Greatest Places to Live in America Picks Louisville!

Photo of Main Street in Middletown Louisville named a Greatest Places to Live in America
There’s so much to do outside in Louisville. From shopping to eating to playing and more, no wonder Outside magazine thinks Louisville is one of the greatest places to live in America!

It appears more and more are taking note of all the great things we’ve got going on here in Louisville, Kentucky. So great, they’re making lists of the Greatest Places to Live in America and Louisville came in at #8. Wow!

Who’s this “they” you speak of?

In this latest example, they are Outside magazine, that held a Tournament of sorts, where people voted for their city. You’d think population alone would help us best places like Duluth, Minnesota (Champion) but the publication also included a more objective, analytical component to determining the greatest places to live in America.

To determine how livable a city was, they developed the O-score which stands for Outside. Explained:

To develop our own Outside Score, we tapped a rocket scientist (seriously) to combine factors like number of outfitters, miles of trails, and number of bike shops—plus considerations like unemployment rates, median incomes, and, yes, an editors’-choice variable—into a single mathematical formula.

Here are their Top 10!

  1. Duluth, Minnesota – Total Votes: 221,350 / O-Score: 88
  2. Provo, Utah – Total Votes: 185,602 / O-Score: 80
  3. Minneapolis, Minnesota – Total Votes: 93,164 / O-Score: 81
  4. Anchorage, Alaska – Total Votes: 86,601 / O-Score: 83
  5. Ithaca, New York – Total Votes: 86,418 / O-Score: 89
  6. Asheville, North Carolina – Total Votes: 70,665 / O-Score: 80
  7. Burlington, Vermont – Total Votes: 52,743 / O-Score: 83
  8. Louisville, Kentucky – Total Votes: 47,271 / O-Score: 73
  9. Missoula, Montana – Total Votes: 40,530 / O-Score: 82
  10. Boulder, Colorado – Total Votes: 39,613 / O-Score: 91

Just wait until we get The Parklands completed and our O-Score should go even higher! For the full list, vist The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America.

So, do you think Louisville is great? After all, we are home to The Greatest.

Tour Louisville remodeled homes this weekend

Photo of a Louisville remodeled home for the Tour of Remodeled Homes by BIA of Louisville
The tour of Louisville remodeled homes is this weekend! Here’s a photo of one of the home’s fabulous interiors.

After Homearama 2014, the next event on the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (formerly the Home Builders Association of Louisville) is this weekend’s Tour of Louisville Remodeled Homes. From their website:

This year we celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the Tour of Remodeled Homes in Louisville. Each year the showcase has grown in popularity. The diversity in projects and the neighborhoods in which the homes reside this year, help to showcase the talents of our Registered Remodelers and the potential for existing homes across Louisville.

There are 11 remodeled homes scattered all over Louisville and you get get tour details by either picking up a color magazine from GLAR or by visiting the digital version of the Tour Guide.

Tickets are $10 with children 6 & under free and can be bought at any home but you may not take photos or video.

Here’s the full list of remodeled properties in this year’s Tour of Remodeled Homes.

  1. 1244 S. Brook Street – Complete renovation: historical preservation of 1900 Victorian-era Italianate style three story home
  2. 7410 Springvale Drive – Project: Kitchen Remodel
  3. 5909 Brittany Valley Road – Project: House Remodel
  4. 6129 Laurel Lane – Project: Existing Renovation & Addition
  5. 2323 Branning Road – Project: Whole House Remodel including new covered porch, custom kitchen, bathroom, dining room, foyer, living room and den
  6. 2107 Evergreen – Project: Whole house remodel adding on 10 foot on back of house and building a detached two car garage
  7. 702 Shady Lane – Project: Used existing square footage to add a laundry room and powder room. Complete remodel of kitchen with wall removal and creating a vaulted ceiling in new breakfast room
  8. 9506 US Highway 42 – Project: Remodel of existing house and large wing addition, complete rework of façade
  9. 315 S. Bayly Avenue – Project: Whole house remodel with new screen porch, cooking porch and deck
  10. 7804 Spring Farm Glen Road – Project: Garage Remodel
  11. 4112 Ormond Road – Project: Kitchen & Family Room Combination, new hardwood floors, new cabinets

So if you’re looking for Louisville remodeled homes to get new ideas for your own remodeling project, check out this great, local event.

PGA Championship Long Drive Competition at Valhalla

Dustin Johnson, JB Holmes, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson are likely competitors in the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition.
Dustin Johnson, JB Holmes, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson are likely competitors in the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition.

