Things change with time

As a kid in Louisville, my family lived both near Melbourne Heights Elementary and then later off Browns Lane on Rockwood Drive. I can remember what we used to call the “Pink” building as a landmark. It was finished in 1965 and opened as Lincoln Life in 1966. Now we call this Kaden Towers, or the building where Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is at. During those times 264 was still a 2 lane road with it only going part of the way around the city. Hurstbourne Pkwy was hurstbourne land and just barely a 2 lane road. Now it is a rapid moving 4 lane highway.

When we lived off of Browns Lane there was only tobacco and corn fields behind our home where now stands country clubs, and 1000’s of homes.

The first mall opened in 1961 and that was Mall St Matthews and when it first opened was called simply, “The Mall.” We were so excited when it opened with the fountains and stores. Roses, Kaufman-Straus and yes even an A&P grocery as the anchor stores for The Mall.

These are just a few of the things I remember while living in Louisville the first time.

This was the big city, where we would go to downtown to buy uniforms at Graves Cox and spent all of our waking hours outdoors enjoying ourselves. Each mom had their own way of calling for the kids to come home. My mom’s was to hold two fingers in her mouth and make a real shrill whistle to tell us it was time for dinner.

I hope you have fond memories of when you were growing up as well. Tell someone about it and keep the memories alive.

302 Green Acres Elizabethtown KY

Ready to move into. This 3 bedroom 1.5 bath home located on almost an acre is ready for you to call home. Great looking laminate flooring in the living room and hall with tile in both bathrooms and also the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, granite countertops and a full compliment of stainless steel appliances await the next Food Network star to be! Lots of countertop space and very open for large gatherings to watch the chef at work. Both bathrooms have been updated with Granite Countertops and have fresh paint as well. Good sized bedrooms compliment this home and have new carpet being installed this week. Add to this great first floor a walkout finished partial basement with new carpet and paint. There is also a 2 car rear load garage.

In the basement is also a built in hot tub that will remain. This large lot is ready for the gardening enthusiast. Make your appointment soon as this one will not last. PS Don’t forget to look at the upgrade sheet under other documents!!

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214 St. Regis Drive, Shelbyville Ky

 

You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/2.5BA home in the friendly neighborhood of Cloverbrook Farms. The covered front porch is a great way to unwind after one’s busy day. Enter the home to be greeted by beautiful hardwood floors in the foyer that will lead you to a spacious open floor plan. The living room offers many hours of relaxation in front of a fireplace. The eat-in kitchen boasts beautiful cabinets and plenty of counter space for preparing meals. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its cathedral ceilings, decorative cutout, and huge walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a double vanity and tub. There are two additional bedrooms and hall bathroom on the 2nd level.

. The unfinished basement offers storage and can be easily be finished to meet your needs. Sliding glass doors off the kitchen take you to a deck where you can host cookouts and gatherings. Play a game of volleyball or badminton in the fenced in yard. The neighborhood clubhouse, pool and large playground is just one block away. Only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants, this home is priced just right. Schedule your private showing today!
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9813 Indian Falls

You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/2.5BA home in pristine condition in the sought out neighborhood of Indian Falls. Off the covered front porch, enter the home through a front door with sidelights to be greeted by beautiful hardwood and tiled flooring that will lead you into a spacious open floor plan. The living room has vaulted ceilings and an abundance of sunlight through its transom windows. The formal dining room will absolutely create a festive ambience to celebrate holidays. The great room offers many hours of relaxation in front of the fireplace while overlooking the fenced in private back yard. Picture friends sitting around the Island visiting as you prepare meals in the large eat-in kitchen that boasts multiple granite countertops and cabinet space.

The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its vaulted ceilings and decorative cutouts. The master bathroom has a custom tiled glassed shower with upgraded fixtures, garden tub and double vanity. There are two additional bedrooms on the 2nd level. The loft area offers an area for recreation or an office. The basement is partially finished and you will find plenty of room to entertain your friends. Host cookouts and gatherings on the deck off the great room or simply sit and unwind after a long day. In addition, the homeowners association includes park like areas and a subdivision pool for your use. Only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants, this home is priced just right.

Schedule your private showing today!

