This weekend I attended the Builder Association of Greater Indianapolis‘ (BAGI) Indy Rama, which is an annual event that allows to you tour eight very different homes located within downtown Indy. As a downtown resident for almost eight years, I jumped at the opportunity to see open houses in Fountain Square, Herron-Morton, and Fall Creek Place.
I couldn’t title this post Indy Rama without rhyming it with another word, which leads me to: the Oxford comma. This was the first weekend to visit the homes, but the fun continues next weekend too (hence the Oxford comma).
While I am a condo owner just blocks from Mass Ave, I frequently browse the Realtor.com app to see what’s out there. A girl can dream. I know that I don’t want to live further than Meridian Kessler, but my favorite neighborhood so far is Herron-Morton. I work in Fletcher Place (near Fountain Square) and Nick used to live in that area, so it’s also one of my favorites. You can’t beat the people and the places. Calvin Fletcher’s for coffee, the Dugout for the cheapest pitcher of PBR that you’ll ever find, and Amelia’s for freshly baked bread.
A few disclaimers: I judge a home based on the kitchen (most of you could’ve guessed that) and the bathtub. Someday I will have a beautiful clawfoot tub and that day is not today. Nick’s priority items are the garage, a man cave, and the porch situation.
The Indy Rama homes are well marked and easy to find. I also loved that they did pairs of homes so that you can choose your starting point and go at your own pace. One ticket gets you into all eight homes and someone will mark your card at each home to show which homes you’ve visited.
We decided to begin our tour in Fountain Square and both homes were built by TKW Construction. The first thing I noticed was the Dairy Queen within walking distance of both show homes. One home is for sale for $450,000 and the second, smaller one had already sold and was going to be used by the owners for Airbnb. The large basement made it ideal to rent out to guests. There was even a small putting green in the yard of the second home.
The home located at 1025 N. Alabama was unreal, which we knew before we even stepped inside. It had been featured in the news because Indy Car driver Tony Kanaan and his family lived in the home during the month of May. It’s listed for $1.5 million and you’ll see why. The backyard is probably the best in downtown Indy and there’s a THREE car garage. Parking is clutch.
N. ALABAMA (ONYX + EAST)
This was my least favorite, but is an example of a growing development trend: the duplex. While you share a wall and backyard with a neighbor, these homes were still listed in the $400k range. The finishes were nice and they’re all new developments along the end of N. Alabama, but it’s a lifestyle choice. The highlight was the rooftop deck with a built-in grill and bar.
This home was an unexpected surprise because my Pilates instructor lives on this street, so I felt like I already knew a lot about the street. It is new construction and had some interesting features, including a garage door in the dining / living room that opened out onto the porch. It’d be fun for entertaining, but I’d worry about bugs getting inside. MashCraft Brewing had a table set up outside and let us sample a few types of beer, which was much appreciated on a very hot day. The single garage door facing the yard is a clever way to get your John Deere out in a hurry. This home also had a three car garage, which is an unexpected downtown luxury. My favorite feature of the home was the bathtub.
It was a fun afternoon touring homes and if you have time next weekend, purchase a ticket and explore. You can purchase tickets here and it’s June 9-11 from 10 AM – 6 PM.