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Family Date Ideas in Louisville

Fun family ideas for the fall

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Fall Family Fun

Caption: Family fun is everywhere in Louisville.

The kids went back to school and you’re adjusting into your new fall routine, but there are still many ways you can spend quality time together as a family in and around Louisville. Here are some free family date ideas for the city this September.

  • Middletown’s Family Fun Festival & Craft Show - September 6-7

  • Native Plant Walk at the Louisville Nature Center - September 7, 9-11 a.m.

  • Gaslight Festival in J-Town, September 13-15

  • Annual International Fair at South Central Regional Library - September 21, 12 noon-4 p.m.

  • NuLu Fest on East Market Street - September 28, 11 a.m-11 p.m.



Zombies Will Be Wandering the Streets in Louisville

Just another normal night for Louisville’s undead

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner


Watch out for zombies this month!

If you happen to look out your window on August 24 and notice a parade of zombies straggling by, you (probably) aren’t suddenly living among the undead. It’s just time again for Louisville’s annual Zombie Walk! Originally created as a tribute to Michael Jackson, the Zombie Walk is a fun and creative trek down Bardstown Road the last Saturday of each August, beginning at 8:29 p.m in honor of Jackson’s birthday, 8/29.

Many people join in on the fun, from coordinating family costumes to elaborate and terrifyingly realistic masks and makeup. Zombies grunt, groan, moan, and sigh through the Highlands in Louisville, from Mid City Mall to the Monkey Wrench, where there’s a huge party for all the undead participants. It’s a fun evening for families, friends, and those who like to literally drag themselves out of bed. Vendors line the path with more zombie accessories and snacks (brains, likely), and even half-decomposed celebrities join the crowd for some fun.

The annual Zombie Walk is just another reason that it’s great to live and work in Louisville, even if you’re a zombie!



Tips for finding a great school in Louisville!

How to find the right house and the right school for your family

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Picking a school in Louisville

Choosing a school is a major factor in finding the right house!

Whenever you’re looking for the perfect house for you and your family, finding the right school is a major factor in the process. Even the most amazing house won’t be perfect for your family if the local schools won’t meet your needs.

Here are some tips for finding the total package. And when you’re ready to get started, talk with a Red Edge agent today about how we can help you find your next home in the Louisville area!

  1. Understand the system. Each city – Jefferson County included – has different systems for what neighborhoods go to which schools. A school directly across the street from a house you love will not automatically be the school your kids would attend. Make sure you check school district maps and do your best to understand where you really want to be.
  2. Ask around! If you have friends, family, or co-workers in the area, ask them what schools they loved and why. Use your network to help identify some schools worth looking into further.
  3. Visit the schools. After you have narrowed your search down to a few choice schools, find an opportunity to visit those schools and neighborhoods in person. It’s one thing on paper, but you might get a whole different feeling when you’re actually there.
  4. Be prepared to adjust. As with all house-searching, you will need to prioritize what you are looking for. You’ll have to find that balance between what you need in the school, what you want included in your home, how long of a commute you might need to expect on a daily basis, and what your financial situation requires. It’s a tricky balance, but you can do it!



Free Family Events this June in Louisville!

Make Family Memories this Summer!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Summer fun

Louisville has free summer fun for the whole family!

The kids are out of school and your summer fun is just getting started! But making summer memories in Louisville doesn’t have to break the bank.

We rounded up a list of just a sample of the free family events in and around Louisville this June. These events and programs are just another reason why Louisville is a great place to live and play!

  • Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. – Farm animal feeding at Blackacre Conservancy
  • Every Sunday from noon-5:00 p.m. – Admission is free at the Speed Art Museum
  • June 1 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Family Fun Fishing Event at Falls of the Ohio
  • June 5 at 8:30 p.m. – Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse movie at Iroquois Amphitheater
  • June 7 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. – School’s OUT Block Party at Hope Place
  • June 9 at 2:30 p.m. – Bluegrass on the Beargrass at Cherokee Park
  • June 15 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Family Farm and Forage Day at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
  • June 20 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – World Refugee Day Celebration at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church
  • June 26 – WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series at Waterfront Park



Louisville’s Best Neighborhoods for Home Buyers

Ready to buy your first home? We’d love to help.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner


Louisville has the perfect neighborhood for you!

