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Breathe Easier or Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Kentuckiana area

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Louisville Park

When thinking of Louisville, parks and recreation may not be your first thought. It’s usually Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger bats, bourbon, or the University of Louisville. However, the city and surrounding areas are rife with parks.

Whether golfing in at one of the Louisville Metro Parks courses, hiking at a state or national park, or cycling along the Discovery Trail, there are a variety of activities for young and old. Want to participate in morning yoga or your child wants to play on a baseball team? Want to see an outdoor movie or concert? Local parks have that. Check out your local parks and recreation department to see all the opportunities available.

Interesting Louisville history

Did you know that several of the original parks in Louisville were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted, considered the father of American landscape design, is most notable for designing Central Park in New York City and the grounds at the Biltmore estate in North Carolina. However, his greatest achievement was to design “a system of parks connected to tree-lined parkways.” He was able to complete four of these systems worldwide, and Louisville is home to one.[1]

Anchorage Parks

Bernheim Forest

Blackacre Nature Preserve

Clarksville Parks

Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve

Crestwood Parks

Floyd County Parks

Indiana State Parks

Jeffersontown Parks

Jeffersonville Parks

Kentucky State Parks

Louisville Metro Parks

National Parks

New Albany Parks

Oldham County Parks

Origin Park

Prospect Parks

Shelby County Parks

Shepherdsville Parks

Spencer County Parks

St. Matthews Parks

The Parklands

Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Waterfront Park

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens



So Much To Do, Yet So Little Time

Clear out those winter clothes and head out for spring fun.

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker


150th Kentucky Derby. On May 4, the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs. Be sure to check out the Derby Festival events leading up to the Derby.

International Food Truck Festival. On May 11 at the Big Four Lawn, check out local food trucks that are sure to please every palate.

Louisville Mac & Cheese Festival. Area restaurants and food trucks come together on May 11 at 4th Street Live! for a day of mac & cheese food and fun.

2024 PGA Championship. From May 13-19, the PGA Championship will be held at Valhalla Golf Club.

Poorcastle. Celebrating its 10th year, Poorcastle music festival takes place May 17-19.

BloomFest. On May 18, join the fun at Bernheim Forest’s annual spring celebration.

Old Louisville Spring Fest. Celebrate spring in historic Old Louisville with food trucks, artists, and music on May 18.

Gazebo Festival. The first music festival presented by the Jack Harlow Foundation will take place May 25-26 at Waterfront Park.

Petal Palooza. Celebrate color in motion at Kentucky Kingdom May 25 – June 30.

MindFEST. A free community event focused on mental health takes place on May 26 at Roots 101.


Find your green thumb with local nurseries and garden centers.

Green Thumb or Just All Thumbs

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Girl in garden

The first day of spring was March 19. However, it’s always a guessing game in the Ohio River Valley of when the last frost will occur and when it’s safe to plant your flowers in the spring.

Some gardeners suggest planting after mid-April, while others have pointed to having snow as late as Derby day and suggesting May to plant. Whatever time you decide to plant your spring flowers and vegetables, check out these local nurseries and garden centers for all your gardening needs.

Many offer consulting services, as well. So, if you need some help to landscape your yard for curb appeal, ask the experts.


Should You Stay or Should You Go Now

If traveling during spring break is out of your budget, check out these alternatives

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Child in fort

For many, spring break is an annual tradition to vacation at a sunny, warm beach. For others, it’s a week of giving back to the community through Alternative Spring Break.

But for some, travel is not an option and they must stay home. How can you make your spring break an adventure while staying home?

15 Fun Things to Do as a Family During Spring Break:

  • Visit a local museum.
  • Go camping, whether in your living room (PILLOW FORT!) or backyard.
  • Enjoy a DIY spa day.
  • Volunteer.
  • Take a daytrip to a nearby town.
  • Have a movie night.
  • Host a family art show.
  • Have a family book club.


50 Spring Break Staycation Ideas:

  • Learn a hobby.
  • Design an obstacle course.
  • Host a joke night.
  • Cook different world cuisines.
  • Take a class such as yoga.
  • Enjoy a music concert.
  • Create sidewalk chalk art.

Check out these kids’ camps:



Explore downtown Louisville at a discount

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Louisville downtown

Every year, Louisville Downtown Partnership promotes a hometown tourist celebration. Now through February 11, Kentucky and Indiana residents can visit downtown attractions at 50% off regular admission. Among those are the Muhammad Ali Center, Slugger Museum and Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Spend the week eating, experiencing, and learning about the city.

Want to check out other museums in the area? Here’s a list of museums for the sports, arts, science, and history buffs.









