Lexington Kentucky, the “Thoroughbred City” is located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. It is quite large with a population of 305,489. Aside from being “The Horse Capital of the World” it is also one of the more educated cities with 39.5% of residents having a bachelor’s degree or more. With its abundance of technology and government jobs it was named the fourth best city for “Business and Careers” in 2011 by Forbes Magazine. It is also home to Lexmark International, Hewlett Packard, Tempur-Pedic Amazon.com, UPS, Jif Peanut Butter and Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Its largest employer is the University of Kentucky.
The city is very attractive with many examples of Victorian architecture in its downtown core. The city is built on a gently rolling hill and is surrounded by fields full of the famous “blue grass” and horse ranches. The city has two seasons: a hot humid summer coupled with a cool winter.
Like many big cities. the gay neighborhoods are located in the core of the city. The two openly gay neighborhoods in the city are Downtown Lexington and the Martin Luther King District. A resident Lexngton gay realtor can help you find the home that is right for you.
There are many interesting architectural styles in the area including rarer Federal, Greek revival and Gothic Revival styles. Many homes are built of stone because limestone and marble deposits are located very near the city. The bricks used in housing are made out of Kentucky Clay.
The social gay scene on Main Street is also in the downtown area. Many residents speak positively a The Bar Complex, which has three gay bars. There is also a nightclub with a drag show called Pulse Nightlife. A newer, more upscale gay hang-out is the Soundbar, which has a patio out back. The scene is known to be “small but fierce.” There are two gay cafes: Third Street Stuff and the Coffee Break Café. An interesting festival in is the Mr. Bluegrass Leather Weekend.
Lexington is also home to many great arts organizations including two ballet companies, an orchestra, several choral organizations and a highly lauded opera program at the University of Kentucky. It is also home to several fair and events to do with Bluegrass music. The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization also hosts the Lexington Pride Festival in the last week of June.
There are 1075 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction or bank owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for a home was $249,652.00 for the week ending July 3, 2013. Popular areas of development in the city are the Liberty Area and Masterson Station, which as of July 3, have average listing prices of $203,216.00 and $161,620.00.
While looking for a property to invest in you might want to stay in either one of the city’s gay-owned bed and breakfasts: Lyndon house or Maple Hill Manor. For more information you can also contact the Lexington, KY Chamber of Commerce at www.commercelexington.com.