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11 Tips for Open House Guests

Open House Etiquette

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Open House Welcome

Home buyers can be courteous guests!

If you’re trying to buy a house is this complicated Louisville market, you might be tempted to bend some etiquette rules to gain an edge in the process. But you don’t have to do that — especially if you have one of our agents serving on your behalf. We promise to look out for you and help you find the best house for you or your family.

In the meantime, keep these 11 guidelines in mind when you visit potential homes, and everyone will have a more enjoyable experience:

  • Be one time, with plenty of margin to adequately look at the house in the time allotted.
  • Wipe your feet before you go in, especially in these wet, wintry months.
  • Register your name for follow-up and security.
  • If you have your own Realtor, let the host Realtor know.
  • If you have to bring your kids, make sure they’re good guests, too.
  • Don’t crowd other guests who are viewing the home.
  • Nobody likes a snoop. Avoid going through the owner’s belongings.
  • Keep your design opinions to yourself, not shared with the owner.
  • Schedule a private follow-up appointment if you want to check plumbing or electrical concerns.
  • If you want to open closets or take photos, ask permission first.
  • Be efficient and mindful of time. You can always schedule a time to return for a more thorough exploration.
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Louisville’s First Dog Park Bar

Where pups and people can have a good time!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

girl with dog at bar

Another great reason to live in Louisville!

There is great news this month for dog lovers around Louisville! The city’s first ever dog park bar is opening in the Highlands neighborhood, at 800 Baxter Avenue. Louisville has bars where adults can mingle, and it has dog parks where pups can make friends. PB & J’s Dog Park Bar will be the best of both options.

The location will offer a full-service bar and coffee at its indoor/outdoor facility, and dogs will be allowed to be leash free. Though anyone who loves dogs is welcome to visit, there is a fee and paperwork required for the pooches. Owners will need to validate vaccine information and provide some up-to-date veterinary records.

The dog park bar owners are committed to providing a great experience for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends in the Highlands. They’re also supporting the rescue efforts of several organizations with every dollar they earn. It’s a win for you, your pooch, and dogs all over the community!

The Highlands is an ideal neighborhood for this pupperiffic place. There are about 4,000 dogs in the ZIP code. If you’re looking for a dream home for you AND your canine companion, an agent would love to talk with you about properties available in this dog-friendly community!

 

[Source: WDRB.com]

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10 Things to Consider When Selling Your Home During a Pandemic

A Selling Q&A during COVID-19
by Mike Hall, Agent, Owner, Broker

mask, antibac soap

Selling during a pandemic presents several new challenges

Thinking of selling your house? If it feels like a daunting process – especially during a pandemic – rest assured your Realtor will guide you through the steps. Discuss the following items with a Red Edge agent to make sure it’s a safe transaction for everyone involved.  

  1. What is the housing market like right now?  Will it take longer to sell during this crisis? Or is there a shortage of homes for sale in Louisville?
  2. Should I skip the open house? What are the rules for an open house in Kentucky?
  3. What about a “showing” kit? Do I need to supply gloves, shoe booties, masks and hand sanitizer?
  4. What are the best ways to encourage hand washing? Consider having bottles of disinfectant in strategic places and stock the bathrooms.
  5. How should I disinfect the house? You should wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant and antibacterial cleaners before and after each showing.
  6. Does it make sense to rent an interim house? Having some place else to live while you show your house will help keep the place spotless.
  7. What about setting up virtual showings? A virtual presentation of your house is 100% safe.
  8. Should I consider “E-Offers”? Do I need to make arrangements to accommodate online buyers?
  9. What kind of delays should I expect?  Inspections and appraisals may take longer during the current health situation.
  10. Should I consider an online/remote closing? Keeping buyers and sellers in separate locations is another good safety measure. 

It is possible to sell your house during COVID-19 and we’ll make safety a top priority.

[Source: BobVila.com]

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Challenges and Advantages to a Fall Sell

Should you sell now or wait for another time?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Front porch, fall

This fall could be the best time to sell your home!

Many sellers would like to wait until the spring to put their house on the market, but there can certainly be some benefits to selling in the fall, especially in this current housing market. Of course, there are still some challenges and benefits to a fall listing. It’s good to explore what you might encounter. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, talk to a Red Edge agent today about your options!

Challenges

  • There are usually fewer buyers looking to move in the fall.
  • The weather is unpredictable and a steady flow of autumn leaves can make maintaining your curb appeal trickier.
  • Home buyers with kids usually want to be settled before the school year or wait until a good time of transition.
  • Work, school, and holiday schedules make it more complicated to coordinate good times to show your property.

