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Cool Off Your Summer Scrumptiously

One of the first things I ever ate in Lousville was an ice pop. Not just any ice pop, but a Steel City Pop! Even though it was the beginning of winter at the time I demolished that ice pop. How much more now that Summer is in full swing. Steel City Pops was started by Jim Watkins with much help from his family and friends. 

Steel City Pops was birthed out of Jim's lifelong dream to own a restaurant. At age 40 he quit his job and began researching as much as he could about restaurant ownership while also developing recipes with his mom. He acknowledges the immense support and help of his wife and four sons in the development and running of their first ever restaurant. Steel City Pops now has 8 locations around the country.

They serve scrumptious ice pops made with only all natural or certified organic ingredients, never using artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Some of their fruity flavors include blood orange, cucmber lime, lavender lemonade, passion fruit, and lime. If you would prefer a creamier option they also have flavors that include but are not limited to Avocado, Buttermilk, Chocolate, Chocolate Chili, and Coconut.

As well as giving us great tasting pops they also give back to communities around the world. They give back globally to help provide water to places that don't have clean drinking water. They also give back locally to help those with disabilities and special needs.

Steel City Pops in Louisville is located on Bardstown Rd in the Highlands. The Highlands started as a suburb, but is now one of the most desirable areas to live in Louisville. A prominent feature of the Highlands is its grand Victorian homes and craftsman bungalows. Cherokee Park with its many trails, playgrounds, and picnic spots is also located in the Highlands. But probably the most well known feature of the Highlands is its many eclectic and authentic restaurants, especially along Bardstown Rd.

If you are intersted in moving to the Highlands we would love to help you find a new home. Or if you are wanting to sell your home in the Highlands or anywhere in Louisville we would love to help you. Real estate Louisville is what we know. Please contact Family Realty and speak with Scott Boehnlein or any of our agents

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The Line is Out The Door - Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe

If you see a line out the door of any eating establishment it usually means one thing: great food! Well if you have driven past Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe on Frankfort Avenue at just about any time of any day of the week you will notice the crowd of people gathering on the side walk. That is because Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe has great food and coffee.

The bakery spends 24-48 hours making each loaf of bread, ensuring the best bread, free of preservatives and full of flavor. They also offer delicious European and American pasteries of the highest quality which go perfectly with their rich coffee. But Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe is not just about croissants and coffee, they are also about community.

The crowd gathered outside is not only made up of people trying to get in, but also people who have already made their purchase and chosen to chat to friends and family as they enjoy their pastry. If you are a little more pekish and have time to take a seat, the Cafe offers a great selection of brunch and lunch options. Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe is a great food option any Tuesday through Saturday 9am-4pm!

Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe is situated on Frankfort Avenue in the lovely Crescent Hills area. Frankfort Avenue is home to a wide assortment of restarants, cafes, bars and specialty stores. Crescent Hills is a beautiful area full of luxury and quaint homes for all family sizes. It is only minutes to River Road and downtown, nevermind all that Frankfort Avenue has to offer. If you would like to find a home in Crescent Hills or list your home in Crescent Hills please contact us at Family Realty. We would love to help. We know real estate Louisville.

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Baseball season is here!

Spring means baseball, and what better way to enjoy a warm night than at the Louisville Bats game?  

The Bats got their start in Louisville in 1982, when the St. Louis Cardinals moved their Triple A affiliate team, the Redbirds, to Louisville.   Games were originally played at Cardinal Stadium.  In 1998, the team became affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers and were renamed the RiverBats.  The next year, the team moved their games to the new Slugger Field downtown, which can seat 13,131 people.  In 2000, the team became affiliated with their current team, the Cincinnati Reds.  And in 2002, the team was rebranded as the Louisville Bats that we know today.

