Rating prestigious ZIP codes

November 4, 2009
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Indianapolis isn’t like some cities, where it’s critical to live in the “right” ZIP code area. But if that were important here, where would it be?

Bif Ward, long one of the area’s top-selling real estate agents, says there are two, and it’s hard to tell which is tops.

The 46032 area in Carmel is home to people like tech entrepreneur Scott Jones and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. It’s also where former Conseco co-founder Steve Hilbert built his mansion. Mitch Daniels moved in a few years ago, too.

The area seems to appeal to people who want lots of space and a quick shot to Indianapolis International Airport, says Ward, who is with local firm F.C. Tucker Co.

Her other pick is 46240 in northern Washington Township, itself in the northern reaches of Indianapolis, and just south of 46032.

Williams Creek neighborhood characterizes 46240. It’s an older area than 46032, so it has a more established feel. The lots also are smaller. Williams Creek often attracts people wanting a shorter drive to downtown Indianapolis, Ward says.

Residents include former WellPoint chief Larry Glasscock, developer George Broadbent, and Jeff Thomasson, who owns Oxford Financial Group Ltd. Others are Richard West, who made a fortune baking hamburger buns for McDonald’s, and Sydney Eskanazi, the founder of strip mall powerhouse Sandor Development Co.

What do you think? Why aren’t ZIP codes a big deal here? And has Ward picked the best?
 

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  • Prestigous Zips
    That's why Bif gets the big bucks.
  • Would agree
    Would agree with Bif on this one, both of those zip codes are by far the most desireable zip codes to live in Indiana.
  • No ZIP code envy
    Do you know the difference between people who live in Carmel and the people who live in Geist? People who live in Geist don't care about their ZIP code.
  • M-Kessler, BRipple
    46220, represent!
  • I think I agree
    I would have to agree with Bif - West Clay part of Carmel and Williams Creek area of Indianapolis definitely hold their value and offer a lot of nice homes and accessibility to downtown. The only possible addition I would add is Zionsville - 46077 I believe.
  • Go Bif!
    Good picks (I live in 46240) altho the lots in Wms Creek are definitely not smaller - maybe it's a misquote! Bif knows better.

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