Southern Indiana


A short drive away


Stick the Landing

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

by MIKE HALL, Agent/Owner/Broker

Every year you make a New Year’s resolution. Some years you may stick to them for a few weeks or even months. But sometimes you fail and vow to follow through the next year.

Here are some tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolution this year:

  1. Be picky and specific about your resolution. Set only one or two goals.
  2. Set specific goals. For example, if you want to exercise more, set a schedule of what you will do and when. Make your goals measurable to keep you accountable. Make a list of pros and cons of why you’re making this resolution.
  3. Pick a new resolution. Instead of picking something you’ve chosen and failed at before, find something new to avoid falling into the same pitfalls.
  4. Plan your resolution. Before January 1 even hits, plan on how you want to reach your goal. Outline your plan, including your motivations, how to prevent falling into old habits, and steps to achieve your goal. If you want to eat better, plan some menus or food prep so you can jump start your goal.
  5. Take small steps. Don’t take on too much. If your goal is to lose weight, set a smaller amount to lose at first. And once you’ve reached your goal, extend it.
  6. Find a buddy. Whether a friend or partner, have someone help keep you accountable and be supportive.
  7. Renew your motivation. If after a few weeks, you find yourself wanting to go back to your old habits or your daily routine is making it more difficult to keep with your resolution, remind yourself of your goal. Remind yourself why you’re doing this and what you will gain by achieving your goal.
  8. Learn and adapt. If you fall back into your old habits, don’t think of it is a failing and quitting. Don’t beat yourself up and keep trying. Look at why and see how you can make changes to keep you moving forward. Keep a journal of your journey.
  9. Track your progress and reward yourself. Keep track of even small successes and positive changes and reward yourself on your short-term goals.  

If one of your goals for 2024 is to buy a new home, no need to go it alone. Red Edge agents are here and ready to help you navigate the Louisville real estate market, loan approvals and setting you up for an email with new listings in the neighborhoods you want! Buying a home is one goal we can help you make happen.


Home for the Holidays

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

christmas cookies

December in Kentucky is generally a bit cold and dreary but filled with love and warmth shown by the people in this community and the holiday season. Enjoy the sights and sounds with your friends and family this holiday with these events.

  • You see the lights on homes, but have you experienced them underground? Drive through Louisville Mega Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville. Open through Jan. 1, 2024. Tickets start at $21.99
  • Ice skating, a holiday market, train rides, and other events encompass Fête de Noel at Paristown.  
  • Experience the tale of Marie and her nutcracker prince’s journey to the world of Sugar Plum Fairy in Louisville Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Performances run Dec. 8-24. Tickets start at $22.40.
  • Dinner and a show? Yes, please. Check out Jack Frost Saves Christmas or A Christmas Carol the Musical at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Tickets range from $42 - $51.
  • An annual favorite for all ages. StageOne’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the story of the Herdman children as they participate in the town’s Christmas pageant. Tickets range from $17.55 - $23.40.
  • Learn about the origins of Christmas traditions during the Christmas folklore and nature history hike on Dec. 9 at Blackacre State Nature Preserve. $20 for non-members.
  • Ring in the new year at one of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Louisville is truly a lovely place to live!


November Fun That Doesn’t Involve Turkeys or Shopping

By MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker


Photo by Miguel A Amutio on Unsplash

While Thanksgiving and Black Friday tend to consume November, there’s lots to do throughout the month. Whether you love nature, wine or books, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Cirque Musica: On Nov. 28, be transported to the holiday wonderland in this musical journey of acrobatics and aerialists. Tickets range from $39 - $175.

Louisville Book Festival: Founded in 2018, the Louisville Book Festival celebrates and promotes the love and benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. On Nov. 10 and 11, authors, publishers, and booksellers will be on hand to sign autographs and sell books. The aim of the festival is to provide every child who attends at least one free age-appropriate book.  


Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K: Need to burn off a few calories before indulging in Thanksgiving dinner? On Nov. 23, join this 5K run/walk to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children, while also benefiting yourself.

Throo the Zoo 5K: On Nov. 11, walk or run in the annual 5K “throo” the Louisville Zoo. Don’t forget your costume. Participants with the most creative costume receive a prize.


Historic Louisville Narrated Cruise: Embark on a 2-hour river cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville or Mary M. Miller to learn about the history of the city and how steamboats influenced its early growth.

Other Events

Festival of Faiths: “Celebrate the power of love to cultivate meaningful connections, strengthen communities, and transform lives” at the Festival of Faiths on Nov. 15-18. Spiritual and thought leaders and artists will inspire you to open your heart and mind through poetry, workshops, music, and exhibits.

