Anchorage is a city flanked by Eastwood to the East, Tom Sawyer Park to the West, Middletown to the South, and Oldham County to the North, with its own fire department, police department, and independent public school system from K-8. What started as a retreat community accessible by rail has transformed into a mainstay for locals looking for great quality of life.
Anchorage, Kentucky is a place Lenihan’s Sotheby’s International Realty sales agent Mary Davis knows well. She not only lives there in her middle age years now, but she grew up there, too. She spent some time selling houses in Atlanta, Georgia during the big real estate boom of the early eighties and came home to put her skills to good use in the neighborhoods she knew and loved growing up.
“Anchorage was, I think to my parents, the ideal community,” she explains. “It was close enough for dad to get to work [at GE], but it had the big yards and the trees, and a wonderful school. So we settled in Anchorage. It was really an ideal childhood — Dogs, kids, horses, family events. It’s very similar today. All these years later, you still have some of the great qualities.”
Not every home in Anchorage has a huge yard, but the lots are generally larger than you would find in the Highlands or St. Matthews, with a more rural feel. From historic homes on large parcels of land, to new homes on 1-1.5 acres, to cottages on 0.25 acres – there are many options for buyers who want space to spread out.
Essentially, you can raise a family in a larger home and downsize once the nest is empty, without having to leave Anchorage. “I think there are many families in Anchorage that are on their second and third home,” says Mary Davis. It has a reputation as being “high-end” and more of a “move-up” community than a place for starter homes, but Mary Davis still helps many young families settle into the area. Later in life, if buyers hit the million-dollar mark, they can find grand estates in Anchorage additionally.
When Mary was growing up, it wasn’t uncommon to see four or five horses going down the middle of the road in Anchorage. Nowadays, a group called Anchorage Trails clears paths for equestrian use, but they are used by pedestrians just as much. So if not for the horse culture, then what?
Mary Davis says buyers gravitate to Anchorage, KY for:
- The school system: “Recently, when they ranked 19 elementary schools in the state of Kentucky, Anchorage was number one.”
- The feeling: “They come for the big yards and the fact that your kids can ride their bikes to school.” They come for charming historic homes with land.
- The amenities: “The downtown area and good restaurants [like The Village Anchor] are a draw.
- New homes: “The buying public likes newer, blown-out basements, of which we have many in Anchorage.”