Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods

10 Reasons to List Your Home in the Fall

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on October 5th, 2017 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Are you wondering if you should put your house on the market during the fall? Oftentimes potential Sellers ask this question because they are concerned about the upcoming holidays and the change in weather. So, I’ve listed a few points you might want to consider:

  • There are still many buyers in our market who were not able to find the home
    of their dreams because demand has been high and inventory has been low.
  • Buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the winter months, and less
    competition for you is a good thing!
  • Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in the spring, there will
    be less demand for your particular home in the fall. Less demand now means
    more money for you!
  • Some people must buy to reinvest “tax free exchange funds” for tax reasons!
  • January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since
    transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you need to be on the market
    during the holidays to capture that market!
  • Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to
    restrict showings during the days you would prefer not to have people in the
    house.
  • Most people think they should list in March and April. So, listing ahead of
    time, you can be one of only a limited number of properties available.
  • Builders have really cut back on new construction inventory homes during
    the fall & winter, so buyers are forced to buy preowned homes.
  • By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer
    during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money.
    This could allow you to sell high and buy low!
  • You can sell now for more money, and arrange for a delayed closing or
    extended temporary lease back (extended occupancy) until early next year!

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Stay Updated City of Carmel Construction Schedule

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods, Community Events on March 3rd, 2017 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

City of Carmel

www.carmel.in.gov                                                                One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY

 

Date:            February 28, 2017

Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474

Release:       Immediate

 

2017 Road Improvement Plans

for Carmel Announced

 

CARMEL, IN – The City of Carmel has a very aggressive construction schedule for 2017 and it will be important for you to plan ahead to make sure your regular routes are available and if not, to determine your best detour before you head out the door.

 

To help you stay connected, please take a moment to download the CarmelLink app so that you will have access to the latest road construction updates. Please note that the CarmelLink app requires the use of the Waze app, so you will be prompted to download that as well.

 

While we are providing a snapshot of projects planned for 2017, please remember there are many variables that affect the exact start and finish dates. We will send notices of closures or detours closer to the beginning of construction.

 

The projects below are listed under the month in which they will begin. There are various timelines for completion. For details, go to www.CarmelLink.com. Direct links are provided below when available.

 

2017 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

 

March

Main Street Drainage improvement, 4th Avenue SW to Guilford Road

Towne Road Trail, 96th  Street to 106th  Street

Lake Shore Drive East Culvert replacement, just South of 106th Street

106th Street Culvert replacement, Michigan Road to Shelborne Road

            Greentree Drive Culvert replacement

Spring Mill Phase 2 boulevard reconstruction

126th Street improvement, Range Line Road to Keystone Avenue

 

 

April

            River Road reconstruction, Community Drive to 146th Street

116th Street and Towne Road Roundabout

126th Street and Gray Road Roundabout

136th Street and Gray Road Roundabout

Gray Road Culvert replacement, south of 146th Street

Ditch Road Path Project, 106th Street to 116th Street

Range Line Road and City Center Roundabout

 

May

Old Town Alley and Storm Water improvements

Carmel Drive and City Center Drive Roundabout

           

June

96th Street and Delegates Row Roundabout

96th Street and Gray Road Roundabout

Guilford Road and City Center Drive Roundabout

106th Street and Towne Road Roundabout

116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway Roundabout

 

July

Range Line Road reconstruction 136th Street to U.S. 31 overpass

Range Line Road and 136th Street Roundabout adjustment

4th Street NW reconstruction

5th Street NE curb construction

 

August

Range Line Road and 4th Street Roundabout

Guilford Road and Carmel Drive Roundabout

Monon Boulevard Construction, City Center Drive to Main Street

 

Fall 2017

            96th Street and Hazel Dell Road Roundabout

Range Line Road and Executive Drive Roundabout

96th Street and Priority Way Roundabout

Carmel Drive and Old Meridian Street Roundabout

96th Street and Keystone Parkway interchange (preliminary work)

