Urban Living in Carmel

Welcome to Sophia Square! Located at the corner of Main Street and the Monon Greenway, this stunning multi-use facility blends shopping, dining, a state-of-the-art workout facility and a luxury spa with a collection of premium apartments. It’s like a slice of New York has arrived to add a little razzamatazz to Main Street. We visited this summer and sat down for a conversation with Alison Melton, Real Estate Services, to find out how it all came to be.  The name “Sophia Square” sounds very cosmopolitan. What was its genesis?  Sophia means wisdom in Latin and is also the name of Ersal Ozdemir’s daughter. Ersal is the developer of Sophia Square. Because of its personal relevance and origin, the name seemed like a perfect fit for this European style development.  What was the inspiration behind its construction? Keystone wanted to create a well-designed structure that would improve the overall quality of living for its tenants while contributing to the surrounding area. The central location,  green features and first floor retail shops were all important factors in the planning phase. The fun and entertaining features found throughout the building were also key components to give tenants the chance to enhance their leisure time and social interactions by eliminating the need to travel and/or pay for such amenities. How many apartments are available in Sophia Square?  How successful have rentals been and what are the demographics of its residents?
There are a total of 202 apartments in Sophia Square which are currently 97% leased. Four of these are three bedroom/three bath units, while the rest are two bedroom/two bath or one bedroom/one bath units. All are named after European locales in keeping with its architecture. Residents are diverse in nature and range from those in small size families to high end executives, middle aged professionals and empty nesters looking for simplicity. The community provides an appealing lifestyle to anyone seeking a location where you can be active and enjoy dining, shopping and a wonderful night life within a city block. Describe some of the amenities that Sophia Square offers its residents. Sophia Square takes pride in its exciting menu of amenities. The expansive Mezzanine level Playdeck was designed to inspire and complement every taste, from the artistic and adventurous to the business executive, amateur chef and movie buff. Some of our features include:
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Business center and conference room
  • Wii gaming space
  • 3-D cinema
  • Billiards salon with card tables
  • Heated saltwater swimming pool with spacious party deck and outdoor grills
  • 24 hour fitness club – membership available 
  • Wireless capabilities in all amenity areas
  • Electric car charger in underground garage
  • Virtual golf 
  • Wine cellar
Additional parking for the downtown area is a real boon for visitors. How many cars does the underground garage accommodate?  There are over 400 parking spaces located in the two-story garage directly beneath Sophia Square. Word about its existence has reached more and more Carmel residents as evidenced by its increased usage.  How has proximity to the Monon Greenway benefitted Sophia Square? The Monon Greenway has been fantastic for residents who enjoy walking, running, biking and skating on a designated safe path. Since we are a community with many pet owners, they love the convenience of a pet-friendly trail right outside their door.