Park Valley Estates maintains several small clusters of restaurants and bars that attract traffic from a mix of interstate travelers and community residents. Just Pizza shows exactly why it can compete with nearby national pizza chains, with its delightful and expansive menu selection. If you don't like pizza, simply order a burger or spaghetti, but if you're in the mood for a quality slice, the bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with cheddar cheese, onions, hamburger and bacon should do the trick.
O B's Pizza Pub & Eatery right next door combines great pub food, pizza and drinks with a family-friendly atmosphere. Look out for special events, because this place always has something going on. Down the street at Jordan's Fish & Chicken, the Indianapolis based, bare-bones fish and chicken spot offers meals for every appetite, whether you're by yourself, with a friend or with the whole family. The fish family combo gives you the best idea of the menu, and with juicy cuts of chicken alongside flaky fish, it will make sure no patron goes unsatisfied.
Post Pub works alongside several area bars to prevent your Thursdays from ever being boring again. A hip local vibe and cheap drinks keep the spot popular for residents, but nearby destinations such as Skylight Bistro & Wine Bar ensure that you can find just the style of nightlife you want.
The Park Valley Estates neighborhood grew out of the increased development of Indianapolis and the surrounding suburbs, which doesn't give the neighborhood much of a history of its own. However, central Indiana has a rich history, including that of the arrival European settlers and the many Native American tribes that inhabited the area beforehand, and which still have a substantial cultural foothold in much of the region.
Unfortunately, the area contains no museums that memorialize this storied history, but only a short drive away in the Indianapolis city center, several museums with a range of thematic focuses delight visitors from all over the region. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site memorializes our 23rd president, while the Indiana State Museum holds many annual events and rolling exhibits and features an IMAX theater.
To get a taste of culture, the nearby Warren Performing Arts Center puts on a packed schedule of rolling performances to keep the whole family entertained and cultured.
Park Valley Estates certainly caters to pedestrians, but you can find tons of easy options for getting from place to place. Indianapolis's public transit system, IndyGo, doesn't serve the area extensively, but a few stops in the region feed back into its more comprehensive downtown coverage area.
For residents, finding a cab already in the area is a challenge, but at only 8 miles away from the urban core, many taxis make the trips for a decent fare and tip. Similarly, eager Uber drivers often make their way out to the neighborhood, but prospective taxi riders should budget the extra travel time into their schedules.
Finding parking presents no struggle for drivers as the secluded subdivisions and open commercial zones offer plenty of free spaces, and drivers can rejoice at the quick access to the northern-bordering Interstate 70, which cuts right into the heart of the city.
With so many housing divisions and a few more prominent roads, bikers and walkers have an easy time getting from place to place in a very safe environment despite the lack of bike lanes, In fact, because of the neighborhood's small area, walking or riding a bike make their cases as the best ways to get around Park Valley Estates.
Because Park Valley Estates rests so far from downtown Indianapolis, the cost of living in the region is slightly lower than the city average, but not substantially. However, renters do save a fortune compared to what they would spend in many other Indianapolis neighborhoods, with the average rent for a one-bedroom
residence at approximately $505 per month.
Public transportation to the city center, while slightly inconvenient at times due to limited routes in the area, comes in at less than $2 a trip, with only $4 for a day pass. IndyGo also provides cheaper fares for seniors, students and minors. Those who choose to drive pay gas prices resting about 9 percent lower than the national average price.
The typical price of a beer at a local pub ranges, but for every specialty craft brew you can find for $4 to $7, you'll find a hometown bar serving up domestics for $2 to $4.
Its primarily residential makeup means that Park Valley Estates residents have to travel to do most of their shopping. However, proximity to the Washington Square Mall to the south and several local boutique stores give residents and visitors reasons to shop locally.
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National grocers like Kroger come a dime a dozen near Park Valley Estates, but local chains, such as Marsh Supermarket, also provide the basics you need. You need to travel quite a bit away to find a farmer's market but don't need to travel outside of the city to find the rich produce and home goods of the heartland.
The Park Valley Estates neighborhood has many green areas for local children and families to play but few established parks within its boundaries. Although the Maple Creek Golf Course provides a great weekend day out with friends, patrons may pass that up for free options such as the nearby Bel East Park or Grassy Creek Park.
No exercise-centric parks lie in or around the area, but almost all parks have specific locations where your pet can play or find relief, and all regional parks welcome children. Few annual activities take place, but make sure to be on the lookout for cookouts and concerts on holidays, such as July 4th, and around the holiday season.