The Highlands, Louisville, KY

Typical Architecture Around Cherokee Triangle

The Highlands is a part of Louisville, KY that runs along both sides of Bardstown Road from Broadway to the Watterson Expressway, which is a distance of about four miles. While the character of this section of Bardstown road is best described as vibrant, youthful and a bit bohemian, the surrounding neighborhoods are populated with both large and small homes dating from the early 1900s. Some are quite large and stately. Bardstown Road is well known for its eclectic array of shops, bars, coffee houses, grocery stores and restaurants serving every possible type of cuisine. The vast majorities of the buildings are no taller than 2 stories and zoning regulations have resulted in the preservation of their original facades. It has something for everyone including a farmers market. The housing stock includes single family homes, apartments and condominiums.

In addition to the plethora of restaurants and shops, there are two large and six smaller parks, a library, ice arena, community center, zoo, nature center and a public tennis facility. Needless to say this area offers much to see and do.

Cherokee and Seneca Parks
Both parks were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York City’s Central Park.
Cherokee Park is 389 acres and offers a public nine hole golf course, ball field, hiking trails, three basketball courts, archery range, dog run, soccer field, two horseshoe pits, two tennis courts, mountain biking trails, playgrounds, bird sanctuary, picnic shelters, spray pool, horseback riding trails and a 2.4 mile scenic loop for walkers, joggers and bicyclists.
Seneca Park, which is connected to Cherokee Park, covers 531 acres and offers a public 18 hole golf course, 4 ball fields, 10 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, a 1.2 mile walking path and a 3.1 mile cross-country trail. In addition there are soccer fields, playground and horseback riding trails.
A few organizations that make good use of the facilities are the Cherokee Road Runners, Louisville Rugby Club and Kentucky Mountain Bike Association.

This part of Louisville features an array of religious and private preschools, elementary,
and middle schools. There’s also one parochial high school for women (Assumption HS), a private high school (Collegiate HS) and two private universities (Bellarmine and Sullivan).

Rick’s Favorites
Stevens & Stevens Deli
Jack Fry’s Restaurant
Pita Delites
Molly Malone’s
Old Town Wine & Spirits
Carmichael’s Bookstore

Disadvantages of Living Near Bardstown Road
As with any area featuring shops and entertainment venues appealing to the under 30 age group, noise and parking issues are common for the homes located closest to Bardstown Road. This is especially pronounced during the week of the Kentucky Derby and other special events.

Attention Downsizers
The Highlands should be considered as an option for those wishing to reduce the size of their home. The convenience to shopping and the vast assortment of amenities make this area an attractive option.