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Old 02-04-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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I apologize for starting a new thread asking many of the questions that have been asked hundreds of times on this forum, but I would really like some advise specific to my situation. I have read many threads on this forum and have learned a lot.

I am contemplating a relocation to Louisville for a job opportunity. My family and I would be moving from the Virginia Beach, VA area. My wife would stay home with the kids and run our small side business out of the house.

Work:
My office will be about a mile SE of the 265 / 65 interchange. I am hoping to keep my commute under 30mins if possible, but am willing to put in the extra miles to ensure we are in a good community and my kids are in good schools.

Schools:
I have two little girls. One in pre-school and the other in 2nd grade. I have read that I want to be in Oldham County, but is that the only good school district? OC will be a bit of hike, but it sounds like it will be worth it and necessary to meet our requirements.

Private schools are an option, but definitely would be 2nd choice.

I have read the nightmares about the JCPS, specifically the lottery. I have read enough to confidently say that we will not be buying in that school district.

Housing:
Obviously this will be driven by the school question, but any neighborhood / area recommendations?

Looking for:
4+ bedroom
Newer or updated house.
Lot size: 1/3 to 1 acre lot
Lotsa garage space is a must. (I'm a bit of an automotive enthusiast, and have to have room to build things that go fast)
Price: $350k max, but would prefer to stay in the $250k-$300k range.

We'd like a neighborhood where the houses aren't crammed together, but aren't so far apart that the kids can't hang out with friends without firing up the parental taxi.

Somewhere with shopping relatively close. Don't mind a 10-15 min commute to the grocery store, but not any further. An auto parts store in close proximity would be nice.


Interests:
Dance and Gymnastics for the girls.
YMCA or similar gym
Racquetball (appears the only thing available is the downtown YMCA, correct?)
Car racing (autocross and road course)
Catholic Church
Family oriented community with family oriented recreation.



Thanks in advance for your time and response!

Shawn
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Disclosure: I am an Oldham County based real estate broker.

Yes, I can give you at least 60,000 reasons to live here (the population is a bit over 60,000 so I left room for a few bad apples too). Many people feel that living in north and east of Mt. Washington (Bullitt County Schools) is acceptable, and with the continuing growth of Spencer County, there are some good news reports filtering from isolated parts of Spencer.

By selecting a solid Realtor to aid your relocation, you are likely to find a solid place to build or buy. I recommend that you check out the list of REALTORS who are members of CRS and CRB. There are less than 300 KY Realtors who hold the CRS designation and fewer than 75 who are CRB. This by no means guarantees you success, but greatly improves the odds of working with an experienced educationally inclined professional. Council of Residential Specialists Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers — Home
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Charlotte/Mebane, NC and Suitland, MD
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I apologize for starting a new thread asking many of the questions that have been asked hundreds of times on this forum, but I would really like some advise specific to my situation. I have read many threads on this forum and have learned a lot.

I am contemplating a relocation to Louisville for a job opportunity. My family and I would be moving from the Virginia Beach, VA area. My wife would stay home with the kids and run our small side business out of the house.

Work:
My office will be about a mile SE of the 265 / 65 interchange. I am hoping to keep my commute under 30mins if possible, but am willing to put in the extra miles to ensure we are in a good community and my kids are in good schools.

Schools:
I have two little girls. One in pre-school and the other in 2nd grade. I have read that I want to be in Oldham County, but is that the only good school district? OC will be a bit of hike, but it sounds like it will be worth it and necessary to meet our requirements.

Private schools are an option, but definitely would be 2nd choice.

I have read the nightmares about the JCPS, specifically the lottery. I have read enough to confidently say that we will not be buying in that school district.

Housing:
Obviously this will be driven by the school question, but any neighborhood / area recommendations?

Looking for:
4+ bedroom
Newer or updated house.
Lot size: 1/3 to 1 acre lot
Lotsa garage space is a must. (I'm a bit of an automotive enthusiast, and have to have room to build things that go fast)
Price: $350k max, but would prefer to stay in the $250k-$300k range.

We'd like a neighborhood where the houses aren't crammed together, but aren't so far apart that the kids can't hang out with friends without firing up the parental taxi.

Somewhere with shopping relatively close. Don't mind a 10-15 min commute to the grocery store, but not any further. An auto parts store in close proximity would be nice.


Interests:
Dance and Gymnastics for the girls.
YMCA or similar gym
Racquetball (appears the only thing available is the downtown YMCA, correct?)
Car racing (autocross and road course)
Catholic Church
Family oriented community with family oriented recreation.



Thanks in advance for your time and response!

Shawn
Greetings, I'm a native of SE Virginia myself (Hampton 91-04).

Generally the schools in Kentucky suck when considered nationally but many are fans of Oldham County schools.

Your budget will buy you a lot of house out here. A lot of your interests are easily found though some things are closer than others.

Generally, the area is a less military and govt oriented and and more blue-collar based and slow-paced.
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