The PGA has really found a home at Louisville’s Valhalla Country Club. With the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition as an added perk!

With the PGA Championship just weeks away, Louisville is getting excited. So how does the Long Drive Competition work?

From the PGA:

During a practice round on Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be offered the opportunity to hit one tee shot from the No. 10 Tee. The ball will have to come to rest in the fairway to be eligible to win the Long Drive Competition.

Jack Nicklaus, who designed Valhalla, actually won this competition in 1963 with a drive of 341 yards, 17 inches.

Now, if there were only more Louisville real estate opportunities that overlooked this beautiful golf course, I’d pack up my family and move yesterday!

Big Four Pedestrian Bridge Is Open to Enjoy

Photo of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge
The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge is now open for your walking pleasure! (COURTESY WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)

Just in case you haven’t heard, the former railroad bridge (an eyesore) that connects Indiana and Kentucky has been converted to a pedestrian walking bridge. It was either that or tear it down which was even more expensive.

The bridge, built in 1895, is now a 1-mile walking and biking destination. Taking something old and making it relevant again, is something we all need more of and seems to be taking place here in Louisville, especially around the NuLu area.

Here are the Rules of the Bridge from the Louisville Waterfront website:

Not Allowed:

  • No pets
  • No skateboards/in-line skates
  • No motorized vehicles (scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, cars/trucks)
  • HOWEVER, personal mobility scooters and motorized wheelchairs ARE allowed

Allowed:

  • Service animals
  • Bikes of all kinds
  • Service vehicles (motorized wheelchairs, staff/security vehicles)
  • Kids – fun!
  • Dates – romance!

HOURS: Bridge is open 24/7. Park hours: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm

So there you go! Get out and enjoy the Louisville Big Four Pedestrian Bridge everyone.

Things to do in Louisville, AKA Why Louisville is awesome

Moving to Louisville? Looking for things to do in Louisville? Allow me a #humblebrag and I’ll share on why Louisville is awesome.

There are so many things to do in Louisville. Let’s hit the Top 10!

(Shhh, I snuck in 6 bonus things to do at the bottom. Don’t tell anyone.)

Louisville Is Home to the Greatest

Photo of Muhammad Ali boxing
Source: Flickr user Cliff

Who’s the greatest? Sure, people may call Wayne Gretzky, The Great One but Muhammad Ali is simply, The Greatest. Doesn’t get much better than that. Did you have he has his own museum? Yep, the Muhammed Ali Center, so now you do.

Louisville Owns the Largest Fireworks Show in the USA

Photo of Thunder Over Louisville

If you guessed New Year’s Eve in the NYC, then you’d be wrong. Straight from the great Wiki himself, “Currently, the largest annual pyrotechnic display in North America is Thunder Over Louisville which kicks off the Kentucky Derby Festival.” Yep, we’re that cool.

Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville Is Huge and Growing!

Photo of Crowd at Forecastle held in Louisville KY

The Forecastle 3-day festival is an annual event is really picking up steam that draws tens of thousands of fans from across the country. Looking for things to do in Louisville in July? Head to the riverfront! Forecastle loves Louisville and Louisville loves Forecastle!

Louisville Sluggers Are Made in Duh, Louisville

Photo of Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum
Source: For Aslan

They say everything is bigger in Texas. But have they seen Louisville’s giant bat?! I mean, it’s ginormous! The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is a National treasure and we’re proud they call Louisville home.

Things to do in Louisville? Duh, Kentucky Derby

Photo of Kentucky Derby held in Louisville KY
Source: Henry Huey

Churchill Downs needs no introduction. The Kentucky Derby is only called “the greatest 2 minutes in sports.” On that first Saturday in May, where are all the eyes of the world looking? Yep, Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby Museum holds all the history and is open to tours throughout the year.

The Cheeseburger, the Best Sandwich on Earth, Was Invented in Louisville

Photo of Kaelins Restaurant birthplace of the cheeseburger in Louisville KY

The cheeseburger was invented in 1934 at Kaelin’s Restaurant. Today, there’s not a corner of the globe that doesn’t know about this most glorious, taste sensation. Who invented the cheeseburger? Louisville invented the cheeseburger… the best sandwich on Earth.

Louisville Is the Bourbon Capital of the World, Ok Maybe It’s Bardstown

Photo of Famous Kentucky bourbons
Source: Everywhere Once

The world is starting to take notice of just how great bourbon is. Japan totally gets it! Heck, they’re buying up some of the best bourbon distilleries in Kentucky but “Hey!” we invented it. Ok, maybe Bardstown invented it but they’re little, we can take it from them, right Louisville? Looking for things to do in Louisville, try taking the Bourbon Trail.

