The quaint city of Paris, Kentucky is known throughout the world as a center of thoroughbred race-horse excellence. With its beautifully maintained historic buildings, charming downtown area and stunning rural landscape, it is no wonder that Paris, KY real estate is in such high demand. Founded in the 1780s, this city is the proud seat of Bourbon County and one of Kentucky's most endearing communities.
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Paris, KY Houses
Being a rural town, the Paris Kentucky real estate market is wide and varied, and includes everything from traditional starter homes and spacious heritage properties, to impressive palatial country residences, farms, and everything in between. Many properties are found on beautiful lots of land, with green pastures and mature shade trees. Paris, KY houses vary in price from affordable homes in the $100,000s to exquisite multi-million dollar luxury estates.
One relatively common type of property found in and around Paris is the frame-and-board traditional-style home reminiscent of Colonial-era farmhouses. These homes typically feature large, covered front porches, dormer windows, and sash windows, usually with exterior shutters.
Most of these homes are single-story, though 1.5 and double story can be found as well. The small, cottage-like configurations and relatively modest yards make these homes very manageable and affordable.
Variations include large Neo-Classical/Federalist homes and tall, narrow Victorian homes.
Another home type that you'll find in Paris is the Mid-Century split-level, garrison, or ranch-style house. Blending traditional elements - like exterior shutters - with modern facades in composite siding and spacious yards, these properties are quintessential suburbia.
At the upper end of Paris' real estate market are the large, continental-inspired homes. Usually finished in red-brick, with voussoir accents and imposing rooflines, these homes offer space, luxury, and old-world elegance.
Across the Paris real estate market, the farmstyle interiors, wood floors, cozy kitchens, and fireplaces, make these homes perfect for comfortable, convenient living, great for any family.
More About Paris, Kentucky
Named after the French capital, Paris is justly renowned for its links with the horse racing industry. The Triple Crown winner 'Secretariat' famously retired, and was later buried in this community. The city's equestrian heritage looms large in the Paris district, with the popular Bourbon County Secretariat Festival taking place to remember the most celebrated of horses. Other events guaranteed to keep residents entertained include the Bourbon County Fair and Back Forty Walk & Country Festival.
In addition to the festivals and events, Paris has many fixed attractions to interest visitors and residents:
Main Street - The city of Paris has invested a lot into preserving and revitalizing its main street, now a charming regional attraction all of its own.
The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum - A 4-acre arboretum and home of the Garden Club of Kentucky, this facility hosts a fascinating collection of trees.
The Hopewell Museum - Situated within a Beaux Art building from 1909 (once the town post office), this museum showcases the storied history of Bourbon County.
Duncan Tavern - Another renowned and historic building, this stone structure was built in 1788.
The Shinner Building - Touted as the world's tallest three-story structure, this building is now home to the Paradise Cafe.
Cane Ridge Meeting House - A short distance east of Paris, this building from 1791 is said to be the largest single-room structure built from logs in the entire country.
Claiborne Farm - A prestigious horse-breeding farm. Family owned and operated since 1910.
Transport and Area Information For Paris, KY
Paris lies within easy reach of major Interstate Highways 75 and 64, which are less than 20 minutes away to the southwest, with the city of Lexington is just another 10 minutes beyond that. Paris is located within Bourbon County, Kentucky, and area known for its history of bourbon production and equestrian-related endeavors.
Settled in the late 18th century, Paris is a compact city, scaled for walking, with a treasure-trove of early American architecture. The city was renamed in 1790, from Hopewell to Paris, as a gesture of thanks for France's assistance during the American Revolution.
The city hosted many French refugees into the early 19th century, and was incorporated in both 1839 and 1890.
Paris KY Schools
The city is served by Bourbon County Schools, and those seeking higher education will find opportunities for vocational and academic study at one of several educational institutions in nearby Lexington. These include Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Transylvania University and a campus of the University of Kentucky.