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3364 Newburg Rd…Beautiful

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Wait until you see this picturesque 3BR/2BA home that will remind you of a fairytale. The home is surrounded by beautiful gardens with many flowers and greenery, two Arbors and matured trees. Feel like you are living in the middle of the woods with its rustic atmosphere. Enter the home and you will immediately love the open concept. The stone fireplace invites you to relax in a chair and spend time reading a book. The eat-in kitchen breathes character with a built-in china cabinet with glass doors and bay window with inlayed glass panes. Picture friends sitting at the breakfast bar as you prepare meals. The cabinets are custom designed with a wine rack and the hood of the stove is copper. All of the appliances remain. The family room is very large and has an office set off to the side with a built-in wrap around desk. The picture window streams plenty of light into the room and you need only walk across the room for a beverage from the wet bar. An entire wall houses multiple closets with built-in shelving. You will find two bedrooms with crown molding and large closets, as well as a full bathroom. The 2nd level has a large room that leads into another bedroom. You could easily make the entire 2nd level the master bedroom with sitting room. Three sets of drawers are built into the walls. There is a full bathroom and an abundance of storage space. The gate to the 2nd level does not remain with the property. The basement is partially finished and would make a great entertainment area. There is also a storm shelter with built-in shelving and an area for a workshop. There are two patios in the rear of the home. One has an outdoor fireplace perfect for gatherings and enjoying roasted marshmallows; and the other is fenced. You are only minutes from the Watterson Expressway, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Come see the beauty of this home and make an appointment for your private showing.

Home Maintenance for People with Better Things to Do

Owning your own home shouldn’t mean an endless list of chores.

Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too.

So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home?

It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP:

Your Dryer Seems Hotter Than Usual

If your clothes and your dryer are super, super hot or, conversely, your dryer is taking longer to dry, you could have a clogged lint vent, a leading cause of house fires. “Sometimes the dryer connection will wiggle loose going to the outside, causing all sorts of issues with lint,” says Jeff Devlin, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Stone House Revival and “I Hate My Bath.” Heat and packed lint make the perfect recipe for fire. To defuse that combination:

  • Pull out the dryer connection — this is the tube or pipe that connects the dryer to the window vent.
  • Suck out all the lint from the pipe and pipe connection with a vacuum attachment.
  • Re-attach, making sure it’s not loose or bent.

You can also hire a pro to do it.

You Smell Something Musty

Your nose knows what’s normal in your home. “If you go into a room and it smells musty, there’s something going on,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When you smell that mildew-y smell, you know you’ve got a problem, he says. What kind of problem? Read on.

You Can See Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew are the banners for moisture, your home’s No. 1 enemy. If you see them, you know moisture has broken through your home’s defenses and is bringing reinforcements. Find out where the water source is and eradicate it ASAP. Moisture is like cancer to a home. If you don’t catch it early, it will eat away at your home’s very structure, causing major damage to its foundation, walls, floors, and ceilings.

You Spot a Water Stain

You get it now. Water = bad. So even a faint water stain should light a fire under you. Zero in on the source before moisture can settle into your home’s bones. A water stain on the ceiling could signal a leak in your roof, or if it’s under a bathroom it could be a pipe that’s leaking. Stain under a window? Your window may need caulking.

Your Drain Is Really Slow (and It Gurgles)

Showering in water up to your ankles defeats the purpose. “A clean drain is a healthy drain,” says Devlin. If your drain makes odd noises and takes foreeeeeeever, you could be at risk of a sewer backup, which is not only a moisture issue, but one that ranks high on the stinky scale. If you’re lucky, it could be a simple clog, but either way it might be a good idea to put your plumber’s number in your cellphone’s favorites list.

You Hear Something That’s Alive

The pitter-patter of tiny rodent footsteps is enough to send shivers down your spine — and can quickly multiply into a mini stampede. One couple found out the hard way.

“We found that a squirrel had taken up residence in the attic and was chewing through electrical wires,” says David Bowers. By the time he and his partner, Sharon Bowers, (BTW, they co-authored “The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop”) got around to calling a pro, an entire squirrel family (with more on the way!) had settled in to dine on those wires — a costly fix that was also a fire hazard.

If you hear unwanted visitors, evict them quickly, then block the entry they used. With squirrels, it might be an overgrown tree limb, which they use to jump onto your roof and then slip through a hole under roof flashing or rotting fascia, or an open window. For smaller pests, keep in mind they can come in through the tiniest of holes. (Mice can squeeze through a dime-sized opening.)

Your Gutters Create Waterfalls

You may love the smell and sound of rain, but when it’s cascading off your gutters in torrents instead of traveling neatly through them … well, remember those warnings about moisture? Cleaning the gutters is home maintenance 101 for good reason. “It can lead to exterior damage, as well as water damaging the foundations,” says Bowers. If you spot a gutter clog, clear it. You’ll be happier for it. It’s probably the best thing you can do to protect your home.

Originally posted with HouseLogic.

4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a DIYer Who’s Made Them All

DIY gone wrong is your worst nightmare. Sleep better with these tips to master DIY know-how.

New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between “I got this” and “I’m calling the pros”? How can you know if a project is really DIYable for you?

For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years and founder of Landlordology, an online resource for landlords, he’s gutted three homes and renovated countless others.

“I’m just handy enough to be dangerous,” Hall says.

He’s suffered more than his fair share of DIY disasters, and with each, he’s learned a valuable lesson about his own limits, as well as how he can do better next time.

