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Most Expensive Listing in Louisville 'Cold Spring' On The Market For $7 Million (LuxuryRealEstate.com, June 2019)

Kentucky Select Properties, the top-selling 100% locally-owned and independent residential real estate brokerage in Louisville has listed ‘Cold Spring,’ the 6+ acre estate located at 1801 Sulgrave Road near Cherokee Park. With an asking price of $7 million it is currently the most expensive property for sale in Louisville and is being listed by Kentucky Select Realtor Joanne J. Owen. Read more.

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7 Questions with Stephanie Kertis (BizWomen, June 2019)

Stephanie Kertis is helping to revitalize Louisville's historic Portland neighborhood as managing director of the Portland Investment Initiative, a firm that owns and is renovating more than 50 properties and managing $30 million in investments. She’s also a working mom “juggling all of the realities of being pulled in many wonderful and important directions all at once,” she said. After 10 years in the real estate development world, she recently became a licensed Realtor, a move she called “a natural extension of a career that I love,” and also invested in her first warehouse project in the neighborhood. Read more.

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Kentucky Select Properties Transforms Hilltop Theater Into Unique Office Concept (Insider Louisville, March 2019)

The former Hilltop Theater, which sat unused for years before being refurbished and opening as the cocktail bar Red Herring, has been reimagined as a unique workspace by Kentucky Select Properties. After Red Herring closed last August, the building’s owner, Mo Deljoo, hadn’t put it on the market, but Jay Gulick, the Kentucky Select Properties co-owner, knew the space well and was interested. While in talks to lease the building, located at 1757 Frankfort Ave., Gulick said he read a New York Times article that said restaurants in Manhattan had been sub-leasing dining room space during the daytime to help pay high Manhattan rent prices, opening the restaurant in the evening. Gulick saw something similar for Hilltop Theater. Read more.

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Historic Louisville Building Gets New Purpose (WLKY.com, February 2019)

Managing broker Jay Gulick said it took months to renovate the property to meet their needs. "It just sort of opened up our thoughts about how can we use this space that was sort of none traditional from an office standpoint and make it something that worked for us as a business," Gulick said. Staff decided to keep a bar that was left in the building, but they converted the large kitchen to a break room. "Having an open office environment to me means you can see everybody else when you're in the office," Gulick said. "I mean, it's a gloomy February in Louisville, and people are coming in here with smiles on their faces and excited about working." Read more.

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Kentucky Select Reveals Hilltop Theater HQ (Business First, February 2019)

A Louisville real estate firm has relocated its offices to a landmark building in Clifton. Kentucky Select Properties, a locally owned residential firm, moved into its new headquarters in the Hilltop Theater building at 1757 Frankfort Ave. last weekend and invited Louisville Business First in Tuesday for a first look. You can see the new space for yourself in the attached slideshow. The firm leases about 7,000 square feet in Hilltop and an adjacent building at 1749 Frankfort Ave. The new office is about 40 percent larger than Kentucky Select's former office on Warrington Way, near the Holiday Manor shopping center. Read more.

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People To Know In Real Estate: Judy Watson Gordon (Business First, November 2018)

What makes Louisville an attractive area for people/companies looking to relocate here? Everyone says Louisville is such a friendly town and it’s true. The people are what make Louisville a great town. It doesn’t hurt to have the best restaurants, arts and entertainment, beautiful parks, bourbon and Churchill Downs either. Read more.

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Short-term rentals prevalent in Old Louisville, The Highlands; city considers stronger regulations (Insider Louisville, November 2018)

The conversation around what type of regulations short-term rentals should face is ripe for debate. Some say city leaders have gotten it all wrong with their proposed changes to short-term rental rules, meanwhile scoffing at Louisville’s lack of enforcement of its existing ordinance. One short-term rental manager, who is in favor of some regulation, questioned how much dialogue is happening around the ordinance. Read more

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Magnificent Hilltop Space Swaps Red Herring For Real Estate Offices (Courier-Journal, August 2018)

Clifton's former Hilltop Theater, most recently the home of cocktail bar and restaurant Red Herring, is set to become headquarters for a Louisville real estate company by early 2019. Kentucky Select Properties announced this week its plans to move into the 113-year-old building shortly after the Red Herring, which opened less than a year and a half ago, shared on social media that its last day in the location would be Sept. 16. Read more.

