15 miles northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana, lies the city of Fishers. Despite its relatively large size--the population is just shy of 80,000--Fishers was classified as a town until as recently as 2012, when a referendum was passed for it to become a city. You can choose to spend a quiet afternoon on one of the city's excellent golf courses or perhaps explore the historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens, built in the mid-19th century. Fishers was named the safest city in 2011 and 2012. With a relatively low cost of living, its the ideal place to raise family.
Around 78 percent of residential properties in Fishers are owned, with only 17 percent rented and 5 percent vacant. A residential turnover rate of 21 percent ensures that theres always homes for sale or rent to own houses on the market, yet according to figures, there were only 24 house sales between May and July 2013. Of these sales, the median sales price was $163,000 -- up 18 percent on the same period last year, suggesting that despite the low numbers of sales, the housing market in Fishers is in good health.
Around 90 percent of Fishers' residents drive alone to work, with an average commute time of 28 minutes. Interstate 69 runs through Fishers, giving residents quick and easy access to the Interstate 465 loop and Indianapolis to the south. Currently there isnt any public transportation between Fishers and the states capital, but a referendum on whether to fund a regional transit system that would include a link between the two cities by rail is expected to be held over the coming year. With getting around Fishers being so easy, just about any neighborhood would be a good place to look for a home.
Fishers is technically classified as having a humid continental climate and experiences distinct seasons: the summers are hot and humid with a moderate amount of rainfall, while the winters are cold with an average of six inches of snowfall a month. During January and February temperatures may even drop to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, while summer months see average highs in the low 80s. Temperatures during the spring and fall can change quite dramatically from day to day, so preparing yourself for a sudden warm or cold burst is wise. When looking for a place to buy or rent, be sure that both the furnace and the air-conditioning work well.
The annual Fishers Renaissance Fair takes place every October and brings medieval England to the city. The Fair offers events and entertainment that include jousting, jesters, and even a queen with her court. Appropriately, the festival takes place on the Saxony development, and around 150 volunteers dress as historical and legendary characters to add to the authenticity. Fishers has also created a Community Art Plan to help establish community art projects, with the first public project set to be the creation of a mural in the downtown area.
If you have a big night out planned or want to dance, the temptation to make your way down Interstate 69 to Indianapolis may be too strong to resist. If you just want somewhere to socialize with friends over a drink and some good food, Fishers has lots to offer. The Chatham Tap is an American sports bar with an English pub twist -- the type of football most often shown on the HDTVs here involve a round ball. For something totally different, you might want to try Cafe Du Meemo, which is pretty much a coffee shop by day but a hookah bar by night.
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