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Best Places For Kids to Play Indoors in Indy

by Warren Griffin

Keeping the little ones entertained during the winter months can be a challenge.  There's a lot of energy to be released and they need something to do that will keep them engaged. But when the weather gets rough, you need someplace inside to take them.  The good news is that Indy has a great selection of venues to keep the kids active during the winter, or the summer for that matter. Here's a few of the best places to take your kids to have fun indoors in Indianapolis.

MAIN EVENT INDIANAPOLIS

This indoor venue offers bowling, laser tag, arcade games and billiards.  They also have private rooms for fun gatherings and groups.  You can eat at the full restaurant, concessions, or enjoy a drink from the bar.  Fun for the whole family as you can meet up with friends or just watch the kids have fun.

INCREDIPLEX INDOOR FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

The name says it all.  This incredible complex features everything from a huge obstacle climber, inflatable play areas, party rooms, arcade games, laser tag, bowling, theater, sports fields for soccer, volleyball, flag football, frisbee, basketball and lacross, all in one huge facility.  They also include a fitness center for the adults.

CARTER'S PLAY PLACE

Carter's is a great place for children with various sensibilities to play.  If you have a child with developmental issues, Carter's provides an environment that is inclusive and encourages all children to reach their potential.

ZIP CITY

Zip City is the only place in the world to go for indoor zip lining! There's 4 Zip Lines, each spanning almost 275 feet long and 3 Stories High. Riders can be propelled up to 20 mph! This one-of-a-kind Zip Line system can accommodate almost 250 riders per hour, greatly reducing any waiting time during peak hours. Or enjoy playing on the trampolines, climbing the rock wall, laser tag, and indoor soccer.  There's also an arcade and the Sky Lounge sports bar.

Looking for more fun things to do in Indianapolis?  Check out this list and have fun while staying warm this winter.

 

Warm Up to the Best Coffee Shops in Indy

by Warren Griffin

It's been getting pretty cold here in Indy lately.  Why not warm up with some of the best coffee in Indianapolis? Indy is serious about it's java joints, and the coffee scene has really exploded over the past few years. So why wait?  There's some seriously amazing coffee to be drank here in Indy. Here's a list of some of the best coffee houses in Indianapolis for you to warm up to.

CALVIN FLETCHER’S COFFEE COMPANY

Opened in 2009, the goal was to create a place for the community.  And that goal is evident in the welcoming atmosphere, where you can enjoy local art and of course amazing coffee. And even better, the profits go to help neighborhood charities.

BEE COFFEE ROASTERS

Named the best coffee roaster in Indy by Indianapolis Monthly, Bee's serves there splendid coffee in two locations, as well as at local farmer's markets, along with roasting coffee for other shops and restaurants. Located in the Pan Am plaza, not only does your espresso taste amazing, it looks amazing, as owner Andy Gilman is the commissioner of a monthly latte art competition.

COAL YARD COFFEE

This unique coffee venue is located in a converted garage, where you can enjoy live music, comedy nights, food trucks, and amazing coffee. It may be rough around the edges, but the atmosphere is comfortable.  And it's out-of-the-way location makes you feel like you've discovered your own hidden gem.

FOUNDRY PROVISIONS

The bright orange exterior of Foundry Provisions reflects the colorful people who come here. It's truly become an eclectic mix of patrons who all have a similar love - outstanding coffee. They feature coffee from Julian Roasters, along with delicious breakfast and lunch items.

There's many more delicious coffee shops in Indy.  Check back on our blog for more reasons that Indy is one of the great cities in America to rent or buy a home.

Bring in the New Year in Indy!

by Warren Griffin

2017 has flown by like a streak in the night, and now it's time to say farewell to the year. And there's no better place than Indianapolis to celebrate the new year! Bring in the new year of 2018 with fun and flare with these great New Years Eve events taking place here in Indy.

Downtown Indy Inc.’s New Year’s Eve on Georgia Street

Join DJs GNO, Hugh Jeffner and Slater Hogan as we bring in 2018 with the signature drop of the Indy car at midnight. It's the best party in Indy with plenty of food and drinks, all providing a unique new years bash.

Bud Light New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

It's 3 parties under one roof! This party features an 80's theme where you can compete for the biggest hair and enjoy celebrity impersonations. Or you can go upstairs and dance the year away in the Illinois Street Ballroom with Indy's top DJ's - P3 Productions.

Hyatt Regency New Year’s Eve Bash

Experience the unique balloon drop in the Hyatt Regency's 21-story atrium lobby. There will be a number of live performances on two stages, along with fantasy casino games and a massive midnight balloon drop. Entertainment acts include The Flying Toasters, My Yellow Rickshaw, Corey Cox, Hunter Smith Band, DJ Brian Jackson, Casino Games, and Pyramid of Enlightenment palm readers.

Have a fun and safe new years eve and a happy 2018!

Happy Holidays From Warren Griffin

by Warren Griffin

I'd like to wish all of my clients a very happy holiday season. Thanks to all for allowing me the pleasure of representing you in your renting, purchasing, or selling your home in Indianapolis.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Before You Make An Offer, Here Are 4 Tips For Success!

by Warren Griffin

So now you've found the perfect home.  The price is just right, so now you want to make sure that you can make an offer that will secure your dream. In their Executive Perspective, Freddie Mac covered 4 tips for making an offer. Here's what they suggested.

