Until recently the SoBro area (short for South Broad Ripple) has the dubious reputation of being a neighborhood you would settle for if you couldn’t afford to buy into artsy and trendy Broad Ripple. The area features primarily mid-century ranch and other smaller homes with decent-sized yards in walkable neighborhoods. Main streets get you to where you need to go quickly and efficiently, but step into the quiet, tree-lined back streets and you’ll find it’s surprisingly peaceful.

SoBro has always had its own charms, including mainstays such as The Jazz Kitchen (food and live music), Yat’s (Cajun meals on a budget), Mama Carolla’s (Italian cuisine), Luna Music, and the “is-it-a-dive-bar-or-is-it-just-hip” Red Key Tavern. These stalwarts have been joined by a dizzying array of new businesses that have started up in the past 5 years - just a very short stroll from the corner of 54th and College Streets you can hit up the Dancing Donut for a freshly baked bacon crusted pastry, nosh on handcrafted pizza at Diavola , do a sun salutation at Embarque yoga, purchase farm fresh eggs and produce at Locally Grown Gardens (a former gas station on the Monon Trail), enjoy macarons and crepes at Gallery Pastry Shop, get the week’s groceries at Fresh Market, sip a chocolate shake at Tiny House Treats, or visit the year-round farmer’s market at the Bent Rail Brewery.

Insiders know to stop at Herbig’s garden center on 52nd Street in the summer for farm-fresh sweet corn and tomatoes picked that day, and get friendly and personalized recommendations of healthy treats and food for your furry friends at City Dogs on College Avenue.

For those with school-aged children, the SoBro and Broad Ripple area is home to Sidener Academy for High Ability Students and Bishop Chatard and Christ the King (elementary) Catholic schools.

This central location of this up-and-coming neighborhood makes it easy to get just about anywhere in the city in no time. But with all these offerings right here in your SoBro back yard, you may not need to venture far.