Best Performing LEXington Schools & Their Neighborhoods: Rosa Parks Elementary

Rosa Parks.  The #2 top performing elementary according to Fayette County Public schools website.  Right behind Veteran’s Park Elementary in test scores.  Wonder why Rosa Parks is considered the MOST desirable elementary school then?  It’s because you get that rare combination of getting ALL good performing schools in this part of town…..which is southwest Lexington.

Here are the neighborhoods that have Rosa Parks Elementary as their district:

  • Beaumont-There are lots of suffixes for the whole Beaumont area…..Beaumont Reserve, Beaumont Enclave, Beaumont Crossing, etc.  The whole Beaumont area is generally a mix of large homes from brand new up to about 15 years old.  Most have basements and most are in the $400-600k range.  Some are well over that, with the new UK football coach dropping $1.45 million for his new digs in the Reserve section.  The cheapest you can get into this area is to either rent an apartment at Beaumont Farms or a little section called Beaumont Enclave.  Expect to pay in the low $200’s for an 1800-2500 square foot house in this part of the neighborhood.  Beaumont is loved for its convenient location, extensive walking trail, and having things like restaurants, banks, offices and the YMCA inside it’s parameters.
  • Palomar-One of my favorite neighborhoods in LEXington.  The houses are between about 15-25 years old.  Values range from the low $200’s up to $500k.   There are 3 streets with sub $200k houses on Valencia, Maura and Glade.  Palomar has a really nice clubhouse with a park and pool.  Lots of mature trees give it that classic vibe.  It is right across Man O War from many useful business at Palomar Centre.  A gym, Panera Bread, Malone’s, Orange Leaf, other restaurants, banks, a gas station mean you seldom have to go far for anything.
  • Harrod Hills-The first neighborhood out Harrodsburg Road.  It was the Beaumont/Palomar of the 70’s and early 80’s.  Nice houses on big lots.  A few houses of interesting design.  Not too many are that updated, but that has not slowed the sales or effected the values.  The location is great since it is between Palomar and Beaumont, so it offers the same conveniences.  Values are all over the place depending on condition/updating.  Wide range of sizes too.  I usually see $175k as being the looooooower end and close to $400k at the top.  There really is no other neighborhood like it in SW LEXington.  Maybe it is just me, but it still feels a little bit like the neighborhood out in the country that it was until the late 1980’s.
  • Harrods View-Think Palomar era houses, but on a narrow strip of land between Harrod Hills and Palomar Centre.  There are only a handful of streets that make this neighborhood.  One way in and one way out make it one of the best kept secrets in town.  It kind of has a feel that is a mix of Harrod Hills and Palomar.  I have been in many in this neighborhood.  Like most 15-20 year old areas, not many are really updated, but that has not reduced demand.  Many have basements.  On the low end, expect to pay $275k.  About $350k is the most I have seen any sell for recently.
  • Wellesley Heights-Right off of Versailles Road.  One of those neighborhoods that was developed to be in the country with all acre plus lots.  Most are 30-40 years old now.  These were true executive homes when new. I have only been in a few out here since there aren’t many and they don’t come on the market often.  Just looking back at sales over the years, $300-400k seems to be a good number to give you.  There have only been like 2 sales in the past year or so!  If you want an older, large house on a HUGE lot with a horse farmish feel, look no further.
  • Cave Hill-This is the cheapest way to get into this expensive part of town and school district.  You’ve got all the same location features that Palomar and Harrods View have since it is kind of between both those neighborhoods.  These are mostly 10-15 year old smaller homes that run between $145k and $170k usually.  These are the same houses that sell for $130-150k in inferior locations, so the calling card here is location, location, location.
  • Pine Needles-I am mainly including this just so nobody can say I missed one.  Pine Needles is an upscale neighborhood of clustered/attached homes with first floor master bedrooms, so I don’t think having an awesome school district is that big of a bonus to Pine Needles.
  • The Rural SW part of Fayette County-all the property out in the country go to Rosa Parks.  No real neighborhoods out that way, but wanted to cover the whole district.

That wraps up Rosa Parks district.  We’ll hit Picadome next time since it is the 3rd highest ranking elementary school.  There are a ton of neighborhoods for that district!!

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