1. Understand How Much You Can Afford

“While it’s not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.”

This should be the first step before you even start looking. When you get pre-approved for a loan, it lets the seller know you're serious about buying and that you'll have the money you need to buy the home.

2. Act Fast

“Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.” 

Buyer demand is outpacing the supply of homes. That means more competition. That means you need to make an offer as fast as possible when you decide to purchase.

3. Make a Solid Offer

“Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.”

4. Be Prepared to Negotiate

“It’s likely that you’ll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared. The two things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you’ll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford.

Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”

If the offer is approved, you need to get an independent inspection so you know the true home value.  that way you discuss any repairs that need to be made, or cancel the contract.

Great Holiday Events in Indy

by Warren Griffin

Every holiday season in Indy there's plenty of events to help celebrate the holidays.  In downtown Indianapolis, the Circle of Lights is always a draw for residents and visitors alike. In monument circle, the traditions since 1962 is to string lights on the Soldiers and Sailors monument to make one of the largest Christmas trees in the world. Needless to say, Hoosiers love the holidays.  If you're new to the area, you no doubt want to know the top holiday attractions in Indy.  Here's some of top events to enjoy this year.

JOLLY DAYS

Through Jan 4, come to to Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. You can join Santa through Christmas eve where you can also enjoy a ride down the two-story Yule Slide and discover the Ice Castle, "ice" fishing holes and sock skating.

JINGLE RAILS

What goes better together than toy trains and Christmas? The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art presents Jingle Rails through Jan 18. There's more than 1200 ft of track with all the holiday bells and whistles as it winds through replicas of Indy landmarks.

DOWNTOWN INDY EVENTS

Click the link above to view a whole list of events happening this month in Downtown Indy.

Get Your Home Ready For WInter in Indy

by Warren Griffin

Winter is on the way and the nights are growing colder in Indianapolis. Is your home protected from the elements? You might think it is, but its worth your time to check every year to make sure you save the most money on your heating costs.  Here's a few tips that will help you sure up your winter home weatherization and save some money this year.

Is it Getting Drafty in Here?

Reducing draft is a big way to save money. Cracks can form in the walls, window sills or in corners over the years. There are ways to detect air leaks in these vulnerable places.  You can even do something as simple as rolling up a towel and placing it in front of exterior doors. Here's some information on how to detect air leaks.

Window Insulation

Buy a window insulation kit from your local hardware store and install it on your windows.

Install Storm Windows

If you still have old single pane windows, replacing them with storm windows will be a great investment.  It may cost more up front, but it will definitely save on energy and money over the years. Here's some great info on choosing and installing storm windows.

Check the Thermostat

Regulating the thermostat can really save money. If you leave home, make sure it's turned down, unless you have temperature sensitive animals. Installing digital programmable thermostats is also a great way to keep your heating in check.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

by Warren Griffin

Today is a time when we all say thanks for what we have.  It’s a time for being with our family and friends and showing how much we appreciate them.  Can we also make it a time to help those in need in Indy?  If you have a few hours this week and want to help make Thanksgiving a day to remember for those in need, here are a few places that you can offer your time to.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities With Kids

Wheeler Mission

Gleaners Food Bank

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Indianapolis Museums Await Your Discovery

by Warren Griffin

Indianapolis stands out as a great American city for many reasons.  One of the things that makes this city so great is all the amazing museums you’ll find here just waiting for you to explore.  Do you love fast cars? Are you an art buff? What about the history of how the west was won?  How about the largest children’s museum in the world? It’s all right here in Indy! Get ready to set out on a journey of discovery in some of the best museums in the nation.  Here’s a few to start you out.

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The voyage of discovering the natural world begins with our children. You can let your kids dig into the world’s largest children’s museum as they discover 5 floors of history, cultures from around the world, and natural sciences. You can ride the historic carousel or enjoy a theater with children's plays and live entertainment. It’s a place of wonder for kids and adults alike.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Start your engines and prepare to relive the history of racing over the past century. You don’t even have to love racing to love this experience. You’ll see many of the winning cars throughout racing history along with trophies and awards. And there’s more than just race cars.  A number of important passenger cars from the past are on display as well.  If you love cars at all, this is the place to go.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Explore great art exhibits from around the world along with beautiful gardens at this one-of-a-kind museum.  Arranged in an encyclopedic format, you can explore contemporary art on the top floor, Asian/African/Oceanic/Mediterranean/Textile Design on the third floor, and the second floor is split between American and European.  You can also learn about how technology expands our knowledge of art and history.

Find the Perfect Rental in Indianapolis

by Warren Griffin

While many real estate agents focus on those who want to buy or sell a home, Warren Griffin is different.  He realizes that not everyone is ready to buy a home right now.  In many cases, renting a home or apartment is the best choice.  That’s why Warren offers his help to those who need to find a great home for rent.

If you’re looking to rent in the counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, or Marion County, then you’ve come to the right place.  Warren Griffin specializes in rental properties.  Our powerful rental search can help you find the perfect rental for the best price.  There’s two main ways to search:

Search Rental Properties by County – Select the county and city for a predefined search that you can modify by price range.

Search All Rentals – Search all rentals and modify by price range and sq ft.

Here’s a preview of the many homes and apartments for rent in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.

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