1 – Louisville Highlands homes have been recently gentrified.
Since the 1960s, the Louisville Highlands homes market has undergone a dramatic renaissance as local economic policies invited more business developments. Since the 1990s, The Highlands has become the premier destination for nightlife, live music and boutique shopping. Bardstown Road is the place to be!
2 – The Highlands is a funky, hip, liberal enclave where everyone feels welcome.
You’ll see the “Keep Louisville Weird” billboard prominently displayed in the area. Many residents refer to this nook of the city as “Little Portland” due to all the microbreweries, coffee shops, and independently-owned boutiques.
3 – History lives here.
The Highlands is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Louisville, dating back to the Civil War. You’ll find many historic sites within a few miles, including the Filson Historical Society, Historic Locust Grove, the Whitehall mansion, the Farmington Historic Home, the 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor, and the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
4 – Kentucky Derby parties make this an exciting part of town to live in!
With Churchill Downs just 3.4 miles from The Highlands center, you know this is going to be a happening place for parties. In fact, the Barnstable Brown Party on Spring Drive is the most famous of all Kentucky Derby parties. Past guests include celebrities like Andre Agassi, Ashton Kutcher, Cyndi Lauper, and Kid Rock. Crowds also flock to places like the Phoenix Hill Tavern or Molly Malone’s along Bardstown Road.
5 – Louisville Highlands homes are very handsome.
Tudor-style manors and German architecture dominate the landscape along Bardstown and Bonnycastle roads. You’ll also find ornate Victorian homes, Craftsman bungalows and Cotswold Cottages. Some of the opulent mansions along Spring Drive cost upwards of one million dollars. Most of the homes in this area were built from the late 1800s to 1947.
6 – The neighborhoods themselves are rather peaceful.
Despite being within walking distance of all these amazing amenities we just talked about, the actual neighborhoods themselves are quiet and idyllic. Towering trees line the streets, which are tucked away from the clamor of downtown and college campuses.
7 – You can send your children to award-winning Jefferson County schools.
The Jefferson County School District is 41 percent better than other districts in Kentucky. The closest top-rated schools include Barret Traditional Middle School (1.53 miles), Dupont Manual High School (2.29 miles), and Louisville Male High School (3.93 miles) – which all boast a 10/10 rating at GreatSchools.org.
8 – The crowd is very diverse in The Highlands.
While there are plenty of young hipsters and artists in The Highlands, it’s also a playground for lawyers and doctors who like to be in close proximity to the excellent upscale dining scene. Bistro Le Relais, the Brown Hotel, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant, Asiatique, Sapporo Grill and Sushi, 610 Magnolia, Porcini Restaurant, Lilly’s, Ceviche, and Morton’s The Steakhouse are all highly rated establishments where you can enjoy a fine meal fit for royalty, and while not all are in the Highlands, they aren’t very far at all.
9 – When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of town, there are beautiful parks as well.
Cherokee Park, designed by esteemed land developer Frederick Law Olmsted, is located here. You may see a little bit of Central Park in his design. The park boasts a 2.4-mile scenic walking / biking loop, as well as playgrounds, basketball courts, dog runs, horse trails, a fishing lake, fountains, a ball field, an archery range, horseshoe pits, picnic tables / grills / shelters, tennis courts, a soccer field, and a bird sanctuary. Hiking, walking and biking are also available at Douglas, Seneca, Tyler, or Willow parks.
10 – Relatively speaking, the cost of living is very affordable when buying Louisville Highlands homes.
While the rental prices and housing prices are fairly high by Kentucky standards (around $180,000), the Cost of Living Index is 94 – compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living is just 1 percent higher than the Louisville average – and you live in such close proximity to so many great amenities! Groceries and health care costs are noticeably cheaper in The Highlands, compared to the rest of Kentucky and the U.S. at large. Want to see The Highlands community in Louisville? Contact me for a tour!