Lexington Ky Neighborhood Video Tour by the LEXpert: Cool North LEX streets

Okay.   I normally do these videos about well rounded neighborhoods that will be easy to sell when it is time for you to fire up your exit plan.  Not the case today.  Today’s video is about cool older places on the north end of Lexington.  The schools aren’t rated all that well.  There is not that good of shopping around, but hey, just like love,  sometimes you throw out all logic and go with your heart.

I would not hesitate to suggest these streets to any of my clients, or even live there myself.  These streets are kind of a niche market.  That doesn’t mean the values aren’t stable, it just means it might take you a bit longer to sell since they don’t have as broad of an appeal as say, a newer home on the south end of town.  If these streets were cars, they’d be more like a Subaru Outback, a Volkswagon Passat, or Mini Cooper rather than an Accord or Camry.

If you’re somebody that follows your heart more than your head when it comes to real estate, I think you’ll enjoy the video.  If you’re local and have never been on these streets, go check them out!

 

Lexington Ky Neighborhood Video Tour: Monticello & Robinwood

 

I’ve always liked these two neighborhoods.  Back when I was in high school, the family that did Young Life in Lexington lived right off Boston Road.  That was way back before there was Man O War and Millpond Shopping Center.  I remember when they built the Kroger out here.  I thought “Why in the world did they build THAT all the way out here??”   That was also before the development of the R.J. Reynolds property.  Reynolds Road was just two lanes and spit you out on Clays Mill right in front of Jessie Clark Middle School.   I also use to cut through Shilito Park to get over here.  I remember well all the experiments with speed bumps, humps and dips.  There was this one house near the park entrance on Winthop that always had a greenish Chevy Corvair sitting in the driveway.  It is still there after almost 25 years.

Since then, I’ve seen several people I know move into this area.  I know 4 families that live there now.  Use to be 5 until I sold their house on Winthrop.  Everybody I know that lives out here really likes it.  There really aren’t any negatives about this area……unless you just don’t like older houses from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Check out the video and let me know what you think!

The LEXpert tours Fayette Park, Elsmere Park & Hampton Court

It’s been a long time, but I broke out the video camera and did a tour of 3 of the best kept secrets in town for old neighborhoods.  Check out the video, but here are some highlights:

HAMPTON COURT

I am in love with this little street.  What makes it so unique is the arched entry made of stone.  There is nothing else like it in town.  There are about 40 houses and condos on this street.  I’ve always heard that the condo buildings on this street were the first in Lexington.  The condos were build around 1905 and the houses were around that same time, up to about 1920.   You can walk or drive through the big arch on the south side of the street, and there is a pedestrian arch on the north end.   The arches and the big trees really define the vibe of the street.  You almost feel like you are were playing hide-and-seek and stumbled onto a new diminsion.

ELSMERE PARK

There are only 29 houses on this street.  All of them build around 1900.  There is one way in and out.  I think that is what has helped to preserve this street’s identity.  The houses here don’t seemed to be restored to perfection like you see in some older areas.   Let’s call it patina.  The ones I have been in seem to make you realize that you are in a house that was build a long time ago, rather than making you feel like you stepped back into 1900 and everything is brand new.  More of a preservation mentality in my opinion here rather than a renovation vibe……and I say that is a good thing.

FAYETTE PARK

There are only 16 houses on this street.  Most were built in the 1885-1910 range.  This was “THE” place to be back then.   You can tell that these were grand houses when new, which means there was a bigger budget for more of the details that we all like in older houses.

I usually hit on values and school district in these videos, but none of these have sold recent enough to tell you anything accurately….and I figure that nobody is picking these streets for their school district.

Google these streets and check them out for yourself!

 

The LEXpert Tours 2 Cool, Older, Affordable Neighborhoods

Here is a video tour I did of Meadowthorpe and Pensacola Park.  I picked these two neighborhoods because both are cool and affordable places to live for those who like older houses!

Oh……BTW, in the video I said Leestown Elementary, and meant to say Leestown Middle.  That happens sometimes when you are trying to film yourself, talk, watch for traffic and shift gears at the same time  😉