Carmel, Indiana is located in Hamilton County, about 15 miles from downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. It is just north of I-465 and roughly 25 minutes away from the Indianapolis International Airport. The city’s population was close to 79,191 based on a 2010 U.S. Census, although a 2014 estimate put it closer to 99,999. It is a city well-known for its many roundabouts.

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History

The area that is now known as Carmel had, until 1874, been known as “Bethlehem”. The Rotary Club donated the plot that marked Bethlehem to Carmel in 2002. A clock tower now marks this plot. One of the nation’s first traffic lights was put into place at the intersection of Main Street and Rangeline Road in 1924. The traffic signal was invented by Leslie Haines and can be found on the Monon, in the old train station. Click here to learn more about Carmel, Indiana.

Carmel-Clay Schools

Ask many residents why they chose to live in Carmel and you’ll often hear Carmel’s school system cited as the top reason. Indeed, Carmel students excel in all areas of scholastic, artistic and athletic aptitude. Carmel High School was ranked by the Indiana Business journal as the top public school in all of Indiana. The Carmel-Clay School System consists of 14 schools, K-12, including Carmel High School, Clay Middle School, Creekside Middle School, Carmel Middle School, Woodbrook Elementary School, Towne Meadow Elementary School, Smoky Row Elementary School, Orchard Park Elementary School, Mohawk Trails Elementary School, Forest Dale Elementary School, Prairie Trace Elementary School, College Wood Elementary School, Cherry Tree Elementary School and Carmel Elementary School.

Carmel Government

Carmel operates under city form of government, with an elected mayor, 7-member city council and clerk-treasurer. The mayor is elected at-large, in a city-wide vote. Five of the 7 city council members are elected in their respective districts while the remaining 2 are elected at-large.

Carmel Neighborhood Association Network

The Carmel Neighborhood Association Network (CNAN) was established in 2001 by the city of Carmel for the purpose of strengthening the overall Carmel community. CNAN meets on a quarterly basis and all local HOA representatives gather to discuss issues that affect Carmel residents as well as to learn more about plans that are in the works for Carmel. Carmel’s mayor attends these meetings and is available for open discussions.

Police Department

Close to 100 full-time police officers and an additional 19 civilian personnel make up the Carmel Indiana Police Department. To say that the Carmel Police Department is on top of things is no understatement, as it is just one of 10 Indiana police departments to have achieved accreditation as an international law enforcement agency. The department was among the very first in the state to have equipped its patrol cars with video surveillance cameras and recorders. The department responds to thousands of calls for assistance annually. Officers are highly trained in all aspects of law enforcement.

Fire Department

Over 150 personnel make up the Carmel Fire Department, including firefighters, administrators and various civilian staff members. The department’s area of coverage includes 51 square miles and some 64,000 residents. The department is one of the busiest in the area, responding to hundreds of calls for assistance throughout the year. Firefighters are trained in all aspects of fire protection and all possess basic EMT-level medical skills. Specially appointed members conduct fire safety inspections throughout the city. The department operates from six fire stations that are strategically located around the city.

Quality of Life

Carmel residents enjoy a quality of life that few central Indiana cities can claim. With an affluent demographic and above average purchasing power, Carmel businesses are always thriving. For many Carmel residents, the city’s outstanding school system, by itself, is reason enough to live in Carmel. The Clay Terrace Mall provides residents with a great shopping environment and a diversity of shops and merchandise from which to choose. Downtown Carmel is as charming as it gets, with life-size, nostalgic statues decorating the sidewalks that run along the many old-town shops and restaurants. It is truly a special shopping experience. And when it comes to recreation and relaxation the Carmel Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide assortment of beautiful and functional parks. The Monon Center, with its hundreds of educational courses, both physical and academic, is also an excellent resource. The Gazebo in Carmel is located south of the Fountain, just over a mile from the intersection of Keystone Avenue and 126th Street.

Real Estate

The Carmel real estate market tends to attract a more affluent buyer. Carmel real estate is somewhat pricier compared to other suburbs in Central Indiana. This is in part due to the higher cost of owning a lot in Carmel, which in turn, is a function of Carmel’s superior school system. In fact, many homeowners in Carmel cite the school system as the top reason for owning a home in Carmel. There is a good architectural mix of homes in Carmel, from basic Ranch-style homes to Tudors, Colonials, Neo-Eclectics and more. Click here to see Carmel homes for sale.