Louisville Bats games are tons of fun for the whole family.  They can accommodate group outings and birthday parties, and they also have a great Kids Club package.  For just $25, kids 12 and under receive admission to all Sunday home games, a kids jersey, a cooler, plus 2 free attraction vouchers.  And, every Sunday, there is an inflatable fun zone, and kids eat free! It's an amazing deal and more than pays for the cost of joining, even if you can't make all of the Sunday games.   

Their next game is tonight, Wed April 12th, at 6:35pm against the Toledo Mud Hens. Check out their full schedule here.  And don't forget to check out all of the fantastic lofts, condos, and homes for sale while you're downtown!

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Kick off 502 Restaurant Week at the Taste of 502!

Kick off 502 Restaurant Week at the Taste of 502!  The event will be held on Monday, February 20 at the Seelbach Hilton from 6-830PM.  

Louisville has become known as a foodie destination in recent years.  There are many thriving local restaurants, many of which follow a farm to table concept and source locally. At the Taste of 502, you will experience tastings from local favorites such as Captain's Quarters, LouVino, Mesh, Old Seelbach Bar, and The Oakroom, among others.  Dessert options include treats from Annie Mays Sweet Cafe, Cake Flour, and Cellar Door Chocolates.  Visit the Taste of 502 website for a full list of participating restaurants. 

Tickets are $45 in advance, or $50 at the door.  Tickets for the Maker's Mark VIP Lounge are $65 (advance purchase only) and include private seating, complimentary tickets to Maker's Mark Distillery, and a gift bag.

502 Restaurant Week follows from February 22 through March 8, 2017.  During this time, participating restaurants will feature a special 3-course meal for $50.20 per person or per couple, depending on restaurant.  Over 25 restaurants have signed up to particpate to date, including 8 Up, Asiatique, Napa River Grill, Birracibo, Over the 9, Rye, and Rivue.   Visit the 502 Restaurant Week website for a full list of participating restaurants, as well as to review the menu options for each location.

Fabulous restaurants all over town are participating in this event!  If you decide to enjoy a night out at one of these restaurants, be sure to search our website for homes for sale in the area. One of our agents would be happy to meet you before dinner to view a potential new home!  

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Plan a night out at Locked In

Escape games have become increasingly popular in recent months - you may have seen your friends post pictures on Facebook or Instagram, indicating if they were able to "escape" or not.  If you're looking for an indoor activity to occupy your time during these cold winter days, plan a night out at Locked In!  Fun for a girls, guys, or couples night out, Locked In can accommodate 2-8 people per adventure.  

There's an adventure for all skill levels - starting from easiest to most challenging:  The Warehouse, The Museum, The Laboratory, or The Classroom.  Once your adventure is selected, your group will be "locked" in the appropriate room and be asked to figure out clues and puzzles in order to escape within 60 minutes.   Winners get bragging rights - but if for some reason you can't escape, you'll surely want to try it again soon!  This is also a great place for a corporate event or team building exercise.

Locked In is located at 521 S 4th Street.  Reservations need to be made in advance, and the cost is $27 per person.  While you're downtown, take a look at some of the great properties that are for sale in the 40202 zip code.  Louisville has some of the best downtown living, with amazing condos overlooking the Ohio River that are walking distance to all the restaurants, museums, and entertainment that downtown has to offer. One of our agents will be glad to schedule showings for any houses or condos you may want to see before your night out at Locked In.

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Copper and Kings

Kentucky is known for bourbon, but what about brandy?  Copper and Kings is Louisville's very own distillery for American craft brandy.  Their brandy is distilled in copper pots (named Isis, Magdalena, and Sara, after women in Bob Dylan songs), and contains no added sugar, flavors, or synthetic chemicals to alter the taste.  The Butchertown Brandy and American Craft Brandy are aged in Kentucky boubon barrels.  The brand also offers Apple Brandy, Absinthe, Cr&ftwerk (craft beer infused with brandy), and some limited release brandies and gins.  Currently, these spirits can be purchased in 28 states and they continue to expand.

