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Moving to Kentucky: Louisville, housing, buying a home, great schools, agent.

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Old 03-06-2007, 11:29 AM
 
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We are moving to Lousiville-where do people live? My spouse will be working on W. Main St 40202. We have kids-so I need a good preschool and elementary school. I know nothing about this area and would really appreciate if anyone could give me some insight. Also, reasonable housing would be nice say in the 250-350, range. Thanks.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Central Kentucky
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The possibilities are endless. The first place to start with kids involved are the schools. Check out:
http://www.kde.state.ky.us/KDE/
This will give you insight as to where your children would best fit. Many schools in Jefferson County are Magnet schools, specializing in different areas - depends on your childrens interests.

Living areas are growing downtown, and depending on your interests - city life, rural, suburban - the possibilites are endless.

Many people live out in the county, or into Oldham and Bullitt counties - all depending on what your style of living is.

If you go to the main page of City-Data - type in 'Louisville Kentucky', there should be realtors listed that can help you with your relocation search.

Additionally - go to http://www.louisvilleky.gov/ - if you decide to stay within the Jefferson County area - it will provide a wealth of info for local entertainment, attractions, etc.

Hope this helps! Good luck - and Welcome!
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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Oldham appears to be very wealthy but that could be all I'm seeing on the internet. What is Bullitt like? Thanks for the info. I'm just so lost.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:50 PM
 
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Oldham county depends on the area. If you get further into LaGrange, the prices are more reasonalble - more in the range you had listed. Mt.Washigton would also be accomodating for your price range - both counties are fairly rural in most areas - but well within driving distance for shopping, etc. New developments are going up all over - and I would not doubt one bit you will find exactly what you are looking for - if you do not wish to be in the middle of the city.

PeeWee Vally area, Crestwood area - yes, they are a little more pricey than LaGrange in Oldham co. The school system in Oldham Co. can't be beat - and there are also a large number of homeschoolers in that area.

Bullitt County, especially the northern part, is becoming more an extension of Jeferson county (Louisville Metro) area. Mt.Washington, on the other hand - is still a little further to the county line.

Look at the ages of your kids, what they are interested in, that sort of thng. That will be key in deciding what area to land in.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:07 PM
 
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Hey Kimmie, thanks for the info. I'm a little overwhelmed by the school information-I'm not even sure what I need to look for. Pardon my ignorance. Do you have any personal opinions on schools. I will have a child entering 1st grade in the fall. He attends one of the better schools where we live now. It is public K-6th. I'm just so overwhelmed with this move. I cannot contact an agent yet because we must work with a selected group of agents-we do not have the list yet. Sometimes agents can be biased too. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:54 PM
 
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Hi there -

Well, I moved from Louisville a few years ago and I so miss it!!! Its a great place to live and would move back if had the chance..
Ok, will tell our situation when we SOLD our home....we lived on the east side in the Middletown area (great growing area - lots of new homes and shops)
The day we put our house up we had an interested couple who wanted to put in an offer but they didnt because the elementry school like 2 minutes away was full and their children would of been bussed to other areas of louisville to atten school - now, i dont know if its still the same today but before you make an offer, make sure they have room at the schools near you.
I know oldham county has great schools and also, alot of people seem to do private in which case you could live anywhere ---

Good luck - hope this helps
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Old 03-09-2007, 05:56 AM
 
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Wink Indiana Option

To be honest, if you stay out of Jefferson County Schools, you will be fine. If your wife works downtown, which it seems by the address, she does. The best schools in the area, in my opinion, are actually in Floyd County, Indiana. If you are looking into Oldham County, Kentucky. The drive is actually less miles and will save you some time. Traffic on I64 and I71 are terrible going East. I am an Elem. Ed. teacher and I tell you that Floyd County wins across the board! A good place to live in Floyd County would be Floyd Knobs (higher in price) or Georgetown. These are located off I64. Georgetown is building up very rapidly, however, most subdivisions even come with 1+acre. There is much land left in both areas and rolling hills galore! Just something you may want to look in to.
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:49 AM
 
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Floyds Knobs! I am thankful to find someone who knows about that place on this forum (haven't ventured over to Indiana site).