Gray Road and Main Street Roundabout

Range Line Road reconstruction, 116th Street to Main Street

Foster Estates drainage improvements

Main Street Path project, Harrowgate Drive to Cool Creek Court

Carey Road Path project, Hawthorne Drive to Edinburg Drive

Shelborne Road Path project, 106th Street to 116th Street

 

 

 

NEW

South West Clay Storm Water and Multi-use Path

Several multi-use paths are being added to the South West Clay area, as the City continues to make improvements set forth in the annexation agreement with this area. Nearly all of the work will happen off the roadway, primarily along Ditch Road, Towne Road  and Shelborne Road. All these projects, including roundabout construction, will improve pedestrian connectivity and storm water mitigation in this area.

 

UPDATED

Crooked Stick Drainage / Storm Water and Multi-use Path

A variety of drainage issues in the crooked Stick area will be improved by this project, which will also include construction of multi-use paths on the west side of Ditch Road between 106th and 116th Streets.  Storm drainage improvements also will be included as part of this project, which is expected to be completed by mid-July, 2017.

 

UPDATED

West Carmel Drive Path Project

One westbound lane on Carmel Drive will be closed during construction of a new path to connect U.S. 31 to Keystone Parkway, a project that began last fall. Expect lane restrictions to resume once weather permits construction to begin again. The path will link existing path along the north edge of West Carmel Drive, just west of 3rd Avenue to the intersection near North Clark Street. This portion of the city’s path project is expected to conclude in April, 2017.

 

UPDATED

126th Street Improvements between Range Line Road and Keystone Avenue

Road improvements have been underway, including multi-use paths and storm water management, since last year. In 2017, traffic will be maintained in the westerly direction for the duration of the project. This project is anticipated to last until summer of 2017.

Detour Route: Use Main Street and 116th Street for eastbound traffic. Keystone Parkway and Guilford Avenue will be main routes connecting drivers to eastbound detour routes.

 

UPDATED

Spring Mill Road Improvements

Beginning in March, Spring Mill Road will be closed between Millridge Drive and 106th Street for three months to reconstruct Spring Mill Road and replace a large culvert. Meanwhile, work that began last year will continue on Spring Mill Road and motorists should expect lane restrictions and closures.

 

CarmelLink 2.0 Update

CARMEL LINK 2.0 is a concentrated infrastructure improvement program that will result in the completion of new roundabout intersections along Gray Road, 96th Street, Range Line Road, 116th Street, Guilford Road, Pennsylvania Street, Spring Mill Road, Towne Road, Keystone Parkway with a new interchange at 96th Street, storm water management and drainage improvement projects throughout the City of Carmel. It will also include the upgrade of a large section of Range Line Road and other miscellaneous improvements over the next three-years.

 

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Carmel IN homes for ‘Airbnb’ rentals

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on January 25th, 2017 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment
City of Carmel
www.carmel.in.gov                                             One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032
 
NEWS RELEASE
 
Date:           January 17, 2017
Contact:      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release:      Immediate
 
 
Carmel addresses use of homes for ‘Airbnb’ rentals
 
CARMEL, IN – In response to an increase in the number of homes listed on various “Airbnb” websites, offering overnight accommodations for travelers, has prompted the City of Carmel to send letters (attached) to homeowners alerting them that they are in violation of city zoning laws and that they have 10 days to cease operations or file for a zoning variance.
            City officials have received a number of complaints from local residents, Homeowners Associations and representatives of local hotels about the issue, prompting today’s action. The letters were mailed by the City’s Department of Community Services, which oversees planning and zoning matters.
            “Although we share in the excitement and appreciation of the many new ways in which we can connect with each other globally and do business by using modern technology for travel and entertainment purposes, we must also be sensitive to the impact these new things are having on our community – including your neighbors and our local businesses,” the letter states. “Businesses such as our local hotels must invest a lot of money to meet the requirements of their zoning and be able to legally operate as a hotel. Because of that, we don’t believe it is fair to our hotels to allow someone to operate a competing business when they are not held to that same higher standard of construction because of their zoning classification.”
            Homes located in a “Residential Single Family” zoned area must be used as a single residence, not as a business. Homeowners are not able to “suddenly turn it into a restaurant, a dry-cleaning business, factory or – as is apparently the case now – a hotel or bed-and-breakfast.”
Doing so would be unfair to neighbors and local businesses and would be contrary to the community’s zoning laws. The letter explains the legal process in which a homeowner can ask for a legal zoning variance to allow for a different use.
            The city has now notified homeowners that they must cease operation as a commercial user – including the removal of their home from any websites advertising such things – within the next 10 days in order to avoid any further action by a Code Enforcement Inspector, until such time that a homeowner obtains a zoning change or legal variance.
If residents of Carmel suspect such activity is taking place in their neighborhood, they should report it to the City of Carmel, Department of Community Services by calling 317-571-2417.
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Keeneland Park Westfield IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on June 1st, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know Keeneland Park in Westfield Indiana