In addition to the distillery, Copper & Kings boasts 3 distinct event spaces:  the courtyard, second floor art gallery, and rooftop skydeck.   They can host many types of events, from corporate functions to weddings!  

On the second Thursday of each month, Copper and Kings hosts a special workshop.  This January 12th, take a tour of the distillery and stay for their workshop on Warm Cocktails, with a focus on making toddies and ciders.  The workshop is $25; reservations are required. Participants must be 21 and older.

Copper and Kings is located at 1121 E. Washington Street, Louisville 40206.   Currently, there are 53 properties on the market in the 40206 zip code, which includes neighborhoods such as Cherokee Gardens, Clifton, and Crescent Hill, including our listing at 3206 Dublin Ln. If you'd like to view some of these homes before your workshop at Copper and Kings, contact Family Realty to schedule a showing.   

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Harlem Globetrotters on January 13th at KFC YUM Center

The Harlem Globetrotters are an iconic exhibition basketball team, known for their entertaining antics on the court.  Initially known as the Savoy Big Five, the team originated from the south side of Chicago in the 1920s.  In 1928, a touring team called the Globe Trotters were formed and toured southern Illinois, and by 1929, their manager and promoter renamed them the New York Harlem Globetrotters. An interesting fact is that the Harlem Globetrotters did not actually ever play in Harlem until 1968!  Over the years, the team has played in over 115 countries in front of millions of fans.  They were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, and even have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

You may recognize the team song, "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Brother Bones.  It is sure to get everyone up on their feet and clapping along as the team takes the floor to get warmed up!  The team members are, first and foremost, amazing athletes, but also bring an element of comedy to the sport of basketball.  The Harlem Globetrotters love getting the fans, especially children, involved in the game.

The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at KFC YUM Center on Friday, January 13th at 7pm. Tickets can still be purchased.  Don't miss out on this event that the whole family is sure to enjoy!  Before heading to the game, take some time to check out these current homes for sale in the downtown area.  If you are interested in seeing any of these listings, contact Family Realty to schedule a showing.

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Louisville CYCLEBAR Now Open

New Year, new resolutions!  If you're among the millions of people resolving to start the new year out by getting in shape, try CYCLEBAR.  CYCLEBAR offers premium indoor cycling classes for people at all skill levels.  The idea was hatched in 2004 by a brother and sister, Bill Pryor and Alex Klemmer, with their first studio opening a year later.  They have since partnered with other fitness enthusiasts to open studios nationwide.

This new St. Matthews location opened at the end of November, and they offer a FREE intro class for people that have never tried indoor cycling before.  Once you've tried the free class and are hooked, their Classic class is the most popular, offering hills and drills along with upper body work.  And always, a great playlist of music to accompany the ride! There are other classes that offer variations on the Classic, such as Throwbak Thursday and Happy Hour themed rides.  Visit the CYCLEBAR website for full details.  You can also view their current schedule, see which instructor will be leading the ride, and sign up for classes online.  The cycle theatre can hold up to 55 bikes, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot in the next class!  Cycle shoes are provided, and the CYCLEBAR staff will help you set up your bike if needed.

Currently, new riders can buy a 3 ride package for $29, or a 10 ride package for $99. Other options are also availabe for purchase.  CYCLEBAR is located in St. Matthews, in the Shelbyville Road Plaza next to Qdoba and close to Trader Joe's.  

While you're in the area, check out our listing at 3206 Dublin Lane.  This 1.5 story, 4 bed/2.5 bath house is a gem of a find on a quiet street in St. Matthews.  There is a finished area that can be used for a home office or playroom, and the elevated deck off the eat-in kitchen is perfect for entertaining!  Currently listed at $350,000.  Contact Christopher Dayton at Family Realty to schedule your showing today.