The Massive Park System in Louisville Puts other Cities to Shame

Photo of Waterfront Park in Louisville KY
Source: Wikipedia

Type in “city of parks” in Google. Go ahead… I dare you! See what you get? Louisville, Kentucky. We are the City of Parks. Building on some of most amazing, Olmstead-designed parks, we’re now building out a massive initiative that will be the envy of every other city once complete. Overstating? Check Louisville City of Parks.

Louisville Gets Down, Even Underground

Photo of Louisville Mega Cavern
Source: Louisville Mega Cavern

Do your kids need things to do in Louisville? Well, the world’s largest underground cave system, Mammoth Caves is just 1.5 hours South. Your kids will love it! Louisville’s Mega Cavern is right here! This awesome place holds several events, like Lights Under Louisville the Christmas display tour and the world’s longest underground zipline—Mega Zips. Geronimo!

Stately Charm or Modern Pizzazz, Louisville Hotels Lead the Pack

Photo of Historic Seelbach Hotel in Louisville KY
Source: Southern Governors Association

Al Capone used to stay at The Seelbach. The world famous chef at The Brown hotel invented the delectable Hot Brown. Now, we even have the hip, must-visit modern hotel, 21c, Condé Nast Traveler named #1 Hotel in the South. The rich just keep getting richer.

Oldest Operating Steamboat, The Belle of Louisville, is a National Landmark

Photo of Belle of Louisville oldest operating steamboat Louisville Kentucky

Wanna travel the river in old-fashioned style? Yes, you can do that here. Twenty-first century Tom Sawyer and ride the Belle of Louisville—the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world. How great is Louisville?

Local Louisville Breweries Making a Name for Themselves

Photo of the Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville KY
Source: Against the Grain Brewery

Falls City Brewing Co. has been around for years but Cumberland Brewery, Bluegrass Brewing Company (BBC) and Against the Grain Brewery are building on the reputation of Louisville being a great place for local beers. Louisville has it all!

Of course, there are so many more things to do in Louisville but this article can only be so long. Just for fun, here’s 6 more:

Did we forget something? What are the things to do in Louisville that you love? Let us know!

Moving to Louisville, Kentucky? This video will show you why you should!

This time-lapse video is incredibly well done and highlights the many beautiful aspects of our fair city – Louisville, KY. Are you thinking about moving to Louisville, Kentucky? You will be glad you did!

It’s titled, “Louisville In Motion: A Time Lapse Tour of Louisville Kentucky” and is a little over 4-minutes long but really shows off so many Louisville landmarks in beautiful light.

If you are considering a move here, I’d love to be your Realtor! See what some of my other clients have said about me.

Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Events

Photo of Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Event
With three days of Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Events, there’s something for everyone!

We used to have just a single Great Balloon Race as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Then they added the Balloon Glow.

Now we have Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon events that span three days. Here’s the official schedule of balloon events.

Thursday, April 24
5:00 PM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Crew Challenge [Waterfront]
8:30 PM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer [Waterfront]

Friday, April 25
7:00 AM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race [Bowman Field]
6:00 PM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow [Kentucky Exposition Center]

Saturday, April 26
7:00 AM: U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race [Bowman Field]

Plenty of Derby balloon fun for everyone. Maybe next year we’ll have four days?!?

For more official information, head over to the Kentucky Derby Festival website for balloon events.

Thunder Over Louisville 2014 Schedule

Photo of Thunder Over Louisville
There’s always so much excitement with this year’s Thunder Over Louisville 2014.
Photo credit: Solomon J Parker

We’re almost there!

Thunder Over Louisville 2014 begins in just a few short hours. Want to know what’s planned?

We start with the Airshow at 3 and it takes off from there! Get it? Takes off??

Here’s the full schedule with all the details from the official site. Have a great day Louisville!

