One does not have to be a census taker to notice the rapid growth of several cities in Hamilton County. Picasso Lawn and Landscaping is proud to be a part of the rise of this area by improving and maintaining both old and new properties. Regardless of its size or age, we can provide the residents and business owners with the ideal landscape to complement the style of their building, and layout of their land. Like Hamilton County, our business has also grown rapidly due to our consistent record of great results. We vow to continue this to all new and existing clients.
History and Overview
The city now called Carmel was designed in 1837 under the name of Bethlehem. Less than a decade after it was settled, a post office was established, and named Carmel. Upon its incorporation in 1874, the city took the name of the post office.
Carmel later became home to one of the nation’s first traffic lights. Today, the city covers an area of 48.55 square miles, 1.09 of which is water. The rapid growth of Carmel began a decade earlier than some of its neighboring towns, with its population rising by 364 percent during the 1960s. The 2010 census reported 79,191 residents living in the city, with a 2015 estimate of 88,713. Carmel is also a city with above average affluence, with its residents seeing a significant increase in their property values. A 2014 report found that the median home price is $294,000. Property values can also rise as much as 20 percent more with an attractive landscape, which is why more residents are turning to companies with a proven track record of success like Picasso Lawn and Landscape to meet that goal.
Property appearances, a diverse downtown area, and low crime are all factors leading it to be given two awards by CNN Money. It was ranked Best Place to Live in the United States in the year 2012, and the third best in 2014. Along with many locations around the growing Greater Indianapolis area, this city is one of the most desirable places to move.
Carmel has its own independent public school district. It consists of 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Private schools also have a significant presence within the city, which includes preschools, K-8 elementary schools, one high school, and one grade 4-12 academy.
Attractions and Economy
The arts are well represented in Carmel. Its biggest artistic attraction is the Center for Performing Arts. It is divided up into the Palladium, the Tarkington Theatre, and the Studio Theatre. The Palladium seats 1,600 people, it is a concert hall that houses the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music and dance recitals comprise the bulk of stage performances at this facility. The Tarkington, a 500 seat stadium, primarily puts on plays, lectures, and talent presentations. The Studio Theatre is geared towards comedy, cabaret, and dance recitals. The center is located in the arts and design district of the city, which has an array of boutiques, collections, as well as restaurants. It is also a host to many events throughout the year.
In addition to the arts, much of Carmel’s economy is also retail oriented. Apart from Clay Terrace and Village Park Plaza, the two largest centers, it has several other strip malls and individually owned stores across a wide range of goods. The town prides itself on promoting small businesses similar to Picasso Lawn and Landscaping, which give their customers that personal attention and touch.