You need to be prepared for a bit of a battle when you start thinking about moving to Zionsville. Real estate here is highly prized among those working in Indianapolis, and so you need to make sure that you have all of the relevant bits and pieces you'll need to find an apartment or house quickly and get a contract locked up tight. To be ultra specific, you'll need references, proof of employment / income, and a sizable security deposit.
So what can you expect to find in the city in terms of housing? Well, it's primarily detached homes, so rental housing is easiest to come by when you're looking for larger properties. Again, this helps to explain the higher-than-average rental prices. Apartment complexes only account for about 10 percent of the market, so get your game face on and start looking right now if you're seeking apartments for rent. Keep in mind that just about every place you visit is likely already being carefully considered by a bunch of other people as well. What does this mean for you? It means don't think too hard before committing to a place, or you might just lose it.
Zionsville has a WalkScore of 63, so it's somewhat walkable. Essentially, if you live centrally, you can probably walk to just about any amenity you might need. But if you're slightly further out, you'll need to use some form of transport other than your legs. It's always essential to take a little tour of town before settling on any particular area. You never know, you might think somewhere's great only to realize that there's somewhere even better across town. If only you hadn't already put down your deposit -- Doh! Here are a few tidbits of info on the three local neighborhoods that might prove helpful:
Town Center: This is where most of the action is, and where the main walkability of the town comes in. Down Main Street, you'll find all the local restaurants and little boutique shops in town, including Greek's Pizzeria, Villaggio Ristorante and Bar, Cobblestone Grill, and an interesting shop called Ballerinas and Bruisers. Great place to shop if you're a ballerina or a bruiser. Surely we're all one of those... right?
Northern Meadows: If enjoy golf, you'll surely want to be close to Zionsville Golf Course, which is located in this area of town.
Russell Lake / Eaglewood Estates: Out to the west of town, you'll find a nice area called Cobblestone Lakes, which is full of big, fancy houses. This may not be so great if you're after a cheaper apartment to rent in Zionsville.
Zionsville really comes alive at its town center. It's been engineered to have the feel of a village, largely to attract shoppers from nearby areas. It's a lovely area, and here you'll find all of the local shops and restaurants described above, with streets paved in brick and lit by old fashioned streetlamps at night.
There are also festivals in town throughout the year, with the July Fourth fireworks of particular note, bringing people from all over the state. The Fall Festival is also popular, with parades and marching bands rushing through town. Transport is great in the city as well, since it links south to Indianapolis, making it super easy to go down Route 421.