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
$469,995
Listed: Mar 03, 2015

Stunning 4 BR/3.5 BA w/loft+bsmt in Bridgewater! Family just built & moved-in June '14, and now have been transferred! Gorgeous finishes incld quartz, espresso hrdwds & stainless appls! Tons of windows create a light & airy feel. You'll love the thought &...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4586 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$509,995
Listed: Mar 03, 2015

New Heritage model with 2nd floor bonus room for media or personal retreat is sure to please. SS appliances, double ovens & hanstone countertop. Basement inc 9' ceilings & full bath. All this on one of Westmont's premier lots!
4 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   4607 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz
Carmel home for sale
$149,900
Listed: Mar 03, 2015

Look no Further. Absolute Perfection in the Heart of Downtown Carmel. Gorgeous Natural Light filled Ranch w/Vaulted/Cathedral Ceilings in every room. Rest Easy because this home is MOVE IN READY. Fresh Paint/Brand New Carpet. Roof & Water Heater New in 20...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   1152 SqFt   
Bonwell Tanner Group, Inc.
CARMEL home for sale
$259,900
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

This home has it all! 4 large bedrooms, bonus room off the master, eat in kitchen, family room and an office! Newly renovated kitchen in all white with granite cntrtps, marble accents, SS appliances and a great separate shower in the master. Beautifully l...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   2571 SqFt   
Keller Williams Indpls Metro N
Carmel home for sale
$334,900
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Inviting 3BR/2BA ranch home in maintenance free section of The Bridgewater Club! Open concept floor plan features Great Rm w/fireplace & built-ins, steps away from gourmet kitchen w/Viking appliances, granite countertops, wine cooler, warming drawer, sub...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   2404 SqFt   
ERA Real Estate Links
Carmel home for sale
$208,875
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Very open with hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling. Lots of windows looking out to peaceful setting. Master has newer vanity and also a sitting room-for office. Bonu room over garage great for storage. Split bedroom plan. Huge kitchen opens to great room. ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas   1730 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$210,000
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Enjoy low maintenance living at the Monon & Main in the Arts & Design District of Carmel! Look out your window & see the Monon. Dual mstr stes w/2 full baths on the upper level. Spacious living space, eat-in kit, & half bath on the mn lvl. Step outside to...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   1357 SqFt   
Encore Sotheby`s International
Carmel home for sale
$439,000
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Spectacular 4 side brick home in Claybourne. 2 sty entry, wainscoting in entry, LR & DR, crown molding too. Beautiful hdwd flr in entry & kit. 42" cherry cab in kit w/corian countertops, ctr island. 9ft ceil. Butler's pantry. Sunrm w/cer tile flr leads to...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   5368 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$1,949,900
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Impressive home in one of Carmel's most exclusive neighborhoods* Beautiful 2.3 acre tree lined setting* Open floor plan is perfect for entertaining & family living* Gracious 2 story entry highlighted by a curved staircase* Paneled library w/ intricately c...
5 Beds, 8 Bath Areas   9565 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$194,900
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Fantastic 3BR + bonus room. 2-story entry, beautifully updated kitchen w/granite ctrtops & tile bksplash opens to all-season sunroom (makes great dining room) w/cathedral ceiling and ceiling fan. New roof and exterior paint. Large front porch and large pa...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas   1651 SqFt   
F.C. Tucker Company
Carmel home for sale
$825,000
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

Awesome custom built masterpiece overlooking 4th tee of golf course & pond! Grand 2-story entrance w/hdwds throughout main living area; kitchen w/granite counters, built-in dbl oven & refrig; hearth rm w/stone fireplace; great rm w/2 story ceiling & firep...
5 Beds, 5 Bath Areas   7745 SqFt   
RE/MAX Legends Group
Carmel home for sale
$500,000
Listed: Mar 02, 2015

This lovely custom design ranch home is situated on a beautiful pond lot w/scenic views! 4 BRs/3.5 baths, high ceilings & hdwd floors! Updated kitchen w/granite, ss appliances, center island & spacious hearth rm opens to charming rear porch overlooking go...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas   4996 SqFt   
CENTURY 21 Scheetz

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