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Fort Harrison State Park, along with the Fort Golf Course, occupies a good-sized chunk of the northeastern sector of Indianapolis. It has quite a history; it was constructed in 1908 as a commissioned United States Army post named Fort Benjamin Harrison (sometimes affectionately known as "Fort Ben"). Fort Harrison was best known as the nation's largest reception center during the Second World War. For the two years between 1948 and 1950, it belonged to the U.S. Air Force, which used the fort as a functional air force base, after which the Army reacquired it. During the years that followed, Fort (0 comments)
Need Accomodations for the Final Four? - 03/27/10 12:39 PM
The long list of excellent Indianapolis hotels rivals any such list in the United States. Indianapolis, the grand capital of Indiana, attracts many hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and most of them need a nice place to stay. Traveling to Indy soon? Check out Fun City Finder's Indianapolis hotels directories. You'll find tons of informative articles and photos to help you on your cyber-journey. And for added hospitality, we've organized our hotels according to their geographical location. Interested in suburban Indianapolis hotels, or even farther afield? Check out the handy links at the bottom of this article. Indianapolis Hotels (1 comments)
Military Park has the distinction of being the oldest of the many parks in Indianapolis. Originally named "Military Ground," it was founded in 1820. Used for military training during the Black Hawk War, it was the site of the Indiana State Fair for many years, up until 1863. This 14-acre property was an important encampment for Union soldiers during the Civil War, when it was called "Camp Sullivan."
In the years immediately following the Civil War, the grounds were gradually upgraded to a rustic park-like setting, with a pool, a playground, a fountain and the pavilion that remains proudly (0 comments)
There was good news for sellers in Decatur Township as the total number of homes sold was up 37.5 percent from January's total of 16, with 22 homes selling in February, 2010. Twenty-five homes sold last year this same time. Also up significantly was the total number of pending sales, with 35 on the books for February versus 27 the previous month—an increase of 29.6 percent. The number of pending sales is up 9.4 percent compared to February of 2009. Meanwhile, the total number of homes for sale in Decatur Township dipped slightly from 2387 in January to 235 (0 comments)
Beautiful Broad Ripple Park, situated along the White River in Indianapolis, Indiana, is part of Broad Ripple Village, one of the six distinct Indianapolis cultural districts. The park can also lay claim to a long and fascinating history. Since its inception in 1946, it has served its community as a place to play, convene and just be with nature and has long been a favorite of all the varied things to do in Indianapolis, Indiana. During its early days it sported a carousel, which has since been relocated to the Indianapolis Children's Museum, an amusement park and an actual steam (1 comments)
Art from the female perspective has an undeniably different view point than art from the male perspective. And while the art world is generally an open minded and liberal one, women still have more obstacles to hurdle in an attempt to show and sell their work. That is why the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art hosts Women in Art Market, an Indianapolis art event featuring exclusively female artists. Saturday, March 27 head to the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis downtown to peruse some of the most innovative and sensitive female Indianapolis artists. The extensive list of artist participants (1 comments)
There were 577 homes for sale in Pike Township in February compared to 585 in January. While this is down just 1.4 percent from the previous month it is an 8.7-percent decrease from the 659 homes that were listed for sale in February of 2009. There was a 15.2 percent increase in the total number of homes sold, with 53 homes selling in February compared to 46 in January. This is down 7 percent from last February’s total of 57 sales. An average of approximately 92 homes sold per month in Pike Township over the past 12 months. The number (0 comments)
The total number of homes sold in Perry Township rose from 47 in January to 55 in February, 2010. While this is a 17 percent increase over the 1-month period home sales were still down 11.3 percent compared to last February when 62 homes sold. In near lockstep with closed sales, the number of pending sales rose 16.9 percent, finishing at 76 for the month of February. This is a 20.6-percent increase compared to last February and a 22.6-percent increase over the past 15-month period. The total number of homes for sale in Perry Township also rose 17 percent (0 comments)