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Lights Under Louisville

Load up the kids in the family truckster and head to Louisville Mega Cavern for a one of a kind holiday light show!  Lights Under Louisville is the world's only fully underground, drive through Christmas light show.   Drive through 1.2 miles of underground passages to view the 850 lighted characters, equaling over 2 million points of light.  It is spectacular!  

The drive lasts approximately 30 minutes and runs 7 days a week through December 31st. Hours are Mon-Fri from 6-10p and Sat-Sun from 5-10pm.  Prices start at $30 per car (cash or check only) and increase depending on vehicle type (passenger van, limo, bus).  You can save $5 per car Mon-Thur - visit the Lights Under Louisville website or your local Wendy's for a coupon.  Arrive early to ensure you don't have to wait for your view of all the lights!

Louisville Mega Cavern is located at 1841 Taylor Avenue, Louisville KY 40213.  It is a man-made cavern spanning 17 miles of underground.  In addition to the lights at Christmas, the cavern also features zip lines, an aerial ropes course, bike park, a tram tour, storage warehouse, and they can even host special events.  When heading out to see the lights, take a detour through nearby historic Audubon Park to view the beautiful homes decorated for the holidays.  The entrances are marked by stone gateways and the area is known for straight, tree-lined streets and 6 small neighborhood parks.  Find a home for sale that you like?  Contact Family Realty to speak with a realtor and schedule a showing!

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Now Showing - A Christmas Carol

It wouldn't be the holiday season without seeing A Christmas Carol!  Based on the famous book written in 1843 by Charles Dickens, the play has been performed at Actor's Theatre for over 40 years.

The play is set in London, featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser that very much disikes anyone or anything, especially Christmas.  He only cares about money, and only allows his employee, Bob Cratchit, one day off for the holiday, even though Cratchit's son, Tiny Tim, is seriously ill.  On Christmas Eve, the 7th anniversary of his business partner, Jacob Marley's, death, Scrooge is visited by his ghost.  Marley was just as miserly as Scrooge, and speaks of 3 spirits that will visit Scrooge to show him the error in the miserable way he has lived, in hopes that he can change before it is too late. Scrooge is then visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come in a story of redemption and learning the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

During this season's performances, the main characters will be portrayed by the following actors:   

  • Scrooge:  William McNulty
  • Marley: Jason Martin
  • Cratchit:  James Seol
  • Tiny Tim: Austin Ramirez

The play runs through December 23rd, and is recommended for ages 5 and up.  Don't miss this spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel!

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Bardstown Road Aglow

Grab your friends and family and come out to celebrate the 31st annual Bardstown Road Aglow this Saturday, December 3rd from dusk until 10pm.  This is an event that has something for all ages!  Many shops are staying open late to celebrate the season. This year, some participating restaurants will feature a signature holiday drink in a special mug dipped in Maker's Mark green wax for $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting WaterStep.  There is also a free trolley hop from Douglas Loop to Lexington Rd that features live music during the course of the night.

Shannon Cogan from WAVE 3 will be at Wendy's from 5:30-6p for the tree lighting ceremony.  Wendy's will be providing free coffee and hot chocolate during the ceremony. Local celebrities such as Kirby Adams, John Timmons, Vicki Rogers, Connie Leonard, Kent Taylor, Carolyn Greer, and Sara Havens will be judging the holiday store decorating contest at participating locations.  

Polar Palooza will be at the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway from 6-8:30p. This event is sponsored by Park Community Credit Union and will feature selfies with Parkie the Dog and Santa, as well as face painting and a band.

Another fantastic stop on Bardstown Road is St. James Catholic Church.  Starting at 6p and continuing throughout the evening, there will be various choirs performing, such as: St. James School Choir, St. James Singers Parish Choir, Louisville Brass Quintet, and Bellarmine University Schola Cantorum.  Refreshments such as cider and snacks will be offered on the steps of the church.  

