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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!



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 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


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.


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]


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]


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]


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


Jimmy Can’t Dance

But he can play some jazz

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent Broker

Jimmy Can't Dance Louisville

On August 19, 2017 Jimmy Can’t Dance, a new jazz club downtown, opened their doors to the public.

Jimmy Can’t Dance is located in the basement of Another Place Sandwich Shop. This club will feature live jazz music but don’t expect to see much dancing. Jim Goodwin, who inspired the name of the club, couldn’t dance so his son, Brian, knew that’s what he wanted to name the club when he decided to open it in Louisville. Jim died in 2015 and Brian has recently come back to Louisville after living in New York City and Austin.

The establishment will feature professional jazz artists, those who tour, hobbyists and students from the University of Louisville. There will be a selection of craft beer as well as local bourbon. Traditional jazz-age cocktails will be served as well. If you’re looking for a place a little off the beaten path where you can hang out with friends, hear some great music and grab a drink, Jimmy Can’t Dance might be the place for you. This is just another establishment that adds to the character and uniqueness of Louisville as an up-and-coming city.

Source: The Courier-Journal


The Gate Keeper

Saving the Stranded in Crescent Hill

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent


If you’ve ever visited Frankfort Avenue, you’ve probably noticed the train tracks that run adjacent to the road. For years those tracks have been a thorn in the side of those who live in Crescent Hill.

But the reason for the rift isn’t what you might expect. The noise isn’t the issue. Nor is the vibration. These are things you expect when you buy a home near the railroad.

The issue has been that the train frequently parks alongside the road cutting residents off from their homes for up to four hours at a time. Planning an entire day around the train schedule is not something that most residents envisioned when they purchased homes in one of the most desirable areas of Louisville.

Fortunately, all of that is about to change. There is a gate that has previously been reserved for the use of emergency vehicles only. However, there will now be residents that are designated key holders. These residents will be able to open and close the gate as needed. So, for example, if the train parks for several hours, a key holder will be able to unlock the gate while the train is parked and then lock it back up as the train departs. Since there will be more than one key holder someone should be available to unlock the gate for their neighbors as needed without too much inconvenience. If you were looking for one more reason to move to Crescent Hill, add good neighbors and increased convenience to your list. Then call a Red Edge agent to set up a showing.



The Corner Store Just got an Upgrade

Hurstbourne and Shelbyville to be Exact

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Pineapple at store

If you live in the Hurstbourne area or travel it frequently, you are probably familiar with the office building that towers over the corner of the Hurstbourne parkway and Shelbyville road. That corner is about to get an upgrade.

Behind the office building is a shopping center where ValuMarket, Z’s and Brownies The Shed Bar and Grille are located. A Cincinnati developer has bought the space and plans to demolish it to make room for a new development. The office tower and P.F. Chang’s will remain but the shopping center, purchased for $41 million, will be razed to make room for restaurants, a grocery store, a parking garage, gas stations and a hotel. Since the purchase in October, the buyer has contacted the current tenants to make them aware of the plans.

The owner of Brownies, Jason Brown, says he may try to stay in the new development to keep a presence in the Hurstbourne area, but he has also been researching other potential locations in prime areas of the city. With 12 months to decide, Brown is in no hurry to make plans. The new hotel has not yet been branded but in planning documents is purported to be five stories and 149 rooms. Likewise, the grocery store has not yet been named but is planned as an 80,000-square foot development. As if Hurstbourne area was not attractive enough, the addition of a grocery store will only make the area more attractive to new homeowners that are looking for convenience. If you are considering the area, give a Red Edge agent a call today!


Ohio Valley Allergies and Asthma Got You Down?

City of Louisville planting $400,000 worth of tress to alleviate triggers.

by Mike Hall, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville Trees

photo from the Nature Conservancy

If you’re new to Louisville, you might have noticed an increase in your allergies or frequent flare-ups if you suffer from asthma.

AIR Louisville, a collaboration between Propeller Health, Louisville Metro’s Office of Civic Innovation and the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, enrolled more than 1,100 participants in a study to track and manage asthma symptoms. The collected data was then matched to city data on temperature, pollution and other environmental information. The study produced favorable outcomes for participants by allowing more effective management of symptoms resulting in fewer attacks and increased awareness of symptoms.

