Living In Louisville

Louisville Named One of 10 Most Affordable U.S. Cities

(Originally appeared on Refinery 29.com)

Whether you're contemplating a big move or just peeking over the fence to see how much greener the grass is, this little list is food for thought. Apartment Guide looked at its property listing data around rental rates and this Cost of Living Index. Meanwhile, our besties atLearnVest provided tips for budgeting in the New Year here. What you get is a list of 10 towns where rental and cost of living expenses are tantalizingly low. Seems a premium was placed on communities with strong cultural backbones — Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma City, and Columbus on the list are all cities with strong music scenes. Read more.

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Proof on Main executive chef Levon Wallace blends L.A. flash and Southern tradition

(Originally posted on Courier-Journal.com)

“Did she come in yet?” asked Levon Wallace excitedly in the kitchen of Proof on Main, where he has been executive chef since Michael Paley moved to the 21c museum hotel in Cincinnati last year. “Who?” asked Matt Johnson, a sous-chef. “Myra,” Wallace said, as he pulled out his iPhone to show Johnson a photo — a pig’s-eye-view of a large Red Wattle hog, happily chewing. “Michael Paley and I went halvsies on her. She’s supposed to come in today.” Read more.

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Louisville Named 'Best of the World' Location by National Geographic Imprint

Louisville has been recognized in the December-January issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of its “Best of the World” destinations. Other locations similarly noted in the issue are: Oslo, Norway; the Upper Mississippi River Valley; Yakushina, Japan; and Taxco, Mexico. The article showcases Louisville's expanding bourbon district along Main Street along with the Urban Bourbon Trail. Read more.

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18 Essential Louisville Restaurants According to Eater.com

Anyone who has lived in Louisville for any length of time will tell you that no city in America has better dining options for a city its size (some would argue for any city, period). Accordingly, Eater.com has just posted its list of the 18 essential Louisvile restaurants. We all have our favorites (and I'd say this list is missing a few), but this is a great place to start if you're new to town. Read it here.

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Another Way To Look At Louisville Home Sales

More than half of homes listed on the Louisville real estate market in 2012 ended up selling, a dramatic improvement from the previous five years, according to statistics analyzed by Louisville agent Greg Fleischaker. As we reported last month, sales by the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors jumped 16 percent in 2012. Read more.

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Cost of Living in Louisville About 11 Percent Below National Average

Since 1968, the Council for Community and Economic Research and its predecessor have compiled data measuring differences in the cost of living in American cities. The Courier-Journal analyzed the organization’s most recent Cost of Living Index — which covers the first three months of 2012 — to see how Louisville compares. The council is an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit group whose members include chambers of commerce, economic development professionals and universities. Every three months, it gathers prices on dozens of goods and services in more than 300 metro areas.

 After living in Manhattan for almost a decade, Jon Salomon got used to paying $10 a drink or more at pretty much any bar in town. In 2008, he moved to Louisville and after a night out, the bar tab gave him a bit of sticker shot — in a good way. “I would sort of look at it with some disbelief,” Salomon said, joking that with drinks about half as expensive here, he was tempted “to buy rounds for the whole bar.”According to the Council for Community and Economic Research (also known as C2ER), it’s about 2.5 times more expensive to live in Manhattan than in Louisville. Read more.

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KY Select Listing Featured as Wall Street Journal House of the Day

1639 Spring Dr. has the distinction of being named a Wall Street Journal 'House of the Day'. Incredible home on one of the most desirable streets in the Highlands! This wonderful house has a floor plan that is absolutely perfect for entertaining. Stunning new kitchen and butlers pantry - 9 foot island, custom cabinetry and granite counter tops. Gorgeous windows create a lovely light filled home with fantastic views of impeccable grounds. New 2 car garage and newly renovated carriage house with full bath and kitchen. The new master bath has double vanities, marble counter tops and an extra large walk-in shower. Read more.

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Louisville Named 2011 Best City for Families by Parenting.com

Louisville named #10 best city in the United States for families to live in 2011 study by Parenting.com. The top-ranked American cities to live and raise a family were judged on great schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs and parkland. Read more.

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KY Select Listing 1763 Sulgrave Rd Named One of Ten Most Interesting Houses on the Web for Derby Week

Enjoy the Kentucky Derby from this Louisville Beauty! Whether its bourbon and branch or the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep, you'll want to drink it from this veranda overlooking the gracious lawns and boxwood garden. This stately southern mansion is the epitome of what young women dream of, reading those southern historical novels while curled up in the porch swing on lazy summer afternoons. Read more.

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Bardstown Rd Farmers Market Getting Greener

As the Bardstown Road Farmers Market switches to its summer hours Saturday, plans also are in the works to add new “green” amenities and make other improvements to its setting.

The Metropolitan Sewer District plans a $600,000-plus community demonstration drainage project — including two rain gardens — at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, where the busy year-round market is held in the parking lot. Read more.

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9 Things Home Buyers Want In 2011

Today's homebuyers want it all. Some items on the shopping list: a home in great condition with rooms that can do double duty. Areas that mingle indoor and outdoor living -- patios, porches, decks and outdoor rooms -- are always a plus. And so are those features that offer a little luxury, like garden tubs, first-rate appliances and high-dollar countertops. They're also going back to basics: searching for solid, well-maintained properties that will give them their money's worth. Read more.



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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1.BEGIN WITH A RIGHT-SIZED HOME.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.

2.PURCHASE ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES SUCH AS YOUR TV, DISHWASHER, WASHER AND DYER, AND MICROWAVE. 

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.

3.INSTALL EFFICIENT LIGHTING SUCH AS COMPACT FLUORESCENT (CLF) OR LED BULBS IN EVERY FIXTURE.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4.GET AN ENERGY AUDIT AND HAVE TESTS PERFORMED TO IDENTIFY WAYS OF IMPROVING YOUR EFFICIENCY.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors and the seals or weather-stripping around them.

Visit energy.gov / energytips for more tips.

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