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Best Ice Cream in Louisville

Best Ice Cream in Louisville

With temps soaring back into the 90's this week, I am already planning my best attempt to beat the heat. I have taste-tested (you're welcome) and come up with the top 10 places to get ice cream in Louisville.

10. Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen - With 9 ocations accross Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Shelbyville, KY. The recipes have been handed down (the company started in 1982) and all of the baking is scratch-made, and the ice cream is fresh churned. From ice cream to pies, cakes, cookies, upside down cupcakes and more. If they sell it, it's fresh! They start baking every morning at 4 a.m. Personal Favorite Flavor: Peanut Butter Fudge

9. Louisville Cream - A small batch gourmet ice cream company. They carry salted butter caramel, bourbon smoked pecan, the red queen, and peanut butter feelings year round as well as explore new flavors and rotate seasonal menu options. You can find the icecream in Whole Foods, Rainbow Blossom stores, and Old Town Wine and Spirits in addition to their NULU location on E. Market St.

8. Tasty Tuxedo Treats - This is such a cool new thing in Louisville. These guys are serving up REALLY delicious popcicles, King Pops, which are fresh flavor combinations of real fruit and cream, whole cookies and cream, and more. They serve in from a side car of their motorcycle in tuxedos! They're also making their own cookie ice cream sandwiches. Seriously, if you see these guys out, check them out!

7. The Arctic Shop - Located on Hurstbourne Ln, this shop is delivering a show, providing endless flavor combinations, and serving the freshest ice cream available. All of the ingredients are natural, and they are allergy friendly as they will work around any sensitivity. Selections include gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-fat, plus they are always open to new ideas. They're available for catering, liquid nitrogen demonstrations, and parties.

6. Liege & Dairy - Ice Cream...

Open House in Forest Springs

Open House in Forest Springs

Come check out this gorgeous home Sunday, July 8th. 2:00-4:00PM

Address: 4102 Woods View Place Louisville, KY 40245

Listing Description: Offers 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath. Gorgeous Hardwood floors grace the main living areas of the home. Spacious rooms great for gathering and entertaining. Great Room offers a gas fireplace and is adjacent to the dining area. The kitchen is simply wonderful with tiled back splash, dark rich mocha cabinets with a wine rack, and stainless steel appliances may remain. 1st floor Master bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings, Master Bath has double sink, jetted tub, shower, separate water closet, and a walk-in closet. Upstairs the bedrooms are spacious and offers lots of storage. The lower level is almost all completely finished, and is very roomy with lots of space for a family room, a full bath, billiards or game area, a room that could be used as a workout room, and a bar!! The spacious rear fenced yard is a park like setting, with mature trees, patio, and the garden design includes a water feature made of natural rock. Recent upgrades: carpet on 1st and 2nd floors, HVAC replaced! Fantastic location near quick access to interstate, great shopping, and great restaurants.

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Summer Fun in Louisville, KY

Summer Fun and Festivals in Louisville

School is out, the days are longer, and the festivals are planned. I have a line up of fun and festivals for you to check out this summer.

Lyndon Summer Festival (June 15-16) Carnival rides, food trucks, pony rides, free concerts, and activities for the kids.

Riverview Independence Festival - Riverview Park (June 30) Festivities begin at 3pm. Listen to Country music, let the children play, mingle with the Louisville Mascots, and take advnatge of the patriotic photo booth. The fantastic firework show begins at 10:00 pm over the Ohio River. 

Forecastle Festival - Watertower Park (July 13-15) World class concert celebration boasting a diverse lineup of the biggest names in contemporary independent music. Past headliners include Smashing Pumpkins, Outkast, Jack White, Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Beck, and My Morning Jacket. Events through out the festival benefit the Forecastle Foundation, a non-profit focused on preserving the most ecologically diverse areas on Earth.

Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival - Watertower Park (July 21) Features New Orleans and Memphis-style blues, and pit BBQ smoke. You can also sample dozens of craft beers or enjoy one of the featured Sailor Jerry Rum or Four Roses Bourbon cocktails. Advance tickets are $10 or $15 at the gate, and children 10 and under are free. Click to the link for more information.

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Best Coffee in Louisville

Best Coffee in Louisville

 

Recently, I have aquired a new addiction (er. I mean, love) for coffee. My current pace keeps me busy, and there is something so comforting and uplifting about a good cup of coffee. It can keep me going for hours, and a good coffee shop is the perfect place to meet with clients.

Here are some of the best Coffee Shops broken down by location:

Highlands

Safai Coffee is a quiet gem located on Bardstown Road that offers a variety of coffee, adult beverages, and delicious food. You’ll find hand-crafted fine coffee with several roasting options. This is not a shop unique to Louisville; rather their coffee is available all across the nation and world. They have high standards, and dedication to the craft that they promise to deliver the perfect cup.

Quills Coffee believes the coffee shop is just as important as the coffee itself as the environment is simply the catalyst for innovative ideas. They provide 3 simple staples: great coffee, great service, and great spaces . If you're love lattes, this coffee shop needs to be on your list to check out!

Downtown

Sunergos Coffee is a 250-sq-ft shop in the heart of downtown Louisville. They offer three espressos, and a rotation of delicious brewed coffee daily. It's standing room only, but they have sidewalk seating to grab coffee with friends on nice days. The Woodlawn location is located in Beechmont and hosts their roastery and offices. You can view the roastery while enjoying the delicious cofee.

Irish Hill

Fante's Coffee is located in a real "house" to create a true European coffee house. It's a space for people to come together to share ideas, talk with one another, do business, build relationships and help society. They host a Coffee and Cars event the 3rd Saturday of every...

Considering New Construction? Advantages of a Buyer's Agent

 

Considering New Construction? Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent

If you’ve followed this blog, you know real estate inventory is low in the Louisville Market. New Construction is undeniably appealing for the new, pristine, custom finishing’s as well as the inventory that is available. Most buyers appreciate the added perk that you won’t need to make cosmetic or structural upgrades for years.

Builders provide builder’s agents and they are available to help you with the process, but you should also have your own realtor from the start. You need someone representing your side. The Builder’s Agent will always have the builder’s best interest in mind; after all it is their job to get the highest price for the homes.

Start with your own realtor because the builder will be responsible for paying the commission and needs to know if you have an agent representing you. Some builders might refuse to pay your agent a commission if you don’t register the agent the first time you visit with the Builder’s Agent. YOUR realtor will help you get the most value for your money, with the least hassle and frustration.

Your Real Estate Agent might assist you with:

  • Negotiating Upgrades: Want upgraded counters or appliances? Your agent can help get extra perks, amenities, and upgrades. They can even negotiate paint color.
  • Financing: A builder typically uses one preferred lender, but your agent can make sure you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation.
  • Overseeing an Inspection: An inspection can teach you invaluable information about your new home and save you thousands in the future. It can also find new-home defects that may hurt resale value. Don’t be tempted to skip this step.

A Builder’s Agent can be knowledgeable about...

Impress Your Guests without Breaking the Bank

Impress Your Guests without Breaking the Bank

 

Whether you are looking to refresh your home for Spring, or place your home on the market, this list of budget-friendly upgrades will wow your guests.

Start with your Entryway

You can paint the front door, touch up the exterior trim, or update the door hardware to spruce up your porch area. Your Front Porch makes the first impression so even updating seasonal decorations is an inexpensive way to impress your guests.

Focus on Flooring

Worn, dirty carpet can significantly date a home. Check under the carpet for original hardwood floors to refinish. Another option: durable and affordable laminate or engineered hardwood floors to replace high traffic areas. Tile, porcelain, and stone are other affordable materials that pop in Kitchens and Baths.

Create Character

Add small architectural accents like crown molding, shiplap, or wainscoting. The guest bathroom or powder room is the perfect place to give a little wow factor.

