Looking for an Indy neighborhood on the cusp of the next hot area to live? The Bates–Hendricks community fits the bill!
Named for Hervey Bates, Marion County’s first sheriff, and Thomas Hendricks, former governor of Indiana and U.S. vice president under Grover Cleveland, the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood offers a laid back ambiance with enticing features that investors and homeowners are taking note of.
Highlights include the Pleasant Run Trail that cuts through on its way to Garfield Park, an IPS elementary school, (James A. Garfield School 31), one of the oldest houses in Marion County (the Bates-Hendricks House built in 1852 and on the National Register of Historic places), a number of green spaces and pocket parks, and a charter school (the Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence.) An extension of the city’s bike lane lets residents easily get downtown via East Street, and there are several places of worship within its boundaries.
Proximity to other amenities is a feature itself
Bates-Hendricks is literally tucked up against two major interstates (I-70 and I-65), so hopping on one of them is quick and easy. It is located right next to Garfield Park, one of the largest parks in the Indy Parks system, and a very quick (minute or two!) drive to Monument Circle. It is an affordable attraction for homebuyers who want to have easy access to downtown.
The neighborhood has been recognized by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for the number of blocks within its boundaries that have been renewed. It also has the support of the Southeast Neighborhood Development Association, Renew Indianapolis, and boasts a vibrant and active neighborhood association that hosts several events throughout the year.
It’s within a very short walk — not drive! — to the eclectic Fountain Square neighborhood, and Bates-Hendricks residents have all of Fountain Square’s antique shops, variety of restaurants and entertainment to easily take advantage of.
Houses change in value street by street, but abandoned homes are fewer and fewer. There are older Victorian-style homes as well as arts and crafts style offerings for sale, and the residents strive to maintain the historic vibe of the area. Prices ranges from well below $100,000 on up to $300,000+.
The spotlight may be shining on Bates-Hendricks!
Home and Garden TV (HGTV) recently picked up a pilot of a TV show, Two Chicks and a Hammer, for a 12-episode season. This Indianapolis mother-daughter duo began their work rehabbing homes in Fountain Square. However, with revitalization going so well in that neighborhood, they have set their sights on surrounding areas including Bates-Hendricks. So don’t be surprised if you see a TV crew setting up shop in the near future.
If you are considering a move to downtown Indianapolis, you’d be remiss not to drive through this amazing neighborhood. Park the car, walk around a little, and soak in the neighborhood a bit. You’ll see precisely why Bates-Hendricks is getting plenty of attention.
Want to see the area first hand? Give Newkirk Realty a call, or leave a reply below, and one of our Realtors will be happy to show you around!