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Old 10-20-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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I'm a native Louisvillian so I feel a little silly having to ask, but it seems like I've been apartment hunting forever! I'm basically looking for any complexes or areas I might have missed in my search. My main criteria is some place safe (particularly for two mid-twenties minority women), where I can get to downtown within 20 minutes without getting on the expressway. I would also like to be close to a major grocery stores and need a place that accepts pets. I really just want any opinions on places you may have lived or people you know have lived, as I've been scouring CL and apartment review websites for awhile.

I've heard mixed opinions about Old Louisville, especially with car break-ins. Would this be an okay area? I'm particularly interested in Poplar Level/Eastern Pwky, but don't see many major complexes along there and Eastern can get pricey. I'm also curious about any small complexes/buildings tucked away in the Highlands.

Some basic info:

-Where you are working: Downtown, but my roomie works elsewhere so we basically need to be able to get anywhere in town is less than or about 20 minutes.
-How much you are willing to spend on housing: 700, not including personal electric (although it would be nice).
-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate: 20 minutes street-way.
-If you have kids: Private school or public school? ---
-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight? Safety is of the utmost importance, but other than that... prefer not to get out towards St. Matthews or too far north (Clifton, Crescent Hill, etc). I like the Highlands (doesn't everyone?) but those get snapped up quick!
-Community amenities important to you: Nothing jumps out at the moment.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:35 AM
 
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I'm a native Louisvillian so I feel a little silly having to ask, but it seems like I've been apartment hunting forever! I'm basically looking for any complexes or areas I might have missed in my search. My main criteria is some place safe (particularly for two mid-twenties minority women), where I can get to downtown within 20 minutes without getting on the expressway. I would also like to be close to a major grocery stores and need a place that accepts pets. I really just want any opinions on places you may have lived or people you know have lived, as I've been scouring CL and apartment review websites for awhile.

I've heard mixed opinions about Old Louisville, especially with car break-ins. Would this be an okay area? I'm particularly interested in Poplar Level/Eastern Pwky, but don't see many major complexes along there and Eastern can get pricey. I'm also curious about any small complexes/buildings tucked away in the Highlands.

Some basic info:

-Where you are working: Downtown, but my roomie works elsewhere so we basically need to be able to get anywhere in town is less than or about 20 minutes.
-How much you are willing to spend on housing: 700, not including personal electric (although it would be nice).
-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate: 20 minutes street-way.
-If you have kids: Private school or public school? ---
-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight? Safety is of the utmost importance, but other than that... prefer not to get out towards St. Matthews or too far north (Clifton, Crescent Hill, etc). I like the Highlands (doesn't everyone?) but those get snapped up quick!
-Community amenities important to you: Nothing jumps out at the moment.

Thanks for any help.

Why not live in downtown proper? That sounds perfect for you guys. Old Louisville or Butchertown would also work. The 700... is that per person or total? Remember in Louisville that the best complexes are actually not complexes at all but rather small duplexes, 8plexes, and homes for rent.
That said I am most impressed by the apartment complexes downtown owned by City Properties.

CITY Properties Group - Rent
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:44 AM
 
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If you want more residential with a historic feel in a safe area, these newly renovated lofts in Butchertown are a great deal. Also much easier parking over there:

Amazing Lofts two blocks from Market Street

Alternatively, Germantown is a nice area with very large houses for cheap rent
3-4 BR HOUSE MINUTES FROM UL/BELLARMINE & DOWNTOWN
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:51 AM
 
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The more I search, the more options I find, even on craigslist:
NOW LEASING RIVER-FRONT APTS
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:38 AM
 
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We looked at one in the building on the corner of Norris and Roanoke for my MiL. Cant remember the name of the building, but its right across from Highlands Middle School. 800. a month, would fit all of your requirements. Safe, walkable neighborhood. Straight shot down Baxter/Bardstown into the city. If you are willing to sign-on long term, some landlords will lower your monthly rent.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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Why not live in downtown proper? That sounds perfect for you guys. Old Louisville or Butchertown would also work. The 700... is that per person or total? Remember in Louisville that the best complexes are actually not complexes at all but rather small duplexes, 8plexes, and homes for rent.
That said I am most impressed by the apartment complexes downtown owned by City Properties.

CITY Properties Group - Rent
Sorry, I should have specified the 700 was total. I would love an 8plex or something similar.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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We looked at one in the building on the corner of Norris and Roanoke for my MiL. Cant remember the name of the building, but its right across from Highlands Middle School. 800. a month, would fit all of your requirements. Safe, walkable neighborhood. Straight shot down Baxter/Bardstown into the city. If you are willing to sign-on long term, some landlords will lower your monthly rent.
The funny thing is we actually stumbled upon that place yesterday. Didn't take pets though.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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The Dutchmans Lane area is very nice and also safe. Abigail Drive (off Dutchmans) in particular has many nice 4 plexes, most have basements with washer/dryer hookups as well as storage lockers. The streets around there also have 4 plexes. The rents are very reasonable for such a nice area.It is extremely easy to get downtown (or anywhere else for that matter), just get on Cannons Lane to I-64 west and you're there. If you can't find anything there check between Cannons and Breckenridge Lane. Many nice 4-8 plexes there.Good luck !
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