Moving Around Indianapolis: Central & Downtown Neighborhoods

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Miranda Tworek with Ever Indy Realty Group.

If you are planning to move to Indianapolis or relocate to a different side of town, Indianapolis Moms has got you covered! We are excited to kick off our four-part series with Miranda Tworek, Real Estate Broker with Ever Indy Realty Group. Miranda is going to take you through Indianapolis and surrounding areas, introducing you to the most sought-after neighborhoods, highlighting reasons why you and your family should consider moving there. Part one of our series begins with the very popular Central and Downtown Indianapolis. 

Why do Indianapolis families love central and downtown Indianapolis? The long list of parks and trails, museums, and other tourist locations, according to Miranda. Also important to families moving to the area, Miranda says central and downtown Indianapolis has an impressive list of schools. Below is Miranda’s complete round-up of the central and downtown area, starting with an overall look at popular parks and trails, things to do, and notable schools. Then Miranda highlights five neighborhoods below that have become increasingly popular to home buyers, and have become especially family-friendly. Check out Miranda’s top five neighborhoods of central and downtown Indianapolis to include in your house hunting research: Irvington, Fall Creek Place, Meridian Kessler, Holy Cross, and Butler Tarkington. 

Parks and Trails

Museums/Things to Do

Notable Schools


Website: About Irvington
Price point:
Known for: 
The Pennsy Trail, Jockamo Pizza, Black Acre Brewing Company Garden, Ellenberger Park, Coal Yard Coffee, Strange Bird
Miranda’s take: “Families love the quiet neighborhood streets and rich history of the historic district. They have a strong sense of community with yearly neighborhood events and festivals. Ellenberger Park is a staple of the area. Irvington has great walkability to local food and drink and a quick drive to downtown.”

Fall Creek Place

Website: Fall Creek Place
Price point: $300,000-$600,000
Known for:
Goose the Market, The Fall Creek Trail, Mashcraft Brewery, Tea’s Me, Command Coffee
Miranda’s take: “Families love the mixture of historic homes and newer builds with available HOA in Fall Creek Place. On the city’s near northside, it’s a great central location to work, school, and activities. The area has easy walkability with sidewalks and crosswalks. Local parks are very popular and you would have quick access to Fall Creek Parkway.” 

Meridian Kessler

Website: Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association
Price point: $400,000-$800,000
Known for:
Cafe Patachou, Upland Brewery Tasting Room, Root & Bone, Good Morning Mama’s, Napolese Pizzeria
Miranda’s take: “The Meridian Kessler neighborhood stretches from Kessler Boulevard south the 38th Street. Families love having access to a variety of local food, drink, and groceries in Meridian Kessler. They appreciate the safety of the neighborhood and the active neighborhood association. Also, the neighborhood has walkability to school and churches, it is a central location to downtown Indianapolis, and has a wide variety of home types and pricing.”

Holy Cross

Website: Holy Cross Neighborhood
Price point: $350,000-$$550,000
Known for:
The Monon Trail, Futuro, King Dough, Ash and Elm Cider Company, Neidhammer Coffee Company, Highland Park
Miranda’s take: “Holy Cross is located on the near east side of Indianapolis. Families love the quiet streets and the mixture of unique older homes and new builds. Holy Cross has great local parks and dog parks, bike lanes to and from downtown, and it is centrally located to local highways/interstates.”

Butler Tarkington

Website: Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association
Price Point: $200,000-$600,000
Known for:
Hoagies and Hops, Butler University, Holcomb Gardens, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Kincaid’s Meat Market, Tarkington Park and splash pad, Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, The Riviera Club 
Miranda’s take: “Butler Tarkington is a diverse community, and families love the wide variety of home pricing and types of homes. They also love the proximity to green space, the Central Canal, and walking/running trails. The neighborhood, located just west of Meridian Kessler, is a central location to school, work, and interstates.”

Thank you for joining us for our four-part series about Moving Around Indianapolis! Part Two of our series covers the north side of Indianapolis. Stay tuned!

About Miranda Tworek, Real Estate Broker 

Miranda is an Indianapolis native and an Indianapolis Moms contributor. She lives in downtown Indianapolis with her husband and four-year-old son, Avett. The three, along with lots of family help, are renovating their 100-year-old home. Her love for real estate began as a young adult, growing up with parents in the renovation/rental industry, and she has carried that love and experience into her career today. Miranda has excellent communication skills. She stays calm under pressure, is an active listener, and is an advocate for her clients. She believes a win-win situation exists for every buy/sell and has built her business on honesty and integrity. Miranda utilizes the power of social media to connect clients to needs. She’s a big fan of neighbors helping neighbors and is active in her local community. When she’s not working with buyers/sellers or completing a renovation project on her own home, Miranda enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, hiking, biking, traveling, camping, and eating good food.

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