Think 10 Steps Ahead

When Hall updated a tiny kitchen in one of his rentals, he installed a brand-new, expensive fridge — and then built a peninsula countertop extension.

“We thought it was the greatest idea,” he says. But adding the peninsula narrowed the space in front of the refrigerator, making it impossible to remove without lifting it entirely up and over the extension. (Ever tried to lift a fridge?)

“I’m just praying the fridge doesn’t die on me, because I’m going to have to hire four or five burly guys to get it out,” Hall says. “Or just Sawzall the thing in half.”

DIY lesson: Measure once, measure twice, measure again, and think through every possible scenario before changing a room’s layout.

Don’t Go With the Cheapest Option

Speaking of kitchen appliances: Hall was looking for an island range hood, which can be extra-expensive because it needs to be attractive from all angles. Dismayed by the prices he found elsewhere online, he went to Amazon, where he found an $800 hood on sale for about $250.

“Of course, it was from a brand we hadn’t really heard of,” Hall says.

Less than a year after installation, the hood was on the fritz. Removing the appliance was a challenge. The electrical wiring needed to be redone, and the wall needed to be drywalled, requiring a professional contractor.

“It probably cost me three-fold to fix my mistake,” says Hall. “For any appliance that’s more complicated than plugging it in and rolling it into place, upgrade and buy something that’s not going to break on you within a year.”

DIY lesson: For any DIY project, the cheapest option, from materials to appliances, should raise a red flag.

For Specialty Work, Seek Specialty Advice

Hall is no electrician, but since he’d done some minor electrical work before, he figured the job of adding a dimmer switch would be no big deal.

“We hung a chandelier in the dining room, and figured you might want to dim this giant chandelier for a relaxing candlelit dinner,” says Hall. Because the space had switches at both entrances, he added a dimmer to both — the more the merrier, right?

Wrong.

“After four hours spent blowing circuits and lightbulbs and struggling to get this chandelier to dim correctly, we called the manufacturer,” Hall says. Spoiler alert: You just can’t have two dimmer switches for one circuit.

A dimmer works by modulating the amount of electricity flowing through the circuit; adding another causes chaos. A little research would’ve indicated the second dimmer switch was a no-no.

“It just flips out,” says Hall. “It doesn’t know how much dimming should be happening. The lights were flickering like a poltergeist.”

DIY lesson: No one blames you for not being a specialist, but any time you’re taking on a specialty project make sure to do your research first or consult a pro.

DIY When Help is Available (aka, NOT on a Holiday)

Holidays might be a great time to tackle minor DIY projects, but if you’re working on anything that could require a professional if things go south, consider waiting for a normal business day.

“I was trying to get a property ready to rent,” says Hall. “Time is money. It was the Fourth of July … and I was adding a new cabinet [in the bathroom].”

It sounds easy enough, but the unit was in a condo building with a centralized water system; there wasn’t a water shut-off valve for just that bathroom. Not wanting to shut down the water for the entire building on July Fourth, he decided to risk it.

And oh, what a risk it turned out to be. When trying to loosen a pipe, the whole thing broke off. It was rusted out. Water sprayed out so hard, it hit him in the chest. After rushing to the basement, he flipped every knob he found until the water shut-off.

“Luckily my property was on the first floor and the basement was a laundry room, because water was leaking through the floor, destroying drywall,” Hall says.

Being a holiday, the rest of the day was no less of a disaster. The condo association’s emergency line sent him a plumber who was angry to be missing his holiday events and drinking as he tried to fix the problem. Sloppy work resulted in a fire — in a building with no water.

“He runs to my fridge and starts grabbing anything liquid — milk, a bottle of Sprite, cans of beer,” Hall recalls. “He’s dumping water into the middle of the wall, punching holes in it, trying to find the fire.”

DIY lesson: Always do tricky DIY projects when you know a pro — a pro you trust — can help out in a hurry.

Originally posted with HouseLogic.

