Fountain Square is an Indianapolis neighborhood that has blown past its “up and coming” status and now sits squarely in “highly desired.” The overall vibe of history-meets-new-and-exciting make Fountain Square a great place to call home.
Located about a mile and a half from Indy’s downtown, Fountain Square is bordered by the Fletcher Place and Holy Rosary neighborhoods. When the cultural trail was built (and made ready just in time for Super Bowl XLVI!) people began to rediscover the neighborhood. Current property values have taken off, and now even an entire block of Fountain Square is up for sale and garnering interest from investors.
Plenty to do!
Fountain Square includes the Virginia Avenue Historic District, and some of the coolest historic commercial architecture in the city. Styles include Italianate and Neo-Classical. Many storefronts have been modernized, but most retain the historic look on the upper floors. The charm of the neighborhood includes the Wheeler Arts Center, the Fountain Square Theatre Building, (originally built as a vaudeville and motion picture theater) and the Murphy Art Center, an eclectic mix of galleries, restaurants and studio space. The Murphy Art Center is also home to the Heartland Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the country.
Fountain Square is in the IPS School district, and is also home to the SENSE (Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence) charter school. Churches include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Emmaus Lutheran Church and School. There is a branch of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library in the center of the neighborhood, and the mix of apartments, duplexes and single-family homes add to the bohemian feeling.
Fountain Square neighbor Ruth Dwyer fits in perfectly with the artsy culture of this neighborhood. As the Director of Education for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Founder and Artistic Director of the Columbus Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Founder of Philanthropy Through Song, and the 2011 Outstanding Hoosier Musician, she knows art! She also knows Fountain Square. She and her husband have lived in the neighborhood for over 21 years, and they’ve seen plenty of changes.
1.) What’s your favorite thing about living in Fountain Square?
I love how much the neighborhood has changed for the better. When I first moved here, I wouldn’t go out of the house at night for the first three years. Other houses on our block were all abandoned. People have come in and saved these homes. I love the true neighborhood feel. We know each others kids, watch out for each other, and help with community gardening and snow removal.
I also love the historic aspect of our home. We have original wood floors, dark wood trim, and all original beveled and stained glass windows downstairs. It was one of the first houses to have forced gas heat, not coal. It was built in 1916 and is a Craftsman style home. But kind of transitional – with leftover Victorian features, too. Whoever built this house was very well-to-do.
2.) What is your neighborhood’s best asset?
Sense of community. It’s become a very fun place! Many of the people who own businesses and work in the community also live here. It’s nice to have all of these businesses to visit, but you have a sense that they have a stake in the neighborhood too. They care and walk the neighborhood all the time. When people see a place that is clean, they want to come back to it.
3.) If you were to write a tagline for your neighborhood, what would it be?
“This is a neighborhood that is attractive to all generations.” My husband Dean and I are approaching 60. A lot of our neighbors are in their 30s or 40s. We can walk to a store and see young families everywhere, as well as folks our age.
4.) Describe your neighbors.
Like I said, the diversity in age. But not just age – Fountain Square is racially, and economically diverse too. And the sense of community really is so strong. In April there is a neighborhood clean-up weekend where everyone pitches in.
5.) Is there anything you want to say about Philanthropy Through Song (Philthrusong, Inc.) Well, it’s near and dear to my heart. It was born out of a terrible tragedy. But through choral festivals and music we are raising money and awareness about drunk driving and traumatic brain injury, as well as the importance of music education.
Why not consider Fountain Square when you are looking for your new place to live in Indianapolis? Newkirk Realty can help. Click HERE for our interactive Fountain Square real estate map, and be sure to give us a call at 317-578-1141