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Old 01-16-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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Hi there!

My girlfriend and I will be moving from New Mexico to Louisville this May. We're early 30's/late 20's, no kids, and I've landed a job at U of L as a research scientist.

We're interested in renting either a nice old house (crown molding, wood floors, etc.) or a renovated loft space. The max rent we can swing is around $1100/month.

After visiting a couple times, we're also fairly sure about which neighborhoods we're interested in:

- Highlands/Cherokee Park
The neighborhood just has such a great energy, awesome restaurants, not to mention some nice historic houses. (I think this is our #1 pick.)

- Old Louisville
Absolutely gorgeous houses, though a bit light on restaurants/nightlife.

- Downtown
Really interesting looking renovated lofts.

We're having a bit of a problem finding places online to view rentals, though. Craigslist isn't bad, though it seems to be overrun with slumlords overposting really crappy looking places. Other various rental websites (including the link from the courier journal) seem to only have gigantic apartment complexes listed, and Leo weekly just has nothing.

Any ideas where those awesome old rental houses are being listed online?
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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I was going to say "Craigslist", but you mentioned it. There is some decent property listed there too. You would have to call and check the places out. There also is a special magazine here that has apartments all over the city of Louisville and surrounding counties including southern Indiana.

Louisville Apartments - Find Your Louisville Apartment on ApartmentGuide.com (http://louisville.apartmentguide.com/ - broken link)

Louisville Kentucky Apartments For Rent | Louisville KY Apartment Rentals | Apartments.com
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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As far as Old Louisville goes I'd try this bulletin board.

Old Louisville Apartment Bulletin Board
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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You could check with the property management businesses in Louisville. Here's a few:

Property Management of Louisville

Bailey Property Management

Welcome to Broadway Management - Home

If you prefer to rent directly from an owner, and can visit the area again before you move, try driving through the neighborhoods you are interested in and look for "For Rent" signs. I know it's the most labor intensive option but it could payoff as some of these rentals don't advertise availability any other way.

When I was searching for rentals just recently, I used Craigslist heavily and found several great properties. You just have to check it regularly and be able to identify the scams and such, which becomes fairly easy to do after searching the listings every other day for a month (like I did!). My experience was that the rental market in Louisville is very tight; good properties don't stay vacant for very long. We saw two places that we loved but missed out on because we wanted to "sleep on it" before making a decision. The third place we found that we liked we applied for immediately. I hope you find the place you're dreaming of!

Good luck and welcome to Louisville!
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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Thanks, folks! These are exactly the kind of replies I was hoping for.

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There also is a special magazine here that has apartments all over the city of Louisville and surrounding counties including southern Indiana.
That might be good...Any idea what it's called, and if there's an online version?

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As far as Old Louisville goes I'd try this bulletin board.

Old Louisville Apartment Bulletin Board
That's a hidden gem! I'll keep watching this over the next couple months.

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You could check with the property management businesses in Louisville. Here's a few:
These are good, though I was told to avoid one of those management places (not sure if I'm publicly allowed to say which here).

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If you prefer to rent directly from an owner, and can visit the area again before you move, try driving through the neighborhoods you are interested in and look for "For Rent" signs. I know it's the most labor intensive option but it could payoff as some of these rentals don't advertise availability any other way.
This is really good advice! We were already planning to come out in late March to view some places that we find online. It sounds like we should add a couple more days to the trip just to go cruising through our desired neighborhoods.

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Good luck and welcome to Louisville!
Thanks! I love what I've seen of the city so far (I may already be addicted to "hot browns"). Now I just need to learn how to pronounce the name...
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Burlington, KY
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www.trulia.com
www.homes.com
www.realtor.com

all of these have some home rentals...i didn't look for the areas you're asking about specifically though.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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Mike, I think, given your options, you will also want to add Germantown, Clifton, Crescent Hill and Butchertown into the mix. Specifically I think you'd like the Frankfort Ave corridor. You happened on a fine, artsy, foodie, underrated city. Good luck!
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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Mike, I think, given your options, you will also want to add Germantown, Clifton, Crescent Hill and Butchertown into the mix. Specifically I think you'd like the Frankfort Ave corridor.
Thanks for the recommendations! I checked out the Frankfort Ave area a little bit when I was last there (I ate at the "Blue Dog Bakery", excellent food), but it seems like a neighborhood better suited for raising a family than a couple with no kids.

From what I could find online, though, Butchertown looks really interesting...it still has that artsy urban feel, if a bit industrial.

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You happened on a fine, artsy, foodie, underrated city. Good luck!
No doubt...of the small sampling of restaurants I've tried so far, I've been really impressed.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: U.S.
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Lightbulb Where to look

This might be one area that still is good as old traditions - the local newspaper classifieds.

I've seen more rental classifieds while looking for real estate for sale and although the Courier-Journal is shot for any serious real estate classifieds, there are tons of rentals listed in the Saturday and Sunday newspaper editions. Some traditions stand up over time.
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