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
$499,900
Listed: Jan 29, 2015

Stunning home on premium corner lot. Immaculate w/neutral decor, gleaming hardwoods, upgraded trim & custom shades. Huge, welcoming front porch & soaring, 2-story entry. Spacious, open floorplan w/2 fireplaces, 2-story great rm & lrg windows offering plen...
4 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5466 SqFt   
ERA Real Estate Links
Carmel home for sale
$205,000
Listed: Jan 29, 2015

This modern & freshly updated townhouse is your new happy place. Without a doubt, one of the best views in the Townhomes at Hazel Dell. Hardwood flooring, cozy fireplace, updated bathrooms, balcony off kitchen w/ view of pond, a great functional bar area ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   2448 SqFt   
Nathan Alan Realty
Carmel home for sale
$289,900
Listed: Jan 29, 2015

Unbelievable golf course views on the 13th fairway of Twin Lakes golf course! Cul de sac! 3 car garage, finished, insulated & paneled! Updated kitchen w/granite, tile, & stainless steel appliances! 2 story great room! Home in fabulous condition! 4/5BR! BR...
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CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$269,999
Listed: Jan 29, 2015

Impeccable Carmel home in sought after Park Meadows Parks. Completely updated w/brand new kitchen feat. absolute black granite & quartz cntr island, new hand-scraped wood flooring, fresh paint & new furnace. This home will not disappoint. Open concept w/e...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   2910 SqFt   
Encore Sotheby`s International
Carmel home for sale
$179,500
Listed: Jan 29, 2015

It extraordinary when location, architecture, function & style culminate into that ideal that everyone wants to own. This 3 bed/2 bath bungalow in Carmel's Old Town, steps from the Monon & The Arts & Design District, is just that rare find. You'll be capt...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   1178 SqFt   
Berkshire Hathaway Home
CARMEL home for sale
$554,900
Listed: Jan 29, 2015

High end finishes & amenities in coveted Woodfield. Lushly landscaped setting w/ in-ground pool, fully fenced backyard & pond views! Dramatic 2-story entry, multiple decks, sunroom, office w/ built-ins & amazing view, newly refinished hardwoods, luxurious...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5674 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
Carmel home for sale
$725,000
Listed: Jan 28, 2015

VWC offers the convenience of walking to community parks, pool, shops & elementary school. Friendly community where you can wave & say hello from your expansive front porch. Classic details w/hdwds, hearth room, dormer style BRs & MBR w/claw foot tub. Tre...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   7858 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$349,900
Listed: Jan 28, 2015

Huge park like wooded 1 acre lot in the heart of Carmel! This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath has it all. Great room with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Main floor master with hardwood floors and access to large deck overlooking backyard! Walk in closets, whirlpool t...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4407 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$95,000
Listed: Jan 28, 2015

Immaculate & Move-In Ready Condo in Amazing Location! Close to the Palladium, Monon Center & all Carmel has to Offer! Beautiful Hardwood Floors! Vaulted Ceilings! Upgraded Light Fixtures! Upgraded Cabinet Hardware! New Carpet in Master! Tiled Floors in Ki...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   1071 SqFt   
RE/MAX Real Estate Groups
Carmel home for sale
$750,000
Listed: Jan 28, 2015

Custom Second Empire home just a short stroll to all the Village's amenities & restaurants! You'll feel pride of ownership & quality construction throughout! Standout features include 10' & 12' ceilings, wraparound front porch, granite counters, butler's ...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5699 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$544,900
Listed: Jan 28, 2015

Beautiful move-in ready home in Village of West Clay. 5 bed/4.5 bath home with plenty of custom finishes. 2-story entry way opens into a large formal dining room and a study/den with French doors. Hardwoods throughout, gourmet kitchen with SS applian...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5878 SqFt   
William Jung
Carmel home for sale
$235,000
Listed: Jan 28, 2015

Great home in desirable Enclave! Spacious two story: main floor master bedroom with beautiful garden tub and separate shower, walk-in closet. Two bedrooms up with full updated bath. Beautiful open floor plan with cathedral ceiling in living/dining room...
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