BY: Scott Panella
Louisville Neighborhoods, Communities, and Subdivisions
Whether you call it the Louisville Metropolitan Area, the Greater Louisville Area, or even Kentuckiana. "Louisville" is comprised of more than Louisville-Jefferson County proper, otherwise known as "Louisville Metro" (since the 2003 city-county merger). Communities and cities alongside the official city limits, including parts of Southern Indiana, are also considered Louisville neighborhoods.
In most of East Louisville you will find subdivisions with newer homes and larger yards. East Louisville is also home to some popular indoor and outdoor shopping centers and great golf courses, including the world-class PGA course, Valhalla.
Some popular East Louisville neighborhoods are: The Highlands, Clifton, Saint Matthews, Crescent Hill, Hikes Point, Buechel, Jeffersontown (J-Town), Middletown, Lyndon, Anchorage, Prospect, Goshen, Wolf Trace, Norton Commons, Brownsboro Acres, Hurstbourne, and Plainview.
Central Louisville is where you will find some of the most beautiful historic buildings as well as a thriving college scene. Central Louisville is also home to the most concentrated area for commerce.
Some popular Central Louisville neighborhoods are: Old Louisvlile, Germantown, Downtown Louisville, Buchertown, NuLu (East Market District), Schnitzelburg, Belknap, and Smoketown.
Historically owned by the Churchill family, it is no surprise that South Louisville is where you will find the most famous Thoroughbred racetrack Churchill Downs. This area served as the bread and butter of Louisville through the industrial age.
Some popular South Louisville neighborhoods are: Shively, Valley Station, Fairdale, Fern Creek, Okolona, and Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP).
West Louisville’s architecture ranges from pre-Civil War construction to late 19th, early 20th century housing, while more recent developments are expressive of New Urbanism design. West Louisville offers a generally more affordable cost of living and highlights beautifully designed parks.
Some popular West Louisville neighborhoods are: Portland, Russell, Shawnee, Park DuValle, Parkland, California, Park Hill, and Chickasaw.
Southern Indiana is very close to downtown Louisville. Though in a separate state, the area is similar to the suburbs of Louisville and offers affordable living. Southern Indiana has deep historical roots in the American Revolutionary era.
Some popular Southern Indiana neighborhoods are: New Albany, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Corydon, Floyds Knobs, and Georgetown.