Louisville’s Indian Hills is one of our grand old neighborhoods that attract buyers who value over-sized lots, mature trees and rolling green hills. “Indian Hill Farm is a fine tract of rich, rolling land with sprigs of the purest and best water bubbling up in the most convenient places on every part of it,” wrote John Duncan in The Courier Journal in December of 1877. “The whole of it is down in grass, which is mostly bluegrass.”
The area known as Indian Hills is a collection of several smaller “phases” or “communities” that make up the larger subdivision. As recently as 1999, a public referendum led to a merging of the smaller cities of Indian Hills; Cherokee, Indian Hills, Country Club, Robinswood and Winding Falls. Indian Hills homes contains some of Louisville’s finest and most expensive properties and probably ranks as one of the most expensive cities in all of Kentucky.
Located in the St. Matthews area of Louisville, close to where Brownsboro Road meets the Watterson Expressway on one side and the Ohio River on another, Indian Hills contains some of the prettiest land in all of Jefferson County, with rolling land, fresh springs and plenty of mature trees and even some wildlife such as deer. The name of the community was derived from the fact that Native Americans often used the land as far back as the founding of the city of Louisville.
Land surveyor John Veech was one of the earliest local residents. He moved here by flatboat from Ulster with his wife and settled into a hand-built log cabin. He had a reputation for fighting Indians, while his grandson was a well-known breeder of trotting horses – the second-largest in Kentucky, as a matter of fact! The family built a Georgian style plantation house, which greatly influenced the architectural style of the area. This land was held by the Veech family for 118 years through 6 generations.
At any given time, homes for sale in Indian hills will range in price from a low of around $250,000 to $300,000 and then covering all price ranges through the high end homes, which can be found at a few million dollars for their asking prices. As I write this, about one third of all of the homes for sale in the community are available at $1,000,000 or higher.
Once automobiles took the place of horse riding, the property was used by the St. Matthews Produce Exchange to cultivate potatoes. In 1924, 300 acres of the 502-acre farm was sold to a subdivision, which became the Louisville Country Club, designed by famous architect Frederick Law Olmsted. He designed sweeping, curvy streets, preserved existing trees, added ornamental shrubs, and left green spaces open to promote the area’s natural beauty and romantic character. You can still see many of the Sycamores, Maples, Oaks, American Lindens, Redbuds and Dogwood trees planted by Olmsted.