When you’re ready to buy your first home in Louisville, one of the biggest questions you’ll ask is, “What neighborhoods are best?”

Louisville is a diverse city with great options for every lifestyle, from the urban professional to the farm-loving family. And everything in-between! It all depends on what you’re looking for! Great schools? We’ve got that. Access to local restaurants or nightlife? We have that too!

Parks, transportation, events, shopping, churches, coffee shops, recreation, and local treasures, too! Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure an agent can help you find your dream home in or around Louisville.

Here’s just one list for you to consider from Niche of some of Louisville’s hottest neighborhoods based on schools, safety, and access to local amenities:

  • Gardiner Lane
  • Hawthorne
  • Belknap
  • Cherokee Gardens
  • Rockcreek Lexington Road
  • Highland Douglass
  • Cherokee Seneca
  • Schnitzelburg
  • Hayfield Dundee
  • Audubon
  • Deer Park
  • Avondale Melbourne Heights
  • Germantown
  • Tyler Park
  • Clifton



Louisville’s Annual Give a Day!

Another Great Reason to Live and Work in Louisville

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Mayor's Give A Day

A special week for Louisville residents!

Each year, Louisville participates in the Mayor’s annual initiative, “Give a Day: Mayor’s Week of Service” in collaboration with Metro United Way. This year, the event is happening April 13-20, and it’s a great way to celebrate living and working in the Louisville area. This week-long event helps show just how generous and compassionate Louisville’s residents can be!

In this week of celebration, citizens are encouraged to give back to Louisville in some way, whether big or small. Participants can volunteer, donate clothes, give blood, help a neighbor, give generously, or volunteer in endless other possibilities. Last year, more than 205,000 volunteers participated in compassionate, selfless acts!

Louisville residents are encouraged to find a project, join a team, or report how they’ll participate on the Metro United Way website

[Source: Metro United Way]


Pie for Pi

March 14 is the best day for pie!
By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner


Pi Day (March 14) is the perfect day for pie!

Not that anyone needs an extra reason for pie, but March 14 is fondly celebrated as pi day, in honor of π, the mathematical symbol representing 3.14. In honor of any holiday celebrating tasty circular pastries, here’s a list of some of Louisville’s best pie eateries. It’s just another reason to love living and working in Louisville!

  • Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen – With locations all around the Louisville area, it’s a natural choice for a pi celebration.
  • Sweet Surrender Dessert Café – Pie by the slice? Yes, please.
  • Plehn’s Bakery – You might as well grab a cake while you’re there!
  • Nord’s Bakery – Pie? Yes. Maple bacon donuts? Yes.
  • Annie May’s Sweet Treats – Gluten-free and allergen-friendly options for the whole family!
  • Rawnaissance Desserts – Where true art meets vegan pastry.
  • Comfy Cow – When your favorite ice cream comes with a side of pie.
  • Mark’s Feed Store – You might need dinner with your buttermilk pie. Or just pie.

[Source: Yelp]


Love in Louisville

Some Unique Louisville Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Unique Valentines Dates in LouisvilleEnjoy a unique Louisville date this Valentine’s Day!

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in Louisville? You can’t go wrong with traditional hits like one of Louisville’s fabulous restaurants, a memorable theater experience, and cold walks in one of the City’s many beautiful parks. But if you’re ready for something different, here are a few unique opportunities for you to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day! These fun events are just another reason that it’s great to live, work, and date in Louisville.



Winter Decorating Tips and Trends

Looking for some decorating inspiration this winter?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

2019 Winter Home Decorating Trends

Redecorate with some of the season’s best trends!

There are many reasons to redecorate your house this winter. Maybe you just found your dream house and are ready to make it shine, you’re ready to refresh the look of your beloved home, or you’re looking to sell your house and want to appeal to potential buyers. Here are some of the predicted trends and popular ideas for home design this winter!

  1. Create a woodland retreat: As it gets colder, we’re naturally drawn to warm, comfortable spaces. Think dark berry colors, chunky blankets, and cozy spaces for curling up and waiting out the winter.
  2. New Nordic: The idea is to create simple designs that say a lot. Use dark wall colors paired with light woods, and bring in subtle texture and layers to create a warm depth.
  3. Global Nomad: This style is all about the textures, pigments, and pottery inspired by exotic lands and locations. Use pillows, tapestries, fabrics, and art from around the world to create a comfortable, interesting space.
  4. Luxe Revival: You can bring a touch of luxury and decadence into your rooms with a simple combination of brass, marble, and velvet in deep, rich colors. Introduce your home to a touch of cocktail-hour class and nostalgia.

