Louisville Kentucky- A Gay-Friendly Mix of Historic and Indie Lifestyles

Louisville is known for being home to the Kentucky Derby but it also very well known for being a welcoming gay enclave in the American South. The city is treasured for its old Victorian homes as well as well as its stunning eighties style examples of post-modernism with lots of green glass and copper domed roofs.  It is physically located right on the Ohio River on the border between Kentucky and Indiana and was founded way back in 1778.  It is considered to be part of the rehabilitated flood plain region that is known as the Bluegrass region (due to all of the bluegrass growing there.) The first Kentucky Derby was held in the city about a hundred years later on May 17, 1875.

If you like weather you will love Louisville, which has four distinct seasons including a very hot and humid summer and a winter with a very heavy snowfall.  The spring and fall in Louisville are very wet.

Most of the gay neighborhoods are clustered together in the more artsy and pricey east side of town while the family and blue-collar oriented suburbs tend to be on the west, north and south side sides.  One of the hippest and most LGBT friendly areas is along Bardstown Road in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood which is known for its Asian and European immigrant-run restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores and art galleries.  This area used to be cheaper but home prices keep rising in this gentrified area with the average price of a property being $302,687.00.

In general the average listing price per square foot for a home in Louisville is $104 as of June 2013.  As of July the average listing price for a home for sale in Louisville was $208,439.00.  There is a staggering 3,957 homes going through some part of the foreclosure process in Louisville.

Most of the actual gay bars are downtown and feature neighborhood watering holes and hip dance venues.  There are also innovative shower bars like Starbase Q and the Connection and supportive, relaxed places like Magnolia and Tink’s Pub. 

This is also a very celebratory city with all kinds of special events including the Humana Festival of New American Plays in February, the Forecastle Music Festival in July and the Kentucky state Fair in August. It is also home to the Bluegrass Balloon Festival and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September.

As this grand American metropolis is such a large city, with hundreds of neighborhoods and a population of 253,128 it is best to consult with a gay Louisville realtor to find out where the most gay-positive places are to live. 

While looking for a property to invest in you might consider staying at one of Louisville’s many gay-positive historic bed & breakfasts including Ausin’s Inn Place, The Columbine and the Samuel Culbertson Mansion.  You can also find out more information in general about Louisville by visiting the Louisville Metro Government Official Website at www.louisvilleky.gov.

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