This small pocket neighborhood on Indianapolis' east side continues to grow. This historic neighborhood thrives on quirky architecture, old buildings, and the brick-lined streets. What was
Neighborhood Profile Indianapolis Old Northside
The Old Northside of Indianapolis used to be one of the most fashionable places to live in Indianapolis during the time surrounding the American Civil War. After a slow decline during the 1950s and 1970s, the neighborhood has had a major resurgence and is becoming amazing real estate all over again. Located just north of the Mile Square, the neighborhood is close to some of the best things that Indianapolis has to offer. A short Uber ride gets you to the heart of downtown in less than 10 minutes making it a great residential option for those already working or going to school downtown.
Bordered on the north by 16th Street, Pennsylvania Street on the west, Bellefontaine on the east, and I-65 on the south, the Old Northside was once home to some of Indiana's most wealthy and prominent residents - including Benjamin Harrison (his home still stands), Ovid Butler, and Meredith Nicholson. Today, the area is home to families of all ages. It's very common to see people out with their pets, taking a walk with their kids in tow, or sitting out on their porches enjoying morning coffee.
Since the area is a historic district, there are a few landmarks worth checking out! Then Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is the home of the only Hoosier President. They offer programming year-round and house tours. Also worth noting is the Morris-Butler House - it's now a museum home maintained by Indiana Landmarks. One of the best public high schools in the city, Herron High School, is located in the Old Northside. The high school occupies a historic building that once housed IUPUI's Herron School of Art.
The Old Northside is also home to the Indiana Landmarks Center. The center is a valuable theatre and event space for the local community. They also offer different programming to the community throughout the year.
A short drive to the north will take you to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and a short drive to the south takes you to the heart of downtown.
Shopping & Business
The Old Northside has continued to grow in this regard over the last few years. Along the 16th Street corridor, there are banking, gas, pharmacy, grocery, and fast food options. It's also worth noting that IU Methodist Hospital is just outside the boundaries of the Old Northside for those seeking medical services.
The Harrison Center for the Arts is a major highlight of the Old Northside. Promoting art and cultural development throughout Indianapolis, the Harrison Center offers event facilities, artist's studios, and well-known First Friday programming. In the area, you'll also find a hair salon, bakery, a thrift shop, and a yoga studio. Two local community theatres are also within a block of the Old Northside, so there's plenty to keep you busy.
Restaurants & Nightlife
On the 16th Street corridor, restaurants have continued to pop up that are known for signature dishes. Restaurants like Festiva and Tinker Street almost always draw a crowd of foodies every day of the week. Kids aren't usually allowed at these two restaurants, so plan accordingly. Coffee shops are also growing in popularity in the area. Within just a couple of miles, you can visit Thirsty Scholar, Foundry Provisions, and now, Provider for your caffeine fix.
With some of the best real estate in the Indianapolis metro area, you'll never have to travel far to find the things that you love. Downtown or elsewhere, you're right in the middle of the interstates and roads that will take you anywhere you need to go. This ever-changing neighborhood is a perfect place to consider if you love being close to downtown.