  • 3:00-3:08 Opening Ceremonies with the Kentucky Air National Guard Special Tactics Squadron Parachute Jumpers.
  • 3:08-4:08 The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron returns to the air show after federal government budget issues prevented them from flying in 2013.
  • 4:08-4:11 C-130 Hercules Kentucky Air National Guard tribute: The Hercules, which can reach 374 mph, is the prime means for dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.
  • 4:11-4:19 Canadian Hawks CT-155. Each of the two planes is a British single-engine and a two-seat advanced weapons trainer and versions designed for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
  • 4:19-4:31 Matt Younkin, Twin Beech 18. This plane, built in 1943, was first used by the United States Army Air Corps.
  • 4:31-4:51 The Lima Lima Flight Team: The team flies sophisticated formations in six early A model T-34 Mentor aircraft that were used by the U.S. Navy and Air Force for primary training in the 1940s.
  • 4:51-5:01 Jay “Flash” Gordon, L39 Albatros: The Albatros is a Czechoslovakian-built ex-Russian Air Force aircraft built in 1983 and restored and painted in colors of the Royal Thai Air Force.
  • 5:01-5:11 German C-160: The Transall C-160 military transport aircraft developed by Transall, an association of French and German aircraft manufacturers, features turboprop engines, a high-mounted wing and an upswept tail above a rear-access ramp leading to a large-volume cargo hold that was used to transport troops and freight.
  • 5:11-5:26 Trojan Horsemen T-28: The team flies six T-28 aircraft, also called the Trojan, which has a frameless canopy and a Wright R-1300 engine.
  • 5:26-5:41 AceMaker T-33: The T-33 Lockheed Shooting Star was America’s first operational jet fighter and trainer with a routine featuring vertical rolls.
  • 5:49-5:59 Cliff Robinson, PT-17: Robinson of Madison, Ind., owns this modified Stearman PT17 bi-plane, from those manufactured in the 1930s and ’40s.
  • 5:59-6:11 Team AeroDynamix RV Custom: This team flies 11 RV-Series custom-built aircraft with fixed wings that can attain speeds in excess of 230 mph. Each plane has its own paint scheme.
  • 6:11-6:21 Billy Werth, Pitts S2C: Werth flies corkscrews, spins and tumbles in a Pitts bi-plane that sports a red-white-and-blue design with stars on the wings and has a top speed of 212 mph.
  • 6:21-6:33 Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team: The crew flies the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft and made its last Thunder performance in 2012.
  • 6:33-18:43 John Klatt, MXS: Klatt maneuvers his MXS, a carbon fiber, two-seat tandem sport aircraft, through a series aerobatics.
  • 6:43-7:03 Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team
  • 7:03-7:13 Air Force Heritage Flight Program: Featuring the F-22 Raptor, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang aircraft, the performance combines state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft.
  • 7:13-7:23 UPS 767: United Parcel Service Inc. showcases its flagship Boeing 767, which in regular use can carry up to 24 package containers weighing a maximum of 132,000 pounds.
  • 7:23-7:33 Nick Coleman, Christen Eagle: Lt. Col. Nick Coleman of the Kentucky Air National Guard flies.
  • 7:33-7:43 Red Star, Yak-52: The Red Star team flies its formation aerobatics with seven Yakovlev or Yak-52s, which were designed in the USSR, manufactured in Romania and used as a primary trainer by both. The team is made up of former military pilots now living in Louisville with many working for UPS.
  • 7:43-7:53 Lee Leet, A-29 Super Tucano: Leet flies this two-seat turboprop basic trainer used by the Royal Air Force, an aircraft often used for training fast-jet pilots in all aspects of military flying.
  • 7:53-8:03 Trojan Horsemen T-28
  • 8:03-8:23 The barges for the fireworks show move into position.
  • 8:23-8:35 AceMaker T-33
  • 8:35-8:47 Team AeroDynamix RV Custom
  • 8:47-8:57 Lima Lima T-34
  • 8:57-9:07Matt Younkin, Twin Beech 18
  • 9:07-9:17 p.m. The flying of the American flags.
  • 9:17-9:29: Bill Leff, T-34: Left flies his “Texan,” one of the most widely used advanced trainers for U.S. Army Air Force pilots during WW II and the Korean Conflict, for his Starfire Night Skyshow. It features special computer-controlled lighting and firework effects on the plane.
  • 9:30: Fireworks begin!

Incredible medical breakthrough by University of Louisville for spinal cord injuries

Photo of patient raising his leg while stimulated at the Frazier Rehab Institute.
Credit: Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville

There are so many great things going on here in Louisville. Today I hear Four paraplegic men voluntarily move their legs, an ‘unprecedented breakthrough’ for paralysis community. Wow!

This is big news. Here’s an excerpt:

Four young men who have been paralyzed for years achieved groundbreaking progress — moving their legs — as a result of epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, an international team of life scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology reported today in the medical journal Brain.

Don’t forgot, University of Louisville doctors were the first to perform a successful hand transplant surgery. The healthcare industry has really found a friend in Louisville.

What’s next? May I request the wireless Net access that Josh Holloway has in Intelligence? (Maybe not, those virus updates would be horrible.)