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Louisville and Jefferson County Neighborhoods

Formerly a summer retreat, Anchorage is now the full-time residence for nearly 2,500 people. But the area has retained its charm; designated as a historic district by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Anchorage boasts Victorian homes on large lots.

Beechmont is in the center of things. The area is close to the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, University of Louisville, and Louisville International Airport. But Beechmont has an easy, 19th-century feel with the beautiful, tree-lined Southern Parkway, which leads to Iroquois Park. First developed around 1890, Beechmont features homes ranging from small cottages to expansive, two- and three-story homes on extra-large lots. The area is bounded by Taylor Boulevard, Watterson Expressway, Allmond Avenue, and Southland Boulevard.

In the 1830s, Butchertown was settled and used as a meatpacking area. Through intensive preservation efforts, the area's historic homes-some dating back to the Federal era-and its brick streets, sidewalks, and commercial structures have been carefully maintained. Located just east of the downtown business district, the area is bounded by the Ohio River, Beargrass Creek, Main Street, and Mellwood Avenue.

Cherokee Triangle
The grandest part of the area called the Highlands, Cherokee Triangle was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area's tree-lined streets, where F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby courted Daisy Fay, lead between Bardstown Road and Cherokee Park. Cherokee Triangle's properties are architecturally distinguished, with a solid mix of single-family homes and large houses that have been turned into apartments.

Crescent Hill
Once known as Beargrass, due to its location near Beargrass Creek, Crescent Hill is a neighborhood of large Victorian homes on quiet streets that are lined by mature trees. Crescent Hill's main road, Frankfort Avenue, is interesting with its cafés, shops, and small businesses that are housed in century-old structures and located near the downtown area.

Incorporated in 1794 and then known as Newtown, Fairdale had Jefferson County's first industry-a salt lick. Once a buffalo trail, the famous Wilderness Road connected what is now Fairdale with Louisville. Located near the Jefferson-Bullitt county line, the area offers its residents quick access to I-265. Home styles range from farmhouses to modern dwellings.

Fern Creek
About 10 miles southeast of downtown, Fern Creek is home to more than 22,000 residents. Located near I-265, the Gene Snyder Freeway, the area is convenient and affordable. There is still a lingering country feel to some parts of Fern Creek, and certain stretches are reminiscent of the Smoky Mountains (though at lower altitudes). The area offers modern subdivisions and apartment complexes.

Germantown was established in 1849. The area is bound by Broadway; Barret Avenue and Beargrass Creek; Goss Avenue; and the CSX railroad tracks. With its affordable housing costs and a strong sense of community, Germantown is a popular spot.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River and built more than 100 years ago, Glenview began as a small collection of country estates. The Glenview Historic District contains 13 properties named to the National Register of Historic Places. The area is bordered by Lime Kiln Lane, River Road, and Brittany Woods Circle.

An indefinite area running along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road between Broadway and Taylorsville Road, Highlands is a well-loved district featuring historic homes (most built between 1870 and 1940) and large trees. Cherokee and Tyler parks set the area's tone. Bardstown Road, with its great restaurants, record stores, boutiques, and antiques, is Louisville's most distinctive commercial district. Offering a mix of apartment buildings and large, older homes, Highlands is a great place to call home.

A busy commercial center along Shelbyville Road and Hurstbourne Parkway, this area is home to more than 5,000 residents and a series of low-rise office complexes. This growing area boasts fine restaurants and first-class shopping centers amid upscale residential areas, making this eastern Jefferson County community a fun place to live and work.

Jeffersontown is one of the fastest-growing areas in Kentucky. Since the development of the Bluegrass Industrial Park and the construction of I-64, Jeffersontown has begun to grow at a rapid pace. New subdivisions and apartment complexes provide both upscale and moderately priced homes. Shopping centers, miniature golf facilities, McKendree College, and approximately 100 restaurants are just some of the amenities that make Jeffersontown attractive.

