Best place to retire: Mass Ave
Pros: A great eclectic stretch along Mass Ave
Cons: Still a little sleepy compared to other American cities.
Real estate: Basic condos can go for $200,000. A 1,000 square-foot top-floor rental right on Mass Ave is $1,000 a month.Indy isn't just for racing anymore. Over the last 15 years, its downtown has livened up. "We used to be known as 'Naptown,'" says real estate agent Steve Rupp. "We've certainly shaken that off."
Of several designated arts districts, the hottest is eclectic Mass Ave along Massachusetts Avenue. There are theaters, galleries, a comedy club, and an international arts festival. Walk into downtown for the American Super Heroes Museum, and shop at the Indianapolis City Market on your way home.
The world-renowned Indiana University Medical Center, where Lance Armstrong went for treatment, is nearby. And if you're into racing, see if you can spot Michael Andretti and Dan Wheldon coming out of their homes at 757 Massachusetts Ave.
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