Advantages

  • Serious buyers are highly motivated to close and move forward before the holidays and inconvenient winter weather.
  • The change in season can make your home feel that much more welcoming and cozier.
  • Many home buyers aren’t parents of school-aged kids, and they’re not worried about coordinating around student needs.
  • The early fall is still light enough for weeknight showings and temperate enough for weekend open houses.

[Source: Zillow.com]

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Budget-Friendly DIY Renovations

Are you ready for some quick changes with big impact?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Front porch, painted

Easy DIY projects can transform your Louisville space!

Whether you’re looking to make your Louisville house more marketable, sprucing up your dream home, or looking for ideas to personalize your new house, some quick-and-easy DIY projects can make a huge impact, even on a budget. If you’re hoping to give your house an edge in Louisville’s tight market or you’re still looking for the home of your dreams, we’d love to talk with you today about how one of our Red Edge agents can help you!

In the meantime, check out some of these fun and easy ideas for adding some DIY pizazz!

  • Refresh your walls with a new color of paint
  • Add low-maintenance crown molding
  • Install a low-cost stair runner
  • Add some paint to old floors
  • Bring fresh color to your kitchen cabinets
  • Install a water filter on your sink
  • Refinish old wooden doors
  • Replace aging caulk with a new application
  • Revive your weary deck or porch
  • Protect kitchen or bathroom walls with a resilient backsplash
  • Add a bathroom vent to prevent mold growth
  • Install attractive ceiling fans
  • Replace your thermostat with a programable model

[Source: ThisOldHouse.com]

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Better Wifi for Your Family

Optimize your Internet as kids go back to school

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Wifi and family

As your family shares Wifi, learn some tips for helping to optimize the load.

Usually home-buyers with kids are looking into the best school districts and family-friendly neighborhoods. While that’s still certainly true, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought in additional concerns. As many adults are still working remotely and JCPS students are preparing to begin the school year from a distance, the best Wifi options are also playing a role!

While one of our agents can certainly help you find the neighborhood that’s a perfect fit for your family and help you find the house you’ve been dreaming of, you can also follow these tips for optimizing your Wifi, so that it’s most accommodating for your whole family!

  • Optimize the placement of your router
  • Invest in a booster antenna
  • Update your firmware using an ethernet cable
  • Look into powerline adaptors
  • Add an extender to trickier rooms
  • Upgrade your router

 

[Source: Broadbandnow.com]

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Landscaping Trends for 2020

Make Your Home Landscaping Shine This Summer

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Landscaping trends

While you’re at home, make the most of your time!

Many people find themselves tackling big projects at home during this season of waiting and social distancing. This is the perfect time to identify some of the best landscaping trends and decide which might perfectly help your dream home get even better. Here are some of the best 2020 outdoor trends for you to consider:

  • Ornate, Geometric Designs – patterns are making their way onto porches, patios, walkways, and retaining walls.
  • Contemporary and Transitional Landscaping – many people are extending their love of clean lines and colors outside their houses and into their landscaping.
  • Shades of Blue – 2020 was declared a year for the blues, from navy to cobalt and everything in between. This calming color isn’t contained inside the walls, though. Many people are finding ways to integrate their blues in their landscaping and outside choices.
  • Uniquely You – There is a rising trend to embrace your own quirkiness and desires and integrate them in your outdoor spaces, whether it’s surprising gardening ideas, outdoor kitchens with pizza ovens, or vine-covered pergolas, now is the homeowner’s time to shine!
  • Remote-Controlled Irrigation – Our smart tech is used everywhere inside the home, so it makes sense that it’s beginning to expand to the yard and landscaping. Creating irrigation that can be remotely controlled is a smart and efficient trend to try.


What trends will you try this summer?

[Source: realtor.com]

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Trendiest Summer Colors for Your Louisville Home

Add a splash of color to fill your house with summer vibes

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Paint colors

Color is trending this summer. Which color inspires you?

Many people have found themselves spending many more hours in their houses as they wait out a global pandemic. Maybe you’re getting tired of the view?

Whether you’re ready to sell your current home, settle into your brand new space, or just bring a little change into the home you already love, this summer’s trendiest paint colors might be just the change you need.