Though Conner Prairie offers engaging activities for Indianapolis kids all year, the real charm of this living Indianapolis museum is in its outdoor exhibits. Unfortunately, cold Indiana Winters force Conner Prairie's outdoor exhibits to shut down for half of the year. But the time has come to dust of the old log cabins, plant crops and wake the hens and roosters as Conner Prairie's outdoor facilities open for business once more this weekend! With opening weekend comes a collection of exciting events to celebrate another year on William Conner's former estate. Be the first to sample a hoard of new (0 comments)
While there was a decrease of 3.2 percent in the total number of homes sold in Center Township compared to the previous month, there was a significant 15.9-percent increase in the total number of pending sales, with 124 on the books in February compared to 107 in January. There were 1,412 homes for sale in Center Township in February compared to 1,406 the previous month. This is a decrease of over 10 percent compared to the 1,563 homes that were listed for sale in February of 2009. Also, the ratio of homes sold to homes for sale has dropped (0 comments)
Of the three metrics shown in the above chart, the greatest increase was in the number of homes sold In Franklin Township, with 45 homes selling in February compared to just 38 the previous month for an increase of 18.4 percent. Compared February of 2009, however, this figure was down approximately 19.6 percent. In second place was the 11.5-percent increase in the total number of pending sales, with 58 pending sales in February compared to 52 in January. Compared to February of 2009 this same metric was down 14.7 percent. In third place was the 2.5-percent increase in the (0 comments)
The Indiana Historical Society presents a whole new way to understand our collective Hoosier history. The Indiana Experience at the Indiana History Center, in Indianapolis downtown, makes history live with oodles of interactive activities for the whole family. This Indianapolis attraction along the Indianapolis Canal Walk gives Hoosiers a chance to be proud of their history. The Indiana Experience transports patrons to various times in Indianapolis history. Their mantra: "History should not be viewed, it should be experienced." That is exactly what this new exhibit provides to Indianapolis people eager to engage with history. With nearly a dozen faucets to (1 comments)
Morris Butler House Museum Hosts Spring Tea Tasting - 03/19/10 04:23 PM
Do you long for a bit of elegance in your life? Looking for a scrumptious afternoon full of friends, charm and class? Look no further than the Historic Landmarks Foundation's Morris Butler House Museum. This Saturday, March 20 the Morris Butler House Museum, in Indianapolis downtown, hosts a refined Spring Tea Tasting in the treasured Victorian fashion. Join the staff of the Morris Butler House Museum Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a recreated Victorian tea experience at Spring Tea Tasting. This exquisite and educational Indianapolis event offers a chance to live in another era for a few hours. (0 comments)
Ever wonder what it would be like to float through space? Experience the next best thing to zero gravity in Hubble 3D at the Indiana Museum's IMAX theatre starting Friday, March 19. Rated G, the film shares the gripping story of the Hubble Telescope, which was launched into space in April of 1990. A perfect Indianapolis education opportunity to engage Indianapolis kids, Hubble 3D offers spectacular visuals that will truly inspire them to learn. As one of the largest and most versatile research tools in space today, the Hubble telescope allows the world to glimpse into the furthest reaches of (0 comments)
Butterfly Exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo - 03/19/10 04:13 PM
The fluttering beauties of spring are back at the Indianapolis Zoo. Have you ever wished to see the colorful insects, called butterflies up close and personal? Now is your chance. Starting Saturday, March 20, the Indianapolis Zoo offers a brand new "Butterflies" exhibit in their White River Gardens and Conservatory. See this incredible exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo through September 7. These incredible Butterflies will bring beauty to the Circle City all Summer long. Head to the Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis downtown near the Indianapolis Canal Walk and White River State Park to see "Butterflies" flutter right before your face. The (0 comments)
Indiana Flower and Patio Show - 03/19/10 04:00 PM
In case you have yet to check out the latest on outdoor design at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show (see This Weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds 3/12 to 3/14), you have a couple of more chances before it wraps up Sunday, March 21. Learn about the most recent innovation in outdoor landscaping, at this informative Indianapolis show. Make your outdoor living area flourish this Spring with a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease. Now in its 52nd year, the Indiana Flower and Patio Show offers more than thirty fully designed garden and landscapes crafted to inspire you (1 comments)
