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Top 10 Neighborhood Ameneties in Carmel, Indiana

Carmel is a suburban city in Hamilton County, Indiana located immediately north of Indianapolis. It has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. In 2012, Carmel was selected the Best Place to Live in United States by CNN Money magazine. The population was 85,927 at the 2013 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 48.55 square miles (125.74 km2), of which 47.46 square miles (122.92 km2) is land and 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2) is water. Major east-west streets in Carmel generally end in a 6, and include 96th Street (the Southern border), 106th, 116th, 126th, 131st, 136th and 146th (the Northern Border). Carmel has become the unofficial roundabout capital of the United States, due to the installation of over eighty roundabouts and demolishing 78 sets of traffic signals.

The Palladium

The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts is 1,600-seat, 151,000 sq ft state-of-the-art concert hall located in Carmel, Indiana. The Palladium opened on January 29, 2011 and today serves as a venue for various local and world-renowned musical concerts and performances. It is located at One Center Green, just off of the Carmel Arts and Design District. The four-fronted, symmetrical design of The Palladium, massed around the domed central space of the single room concert hall was inspired by Andrea Palladio’s Villa Capra, La Rotonda (1566). The Palladium is based upon the traditional shoebox-shaped concert hall with high ceilings and massive, sound-reflecting walls. The facility also features a limestone façade and moveable panels that can adjust the acoustics of the main hall. The Palladium is home to the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative.

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Carmel-Clay Historical Society

The Carmel Clay Historical Society is the sole repository for documents, photographs, stories, and information pertaining to the 177 years of Carmel’s history. Its reach extends to every individual and business that is - or has been - a part of this community. The Society is a private non-profit organization and strives to help local people here today connect with the past and understand that they, too, are witnessing history in their community every day. The CCHS was organized in 1975 during local preparations for the national Bicentennial of 1976. Preservation of the Monon Depot, built in 1883, was the first major project undertaken by the organization and today serves as a museum about Carmel’s history. It is open free to the public.

Carmel City Center

Carmel City Center is a one million square foot, $300 million, mixed-use development located in the heart of Carmel, Indiana. Carmel City Center is the location for The Center for the Performing Arts, which includes a 1,600 seat concert hall named “The Palladium” and a 500-seat theater named “The Tarkington” and a 200-seat black box theater. This pedestrian-based master plan development is located at the southwest corner of City Center Drive (126th Street) and Range Line Road. The Monon Greenway runs directly through the project. Carmel City Center was developed as a public/private partnership.

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Carmel Arts and Design District

Designed to promote small businesses and local artisans, Carmel's Arts and Design District and City Center is in Old Town Carmel and flanked by Carmel High School on the east and the Monon Greenway on the west, the Carmel Arts and Design District includes the award winning Carmel Clay Public Library, the Hamilton County Convention & Visitor's Bureau and Welcome Center and a collection of art galleries, boutiques, interior designers, cafes and restaurants. Lifelike sculptures by John Seward Johnson II, "The Normal Rockwell of American Sculpture", ornament the streets of the District.

The District hosts several annual events and festivals. Celebrating decades of automobile engineering and craftsmanship, the Carmel Artomobilia Collector Car Show showcases a vast array of classic, vintage, exotic and rare cars and art inspired by automobile design. Every September, the Carmel International Arts Festival features a juried art exhibit of artists from around the world, concerts, dance performances, and hands-on activities for children.

In the heart of the district stands the Museum of Miniature Houses, open since 1993, and celebrating the creativity and craftsmanship of the miniature art form. The museum has seven exhibit rooms full of fully furnished houses, room displays and collections of miniature glassware, clocks, tools, dolls, etc.

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Clay Terrace

Clay Terrace is an outdoor retail lifestyle center that offers a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Clay Terrace opened in 2004. There are 80 stores that line the sidewalks of Clay Terrace Boulevard, some of these stores include Charming Charlie, Jos A Bank, Sur La Table, Whole Foods, and Z Gallerie. Clay Terrace serves the communities of Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Westfield.

Clay Terrace is conveniently located right off US-31 and 146th Street and also offers many dining options. Some grab and go options are Paradise Bakery & Cafe, Qdoba, and Starbucks. If you would like to sit down for dining you may choose Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Kona Grill, Mitchell's Fish Market, Prime 47 and Patachou.
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Carmel Clay Public Library

The library was founded in 1904 and began operating on the street level room of the telephone company building on Main Street. After several relocations and expansions the library got to its present location. The library's philosophy of providing superior service, efficient access to information and relevant programming to the community makes the library able to meet and exceed expectations well into the future.
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Monon Community Center

The Monon Community Center is a 146,000 sq. ft. facility that offers fitness and nature activities. The available amenities are a Fitness Center, Indoor Aquatics, Gymnasium, Track, KidZone (childcare), program rooms, and The Waterpark. The facility hosts various recreation, fitness, and nature programs for all ages, abilities, skill levels, and interests.
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Monon Trail

The Monon Trail is a rail trail in Indiana. It uses a portion of the Chicago-Indianapolis main line of the former Monon Railroad, which was abandoned between Indianapolis and Delphi, Indiana in 1987. The section of the trail in Carmel is known as the Monon Greenway.

The trail serves both bicyclists and pedestrians. It runs from just north of downtown Indianapolis (passing through the Mapleton-Fall Creek, Meridian-Kessler, Broad Ripple, and Nora neighborhoods) into Carmel and Westfield, Indiana, a length of 18.1 miles (29.1 km). The 10.0 miles (16.1 km) in Indianapolis were completed in 1999 and the 5.2 miles (8.4 km) in Carmel were opened between 2001 and 2002. The trail was extended into Westfield starting in the fall of 2008, and since then has been extended north over the abandoned Monon right of way toward Sheridan, Indiana for a total of 2.9 miles (4.7 km) in Westfield.

The Monon is used by more than 4,000 people each day. The first phases of the trail cost about $5.5 million to create.

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Crooked Stick Golf Club

Crooked Stick Golf Club is located just outside Carmel, Indiana. Built in 1964 by the famous course architects Pete and Alice Dye, it was host to the PGA Championship in 1991 won by John Daly and the U.S. Women’s Open in 1993, won by Lauri Merten. It also hosted the Solheim Cup matches in 2005. For many years it has been noted as one of the top 100 courses in the U.S. by Golfweek and Golf Magazine, two of golf's most popular magazines.
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Coxhall Gardens

Coxhall Gardens is a modern 125-acre park that includes the Centerpiece, twin 90-feet bell towers, a recreation lake, and Children's Garden. The land for the park was donated by Jesse and Beulah Cox in 1999. The park continues to grow and it will eventually include a conservatory, museum, reflecting pool and numerous specialty gardens. The park is a perfect place to relax and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
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Top 10 Neighborhood Ameneties in Carmel, Indiana