[Source: IdealHome.Com]


Why December is a Great Time to Buy

Five Reasons Why December is a Great Month to Find a Home

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Winter home

December can be a great time for a savvy, adventurous buyer!

If you’re in the market to find your next home, sweet home, don’t let the weather in December send you into hibernation. Here are five reasons why December might just be the best time to buy!

  1. Less competition! Most potential buyers lay low in the colder months, so it’s not as likely that you’ll be competing with 10 other offers two hours after a house hits the market!
  2. Tax benefits! If you close on your house before the end of the year, you’ll be eligible to deduct some of those costs from your tax return.
  3. Motivated sellers! If the house is on the market in December, the seller is probably looking to make a deal. You can help give one another a very happy holiday!
  4. Realistic expectations! Without the distractions of blooming landscaping, you can get a clearer look at the true attributes of the home. Plus, you get to observe how well the heater works, if the windows are letting in a draft, and if the neighborhood streets are cared for well in less ideal weather.
  5. You can lock in low rates! The rates can change quickly, so if the winter is offering you low rates, you can snatch them before a new year brings higher interest.

Of course, the downside to shopping in winter is that there might just be fewer options available. But you might just find that dream home you’ve been waiting for. There’s no place like home for the holidays!

[Source: MoneyTalkNews]


Louisville Pizza Week!

Enjoy yummy Louisville pizzas at a special rate from November 12-18
By MIKE HALL, Broker/Agent/Owner

Rolling pizza dough

Pizza Week is another great reason to live, work, and EAT in Louisville!

If you needed yet another reason to love life in the Louisville area, might we introduce you to Pizza Week!

November 12-18, several Louisville pizza restaurants are participating in a great event for guests and residents. At each of these locations around the city, diners can find delicious, 10-inch pizzas for just $8.

More locations might be added closer to the event, but so far the 2018 participants include: 

  • BoomBozz(all locations): Highlands, 1448 Bardstown Rd., 502-458-8889;  Jefferstontown, 1890 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 502-491-4111; Westport Village, 1315 Herr Ln., 502 394-0000; and Jeffersonville, 1450 Veterans Pkwy., 812-913-4171
  • Bubba’s 33:  4631 Medical Plaza Way, Clarksville, IN, 812-284-5933
  • Danny Mac’s Pizza: 1860 Mellwood Ave. #112, 502-890-6331
  • DiOrio’s919 Baxter Ave., 502-614-8424 
  • Mellow Mushroom St. Matthews: 3922 Shelbyville Rd., 502-409-6874
  • Parlour131 W. Chestnut St., Jeffersonville, IN,  812-914-7400
  • Pizza Bar Louisville445 S Fourth St. 502-915-8113
  • Sarino: 1030 Goss Ave., 502-822-3777
  • Sullivan’s Tap House3929 Shelbyville Road, 502-907-0424

[Source: Louisville Courier Journal]


Louisville Offers More Fall Fun for the Family

Visit One of Louisville’s Pumpkin Farms this Fall

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Pumpkin patch

Louisville is a great place to live and celebrate this fall!

Louisville is a great city to live in year-round! There are amazing parks, a variety of festivals and fairs, compelling art and museums, and all kinds of seasonal fun for the whole family. The numerous pumpkin patches and farms with corn mazes, rides, games, animals, pumpkins, and/or tasty treats around the area are just another reason to love living in Louisville. Check out one of the many fall events available to you in Louisville this month:

Southern Indiana:


Oldham / Shelby / Bullitt County

If you’re looking for more reasons to love Louisville, talk to an agent today about the great homes, neighborhoods and community amenities available around the city!



Decorating Inspiration for Your Fall Home in Louisville

Go ahead – hang that autumn wreath!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

autumn decor for Louisville homeowners

It’s time to decorate your home for fall!

Are you itching to decorate your house for fall, but needing a few new ideas to get you started? Whether you’re preparing your home to put on the market, looking to decorate your new house, or just wanting to try something fun and different, here are several ideas for your autumn-hued home!

  • A dried-wheat wreath – Switch up your normal fall leaves for a more rustic grain.
  • String light centerpiece – A bowl or clear vase of pinecones or mini pumpkins with a small string of lights makes an instantly charming centerpiece. Bonus if the lights are fall-themed!
  • All the plaid accents – Add a cozy touch of fall to your rooms with a casual, soft plaid throw blanket.
  • Outdoor leaf mobile – Grab the prettiest fall leaves you can find and string them together for a darling fall mobile for your porch or deck space.
  • Acorns a’plenty – Paint the bottom parts of acorns in a variety of your house’s theme colors and put them in a clear vase. So clever and easy!
  • Leaf place cards – Gather some dark and colorful fall leaves and use a gold marker pen or Sharpie to create autumn-chic place cards, sure to delight any dinner guest!
  • Apple wreath – You can use faux apples, bark, and leaves for another twist on the fabulous fall wreath.

[Source: Good Housekeeping]


Explore Your City!

Horse Tours are a real thing – and your family should do one!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Horse in Kentucky

Take a horse tour and see why Kentucky loves its horses!

You found your perfect home in Louisville, Ky. You’re settling into your new routine, and you’ve figured out a general idea of where the best grocery stores are, how to get to work quickly, and some of the fun areas to shop and explore. Now, it’s time for you to really experience some true Kentucky culture. Take your family on a horse tour!

Your family can learn from a collection of horse farms, medical facilities, and popular horse attractions to get the full understanding of why Kentucky loves and values its horses. You can book a guided tour full of wisdom, interaction, stories, and beautiful horses through several organizations, including Horse Country Tours.

You can also start watching for the horse statues around the city, at businesses, homes, and public areas. Be sure to stop in and ask the business owners about their own uniquely designed statue – and find out why Louisville is a great place to live, work, and play!



Fun Things to do in Louisville During July!

When your kids are out of school and you don’t want to hear “I’m bored!” even one more time

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Here’s a list to get your July family fun started!

Louisville is a great city for family fun, summer memories, and enjoyable activities. Here’s a round-up of just a few of the best things happening around this amazing city in July.

• Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, various plays on various dates – 6:30-10 p.m. – Old Louisville’s Central Park
• The July Flea Off Market at Shelby & Market Street in Nulu – 4:30-10 p.m., July 6
• Book Arts Workshop for Kids – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 7 – Historic Locust Grove
• Fit Tuesdays – 5:45 p.m., (Tuesdays) July 1-31 – KFC YUM! Center
• Concerts in the Village ft. The Newbees – 6-8 p.m., July 20 – Westport Village
• Moana Dive-In Movie Night – 8:30-11:30 p.m., July 21 – American Turners-Louisville
• 2018 South Points Buy Local Fair – 3-7 p.m., July 28 – Iroquois Amphitheater


Louisville’s Public Pools

For all your summer water fun!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner


Cool down this summer in one of Louisville’s public pools.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a HOT summer. Did you know Louisville has four public pools (and more than 30 splash areas!) where your family can cool down? Pools will be open through August 4, and you can buy single admission or season passes at the Aquatics Office of the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. Check out this useful map for pools and splash areas. Just another great reason why living in Louisville is the best!

Algonquin Park
1614 Cypress Street, 40210
Open Daily: 11am -4pm • Closed Tuesdays

Fairdale (Nelson Hornbeck Park)  
709 Fairdale Road, 40118
Open Daily: 1pm - 6pm • Closed Mondays

Norton (Camp Taylor Memorial Park) 
4201 Lee Avenue, 40213
Open Daily: 11am.- 4pm • Closed Thursdays

Sun Valley Park
6506 Bethany Lane, 40272
Open Daily: 1pm - 6 p.m. • Closed Wednesdays


A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Louisville Community Parks

Catch Some Shakespeare at a Park Near You!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Shakespeare in the Park

Catch a performance of Shakespeare in the Park this May!

There’s nothing quite as great as free, family-friendly outdoor entertainment. And when you add in parks, Shakespeare, and a friendly little fairy named Pip, the night just gets better! This May, you have another opportunity to view a great performance of a Shakespearian comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare in the Park is about halfway through with its outdoor run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Area parks will host the performance until May 19. Each performance also has an indoor alternative in the event of rain. You can find dates, locations, and more information on the Kentucky Shakespeare website.

