Broad Ripple is a neighborhood that adjoins the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. Broad Ripple is more of a starter neighborhood with many bungalows in the 1,000 sq ft range. Many of them do have basements for additional storage; they are cement block basements as opposed to the poured concrete we now see in new construction.
Jacob Coil established the town of Broad Ripple on the banks of the White River in 1836. One year later, construction on the Canal began. Today there are still homes located in the flood plain, so be careful which home you choose.
These homes will typically have arched doorways, glass doorknobs and hardwood floors. More than likely they will have a galley kitchen and a detached garage. Some homeowners have converted the attics into Master bedrooms giving more space to the home. It is also a neighborhood that is fueled by small town atmosphere and a sense of community.
People love living in this area because you can quickly walk to the Monon Trail (15 miles of trail that is paved for walking, biking, rollerblading, etc) and the shopping, entertainment, and restaurants that are also within walking distance. There is a dog park too! The claim to fame in Broad Ripple is Broad Ripple high school where David Letterman attended.
Watch for the Drumstick Dash held every year in Broad Ripple (a 5 mile walk/run) on Thanksgiving morning! Other events include the Annual Art Fair with over 280 artists and attracting more than 25,000 people.