I have to agree - I lived there for a very short time when I was a baby - my grandparents remodeled and older home in Galena - and my grandmother actually ended up retiring from Floyds Knob pharmacy when I was in high school. The Jacobi's are a great family (owners then).

Anyway - from what I remember from visiting off and on throughout my life, it is a wonderful place. Floyd Central High School is wonderful, as are the rest of the schools - things I have heard co-workers say when talking about their kids and school. Exceptional and on the level with Oldham co. in KY from what I have heard. I cannot offer info on housing - but if is like everywhere else - it has grown, but probably still has that country feel.

The only problem I can see is the traffic coming across the bridges into KY at rush hour. The Bridge system is the worst part of coming in to the city from Indiana - mornings and evenings are backed up for miles. And yes, it does happen when you are trying to move east, north, south or west coming out of Downtown Louisville on the interstate systems - no matter where you live.

From about 4:30 to 6:00 - expect traffic everywhere.

With the main hospital systems located downtown, major businesses, etc - and most people working 8 to 5 - there are going to be snarls. Just plan accordingly.

You had asked earlier about Bullitt - the Mt. Washington area would be the place to put the kids, in my opinion (even though mine went through Bullitt Central) - depending on their interests. Actually - unless you have one that wants to get into JROTC, they will find everything they could possibly want to do there. I graduated from Bullitt East H.S. in 1984 (showing my age here!) - and it has grown much since then, and the expansions have been wonderful.

The price range you are looking in is absoultely do-able - and you will get ALOT of house for your money in that area.

Your husband's drive time - If he is driving at rush hour - expect it to take close to 45 minutes or more. If he has the option to leave a few minutes before - or wait it out and leave at 5:30 - there can be a difference in day light and dark.

When I was working downtown on Gray Street - I knew to get home (and I live in the very southern most part of Bullitt co.) - as long as I left 10 minutes before 5:00, or waited and left at 5:30 - the drive time would be cut significantly. Living in Mt. Washington - he will encounter the same - as he will travel I-65 south to the Gene Snyder east - then exit right at Bardstown road to get home - or he can continue on down I-65, exit at the 117 (shepherdsville) and travel hwy44 home - which will take only about 15 minutes or so once he hits 44 - depending on where you are.

If you can give me a location where he will be working - zip code will be fine - I can map it out and give you further directions - as there are back roads and alternate routes to take once you find your way around.

When I worked in the east end and was heading west everyday to I-65 from the watterson expressway - I would do what I call 'the airport loop'.
Rather than getting in line to merge onto one entrance ramp to I-65, I stayed in the fast lane until I cleared that traffic - took the exit to the airport, swung around and got back on the watterson going east - and jumped on I-65 with no trouble at all. I could go the extra 2 miles or less out of the way to avoid sitting in traffic for 30 minutes.

Hope this helps - once you can come for a visit - you will see what I mean.

Oh, and welcome to the Bluegrass, Bythe way!
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Old 03-09-2007, 11:34 AM
 
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Hi there... I wanted to post my two cents about Oldham County. We moved here from Milwaukee 4 months ago. Our kids are in K-5 and 2nd grade. So far, we have been VERY happy with our decision to move here. My kids are at Buckner Elementary and are doing really well. There are lots of subdivisions here in your price range. Schools were our main concern when we moved here. I did a lot of research and we based everything on getting our kids in a good school... let me know if I can help with anything else regarding Oldham County!
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Old 03-10-2007, 03:44 PM
 
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Me again. Still trying to do some research. I want to thank all of you who have responded. While we are still trying to decide on which county-I'm just wondering if children are bused in Jefferson Co.? It appears as if they are. I'm in total disagreement with this, so if this is the case-then Jefferson co. is out. Thanks
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