From one end of Bardstown Road to the other, Bardstown Road Aglow is a fantastic way to spend your Saturday night.  Enjoy the company of family and friends, support local businesses with holiday shopping, and top it off with food, drinks, and lots of memories! While you're strolling down Bardstown Road, don't forget to peek down the side streets - maybe you'll find a glimpse of your next home!  Family Realty can help you with all of your real estate needs - call us today

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Hike Jefferson Memorial Forest

Enjoy a guided hike in Jefferson Memorial Forest this Saturday, November 19th.  The hike is FREE, so get out and enjoy nature!   Jefferson Memorial Forest is a woodland memorial to Kentucky veterans and covers 6218 acres with over 35 miles of trails for hiking, in addition to trails for horseback riding, a lake for fishing, plus areas for bird watching and camping.   During this moderate hike, the volunteer naturalists will lead the group in covering over 11 miles in the Paul Yost section of the forest.  The hike begins at 9am and is expected to last until 1pm, so bring a sack lunch and dress accordingly for the expected cool weather!

Jefferson Memorial Forest is located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, Fairdale, KY 40118.  You'd never know that downtown Louisville is only 15 miles away from this spectacular Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary!  Family Realty is able to help you find a home in Fairdale or any of the surrounding areas.  Call 502.458.4100 to find your new home today!

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Churchill Downs Fall Meet - ends November 27th

Head to the races at Churchill Downs!  The fall meet runs through Thanksgiving weekend, ending on Sunday, November 27th.  Gates open at 11am and races run until 5pm daily, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Don't feel like making a turkey?  The races are even open on Thanksgiving Day!  Reserve your table and feast on the Thanksgiving buffet while watching the races with your family.  

While there, enjoy a tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is currently featuring an exhibit on 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.   Or, schedule a 1 hour tour of the backside to see what happens behind the scenes.  In addition, you could book the Works Tour & Breakfast (November 25th only), which allows patrons to view the morning workout of the horses, a light breakfast, certain exhibits at the Derby Museum, the Barbaro "Inside the Vault" tour, and box tickets for the afternoon races.  Pricing for this particular tour is $20-35 per person.

Churchill Downs is located at 700 Central Avenue, Louisville KY 40208.   Family Realty can help you find your next home in Old Louisville.  From old Victorian homes to historic St. James Court to downtown lofts, visit our website or call us at 502.458.4100 to get started on your Old Louisville home search today!

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Free Daylight Savings Guid- Turning Back the Clock with Family Realty

It's that time of year again - the end of Daylight Saving Time.  At 2am on Sunday morning, November 6th, Daylight Saving Time will end, and we will revert to Standard Time.  Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed, and enjoy that "extra" hour of sleep!

It is also a good practice to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors twice per year, coinciding with the time change.  The International  Association of Fire Cheifs and Energizer batteries have partnered for the last 29 years on the "Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries" campaign.  Keeping your batteries fresh and ensuring that your devices are properly installed is one of the most simple things you can do to help keep your family safe. Also take this time to discuss fire safety and escape routes with everyone living in your home, especially children.     

Scott Boehnlein is the Owner/Principal Broker at Family Realty, and is available to discuss your real estate needs.  

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Republic Bank First Friday Hop on November 4th

Take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures, gather up your friends, and enjoy the Republic Bank First Friday Hop!   This month's First Friday Hop will be held on November 4th, and will be in celebration of the the Day of the Dead.  Ride free on ZeroBus Hop routes from 5-11pm, while stopping to enjoy the many downtown Louisville shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues that particpate in the Hop.  ZeroBus route maps are available here. Events occur from 4th and Main from Museum Row to NuLu, and from north 4th to south 4th street.   

The Day of the Dead is a 3-day holiday in which people gather to pray for family and friends that have died in order to help support their spiritual journey.  The celebration typically includes marigolds (the flower of the dead), sugar skulls, cardboard skeletons, tissue paper decorations, and other food and decorations.  There will be a sugar skull and tissue paper workshop, face painting, flamenco music and dancing at 500 South 4th Street during the celebration.  There will also be food and beverages provided by la Cocina de Mama Cuisine for the event.  Day of the Dead merchandise will be available for purchase at certain retailers such as Regalo and Red Tree, among others.  

