Middletown, KY

A Middletown Historic Home

Middletown was first chartered as a city in 1797 by the Jefferson County Court. The land was originally owned by veterans of the Revolutionary War. The name Middletown is generally thought to be derived from either its equidistant position between Louisville and Shelbyville or perhaps between the Ohio River towns of Westport and Shippingport. Shippingport was located just west of Louisville and below the falls of the Ohio River. (Shippingport is now an island, due to the McAlpine Locks.) Goods moving west were shipped on the Ohio to Westport, where they were unloaded onto oxcarts before being hauled to Shippingport for reloading onto flatboats heading downstream. Middletown was the overnight stopping point for these goods. Middletown was an early trading center for locally produced goods. The town also featured a tannery, blacksmiths, cigar and comb factories, and several general stores selling an assortment of goods. Finally, it was a stage coach stop along the toll road between Lexington and Louisville. Two early inns were the Middle-Town Inn and the Wetherby House. The Weatherby House is now the home of the Middletown City Hall. Given Middletown’s historical significance, several structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and there are more than one hundred homes within two designated historic districts.

Character and Amenities

The city of Middletown occupies a land mass of 5.04 square miles and consists of single family homes, apartments and shopping areas. Middletown has had some success in maintaining the ambiance of a small town, while also accommodating the need for several strip mall commercial centers located along Shelbyville Road. Just off the main street of Shelbyville Road, which bisects the town, are an assortment of garden shops, restaurants, home furnishing and antique stores, boutiques and small businesses of every variety. Crosby Park, which is owned by Louisville Metro, consists of 20 acres and offers 4 ball fields, playground, two tennis courts and two picnic pavilions. http://cityofmiddletownky.org/

Just east of Middletown are three private golf courses, one of which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and fully owned by the PGA. The Lake Forest, Midland Trail and Valhalla Golf Clubs are all excellent courses, with Valhalla being the one designed by Jack Nicklaus. Valhalla has hosted two PGA Championships, one Ryder Cup and two Senior PGA Championships.  http://www.lakeforestgolf.com/    http://valhalla.pgalinks.com/

Demographics

Per the 2010 Census Bureau, Middletown’s median household income was $55,911, compared with $45,352 for all of Jefferson County. In 2010 the population was 7,218, or 25.6% higher than in 2000. This population breaks down as follows: Under 18 (21.4%), Over 64 (18.4%). Also 42.5% held a bachelors degree or higher. The average homeownership rate was 73.6% versus 64.7% for Jefferson County. (Note: All of this data, other than the population numbers, were based upon the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of 5 year estimates, which are updated annually. For example, the income and home ownership rates were based upon averages over the 2006-2010 periods.)

Popular Subdivisions

There are some very popular, upscale subdivisions just east of the city. Lake Forest is one such subdivision. It features a private 18 hole golf course and many other amenities including multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, clubhouses, etc. Copperfield, Midland Meadows and Landis Springs are a few others.

Downsizers

Middletown should be considered a very good option, as it has a wide variety of homes and condominiums at every possible price point. Shopping is convenient and expressway access is quick and easy.