The city of Lexington is renowned as the center of Kentucky’s infamous Bluegrass region. It’s well known for its Thoroughbred horses and best-in-the-world equestrian facilities.
While Lexington may be among the best-known cities in Kentucky (aside from possibly Louisville), it’s certainly not the only horse in the race.
The Bluegrass region and the area around Lexington is populated with numerous small towns that exude an invigorating and unmistakable charm.
Let’s take a moment to give these 4 quaint small towns near Lexington their moment in the sun.
Danville is consistently ranked among the 100 best small towns across America - and its easy to see why.
Established in 1787, Danville is conveniently situated at the intersection of 5 major highways. It’s tucked away southeast of Lexington amid rolling farmlands with hills to the southwest.
Danville maintains its ties to history through its pleasing character homes and an award-winning town center straight out the the 19th century. Danville’s town core is noted for its dedication to historic preservation.
Throughout the town and its surrounding areas homebuyers will find a wide range of architectural styles - from mid-century bungalows to larger luxury homes on rolling lots. These grand estates outside of town are characterized by large, vibrant-green lots and red-brick clad exteriors.
Georgetown is the historic small town named for our first president.
It’s the county sea of Scott County and conveniently positioned close to highway 75. It’s just 10 miles from Lexington and its position provides incredibly easy access to several larger centers, including Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.
Georgetown and the surrounding area is well-known for its wealth of farmland. There are plenty of undeveloped lots awaiting cultivation. The fertile soil in this part of Kentucky is made for a wide range of potential crops, from alfalfa to hay to rye.
Much like other small communities in the Bluegrass Region, Georgetown maintains a close connection to history through its historic buildings and annual community events. The locals here are especially passionate about their long, vibrant history and the part this region played in US history.
Named for the iconic french city, Paris, Kentucky has a lot going for it in its own right.
The small community is renowned for its thoroughbred horses and its equestrian heritage looms large everywhere you look. It’s equestrian facilities are top-rate and the gently rolling hills that surround the town are littered with horse farms of all sizes.
As the seat of Bourbon County, Paris was founded in the 1780s. The area is full of beautifully maintained historic buildings and character homes. Its downtown core has been lovingly preserved and revitalized - its small size is scaled for walking. Its small boutiques and restaurants housed in early American architecture make a for a pleasing night out.
The Paris real estate market is wide-open with prices that keep things accessible. Interested homebuyers can find anything from cozy starter homes to sprawling heritage estates. Colonial-style farmhouses are most common, but many higher-end, colonial-inspired homes can be found in the rolling hills surrounding the town.
As the second largest city in the bluegrass region and among the fastest growing communities in the state, Richmond, Kentucky isn’t exactly a “small town”.
Located just south of Lexington and close to Interstate 75, Richmond is the proud home of Eastern Kentucky University. Steeped in history much like the rest of central Kentucky, the community offers a range of affordable homes in a number of different styles and sizes.
Among Richmond’s most attractive features is its proximity to the incredible 600-acre Lake Reba Park. Aside from the large lake, the park features a ton of incredible features, including golf and mini-golf course, sports fields and even an aquatic center.
As a testament to its civil war history, Richmond also plays host to an annual Civil War reenactment at nearby Battlefield Park.