Published on September 28th, 2012 | by Mark Walker

Living in Irvington

When I tell people that I live on the East side of Indianapolis, you can almost hear the guns shots and police sirens sounding off in their heads. We do have our fair share of crime and mischievous activity, but it’s really no worse than other communities in Indy.

Balanced on Washington Street and centered on Arlington Avenue, Irvington is a 545-acre trapezoid about 5 miles east of downtown. It was founded in 1870 and adopted by the city of Indianapolis around 1902. Since it’s founding, Irvington has continued to develop and has now become one of the most endearing and cherished neighborhoods in the city of Indianapolis. I could probably write a book (a poorly written one) about the reasons I love living here, but here are my top three: 

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

Let me start by saying that Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Even if this weren’t the case, I’d still say that you HAVE to come to the Irvington Halloween Festival. The festival starts on October 20 and lasts till the 27th and I recommend coming each day. Irvington is known for supernatural activity, and this time of year the ghouls are definitely out and about!

You can take a ghost tour, hear live music and visit some of the great local businesses (one will be highlighted below). The festival also hosts a 5-mile run, a parade down Washington Street, decoration contests and plays some of the best Halloween-themed movies out there. If you’re thinking of coming…and I know you are, then visit the Irvington Halloween Festival website for more details about how to get involved and what to expect for you and your family.

Black Acre Brewing Company

One of the best parts about living in Irvington is getting to see it evolve, and in the last year, some major evolution has occurred. Black Acre Brewing Co. opened fairly recently and gave Irvington something it desperately needed. Irvington is already home to some of the best local restaurants in Indianapolis like Jockamo Upper Crust and The Legend Cafe, but now we proudly offer some locally brewed beer too!

Inside Black Acre you’ll find a comforting decor made mostly from reclaimed materials and an impressive selection of beers. They offer 5 or 6 house brews and double that amount in guest taps, so check their currently on tap page to get the lowdown. I’ve probably tried all the house brews by now, and I’d say their IPA is the all-star. Don’t take my word for it, come on over to try a pint for yourself and let me know what you think!

Historic Homes

One of the many reasons my wife and I chose to move here was because of the historic homes it offered. Irvington offers many unique homes, like the Benton House, which is a classic example of the Second Empire style of architecture. If you’re going to visit the neighborhood, you should definitely take the time to visit the Benton House to tour the structure and stroll the native gardens. Irvington offers several different architectural styles, so be sure to drive (or walk) slow when you visit.

As you can see, there are many reasons to live in (or at least visit) Irvington…I had a tough time narrowing it down to three. Forget what you’ve heard about Indy’s East side and head this way to see for yourself. I think you’ll be surprise by what you find. The impressive architecture, support of local merchants and passion for community all make it a wonderful place to live. My guess is that after your visit you’ll be thinking of reasons to come back again!

 Other local merchants to check out:

Indy Homespun
-A boutique devoted to handmade goods.

Indy Cycle Specialist-Top-rated cycling store that is locally owned and operated.

Geneva Hair Studio
-A full-service salon in the heart of Irvington.

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About the Author

Mark Walker is a lifelong Hoosier who staked his claim in Irvington with his wife and dog in 2008. When he’s not sleeping or working he’s brewing beer, telling a bad joke, or playing music in his band She Does Is Magic He has an enthusiasm for all things local and green living. Mark is also owner of Punch Bug Marketing a full-service social media marketing company. Google

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