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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]


Bobby Vormbrock Joins Red Edge Realty as a Managing Partner

Welcome, Bobby and team!

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent Broker

Bobby Vormbrock and Team

Red Edge Realty is always looking for talented, hardworking agents, which is why Bobby Vormbrock and his “A-Team” are an ideal fit. Bobby joined Red Edge on Feb. 14 as a Managing Partner after 15 successful years at RE/MAX.

“Bobby and his team are adding to the momentum we’re building at Red Edge,” says Mike Hall, Principal Broker, founder and owner of Red Edge. “It’s an exciting time to be part of real estate in and around Louisville – especially when you have agents that are the caliber of Bobby.”

The addition of Bobby and his team will further fuel the growth of Red Edge Realty, which Business First ranked in its Top 40 Real Estate firms in 2017, a year in which Red Edge agents sold 550 houses for $103 million in volume.

As a Managing Partner, Bobby will lead a new Red Edge office in Mount Washington. This marks the fourth Louisville-area office for Red Edge Realty, which has grown to 57 agents serving Kentuckiana.

Bobby’s past accomplishments include earning the rank of No. 7 RE/MAX Agent in Kentucky in 2016 and being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2013, an honor bestowed upon agents exceeding $1 million in commission.

When asked why he came on board at Red Edge Realty, Bobby said, “The opportunity to grow here at Red Edge was a much better fit for me and my team.” Plus, the firm’s fees and commission plans are some of the best he’s ever seen.

Bobby brings with him four longtime agents he describes as his A-Team: Nicki Vormbrock, Nick Novak, Geoff Novak and Becky Mann. They have a wealth of real estate experience and are known for offering clients quality and consistent customer service. In addition, Bobby has already made three additional agent hires of Tyler Bacon, Bobby Lewis, and Josh Cooper.

In announcing his move to Red Edge, Bobby made it a point to thank his clients on social media: “Many of you have given us the confidence we needed to take this leap. We wouldn't be here without your business and trust for the past 15 years.”

Red Edge Realty's Vormbrock-Novak Real Estate Center is officially open for business and the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce plans to host a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on March 22nd at 1:00 pm at the new office which is located at 683 N 31 E Bypass, Mt Washington, KY 40047.   

Red Edge Realty also has locations in the East End, Highlands and Shepherdsville.


10 Staging Tips to Make Your Louisville Home Sell this Spring

Give your home the spring freshness buyers are looking for.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Spring porch

Welcome future buyers with a spring-themed front porch.

Spring brings out more buyers who are hoping to use the mild weather and a fresh start to inspire their search for a dream home. Here are some tips from the experts on how to stage your home with spring in mind. 

  1. Give your home the ol’ spring cleaning. The best way to present your home is with a fresh sparkle and shine.
  2. Give the floors and walls a little boost. Buff out the worn areas of the floors and give the walls a fresh wash, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.
  3. Bring in fresh, light colors. Put away the heavy blankets and swap them out for throws, pillows, candles, and other simple accessories in all of your favorite Easter basket hues.
  4. Let the sun warm the room – and the buyer! Pull open your currents and blinds and let fresh sunlight fill the room.
  5. Let spring scents accent each room. Use lightly scented candles or diffusers to create a subtle reminder of spring in the home.
  6. Use simple botanical accents to give the home a fresh feel. A few framed flower prints, especially in greens and light yellows, can help the home feel peaceful and tranquil.
  7. Clear the counters in the kitchen of all your useful appliances and tools, and replace them during showings with a bowl or plate of in-season fruits or veggies.
  8. Spring-up the front door. Remove wreaths and invite buyers in with a cheerful welcome mat, flower planter, or spring-theme sign.
  9. Remember the back door, too. Buyers are tired of fallen leaves and empty branches. Add a touch of spring to your back door with some flowering bulbs or succulents.
  10. Consider investing in a landscaper who will keep the yard looking pristine throughout the spring and summer seasons.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a house this spring, contact an agent today.