Festival of Trees & Lights: On Nov. 10-12, walk through a display of decorated trees, wreaths, and greenery donated by various businesses and groups to benefit the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. Take a photo with Santa, make some crafts, and enjoy Hanukkah activities with your admission.

Light Up Louisville: Celebrate the start of the Christmas season at Light Up Louisville on Dec. 2. There’ll be a Santa’s workshop with children’s activities, holiday train rides, live music, a holiday market, and of course Santa’s arrival.


Ghosts and Pumpkins and Witches, Oh My

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker


There’s sure to be something for everyone in Louisville to enjoy this month. Whether you prefer more fun events like pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating or the ghoulish and macabre like haunted houses, check out this list of things to do in Louisville or a short drive away.

Family friendly events

For the adults

Ghost walks and tours

Haunted houses and events


Fall, Food, Fun and Festivals in Louisville

Enjoy the smells, sights and sounds of these festivals and events

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Pride Flag

  • Gaslight Festival: From Sept. 10 – 17, the streets of Jeffersontown will host a variety of events and activities, including a motorcycle rally, golf scramble, 5k run/walk, parade, and car show.
  • Pride Festival: On Sept. 9, celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at the Louisville Pride Foundation’s Pride Festival. The free street fair will host more than 150 vendors, two performance stages, a wellness zone, and the Zappos family area. Can’t make it on Sept. 9, check out the other activities all month long at
  • Big Four Arts Festival: The seventh annual arts festival takes place on Sept. 9 and 10 at Waterfront Park. More than 150 artists will have their art on display and for sale, along with music, food trucks, and children’s activities. Admission is just $5.

Vroom, Vroom, Louisville

Get your motor running throughout August

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Funnel cake

Or just enjoy the sites and sounds at the 54th annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals®. More than 10,000 street rods, custom cars, muscle cars and vintage cars roll into town on now through August 6 for the world’s largest automotive participation event.

Seeing these brightly-colored hotrods on the interstates of Louisville and southern Indiana has been a long tradition with Louisville hosting the event for 29 years. Check out the exhibitors, kids zone, builders’ showcase, autocross and much more.

If cars aren’t your thing, check out the animals, arts, and entertainment at the annual Kentucky State Fair August 17-27. It’s too late to enter your famous apple pie for a blue ribbon, but you can see the winner of the perfect rose. There’s something for everyone, thrill rides and games, plenty of fried foods, free concerts, special exhibits, the World’s Championship Horse Show, and much more. Tickets start at $9.

Got food on your mind? Check out the St. Matthews Potato Festival on August 5. Learn about the history of St. Matthews while enjoying the spud-tacular tastings for the potato. Activities include cornhole, a scavenger hunt, spud putt, kids zone, music, and more. Admission is free.


What Wilt Thee Doth This Summ'r?

Louisvillians! Four ways to celebrate the Fourth and more this July

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Louisville Fireworks

 1.     Celebrate the United States’ Declaration of Independence at the annual Fourth of July celebration at Waterfront Park.

Activities begin at 5 p.m. on July 4 on the great lawn and will include music from the Louisville Orchestra, food trucks, and of course fireworks. Want to celebrate but a bit more lowkey? Hop on a the Belle of Louisville for a fireworks cruise and watch the fireworks on the river.

 2.     The longest-running, free Shakespeare festival in the U.S. happens right here in Louisville.

The annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival 2023 season kicked off in May and runs through early August. Performances are held in the upgraded Central Park. For performance dates and more information, click here

 3.     In its third year, the Frazier History Museum is throwing the Summer Beer Fest on July 29.

Beer, food, and music will be on tap. Purchase a VIP ticket and get exclusive access to more than 200 specialty beers and access to the museum.

4.     For a fun family friendly event, take part in the Splash ‘n’ Dash at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on July 22.

Participants can choose a 1K, 5K or aquathon with proceeds going to benefit the kids receiving care at Norton Children’s facilities.

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10 Tips for Summer Sun, Fun and Safety in Louisville

Don't let your fun come to an end

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

boy playing in sprinkler

The summer solstice on June 21 kicks off the summer season - a season of sun, humidity, pools, grilling, and outdoor fun.

With fun comes potential danger. Keep these safety tips in mind.