In the booming community of Westfield, Keeneland Park is a family-friendly neighborhood built by Beazer Homes. The homes in the community feature traditional and Victorian architecture, with updated and helpful amenities. Beazer home plans available in the neighborhood include the Camden, Bradley, Juniper, Greenwich and Jefferson. Most of the home plans have three to four bedrooms with two to three bedrooms.

Found at 169th Street and Springmill Road in Westfield, the community is conveniently located near Grand Park, downtown Westfield and Meridian Street/US 31. Residents are near numerous shopping and dining options including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Target, Kohls, Hobby Lobby and Clay Terrace Mall. The neighborhood boasts a swimming pool and sports court, as well as lots of green space. Kids in the community attend the award-winning Westfield Washington School District.

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Lakes at Grassy Branch Westfield IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on June 1st, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know the Lakes at Grassy Branch in Westfield

Located in the heart of Westfield, near State Route 32 and U.S. 31, the Lakes at Grassy Branch offer convenience with high-end amenities. The community is currently being developed by the Langston Company, which has several other neighborhoods in central Indiana. When living in the Lakes at Grassy Branch, you’ll be only minutes from a plethora of shopping and dining options, including Kroger, Target, Walmart, Lowes, Menards, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kohls, Hobby Lobby, and the Clay Terrace Mall.

You’ll also be close to quaint downtown Westfield and Grand Park. Kids in the neighborhood attend the award-winning Westfield Washington Schools, including Washington Woods Elementary School, which is right across the street from the neighborhood.

Inside the neighborhood, residents have access to a pool, playground and plenty of open green space with trees and ponds. Several of the home sites have views of the ponds and all offer lots of space. Most of the home sites can also accommodate walkout basements. The homes in the Lakes at Grassy Branch include mostly traditional architecture, and lots start in the $80,000s, with custom homes starting at $400,000.

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Prairie View Homes for Sale Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on March 28th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know Prairie View in Carmel, IN

Located on the east side of Carmel, off River Road and 131st Street, Prairie View offers families a friendly community to call home. It sits on the beautiful Prairie Trace golf course and many of the homes have views of the greens. Along with golfing, the neighborhood boasts a beautiful swimming pool, large clubhouse available for rental, and an active homeowners association. The HOA plans events throughout the year like Halloween parties, Christmas celebrations, and neighborhood pool parties.

The homes in Prairie View are traditional two-story with some ranch styles. Most have four to five bedrooms and four to five bathrooms, with home prices starting in the low 400s. The custom-built homes have lots of special touches and amenities to make your house a home.

The neighborhood feeds into the Carmel Clay school system and students from the community attend Prairie Trace Elementary, Clay Junior High and Carmel High School. It is located only minutes from 146th Street, so you can easily access State Route 37, State Route 31, Interstate 465, and downtown Indianapolis. Residents also have convenient access to numerous shopping and dining options.

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Lincolnshire Homes for Sale Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on March 25th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to know Lincolnshire in Carmel

One of Carmel’s smaller communities, Lincolnshire has just 82 home sites, creating an intimate environment. Even though it’s small, it doesn’t lack any amenities; the neighborhood boasts a swimming pool, cabanas, walking trails, picnic areas, playground, and lots of green space. The neighborhood sits at 141st Street, on the west side of Springmill.