Based on this data the city plans to make a few changes. The city will reduce pollution by planting approximately $400,000 worth of trees in the metro in the next year. They will also reroute trucks to lower population areas to protect more citizens at risk. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on encouraging residents not to idle cars and to plant more trees on their own property. Taking these steps will help those with asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses by increasing air quality for the city.

Source: Insider Louisville


Charter Communications Launching Low-Cost Internet

Lowering your monthly bills

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

As a homeowner, you're probably always looking for a way to save some money. Unfortunately, utilities occur every month, and they can often be some of your biggest expenses. You can have your electricity provider perform an audit to help save money. You can turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth to save water. When it comes to saving money on an Internet connection, things become more complicated.


Fortunately, Charter Communications is launching a low-cost Internet option for families and seniors. Within Jefferson County this broadband service will cost $14.99 for those who qualify. There will be no additional charge for necessary equipment such as a modem. AT&T currently offers a similar option for $10 a month but speeds are much lower. The Charter Communications option is three times the speed of AT&T’s best option.

Eligible subscribers include families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors who are 65 and older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits. For more information, visit

Get on your way to saving today, and keep your funds for those summer landscape projects!

Source: The Courier-Journal


A Public Market Comes to Town

In which foodies like me get their food on

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

open-air market

When you think of open-air markets, you probably think of far-off, exotic locations. Owners of Safai Coffee want to change that. They are planning to bring an open-air public market to Louisville’s Shelby Park and adjoining neighborhoods where Louisvillians can shop for local goods and interact directly with those producing them.

In recent years, public markets have grown in popularity but Louisville has not had one since the early 2000s. Haymarket left a void when it closed in 2004. It had been operating since 1891 and offered city dwellers the opportunity to meet the farmers producing their food and buy directly from them. As the farm-to-table movement continues to grow, and consumers become increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, this model of shopping has grown in popularity across the nation. It seems only natural that a city consumed by food culture, like Louisville, would follow this trend and support a public market.

This is not just another retail location, but an opportunity for the Louisville Metro to come together as a community for healthier living.

Source: The Courier-Journal


Home Security Systems can be DIY

DIY iPhone security synced system is affordable.

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent

iPhone home security system

I recently came across an article which struck my interest, and I think will interest many of my tech-savvy, Louisville homeowners as well. While I know many of you would rather pay a little extra to go the “install it for me” route, those of you who enjoy DIY home projects might have a new weekend tech project up your sleeve.

As far as video security systems go, this seems to be the cheapest and most conveniently accessible option. For just under $200 you could have a video stream of your home accessible from your iPhone. Pretty user-friendly, huh? With the option of adding cameras as you go, you can start with a couple in high-traffic areas, and save up for more to install later. There are also no monthly fees which anyone can appreciate.

So whether you want to survey your home while on a week-long trip, check up on any pets during your work day, or catching your teenagers contemplating a party while you and the spouse have a weekend getaway, this extra amenity will give you relief.  

Happy installation!


10 Home Décor Trends in Louisville

As far as Louisville homes go, 2016 is looking pretty stylish.

 by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

2016 Louisville Home Trends

Based on a few design articles, I have a list of 10 home décor trends for 2016 my Louisville friends should (or could) try.

  1. Heated Floors. Who doesn’t want warm feet?
  2. Wooden floors vs. carpet.  Just avoid carpet altogether. Hardwood, stone and tile floors are more sanitary, plus you have an excuse to go shopping for an ever-classic, ever-popular and timeless, oriental rug.
  3. No TV in the living room. It gives more room for actual socializing.
  4. Fireplaces. Whether operative or not, fireplaces are becoming sought-after focal points once again.
  5. Black stainless steel appliances. A definite move has been made from ultra shiny to dulled sheen.
  6. Matte finish vs. shiny. Cover your silver and gold knobs and light fixtures with a neutral swath of paint.
  7. Miss-matched cabinetry. From raw, natural materials to multicolor, pairing two opposites makes for something one of a kind and stylish.  
  8. Statement bathroom mirrors. Ditch the typical square/rectangle and go for a shape more unique.
  9. Better utilized and hidden storage. Whether it is deeper cabinetry in the kitchen, a staircase bookshelf or hollowed ottomans, sneaky and efficient storage is a must.
  10. High-tech, niche appliances. Installing a wine refrigerator? Niche appliances are great for resale marketing and added luxury.

Home security systems for Louisville

Your introduction to Louisville home technology

 by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

In this booming technology age, things are moving fast. Not only are we busy as bees working away on laptops and computers, many of us are glued to our phones for work and social life during down time.  While I could go on and on about the pros and cons of extremely fast technology advancement, I can’t deny better security is now offered for your home.

