The residential neighborhood of Arden is bounded by 71st Street on the north, Pennsylvania Street on the west, College Avenue on the east, and the White River on the south. Arden is directly north of Broad Ripple and is bounded by Meridian Hills on the north, east, and west.

Originally part of the Walter Johnson farm, the family sold 14 acres to the Van Sant family in 1910. Twelve years later the Van Sants used 12 acres to plat a small subdivision while the Johnson’s platted a larger subdivision using 112 acres of their farm. Both subdivisions were vacated by 1928 with the construction of only a single home. Arden Realty Group purchased 126 acres from the Johnsons in 1929 and subdivided the property for the development and construction of the Arden neighborhood. Though construction ceased during the Great Depression, development picked up over the next 20 years. A handful of homes have been constructed in recent years, with homes ranging in price from $175,000 to $3 million.

Arden lies in the center of numerous cultural, educational, recreational, and commercial nodes, all within a five-mile radius of the neighborhood. A trail system along College Avenue renders the neighborhood within walking distance of Marott Park to the northeast. Holliday Park to the west is accessible via an off-road hiking trail under Meridian Street.

The Arden Neighborhood Association is a voluntary membership organization. Members are committed to preserving the atmosphere of Arden, coordinating neighborhood social activities, maintaining public spaces in the neighborhood, and keeping the neighborhood safe with a crime watch program.

Revised July 2021

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