This Old House magazine has ranked Louisville among the Top 12 Places to Buy an Old House. The Old Louisville neighborhood shares this designation with cities such as Reading, PA’s Centre Park Historic District, Brooklyn, NY’s Victorian Flatbush neighborhood, and the Hampton Heights area of Spartanburg, SC.
The selection criteria included more than just architectural value:
Our top criteria for choosing a winner included architectural diversity, the craftsmanship of the homes, and the preservation momentum in the area. But we were also interested in neighborhood amenities: walkability, services, and community. What we found is that people who live in historic places aren’t just lovers of golden-age architecture, but of old-fashioned neighborhood values as well.
The magazine loves the neighborhood for its proximity to downtown and the university, Central Park, and, of course, the victorian mansions. Further, the neighborhood is still affordable for buying and fixing up an old house and could potentially “one day have the cachet of Boston’s Beacon Hill and other comparable treasure troves.” See the complete list of 12 here or read the complete This Old House article with photo gallery here.