Families often look for houses within close proximity to community green spaces and parks. The Louisville area has an impressive network of park areas, with many amenities and neighborhood attractions. Access to cultural events, art shows, live performances, and other family-friendly events is a valuable and attractive quality that Louisville offers.

Take advantage of some warm evenings, beautiful parks, and a talented cast of actors this May!



Farmers’ Markets: Serving Louisville’s Families

Come Find Fresh, Locally Sourced Produce, Eggs, Honey, and More!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Farmer's Market

Check out a local farmer’s market for Kentuckiana fruits, veggies, and other treats.

If your allergies are any indication, the Ohio River Valley is alive and thriving. A much sweeter hint is the arrival of local farmers’ markets around town. There are more than a dozen neighborhood open-air markets that are setting up for the season, bringing their fresh produce, free-range eggs, localized honey, and more natural treasures to local families on the hunt for quality goods.

Take pride in the talented and hard-working Kentuckiana farmers and specialists by finding a market near you. You can support local agricultural while searching for the perfect foods to round out your weekly meal plans. With markets from NuLu to J-town, Bardstown to 4th Street, Westport to New Albany, you’re bound to find one near your neighborhood. You can find local listings online or in several media outlets.

Farmers’ Markets are an area treasure, where community, enterprise, excellence, and ambition collide in the best possible ways. Take advantage of one of these markets with your neighbors, family, friends, or as a solo getaway into a simple wonderland.


Floral Tips for Faster Selling

Some Tips for using Flowers to Add Curb Appeal

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Spring is the perfect time to think about floral curb appeal.

Spring is the perfect time to think about floral curb appeal.

Potential buyers will see the outside of your house first, and some fresh, spring flowers could provide just the charm they’re hoping to find. As you’re getting your house ready to sell, consider adding some of the following floral touches. Remember, less is often more, so choose the options that best let your house shine!

  • Add simple window boxes with brightly colored seasonal blooms.
  • Clean all the winter weeds and debris out of front flower beds and make room for bright spots of color and leafy greens.
  • Never underestimate the appeal of simple groupings of potted plants on the porch or patio. First add some small evergreen options, then fill in with seasonal flowers to add color year-round.
  • Clean any rogue vines or branches away from the house.
  • Hang a seasonal wreath – well kept and lovely – on the front door.
  • Consider adding pathway flowers and greens along the sidewalk or path leading to the front door.
  • Add statue-esque potted topiaries on either side of your front door.
  • Employ the skills of a landscaping specialist or friend with an enviable green thumb!
  • Use ivy or climbing roses in specific areas to create a striking visual.

[Source: Southern Living]


New Restaurants by Area of Louisville

Because Louisville is a great place to eat – and live!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Find a brand new Louisville-area restaurant to try near you!

Find a brand new Louisville-area restaurant to try near you!

Louisville is a thriving foodie town, full of delicious restaurants and venues, from food trucks to fine dining! Already in 2018, numerous new restaurants have sprung up around the greater Louisville area. Here are some of the options you can check out when you’re ready to try something new!

  1. American Stakehouse Stadium – 5580 Highway 62, Jeffersonville
  2. Bob’s Steakhouse & Chop House – 400 S. Second Street
  3. Daddy Rich’s – 617 Oak Street
  4. Falls City Brewing Co. – 901 E. Liberty Street
  5. Hell or Highwater – 112 W. Washington Street
  6. Highway 31 Diner and Dive – 8610 Dixie Highway
  7. Joe’s Older Than Dirt – 8131 New La Grange Road, Lyndon
  8. Le Petit Café – 1325 Bardstown Road
  9. The Limbo – 411 W. Chestnut Street
  10. Lueberry Acai & Superfoods – 808 E. Market Street
  11. Neighborhood Services – 400 S. Second Street
  12. No Baked Cookie Dough – 805 Blakenbaker Parkway
  13. North Lime Coffee & Donuts – 1228 S. Sevenths Street
  14. Odeon – 1335 Story Avenue
  15. Porch Kitchen & Bar – 280 W. Jefferson Street
  16. Quills/Steel City Pops – St. Matthews Avenue
  17. Ramen Inochi – 2009 Highland Avenue
  18. Rawnaissance – 1759 Bardstown Road
  19. Roadrunner Kitchen – 145 E. Main Street, New Albany
  20. Whiskey Dry – 412 S. Fourth Street

[Source: The Courier Journal]

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