Modernize Lighting

Replace outdated lighting fixtures to really give the finishing touch to a remodeled home.

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Kentucky Derby Festival Events

Kentucky Derby Festival Events

 

The Kentucky Derby festival stretches "the most exciting two minutes in sports" into a month-long party! Celebrating Spring and the Kentucky Derby with fun and exciting events including Thunder over Louisville, a marathon, Hot-Air Balloon events, The Great Steamboat Race, and the Pegasus Parade. This past weekend kicked off the festival with the Fillies Derby Ball, and the upcoming weekend is packed with some of the most popular events of the festival. Here is a little run down of what to expect and when.

April 19-29: Stock Yards Bank $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest at Seneca Golf Course Driving Range

April 21: Thunder over Louisville is one of the largest annual fireworks show in the country and features one of the nation’s top air shows. Entertainment begins at 11:00am and lasts all day and night. Enjoy the Thunder FoodFest, Interactive Display Area, or one of the many Kid’s Play Areas.

April 26-28: U.S. Bank Great Balloon Fest is recognized as the “Best Event” according to Louisville Magazine. The Balloon Charity Race begins at 7:00AM April 26 on Bowman Field. The Balloon Glimmer begins at 8:30PM. This is a “mini-glow” which kicks off the ballooning weekend. The Rush House Race is on April 27 at 7:00AM and is one of the most beloved family traditions. The Balloon Glow gates open at 6:00PM April 27th. Finally, the Great Balloon Race is April 28th at 7:00AM.

April 26- May 4: Chow Wagon will return to the Waterfront on the Ohio River and will features live concerts with local and regional entertainment. Musical genres include jazz, R&B, country, rock, and blues.  Open 11:00AM-11:00PM Daily, and 12:00PM-10:00PM Sunday. Enjoy lunch, or dinner and a concert....

Transitioning from Renting to Owning a Home

Transitioning from Renting to Owning a Home

Making the change from renting to owning can be daunting, overwhelming, and confusing, but a responsible realtor and a trusted mortgage broker can ease your worries and explain earnest payments, escrow, and amortization in the month (give or take) leading to close. Figuring out the logistics had my head spinning and the unknown was the most frustrating part, however, there are a few things to know that can help plan your move.

It typically takes 30-45 days to close on a home.

Hooray! You found the home of your dreams, the seller accepted your offer, and you’re poppin’ the bottle of bubbles. The closing period is agreed upon once you go under contract, and it can be delayed if something like a failed home inspection occurs, but you can generally plan around this average: 30-45 days from the date of an agreed contract and the closing.

Mortgage Payments are collected in arrears, giving a renter a significant grace period between payments. 

Let’s assume your rent is due on the first of the month. You are paying rent on January 1st in advance to live in your place for the month of January. Mortgage payments are collected in arrears meaning you are paying for the month of January on February 1st.In fact, your first mortgage payment won’t be due until a full month after the last day of the month in which you close. Say you close mid- January, your first mortgage payment is due March 1st.

Timing Your Lease-End

There are several variables and multiple parties involved in purchasing a home so it needs to be stated that there are no guarantees, but the previous information should give you some breathing room and allow you to take the leap and hope for the best. You’ll want...

Spring Real Estate Market

Spring Real Estate Market

The Louisville Real estate market is still strong despite lower inventory than last year. Home values are increasing, sales are growing, and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) are decreasing. Buyer demand continues to grow and is forecasted to spike in Spring.

Here are some thoughts and comments from the industry experts:

GLAR President Dave Parks noted that, "The local market is still strong despite the fact that the current inventory of homes for sale is roughly 30% compared to 10 years ago. There is very strong competition for starter and move-up homes, and more normal levels of inventory for higher end homes."

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors® commented that, "strong job growth assures at least three interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve in 2018." He continued by saying that in order for home prices to moderate, more home construction is needed. "Job openings in the construction industry remain at historic heights. It is now a matter of providing necessary skills to go into the industry."

