Forget Louisville: Why Home Buyers Are Choosing Lexington

Posted by The Realtors of Turf Town Properties on Friday, July 17th, 2020 at 8:41am.

aerial view of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY

So, you're moving to Kentucky.

There's a lot to think about when you're moving, but naturally choosing exactly where you want to live is among the first major decisions you'll have to make. Kentucky is absolutely beautiful and has rightly earned its position as a gem in America's midwest.

Beautiful rolling hills of green grass are among the most iconic hallmarks in the state, one of several surprisingly diverse ecosystems found here.

Once you've settled on Kentucky as your next home, likely Lexington or Louisville are two of the top options. They are after all the state's largest cities and major population centers. But, the two really couldn't be more different. Which will you choose?

Forget Lousiville, we're here to convince you that Lexington is the best choice you could possibly make.

The Quality of Life

Simply put, the quality of life is better is Lexington. But, don't take our word for it. US News & World Report recently ranked Lexington above Louisville on its list of top places to live in the US, by a fair margin.

Lexington came in at 29th place, while Louisville trailed at 64.

In the end, it all came down to quality of life and desireabilty. Two areas where Lexington truly shines. The US News & World Report ranking takes things like crime rate, access to quality health care, quality of education and commuter time into account when ranking cities.

Lexington's smaller size - roughly half of Louisville's 600,000 plus population - has created a highly desirable small-town vibe. While Lexington does have an emerging urban core, it's much smaller than Louisville's while still providing great access to gourmet food and great shopping.

The city of Lexington also enjoys a lower unemployment rate and has ranked consistently as one of the top city's in the country for entrepreneurship. A testament to its industrious and independent heritage. 

A Gateway to the Past

Lexington may be located just 90 minutes east of Louisville, but it feels worlds away.

The common architectural styles of Lexington stand in stark contrast to those found in Louisville. While Louisville's emerging position as a major metropolis has created a larger urban core with more newer builds, Lexington has managed to maintain a great deal of its historic lustre.

Lexington is filled with sedate, quiet neighborhoods that radiate outward from its small, yet vibrant downtown core. In these neighborhoods, you'll find numerous examples of charming character homes that harken back to the turn of the century.

Lexington is truly an authentic gateway to Kentucky's culture and proud history.

It's Simply Beautiful

Lexington and the surrounding communities take up an enviable position in Kentucky's bluegrass region.

This area of the state is epitomized by gently rolling hills of green grass, the iconic fences that encircle pastures and, of course, plenty of horses.

In addition to the stunning natural beauty of this area of Kentucky, it has also played an important role in the development of the United States. Links to its colonial past are clear as you view many examples of historic buildings that still stand. Examples can be found in Old Fort Harrod State Park and the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

Further afield, the Red River Gorge is among the most fascinating geological sites in this part of the country. It's a family favorite for its great hiking and climbing!

Are you interested in learning more about the Lexington & Central Kentucky? Please get in touch with Turf Town Properties online or call (859) 268-4663 or (888) 268-4664 to chat with an experience, local real estate professional.

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