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Inside Select Homes: 2205 Shady Spring Court MLS #1379217

Take the eclectic charm of the Highlands, add Northern influences, then give it some breathing room on seven wooded acres adjacent to a nature preserve, and you’ve got 2205 Shady Spring Court.

Located on a secluded cul de sac in Paramount Estates in Oldham County’s Prospect, it’s evident this house was built to be a lived in and not simply a showpiece, though there’s no denying the sublime craftsmanship and décor.

Owners Elizabeth Sullivan, a learning specialist and therapist, and John Sullivan, M.D., a child psychiatrist, had restored an old home on Hill Road in the Highlands in the 1990s. At that time, they were sending their four children to St. Francis of the Fields in Prospect. The commute got to be too much, so they decided in 2001 to build a home closer to the school. The couple worked closely with builder Doug Amlung and architect Mary Herd-Jackson to bring as much of the Highlands with them as possible. 

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New Listing At 4107 Woodstone Way - MLS #1394507

Fabulous contemporary home MLS #1394507 on popular and convenient Woodstone Way! Gorgeous natural setting and large, terraced lawn that backs to preserved area - will not be developed! Exciting design at 4107 Woodstone  Way with warm, inviting spaces for entertaining. Significant updates to kitchen and baths - incredible master suite! Finished walkout lower level affords the new buyer endless opportunities.

4107 Woodstone Way Louisville KY 40241

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New Listing At 596 Sunset Road In Cherokee Gardens - MLS #1394430

Absolutely darling Cape Cod home in beautiful Cherokee Gardens at 596 Sunset Road, Louisville KY 40206. This updated home MLS # 1394430 showcases a newly remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets and granite countertops. Spacious living and dining rooms, with gorgeous hardwood floors throughout 1st and 2nd floors. Custom wainscoting and wood trim in entry hall. Cozy library with custom upholstered walls. Great dressing room off Master with lots of built-ins. Large finished basement with plenty of room for all your family activities.

596 Sunset Road Louisville KY 40206

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New Listing at 485 Lightfoot Road - MLS #1394415

The first home built in the Greenhill section of Mockingbird Valley MLS # 1394415. Traditional Georgian Colonial style at 485 Lightfoot Road, Louisville KY 40207. graciously situated on .8 acre. Random-width pegged oak flooring throughout, exceptional built-in cabinetry and millwork, and a seamlessly integrated two-story addition are among the fine features of this classic brick home. An open layout with center hall allows a circular flow for easy entertaining as well as convenient family living.

485 Lightfoot Road Louisville KY 40207

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Tiny House Movement Comes To Louisville

For Zachary Hornsby and Stephen Lewis, the American dream is a $15,000, 160-square-foot home on wheels. It is their way of escaping economic hardships they saw family endure during the Great Recession. "I don't want to be in that same situation, where you have to work 50 to 60 hours a week," said Hornsby, adding his mother now is selling a home valued for less than what she paid for it. Instead, Hornsby and Lewis have become part of the "tiny house" movement, in which people live in homes typically less than 200 square feet — often built atop flat-bed trailers — to avoid being saddled with a large mortgage. (From Courier-Journal.com) Read more.

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New Listing at 4415 Stone Lakes Drive

Wonderful executive residence at 4415 Stone Lakes Drive and MLS 1376371 on lake-front lot and cul-de-sac too! Many updates to this stylish home with two story foyer, see thru fireplace in kitchen/great room, hardwood flooring, butler's pantry, walk-out lower level has entertainment area with bar, bedroom and full bath. Walking-fitness trail and playground plus fishing lake are just beyond your back yard! 

4415 Stone Lakes Drive Louisville KY 40299

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New Listing at 2200 Douglass Woods Court

An outstanding home for a family or somebody who likes to entertain at 2200 Douglass Woods Ct and MLS 1394161. Loads of space and rooms for any purpose or occasion. Meet professionals in the formal living room; Set a large table for dinner in the formal dining room; Interact with family or friends while preparing food in the OPEN KITCHEN leading through the breakfast eating area into a large family-room. Pick from your choice of TWO MASTER BEDROOMS - one on the first level or one on the second level.

2200 Douglass Woods Court Louisville KY 40205

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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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