The Highlands Real Estate
Josh Laughlin, an experienced professional with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, discusses the popular Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky with your host, fellow first-class Realtor Greg Fleischaker. After spending 13 years in New York City, Laughlin has found a comfortable niche in The Highlands, though he sells real estate all over Louisville.
“The Highlands reminds me sort of the Greenwich Village of Louisville,” Laughlin explains in this podcast episode. “You’ve got everything from students to young entrepreneurs, doctors, attorneys, artists, really an eclectic group of people that truly enjoy some of the more diverse things that Louisville has to offer – and I think a majority of those things are in The Highlands.”
Bardstown Road attracts buyers from all across the city for the diversity of fantastic restaurants, small coffee shops, locally owned retail boutiques, and cool antique shops. Residents like to support local businesses and look down on big box retailers so much so they have a slogan of “Keep Louisville Weird.”
Real estate agents make a distinction between 40204 – which is the original Highlands – and then 40205, which is the Upper Highlands, once you cross Eastern Parkway headed away from the city. People living in the Parkside and original Highlands areas consider themselves to be in the most desirable parts of The Highlands, but it all depends on what you’re looking for.
You could be in a small shotgun house for $145,000 or in the Cherokee Triangle part of The Highlands in a million-dollar home. The homes really run the gamut architecturally from beautiful Victorian homes on Cherokee Road, down to Craftsman bungalows on Deer Park and shotgun homes on Breckenridge. Some homes are pristine, while others need a little work done, but that’s part of the beauty of living here. There are flipped homes or redone homes that are updated, but retain some of the old charm.
To prepare a home to sell, The Highlands homeowner wants to declutter and stage the property. Real estate agents work with the feel and emotions of the older homes, rather than trying to pitch new construction. Buyers who come to The Highlands like the personality of the homes they view here.