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Arsenal Heights, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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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.

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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Latest Arsenal Heights, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

212 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 212 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Kollers  
OLD WORLD CHARM, YET ALL THE UPGRADES FOR TODAY'S HOME OWNER. LOCATED MINUTES FROM EVERYTHING DOWNTOWN INDY HAS TO OFFER. LARGE FOYER OPENS TO LIVING & DINING AREA ADORNED W/ ORIGINAL WOODWORK & OPEN STAIRCASE. LIVING RM. W/ GAS INSERT FIREPLACE. RESTO...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3184 SqFt
$425,000
Sold It Realty Group
230 North State Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 230 North State Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Kollers  
Stunner alert and priced to SELL! Asking price UNDER appraised value and absolutely unheard of. This HUGE open concept beauty boasts original corner fireplace as well as charming center dual fireplace for those chilly Indiana nights. Ripped down to the s...
5 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3694 SqFt
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Plat Collective
1531 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1531 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: J M Ridenours 2nd Add  
PRICE IMPROVEMENT...Welcome home to this absolutely stunning rehab in the Holy Cross area. Everything is new in this one. Amazing open concept floor plan with beautiful views from the front door to kitchen with a 10ft x 6ft island. The eat in kitchen feat...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3535 SqFt
$359,900
Libertad Real Estate Co., LLC
224 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 224 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Kollers  
Wow!!! Under $350k for this Stunning 4/4+Office with 2 Car (22x22) Detached Garage. Holy Cross renovation completely open concept. This house has it all. Master up and down. Extra large, open kitchen with grey custom soft close shaker cabinets, granite c...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2927 SqFt
$339,900
Red Bridge Real Estate
242 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 242 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Kollers  
HUGE home that has been completely updated from the studs out! Revitalized Arsenal Heights/Holy Cross neighborhood! Walking distance to Highland Park! HM offers: Almost 3200 SQ FT. of living space & that doesn't count the attic that could easily be finish...
4 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 4791 SqFt
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RE/MAX Ability Plus
140 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 140 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Phipps Springdale  
BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 3BEDROOM 2.5BA 2STORY W/MASTER ON MAIN HOME IN HIGHLY DESIRABLE AREA. THE HOME OFFERS A BRIGHT & OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH 9FT CEILINGS ON THE 1ST FLOOR. KITCHEN HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH CUSTOM GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, BEAUTIFUL CABINETRY & AN ...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3673 SqFt
$285,000
Keller Williams Indy Metro S
1515 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1515 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: J M Ridenours 2nd Add  
Wonderful renovated Bungalow on a booming block in Holy Cross! This home has many great features that you must see. Open living spaces. Office in the front of the house. Master bedroom has access to backyard with large deck. Updated kitchen and bathroom. ...
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1720 SqFt
$184,900
United Real Estate Indpls
105 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 105 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: J M Ridenours 2nd Add  
A rare opportunity to invest in an amazing late 19th century home in the desired Holy Cross neighborhood. This is a large single family home that will require an extensive renovation. All original trim, doors (including pocket doors) intact.
4 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 3432 SqFt
$175,000
eXp Realty, LLC
301 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 301 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: L A Wrights  
A rare opportunity to own a large Victorian Cottage in Holy Cross with an amazing unobstructed view of downtown Indy. Located just two blocks from Highland Park. This diamond-in-the-rough is livable, but will require a full renovation. Surrounding homes a...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 3024 SqFt
$150,000
eXp Realty, LLC

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