3 Kid-Friendly Neighborhoods in Louisville

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Picking a spot for your family to live is no easy undertaking. You want your children to have access to good schools, family-friendly parks and live in close proximity to grocery stores and shopping centers. Luckily, several Louisville neighborhoods offer all these features.

Families moving to Louisville seeking high school rankings, proximity to parks and access to stores should consider homes in these three kid-friendly neighborhoods.


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The city of St. Matthews is comprised of only four square miles of land. The areas spans from Cannons Lane to Interstate 264 and as far north as Brownsboro Road. Families who desire easy access to parks and malls should consider homes in St. Matthews.

Despite the city’s small size, the area is home to five large parks. Brown Park is an especially popular, covering 28 acres, and frequented by runners, picnickers and families feeding the ducks at Beargrass Creek. If you’re looking for tennis courts, horseback riding trails and soccer fields, head to Seneca Park, just east of Alta Vista Road.

Shopping for back-to-school items or grabbing a quick meal after work is easy for area residents, thanks to the city’s close proximity to St. Matthews Mall, the second biggest mall in Kentucky, and Oxmoor Center. When it comes time to send your kids to school, you can chose between several private schools and a top-rated public school.


b2ap3_thumbnail_highlands.jpgThe Highlands

The heart of the Highlands is a three-mile stretch along Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue, often referred to as “the strip.” This stretch of land is home to eclectic local shops and countless restaurants that reflect the hip vibe of the neighborhood. Throughout the strip you’ll hear live music outdoors and even in restaurants. In one trip you can sit down for a family brunch, pop in the barber shop and pick up groceries from the farmers market.

For outdoor activities, head to Louisville’s popular Cherokee Park, offering a 2.4-mile scenic loop, a fenced dog park and a bird sanctuary. On rainy days, you might want to catch a movie at the Baxter Avenue Theater instead.

The Highlands area also boasts many public and private schools ranked as “above average” by GreatSchools.



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Located four miles east of downtown, Crescent Hill residents have a quick commute to the city center for work or St. Matthews for mall trips. For a day of fun in town, families can head to the 77-acre Crescent Hill Park which features golfing, playgrounds and tennis. In the evenings, kids can learn to swim at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center while parents use the fitness center.

The Avenue is a 2.5-mile stretch of Frankfort Avenue that runs through this neighborhood. Residents have access to more than 30 local dining options, boutiques and street attractions on the Avenue. On the last Friday of every month, a free trolley transports families up and down the entire Avenue to experience the live music, samples and galleries. If this type of community sounds perfect for your family, search for a home near Crescent Hill.

While the options for schools are greatly limited in Crescent Hill because of its central location, families have access to high performing schools in neighboring areas. Leading nearby schools include Field Elementary, Barret Traditional Middle School and Dupont Manual High School.

Each of these neighborhoods has valuable amenities and distinct features. If you aren’t sure which would be the best fit, spend a day in all three neighborhoods.

By Satinder Haer of Zillow


  • Guest
    Shannon Crutcher Friday, 26 June 2015

    Bon Air

    I love my neighborhood for my kids. I wish the Bon Air Swim Club like when I was a kid, but Farnsley Park and the convenience to other places makes it a great place.

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    K. Walters Friday, 26 June 2015

    Jtown is another great part of town to live in!!

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    Nykole Monday, 29 June 2015

    I love living in J-town. I feel that it is close by everything.

  • Guest
    Sonia Scarlett Monday, 29 June 2015

    I'd love to live in any of these areas. We always end up shopping in those areas.

  • Guest
    Rosie Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    I know a family who moved to Louisville to work at humana. I was wondering what it is like in Louisville - it sounds nice!!!

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