  1. Wear safety equipment, such as helmets and life jackets, when participating in recreational activities like bicycling around the Parklands and boating at Taylorsville Lake.
  2. Use sunscreen. Even on overcast days, that Kentucky sun can give you quite a burn. The more sunburns, the higher the risk of getting skin cancer.
  3. Don’t leave your child or pet in the car. An outside temperature of 90° F can reach almost 110° F in 10 minutes. Check your car’s back seat every time if you have children or routinely take your pet with you.
  4. Drink plenty of water and take plenty of breaks when out in the sun. Stay in the shade and wear light-colored breathable fabrics to help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  5. Prevent vehicle accidents. Check your tire pressure to keep prevent a blowout. Watch for children playing in yards and driveways that may dart out behind or in front of your car.
  6. Use bug spray. Mosquitos and ticks can carry dangerous diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile. Spray your yard to protect from pests – we recommend Mosquito Joe – and don’t allow water to stand.
  7. Be smart about food. Grilling and eating outside can be fun, but make sure foods are kept at appropriate temps to prevent bacteria from growing. Food-borne illness is dangerous and miserable.
  8. Stay safe around a pool. Even a child pool with a few inches of water can be deadly. Many of our clients have pools in their backyards.
  9. Get your HVAC cleaned and checked and regularly replace your air filter.
  10. Test your fire extinguisher and keep it or a bucket of water around when grilling, relaxing around a fire pit or bonfire, and setting off fireworks.

May is for More Than Horse Racing

The remaining 44,638 minutes of the month for Louisville residents

by MIKE HALL, Owner, Broker, Agent

The greatest two minutes in sports happens every year right here in Louisville. Tourists from all over the world flock to the city to watch the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.

But there’s more to Louisville than just the Derby during the month. A variety of well-known and not-so-known events are happening throughout May. Check out some of the highlights that are sure appeal to everyone.

For the music lover:

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday, May 31

Abbey Road on the River just across the Ohio in Jeffersonville, Ind., will host over 250 Beatles and 60’s themed performances over five days, May 25-29

For the pet lover:

Bluegrass Pugfest, May 20-21

Bark & Brunch by the Bridge, May 21

For the food lover:

International Food Truck Festival, May 13

For the sports lover:

Check out a game at one of the four professional sports teams: Derby City Distillers, Louisville Bats, Louisville City FC, Racing Louisville FC

For the outdoors lover:

Louisville Mayor’s annual Hike, Bike, & Paddle, May 29.

Cruise along the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville or Mary M. Miller

For the shopping lover:

Fleur de Flea, May 27

Kentucky Flea Market, May 26-29

For the car lover:

Battle of the Bluegrass car show, May 20


April Showers...Bring Derby Fun

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Jockey on horse

The greatest two minutes in sports is almost upon us. During the first Saturday in May, thousands of visitors travel to Louisville to experience the biggest horse race in the world—the Kentucky Derby.

More than 70 events during the Derby Festival lead up to the 149th run for the roses. Locals and visitors can enjoy food and music on the Waterfront during Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, watch balloons glow in the night, run in the mini marathon, or try for a hole-in-one. There’s something for everyone, including the homebodies. Check out virtual events for those who prefer to avoid the crowds.

Also, taking place April 29-30 is the 51st annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. With more than 200 artists, you’re sure to find some art to beautify your home with everything from fiber arts, metal and glass. The art fair is not just for adults. Kids are encouraged to join the Children’s Parade to kick off the fair on Saturday morning and enjoy the hands-on activities through the two-day event.

Looking for more low-key events or places to visit? Get outside at Yew Dell Gardens, Idlewild Butterlfy Farm, Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and Wilderness Louisville. Explore the area with one of the many hiking groups on, including Louisville Hiking Club, Louisville Hiking Meetup, or Hike and Bike the Ville.


Marching in Like a Lion

Severe weather can bring unwanted home repairs

by MIKE HALL, Owner, Broker and Agent

man on repairing home roof

Spring in Kentuckiana brings varied weather. One day it’s a sunny 75 and the next it’s 32 and snowing. Spring can also be a time of flooding or high winds in and around Louisville.

These weather events can cause damage to your Louisville home. Take these measures to help safeguard your investment.

  • Inspect your roof. Hire a roof to inspect your roof and look for any loose shingles or leaks. A proper inspection should look at the attic, perimeter, and rooftop and should identify any cracks, curled or missing shingles, and issues with flashing.
  • Clean your gutters. Gutters cluttered with leaves and debris can cause water to seep into your home or create ice dams when water freezes. Get them cleaned at least yearly, or more often if you have a lot of trees nearby.
  • Inspect your trees. Check your trees for broken, but not fallen limbs. Hire an arborist to check the health of your trees if you suspect. Prune limbs that may be too close to your home and could break a window during high wind gusts.
  • Seal up leaks. Check your basement, windows, soffits and doors for any leaks and seal them to prevent water from entering. Check to make sure your sump pump is in working order.