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Real Estate Firm Replacing Red Herring (Insider Louisville, August 2018)

Less than 24 hours after the operators of Red Herring Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen announced plans to close and search for a new, smaller location, the bar and restaurant’s replacement has already been named — and it’s not another restaurant. The renovated Hilltop Theater will become a real estate hub of sorts, as residential real estate firm Kentucky Select Properties is slated to move in sometime in early 2019. Commercial real estate firm PRG, which represented both Kentucky Select and building owner Mo Deljoo in the transaction, already has offices in the back of Hilltop Theater. Read more.

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Feeding The Soul (The Voice-Tribune, August 2018)

It all fell into place. “Carole sent you to me,” said Judy Watson Gordon to Robert Holmes sitting next to her. That was the beginning of putting the pieces together. The story begins when Carole Crawford died in 2009 at age 45 in a horrific car wreck after being hit by a lifelong drug addict who was high at the time. Carole and Judy were sisters and best friends. They talked on the phone every night. Carole, the third of seven siblings, lived in Huntington, West Virginia, and Judy, the oldest, lived in their hometown in Louisville. Read more.

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Dip In Home Sales This Summer Blamed On Tight Inventory, Price Pressures (Courier-Journal, August 2018)

House hunters in the Louisville area are already battling a real-estate market where prices are climbing and affordable homes are getting snatched up quickly. But the latest data illustrated just how tight the market has become. The number of home sales dropped in June over the same month in 2017 both across Kentucky and the local market, according to realtor groups. Read more.

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$850,000 Homes in Kentucky, New York and Michigan (NYTimes.com, May 2018)

SETTING This neoclassical brick home is in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood across from Central Park. Ionic columns support the covered front porch, and three-story bay windows lend character inside and out.

INDOORS Marble fireplaces, decorative glass and oak floors with inlaid patterns characterize the foyer, parlor and formal dining room. The kitchen was recently updated with custom cabinetry and honed black granite surfaces. An adjacent breakfast room is also used as a home office, and there is a downstairs powder room with a marble sink. Read more.

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How Do You Derby? 5 Locals Share Their Kentucky Derby Traditions (Style Blueprint, April 2018)

Do you buy a big hat? A new bowtie? Do you only bet on horses that have funny names? The Kentucky Derby is all about tradition. Every season the Louisville community can expect excellent food at the Chow Wagon and the fastest two minutes in sports. But how do Louisvillians “do” the Kentucky Derby? We’ve rounded up a few notable Louisville residents to share their traditions, new and old, with us. Here’s how five locals derby! Read more.

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Real Love (The Voice-Tribune, March 2018)

It should come as no surprise that real estate professionals are among the biggest contributors to charitable causes. After all, they make their living helping people achieve their dreams. Unsurprisingly, many of them are passionate about nonprofits of all manner, including ones that advocate for animals. Read more.

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The Best Rooms For Staging When You List Your House (Business First, March 2018)

In a 2017 report from the National Association of Realtors, 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a house made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their future home. Thirty-nine percent of sellers’ agents said that staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a home is on the market. Read more  about what Kentucky Select agent Julie Beam has to say.

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Deep in Bluegrass Country Is the Most Magical Historic Farmhouse (Country Living, November 2017)

If this whimsical farmhouse just outside of Pleasureville, Kentucky seems to have taken design cues from an old-fashioned steamboat, it's no coincidence. In fact, if you were to look at the house from the top down, it's shaped much like a ship, says the current owner, whose family has owned the property for almost 200 years. The spectacular home was fashioned in the "why-don't-they-still-build-'em-like-this" Steamboat Gothic style by its first owner, a steamboat operator on the Mississippi who chose the location because it resembled a picturesque riverfront scene. Read more.

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Take A Look At Kentucky's Most Beautiful Historic Homes - All For Sale! (StyleBlueprint, October 2017)

Louisville is a city full of history, tracing our roots to the earliest settlers in the late 1700s. Most traveled down the Ohio River to settle here, but others made their way from the east. The first settlers in Louisville were primarily French and English, and later German, Irish and Italian. With these cultural influences came styles of popular architecture that traveled with them on their journeys. Read more.

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Survival Skills: Laura Rice's Six Suggestions For Changing Careers (Today's Woman Now, September 2017)

Laura Rice describes herself as an idealist. After graduating from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in 2004, she worked for the next nine years as a successful attorney in Louisville. “I loved being an advocate for people in dire circumstances, helping to empower my clients to stand up for themselves. I loved the courtroom and being a voice for disadvantaged people,” Laura says. Read more.

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