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Top 10 Best Neighborhoods in Indianapolis

The neighborhood where you’ll live is one of the most important criteria when browsing apartments in Indianapolis. Fortunately, when it comes to hip residential neighborhoods with loads of opportunities and entertainment, Indy has a few charming aces up its sleeve. From the surprisingly picturesque downtown to serene options up north, these Midwestern neighborhoods will show you that moving to Indianapolis might be the best decision you’ll ever make. And, to help you choose a place to live, we’ve made a list of Indy’s top neighborhoods.

Downtown Indianapolis

Often referred to as the Mile Square, downtown Indy is chock full of cocktail bars, art exhibits, restaurants, marathons, local festivals and more events than one can count. The same goes for its cool residential options. In particular, the area benefits from revitalization projects directly aimed at its well-being, beautification and growth. So, it’s no wonder that this is one of the most coveted areas in the city. As such, rents here are above Indy’s overall average and usually go for $1,404 per month on average.

Broad Ripple

A few miles north of the bustling downtown lies the cultural district of Broad Ripple Village. This relaxed neighborhood with a strong sense of community has become a favored playground for developers and new businesses and with revitalizing results. Here, you can hang out in pubs; go to galleries and boutiques; visit breweries; get a massage; and even take up pottery — all of which can be done in one weekend! Even though the eclectic village is just minutes from the heart of Indy, the average rent here is $1,006.

Castleton

If you’re looking for a diverse and tight-knit community, consider Castleton for your next home. This walkable neighborhood to the north is one of Indy’s best-kept, family-oriented secrets. For instance, the average rent here is just $862. This alone makes it one of Indy’s most sought-after neighborhoods for renters. And, while average commute times range from 15 to 30 minutes, this walkable neighborhood’s infrastructure also allows you to cycle freely. Castleton is also home to the largest mall in the state of Indiana: Castleton Square.

Brockton

If you’re looking to raise a family, a quiet, residential neighborhood like Brockton is what you need. And, most likely, the best part of living in this welcoming community is how close and involved everybody is. Brockton features studios, apartments and townhomes available for rent, which are aimed at solo renters and families alike. Similar to its close northern sister Broad Ripple, the average rent price in Brockton is $1,006.

Willow Lakes

At $848 a month, Willow Lakes is the most affordable on our list of Indy neighborhoods.  With anything from studios to three-bedroom apartments, embracing the cozy residential lifestyle in this southeast pocket of the metro comes easy. Plus, with plenty of dining options and easy access to other parts in the city, Willow Lakes is definitely a spot to scout if you’re looking for your next home.

Crooked Creek

Located in Marion County northwest of Indianapolis, Crooked Creek is one of Indy’s most inclusive and welcoming neighborhoods. In need of some fun outdoor activities for the entire family? Enjoy the parks and bike trails in the area, on top of other special amenities, like horseback riding or good-old-fashioned creek stomping in Juan Solomon Park. The $875 monthly average and quick commute times to other parts of the city truly make this area worth checking out.

Bayview

Have you ever dreamed of living by the lake and enjoying the peace and quiet of a close community? If so, you’re in luck. Just miles from downtown and a stone’s throw from Castleton lies the cozy and affordable Bayview. One of Indy’s thriving northern suburbs, the neighborhood’s average rent is $986. While scouting the area, make use of the bike trails to get the real feel of the place. You won’t regret it.

North Willow

One of the most walkable residential areas in Indianapolis, North Willow is the place to be if you’re looking for a family-friendly neighborhood. Moreover, with an average rent of $873, the area is reasonably priced even for those looking to rent by themselves before settling down. Within minutes of Castleton and Keystone at the Crossing, North Willow also offers easy access to some of the city’s best entertainment options and dinner spots.

North Indianapolis

Indy’s north-side suburbs are known for having some of the best food, nightlife and local businesses in the city. One of the fastest-growing and economically thriving areas, it boasts historic buildings on top of being one of the most diverse and multi-ethnic residential pockets of the city. Granted, the dining scene can make or break your neighborhood experience. Luckily, North Indy doesn’t disappoint and offers everything from cool eateries to more upscale options. Apartments in North Indy go for about $933 a month.

Keystone at the Crossing

Head to Keystone at the Crossing if you’re on the lookout for a neighborhood after your own heart. Residents here are predominantly renters because the area fits just about any type of renter. For instance, young professionals are drawn to the concentration of jobs and thriving sector nearby, whereas families prefer it for the peace and quiet. The neighborhood is also a shopping haven, the heart of which is the renowned Fashion Mall at Keystone. Apartments in Keystone at the Crossing go for around $1,082.

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Alexandra Ciuntu

Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she has previously covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance. She now enjoys researching and writing about the renting lifestyle, renter demographic shifts, and residential real estate market trends and news. You can connect with Alexandra via email.

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