[Source: HGTV]



Entrepreneurs Find Community, Inspiration in Norton Commons

Norton Commons continues to draw small-business owners and their families.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Norton Commons fountain

Norton Commons is a great place for businesses and families.

Insider Louisville recently did a feature about several small-business owners in Norton Commons. Many Norton Commons residents are discovering that they can live, work, dine, entertain, and find true community in Kentucky’s only “Traditional Neighborhood Development.”

These planned neighborhoods create spaces for commercial, residential, recreational, and educational environments all within walking distance. And for the residents of Norton Commons, their little neighborhood is filling all their needs.

Many residents in the feature had lived in Norton Commons for awhile before they decided to build a small business there. Once they were in the community - embracing the lifestyle that it offers - they were hooked and found Norton Commons to be the best place for their business, too.

Norton Commons currently has more than 1,000 residences and 60 businesses, plus three schools and dozens of recreational areas.

If you’re looking to move into Norton Commons, talk to an agent today. Houses in this idealic area go fast, so we’d love to help you find the Norton Commons home of your dreams.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Award will Enhance Outdoor Experience in West Louisville

The $25k “Spotlight Award” recognizes an outstanding Louisville initiative

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Residents in West Louisville will benefit from the outdoor experience.

There are even more reasons to love our town. This month, Louisville was one of 10 cities awarded a “Spotlight Award” recognition and $25,000 prize.

The award comes from the Aetna foundation, which contributed to an initiative called the “Healthy Cities and Counties Challenge.”  Louisville was selected because of a program called, “The West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative.”

As part of this program, residents in lower-income areas can use nature as a way to enhance their physical and mental health, while reducing stress and discouraging crime. This program is already making a big impact in West Louisville, and the $25,000 award will go a long way in improving the outdoor experience for countless Louisville residents.

[Source: Courier Journal]


Louisville Will Have a Year-Round Public Market

The Logan Street Market will open in Louisville's Shelby Park by Summer

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

The Logan Street Market will provide local venders with an opportunity sell fresh foods.

Some ideas meet a tangible need while providing a noteworthy site for tourists and curious visitors.

That’s what the proposed Logan Street Market might do for the area of Shelby Park. The owners, Mike and Medora Safai are hoping to open the year-round, covered market on the corner of Logan and Kentucky streets, in the old Axon candy and tobacco building.

The market will provide space for farmers and local artisans, as well as display kitchens for chefs and a stage. The Safais will also open Wild Hops Brewery on site, and their coffee roasting facility for Safai Coffee will be visible from the market as well.  

This could be a great opportunity for the local residents, who will benefit greatly from the available fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses as well as Kentucky-area farmers. The space will also be a major attraction for out of town guests and tourists.

This is an exciting time to invest in the area in and around Shelby Park. Talk to a Realtor today about available properties in the neighborhood, and you might just be walking down the street for fresh fruit this summer.

[Source: Courier Journal]


Designers Predict the Next Trends for 2018

Ready for a design change or want to get your house ready to sell? Try these design tips.

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

artisan light fixture

Top designers predict artisan light fixtures will be huge in 2018.

Some top designers are weighing in on what they think will be the trends in 2018. Here’s a quick list of what to watch for, explore, and maybe try in your own home:

  • Light purples, lavender, and other soft tones
  • Higher contrast rooms, with neutrals mixed with brighter colors
  • More circle patterns in accents like pillows, art, and wallpaper
  • Shades on the same color on both walls and furniture
  • Less brushed silver and more copper or brass fixtures
  • Richer color schemes, using more metals, gem tones, velvets, and sheek blacks
  • Olive and chartreuse greens
  • Localize wood, stone and other natural pieces
  • Woven accessories
  • Textured and layered wallpaper
  • Trim in braver colors
  • Broad variations of subway tiles
  • Warmer colors
  • Velvet couches, pillows, chairs or seat cushions
  • Bolder patterns worked into the design
  • Local artistry – especially in light fixtures

What trends are you ready to try? We’d love to help you find the house of your dreams – move-in ready or a blank canvas for your creativity. Contact an agent today to find the perfect house in the Louisville area.