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Carmel home for sale
$155,000
Listed: Mar 28, 2015

Beautiful setting overlooking the pond & wooded area. Custom deck and landscaping. Open floor plan with dining area overlooking the backyard. New carpet, paint throughout, brushed nickel hardware, plantation blinds, neutral colors. Popular Silver Thorne ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   1456 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$299,900
Listed: Mar 28, 2015

BEAUTIFUL COMPLETELY UPDATED 4 BEDROOM/2.5 BATH CARMEL HOME LOCATED IN DESIRABLE BROOKSHIRE NORTH. GREAT CORNER LOT WITH FULL PRIVACY FENCED REAR YARD. HOME IS BIGGER THAN IT LOOKS! HAS AN EXTRA BONUS ROOM UP THAT CAN BE DEN/OFFICE OR 5TH BEDROOM. HUGE B...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   2647 SqFt   
Impact Realty Group, LLC
Carmel home for sale
$340,000
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

Welcome home to this well-built house in popular Village Farms! Beautiful perennials greet you from the cul-de-sac. Enjoy entertaining in expansive Family Room w/12' ceiling, beams, brick hearth & built-ins. Love the convenience of Eat-in Kitchen or win...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   3772 SqFt   
Carpenter, REALTORS
Carmel home for sale
$369,900
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

Impecibly updated & maintained stone/wood story and a half in the heart of Carmel! Cathedral ceiling living room w/gas stone fireplace. Completedly updated kitchen w/high end custom cabinets, granite & stainless appliances. Owner's suite w/walk-in floor t...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   3574 SqFt   
EasyStreet Realty
Carmel home for sale
$179,400
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

Beautiful move in ready 3br home in popular Carmel. This is a must see. Completely updated ranch with lots of extras and upgrades such as granite countertops, new stainless appliances, updated tiled bathrooms, updated tiled entryway and completely renovat...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   1560 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
Carmel home for sale
$459,900
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

WOW! STUNNING 4BD/3.5BA W/ BSMNT! IMPRESSIVE 2 STORY ENTRY SHOWS OFF THE UPGRADES IN THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME: SOARING CEILINGS, WROUGHT IRON SPINDLES, DOUBLE STAIRCASE, CUSTOM TRIM & MOULDINGS & MANY EXTRAS. HOME FEATURES BRIGHT SOLARIUM & PRIVATE OFFICE. ENJ...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   5319 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
Carmel home for sale
$439,900
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

This Fabulous Excellent Condition home located in desirable Village of West Clay offers Gourmet Kitchen, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, planning center, Den, gleaming hardwoods, sunroom, large master suite with walk in tile shower, doubl...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4162 SqFt   
Coldwell Banker - Kaiser
Carmel home for sale
$474,800
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

Move-in ready, this home has new carpet and paint throughout. Boasts an open floor plan with eating area next to kitchen open to Great Room. Den/ Library in front of home could be used as formal dining room. Corner lot with side covered porch. Home wired ...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   3384 SqFt   
RE/MAX Ability Plus
CARMEL home for sale
$294,500
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

Your chance to own a piece of history! First time on the market for this Avriel Shull custom home. Owners took great care to maintain integrity of home design when updating. Gourmet kitchen w/stainless appliances, living room w/ wall of windows & frplc, s...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   2444 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
Carmel home for sale
$199,000
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

ALL BRICK CARMEL RANCH RECENTLY REMODELED! NEW KITCHEN W/GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND NEW TILE BACKSPLASH. RECENTLY FINISHED BASEMENT. GLEAMING REFINISHED HARDWOODS THROUGHOUT. MASTER BEDROOM HAS BEEN ENLARGED & HAS XL WALK IN CLOSET! CLOSE TO NEW SHOPS AT 116...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   2620 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Rasmussen Company
Carmel home for sale
$319,000
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

RARE FIND! A home less than 5 years old in east Carmel! Very few newer homes in this highly sought after area! Secluded n-hood that's close to great shops & dining plus easy access to the Hagan-Burke Trail connecting to the Monon! Enjoy an open-concept ma...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   3484 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$679,800
Listed: Mar 27, 2015

Stunning inside & out on 1 acre within Carmel. Home is newly updated with knock out features and pleasant openness. Kitchen has been transformed with all new cabinetry, appliances, lighting & usability. A new 22'X17' screened porch was added to enjoy natu...
5 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   5682 SqFt   
RE/MAX Ability Plus

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