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Old 06-03-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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My fiance and I are from Chicago, currently live in Indianapolis. Early 30's, no kids, looking for a neighborhood like Bucktown in Chicago or maybe a big Broad Ripple in Indy (where the avg. age is higher that 23). We're looking for some diversity/culture and the ability to walk pretty much everywhere. A bike trail nearby would be great. We're music and food lovers looking to buy a condo/townhouse under 150,000. Gym (with a pool) would be good. We're probably going to be moving mid July. Any tips would be appreciated. Easy access to airport would be nice but not absolute. Other late 20's early 30's people around is key.
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:52 AM
 
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My fiance and I are from Chicago, currently live in Indianapolis. Early 30's, no kids, looking for a neighborhood like Bucktown in Chicago or maybe a big Broad Ripple in Indy (where the avg. age is higher that 23). We're looking for some diversity/culture and the ability to walk pretty much everywhere. A bike trail nearby would be great. We're music and food lovers looking to buy a condo/townhouse under 150,000. Gym (with a pool) would be good. We're probably going to be moving mid July. Any tips would be appreciated. Easy access to airport would be nice but not absolute. Other late 20's early 30's people around is key.
Although there is nothing in Louisville that can replicate Bucktown, I think Louisville's Highlands is much cooler and more kitsch than Broad Ripple in Indy (it is also a lot bigger). The Highlands also has a huge 400+ acre park with great bike trails, and the area is close to trails downtown along the river. Louisville already has a wonderful park system much of which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (Central Park fame), but the current city of Parks initiative is impressive. One feature will be a 100 mile greenway and bike trail around the city in a circle:

LouisvilleKy.gov - City of Parks - City of Parks

So, I would check the Highlands number one: 40204 and 40205. Those areas are walkable, full of great culture, and many independent shops, antique stores, clothing boutiques, and ethnic and upscale dining. A lot of good bars too from a microbrewery to irish pubs, karaoke, and dance clubs. Realize with that price range you have you will be hard pressed to get many amenities in the urban areas like a pool in your complex.

Within that area, however, there are some cool old historic rehabs in the 150k range.

Here is an example of a 1940's apartment building condo conversion that is well located and very cheap (but also very small):

FOR SALE! Baxter Loop Condominiums Condos and Townhomes- Louisville, KY (http://www.rentals.com/Listing/Detail.aspx?listingid=105305524 - broken link)

If you can't find what you need, let me know, as there are a couple other areas, but this is the coolest and most vibrant in the city IMO.
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Oldham County Kentucky
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I agree, it sounds like the highlands are exactly what you are looking for. There are also a great deal of unique older homes in the highlands that have been converted to condos and are very interesting, nice places to live. Lakeview condos are in that area and they do offer a swimming pool, lake, tennis courts and are within walking distance to alot of places, but other than that I am not seeing much else with very many ammenities. St. Matttews might be another area to check out, there are a lot of condos in that area that might offer more ammenities, and Frankfort avenue also offers the kind of lifestyle you might find in the highlands as far as being able to walk/bike places, neat shops, unique restraunts, and bars.
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