[Source: HouseBeautiful]


Louisville Homeowners Saw Profits using Airbnb

2017 brought in $10 million for Louisville Airbnb hosts

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

house in grass

Airbnb continues to grow in popularity for Louisville’s home hosts.

Airbnb, an online platform for renting houses or rooms short-term, continues to grow in popularity, and this is great news for homeowners who host in Louisville. In 2017, more than 78,000 guests came to Louisville – which was greater than other Kentucky cities. Total, these rentals brought $10 million in 2017, compared to about $6 million in 2016.

To include your home or rental property in 2018 on Airbnb or other vacation rental sites, you can get a permit through the city.

But vacation rentals aren’t for everyone. Certain sub-cities within Louisville have internal regulations against using property as a vacation rental. If your property is in Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews and St. Regis Park, you cannot list your house.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Deck the Halls

With Love and Charity

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

Tis the season to take a moment, recognize your blessings, and pay it forward by giving to others. There are several charities in the area that are looking for your help this holiday season.

Big Momma’s, a soul food kitchen on the West side, is looking for help serving a meal on Christmas. They expect to see a 1,000 people or more that day who are looking for a warm place to have a meal for the holiday.

While many people will be enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner in their own homes, these folks are happy to get a hot meal at all. Several will probably be eating in the company of strangers. Even if that is the case, Big Momma’s hopes to make these people feel like family for a day, but they can’t do it without volunteers.

If you are looking for a way to give back this year or if you are hoping to show your kids the true meaning of Christmas, check in with Big Momma’s to see how you can help. They are accepting donations, grocery store gift cards and the help of willing hands. This dinner is not just for those who are homeless. It is for anyone who struggles with getting a meal on the table Christmas day or who just doesn’t want to eat alone.  If you are interested in helping at Big Momma’s this Christmas please call (502) 772-9580.

Source: The Courier-Journal


Tis the Season

For Family Tradition

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

If you’ve ever watched an American Christmas movie, a quintessential scene is that of the family carefully selecting their Christmas tree and bringing it home on the top of their car.

If you are longing for that Clark Griswold experience, you can chop down your own tree at one of the farms below. Check out for a full list.

  1. Huber’s Orchard & Winery. 19816 Huber Road, Starlight, Indiana, about 28 miles from downtown Louisville. 812-923-9813.
  2. Meyer Christmas Trees. 24619 Tom Evans Road, Borden, Indiana, about 24 miles from Louisville. 812-923-9355.
  3. Roberts Christmas Tree Farm. 9977 N. County Road 25 E, Seymour, Indiana, 52 miles from Louisville. 812-521-1902.
  4. Werkmeister Christmas Trees. 966 Clarks Lane (Ky. 1442 W), near Shepherdsville, in Bullitt County, about 20 miles from Louisville. Elizabeth Werkmeister Shafer, 502-543-6084.
  5. George C. Wethington Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm. 10407 Easum Road, Jeffersontown, about 13 miles from downtown Louisville. 502-267-5119 and 502-592-2552.

Source: The Courier-Journal


The Local Malls

New and Improved

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent


If you are older than 25, you probably remember when malls were the place to be in America.

Recently, malls have taken a downturn. But new strategies are helping to reinvigorate the spaces. If you live in Louisville Metro, you are most likely familiar with The Mall at St. Matthews or The Oxmoor Center. In nearby Shelby County, you will find The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Go inside and you’ll notice a departure from the malls of the 1980s. Where you would have once found retail clothing store after retail clothing store, you’ll now find attractions designed for convenience.

For example, high-tech and high comfort theaters have become par for the course in many modern malls. You will also find Apple stores, cell phone carriers, entertainment facilities and even gyms. You might also notice a host of food options.

Gone are the days of fast-food-only food courts. You will find upscale restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen. You may even find a grocery in more malls as they continue to evolve. Shoppers are looking for a place where they can meet all needs in one stop and malls are happy to oblige. Call your Red Edge agent to check out the St. Matthews or Hurstbourne areas so you can take advantage of a mall near you!


Source: Insider Louisville

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