"Pocket Neighborhood" trend popping up in central Indiana

"Pocket Neighborhood" trend popping up in central Indiana

A new kind of neighborhood is popping up in central Indiana, drawing inspiration from the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.

A major pocket neighborhood development is planned in Zionsville just south of 106th Street and Zionsville Road.

A pocket neighborhood is where the homes face each other, sit close together, and share green space.

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PUD requested for 'pocket neighborhood'

PUD requested for 'pocket neighborhood'

During its Monday, March 16, meeting, the Zionsville Plan Commission will consider a rezoning request for 18 acres near Zionsville Road and 106th Street from rural single family residential to a planned unit development. The PUD, if approved, would allow for a new neighborhood called Inglenook. Wayne DeLong, director of planning and economic development, said the commission typically does not make a decision on a PUD request at the first meeting and expects the same for this request.

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Inglenook A Pocketful of Sunshine

Inglenook A Pocketful of Sunshine

Inglenook, a Carmel pocket neighborhood, enhances your senses, brings back old childhood memories, and makes you feel like you belong. Earlier this summer, Ross Chapin, an architect from Seattle, visited Inglenook for the first time to see his work of art come to life. 

 

His pocket neighborhood designs consist of clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around a shared open space – a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley – all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship.

“This is a shared room, it’s a shared commons with eight other households,” said Chapin.

Each pocket home at Inglenook, located in Carmel, is not only authentic and soulful on the inside, but simple on the outside. These homes have settings where nearby neighbors can easily get to know one another, while also maintaining privacy. 

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Demand for Smaller Homes fuels new trend in central Indiana

Demand for Smaller Homes fuels new trend in central Indiana

There is a growing trend and demand for smaller homes. While condominiums have filled a void for empty nesters and first-time home buyers, one north side developer is using a decades-old idea to build neighborhoods, not subdivisions.

It is not the house or neighborhood for everyone, but according to the developer/builder of Inglenook neighborhood, it will bring the extrovert in you out.

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The Newest Cottage Industry

The Newest Cottage Industry

Peter Moon's family of six snuggles into bench seats for dinners together. Their house is 1,100 square feet, a bit smaller than two squash courts. "We really don't need more space," says Mr. Moon, a 46-year-old software designer. "I don't mind being cozy."

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