Lake Forest Subdivision
Karen Kraft is a luxury Realtor specializing in sales within the community of Lake Forest, Kentucky, where she sold 17 homes last year. As a local entertainer with 35 years of singing experience, she found the transition to selling homes to be surprisingly natural. She’s been selling homes in the area since 2008, but you can still catch her act at Majid’s restaurant in St. Matthews every now and then.
“Lake Forest has always had that feeling of high-end luxury, well-maintained. A place where everybody talked about and wanted to be,” Kraft explains. She adds, “In my generation, that was the hot neighborhood. I grew up wanting to always live there, and be a part of Lake Forest.” Over the years, Lake Forest has maintained its stellar reputation.
One of the reasons people gravitate to Lake Forest is its location just off Gene Snyder. Despite the fact you can get from the neighborhood to downtown Louisville in 20 minutes, you can still sometimes see the fabled “grazing reindeer” of Lake Forest, which reminds you how wild the area really is.
With over 1,700 homes to choose from, there is much versatility in the Lake Forest area homes. Doctors like to call Lake Forest their home because it’s close to the new Baptist Health center off Old Henry. On one hand, there are executive estates down Arnold Palmer with homes that have $3 million price tags. On the other hand, young families can get a piece of the pie for as low as the upper $200s.
Some of the newer homes in the community are being built over by the Legacy off Old Henry, says Kraft. These units are “maintenance-free” and pitched to existing Lake Forest homeowners who want to stay within the neighborhood as they age but would like to downsize.
Jefferson County homes typically sell in about 90 days, but nearly half of the homes Karen sold last year went in 32 days or less, as there is a high demand for these homes. “If you price them right, they’ll sell,” she tells her clients. With its world-renowned Arnold Palmer Golf Course and clubhouse with tennis courts, pools and public meeting space, it’s known as “thee golf community.”
It’s a friendly neighborhood where people are always out walking their dogs. Schools like St. Patrick’s, Christian Academy, and Eastern High School are all nearby. Local residents enjoy close proximity to Middletown restaurants like Cheddar Box and Wild Eggs, as well as access to Kroger, Super Walmart, and Summit area malls, so it’s easy to see why Lake Forest is one Louisville’s hot neighborhoods.