The neighborhood’s convenient location gives residents easy access to State Route 31/Meridian Street, as well as Interstate 465, downtown Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis International Airport. Residents are also close to numerous shopping and dining outlets such as Clay Terrace, Target, Walmart, Kohls, Hobby Lobby, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

An Estridge community, Lincolnshire features new construction and homes for resale. The homes are typically two-story with traditional and craftsman exteriors. The insides have finished basements, custom touches, and useful amenities, as well as four to five bedrooms and four to five bathrooms. Home prices range from $400,000 to $575,000.

Kids in the neighborhood attend the award-winning Carmel Clay School District, specifically College Woods Elementary, Creekside Middle School, Carmel High School Freshman Center, and Carmel High School.

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Buckhorn Estates Carmel IN

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on March 19th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know Buckhorn Estates Carmel IN

Located in between 136th Street and 141st Street and Springmill Road and Ditch Road, Buckhorn Estates is an intimate neighborhood in northwest Carmel. It sits near the Cheswick Place and Buckhorn neighborhoods and has only 57 homes, making for a tight-knit community. The homes sit on huge lots with views of the pond or the mature trees and farmland outside the community.

Neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool, which is shared and managed with the neighboring Buckhorn neighborhood. Many of the homes have their own private swimming pools as well. The active homeowners’ association plans all kinds of events throughout the year including Halloween trick-or-treating, Easter egg hunts, holiday celebrations, pool parties, adult Bunco, and ladies’ luncheons.

Kids in the neighborhood attend the award-winning Carmel Clay Schools, including Smoky Row Elementary School, which is found just outside the neighborhood. The neighborhood is also conveniently located only a short drive from a plethora of restaurant, retail, and entertainment options. You can easily access State Route 31/Meridian Street, as well as Interstate 465 to reach downtown Indianapolis and the airport.

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Sonoma Westfield IN Homes for Sale

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on March 19th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Getting to Know Sonoma in Westfield

An Arbor Homes neighborhood in Westfield, Sonoma offers family-friendly amenities in a welcoming community. Found just south of State Route 32, between Ditch Road and Springmill Road, the neighborhood sits just steps from Maple Glen Elementary. Kids in the neighborhood are part of the award-winning Westfield Washington school district that includes Maple Glen and Westfield Washington High School.

The homes in Sonoma are ranch style or two-story and have three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. If you’re building your own home, you can choose from one of 14 Arbor home plans. Home plan options include the Bradford, Spruce, Linden, and Empress.

Community amenities include pool with pool house, playground, ponds, and walking trials. You also get easy access to U.S. 31, 1-465, Clay Terrace, Grand Park and quaint downtown Westfield. You’ll be within minutes of a plethora of dining, retail, and entertainment options including Walmart, Target, Kohls, Kroger, and Hobby Lobby.

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Showing Your Home While Away

Posted in Carmel/Westfield Neighborhoods on February 29th, 2016 by Anna Stout – Be the first to comment

Showing Your Home When You’re Away

With Spring break just around the corner  you’ll want to take a few extra precautions before you head out if you’re showing your home while you are away.

Stop your mail…call the post office and have your mail held while you’re gone so that it doesn’t pile up in your mailbox. Or, if a neighbor will be getting your mail, have them take it to their house or put it somewhere safe and out of the way. This prevents your house from looking cluttered during showings and also protects your mail from getting stolen.

Remind your real estate agent…make sure your agent knows the exact dates you’ll be gone and a way to reach you in case they have any questions. Or, to reach you in case you get an offer! Give them an extra key or your garage code as backup.

Don’t broadcast your trip…don’t announce all over Facebook or Twitter all the details of your trip. The internet isn’t as anonymous as we think and not everyone and their mother needs to know that you’ll be gone.

Have a backup plan…give your real estate agent the name of a trusted friend or neighbor who will be in town while you’re gone just in case you can’t be reached. You could even have this person come by every day to turn different lights on and off and double check everything is fine.

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