Robert Dietz, Chief Economist of the National Association of Home Builders, reported that he is concerned with sluggish permit activity nationally. "The weak permit numbers indicate that builders may be hesitant to start projects as they contend with rising material prices and labor shortages."

If you’re thinking of selling, now is the time. Demand for your house will be strong which could lead to a quick sale and top market dollar. If you’re considering buying, we recommend getting pre-approved by a lender and have proof of funds ready. Choosing the right realtor is important as a buyer or a seller as you need a dedicated agent that will advocate on your behalf and go the extra mile. We make it a priority to educate our clients throughout the entire process of buying and...

Parks to Visit this Spring

Top Parks to Visit this Spring

 

The sun is finally shining in Kentucky, and your kiddos might be begging to get outside and soak up the fresh air. Studies show fresh air can boost your immune system; clear your lungs, improve digestion, boost your energy, and brighten your mood. Luckily, the Louisville Parks and Recreation Department has many ways for you to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. Louisville Parks and Rec boasts 12,000 acres, 120 parks, 70 miles of hiking trails, and 60 miles of paved trails!

My very favorite park in Louisville, is Long Run Park on Flat Rock Rd. This property has been a family favorite for decades and when you visit, you’ll understand why. There is something for everyone and for every season. You can enjoy the basketball courts, biking trails, picnic shelters, and playground year round. In the warmer months, enjoy the golf course, fishing, boat ramps, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. There is even a new spray ground that the younger crowd will love! I have fond memories of taking a Sunday drive with a packed picnic dinner and spending hours here soaking in family quality time.

Another favorite playgrounds is in Crescent Hill Park. When the weather warms up, your family will enjoy the splash pad, swimming, and golf course.

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Open House in Wolf Pen Springs

Open House in Wolf Pen Springs

9501 Wolfpen Springs Dr Louisville, KY 40059

Open House: Sunday, March 4, 2018 2:00-4:00PM

Immaculate Beautiful Custom built home with a $15K new roof in 2016! Double oven, wine fridge and granite in the kitchen. First floor Master bedroom and Laundry. Gorgeous Murphy bed upstairs in the loft area with built-in office desk and a sitting area. With custom stairs from the 3 car garage to the basement workshop the entire layout makes this a very well designed and comfortable home. Basement has extra high ceilings and is already plumbed for a Full Bath. Plantation shutters, Pella Windows as well as Piping already in place for Central Vac unit. Very nice screened porch off the kitchen, that walks out onto a patio. Two Zone Heating and cooling system.

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Get Your Home Ready for Spring in 9 Easy Steps

Get Your Home Ready for Spring in 9 Easy Steps

 

  1. Clean your gutters! Clean them from debris with your hands, and then run a garden hose to wash them clean. Ensure the down spouts drain away from the foundation to prevent water leaks in the basement or crawl space. We have had record amounts of rain lately so this should be a priority to avoid flooding in your home.
  2. Inspect the concrete. Look for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs should drain away from the home. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  3. Scrub the Walls! In your home, scrubs walls, baseboards, and outlet covers. Simply use mild soap and water, especially in the bathroom and kitchen when mildew or grease can build up.
  4. Replace Filters. Replace the water, range hood, and air vent filters. Don’t forget the water filter in the fridge too if you have an icemaker. While you’re maintaining the utilities, test your smoke alarms and replace batteries as needed.
  5. Wash Exterior Windows. This will not only help your home sparkle and shine, it will allow more sunlight to pour in, brightening your home and help lift you out of the winter blues.
  6. Declutter your home. Spring is the perfect time to clear unused items and clutter from your home. Donate your items to recycle them, and then enjoy the extra space. Clutter has been proven to increase levels of stress so breathe a sigh of relief once you tackle this task.
  7. Give the Walls a Makeover or coat of fresh paint. Try a lighter shade of paint or a pattern of wallpaper that is easy on the eye.
  8. Clean your outdoor furniture. Check...