Founded as a rail stop in 1871, Lyndon has continued to grow and is now a city with more than 8,000 residents. Easily accessible to shopping and entertainment, Lyndon is located between the Watterson Expressway, Westport Road, Whipps Mill Road, and Shelbyville Road. Lyndon is known for its quiet neighborhoods, affordable housing, and abundant apartment options.

Established in 1797 on 500 acres of rolling hills along the Sinking Fork of Beargrass Creek, Middletown was so named because the community is halfway between Louisville and Shelbyville. Middletown has recently experienced business, commercial, and residential growth. With a diverse mix of apartments, contemporary homes, and historic buildings near I-265, residents can have it all-country serenity and city convenience.

Founded in the late 18th century, Okolona still has semirural areas. But in recent years, the area has seen a great deal of new construction, from moderately priced, starter homes to more upscale, contemporary homes. Okolona is nine miles south of downtown Louisville, stretching along Fern Valley Road south to Bullitt County, and bounded by Cedar Creek Road to the east and I-65 to the west. The community is near three of Greater Louisville's largest employers-UPS, General Electric, and Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant-as well as Louisville International Airport and I-265.

Old Louisville
Located between downtown and the University of Louisville, historic Old Louisville features impressive Victorian architecture. With brick walkways, cast-iron gas lamps, courtyards, fountains, and statues, Old Louisville's St. James and Belgravia courts are among Greater Louisville's most prestigious areas. Old Louisville is the site of the famous St. James Court Art Show, which is held each October and draws more than 100,000 people. Old Louisville is also the home of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, which performs the Bard's works for free each summer in Central Park.

Park DuValle
Park DuValle is the site of an ongoing redevelopment project, launched in 1995. Located in Louisville's west end, this area is being transformed into a haven of beautiful, single-family homes; town houses; and apartments.

Pleasure Ridge Park
Known locally as PRP, Pleasure Ridge Park offers moderately priced housing and a convenient location near Louisville and Fort Knox. While its commercial strip is busy Dixie Highway, most of PRP consists of quiet streets with ranch and frame homes.

Boat owners used to have to dock at Louisville and then carry their goods overland to Portland, the docking point west of the Falls of the Ohio. The river heritage still shows in the Steamboat Gothic homes of Portland. Many of Portland's Steamboat Gothic homes have been renovated in recent years. The Portland Museum spotlights the waterfront and the area's riverfront history.

Built on the Jefferson-Oldham county line, Prospect features beautiful bottomland and breathtaking river bluffs. The housing ranges from grand estates to log cabins to upscale, contemporary housing developments. Careful planning has allowed the area to retain its trademark green spaces. Prospect is easily accessible to I-71 and I-265.

This area is close to downtown Louisville, southern Indiana, and western Jefferson County. Russell is a neighborhood in the midst of rebirth, with property and land renovations either completed or under way. Russell's housing options vary from large, Victorian, frame houses to new, moderately priced homes.

St. Matthews
In its early history, St. Matthews was called Gilman's Point and was known as "the garden of the state." The area was the east end business anchor for a century. St. Matthews boasts a mix of traditional homes on tree-lined streets, apartment complexes, and condominium developments near the area's commercial developments. St. Matthews is close to I-264 and I-64.

Until the 1890s, Shawnee consisted mainly of farms and dairy land. Then, like Beechmont and Cherokee Triangle, Shawnee's growth was spurred by the creation of a major park-Shawnee Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Shawnee's large homes on its shaded streets include some of Louisville's best examples of late-19th-century architecture. The area's boundaries are Shawnee Park, Broadway, 34th Street, and the Ohio River.

Shively was incorporated in 1938 to accommodate a number of distilleries (most of them since closed) that didn't want to pay Louisville taxes. Shively is close to downtown, the Ohio River, and Louisville International Airport. The area's housing options include older houses on tree-lined streets and subdivisions with starter-priced homes.

Valley Station
Located just past Pleasure Ridge Park, going south along Dixie Highway, Valley Station is another bedroom community. The area is also the locale for Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing-a historic house and museum. Valley Station's housing options are varied in style and pricing, ranging from old farmhouses to postwar-boom ranches to more contemporary homes.


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