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Old 05-23-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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Hi-I'm looking for some assistance since my daughter and three other apprentices who will be working at the actors theatre beginning this summer. They will be looking to rent a home near the theatre-within a few miles).
They have a lead on a home for rent at 926 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd which they can afford.

As a parent and not knowing anything about Louisville or that neighbor, I was wondering if anyone can comment regarding the safety of the area.

Thanks so much
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:25 AM
 
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Hi-I'm looking for some assistance since my daughter and three other apprentices who will be working at the actors theatre beginning this summer. They will be looking to rent a home near the theatre-within a few miles).
They have a lead on a home for rent at 926 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd which they can afford.

As a parent and not knowing anything about Louisville or that neighbor, I was wondering if anyone can comment regarding the safety of the area.

Thanks so much
How old are they and where are you coming from? Five years ago, that area was a no go, but now I would say it is ok, but it is kind of in a "desert" located between several hipster neighborhoods, and that it is still gentrifying around east Ali and Chestnut. There were two housing projects near there, both of which are now gone, and the area is definitely becoming a bit hipster, but there are also the old time low income and some section 8 all around there. That area of East Muhammad Ali is "downtown," yet is not really walkable at all, or at least, it feels that way.

Just 3-4 blocks NW of that area is an emerging district called NuLu. If I were to live in that area, I would want to live right around Market and Hancock (or nearby on Main St), so that I could walk to the emerging bars and restaurants in that area of east Market and Main Streets.

By that I mean, either she should live right dowtown right next to Actors, or in one of the actual urban throughfares surrounding downtown. Just up the hill from the home she is looking at, up near where Baxter Ave meets Bardstown Rd is a much better, safer, more walkable area. The area around Cherokee Park is to die for, and is just gorgeous. That area is the lower part of the Highlands. Also to the east, a street called Frankfort Ave is crisscrossed by many cool streets with historic, fairly cheap, rentable homes which you may find on craigslist. The Butchertown area around Washington street is also up and coming.

To the south of Actors, near the UofL, you have Old Louisville, and St James Court is always a fashionable address, if a slightly bit higher crime than the areas I mentioned to the east. It is still full of college kids, professors, gays, blacks, whites, and every shade in between.

Louisville is a great, fun, emerging, artistic city. Let me know if you have any more questions. There are several highrise apartment buildings within blocks of Actors that may be an option, and I even heard Actors is involved with owning and renting one of those buildings themselves (cannot recall the name, I would ask the people at Actors).
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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That area you're looking at is Phoenix Hill. It's okay,not much there but it's sorta close to everything.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Thanks you for your prompt and thorough reply. I appreciate the information. The problem with some of the other properties they have been exploring is price. They are all mid-20's with not much money to put toward a place probably $1200/month max for the 4 of them.

I passed on your info to them. I know they have been in contact with the theatre and are exploring connects with them. I understand the theatre works them pretty hard so I think that they just need a place to get some sleep that is relatively close by and is relatively safe.

Thanks again.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks for getting back to me with your comments on the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. I sense that it is ok from a safety factor for those who take responsible precautionary methods. They will be working pretty hard and don't have much stuff to tempt anyone. I am more concerned with physical well being. Thanks again.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Don't think they could go wrong with the Baxter Ave corridor. Low crime rate, great architecture, and vibrant street life. I lived in the area for one year and really enjoyed it. Compared to big cities the rent is really cheap too.

FYI Phoenix Hill neighbor extends both in the valley towards downtown and on the hill above the valley. The "hill" part of Phoenix Hill is in the Baxter Ave corridor and has no safety issues. The valley section is a more touch and go although improving. Used to be a bad public housing complex down there which has since been torn down and replaced with a mixed income development.

Neighborhoods in the Baxter Ave corridor are Original Highlands, Cherokee Triangle, Irish Hill, Deer Park, and part of Phoenix Hill
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Thanks for getting back to me with your comments on the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. I sense that it is ok from a safety factor for those who take responsible precautionary methods. They will be working pretty hard and don't have much stuff to tempt anyone. I am more concerned with physical well being. Thanks again.
Then they should be fine. The area is by no means dangerous as long as you have some wits about living in a city, locking your doors, etc. Louisville has gotten a bit expensive for its region in the trendy parts. Phoenix Hill is an up and coming area, it is just that home is kind of on the edge of it and still requires a car alot which kind of defeats the purpose of living downtown/the urban nabes of Louisville, which are all either very walkable/bikable or becoming that way.

But then again, for 1200, you should be able to find a pretty nice, updated 3-4 bedroom place that may even have off street parking if you get super lucky. But I have been noticing many of the super upscale "luxury" apartments/houses in the downtown area have been renting for over 1000 when that was unheard of before.


Liberty Green, and many developments around it, have completely transformed Phoenix Hill:

A Diverse Urban Community, Louisville, KY

Many of the commenters here, I can say I know almost with certainty have not driven those streets in the last 6 months or so. I was shocked the last time I saw it when in town a couple months ago. And the former Shephard Square Projects, located just behind the Lofts of Broadway Development to the south of Phoenix Hill, are completely vacated. The area really has been completely transformed in a good way.


To the OP, if you provide me your daughters age (and possibly interests, length of lease desired), and how many rooms they are looking at, I may be able to find you some options on craigslist.
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Thanks for everyone's feedback. It looks like the theatre company has stepped in and assisted the group to find a place. Thanks especially Peter 1948 for your willingness to comb craigslist for them.

I trust they will enjoy their time in Louisville!
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