Example of a Sugar Skull

Want to make your next home in downtown Louisville?  Check out Family Realty for current homes and condos for sale!  Waterfront Park Place, Fleur de Lis, Merchantile Lofts, and more - call Family Realty today to schedule a showing.

 

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Actor's Theatre Presents: Fifth Third Bank's Dracula

There is still time to see Fifth Third Bank's DRACULA at Actor's Theatre this month!  The show runs through October 31st, and tickets are still available for select shows.  The play is recommended for ages 11 and older.  

Bram Stoker's Dracula is the story of a vampire from Transylvania.  Dracula moves from Transylvania to England in search of new blood to spread the curse of the undead.  A battle between Dracula and a group of people lead by Professor Van Helsing ensues.  The play, adapted and directed by William McNulty, never disappoints!  McNulty has been with Actor's Theatre for 40 years, acting in over 150 and directing in over 30 productions. 

Actor's Theatre is located at 316 W. Main Street in the heart of downtown. Downtown Louisville is not only home to many fantastic local restaurants, but also entertainment such as the Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Science Center, and the KFC YUM! Center.  There are also many options for downtown living, such as condos and lofts.   Downtown living is ideal for young professionals that enjoy being close to their jobs and enjoying all the city has to offer - including fabulous views of the Ohio River from their homes!

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Louisville's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park

From October 13 - November 6, visit Iroquois Park to see Louisville's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular!  This fantastic show will feature over 5000 pumpkins carved into amazing works of art.  Take the entire family for a spooky walk along the 1/4 mile wooded trail to view the illuminated pumpkins - it's great treat for all ages.

Gates open for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at 7:15pm, and remain open until 11pm Sun-Thur and midnight on Fri-Sat.  Tickets cost is $9-$15 and may be purchased online, with all proceeds benefiting the Louisville Parks Foundation.  

Iroquois Park is located at 5216 New Cut Road, near Taylor Blvd and Southern Pkwy. Many homes on Southern Parkway were built in the early 1900s and have tons of character.  Being close to all the amenities Iroquois Park has to offer, such as hiking, biking, an equestrian trail, the ampitheatre, and golf make living in this area ideal for active families.  Search for more homes in this area on Family Realty's website.

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Halloween at the Zoo

Kick off Halloween and the month of October at the Louisville Zoo's "World's Largest Halloween Party" presented by Meijer!  The event will be held a total of 18 nights in the month of October, every Thursday thru Sunday from Oct 1st to 30th.  This is a fantastic event where children can dress up as their favorite character and safely trick-or-treat at the zoo.  Viewing the animals is a bonus during this event!

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Prices vary depending on the weekend, and whether or not you are a zoo member.  Zoo members only pay $1 per person on Oct 1-2, 6-9, and 13-16!  Please visit the zoo's website for additional details and pricing.  All patrons must pay the $5 parking fee (cash only).

Rain or shine, the event begins at 5pm and guests may arrive during the one hour window of their selected time printed on their ticket.  The last group enters at 8:30pm, and the zoo remains open until 10:30pm.  

The Louisville Zoo is conveniently located in the Highlands at 1100 Trevillian Way, between Newburg Road and Poplar Level Road.

The Louisville Highlands is a very desirable area of town, for many reasons.  The main artery is Bardstown Road, which boasts plenty of local shops and restaurants that attract people of all ages.  Cherokee Park and Seneca Park, as well as other parks, are focal points for outdoor activies, from golf to walking, running, hiking, and biking.  There is a great balance of coffee shops, farmers markets, and nightlife all to be had in this one area of town. Visit the Family Realty website to search for your new home in the Highlands today!

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