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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

1402 East Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1402 East Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Arsenal Park Add  
Great 3-unit multifamily property in the heart of Arsenal Heights and Holy Cross neighborhoods. Highland Park is just a half a block away. Currently has 2 units rented for $1850/mo. Fully rented, property collected $2700/mo. Property Behind it, 231 Ori...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$320,000
IRIS Realty & Development
1519 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1519 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: J M Ridenours 2nd Add  
A spectacular 3 bed, 2.5 bath American Craftsman Foursquare in the coveted Holy Cross neighborhood, close to downtown, Mass Ave and Fountain Square. This incredible home includes updated bathrooms and a complete kitchen renovation. Restored hardwoods thro...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1962 SqFt
$315,000
Pearl Street Realty Group
242 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 242 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Kollers  
Investor Special in Arsenal Heights/Holy Cross neighborhood! Walking distance to Highland Park. Tons of potential in this duplex that needs a full overhaul. Convert into a single family or live in one side and rent the other out. Home has been taken down...
4 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 4694 SqFt
$135,000
United Real Estate Indpls
242 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 242 North Summit Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Kollers  
Investor special! Great duplex walking distance to Highland Park. Development happening all around this duplex with new construction right across the street. Home needs an extensive rehab but has already been started. Keep it as a duplex or convert into a...
0 Beds, 0 Bath Areas, 0 SqFt
$135,000
United Real Estate Indpls
1523 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1523 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: J M Ridenours 2nd Add  
Don't let the chance to live in Holy Cross pass you by. This stunning Arts and Crafts/Cottage will require a complete renovation, but the end result could be a stunning home in the desirable Holy Cross neighborhood close to Downtown, Mass Ave and Fountai...
4 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3158 SqFt
$97,000
Pearl Street Realty Group

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