Couple Finds Community and Convenience in Fall Creek Place
At first glance, urban living might not have been an obvious choice for Ryan and Kate Brumbaugh. Both worked on the west side of Indianapolis and resided, conveniently, in a condo in the city's Eagle Creek area. But the then-newlyweds soon realized that they were spending a good deal of their time downtown, whether for church activities, visiting friends, or enjoying the many cultural amenities and dining options downtown has to offer. In 2011, they began attending City Gallery receptions that were being held before the Harrison Center's popular First Friday art openings. There, they met with CDC representatives, realtors, and residents who were excited to share with them about all their neighborhoods had to offer. Kate shares that it was difficult to choose a neighborhood with so many options, and each with their own unique appeal.
Eventually, they settled on the King Park Area neighborhood of Fall Creek Place. They purchased a beautiful 111 year old home that is within walking distance to some of their favorite places: Monon Coffee Company, City Yoga, Tea's Me, Goose the Market, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and more. In Fall Creek Place, they have found an active group of people who are committed to their community, regularly organizing block parties and neighborhood clean up days. An invitation to join a weekly neighborhood supper club connected the Brumbaughs quickly to ten other families and helped them to feel truly at home.
As a young couple starting a family, they appreciate the variety of choices available for schooling, from charter, to private, to public. They also enjoy how urban living helps them to maintain a "green" lifestyle, driving as little as possible. Avid cyclists, they are excited about the Monon and the Cultural Trail which allow them to bike to all of their favorite places - farmer's markets, libraries, restaurants and more. Kate adds,
"We also love the diversity of living downtown; there is a range of ethnicities among our immediate neighbors, which is very different than the homogeneous condo community we lived in before. We love the idea of 'front-porch living', where neighbors greet each other as they pass by on the sidewalk and there is a true sense of community and care."