Carmel Real Estate & Community Information

Carmel Real Estate & Community Information

Just north of Indianapolis is the city of Carmel, one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, with an estimated 85,927 residents.  It’s considered the Best Place to Live in the United States by CNN Money Magazine.

Carmel is known for its distinct residential neighborhoods that are rich in architectural diversity.  Many beautiful estates have attracted many of Indiana’s noteworthy citizens, including the owners of professional sports franchises, corporate CEO’s, professional athletes and at one point the Vice President of the United States.

Carmel was originally named Bethlehem when it was laid out in 1837, as the original settlers were mostly Quakers.  That original plot is marked by a clock tower today. As an interesting bit of trivia, one of the first traffic signals was installed in 1924 at the intersection id Main and Rangeline road.

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Shopping & Dining

Carmel boasts a wide array of places to shop and dine.  Two of the largest retail centers in Carmel are Clay Terrace and Village Park Plaza along with Carmel City Center, Mohawk Trails Plaza, Merchant’s Square, along with plenty of shops in old town.

And there’s certainly no shortage of outstanding food to eat in Carmel.  Some of the most acclaimed places to dine are Matt the Millers Tavern which features delicious starters like Roasted Garlic Hummus, Matt’s Mussels, and Hot Buffalo Wings. They also serve flatbreads, sandwiches, fish and steak. For those in the mood for an island experience, there’s Kona Grill serving up sushi and Hawaiian flavored dishes.  Other great places to dine include Charleston’s Restaurant, Jamaican Reggae Grill, BRU Burger Bar Carmel, The Pint Room, and many more.

Parks & Recreation

If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, then Carmel has you covered. Carmel/Clay Parks & Recreation manage 14 parks and greenways in Carmel. The Carmel Runners Club was established in December 2011 and offers a training program to members for all spring marathons and half marathons.

The Carmel Monon Community Center is a water park and mega-fitness center and the centerpiece of Carmel’s Central park. It contains an indoor pool, recreation pool with water slides and snack bar, gym, 1/8 mi indoor running track, and daycare.

The arts are also a focus of Carmel, as shown in the Carmel Arts & Design District and is designed to promote small businesses and artists.  The district is located in downtown and includes Carmel Clay Public Library, the Hamilton County Convention & Visitor's Bureau and Welcome Center and a collection of art galleries, boutiques, interior designers, cafes and restaurants.


The over 14,000 students of Carmel are served by 11 elementary schools, three middle, and one high school. The Elementary Schools are Carmel Elementary, Cherry Tree Elementary, College Wood Elementary, Forest Dale Elementary, Mohawk Trails Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Prairie Trace Elementary, Smoky Row Elementary, Towne Meadow Elementary, West Clay Elementary and Woodbrook Elementary. The 3 Middle Schools are Carmel Middle School, Clay Middle School and Creekside Middle School.  Carmel High School is the primary high school.

Alternative schools include Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool, St. Elizabeth Seton Preschool, Midwest Academy, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, Walnut Grove Christian School and University High School.