The Future of Louisville’s Butchertown

The source of Butchertown’s name is no secret: since its founding, the area has been unusually industrial for a neighborhood – in particular, it has been home to many butchers. Only one slaughterhouse continues to operate in Louisville’s Butchertown, however, which signifies that the neighborhood’s bloody nickname is, for the most part, a historical reference.

Butchertown Neighborhood, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

Litigation and measures pushed by the Butchertown Neighborhood Association on behalf of its residents imply that the neighborhood’s last slaughterhouse, JBS Swift, may not be in the area forever. The BNA and JBS have gone head-to-head several times in the past 10 years on issues including noise pollution, safety for the slaughterhouse’s neighbors, and reduction of the unpleasant odors emitted at the plant.

Revitalization

Butchertown became a hotspot for local butchers in the mid-1800’s because of its location at what was then the edge of Louisville. As time passed, however, the neighborhood became more and more residential and urban, making its last slaughterhouse stand increasingly out of place. Many wish for the plant to be relocated to a more rural location in Jefferson County.

The successful revitalization of the western portion of Butchertown, now called “NuLu,” has attracted attention from the local and even national press. However, revitalization has been going on in the greater Butchertown area for decades–the neighborhood would not have been able to transition from being primarily industrial in the early twentieth century to the mostly-residential neighborhood it is today without a “remarkable preservation movement . . . inspired by the revitalization efforts of Old Louisville,” according to the Encyclopedia of Louisville.

The Future?

The future of Butchertown is hazy: the construction of a new bridge will likely mean demolition of buildings and more traffic in the area. However, the neighborhood has proven its strength and community against the odds in the past, and chances are that its dedicated neighborhood association will continue to do so.

Houses in Butchertown have some of the most reasonable prices in Louisville, and many are examples of historical, working-class homes.

View Homes for Sale in Butchertown

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX Connections
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

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Portland: Louisville’s Next “It” Neighborhood?

Fancy a stroll? Local entrepreneur and so-called “Maestro of East Market Street” Gill Holland has turned his attention to Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, saying he envisions a “stroll district” cropping up in Portland’s future.

Holland, famous for the Green Building in NuLu, purchased a former school building in Portland in 2013 and revealed plans for a massive investment project to revitalize the historic Louisville neighborhood, saying in an interview with the Leo Magazine that, “I’ve had an interesting time explaining to investors that we’re not looking to make a quick buck, that we’re investing in the future.”

His vision is reminiscent of Bardstown Road, East Market Street, and Frankfurt Avenue: a wanderer’s paradise of shops, cafes, and small businesses.

Other local business-owners have also turned their attention to Portland and the West End, including Karter Louis, owner of Hillbilly Tea. Louis recently decided to open another location of his restaurant in Portland, citing his attachment to West Louisville as one of the reasons for his decision. “There’s an undercurrent happening there,” he said. “I’m rallying everybody. I think it can be golden.”

The home to many historic, pre-Civil War buildings, Portland hosted a thriving working class community at the turn of the 20th century, but the city’s famous 1937 flood and a second high flood in 1945 destroyed portions of the neighborhood and drove many middle class families out of the area. Today, a flood wall protects Portland and its residents from future flooding.

Home prices in Portland are currently some of the lowest in Louisville, but may be on the rise as revitalization efforts take hold. The neighborhood is home to many of the small shotgun houses for which Louisville is known.

Want to join the movement? Get in on the ground floor while home prices are still low! Call me, I’d love to help.

— View Homes for Sale in Portland

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX Connections
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist


Portland Points of Interest:


The Portland Museum

Tim Faulkner Gallery
1512 Portland Ave
Louisville, KY 40203

The Portland Art & Heritage Fair: Art & Photography Exhibition
Saturday, October 11, 2014
2215 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY, 40212

Let’s Celebrate the Beauty of Old Louisville

Old Louisville Real Estate, Bruce Moore, Realtor

No doubt about it, Old Louisville is one of Louisville’s most beautiful neighborhoods!  The houses are really what sets this neighborhood apart from others in the city.

Made up of mostly Brick Victorian Architecture, it is the 3rd largest Designated Historical Neighborhood in the entire United States!

Old Louisville Real Estate, Bruce Moore, Realtor

Not only that but despite its up and downs ….. the Great Flood of 37, Tornado of 74 and some history of neglect ….. most of the houses remain intact and are still in great shape.  Old Louisville is coming back from the downturn it took starting during WWI when owners started to subdivide the houses into apartments.  There are still quite a few old house/apartments but the practice has stopped and is being reversed thanks to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Association and the conversion into a Historical District.

