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
$4,500,000
Listed: May 21, 2012

Magnificent Mediterranean estate w/ outdoor fountain & guest parking. 4,000 SF ballrm, 20 solid granite pillars & fireplace, 2 stories of glass, glass elevator. Pool house w/ his 'n her baths, wet bar, sand volleyball court. Lower level walkout features...
4 Beds, 8.0 Bath Areas   22978 SqFt   
RE/MAX Ability Plus
Carmel home for sale
$3,989,000
Listed: Feb 19, 2014

EXTRAORDINARY, NEW ENGLAND COTTAGE-INSPIRED RETREAT UNLIKE ANY OTHER SITUATED ON 1.66 AC W/MULTIPLE PORCHES, POOL, CABANA W/FPLC, GREENHOUSE, CARRIAGE HOUSE, B-BALL GYMNASIUM & STATE-OF-THE-ART FITNESS FACILITY! BLT BY RJ KLEIN & DESIGNED BY GARY NANCE, T...
5 Beds, 9 Bath Areas   13474 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$3,950,000
Listed: Feb 28, 2014

This sprawling Nantucket style estate on 8 carefully designed and maintained acres offers all of the finest finishes one could wish for. Overlooking a private lake and the 14th hole of the Pete Dye Bridgewater Club Golf Course, the setting is idyllic. T...
6 Beds, 11 Bath Areas   13557 SqFt   
Encore Sotheby`s International
Carmel home for sale
$3,900,000
Listed: Jun 17, 2014

Timeless Elegance~Exquisite Design & Architecture~Luxury Living at It's Finest!Gated 13+ Acre Carmel Estate w/Stone Ext & Slate Roof,18,000+sqft, 7BR/11BA,Indoor Tennis/Basketball Facility,In-Ground Pool, Sand Volleyball Crt,Heated Playhouse & Paved Walki...
7 Beds, 11 Bath Areas   16652 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
Carmel home for sale
$3,600,000
Listed: Feb 13, 2012

Stunning English Manor Estate home on 2.19 acres. Enjoy approximately 12,000 sq.ft. of elegant living space and expansive outdoor amenities: 20x40 inground Gunite pool with adjacent hot tub. Interior amenities include: Carmel Custom Kitchen designed fea...
5 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   11971 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$2,790,000
Listed: Jul 19, 2013

Over 2 acre estate situated on one of the best & most private lots in exclusive gated community in Carmel. Comfortable elegant w/ attention to detail thru-out home. Perfect home for entertaining inside & out. Numerous features & updates, please see attach...
4 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   15916 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$2,700,000
Listed: May 30, 2013

Extraordinary private estate on 2.88 breathtaking acres in Bridlebourne & fully furnished! Outdoor entertainment at its finest w/infinity pool & spa, tennis court, & enormous terrace w/grill. Home boasts grand entry to 2 story great rm, gourmet kitchen w...
6 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   11947 SqFt   
Encore Sotheby`s International
Carmel home for sale
$2,599,000
Listed: Jan 31, 2014

Awesome private retreat on 6+ acres in the heart of Westfield, convenient to everything! Amenities galore include lake, barn w/full b-ball court, lap pool, 4 car garage, outdoor grill, gazebo & firepit. Chef's kitchen w/upgraded appliances & bkfst nook; s...
6 Beds, 10 Bath Areas   13573 SqFt   
RE/MAX Legends Group
Carmel home for sale
$2,500,000
Listed: Jun 12, 2014

Stunning custom blt home in exclusive, gated neighborhood of estate homes overlooks Nature Conservancy. Compliments include fine architectural detailing, extensive wd mldngs & trim, cypress hrdwds, richly paneled library, designer Kit, vaulted GR, elegan...
5 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   10644 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$2,500,000
Listed: Oct 28, 2013

Embracing 12.5 acres, a wrought iron gate leads you to this extraordinary residence, a masterpiece of architectural design & superior construction. Incredible floor plan is a blend of formal & casual areas designed for livability. Gourmet kitchen opens in...
5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   10203 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$2,499,900
Listed: Jun 02, 2014

Truly an estate property-over 5 acres of rolling land w/total privacy. Home shows like new construction. Meticulous maintenance, numerous updates, this home works for family living or entertaining. Relax in pool cabana w/cozy fireplace & own Kit; enjoy Bl...
6 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   11695 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$2,499,000
Listed: May 01, 2014

Absolutely stunning & elegant Country French home by Leonard Watson, on 2.2 ac of lawn, meandering creek & woods*Incredible attn to detail*5BR,6BA,5FP's,3 French balconies, front & back strs, plantation shutters, hdwds/limestone/carpet*Excellent kit w/hi-...
5 Beds, 6 Bath Areas   10929 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company

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