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Holy Cross, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

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Holy Cross, Indiana is a great place to keep close to the Downtown atmosphere without giving up the small community charm. The neighborhood is bordered by Cottage Home, Irish Hill, Lockerbie Square and Cole Noble Commercial Arts District, and is only a short 1.5 mile commute to the center of Downtown, either walking or biking.

The neighborhood lies just east of I70. Its name comes from Holy Cross Catholic Church and School. The neighborhood was previously known as the Holy Cross Westminster Neighborhood, Westminster coming from the Presbyterian Church located on State Street.

Holy Cross was one of the earliest areas of Indianapolis to be settled around 1820. That's when George Pogue built a cabin on the banks of Pogue's Run Creek where it meets what today is Michigan Street. In 1932, the land was deeded to Noah Noble, Governor of Indiana at the time. Noble built a home on Market Street he called "Liberty Hall." When Noble died, he left 80 acres to his daughter Catherine and her husband. The couple then built a home they called "Highland Home."

Four generations later, the family sold the estate to the City of Indianapolis with the stipulation that the home be torn down, and the land become a public park. Highland Park, as its kown today, is the second highest point in Indianapolis, with a great view of the downtown skyline. The park is a favorite destination for Fourth of July picnickers and those wanting to watch the city's annual fireworks display.

In 1895 the Catholic Diocese of Indianapolis founded the Parish of Holy Cross to better minister to the growing number of Irish, Italian, and German Catholic immigrants. Church leaders laid the cornerstone of their new sanctuary in April 1896. As the congregation grew, the priest, anticipating the need for a larger cathedral, began a building fund, and in 1912 the parish purchased a lot on the corner of Oriental and Ohio streets, where the neighborhood's namesake still stands today.

By 1955, the neighborhood had begun to decline, reaching a low point in 1975-'76. Longtime residents moved out, but others refused to abandoned the historic neighborhood. With the help of the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO), homes were rehabilitated. Builders bought up vacant lots and built new cottages. Young couples and empty-nesters wanting to be near downtown moved in.

By the time the "Back to the City" movement caught fire in in the 1990s, Holy Cross was perfectly positioned for a renaissance. Today, Holy Cross is a neighborhood that has come back from the dead — better than ever.

As the Holy Cross renaissance gathers momentum, the "Near East Area Renewal" corporation, whose area includes Holy Cross, no longer targets the area for subsidized housing projects. "Holy Cross is a neighborhood that we pay attention to," says NEAR Executive Director John Franklin Hay, "but it's not one where we're looking to do any new development, because the market has taken over."

A couple times each year the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association plans elaborate parties and barbecues with live music. It's quite common to see groups of neighbors getting together in each other's backyards to share burgers and pitch horseshoes.

Holy Cross, Indiana is a diverse, but close-knit, community of homeowners whose strengths include individual responsibility and community activism. Long-time neighbors provide a strong foundation for this community that encourages new people and families to move into the neighborhood. You can choose to rehab an older home or build a new one on a reclaimed lot.

Many Holy-Cross newcomers are transplants from the suburbs who want to live downtown without giving up the community & camaraderie of the 'burbs. They feel right at home in Holy Cross. With modest home prices, fabulous views of downtown, and friendly people, the neighborhood is a great place to call home.


Latest Holy Cross, Indianapolis Homes for Sale

1321 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 1321 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Ostermeyers  
Walk into the light and see what a Open Concept smart house design feels like. This 4 bdrm 3.5 bath home is unique. First floor has 10ft ceilings, hardwood floors. Kitchen includes granite counters, subway tile backsplash, easy close drawers, custom cabi...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 3340 SqFt
Highgarden Real Estate
1435 Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1435 Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: NA  
Unique, sleek, stylish, masterfully designed, zero lot line, urban masterpiece by The ReDevelopment Group! This split five level home is sure to impress with gorgeous finishes, massive master shower, huge walk in working pantry and a perfectly framed dow...
3 Beds, 4 Bath Areas, 2292 SqFt
Nottingham Realty Group
425 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 425 North Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Winona Park  
Enjoy your large covered front porch on a great street in popular Holy Cross neighborhood. Take the brand new designated bike lane out front to connect you to Downtown Indy and great restaurants and pubs on the near east side! This 3 Bedroom home has 1.5 ...
3 Beds, 2 Bath Areas, 2886 SqFt
F.C. Tucker Company
1418 East Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 1418 East Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Edward B Porters Sub Phipps Springdale  
Location, Location, Location! Check out this charming remodel in Holy Cross, one of the most popular neighborhoods downtown! This area is convenient to walk/bike to nearby Highland Park or restaurants/nightlife in Mass Ave, downtown, and Fountain Square. ...
3 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1104 SqFt
Keller Williams Indy Metro W
1329 Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 1329 Marlowe Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Add to Favorites
Subdivision: Walkers E Ohio St  
This home may be a tear down. You decide....Its been a rental for years...LOT SIZE 27x100
2 Beds, 1 Bath Areas, 1360 SqFt
JBG, Inc.

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