Beyond the Balance Sheet: The Non-Financial Treasures of Home Ownership
In the world of real estate, we often talk about the financial aspects of homeownership—the equity, the investment, the tax benefits. But today, we want to shift our focus to something equally important, yet often overlooked: the non-financial ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 23, 2023 in Better living
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 February 13, 2023 in Relocation
2022 Indianapolis Women's Half Marathon
Carmel is proud to host one of the ten largest, female-only half marathons in the US on October 15th. Known for its big race feel with small-town hospitality, the event offers competitive fields, a fast course and cool vibe that has attracted ladies ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on June 3, 2022 in Kristie Fun
How Many REALTORS Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?
Whenever people ask me: "Kristie, what's the easiest and cheapest thing to do before hitting the market?" The answer is easy -- especially since it is also my greatest pet peeve...
Wait for it....LIGHTBULBS! Whether I walk into a church, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 18, 2022 in Selling a home
Build a luxury home in Carmel's Grassy Branch at The Bridgewater Golf Club
Consisting of 60 generously sized lots perfect for custom homebuilding, the gated community of Grassy Branch at Bridgewater is the latest addition to the luxury Bridgewater Club community in Carmel. Now building custom homes, Grassy Branch at ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on September 12, 2021 in Luxury homes
Holliday Farms - Zionsville's New Country Club Community
With a unanimous vote the Zionsville Town Council approved the rezoning of 597 rural acres at Michigan and Willow roads that will become a luxury community in the heart of Zionsville. And while Zionsville already has an abundance ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on August 17, 2020 in Zionsville
Pros and Cons of Buying a Carmel home on a Golf Course
As the weather warms up, avid golfers hit the links on any day above 50 degrees, golf leagues kick off and the fairways turn emerald green. It’s a magical time for golf course communities in Carmel.
Now, I’m not a golfer, but I ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 1, 2020 in Carmel
Have you ever felt like you don’t belong?
Back in middle school I remember not fitting in with the “cool” kids and feeling like an outsider—craving to fit in and be accepted. Ironically, I was seeking to fit in with those ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on December 13, 2019 in Neighbors
Hot new Carmel restaurants!
Fork + Ale House
Fork plus ale is too simple of an equation to capture the complexity of this sports bar, plus brewery, plus food-fresh dining experience.
Located on the Monon in the prime spot next to Sun King Spirits in the heart of Carmel, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 17, 2019 in Carmel
Round out your summer with Indy's August festivals, events and fun
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but summer will be over before we know it. (Sorry!) Be sure to round out the summer of 2019 with some of the season’s hottest events and festivals, including the Indiana State Fair, IndyFringe Festival, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 9, 2019 in Events
Now open: Carmel's Cake Bake Shop
Think: Parisian mornings and storybook castles; shooting stars and royal weddings. These fantasies lie at the heart of Gwendolyn Roger’s new location of the Cake Bake Shop in Carmel City Center. The restaurant inspires whimsy long before the ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on July 8, 2019 in Carmel
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 19, 2019 in Events
Celebrate May with Indianapolis 500 events and more!
May and its springy warmth will soon be upon us, and that means the onset of racing season! Indianapolis will be festooned with not only new flora, but black and white checkerboards as well. Drive through a neighborhood or two—we bet ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on April 21, 2019 in Events
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 26, 2019 in Events
Foodies, rejoice! Devour Indy is back
It's time to take a break from that New Year's diet—Devour Indy is back! If you’re a foodie or just looking to contain your dining-out budget, Devour Indy is a can’t-miss event. The 2019 winter edition of this restaurant ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 20, 2019 in Indianapolis
How to keep your 4-legged friends active this winter
Whoa! Indianapolis really got walloped this weekend—more than seven inches of snow! Our bet is that your dog is loving it—we’ve seen plenty of cute online videos of doggos enjoying the fresh snowfall. We humans, however, are bound ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on January 13, 2019 in Dog Life
A win-win for you and your pet: Doggie daycare in Indianapolis
Do you feel guilty about leaving your pup alone all day while you’re at work? Does he fill his alone time by chewing up your brand-new shoes or ripping apart your throw pillows? Does he have extra energy that can’t be burned up ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on December 16, 2018 in Dog Life
The best of Indy’s north suburban holiday festivals
If you live in or around Carmel, Whitestown, Westfield or Zionsville, you have lots of fun options this winter holiday season.
Some events are great for families, others are really just for adults. Some take place outside, and others, thankfully, ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on November 28, 2018 in Events
Indianapolis holiday festivals, here we come!
Downtown Indianapolis has so much to offer during this holiday season, whether you’re venturing out with family or are looking for adult-only fun. Check out our curated list and stay tuned! We’ll catch you up to speed on Carmel and ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on November 25, 2018 in Events
New Thanksgiving traditions
Do you and your loved ones have special traditions for the Thanksgiving holiday beyond watching football, stuffing yourself and taking an afternoon nap? If you’re looking to shake up your routine or add more meaning to the holiday, all these ...
Posted by Kristie Smith on November 10, 2018 in Better living