Here are some of this summer’s hottest paint ideas for interior color:

  • Vibrant green
  • Peachy pink
  • Bright Red
  • Soft blue
  • Saturated blue
  • Neutrals
  • Melon
  • Pewter
  • Blue greens
  • Off-white
  • Sunshine colors
  • Blush
  • Classic blue
  • Gray

 
[Source: Good Housekeeping]

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Buyers are still looking for houses

It’s a Good Time to Sell

Buyers are looking for houses!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

front porch

Now might be the best time to sell your house!

While people are staying home, watching the economy, and proceeding with caution, many motivated buyers are still looking for homes. There is a fear among sellers, though, that this is not a good time to put their house on the market. The result is a severe shortage of available homes to buy in Louisville. Now just might be the ideal time to sell your house!

Our agents will be able to tell you if someone is looking for a house just like yours, and the whole process could involve minimal showings resulting and a good price without the burden of extra competition. Contact an agent today to see if this might be the very best time to sell your house!

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Garden Trends for Spring in Louisville

Time for Outdoor Projects!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

gardeningMake your outdoor spaces sparkle this spring.

Now that spring is arriving, and the sun is shyly reintroducing itself to the Louisville area – it’s time once again to tackle some outdoor projects. Whether you’re sprucing up the outside to give your house that competitive edge before you list, or you’re making your forever home even more fabulous, here are some trends to consider for your garden, yard and other green spaces.

  • Secluded spaces: Find ways to use a piece of your yard to create an intimate space to read, think or drink a hot cup of coffee as you unwind.
  • Plants native to Louisville: Rather than just picking a favorite flower or plant, many people are finding great joy in planting native grasses, flowers, and other flora. Those plants are more likely to thrive in the Louisville and soil.
  • Organic gardens: The benefits of planting an organic garden are endless and well-documented, from soil health to clean living.
  • Symmetrical plant placement: Adding balance and symmetry with flowers, shrubs, and greenery is an easy way to add beauty and make your space seem like a professional was involved.
  • Exotic plants: Capture the essence of your favorite vacation location! With a little bit of research, you can find the exotic plants that will still thrive in colder climates. A staycation in Louisville never sounded so good.
  • Wildlife environments: You can use plants and landscaping to create a natural haven for some of the environment’s most helpful creatures, from honeybees to butterflies and more. Simple research will equip you with the best plants and care.
  • High quality outdoor furniture: Don’t skimp on the outdoor tables and chairs you want to finish off your space. Cheaper materials and finishes won’t weather the changing temperatures and climates in the Louisville area.

[Source: Gilmour.com]

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Gifts for Your Homeowner Valentine

No Boxes of Chocolates for These Practical Gifters

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Valetines image

The best Valentine’s Day gifts for the down-to-earth gifter.

If you’re a homeowner with a practical bend, here are some great Valentine’s gifts for the homeowner sweetheart in your life. Of course, if you romanticize about finding the home of your dreams, contact an agent today about how we can help you find your perfect love nest.

  • Personalized throw pillows – Show off your affection with cozy home décor!
  • Garden tools, mulch, or wildflower seeds – Because love, like gardens, requires care and attention.
  • Hammers, nails, and screwdrivers – A quick transition from “Here, honey” to “Honey-do.”
  • Custom wall art – Turn a favorite photo into a canvas or use map art to highlight key areas from your memories together.
  • New paint – Because a fresh coat of paint brings new color into your relationship!
  • Outside furniture – Imagine summer evenings together on the porch swing or matching adirondack chairs.
  • Pots and pans – A new skillet is the hottest way to say I love you.

 

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What Home Trends Might 2020 Bring?

From colorful kitchens to pretty powder rooms!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

kitchen decor

Check out these rising trends sure to hit the home in 2020.

Whether you’re settling into your dream home, sprucing up a house to sell, or just looking to make some changes, here are some predictions for hot home décor trends in 2020!

  • Colorful Kitchens – The classic white kitchen has held its top spot for years, but décor experts predict that 2020 will bring more color into the kitchen, like grays, soft blues, and natural wood elements.
  • Formal Dining Rooms – More and more homeowners have gone casual with their eating spaces, but it’s looking like formal dining rooms will make a comeback, with new focus given toward the impact and statement a great dining room can create.
  • Seating in the Bathroom – As bathrooms become more useful as a spa-like retreat in the home, extra seating can be a valuable asset, whether it’s a window seat, a bench, a cute vanity seat, or a catch-all chair by the bathtub, seating in the bathroom is a logical next step in decorating.
  • Tiled Bathtub Aprons – Tiles have long been used as an inexpensive way to create beauty in the bathroom, but the experts are predicting that this year will see an expansion of the idea, with bathtub aprons the next option for a quick spruce-up.
  • Double Floating Vanities – Homeowners have been growing in their use of floating vanities. They open up space and create a clean, minimalist feel. This year, there will likely be a rise in double floating vanities.
  • Creative and Clever Laundry Rooms – The functional laundry room has been neglected in design for too long, and experts predict that 2020 will see a burst of creative ideas for both beautiful and functional laundry rooms.
  • Fully Wrapped Powder Rooms – The pint-sized powder room has been a creative outlet for the home for a while now, often sporting accent walls and brighter colors. This trend will probably expand, with whole rooms being wrapped in a single image or bold wallpaper.
  • Wood Range Hoods – As homeowners seek to bring warmth to their farmhouse-style décor, wood range hoods are a rising way to marry cool color palettes with warmth and whimsy.