Make sure you have the right amount of insurance to cover any problems that may arise. Does it cover replacement or actual value cost? Does it cover your possessions? Does it cover floods, hail, wind, or water/sewer pipe damage? Does it cover additional living expenses if you are displaced from your home due to a fire or tornado?

Call your Red Edge agent for referrals.


Home is Where the Heart is

February—the month of love.

By MIKE HALL, Real Estate Agent & Broker

Home Sweet Home

February 14, Valentine’s Day, is the day to celebrate love. Whether it’s the love of a partner, a friend, or a pet, spend the day or all month-long celebrating that love. Here are some ideas to spend time at home filling it with love.

  • Read a book. Curl up in your favorite chair or in your bed and read the latest bestseller, whether a romance novel or murder mystery.
  • Paint an accent wall a bold red. Add some interest to a neutral room with a splash of color by painting an accent wall or adding décor such as pillows, flowers, or wall art.
  • Plan a romantic dinner. Instead of going out with your loved one, order in or spend time cooking a meal together.
  • Decorate with things you love. Have a collection of “I Love Lucy” memorabilia or a practical library of books. Make room in your home to display the things you love.
  • Game or movie night. Invite your friends over for a night of fun board games or movie marathon.
  • Dance and sing. Blast your favorite music and dance and sing even if it’s doing mundane chores.
  • Have a playdate. Have a super social pet that has a best buddy at the dog park? Invite them over for a playdate with your pupper.
  • Host a sleepover for your child and their friends. Make pizza and cookies. Play some video games or movies and enjoy the house filled with laughter.
  • Eagles or Chiefs. Invite your friends, enjoy some wings and cheer on your favorite team.
  • Spend time with those you love in a home you love.

If you’re in the market for your dream home to make all these loving memories, reach out to a Red Edge agent today.


Don’t be Scared

Try a new way of thinking about the current market and you’ll see there are some advantages


worry less

A higher interest rate doesn’t always translate to a higher payment. Let me explain and give an example.

Let’s say the house you want is $400,000. One year ago, it was common for houses to sell over the asking price. You end up paying $450,000 for the house and got an interest rate of 3.5%. But you had to put 20% down on $450,000.

Same house, same asking price. Let’s look at the current market. There’s not as much competition so you get the house for $375,000. You put 20% down (already saving money here). Your interest rate is 7%. If you do the math, your monthly payment will be similar, and you’ve put significantly less money down. Then, when the market corrects (as it usually does), you can refinance at a lower rate, and you’ll already be in your dream home.

The news about rising interest rates has scared off some buyers but when you sit down to look at the big financial picture with an experienced agent, you’ll walk away encouraged. If buying a home is something you’d like to do in 2023, start building a relationship with a Red Edge agent today.


How to Decide in This Market: Sell or Stay Put?

Surprising but logical ways to put your mind at ease and go for the next step.


Which path to take may not be as baffling as you think.

To sell or to stay put? In this market, homeowners may feel puzzled about when to sell and when to hold on to the home they have. It’s understandable, with the Fed raising the rate again, the real estate industry continues to look differently than it has in the past three years.

But let’s move a little closer to home and train our gaze to Louisville. What should Louisville homeowners consider when it comes to putting their home on the market? We have some answers.

Do you live in a high demand area with low inventory? Some pockets of town – like the 20 we’ve listed below – never cool off and if you’re in one of those places, it’s still a good time to sell. If you’re in one of the following areas, talk to a Red Edge agent today about the pros and cons of listing a home right now.

  1. Crestwood
  2. Buckner
  3. Pewee Valley
  4. Prospect
  5. Orchard Grass Hills
  6. Beechwood Village
  7. Indian Hills
  8. Windy Hills
  9. Anchorage
  10. Barbourmeade
  11. Gardiner Lane
  12. Hawthorne
  13. Belknap
  14. Hurstbourne
  15. Audubon Park
  16. Graymoor-Devondale
  17. Northfield
  18. Brownsboro Zorn
  19. Cherokee Gardens
  20. Worthington Hills

Downsizing and having a home with a high value are other reasons to sell. If your current house seems too big, you’re over yard work, the kids moved out, or you went through a divorce, you may be craving a simpler abode.

No matter your circumstance, you can still get a Red Edge agent to help you process what’s best for your family. We are more focused on building a relationship that lasts that quickly getting the next contract. Our agents look out for your best and have the experience to guide you during your decision-making.

Reach out today!


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