6 Amazing Urban Backyards

Peer over the fence at some of the city’s best outdoor living spaces on small lots.
Apologies for all “sale pending” statuses, but that’s the reality of the current seller’s market in Indianapolis—homes that are accurately priced and well-staged are selling within days. Remember, pending sales don’t always go through. Some homeowners could still offer showings while an offer is pending.

Little Flower

1457 N. Linwood Ave.

2 BR/2 BA, 2,104 square feet

$145,000 (sale pending)

Agent: Deb Kent, 317-225-2253

No wonder this perfect eastside cottage received a couple of offers within hours of hitting the market. The owner put some love and care into this charmer, both inside and out. The backyard’s multi-level deck and pergola leave plenty of grass and gardening space. Inside, upgrades like the real-deal laundry room complement historic details, such as a double arch in the living room.


Fountain Square

1306 Laurel St.

3 BR/1 BA, 1,924 square feet

$169,000 (sale pending)

Agent: Jason Whitaker, Keller Williams, 317-200-6626

If you think the lush gardens out front are impressive, wait ’til you see the other side. Beyond the expansive deck with benches and shelves, the backyard is divided into vignettes for dining, gardening, and lazing around. Inside, there’s an unusual and dramatic wooden ceiling.



4840 Winthrop Ave.

2 BR/1 BA, 1,052 square feet

$159,900 (sale pending)

Agent: Mark Branch, Century 21 Scheetz, 317-403-4397

It doesn’t get any cuter than this outbuilding painted with pops of lime green and blue, adjacent to a flat deck with a pergola. It’s currently used as an office. The contemporary interior boasts lovely windows and a streamlined kitchen. The house sold in two days.


St. Joseph

214 E. St. Joseph St.

4 BR/5.5 BA, 5,760 square feet


Agent: Gary Angstadt, Century 21 Scheetz, 317-627-6652

A private pool and hot tub are hard to come by downtown. If you ever grow tired of swanning around the chic backyard, this renovated 1860 mansion has four floors of finished space and 12-foot ceilings.



430 Terrace Ave.

3 BR/2 BA, 2,214 square feet


Agent: Bill Bisson, Keller Williams, 317-777-0533

In an area where most rehabs are contemporary, this one leans traditional with a deep-coffered ceiling and rich cabinetry. The kitchen has double ovens. Upstairs is an in-law suite with another kitchen. Your Airbnb guests will love your manicured backyard with a covered deck.


Windsor Park

1101 Windsor St.

4 BR/3 BA, 3,358 square feet

$200,000 (sale pending)

Agent: Doug Fredbeck, Keller Williams, 317-643-4775

The number of bedrooms and bathrooms in this farmhouse-style redo in up-and-coming Windsor Park, just northeast of the end of Mass Ave and close to Woodruff Place, isn’t the only unusual feature about it. The screened shed in the back has been spiffed up into a little retreat with strands of lights.