I’ve got a long history with Masterson Station.
Long before I was The LEXpert, I was a one man lawn care operation. I had a few customers out there in the mid 90s. Masterson Station ended one house past Gateway Park. My wife and I would go see the new model homes by builders such as PSC and Barlow Homes. We would marvel at the trendy finishes like green counter tops and pickled cabinets that were sort of a pinkish white.
Back then, Masterson Station seemed so far out that you felt like you were half way to Frankfort. I remember thinking “Who would want to live this far out of town?” I said the same thing about Hartland back in the mid 80s. I had always lived inside New Circle back then, so I was one of those people who thought the “Real” Lexington was just inside New Circle Road and anything outside the circle didn’t count.
Since then, Masterson Station has grown and grown and keeps growing. It is Lexington’s largest neighborhood and has had non stop construction for about 25 years.
At lot has changed. To begin with, nobody calls it Masterson Station any more. It’s just Masterson now. I’ve changed a lot too. Instead of pulling a trailer full of lawn equipment, I am working inside the houses now and own a house in the neighborhood. I just got an accepted offer on the 41st house I have sold in this area.
It used to be that you picked Masterson because you could get the same house for cheaper than anywhere else in town. It was a good value. As it grew and people didn’t view it as some random neighborhood hung out of the west end of Fayette County, the price difference became less and less. Today the same 1300 square foot home in Masterson sells for maybe $10k less than an identical house in one of the top neighborhoods on the south end of town.
As it grew, a new elementary school was built in the neighborhood. Then Citation Road was built, which was really great. The new road helped with traffic flow and all the sudden, made sense of the way the neighborhood developed over the past couple of decades.
I have always said that all the whole Masterson area needs is some commercial development and it would become a part of town people pick because they like it, not just because its a good value. I drove through the area last night and the gas station/convenience store on Leestown Road is now open. Meijer owns a big corner on Citation. I am starting to see more development along Citation too.
Congrats Masterson. You’re all grown up and we’re glad you’re a legit part of Lexington.