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Old 06-18-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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I have read many posts about where to live in your area, ie the highland ect. My question is, when purchasing a house what areas are not recomended because of crime? I am seeing house priced in the 50 to 70 thousand range in the algonquin area, and the churchhill downs area (maybe thats the same area?) How about Albany is the traffic at rush hour terrible? We are currently in Honolulu HI and it can take 1-1/2 hours to go 20 miles. Any advise you can give us would be very helpful. Thanks Jim
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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I have read many posts about where to live in your area, ie the highland ect. My question is, when purchasing a house what areas are not recomended because of crime? I am seeing house priced in the 50 to 70 thousand range in the algonquin area, and the churchhill downs area (maybe thats the same area?) How about Albany is the traffic at rush hour terrible? We are currently in Honolulu HI and it can take 1-1/2 hours to go 20 miles. Any advise you can give us would be very helpful. Thanks Jim
Jim, 50-70 does not necessarily mean high crime, but I understand your concerns. In the Louisville metropolitian area, basically, you just need to determine your budget, your desired commute time, and lifestyle. If you have children, there will be educational concerns as well.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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i know this is a rash generalization and there are exceptions as well as good and bad areas all over town, but as a general rule for someone coming from far away with little to no knowledge of our city, east=good, west=bad.

algonquin and churchill downs are both areas with, lets just say, higher crime rates than other areas.

i can't imagine any commute within the louisville metro taking 1 to 1.5 hours. this includes new albany.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I have read many posts about where to live in your area, ie the highland ect. My question is, when purchasing a house what areas are not recomended because of crime? I am seeing house priced in the 50 to 70 thousand range in the algonquin area, and the churchhill downs area (maybe thats the same area?) How about Albany is the traffic at rush hour terrible? We are currently in Honolulu HI and it can take 1-1/2 hours to go 20 miles. Any advise you can give us would be very helpful. Thanks Jim
Generally, I would not buy inside I-264 West of I-65 which both of those areas are. I assume you are talking about New Albany when you say Albany. I can likely assure you that you won't spend 1 1/2 on most commutes in Louisville. I lived in DC which is known for gridlock and the only reason I have a 45 min commute is b/c I drive 40 miles to work. However crossing the bridge on I-64 during rush hour won't be fun and I'd avoid it if possible.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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I wouldn't recommend living in New Albany just because there are places in Louisville that could work better. "The best thing that ever came out of Indiana is I-65 South!"

I've read somewhere that Hawaii is the single most expensive state to live in in the United States. I've also read that Kentucky has the cheapest cost of living in the United States. If this is true, you're in for a shock.

Essentially, it all depends on what you're looking for, and where you'll be working or commuting to often. Alan said he would avoid anything west of the I-65, but I would say to avoid anything west of 7th street. (It's sad to say that, because many of the houses in the west end have a lot of history and character and I hate to see so many foreclosed house with so much potential.)

You haven't given us much information to help you significantly. (Your age, family size, budget, and future workplace would be helpful).

You might want to look at houses slightly south of Churchhill Downs in the Beechmont area. You could also look at houses in Germantown, Schnitzelburg, Parway Village, Audobon Park, Camp Taylor, Butchertown, and Crescent Hill. Some of those neighborhoods might be more expensive per square foot, but most are fairly desirable neighborhoods. Some of the cheaper options I listed above would be Camp Taylor, Beechmont, and Schnitzelburg.

Take a look at Louisville Real Estate | MLS Louisville KY | Louisville KY Homes Sale | Joe Hayden Realtor - Your Real Estate Expert! and search around for an hour or two in the above listed neighborhoods. You can even see the average income, race, and education of each neighborhood on that website.

Good luck! I hope you love Louisville.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I wouldn't recommend living in New Albany just because there are places in Louisville that could work better. "The best thing that ever came out of Indiana is I-65 South!"

I've read somewhere that Hawaii is the single most expensive state to live in in the United States. I've also read that Kentucky has the cheapest cost of living in the United States. If this is true, you're in for a shock.

Essentially, it all depends on what you're looking for, and where you'll be working or commuting to often. Alan said he would avoid anything west of the I-65, but I would say to avoid anything west of 7th street. (It's sad to say that, because many of the houses in the west end have a lot of history and character and I hate to see so many foreclosed house with so much potential.)

You haven't given us much information to help you significantly. (Your age, family size, budget, and future workplace would be helpful).

You might want to look at houses slightly south of Churchhill Downs in the Beechmont area. You could also look at houses in Germantown, Schnitzelburg, Parway Village, Audobon Park, Camp Taylor, Butchertown, and Crescent Hill. Some of those neighborhoods might be more expensive per square foot, but most are fairly desirable neighborhoods. Some of the cheaper options I listed above would be Camp Taylor, Beechmont, and Schnitzelburg.

Take a look at Louisville Real Estate | MLS Louisville KY | Louisville KY Homes Sale | Joe Hayden Realtor - Your Real Estate Expert! and search around for an hour or two in the above listed neighborhoods. You can even see the average income, race, and education of each neighborhood on that website.

Good luck! I hope you love Louisville.
My west of I-65 suggestion was more said because of buying. I'm actually looking at living in Old Louisville that is west of I-65. I would probably go elsewhere if I had a family, that is all I was saying with my suggestion.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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We are mid-40's and no kids living at home, and we are so ready for the change from Honolulu to Kentucky! (This is Deanna, Jim's wife) He actually has a job off Shephardsville a few miles east of the airport. Schools are not important, we just want a low crime area, but not really high dollar. We are looking for an older fixer upper home to make ours. We are used to living in a studio condo for $1200 a month, looking forward to having some space. We would like to stay under $80,000. I am going to be looking for a job in health care, claims processing or loan servicing. So I am pretty flexible on where to work or what to do.

We are also going to be looking for a month to month or maybe a 3 month lease when we first get there while we find a house to buy if anyone has any suggestions.

Thanks all for the help thus far!

Deanna
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