Not surprisingly, the number of homes sold in Avon, Indiana jumped significantly from January to reach 34. This figure, however, is still down from February's 2009 total of 45 homes sold. The total number of pending transactions also trended in a positive direction, moving from 29 in January to 36 in February. However, this figure is also down from last year's total of 40 pending sales. Meanwhile, the total number of Avon homes for sale increased from 328 last month to 336 in February, 2010. This is also an increase from last year's total of 296. The time spent on (0 comments)
Carmel Real Estate Report - 03/18/10 11:15 AM
Compared to 739 in February of 2009, the total number of Carmel homes for sale was down slightly, with 723 on the market in February of 2010. This is up significantly from the 663 that were for sale in January this year. The number of pending transactions may also be trending up as there were 60 in January compared to 75 in February. This also represents a fairly significant increase from last year's total of 53 in February. The total number of homes sold in Carmel, Indiana increased a bit from 49 in January to 52 in February. This is almost (0 comments)
Fishers Real Estate Report - 03/18/10 11:13 AM
Looking at the above chart for the Fisher's real estate market we see a bit of a sinusoidal wave pattern in every metric. Starting with the total number of homes sold, troughs can be seen in both Januarys. Extrapolating from last year's figures one would expect that the 65 homes sold in February of 2010 marked the beginning of what will become a crest in home sales that should peak sometime around the middle of the year. Likewise, the 93 total pending sales listed for February are up almost 10 percent from the previous month, albeit down approximately 12 percent from (0 comments)
The number of homes sold in Indianapolis, Indiana increased approximately 8 percent over last month for a total of 592 homes sold. While this is good news for an Indianapolis real estate market that has struggled through a tough winter it is still a 9-percent decrease compared to the total of 650 homes sold in February of 2009. At 822, the total number of pending sales was also up compared to January's total of 658. There were 756 pending sales in February of 2009. The total number of Indianapolis homes for sale climbed approximately 1 percent compared to the previous (0 comments)
The increase in the total number of homes for sale in Pike township, while not as significant as that of other townships in Indianapolis Indiana, was still felt by homeowners looking to sell their homes in a buyer-friendly market, with a total of 585 homes listed for sale. This is almost a 4 percent increase over December’s total of 563 listings and 8.4 percent of the total 6,959 homes for sale on the Indianapolis real estate market during this same period. The total number of homes sold dropped 36 percent from December’s total of 69 to reach a 6-month (0 comments)
The good news for anyone looking to buy a home in January of 2010 was that the average per-square-foot cost for homes for sale in Center township reached a 6-month low of just $26 per square foot. This represents an approximate 42-percent decrease from December’s cost of $45 per square foot. The average time spent on market was just a little over 3 months. This is down just 4 days from December’s total of 99 days spent on market. The average active price of a home for sale on the Center township real estate market remained steady at $142,000. (0 comments)
Decatur Township Real Estate Report - 03/08/10 08:51 AM
Talk about a rough winter. To characterize the decline in the total number of homes sold between January of 2010 and November of 2009 as ‘precipitous’ might be a but charitable; the expression “nose dive” might be more appropriate. That’s because January’s total number of homes sold was nearly 70 percent down from the 6-month high of 45 that occurred in November. At least this negative statistic was offset by an increase in the total number of pending transactions, with 27 on the books for January, 2010 compared to 21 in December. There were 238 homes for sale in Decatur township, (0 comments)
The total number of homes for sale in Perry township rose nearly 8 percent from December’s total of 506 to reach 547. This is 7.8 percent of the total 6,959 homes for sale in Indianapolis. With homes not moving in Perry township one might expect the total number of months of inventory based on closed sales to increase and that is exactly what happened, with approximately 11.9 months of inventory compared to just 5.8 in December. A similar dynamic was at work as an increase in the total number of pending transactions, from 51 in December to 66 in (0 comments)
As one would expect, the total number of months’ worth of inventory based on pending transactions decreased from a 6-month high of 10.6 in December to 8.8 in January as the total number of pended sales jumped from 51 to 54 in this same time period. But this wasn’t the only number that grew; from December to January the total number of homes for sale in Franklin township climbed to 474 total listings. This represents 6.8 percent of the total 6,959 homes for sale in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, the total number of homes sold continued its steady decline, dropping to (0 comments)
This Weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (3/5 to 3/7) - 03/05/10 01:18 PM
Let's face it. The Indiana State Fairgrounds is truly THE event hot spot in Indianapolis, week after week. With four fun Indianapolis events taking over various facilities at the Indiana State Fairground this weekend, Indianapolis is more fun than ever! On deck for entertainment this weekend are the Murat Shrine Circus, the Midwest TGIF Fanciers Cat Show, the 15th Annual Chrysler Performance Trade Show and Swap Meet and, last but not least, the Art, Rubber, Stamp and Paper Arts Festival. Read on for a preview of these events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Murat Shrine Circus Though the Murat Shrine Circus (0 comments)
Unfortunately, foreclosures are pretty common in the Indianapolis, Indiana area as in most parts of the country. Marion County alone has over 500 properties listed as bank owned. Just mentioning the word foreclosure to home buyers can bring out a series of mixed emotions. Some believe that foreclosures are trashed out money pits, but that is not always the case. Others think that they can steal a home if it’s been through foreclosure and owned by the bank. Neither case is actually true in every situation. It is accurate that when listed bank owned homes are typically listed for (1 comments)
1. De-clutter. This should actually be numbers one through five. It is really that important. Begin evaluating your personal belongings by whether you want to move them to your new home. If not then it’s best to get rid of them now. This may seem overwhelming, but just take it one room or closet at a time. Try to think of it as early preparation for moving. If you are unsure of whether your home seems cluttered have an unbiased person give their opinion. Many times when you live in a home it is hard for you to see it (1 comments)
Over the past 6 months the graph representing the number of Plainfield homes for sale has taken on a u-shape, book-ended by the months of August 2009 and January 2010 which totaled 216 and 211 listings respectively. Meanwhile, the line representing the total number of homes sold in the Plainfield real estate market took on a more inverted shape, with the peak having occurred in the months of September and October of 2009. The total number of homes sold in January, 2010 was the lowest in 6 months, tallying just 12 homes sold. The number of pending sales, surprisingly, (0 comments)
In what may be the real estate equivalent of a holiday hang-over the total number of homes sold in the Westfield real estate market dropped approximately 45-pecent, going from 29 in December to just 16 in January, 2010. But there was some good news for home buyers because the total number of Westfield homes for sale finally ended its 4-month slide, rising from 244 last month to 247 in January, 2010. The average days on market was just a little over 3 months, down from a 6-month high of 104 days in December of 2009. The average Westfield home (0 comments)
Even Zionsville, with its brick-paved, downtown streets and charming, family-run shops wasn’t immune from the decline in the number of homes sold; a decline that has typified the month of January for most of Central Indiana. The total of homes sold dropped significantly from its December figure of 31 to a miniscule 9 in January of 2010. At least the total number of Zionsville homes for sale has kept pace with what has been only a mildly precipitous trend when compared to other areas of Central Indiana, ticking up a notch to from its December total to 282. Here are (0 comments)
The number of Indianapolis homes for sale in Washington township rose slightly from December to reach a total of 1,025. Not surprisingly for the middle of a winter in Indianapolis Indiana, the number of homes sold remained low, matching its December ’09 total of just 85. The average cost per square foot paid for a home in Washington Township was just $59 compared to a 6-month peak of $76 that was reached in September of 2009. There were 12.1 months of inventory based on closed sales, and 11.3 months based on pended sales. The absorption rate based on closed (0 comments)
A Mortgage Horror Story - 03/04/10 10:37 AM
Tears streamed down Amy’s face as she sat in disbelief. Her husband John’s heart pounded with anger. They were both in shock. Tim and Amy had always been lucky, but not today. With all of their worldly possessions packed in a moving van, on the day of closing they received a call from their loan officer informing them that their mortgage loan had just been denied due to an “unexpected underwriting problem”. Apparently, Tim and Amy had purchased an entertainment center a month before they were set to move in to their new Carmel home. They wanted to have it ready (2 comments)
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