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Old 11-13-2006, 05:29 PM
 
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We are looking to relocate to Lville and would prefer a large commercial building with apts above but if we can not find that we will look at a house with about 3 to 5 acres. we are artists - no kids- and want studio space as well as living space. I think I understand Lville proper but in looking for acreage I don't have a clue. we will visit in dec and I want to do my homework. It seems that houses with land are mainly south of 265. While in theory I would love to live in an urban area - my preference is country within a city. does anyone have comments on what areas to look at or stay away from? I'm happy to have few neighbors but want to be able to get into town within 20 minutes to a half hour.

thanks for any insights.
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:01 PM
 
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We are looking to relocate to Lville and would prefer a large commercial building with apts above but if we can not find that we will look at a house with about 3 to 5 acres. we are artists - no kids- and want studio space as well as living space. I think I understand Lville proper but in looking for acreage I don't have a clue. we will visit in dec and I want to do my homework. It seems that houses with land are mainly south of 265. While in theory I would love to live in an urban area - my preference is country within a city. does anyone have comments on what areas to look at or stay away from? I'm happy to have few neighbors but want to be able to get into town within 20 minutes to a half hour.

thanks for any insights.
Based on your description, you may like a Live/Work unit in a new urbanist community 25 minutes Northeast of downtown known as Norton Commons:

www.nortoncommons.com

regardless, you should check that community out because they are trying to attract exactly your type, and their live work units are absolutely wonderful. Eventually, it will be its own small town here you can walk to the barber, get ice cream, and pick up dry cleaning without getting into your car. Do a google search on it and you will find recent articles about businesses opening there.

As for getting land, remember Louisville is a large metro region so it includes suburbs in Southern Indiana. Louisville is a metro of 1.2 million that spans 13 counties, making it the 42nd largest MSA. Southern Indiana is usually cheaper and allows you to get a great chunk of land for quite cheap that is closer to downtown. Somewhere North of 265 in Indiana around Sellersburg may suit you.

Also, you may like the Lagrange area which is a small town suburb of about 15,000 people that has a nice quaint downtown with a couple antique shops and railroad tracks and offers a great deal of land all around downtown. It is a growing suburb that is about a a 30 minute commute into the city. A nice community there is known as L'Espirit where people live on 2-3 acres and many own little horses and stuff.

Also, I would not discount the city proper in Louisville. There are many live/work condos being built all around, especially near downtown that may interest you. One interesting and affordable downtown live/work development is the Gallery Square Lofts. With downtown in a major boom, it would be hard to list all the developments here though.
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:37 PM
 
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Thanks STX12499
I will check out your leads. My husband is a metal sculptor so condos would not work for us, but I will check out these other areas.
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