outside of Indianapolis altogether, Zionsville (NW), Avon/Plainfield (SW), and Greenwood (S) are all a 20 minute drive away.
STAY AWAY FROM: 34th street to 38th street. This is a BAD area. If you look at crime statistics for Indy geographically, the majority of them happen around here. I had a coworker with a lovely apartment on 34th (she was tempted by the cheapness) but she told me that as nice as it was on the inside, she never felt comfortable taking walks around her home or venturing outside for too long at night (there were a lot of panhandlers around her complex as well). I would generally try to stay either south of the 20 something streets or north of 40. I've also heard very bad things about Stallard & Associates, as well as the Zender Partnership (as landlords).
Let me know if I can help anyone else out with housing questions
And welcome to Indy!