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Louisville is a major city located in the north central region of Kentucky, and was founded by Revolutionary War veteran George Rogers Clark (second oldest brother of William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame) in 1778. The city is Kentucky’s largest, is the 30th largest city in the United States, and shares its boundaries with the county it calls home, Jefferson County.
Home buyers will appreciate Louisville and its many neighborhoods for providing numerous environments and homes suitable to each buyer’s tastes, from the Victorian homes in Old Louisville and luxurious estates in The Highlands, to the newest urban condos downtown and single-family houses in Highview. Current median home value is in the high 150's to low 160's.
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Over 760,000 call Louisville home, and is a wonderful city to make a fresh start, whether the buyer prefers the revitalized urban downtown core, or more pastoral settings near the city’s edges. The city is a mix of Southern and Midwestern cultures, and is considered to be either the northernmost city of the South, or the southernmost city of the North.
Commuting to work takes an average of 23 minutes, with extensive transit service provided by TARC throughout the city and the neighboring counties of Oldham and Bullitt to the south and northeast, and Clark and Floyd to the north and northwest in nearby Indiana.
Louisville is bounded by the Ohio River and Indiana to the north and west, Bullitt County to the south, Shelby County to the east, and Oldham County to the northeast. Major routes through the metro area include I-64, I-65, and I-71 (all three converge in downtown at what locals call Spaghetti Junction), and the partial beltways of I-264 (known as the Henry Watterson Expressway) and I-265 (known as the Gene Snyder Freeway). U.S. 31, U.S. 60, and U.S. 150, along with a handful of state highways, are some of the other major roads in the metro area.
The city is also served by Louisville International Airport -- with seven airlines offering direct flights to a handful of other major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and Washington -- Bowman Field (general aviation), and Greyhound.
Media outlets in the Louisville Metro area include: The Courier-Journal (major newspaper); LEO Weekly (alt weekly); Insider Louisville (online news publication); Louisville.com (online event publication); Louisville Magazine (print magazine); Louisville Public Media (public radio); WAVE-TV, WDRB-TV, WHAS-TV, and WLKY-TV (television); and several radio stations running the gamut from news/talk and sports, to country, hard rock, and Christian contemporary.
Louisville is home to several parks scattered throughout the metro area. Waterfront Park lays to the north of downtown, hosting several events throughout the year, such as the WFPK-FM Waterfront Wednesdays summer concert series, the Kentucky Derby Festival and Thunder Over Louisville (held before the annual running of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby), the Ironman Louisville triathlon, and the Beatles tribute festival, Abbey Road on the River.
A half-hour to the south lays Iroquois Park, where one can enjoy a round of 18, a hike through the old growth forest, numerous concerts at Iroquois Amphitheater every summer, and a view of downtown from the overlook atop the highest point of the park.
Sports fans may need to settle for visiting other nearby cities for professional football, basketball, and baseball, but Louisville more than makes up for this by being a major college powerhouse as the home of the University of Louisville Cardinals, with numerous appearances and wins in the men’s and women’s Final Four, as well as several bowls.
Meanwhile, the Louisville Bats serve as the AAA affiliate to the Cincinnati Reds in Major League Baseball, and Louisville City FC brings professional soccer to the River City as part of USL; both teams call Louisville Slugger Field home.
Valhalla Golf Club -- designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus -- also has a place in professional sports, having hosted the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, and the Ryder Cup since the mid-1990s.
Finally, Louisville is the home of “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby. Held on the first weekend in May every year since 1875 at Churchill Downs, many a thoroughbred charges out of the gate in the hopes of becoming one of the few to wear the Triple Crown by early June. When Derby rolls around, the city spends the entire weekend partying with celebs, placing their bets on who will win, and drinking as many mint juleps as they can stand.
Shoppers and foodies will have no problem finding what they seek from Louisville. The city is host to a handful of shopping centers, including Oxmoor Center, Mall St. Matthews, and The Paddock, along with various shops in The Highlands, NuLu, South Fourth Street, and so on. Local restaurants and bars include Yang Kee Noodle, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Jack Fry’s, Varanese, Proof on Main, Wick’s, Abyssinia, Grind Burger Kitchen… it would take hours to list them all.
Aside from the annual carnival surrounding the Kentucky Derby, several events throughout the year will keep your calendar filled, such as: WorldFest; Flea Off Market; Barnstable Brown Gala; Kentucky State Fair; Derby City Comic Con; Fandomfest; Lebowski Fest; Kentuckiana Pride Festival; and Light Up Louisville.
For families moving into their new homes with school-age children, Louisville Metro is in the jurisdiction of Jefferson County Public Schools. JCPS is home to 89 elementary, 24 middle, and 24 high schools. There are also several private schools in the city, as well as the Kentucky School for the Blind and the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy for children with visual and hearing impairments, respectively.