The founders of Irvington clearly hit their mark.
They wanted this Indianapolis suburb to be unlike any other neighborhood in the city, and with its winding, tree-lined streets and distinctive architecture, it stands out among Indy communities.
One of Indy’s oldest
Only about five miles from downtown Indianapolis, it’s called “Historic” Irvington for a reason: it was one of the city’s first suburbs. Amenities include a wide variety of architectural styles to choose from, stores and shops in walking distance, microbreweries and Ellenberger Park close by. Pleasant Run parkway loops around Irvington and complements the winding street patterns inside the neighborhood.
Irvington has a strong neighborhood and community core, (and has been attractive to young professionals because of the bigger and relatively affordable properties) but has had less luck attracting businesses. It hasn’t quite seen the new boom that Fountain Square, for example, has seen, but that is starting to change, with former residents and others who have a heart for the neighborhood coming back to invest in it, as described in this recent article in the Indianapolis Business Journal. Their heart is strong because the community is. Residents and visitors alike celebrate several festivals together, with The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival the most elaborate and event-filled of them all. It’s been going strong for over 65 years!
Irvington is in both the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township and the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) district. Also within its boundaries is Irvington Community Schools, a charter school that houses K – 12, and Our Lady of Lourdes, a K – 8 Catholic school.
There are over 11,000 residents in Irvington and we decided to talk to one of them! DJ Smith is a Professor of piano, School of Music, Butler University. He’s been a resident of Irvington for four years.
1.) What is your favorite thing about living in Irvington?
Irvington has all the benefits of living in a big city, yet it retains that old suburban charm.
2.) What is Irvington’s best asset?
I would say preservation. Many of the homes and buildings in Irvington, including my own home, are over 100 years old.
3.) If you were to write a tagline for Irvington, what would it be?
It would have to be “The Halloween Capitol of Indianapolis!”
4.) Describe your neighbors
My neighbors are generally quiet, and keep to themselves; however, if you ever needed them, they’d help you out in a heartbeat. They really come through for community festivals, events and charity sponsorship.
5.) Anything you want to say about your own business in Irvington?
I own and operates my own piano studio in Historic Irvington. I teach any age! (Visit djsmithpiano.com for information.)
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