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About Carmel, IN

Carmel is a fast-growing, economically thriving city located on Indianapolis’ northern border. Carmel is a vibrant city that is sustainable, walkable and bike-friendly with nearly 200 miles of trails and paths.


Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 in 1994 to almost 100,000 today. The development of an Arts & Design District, a new downtown called City Center and a new Midtown project joining the two together, has helped create a city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Carmel is consistently ranked among top places to live for families, singles, children, senior citizens and veterans based on low crime rates, low cost of living, excellent schools, availability of high paying jobs and appreciation of community amenities such as arts, culture, parks and recreational opportunities.
Recently, Carmel was ranked Best Place to Raise a Family in the Midwest by Niche ranked Carmel the #1 Best Suburb to Live in America and #1 Best Place to Live in Indiana in 2019.


The History of Carmel, IN

In April, 1837, John Felps (Phelps), Alexander Mills, Seth Green, and Daniel Warren, laid out the Town of Bethlehem. The plat contained a total of fourteen lots. As a wilderness it was known for its fur trading. The first General Store was constructed in 1837. In 1846, a Post Office was established. At this time, the town residents were notified that the United States Post Office already had another town registered by the name of Bethlehem in Indiana. Consequently, in 1874, by a referendum vote of 33 in favor and 12 against, the town was officially incorporated and adopted the name "Carmel."


In 1882, rails of the Monon Railroad were laid through Carmel, and a depot was opened in 1883. The railroad depot remained open until 1974. The Carmel-Clay Historical Society is in charge of the restoration of the original depot.


April 13, 1987 marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of Carmel. Today it is known for a heritage of culture and a rich tradition of State Championships of Athletic Teams. The new Carmel Civic Square has become the "showpiece of Georgian architectural splendor."


Things To Do

Carmel Arts & Design District - Meander down one of America’s best Main Streets, according to Country Living Magazine, where flower baskets are blooming and restaurant patios are booming. Enjoy live music and al fresco dining at Muldoon’sThe Pint RoomBazbeaux or Bub’s Burger & Ice Cream.

Whether you’re searching for oil paintings or pop art, haute couture or silly souvenirs, you’ll discover an array of options in the galleries and specialty shops on Main Street and beyond in on of Indiana’s designated arts districts. For home design inspiration, head to the Indiana Design Center, the anchor of the Arts & Design District shopping experience.

The Monon Community Center – Join the Monon Community Center. The center boasts a fitness center, gymnasium, track, indoor aquatics, skatepark, waterpark (seasonal) and offers personal training and The KidZone for childcare. Lots of fun for the whole family!

Monon Trail - The Monon Trail is the pedestrian highway for bikers, runners, dog walkers and more. Thepaved pathway takes you north to Westfield and south to Indianapolis. Rent a bike for $3 at one of the Zagster bike share stations. Make sure to have the app downloaded and bring your own helmet for a smooth ride. Meander along the trail to discover local brews and spirits at Sun King Spirits or Union Brewing Company, or grab a bite to eat at Jamaican Reggae Grill and local boutiques.

The Center for the Performing Arts – The Paladium, a world-class internationally-renowned concert hall, anchors the Center for the Performing Arts campus. The schedule is music to anyone’s ears, featuring symphony orchestras, jazz bands, country stars and more. Walk across Central Green to see intimate plays and performances at The Studio and the Tarkington. Before the curtain rises, enjoy upscale dining and shopping at the Carmel City Center adjacent to the Palladium. Sip cocktails and share appetizers at divvy or grab a glass of wine at Matt’s Wine Bar.

13 Parks and 4 Greenways - At Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, we manage and maintain more than 500 park acres throughout Carmel, including 13 parks and 4 greenways. In partnership with the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF), we are the first park system in the state of Indiana to be certified as wildlife and habitat-friendly. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, playing, or running, our parks have fun for everyone! Amenities include playgrounds, splash pads, park shelters, restrooms, greenspace and more. Explore all of our park activities below.

Clay Terrace - As the first outdoor lifestyle center in Indiana, Clay Terrace stands as a unique and beautiful shopping destination. Here, more than 70 retailers line the center's broad sidewalks, gently rising up Clay Terrace Boulevard from Meridian Street. Vintage storefronts and antique lighting blend seamlessly with modern amenities and conveniences.


Why Work With Porter Realty Group?

Because we offer unparalleled, local experience. With helping hundreds of families buy and sell their homes, our team offers the resources to help you sell your Carmel, IN house fast.  We know the area and the local market better than anyone else.

If you are ready to buy, we will bring you the best deals as soon as they become available. We can also help find properties that are off-market and unadvertised. If you are looking for Carmel, IN homes for sale, we will help you find the best properties available.

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