[Source: SouthernLiving.com]

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Old Louisville’s Holiday Home Tour

Visit some of Louisville’s most historic and intriguing homes!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Holiday wreath on blue door

Visit some of Old Louisville’s most beautiful homes this holiday season.

Have you ever wondered about the fine historic homes in famous Old Louisville? Here’s your chance to experience these impressive buildings all dressed up in their fanciest holiday splendor!

On December 7 and 8, Old Louisville is offering its 43rd Annual Holiday Home Tour. You’ll see a variety of beautifully restored mansions and townhouses in this tour celebration that benefits the efforts of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

You’ll see spectacular stairways, darling dining rooms, brilliant bedrooms and kingly kitchens! You can even choose to participate in a traditional Victorian tea, do some Christmas shopping in a gift boutique, or warm yourself with select bourbon tastings. This is a perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful old architecture, modernized details, and glimmery magic of the holiday season, all while benefiting a great cause for the city.

Tickets are available at the OldLousiville.org website, as well as parking and participating details. The Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour is just another reason to love life in Louisville, even in the cold winter!

[Source: OldLouisville.org]

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Louisville's Logan Street Market Opens

An Urban Indoor Market Launches in Shelby Park

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Logan Street Market Opens in Louisville

The Logan Street Market is another reason it’s great to live in Louisville.

The Logan Street Market in the Shelby Park area of Louisville had a two-year journey before it opened. It began as an old warehouse, and after extensive dreaming and reconstruction, it’s now full of shops and vendors with all kinds of wares, from coffees to crafts.

The 25,000 square-foot space combines some of the warehouse’s industrial elements with clean, creative spaces to provide the urban inside marketspace. The market can hold 500 people at once, and there’s free street parking for the guests. The Logan Street Market is Louisville’s only indoor open market and promises to be a great venue for Louisville locals and area visitors. There are cheeses, baked goods, meats, coffee, a variety of hand-crafted goods, and much more. There’s even an area for kids to play and a bubble tea vendor!

The Logan Street Market will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., with restaurants and bars offering extended hours. The market is just another reason that it’s great to live in Louisville.

[Source: Louisville Business First]

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Louisville’s Halloween Haunted Houses

Have some spooky fun!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Haunted Houses

We hope your new home doesn’t have any skeletons in the closet!


Want to buy or sell your house? Don’t be scared! We’d love to help you with that. But if it’s a little spooky fun that you’re after, maybe you should step in to one of Louisville’s local Halloween attractions.

In the spirit of some good-natured, wildly creepy fun, check out one or more of Louisville’s local “haunted” venues. You can easily find more about each attraction, including location and cost information.

If you’re looking for fun things to do this Halloween season with more family-friendly atmosphere, there are also many fall festivals, public trick-or-treating events, and silly events. It’s just another reason Louisville is a great place to live!

Happy spooking!

• Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods
• Black Orchard Haunted House
• Danger Run
• Devil’s Attic
• Fear Fair in Indiana
• American Horrorplex
• Asylum Haunted Scream Park
• Baxter Avenue Morgue
• Culbertson’s Mansion
• Field of Screams
• Grim Trails
• Halloscream
• Haunted Hotel
• Nightmare Forest
• Malice Manor
• Sinister Tombs
• Waverly Hills Sanatorium Haunted House

[Source: LousvilleHalloween.com]

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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.

[Source: LouisvilleFamilyFun.net]

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Zombies Will Be Wandering the Streets in Louisville

Just another normal night for Louisville’s undead

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Zombie

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!

[Source: tripsavvy.com]

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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!

[Source: truila.com]

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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

[Source: LouisvilleFamilyFun.net]

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Louisville’s Best Neighborhoods for Home Buyers

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

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Home

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


[Source: Niche.com]

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