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Old 04-22-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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Me and my husband are taking a weekend trip to Lexington at the end of May. We are coming from northern Michigan. What are some points of interest we should check out? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Points of interest...hmmm, well, what types of attractions do you and DH find interesting, attractive, etc.?

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We are thinking about re-locating to the area in the fall of this year. We are in our 20's with no kids, so schools are not a concern right now. I don't have a job lined up yet but will be working in health care. Are there any "bad" areas to avoid in Lexington or around it? I would like to be able to blend in with everyone so I was thinking we should live in the city or just outside of it. I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, lol. I was looking at Richmond, or Salyersville, or something on the outskirts. I don't want much more than a half hour commute. I like the country feel more than the city, but like the convenience of the city nearby. We would be renting... no more than $800 per month.

Also... are newbies to the state welcomed easily? Is there a good mix of different people living in KY?
Bad areas of Lexington: Cardinal Valley (Versailles Road corridor), just north of downtown (between 7th Street and Loudon Avenue), Winchester Road corridor. Kirklevington does have some issues, too.

As for outskirts communities that will give you easy access to (a) Lexington and (b) a high quality of life, consider Wilmore, Frankfort and Danville. Although, on the count of the public schools alone, I would just simply find something on the outskirts of Lexington, such as Chinoe, Andover/Todds Road corridor, Beaumont/SW Lexington, or Hamburg--if suburbia is your thing. Lexington isn't overwhelmingly urban, but consider Chevy Chase and Gratz Park; one advantage of living in "urban" Lexington is that you would have a reverse commute to and from the major healthcare facilities of the city.

AVOID: Lawrenceburg, Richmond, Georgetown, Winchester, Nicholasville. Okay towns to visit, but they are still stuck in a 1970s "Dixiecrat" mentality, have terrible public schools and are tacky-full of cheapshot 1990s-built vinyl cardboard shacks that substitute for suburbia. (Although...Richmond has Model Lab School, arguably THE best public school performance-wise in all of Central Kentucky, and Georgetown has a few elementary schools that perform very to exceptionally well on state standardized tests.)

And definitely avoid Salyersville. They may even be a little closer to Huntington than Lexington. Just too far for you.
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: The Lakes
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Points of interest...hmmm, well, what types of attractions do you and DH find interesting, attractive, etc.?



Bad areas of Lexington: Cardinal Valley (Versailles Road corridor), just north of downtown (between 7th Street and Loudon Avenue), Winchester Road corridor. Kirklevington does have some issues, too.

As for outskirts communities that will give you easy access to (a) Lexington and (b) a high quality of life, consider Wilmore, Frankfort and Danville. Although, on the count of the public schools alone, I would just simply find something on the outskirts of Lexington, such as Chinoe, Andover/Todds Road corridor, Beaumont/SW Lexington, or Hamburg--if suburbia is your thing. Lexington isn't overwhelmingly urban, but consider Chevy Chase and Gratz Park; one advantage of living in "urban" Lexington is that you would have a reverse commute to and from the major healthcare facilities of the city.

AVOID: Lawrenceburg, Richmond, Georgetown, Winchester, Nicholasville. Okay towns to visit, but they are still stuck in a 1970s "Dixiecrat" mentality, have terrible public schools and are tacky-full of cheapshot 1990s-built vinyl cardboard shacks that substitute for suburbia. (Although...Richmond has Model Lab School, arguably THE best public school performance-wise in all of Central Kentucky, and Georgetown has a few elementary schools that perform very to exceptionally well on state standardized tests.)

And definitely avoid Salyersville. They may even be a little closer to Huntington than Lexington. Just too far for you.
Kirklevington isn't as bad as it's made out to be. Yes, some people have darker skin... but for the most part it's a general working class neighborhood. I spent a LOT of my high school and undergrad days playing soccer over there and never saw so much as even a fistfight on the playground.

Avoid Woodhill though. Particularly around Osage Ct.

It's the closest thing you'll find to Highland Park, Detroit metro, MI
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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yea salyersville is way out in the mountains, about an hour and 40 mintue drive to LEX.

as far as where to avoid, you ought to specify your politics, how much your looking to spend, etc. there are really no areas of lexington that are so dangerous that youll get robbed during the day or shot, or anything like that, even on the heavily feared north side.

but yea, winchester and nicholasville have reputations for being rednecky, but as said earlier, that depends what you like. if you like hunting, grilling, and have conservative politics it may be just right for you. it all depends.
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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I hope you have a nice visit to Lexington! It's a beautiful city and has a lot to offer. As some have mentioned, Salyersville is in Magoffin County in the mountains. It's not near Lexington at all.

There are so many things to do and see in Lexington. Also, there are several nice, affordable neighborhoods. You mention you like the country feel. Check out property along Man O' War. There are some beautiful places out there that should be within your budget.

Areas to avoid are generally downtown and within the numbered streets. Georgetown Road, Leestown Road, and surrounding areas have a bad reputation with many. None of those areas are over-the-top dangerous. They just have a little more crime than others.

As a newbie, you certainly shouldn't have trouble fitting in in Lexington. With the universities, there is a ton of diversity. You should fit right in!
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