C.C. asks from Carmel, IN on October 06, 2008
Moving to the Carmel/Fishers/maybe Elsewhere Area and Need Advice - Please Help!
My husband just got a job in Indianapolis (we live in Columbus OH now). I have never been there before. We were told that Hamilton County schools were good & that Carmel or Fishers or close surrounding area would be good areas to live. Our house budget is around 220,000 - 260,000 ish, I think. I think we'll be looking along the lower parts of the areas, due to my husband's commute. Could anyone suggest good kid friendly, activity friendly neighborhoods or areas to look for houses? I will also need an OB doctor to deliver my second, a pediatrician, and everything else that you need in life. :) I'm a little stressed. Ha ha. Thanks!! I won't be moving until late Nov or early Dec...
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Wow - Thank you all so much for the great response! I got what I was looking for and more! Now I know in which areas I want to look for a house & some great leads on doctors. Thanks so much everyone!
M.L. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
Welcome to Indy! The areas you mentioned are great places to raise a family. I live on the west side of Indy therefore cannot give you the best details however I would recommend visiting www.momslikeme.com and click on Indianapolis. You will have 20,000 people to give you opinions from neighborhoods, doctors(family, OB, ped), schools, activities, and playgroups that live right near there.
A.S. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
Sorry this is short but I don't have a lot of time. Try checking these web sites.
Available housing stock - http://www.mibor.com/resources/search.asp
Area crimes (last 1-90 days) - http://imaps.indygov.org/cvc/
Indy public schools - http://www.schools.ips.k12.in.us/our_schools/default.aspx
There are several private schools too.
Hamilton Co Schools - http://indiana.publicschoolsreport.com/county/IN/Hamilton...
My OB is in Marion Co. Dr. Fredrick Keith Bean. He is out of Castleton OBGYN (Community Hospital North off I-69 and 82nd St) and New Briton (131st St). He is optimistic, but straight about any issue and will discuss all options.
M.M. answers from Indianapolis on October 08, 2008
It is true that Hamilton county was recently voted the best county to live in, (In America, I think!)however; I live in Washington township and grew up in the same area and for various reasons I would encourage you to look here. It is on the north side of Indianapolis and pretty much 20 minutes from just about everything (downtown, several malls, super target, etc. the school system is excellent and the high school is nationally recognized. The population within Washington township is very diverse which is extremely important to me. Your price range could easily be met in many of the neighborhoods and you would get a well made home with mature trees.
I have a fabulous Realtor who is great at relocation if you haven't found one yet.
The one major drawback to Carmel or Fishers is the traffic - it's awful!
Hope this helps!
K.L. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
we moved to Noblesville from Ny almost 2 years ago. We live in a great Neighborhood. A Ryland Homes Subdivision - Roudebush Farms(check it out online) they are still building new homes a well as having some Spec homes and homes for sale by owners. We love it here and the neighbors are great. Good Luck!
I found the nicest OB at Community Hospital, her name is Dr Indy Lane. She was great, we had a terrible loss with our first child in NY and she was great to talk to and really listened to my fears regarding our 3rd pregnacy. Also she was great with our then 2 year old daughter!! She liked to include her at visits.
I have yet to find a Pediatrician I like, I believe in an alternate vaccination schedule and I get resistence from Physicians. You can email me personally if you like at ____@____.com
S.G. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
Welcome to the area. You can't really go wrong with any of those areas as far as schools,parks, churches, things to do etc. The only negative to Fishers is the traffic. That area is ALWAYS horrible to drive to and from. I would also suggest Zionsville. It is where I was born and raised and have chosen to stay with my family. It is definitely smaller than Carmel and Fishers but is close to everything and still has the small town charm and feel with an old brick main street, quaint restaurants/shops and great parks, not to mention one of the best school systems in the state. You can definitely find a house in your price range as well. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
D.K. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
There are lots to choose from in both Carmel & Fishers. Do you have a realtor you're working with?
Dr. Pippenger out of Riverview has delivered all of my nieces and nephews and has been in this area for many years. My family has been very happy with him. Do you care whether your OBGYN is male or female?
B.D. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
You are right on target for a great area...you may want to think about Zionsville they have wonderful schools. The west side of Zionsville will be appropriate for your price range.
Also for your pediatrician, I would recommend Roy Harper with Hazel Dell Pediatrics...###-###-####, LOVE HIM. My daughter is 14, and he's been her doctor since birth. His associates are also wonderful.
S.H. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
I live in Fishers, and we love it. It is so family/kid friendly. In case you didn't know, Hamilton County was rated the #1 place in America to raise a family by Yahoo. My children attend Catholic schools, but I know plenty of people who have wonderful things to say about the public schools. I know their I-Step scores are always really good and other things of that nature as well. You would have no problem finding a nice house in your price range as well. Also, most neighborhoods are new around here, so most are move in ready and not fixer upers. There are plenty of wonderful doctors too. We have Clarian North hospital in Carmel, and it is ranked one of the nicest hospitals in America. My OB is out of there, and her name is Dr. Klus. She delivered all three of my girls and is awesome! My pediatrician is Dr. Hughes. She is through St. Vincent, and is awesome as well. One of my girls has had some health issues since she was born, and Dr. Hughes has been amazing with her! Hope my input can help your decision! What a huge decision to make too! Good luck!
D.T. answers from Indianapolis on October 07, 2008
I'm in Carmel and love it here. The houses are more expensive but you might find something you love in your price range. But not new housing... all the new houses are much higher than that. Carmel schools are routinely at the top of the state's list. All the Hamilton county schools are great... even the ones that are "low" compared to others in the county are way better than the state average. You really can't go wrong school-wise with any district in the county. I agree with the previous post about Fishers... depending on where his job is, he may have a horrible commute. They plan on working on I-69 at some point but it may be a few years. The I-69/I-465 area can be a mess.
If he's going downtown then Westfield might be a great choice since he could zip down US 31. Lots of houses in your price range, great schools, awesome public library, lots of parks and a park department with all kinds of kid classes (tumbling, dance, art, sports, etc). Good youth sports programs, too. And it's just minutes from downtown Carmel. Carmel has lots of parks including Central Park which just opened last year. The Monon Center is in Central Park and it has an outdoor waterpark, indoor water park, complete fitness gym, basketball courts, etc. Carmel parks department offers literally hundreds of classes/sports for all ages - baby to seniors.
As for hospitals/doctors... I delived my 2nd kid at St Vincent Carmel and 3rd at Community North -- both are somewhat newish hospitals and great. I felt like I was in a hotel on vacation after delivering the kids. :-)