Luxurious Living 7501 Cambridge Drive, Crestwood KY

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Appreciate luxurious living in this impressive home in Briar Hill Estates. You will find many hours of solitude and peace on its one acre of treed land. Enter the home through the custom designed front door with palladium window to be greeted with a living room boasting cathedral ceilings that opens into the family room. The family room welcomes you with cathedral ceiling complimented with two skylights and recessed lighting and a wall with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous double palladium window and French doors leading to the sunroom. You will spend hours reading a book in front of the wood-burning fireplace built with creek rock. The sunroom has a ceiling fan and offers a magnificent view of the nature’s stunning beauty.Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere as you immediately notice attention to the double trey ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. The eat-in kitchen is a gourmet chef’s dream. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island visiting as you prepare meals. Featured are custom designed Cherry cabinets, Silestone countertops, backsplash, bar sink in island, custom designed planning desk, recessed lighting, skylight and cathedral ceiling in the breakfast area, as well as palladium window and sliding glass doors leading to the sunroom. Begin each day with a cup of coffee looking at nature’s supremacy through the wall of windows in the sunroom. You can also gain access to the two levels of decks that stretch across the back of the home. There is a huge laundry room with custom designed cabinets including a built-in rod for hanging your clothes and plenty of counter space and utility sink. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its double trey ceiling. The master bathroom has a double vanity and Jacuzzi corner tub. The remaining 3 bedrooms are large in nature with big closets. Wait until you see the finished walkout basement and its many areas for entertaining. There is a bedroom, full bathroom, workout/office, and an enormous family room with fireplace and recessed lighting. You will only to need to walk across the room for a beverage at the wet bar. French doors lead you to an oversized patio great for hosting cookouts and gatherings. Equipped with central vacuuming and upgrades, this home has more features and details than words can describe. We invite you to take a private tour and see this impeccably maintained home and its peaceful, easy living. Call today.

Open House – Sunday March 3 – 2pm-4pm

Living is easy in this charismatic 3BR/2BA A Frame home with Bahamas Cedar Shutters. Wait until you see the outdoor living space on its 6.5 acres! Enter the home from the covered porch through a custom door with sidelights to find an abundance of light through the wall of windows. The living room has beamed coheilings, built in shelving for entertainment center and a wood- burning stove. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals on the extensive countertops. Off the kitchen a glass paned door will lead you to the dining area with dentil molding, recessed lighting and columns that separate the area from the family room.

You can spend hours watching movies with the surround sound that extends to the master bedroom in front of the custom designed stone wood fireplace embraced by built-in shelving. Enjoy reading a book in the sitting room that greets you as you enter the master bedroom. Hardwood floors, built-in shelving and cabinets, His & Her walk-in closets with built-in shelving, a wood-burning stove, dentil molding, a private entrance from outside, as well as many oversized windows are just some of the features that will draw you into comfort. There are an additional two bedrooms upstairs with built-in shelving in one of the rooms. The hall bathroom has patterned tile, dual showerheads, recessed lighting along with a dressing room. The charisma extends from the family room through the French doors to the 18X20 covered two-tiered deck with ceiling fans and electrical outlets where you will have ample room to entertain your friends and family. Off the deck you can follow the patterned brick patio to a Gazebo. Appreciate the serene views and peaceful feeling as you unwind from a busy day and enjoy a cold beverage. The fire pit does not remain with the property. Beautiful Wisteria grows around the arbor that leads you to an oversized 10ft ceiling 2-car garage that has an efficiency apartment. You will find a wood-burning stove, full bath, full kitchen with a double farm sink, and recessed lighting. French doors will lead you to a covered deck with 2 ceiling fans where you can watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. In addition, you will find a horse barn with 4 stalls, Tack room, 3 kennels and an additional 2-car garage with French doors on each side. A dual fuel furnace in the main house and a covered carport are a couple more amenities of the home. We invite you to country living conveniently located just minutes from the Gene Snyder, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Upgraded $15,000 landscaping in Fall of 2015. Heated, electric, water with drain three-dog kennel with cedar exterior. Sound system you have got to hear. FIELD & STREAM lovers will love this property!

Big Brother, Or Maybe Just The Homeowner Is Watching You.

maxresdefaultBuyer 1 to Buyer 2 in the house, “Yes I know the house is 235,000 and I know that we are approved for only 218,000, but maybe we can get an extra 12 or 13,000 from our folks to get this home if you really want it.” Or, “This place is a real bargain at the price they are asking and I know if we get it for the asking price we would be happy, but why don’t we offer a much lower price to see how much they will come off?” Or, “We can get this house for 215,000 just make sure that our pre-approval doesn’t show any more than that.”

Do any of these sound familiar? As a real estate agent we hear these and more said by clients all the time. If you heard a recording of that as the seller would that possibly give you an advantage over the buyer? Sure it would.

Video surveillance cameras used to cost 100’s and even 1,000’s of dollars. Not anymore, You can find these cameras complete with audio for less than 200 dollars in any big box store that sells technology.

That being said, no matter what the price of the home is, you could be recorded during your showing. Also what you say could be on tape as well.

You may ask if this is an invasion of privacy? Possibly and possibly not. In the part of being a real estate agent showing a home, the homeowner should leave a notification that the home is on camera and audio. Many don’t and that can be considered an invasion, but will be hard to prove in court unless the recording included information that gave the owner an unfair advantage during the negotiation of the home for purchase.

Buyers should consult your agent about the home, take notes while going through the homes and at the end of the tour decide where to meet to discuss all of the points that are for and against the property(s).

Using a professional Realtor will help you not have this happen to you.

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