At Lazzara Real Estate, we are a little partial to Carmel, IN. We all live here, have grown up here and have raised our families in Carmel. We have very close ties to various schools, neighborhoods, churches, and everything else that goes on in this city. Here are a few reasons why we think Carmel, IN is a great place to own a home.


Geography & Demographics

Carmel is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States located about 16 miles north of Indianapolis, Indiana. The population was 83,565 as of the 2012 census. Carmel is one of the fastest growing cities in Indiana located in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The US Census Bureau estimates a 2014 population of 99,103.

As of the census of 2010 (most current data), there were 79,191 people, 28,997 households, and 21,855 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,668.6 inhabitants per square mile; there were 30,738 housing units at an average density of 647.7 per square mile. The median household income in the city was $101,494.

In 2012, the average listing price of a house in was $304,340.

Carmel Schools

The public school system has 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. Most of these schools have been named Four-Star Schools. Student enrollment for the district is above 14,500.

The Elementary Schools are: Carmel Elementary, Cherry Tree Elementary, College Wood Elementary, Forest Dale Elementary, Mohawk Trails Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Prairie Trace Elementary, Smoky Row Elementary, Towne Meadow Elementary, West Clay Elementary and Woodbrook Elementary.

The 3 Middle Schools are: Carmel Middle School, Clay Middle School and Creekside Middle School

Carmel High School is the high school that the three middle schools feed into.


The city of Carmel has been recognized with numerous awards and ratings for its programs and services.

  • In 2012, Carmel was selected as the Best Place to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine.
  • Carmel voted #14 best place to live by CNN Money Magazine 2010
  • CNBC Top 10 Best Cities to Relocate to in America
  • Carmel’s annual Arbor Day program won International Society of Arborculture’s highest award – the Gold Leaf Award.
  • The Keystone Parkway project received an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Excellence.
  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded the “Climate Protection Award” to Carmel for its roundabout program and other environmental initiatives.
  • The League of American Bicyclists designated Carmel a Bicycle Friendly Community at the bronze level — an award presented to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling.
  • The 2006 City Livability Award for Roundabouts. This award recognizes mayors for implementing programs to improve the quality of life in their districts. Carmel mayor Jim Brainard earned this award for his efforts to improve traffic flow to meet the area’s growing population. He replaced stop-signs across Carmel with roundabouts, which are both safer and more efficient.

Carmel IN RoundaboutsInteresting fact about Roundabouts: 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. Mayor Jim Brainard has said, “We have more than any other city in the US. It’s a trend now in the United States. There are more and more roundabouts being built every day because of the expense saved and more importantly the safety.” Many of the roundabouts are also well landscaped, thus improving the image of the highway network. More importantly, however, the decor and landscaping within the roundabouts are essential to making the roundabouts safe. By obstructing the view across the roundabout, the driver is then encouraged to look at oncoming traffic to safely determine when to enter the roundabout. The city reports the addition of roundabouts has reduced the number of accidents by 40% and the number of accidents with injuries by 80%


Carmel Arts & Design District

The Carmel Arts and Design District makes downtown Carmel one of the most exciting areas in the state. It has attracted well over 100 businesses including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores.

Carmel Arts and Design District

Townhouses and condominiums share the stimulating, artistic atmosphere with retail storefronts and professional office suites, all with immediate access to the Monon Trail.

The Monon Trail

The Monon Trail is a bicycle trail that is part of the Rails-to-Trails movement. It runs from 10th near downtown Indianapolis through Broad Ripple and then crosses into Carmel at 96th Street and continues north through 146th Street into Westfield. Used over 1.5 million times each year, the trail is one of the busiest in the nation.

The Palladium

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.

Clay Terrace Mall

As the first outdoor lifestyle property in Indiana, Clay Terrace stands as a unique and beautiful jewel in the heart of Carmel. Here, 80 stores line the broad sidewalks of Clay Terrace boulevard including Charming Charlie, Whole Foods, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Finish Line, Old Navy, Kona Grill, Starbucks, Qdoba, Ted’s Montana Grill, and so much more!

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream

It’s hard to pick just one restaurant in Carmel to highlight, but Bub’s is more than a restaurant; it’s an experience. Featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, and recipient of multiple awards, Bub’s Burgers is a must-eat place for visitors and residents alike. Right off of the Monon, Bub’s serves quality hamburgers, fish, chicken, hot dogs, ice cream and more, most known for their “Big Ugly” burger. Bub’s original location was here in Carmel, but they’ve recently opened restaurants in Bloomington and Zionsville as well.

Carmel Clay Historical Museum

The Carmel Clay Historical Society is dedicated to enriching the lives of the residents of Clay Township and the city of Carmel by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Monon Train Depot, the city of Carmel and Clay Township, and the people who have lived here. The museum is housed in the former Monon Railroad depot built in 1883. Exhibits include many aspects of local history. There also are displays of railroad artifacts and memorabilia.

Central Park

At 161 acres, Central Park is the largest park in Carmel. It is open to the public and features natural wetlands, fishing lagoon and boardwalk, an urban-style skate park, 4-miles of trails that connect to the Monon Greenway (which intersects the park), a woodland garden, beautiful groves of trees, and a variety of complimentary seasonal and special events for the community. Available for a small fee are the Monon Center fitness facilities and indoor/outdoor aqua park.

Carmel, IN Real Estate

Bottom line: Carmel is a great place to live and own a home. Jobs, restaurants, parks, entertainment, night life, live music, art galleries, shopping, low crime…this city has everything you need. Whether your a young person, retired, raising a family, or whatever your situation, living in Carmel means joining tens of thousands of local residents already living in a thriving, progressive area.

If you have any questions about the city, the lifestyle, or the availabily properties to buy or rent here in Carmel, Indiana, contact Lazzara Real Estate. We can help you answer those questions as we’ve lived and worked here for decades and have all of the necessary knowledge, connections and education to help you make a decision about living in Carmel.