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
$619,000
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

Fabulous home on 1.38 acre wooded lot so private & peaceful. Hardwoods throughout with added 2nd floor & stairway. Beautiful custom cabinetry in living room. New master bathroom and kitchen appliances. Very generous room sizes plus a sun room porch to enj...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5085 SqFt   
Berkshire Hathaway Home
Carmel home for sale
$475,000
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

GREAT FIND ON ONE MY FAVORITE PRIVATE / PICTURESQUE STREETS IN THE VWC! CLASSIC COLONIAL MEETS MODERN AMENITIES in this 4 BEDS / 3.5 BATHS - RECENTLY PAINTED BEAUTY! PAVER PATIO AND FRONT WALK & STEPS RECENTLY REDONE! OPEN FLOORPLAN w/ HUGE BASEMENT& 3 ...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   3733 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$474,500
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

Don't miss this opportunity to move into this established Carmel neighborhood at a great price! Dramatic 2-sty entrance, gleaming hardwood flrs, surround sound, spacious family rm w/frplc surrounded by built-ins, main lvl office w/vaulted ceiling & French...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   4839 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$749,900
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

Check out the Beautiful New Landscaping! Former Winning Decorator Show Home! Great Pool! Stadium Seating Theater and Arcade! Meticulously Designed Park-like Setting-will bloom from Spring to Fall! Largest Lot in Kings Mill. Spectacular, spacious and the ...
4 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   6455 SqFt   
Esquire Real Estate Group LLC
Carmel home for sale
$995,800
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

Amazing all brick/ stone home on one of the best lots in WestClay. Each bedroom has its own baths/ & W/I closet. 5 BDRMS/ 5.5 BAS.-Full WALK-OUT lower level onto patios & terrific back yard area. Dramatic 2-story GREAT ROOM w/ coffered ceiling. Detailed t...
5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   6179 SqFt   
RE/MAX Ability Plus
Carmel home for sale
$359,000
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

Serene, private cul-de-sac home with main floor master in quiet Carmel neighborhood. Updated kitchen with stainless steel and granite opens to 2-story great room overlooking large tree-lined yard with deck. Relax in spacious main-level master suite. Enjo...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4050 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$749,999
Listed: Jul 01, 2015

This stunning brick colonial home embraces 3 fireplaces,custom built-in bookshelves,a wet bar,media rm & multi level decks for outdoor entertaining on cul de sac.This open layout features enhanced ceiling treatments, 4 huge bedrms w/full baths & walk-in c...
5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   6300 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$849,900
Listed: Jun 30, 2015

Don't miss this beautifully updated 6 bedroom,4 full 2 half bath home very close to Crooked Stick Golf Club, site of the 2016 PGA tour and the BMV Championships. This impressive property has timeless style with a twist; in-laws/guest quarters complete wi...
6 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   7765 SqFt   
RE/MAX Ability Plus
Carmel home for sale
$319,900
Listed: Jun 30, 2015

Beautiful setting and a Great Value! Good for you, you waited for this home. Gorgeous lot on a pond with lovely east/west exposure. Spacious Home with a Finished Basement. 2 story entry. Large inviting Great Rm with Bright Windows. Extra large Kitchen--pe...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   4208 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$536,500
Listed: Jun 30, 2015

This home includes all the designer features you want in your brand NEW home. Signature trim on 1st/2nd flr, hardwoods thruout 1st flr, private office w/12' ceilings & 8' tall glass doors, 2-sty family rm w/flr to ceiling fireplace, linen painted cabinets...
4 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5094 SqFt   
Drees Homes
Carmel home for sale
$479,900
Listed: Jun 30, 2015

Impressive!!! West Carmel residence inside & out. Over 5700 sq ft (Largest floor plan in neighborhood!!!) sitting on the best tree lined lot in Lincolnshire! 4 bed, 6 bath, Possible 5th bedrooms in basement! Great Room w/ Soaring ceilings, Kitchen w/ gran...
4 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   5707 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
Carmel home for sale
$164,900
Listed: Jun 30, 2015

Conveniently located 3 bedroom home that is a minute walk to the Monon Trail and the Palladium, the quiet lot is privacy fenced with lots of pine trees. The 15x22 deck spacious and peaceful. The master suite is oversized with a walk in Californian closet....
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   1458 SqFt   
RE/MAX Legends Group

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