Arsenal Heights, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

The southeastern portion of the Holy Cross district, bordered by the streets of New York, Washington, Oriental, and State, is also an historic district in its own right: Arsenal Heights. The athletic park that once stood there in the late 19th century provided one of the initial sites for baseball's American League, and was also the birthplace of Indiana football.

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1421 E Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1421 E Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Another incredible renovation in the popular Arsenal Heights / Holy Cross neighborhood is here! Don’t miss out on the mix of original character and modern amenitie...

4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3377 SqFt

$535,000

IRIS Realty
206 N State Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

206 N State Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Wow! Stunning property located in Arsenal Heights! This 4 bed 4 full bath home is sure to please! Home has been gutted to studs & thoughtfully remodeled to accommoda...

4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3514 SqFt

$500,000

F.C. Tucker Company
105 N Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

105 N Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Historic, charming and gorgeously updated. Every inch of this beautiful, custom designed home has been modernized, while perfectly maintaining its original woodwork ...

5 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3432 SqFt

$474,000

IRIS Realty
234 N State Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

234 N State Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Completely renovated 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home. Down to the stud rehab has allowed this home to be opened up with a large main level open floor plan. great sized...

4 Beds 4 Bath Areas 3914 SqFt

$415,000

Trueblood Real Estate
1610 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1610 E Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201

The PERFECT house is here! A TOTAL RENOVATION of everything from the studs up. This complete renovation makes it feel like no one else has ever lived in this home. K...

2 Beds 2 Bath Areas 3065 SqFt

$350,000

KLS Real Estate Group, LLC
1605 S Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

1605 S Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Amazing opportunity with great potential to build your home! This corner lot offers mature trees, great neighborhood and location. In walking distance to parks, dinn...

0 Beds 0 Bath Areas 0 SqFt

$105,000

Mark Dietel Realty, LLC

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The district was named for Arsenal Avenue, which in turn was inspired by the actual United States Arsenal that was built shortly after the Civil War. A small brick guardhouse erected in 1872 still stands at the corner of Arsenal and Michigan, watching over the entrance to the campus of Arsenal Technical High School. The military no longer required the land or its buildings in the early 1900s and sold them to the school, which officially opened in 1912 and is still serving the area today. Though the high school and its historic guardhouse are several blocks north of the Arsenal Heights district, they played a large role in the community's development.

But the true heart of the neighborhood was the YMCA's athletic park, which was bordered by Arsenal and Oriental and ran from Ohio all the way up to Michigan. Indianapolis's baseball team was ejected from the National League in 1890, leaving the city without an outlet for its newfound pastime. Instead the Western League was formed, which included teams such as the Chicago Cubs (then known as the Colts); many of these games were played in the YMCA athletic park. Desiring to rise above the minor leagues, however, Western rebranded itself as the American League at the turn of the century. And just as it had a decade before, Indy's luck ran out: the city was once again ousted from a national baseball league. The lasting legacy of this tumultuous period is the Indianapolis Indians, formed in 1902 to appease baseball-hungry Hoosiers. Today it is second oldest minor league team in the nation.

College sports were more successful on the same turf. In 1899 the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association was formed, and included teams such as Purdue, DePauw, Wabash, Indiana, Butler, and Hanover (which would later be replaced by Rose Polytechnic). All of the games were played in Arsenal Heights. They were also the first games in Indiana that followed American football rules rather than European rugby regulations. Football fever soon took over the city and the whole state. Purdue's special prowess on the field—and their continual trouncing of every other team in the state—encouraged university president James Smart to create a new conference with other large Midwestern schools, granting both national prestige and more challenging opponents to the Boilermakers. The conference is now known as the Big Ten.

Today, the area is experiencing a residential renaissance, thanks in part to organizations such as the Arsenal Heights Civic League, as well as a growing number of local businesses and investors. Old properties are being purchased and flipped, retaining their historic charm while also bringing life back to the neighborhood. The proximity to downtown Indianapolis (as well as bars, restaurants, and major employers such as Angie's List) contributes greatly to the district's growing desirability, but it's the diversity of residents and their dedication to the area's unique culture and history that sets Arsenal Heights apart.

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