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Mass Ave, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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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."

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Latest Mass Ave, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

614 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 614 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
In the heart of Mass Ave this Chatham Arch neighborhood this single family home offers a refined high end design and city feel. You will be impressed with the true warehouse and open concept. Take in the natural light from two story side lights encased in...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 3500 SqFt
$1,200,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
333 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 333 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Three Mass Condos  
Exquisite 3BR, 2.5BA condo at 3 Mass! Prime location on Mass Ave, this condo offers incredible views, amazing space, & tasteful finishes. Lg great rm w/ views of DT and spacious terraces. Chef's kit w/ cntr island seating, granite, soft close cabs, ss app...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2993 SqFt
$975,000
F.C. Tucker Company
757 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 757 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: 757 Mass Ave Condominiums  
Get it while it’s hot! (And this condo is HOT)! This building has rapidly become one of Mass Ave’s favorite locations. Restaurants, theaters, and one of Indy’s truly authentic neighborhoods are at your front door! A most excellent and open layout...
3 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2212 SqFt
$750,000
Everhart Studio, Ltd.
333 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 333 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Three Mass Condos  
City Living at it's FINEST! Over 2000SF of LUXURY overlooking one of Indy's best neighborhoods! Modern OPEN Floor Plan w/Hdwd Flooring, Lots of Natural Light & Auto Window Shades! GORGEOUS Gourmet Kitchen w/High End SS Appliances, Island & BEAUTIFUL cabin...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2315 SqFt
$689,000
Nest Real Estate
316 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 316 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Vajens Subdivision  
*LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!*-THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN! Rare opportunity to acquire a Lockerbie area townhome. 3 lvl w/2 br, 2.5 bath, with quaint front and rear courtyards. Main and upper baths have been remodeled. Updated kitchen. NO expensive monthly HO...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 2160 SqFt
$455,000
Coldwell Banker - Kaiser
630 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 630 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Mill No 9 Lofts  
Urban loft living at one of the best historic buildings downtown! Enjoy the soaring 15 ft ceilings, massive windows and exposed brick walls and wood structure. This condo is packed with upgrades: hand scraped Acacia hardwood floors in both bedrooms, stain...
2 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 1035 SqFt
$305,000
F.C. Tucker Company
450 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Avenue Condominuims Hpr  
Incredible location on Mass Avenue with restaurants, nightlife, theaters, shopping, you name it, this condo sits in the best location of Indy! Unit has outdoor patio. A two-story condo offering 2 Master Suites! Modern kitchen with stainless appliances, br...
2 Beds, 3 Bath Areas, 1905 SqFt
$299,000
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