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
$825,000
Listed: May 04, 2015

Picture perfect home in West Carmel! Indiana limestone and cedar shake exterior, open floorplan with hard woods, crown molding, beautiful built ins, granite countertops throughout. Kitchen is a knockout! Master bath is spa quality, with central island bat...
5 Beds, 7 Bath Areas   8262 SqFt   
Berkshire Hathaway Home
Carmel home for sale
$349,999
Listed: May 04, 2015

Beautiful custom home on stunning wooded 1/2 acre lot! Updates throughout w/ character still remaining! Fantastic updated kitch w/ rich cabinets, modern appls + charming FP. Lg fam rm w/ new wood flrs! Spacious bdrms w/ rare main lvl in-law suite! Wonderf...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   3472 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$2,549,000
Listed: May 04, 2015

Behind the gates of exclusive Bridlebourne, you'll find this extraordinary estate. Exquisitely designed w/high end luxuries & details throughout. Grand 2-story entry is complete w/breathtaking wood doors, stunning ironwork & marble flooring. Impeccable k...
4 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   11406 SqFt   
Encore Sotheby`s International
Carmel home for sale
$369,900
Listed: May 04, 2015

Beautiful brick Carmel home, with tasteful updates. Kitchen has 42" cupboards, granite counter tops, tile floor & backsplash and all new ss appliances. Large master with walk in closet, renovated bathroom with stunning tile, double sinks and jacuzzi tu...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   3386 SqFt   
Real Estate Results
Carmel home for sale
$874,900
Listed: May 04, 2015

6 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   6883 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$365,000
Listed: May 04, 2015

Perfect family home in convenient Carmel location! This one does not disappoint! Tons of natural light on a spacious lot. All appliances stay! Wonderful kitchen has granite, SS, butlers pantry and planning desk. Lots of living spaces, plenty of bedro...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4137 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$190,000
Listed: May 03, 2015

Clean and bright four bedroom in popular Spring Creek. Large Master suite with vaulted ceilings and huge closet. Lot overlooks pond. Neighborhood features a walking path, playground and is close to schools and shopping.
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   3632 SqFt   
Pittman Real Estate Services,
Carmel home for sale
$211,000
Listed: May 03, 2015

4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath w sun drenched 3 season room! This home is extremely well cared for with many upgrades, including nafco flooring in entry, upgraded kitchen cabintet and crown molding, sapcious kitchen open to family room. Relax in 3 season room whil...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   2094 SqFt   
Pittman Real Estate Services,
Carmel home for sale
$468,300
Listed: May 03, 2015

Charming Italianate home with wrapping porch & great architectural detail inside & out. Hardwood flooring throughout main level as well as plantation shutters. Well appointed kitchen w/ Stainless appliances and open concept living. Gorgeous fireplace surr...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   4071 SqFt   
RE/MAX Ability Plus
Carmel home for sale
$665,000
Listed: May 03, 2015

Custom Built, Ray Roehling Executive Home in Brighton Woods; Meticulously maintained; Hwd Floors; Palladian Windows; Four large bedrooms; Four full baths, two half baths; Full finished basement; Large Master Suite on main level with dual sinks and walk i...
4 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   6212 SqFt   
Patricia A. van Brunt
Carmel home for sale
$529,500
Listed: May 02, 2015

Immaculate barely lived in Guthridge floor plan offers both formal and informal spaces for entertaining. Gourmet kit w/ SS appliances, center island sink/snack bar area, pot filler above gas cooktop, 10' ceilings, gas log fireplace, main lvl master suite...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4174 SqFt   
S K Richard & Associates,LLC
Carmel home for sale
$414,995
Listed: May 02, 2015

West Carmel - Dramatic 2story entry & great room. Formal living room, formal dining room & office. Lovely kit with 42" cabs & lg breakfast area. Stainless appls, walk-in pantry & tile flrs. Spacious master bedroom - 20x14 & roomy master bath. Enjoy the f...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4663 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company

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