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The former School 80 in Broad Ripple was converted into condominiums several years ago.
One of Indianapolis’ cultural districts, Broad Ripple is known for its nightlife, as well as its independently owned restaurants, galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. With the Monon Trail running through its heart, access to the White River, and several parks, Broad Ripple is also an outdoor recreation destination.
This small enclave has an eclectic vibe, with a reputation for being socially, economically and ethnically diverse. Long popular as a place to live, Broad Ripple’s housing includes charming vintage bungalows, as well as newer condo developments. While Broad Ripple’s southern border is officially Kessler Boulevard, the blocks to the south have been dubbed “SoBro” (South Broad Ripple) in recent years as the area has gentrified.
Much of the city of Indianapolis is easily reached from Broad Ripple, including downtown, which is just six miles to the south.
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Note: Although technically situated in Washington Township, Broad Ripple is served by Indianapolis Public Schools.
Note that all students in IPS are eligible to apply to attend other IPS schools (the Choice Program). View Choice Program information. Enroll Indy’s Schools 101 page is also very helpful in sorting out public school choice in Indianapolis.
Petite Chou – It’s hard to choose just one restaurant in Broad Ripple—there are so many fabulous dining spots—but we just love the champagne selection and French-inspired fare at this Café Patachou offshoot. 823 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis
Broad Ripple Art Fair – Held in May, the annual Broad Ripple Art Fair signals the beginning of summer in Indy and brings 200-plus juried artists and artisans to the grounds of the Indianapolis Arts Center. Browsing the wares, sampling the eats and taking in the live music make for a fun day. 820 East 67th St., Indianapolis
Monon Trail – Stretching from downtown to Carmel, this popular rail trail runs through the center of Broad Ripple. When the weather’s nice, all the strollers, bikes, skates—and even the stray unicycle— come out. View a Monon Trail map >>
Brick House Dueling Pianos – Right off Broad Ripple Avenue, the musicians at Brick House Dueling Pianos provide an entertaining, interactive night of sing-along, can’t-help-but-dance music. Blow off some steam Tuesday evenings with trivia and karaoke! 6235 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis