Welcome to Emerson Heights! This Indianapolis neighborhood, built in the 1910s, is a great example of a streetcar-era planned community. Built congruent with the streetcar lines of the day, it took 15 minutes to get downtown via trolley. Emerson Heights is bounded by 10th Street to the north, Michigan Street to the south, Linwood Avenue to the west and Emerson Avenue to the east. In 2010, the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Craftsman and American Foursquare style homes are predominant, many built from mail order kits from the Aladdin Company, Montgomery Wards, and Sears. Quite a few of the features that made it an attractive place to live in the early 20th century — wide streets, esplanades, sleeping porches and terraced streetscapes with uniform setbacks — combine to make it an interesting place to live today as well.
The neighborhood is quite close to Irvington, where restaurants, retail shops and a branch of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library are located.
Emerson Heights, when first built, promoted features which today we take for granted: sewers, utilities, and fire hydrants. The neighborhood was conceived to align with the City Beautiful movement, a quasi architectural initiative which rose to popularity in the early 1900s. More than a touch of morality was infused into the movement, with the idea that beautification of a city could produce a harmony among the citizens.
A convenient commute to all points downtown, a short distance from recreational opportunities (Pleasant Run Trail, Ellenberger Park) and affordable, well-constructed homes still all equate to harmony in this century old neighborhood.
Below is a sampling of the latest houses for sale in Emerson Heights.
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