Home security Louisville

Home security systems and services are very popular nowadays, and for good reason. While something many would have scoffed at 50 years ago, accustomed to leaving their doors unlocked, it seems to be a very practical and rational precaution in today’s day and age.   

But how do you choose which hi-tech security system is right for you? There are so many options for home security, many being as new and progressive as it gets. Whether you want a simple pass code board and blaring alarm, a 24/7 customer service line, a fingerprint pad reader for door entry (yes this exists, and you can buy one at Home Depot,) video feeds, wireless cameras, synced security devices on all home electronics, it will just take a little research and time. You are in control per what works for you fast-paced lifestyle.

And resale value for any installed security electronics? Higher.


Louisville Renovations Made Simple

With a good real estate agent, you can skip Angie's List.

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

After I helped new-to-Louisville homeowners, Keith and Melissa Lay, find their dream home, they wanted to make a few tweaks to make the place their own.

Thankfully, they reached out to me. Because of my job, my list of recommended contractors is trustworthy and professional. For the Lays, I didn't hesitate to share Bruce and Troy Metts' contact info. (502.931.1633) With Bruce's expertise and some help from Rothwell Interior Designs, the Lays made an already beautiful house into a place they can call home.

Bathroom Before and After

Beginning in the homeowner’s suite, Keith and Melissa asked Bruce for an alternative to the tiny shower hidden behind the left wall pictured below.

Before Bathroom

Bruce cleverly expanded the shower while tapping into the room’s natural light. Bruce’s strategic attention to detail paired with the homeowners’ refined taste meant luxury and function for the new design.

After Bath     After Shower

Relocating Basement Fireplace: Before and After

In addition, Bruce relocated the basement fireplace for a cozier seating arrangement.

Before                                                                                After

 before fireplace     Fireplace After

Beyond Renovation: More Design Tips

After renovations were complete, Keith and Melissa brightened their home with a few design tricks.

Use varying shades of the same color

Keith and Melissa’s neutral palette makes their space cohesive while also creating a canvas for playing with pops of color. Add warmth to your space by playing with different shades of the same color. This offers flexibility to your palette while making shopping for the right shade that much easier.

design colors

Spruce up a vaulted ceiling with timeless décor

Empty walls can make a space feel hollow and cold. For textural warmth, choose timeless décor to draw the eye up.

timeless decor

Play with symmetry

When buying art, consider hanging two similar pieces instead of one. Keith and Melissa’s choice of dining room art creates a sense of balance in the space while boosting visual interest.


Congrats on your beautiful home, Keith and Melissa. It was great working with you!

The Lays


Spring Home Improvement in Louisville: Inside

Follow this checklist for some spring TLC inside the home.

 by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

Winter can be hard on your home, especially if it is an older build.

  1. Before the major rain hits in Louisville, make sure there is zero reason to suspect a leak. Look up into the attic for any moisture seeping in from the roof.
  2. Once you have a few days off, open the windows, and spring clean as you air out your home. Turn on your favorite music, and get the entire family involved to make it more bearable.
  3. Dust furniture, as well as blinds, crown molding and clean the walls with Murphy’s Oil Soap.
  4. Sweep and mop under rugs and furniture.
  5. Rent a carpet cleaner to deep clean every inch. On a clear day, beat your rugs outside.
  6. Wash all throw pillows and blankets.
  7. Clean your cloth and leather furniture.
  8. Check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors.
  9. Replace HVAC filter.
  10. Check pipes and faucets for leaks.
  11. Check to make sure your AC unit is operating properly. Summer heat will be here before we know it.
  12. Any paint touchups are perfect during the cool days when you can dry and ventilate with open windows.

Why Live in Louisville?

Louisville makes the list for best housing market and economic growth potential.

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Realtor has claimed Louisville as the second best housing market. Business Facilities Magazine also rated Louisville a top 10 city for Economic Growth Potential.

A diverse selection of businesses makes Louisville a city of opportunity. Major employers such as Humana Inc., Yum! Brands Inc., UPS, Norton Healthcare, and Brown-Forman call Louisville home. Local businesses are wholeheartedly supported by the community, so a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses alike live here as well. 

With diverse areas, almost little sub-communities, strewn throughout the city, you are sure to find a place to call home here in Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville.

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