Photos: Downtown Living Tour in Louisville
Downtown Louisville showed off its new additions to its long list of housing opportunities during the Downtown Living Tour over the weekend.
The River City News's Michael Monks & Jerod Theobald attended and present these photos and details.
Eight properties were available for tour and included condos and apartments, some newly constructed and others renovated as part of an historic structure. In other cases, new construction was placed behind a preserved historic facade.
Downtown Louisville feels reinvigorated with its slew of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars as well as the influx of new residents, young and old, looking for an urban lifestyle.
While Kentucky's largest city is years ahead, it can serve as a good role model for Covington and the Northern Kentucky River Cities as more urban housing developments begin to take shape in our part of the Commonwealth.
2013 Downtown Living Tour - Louisville
Our trip started with burnch at Garage Bar, a trendy spot known for its woodfire pizzas and craft beers inside a re-purposed mechanic shop.
The restaurant is part of the revitalized Downtown neighborhood of NuLu where many of the properties on the tour are also situated.
Falls City Lofts
Our next stop took us to the new Falls City Lofts, developed inside the original Bacon's Dry Goods building which was constructed in 1844.
It boasts 17 units with open floor plans, exposed brick, and ceiling heights of thirteen to seventeen feet. These condominiums sell for $175-200 per square foot with sizes between 1,100 and 1,800 sq. ft.
The building is across from Louisville Slugger Field.
Fleur-de-Lis on Main
The next tour was at the Fleur-de-Lis on Main, a new Downtown development that has eighty-two condos and twelve difference floor plans. The price ranges from $240,000 to $500,000 with retail space on the first floor.
There are two interior courtyards with water features, secured parking, an exercise room, a party room, and a rooftop terrace that boasts views of the Louisville skyline.
Whiskey Row Lofts
Stop #3 was the Whiskey Row Lofts, two Civil War-era buildings featuring lofts (some with two levels) next to the KFC Yum! Center. Rents range from $1,200 to $2,400.
A lot of original materials remain, including wood floors, plaster, and windows. Some apartments have semi-private courtyards or small balconies.
There are thirty apartments in all.
Scenes from Downtown Louisville:
Galt House Suite Apartments
Have you ever dreamed of living in a hotel? The iconic Galt House gives you that option.
The newly renovated units, locked away from regular hotel access, include all the amenities and convenience of a hotel with privacy and a river view included. The units range from 950 to 2,000 sq. ft. and are all fully furnished.
All units include fully equipped kitchens, washer & dryer, a private elevator, weekly housekeeping service, and other extra hotel amenities such as room service.
Guthrie Coke Lofts
This 1885 building will be home to a major commercial tenant and apartments.
This 1980s Downtown developed is in the final stages of renovation. Many of the apartments are updated while some are not. The public spaces are neatly decorated with modern touches and the site features a landscaped courtyard and large community room.
There are two four-story buildings shaped like crescents across the street from one another. Rent ranges in the high $700s to low $1000s.
Lofts at Artspace
The old Brown Office Building is now home to ArtSpace which uses most of the floors for its programs and the top two floors for penthouse condos.
This Civil War-era hospital also operated as a girls school at one point in its life.
Now it features eighteen one & two bedroom homes.
Rent starts at $700.
City Homes at The Edge
The final stop was the new development in eastern Downtown Louisville. The area features pedestrian walkways, green spaces, and plazas, and was once home to public housing.
These units are market rate.