On May 16th and 17th, Old Louisville is celebrating its neighborhood by inviting others to the
2nd Annual Old Louisville Springfest

Organizers are expecting about 7,000 people to visit the neighborhood. There will be bands, vendor booths, plenty of food and drink including the Old Louisville Slushie for adults which is a blend of bourbon, orange juice concentrate and lemonade concentrate.  Yumm!! And the newest addition to the festival is a Beer Garden!

And while you’re there, take a peek at some of the Beautiful Homes and Condos For Sale in Old Louisville!

I am very proud to be listing a beautiful House at 1208 S. 1st street and I will be holding an open house on Sunday from 2-4.  

House for sale in Old Louisville, Bruce Moore Realtor

Come on by and pick up a flyer on Friday or Saturday and come back for the open house on Sunday to tour this beautiful home and say Hi!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX Connections
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

Goats and Gardens… the Variety of Louisville Neighborhoods

Goats and Gardens… the Variety of Louisville Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods within a city can be as different as countries are in different part of the world, despite the geographical closeness. Louisville, Kentucky is no exception.

If you compare the Highlands with the Lake Forest Subdivision, both in the Greater Louisville area, what you see will tell the tale.

The Highlands of Louisville, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

I live by a grocery store in the Belknap neighborhood (of the Highlands) which I walk to on a pretty regular basis.   On the walk, I can hear the unmistakable sounds of a goat.  Chickens are also pretty common in this neighborhood.  I even saw a small horse one day.   The Highlands area of Louisville is very urban with houses and shops crammed together pretty closely.  People have gardens in front yards, some in the back yards, rain gardens, koi ponds, etc.

I was out on a showing in another area of Louisville that was completely different.   Very suburban with most of the houses built during the same year and everyone had manicured lawns.

When scheduling a showing in the neighborhood, the Listing Realtor apologized for the next door neighbor’s house right away since… gasp… they had a huge garden in the backyard.

Indian Springs home, Louisville Realtor Bruce Moore

I went to the house expecting to see some ugly overgrown garden that had not been taken care of for years but what I found was quite the contrary. This garden was a masterpiece.  Beautifully cared for and extremely neat and tidy.  It took up the whole backyard but apparently this was just not within the rules of the neighborhood.

To each his own! It just goes to show you that everyone has a different idea of the ideal neighborhood to live in. If you like an eclectic mix of people and homes, choose a neighborhood like the Highlands. If, however, you prefer perfectly manicured lawns and matching mailboxes, then maybe suburbia is the right place for you to buy a home.

Either way, Louisville has it all to offer!

Let me help you find Your Perfect Home in Your Perfect Louisville Neighborhood!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

Douglass Loop in Louisville is hopping with new Restaurants

Douglass Loop in Louisville is hopping with new Restaurants!

The restaurant scene has suddenly come to life over on Douglass Loop in the Belknap neighborhood on Louisville, Kentucky.

A few businesses had closed in the past year (Corner door, Flower shop, etc) but with the opening of Havana Rhumba, this may have spurred more restaurants to think about opening here.

Highlands of Louisville News, Bruce Moore, Realtor

The first one which may open by the end of the year is  a place called Loop 22 in the old Corner Door location.  This is run by the same folks that brought us “Game” and “Hammerheads”.

The Great Flood Brewery (not a restaurant) brings on another local brewery and will be located next to North End Café.   There are still a few more vacant spots and hopefully these additions will bring on more to this already hot spot in the Highlands.

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

What’s the Real Estate Market doing in Louisville’s Crescent Hill?

Some interesting real estate market stats for the Crescent Hill neighborhood in Louisville, Ky:
The median Sale Price of homes on the market jumped a whopping 19.1% ($38,000) over the same period last year. Is there any doubt that the Louisville Market is well on its way to a full recovery?
Louisville real estate news
The Average Listing Price was $387,141 which is down slightly from the previous week but up over the same week last year.
36 Homes are currently for sale in Crescent Hill
52 Homes have recently sold
16 Homes are in Foreclosure
Average home list prices for surrounding neighborhoods, week ending October 16th:
Old Louisville $211,737 (-0.1%)
Clifton $165,545 (-0.3%)
Cherokee Triangle $387,545 (+1.2%)
Germantown $133,438 (-2.9%)
Have a home to sell in Louisville?  Call me and I’ll help you sell it quickly and for the right price.


Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

What’s New in the Deer Park Neighborhood of Louisville?

Here’s the latest in a nutshell ….

3 New Home Listings – 2 houses on Eastern Parkway and 1 on Maplewood Place

Median Sales Price for homes in the Deer Park neighborhood is $208,000 which is down slightly from the previous week

Crime Stats – 19 total crime reports, all non-violent. These are mostly theft, burglary and vandalism so lock your doors and keep an eye on the neighborhood.

Ready to find your perfect home in Louisville? Call me, I can help

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Kentucky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

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