About Everything Carmel

Carmel – Schools, Parks, Neighborhoods – A great place to call home

Carmel is located just north of Indianapolis (approximately 30 minute drive). The population is roughly 69,000.

Homes in Carmel tend to be newer construction. Even the older homes tend to be built in the 80’s. It’s not to say we have no historic homes but we are mainly a newer suburb. I recently read an article in the Current in Carmel Newspaper and, in fact, the city is currently saving what they think is one of the first homes built in Hamilton County.

“Once the home of Elizabeth Peele, the Quaker settler credited with giving Carmel its name. Peele is said to have suggested “Carmel” when postal regulations required a change from the town’s former name, Bethlehem, in 1847. “We’re not sure of the date of the Peele House,” said Carmel Clay Historical Society historian Tom Rumer,“but it probably doesn’t date back to the beginning of her shop. It’s probably a later structure … maybe as early as the late 1850s. The house and its preservation have become the “poster child” of sorts for the possible creation of the Carmel Preservation Commission, Rumer said.”

Carmel is known for having some the most exquisite and expensive homes in the Indianapolis area and in fact many interesting local celebrities live in Carmel. (one such person is, Jim Irsey, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts)

According to the Greater Indianapolis Multiple Listing Service, on March 1, 2009, there were 56 homes listed for sale over 1.1 million dollars in Carmel. A fact I find very intriguing is that the most expensive home for sale in all of Carmel was just recently reduced from 20 million to 15 million. This home is owned by Conseco and formerly belonged to their previous CEO, Stephen Hilbert. This really shows that we are in a Buyer’s market and even the extremely high end properties are being affected. On the bright side 19 homes sold for over 1 million dollars in Carmel alone last year (2008).

Don’t be afraid that Carmel is too expensive for you! We have something for everyone and of course, all price points are represented. The average price for a home in Carmel is $300,000. As of March 1, 2009, there are 783 homes currently for sale in Carmel. There are 102 homes pending and in all of 2008 1,374 homes sold. So you can see Carmel is a popular city in which to live.

As of late, Carmel has best been known for Roundabouts, Sports, and Parks. Let’s talk briefly about each:


(some say it is excessive, I personally think it keeps the traffic moving; so I am a fan) Our Mayor, Jim Brainard, has gained National recognition for his use of roundabouts which promote swift traffic flow. In fact the city just won the Bid to Host the 2011 National Roundabout Conference. For more details visit the following link – http://www.ci.carmel.in.us/government/communityrelations/pdffiles2009/Newsletter_021009.pdf


Exceptional High School Achievements (How fun to be a member of the girls swim team?) Swimming – Girls win 23rd State Championship! The Carmel girls swimming team won the first four events and eight overall as they ran away with the team competition for a national high school girls record 23rd consecutive state championship during the 35th Annual IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals at the IUPUI Natatorium. Amassing a state meet record 427 points, Carmel outdistanced runner-up Hamilton Southeastern with 227 points for the third straight year. Carmel’s streak began in the fall of 1986 and the school had been tied with Punahou of Honolulu, HI, which had won 22 straight titles in girls swimming and diving from 1974-95. Carmel’s run is the nation’s sixth-longest string of championships in history in any sport and is the longest active streak in the country regardless of sport or gender. A History to Carmel High School Athletics – http://www.ccs.k12.in.us/chsA/history.htm

Parks & Recreation

West Park – A fond memory was made for my family just last month at West Park. On a rare “Snow Day” the majority of Carmel children and their parents gathered at the park’s sledding hill. Fun was had by all. My boys 3 and 5 had the time of their lives. http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=518

Carmel Monon Center – A new water park and mega-fitness center located in Carmel’s Central Park opened in 2007. The Outdoor Aqua Park consists of two water slides, a drop slide, a diving board, a lazy river, and a kiddie pool. The fitness center consists of an indoor lap pool, a recreation pool with its own set of water slides, gymnasium, 1/8 mile indoor running track, and the Kids Zone childcare. http://www.carmelclayparks.com/index.asp?action=mononcntr_activitiesprogs

Coxhall Garden – Coxhall Gardens is a unique and fascinating park, waiting to be discovered. This modern, 125-acre park includes the elegant Centerpiece, twin 90-feet bell towers, a recreation lake, and Children’s Garden, which features “village stores,” echo walls, peek-a-boo hills, sun dial, and Tiki huts. Campbell Crossing, which is connected to the Centerpiece and surrounded by water on two sides, serves as a serene location for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. The land for this stunning park was graciously donated by Jesse and Beulah Cox in 1999 and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages. As the park continues to grow it will eventually include a conservatory, museum, reflecting pool and numerous specialty gardens.

Other Attractions that make Carmel a destination are:

Flowing Well – Just north of 116th Street between Gray Road and Hazel Dell Parkway is Flowing Well Park, which contains a natural artesian well that provides high quality drinking water.

Monon Trail – The Monon Trail is a bicycle trail that is part of the Rails-to-Trails movement. It runs from 10th street, near downtown Indianapolis, through Broad Ripple, and then crosses into Carmel at 96th Street, and extends into Westfield. In the future, it is planned to run all the way to Sheridan. In January 2006 speed limit signs of 15 to 20 mph (30 km/h) have been added to sections of the trail north of 96th Street.

Carmel City Center – Carmel has begun construction of its Carmel City Center project near Carmel’s Arts and Design District. It will feature 230,000 square feet (21,000 m2) of retail space and restaurants, 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2) of office space, 300 penthouses and apartments, a 102-room boutique hotel, a 500-seat performing arts theater, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 1,600-seat performance hall. Started in 2007, the project will be completed in 2010.

Carmel is also well known for academic excellence.

This is a link to Carmel High schools SAT Scores – http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/district/uploads/File/carmel-clay-schools/about/achievement-data/2008-2009/2008_SAT_scores.jpg

Carmel Clay School District vs. other Indiana Districts http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/SEARCH/snapcorp.cfm?corp=3060

Local Businesses

Several large companies reside in Carmel such as the National Headquarters for Conseco, Midwest ISO, and Pearson Education (formerly MacMillan Publishing), as well as the headquarters of ITT Technical Institute.

More recent additions to the area include:

Clarian North Hospital ( a 170-bed hospital with an attached Medical Office Building. Clarian North opened on December 1, 2005, on the northwest corner of 116th Street and U.S. 31 North/Meridian Street.). http://www.clariannorth.com/

St. Vincent Heart Center Of Indiana (106th & North Meridian 10580 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290-1090 (317) 583-5000 Toll Free: 1-866-432-7830) http://www.theheartcenter.com/heart-health-resources/

Carmel is also home to many mid-sized and smaller companies.