One-tank getaway: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Looking for a fun and easy getaway with the kids this summer? Named one of the top 10 zoos in the country by TripAdvisor, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is just a 2.5-hour drive up I-69 from Indy and offers a day of fun for the entire family in ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 24, 2018 in Travel
Home trend: Dog showers
Last month, we listed and sold a lovely 1961 French provincial-inspired ranch in Indy’s popular Devonshire neighborhood. Among its many amenities, this home featured a fully updated walkout basement that opened to a heavily wooded private ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 15, 2018 in Buying a Home
Indianapolis Fourth of July events kick off the month with a bang
The Fourth of July and all the festivities that go with it kick off the month of July in Indy. But after the last firework display fizzles out, you’ll find a variety of festivals and events to keep the summer fun going all month long. (By the ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 9, 2018 in Indianapolis
Offline chats: Connecting more deeply
Where do you have your most intimate conversations with those that you love, where your deepest emotions and most personal thoughts come spilling out?
For my husband AJ and I, it’s our swimming pool!
This habit of using the pool as a place to ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 1, 2018 in Kristie Fun
Home trend: Craftsman-style houses
A new construction Craftsman-style home
Craftsman-style homes are hot! So hot, in fact, that a recent study by RealEstate.com showed that entry-level homes with the word “craftsman” in the listing description fetched a 34-percent ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 25, 2018 in Buying a Home
Treat your dog: Indianapolis dog bakeries
We remember when Three Dog Bakery popped up on Broad Ripple Avenue in 2000 and what a novelty it was at the time. Times have certainly changed! Today, pet owners spend more on their pets than ever (upwards of $86 billion every year with that figure ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 18, 2018 in Indianapolis
Enjoy Indianapolis’ June events, festivals and fun!
While the month of May in Indianapolis is spectacular, June in Indy has its own delights. As summer takes hold, the festivals, cultural standbys and arts events are plentiful, and plenty fun! This list we compiled reflects just a fraction of all ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 10, 2018 in Indianapolis
2018 Indianapolis home tours and garden walks
If you’re into watching the shows on HGTV, you probably love a great home and garden tour, too. You’re in luck, because Indianapolis offers a wide variety of tours all year long. Need home décor inspiration? Check. Have a green ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on May 3, 2018 in Indianapolis
Home trend: Master-on-main floor plans
Home building trends come and go, but the master-on-main floor plan seems to be here to stay. This doesn’t just go for upper-end homes—you’ll find master bedrooms on main floors across every price point. (Scroll down for a full ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 26, 2018 in Buying a Home
Pamper your pooch at an Indianapolis dog park!
Dog parks are good for doggies’ bodies and souls, allowing them to burn off excess energy, learn proper socialization with other dogs and humans, and gleefully run and play with their dog friends. Seriously, have you ever walked past a dog ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 19, 2018 in Indianapolis
Eliminating blood cancers: Someday is today
A world without blood cancers. No more leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.
This is the vision of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I’m proud to have supported such a noble cause for many years.
You may know that in 2011 ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 11, 2018 in Goals
Celebrate May with Indianapolis 500 events and more!
It may be hard to imagine now (please, no more snow!), but May and its springy warmth will soon be upon us. And Indianapolis will be festooned with not only new flora, but black and white checkerboards as well. Drive through a neighborhood or ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 5, 2018 in Indianapolis
Live near the Monon Trail
Given the popularity of Central Indiana’s Monon Trail (more than 1.3 million people use it annually!), it’s hard to imagine that some homeowners in the mid ‘90s/early ‘00s were opposed to having the trail run along their ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 29, 2018 in Indianapolis
Mark your calendar: Carmel arts, events, festivities and fun
The city of Carmel has been voted the best place to live in the U.S. many times, and looking at its roster of upcoming events, it’s easy to see why Carmel’s citizens love living here. There is so much to do—from holiday ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 22, 2018 in Carmel
Translation, please? Understanding Indy-speak
Like any city, Indianapolis has its own vernacular. We’ve compiled this glossary to help demystify this jargon for Indy newbies. Study and practice—in no time, you’ll sound like a local!
Boilermakers—The nickname for Purdue ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 13, 2018 in Relocation
8 easy ways to support the Zionsville Education Foundation
While we were building our house in Zionsville (a 17-month process), I decided I needed to get involved in the community well before our move-in date. I joined the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, ventured from downtown Indy to the Zionsville ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 8, 2018 in Zionsville
Mark your calendar: 2018 Zionsville events, festivals and fun
Spring is right around the corner in Central Indiana and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy all that our community has to offer. Despite its relatively small size, Zionsville offers so much for its residents and ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on March 2, 2018 in Zionsville
Starbucks addiction: The struggle is real
Is there a Starbucks 12-step program?! Literally as the baristas at my new neighborhood Starbucks were getting to know me by name, my doctor told me that I needed to stop ingesting dairy. I really don’t eat that much dairy to begin with, but ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 22, 2018 in Kristie Fun
School spotlight: Allisonville Elementary School
Washington Township has excellent public schools, and we often get questions about one of its elementaries, Allisonville Elementary School. In fact, we’ve helped many families move within the school’s boundaries for the specific reason ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 15, 2018 in Indianapolis
Buy your next home on an Indianapolis golf course!
If you’re enthralled with the game of golf and take every chance you can get to smack a few balls at the nearest course, you probably don’t need much persuasion to consider living on a golf course. However, you don’t have to be a ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on February 5, 2018 in Buying a Home