Indoor Family Fun in Louisville

Indoor Family Fun

Is Cabin Fever getting the best of you? Don’t stay home to avoid the cold, snow, or rain! There are plenty of fun INDOOR things to do in Louisville with your family. You may even be surprised by the amount of free things to do. If you have younger children like me, they will love making new memories and experiences with you.

 

Story time at the Library: We try to visit the library weekly for story time as these are kid-friendly FREE events. Day and time varies by location so check out the Louisville Public Library website for the Events Calendar. Some of the libraries offer play spaces, and the kids always learn a new song or skill during our visits. In addition to learning, they’re able to socialize with other kiddos their age so it’s a win-win.

 

Trampoline Park: Another favorite activity of ours is jumping at the trampoline park because there are some days where the girl’s energy is never ending. This is a sure way of getting the wiggles out, and a guaranteed nap ;) There are three in our area: House of Boom, Altitude Trampoline Park, and SkyZone.  If you have kiddos younger than school age, I highly suggest jumping during Toddler Time to keep them safe from bigger kids, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how empty the facilities are. My girls love when there are only a few other families there because they can just bounce around without a care in the world.  

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Open House in Prospect, KY

Open House in Prospect, KY

3005 Glenhill Ct Prospect, KY 40059

Open House: Sunday, January 28, 2017 2:00-4:00PM

Price: $1,150,000

Neighborhood: HillCrest (Oldham County School District)

6 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths

Tour this beautiful home Sunday and fall in love at the circular driveway and landscaped lawn through the double front doors with Palladium window to an open floor plan. You will be amazed by the precision to detail given to the intricate details in the double trey ceilings, wainscoting, extra wide dentil and crown molding, hardwood flooring, custom designed cabinetry and trim throughout the home. Hardwood flooring leads you to the great room where you will find an abundance of sunlight through the double hung wall of windows. You will enjoy many hours of relaxation in front of the fireplace that boasts custom built bookshelves and cabinets on each side. You will love celebrating holidays in the festive ambience of the formal dining room with its glass inset for a side table, wainscoting, recessed lighting, ceiling to floor bay windows, and double trey ceilings. Wait until you see the kitchen where the heart of the home is located. The massive kitchen is a chef's delight. Picture friends sitting around the wrap around breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals or they can sit in the hearth room in front of the fireplace that has a custom designed built-in entertainment center. Multiple Corinne countertops, variegated cabinets, stainless-steel appliances with double oven and island boasts the room's amenities along with bay windows. A back staircase will take you to your...

Open House in Lake Forest

Open House in Lake Forest

505 Oak Branch Rd Louisville, KY 40245

Open House: Sunday January 28th, 2018 2:00-4:00PM

Price: $425,000

Bedrooms: 4    Bathrooms: 3.5

School District: Jefferson County

Tour this beautiful Lake Forest home with in-ground pool! This home features a formal living room (currently used as a home office), dining room, large kitchen which flows to the family room with a beautiful fireplace. Both the kitchen and family room overlook the backyard complete with a gunite pool which features a slide, spa, and diving board. The second floor offers a large master suite, oversized master bath, 3 additional bedrooms, another full bath and Laundry room. The lower level has a large family room, office, or possible 5th bedroom complete with a full bath. There is plenty of storage as well. This home has an irrigation system, security system, and landscape lighting. The Lake Forest community has a clubhouse, lakes, jogging paths, tennis courts and an Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole golf course. Come to the open house Sunday, or call to schedule a private showing.

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2018 Home Trends

2018 Home Decor Trends

With the new year, are you drafting your home renovation list, and considering an update to some of your decor? I've gathered the top home decor trends for 2018 if you're looking for new inspiration or want to get a glimpse of what you'll see in the home market this year.

