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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (March 1, 2016) – 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.

You may think the buyer for these homes would be baby boomers looking to downsize, but the developer said an existing pocket neighborhood in Carmel attracts young and old. He hopes that will also be true in Zionsville.

They’re suburban digs with urban flair.

“We’re trying to be creative and fun,” said Casey Land, developer, “We’re actually building a neighborhood versus a subdivision.”

Land is the developer behind Inglenook of Carmel, just off 99th Street. The 27 cottages there were all finished and sold by December. The houses are situated around courtyards. There’s a distinct neighborhood feel. The style is the brainchild of a Seattle architect, Ross Chapin.

“This brings out people, so they can get to know their neighbors. This is a social neighborhood,” said Land.

Land has a bigger pocket neighborhood planned for Zionsville, with 48 cottages going up in three phases. Three of are already sold. A major sticking point is the proximity to downtown Zionsville, he said.

“The goal is to be walkable and extend the village on out,” he said.

The pocket neighborhood is a trendy concept with its own Midwest flair. Basements are in the homes, a feature not common in other pocket neighborhoods.
Land said pocket neighborhoods are part of a bigger movement as people want the urban feel, as well as the ability to cut the clutter.

“We wanted to put the finishes that you would typically see in a very high-end house in a smaller house,” he said.

As for being too close to your neighbors, those who live in the development in Carmel don’t mind.

“You’re close to everybody, and you can talk with them, and you can share thoughts and ideas. You can see them coming and going,” said David Bowers.

Land said he’s still finalizing the development process in Zionsville, with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2016. Homes there start at $350,000.

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