Mass Ave, Indianapolis Homes for Sale
Short for Massachusetts Avenue, Mass Ave is known for its great restaurant scene and high-end condo living, in addition to being the home of many historic sites in town. It's located northeast of Downtown on Mass Ave between Delaware and 10th Streets.
Mass Ave is one of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Located just a few blocks northeast of Monument Circle, Massachusetts Avenue was one of the four original diagonal streets of downtown Indianapolis, which included Indiana, Virginia, and Kentucky. Today it lies at the heart of the city's cultural district, and features some of Indy's most popular theaters and art galleries, as well as a number of shops and fine resturants.
Massachusetts Avenue was originally platted to link to the Pendleton Pike, which reached far into northeast-central Indiana. It was natural for businesses to develop along the route. The Commercial District developed here as an important outlying commercial area that served trolley commuters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Houses were also built here, but Citizen's Street Railway extended a trolley line down Massachusetts leading the area to all commercial use by the late 1800s, turning Mass Ave into a hotbed of commerce between 1870 and 1930.
Originally a major thoroughfare into and out of the city, that all changed in the 1960s, when construction of the inner loop of I-65 and a bank tower in the 100 block cut off most through traffic. Those working and living here at the time remember a very different Mass Ave than the one found today one of squalor and depair. By the late '60s, Mass Ave had become home to a seedy mix of drug dealers, gamblers, and vagrants.
Since then, however, merchants have reinvented Mass Ave, gentrifying the neighborhood, and turning it into one of the city's more fashionable addresses, featuring numerous art galleries, restaurants, apartments, condos, and small specialty stores. The district includes a remarkable collection of commercial, industrial, and institutional architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Beginning in 1982, a half-dozen art galleries moved into the area, spurred by low rents. At the time, the idea of using art as a lubricant for economic development was a new idea. In Indianapolis it was part of a broader strategy to revitalize the entire Downtown area.
Mass Ave's first art gallery, Patrick King Contemporary Art, opened in the 400 block, followed by the 431 Gallery, the Cunningham Gallery, Mark Ruschman Gallery, Stollers' Denouement Gallery, the William Engle Gallery, and more. They showcased contemporary art, which appealed to the upscale "Yuppie" of the day. It quickly became Indianapolis' version of New York's SoHo.
What really drew the big crowds were the free wine-and-cheese parties hosted by the galleries. It was the begining of the city's "First Fridays." Today they're spread all over town, but back then, the parties were concentrated in a two-block area.
Today, Massachusetts Avenue, between the 300 and 900 blocks, is one of the liveliest, most fashionable stretches of road anywhwhere, a busy, high-rent entertainment zone that oozes an air of excitement and free-spirited mood that is "45 degrees from ordinary."
Latest Mass Ave, Indianapolis Homes for Sale
|624 East North Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204||Add to Favorites|
|Subdivision: Bs Goods Subdivision|
|The pinnacle of location and style! This contemporary home offers cutting-edge architecture in one of Indy’s most coveted neighborhoods— literally you are steps to all of the action on Mass Ave! The sprawling open concept floor plan is clean, collec...|
|4 Beds, 6 Bath Areas, 5584 SqFt|
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
|333 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204||Add to Favorites|
|Subdivision: Three Mass Condos|
|Pictures say 1000 words..but here..still not enough! Panoramic view of the city from the 9th floor wrap-around deck with breathtaking views. 36x30 great room with gorgeous tile floors; wet bar w/its own amenities, 4000 sq ft of pure elegance & entertainin...|
|3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 4064 SqFt|
Your Realty Link, LLC
|706 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204||Add to Favorites|
|Subdivision: Clifford & Chatham Place|
|Mass Ave living at its best. This beautiful 2-story condo is great for entertaining with a wonderful open floor plan. Come up your grand staircase and be welcomed by 2 bedrooms both with their own private baths. Enjoy amazing views of downtown and all Mas...|
|2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1908 SqFt|
RE/MAX Ability Plus
|611 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204||Add to Favorites|
|Subdivision: Real Silk Lofts|
|If you consider yourself an architecture or design aficionado, this condo & building are for you! Every direction you look, there are striking and unique elements to enjoy. This unit underwent a considerable renovation by previous owners who were architec...|
|2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1230 SqFt|
Coldwell Banker - Kaiser
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