1. Color in Kitchens - White and neutrals will always be classic kitchen colors, but we’re seeing warm wood tones like mahogany and rich blues more and more. Home-owners are starting to really take risks with color, even choosing bright appliances or wood-front refrigerators. New Construction is favoring copper, rose gold, and brass fixtures over brushed nickel and bronze.

Image of warm, earth tones in living room

2. Rich, warm colors throughout the home - Warm grays paired with “camel, rust, tobacco, and brown-blacks” are expected to edge out cooler neutrals this year. These are color combinations that are expected to last; they won’t date quickly.

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Open House in The Highlands

Open House in The Highlands

You're invited to view this beautiful home Sunday, January 7th 2:00pm-4:00pm

2216 Brighton Dr Louisville, KY 40205

Wonderful Highlands property located in the desirable City of Wellington! The formal front entry offers 2 closets with the living room and formal dining room on each side. The living room is inviting and spacious with charming built-ins. The all season sunroom is adjacent to the living room which is currently used as a playroom. The kitchen is equipped with updated stainless appliances and gives access to the new rear patio and fully fenced flat backyard, perfect for entertaining! The half bathroom completes the first floor. The second floor offers 3 spacious bedrooms, each with good sized closets. The second floor is completed by the full bathroom and a large linen closet in the hallway. You will find hardwood flooring throughout the home with the exception of the kitchen, baths and the all season sunroom. The basement is perfect for a family room or office and also houses the laundry and unfinished storage space. The property has thermal replacement windows as well as a security system.

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Open House in Rock Springs

Open House in Rock Springs

Come check out this spacious home this Saturday, Dec. 30 1:00-5:00PM

5402 River Rock Dr Louisville, KY 40241

New Brick/Stone 1.5 story home with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and over 3700 square feet of living in Rock Springs. Eat-in Kitchen with plenty of custom cabinets, large pantry with center island for additional seating all adjacent to the great room with cozy fireplace. Formal dining room is perfect for small and large dinner parties. Owners suite features a large walk-in closet and private bath with double bowl vanity, soaking tub and tiled shower. Mud room and laundry are located off the 3-car garage. Three spacious bedrooms with a shared bath finish the upper level. The unfinished lower level offers room for future expansion with a rec room, roughed for full bath and a office. $1500 buyer credit to use towards closing costs, appliance or upgrades with accepted contract before 12/31/17

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Our Favorite Catering Services in Louisville

Our Favorite Catering Services in Louisville

One of the best characteristics of Louisville is the heritage of hospitality. Many of us grew up hosting and making memories around the dinner table, and while I still enjoy cooking and baking from scratch, I like to have the option of help when life gets hectic. Whether you have a work party or you’re filling your home with friends and family, it’s nice to offer homemade cookin’ you’re proud of.

Here are just a few places that excel in catering if you’d prefer to let someone else take care of the baking and cooking:

Heitzman’s Bakery and Deli will surely have your guests drooling over their Yeast and butter rolls and seasonal cookies and cakes. My favorite is their Triple Chocolate Cake: 3 layers of brownie cake filled with fudge icing and topped with chocolate chips. This incredible bakery doesn’t stop with the sweets and treats though. They have a full-service catering business that has been running for over 120 years! They think of everything so you can focus on your guests.

Paul’s Fruit Market provides (fresh, made to order) trays, Boars Head Meat and Cheese...

Open House in Indian Hills

Open House This Sunday in Indian Hills

December 10, 2017 2:00 - 4:00 PM

1407 Northwind Rd Louisville, KY 40207

Don't miss the Open House of this beautiful home in a fabulous neighborhood! The move-in condition home offers a brand new roof as well as an updated kitchen. The open floor plan of the first floor leads to a covered porch overlooking huge yard with recent landscaping. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and additional office. The basement even features a theatre room! Light and bright. Whole house generator and irrigation system. Wonderful terraced areas with beautiful retaining walls. Attached 2 car garage with easy entry into kitchen, and a circular driveway. If you'd like to schedule a private showing, please call me.

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