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Louisville Zoo Halloween Party

halloween in Louisville KY

Looking for a fun place to take the kids trick-or-treating in Louisville? Check out ‘The World’s Largest Halloween Party’ at the Louisville Zoo! The Louisville Zoo’s Halloween party is a great time for children eleven years old and under. As of right now, the remainder of the dates to trick-or-treat at the Louisville Zoo are October 27th-October 30th. There will not be a Halloween party on Monday, October 31st.  Guests can enter the party starting at 5:00 p.m. Doors will close to enter the party at 8:30 p.m.

Parking will cost $5 a car for the Halloween party. Non-zoo members that are 3+ years old admission price is $9. Zoo member’s admission price is $4.50. Infants can enter this event for free. To order your tickets, visit the Louisville Zoo website.

Parents are encouraged to bring a trick-or-treating bag for their child. If you forget your bag, there are bags available in the gift store for $2.

There will be several rides and attractions set up for children to enjoy at the Halloween Party. Some of the attractions include a Sleepy Hollow tour, train rides, carousel, hand print animal artist, and face painting. Each of the named attractions and rides cost between $2-$15. There are several free themed areas throughout the zoo such as a Dinoland, Wonderland, Toyland, a hay maze, and much more. Of course, some of the animals will be viewable as well throughout the trick-or-treating path.

There will be several trick-or-treating events for children going on this weekend in Louisville. To find out more, check out our fun fall activities in Louisville KY blog.

Homes for Sale Near the louisville zoo

Highlands KY Homes for Sale

The Louisville Zoo is located on Trevilian Way in the Highlands. There are several neighborhoods located around the Louisville Zoo including Oak Hill, Aberdeen, and Tecomah.

Oak Hill is located in the 40213 zip code and is made up of mainly all brick ranches, tri-levels, and quad-levels. Oak Hills homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Home range from $170,000 to $250,000 in Oak Hill. 

Aberdeen is a neighborhood that faces Joe Creason Park. Some of the styles you can find are cape cod, cottage style, traditional two-story, New Orleans style, English Tudor, and colonial style. Home prices range from $180,000 to $860,000! Aberdeen is located in the 40205 zip code.

Tecomah neighborhood is similarly looking to Aberdeen. Like Aberdeen, Tecomah has a variety home styles throughout the neighborhood. Prices in Tecomah range from $170,000 to $490,000. Tecomah is close to Lakeside Swim Club, Douglass Loop, and shopping on Bardstown Rd.

We hope you enjoyed our blog about the Louisville Zoo Halloween party. If you have any questions about Highlands homes for sale, please feel free to contact the Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866. You can also leave a comment below if you would like. 

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Color Vibe 5K in Louisville KY

Color Vibe 5k in Louisville

Looking for something fun to do this upcoming Saturday, October 29th? Come out to Waterfront Park for the Color Vibe 5k to have the most fun you’ve ever had while exercising. If you are unfamiliar with Color Vibe, it is a totally fun race that includes music, costumes, and of course, a lot of color powder. While runners are moving through the course, designated color throwers throw colored powder at the runners. The colored powder just adds a little extra excitement to the race and looks fun in pictures. 

Participants are encouraged to dress in white so that they can see the full effect of the color powder. Many participants wear costumes as well. There are no rules when it comes to the attire; dress comfortably and wear something you don’t mind getting color powder on. This race isn’t timed and is non-competitive. The race is just for people to have a great time.

The race will start at 9 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday. Waterfront Park is located at 401 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202. The ticket cost is between $27-$30 unless you are 12 or under in which you could enter for free. The event is highly recommended for all ages!

This event is non-refundable; however, you can transfer your ticket to another person if you do so at least one week ahead of time. Each participant will receive a goodie bag filled with fun stuff.

Restaurants Near River Road

Want to grab a bite to eat after Color Vibe? There are several restaurants near River Rd. worth trying. Joe’s Crab Shack, River Road BBQ, Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, and Wild Eggs are all within proximity to Waterfront Park.

Joe’s Crab is a casual seafood restaurant located on the river. River Road BBQ is another casual restaurant that includes BBQ style food with individual meal price ranges from $5.00-$11.25. Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse is a BBQ restaurant and brewery that is located within Louisville Slugger Museum. Wild Eggs is a trendy breakfast restaurant that serves all the morning classics. Each of these restaurants will be open at the time that the race ends.

Have you ever been to the Color Vibe 5k? If so, feel free to leave your comments below telling us about your experience. The Hollinden Team would love to hear about it! 

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Tips to First Time Homebuyers from a First Time Homebuyer

Buying a Home

Buying your first home is truly one of the most exciting experiences you will ever have. At the same time, it can be quite overwhelming. I recently purchased my first home and have learned A LOT! In this blog, I would like to share with you some tips I've learned that can make your first time home buying experience more enjoyable.

1.)    Don’t Get Attached to Houses- When I first started my home search, I found a house almost immediately that I loved. It was new, updated, and fit my personal style to a T. Apparently, many other people felt the same way about the house...

When it came time to put in an offer, I decided to submit an offer $1,500 over asking price and requested no closing cost assistance to make my offer more competitive. This is how badly I wanted this home. Unfortunately, the house got into a multiple offer situation and I was outbid - by quite a bit. I was crushed and thought that there was no possible way I could ever find a house that I loved that much.

Fast forward to one month later. I found a house that I liked equally as much in an area that I preferred more than the first house. My point is to not get despondent if you don’t get the first house you bid on. Something better will come along!

2.)    Get a Home Warranty- I can’t stress enough the importance of a home warranty. As a first time homebuyer, we usually don’t have a lot of extra cash sitting around for unexpected repairs on our home. This is especially true when you are moving into your first home and furnishing it. When you purchase a home warranty, many of the big ticket items in your home are covered if they were to need repair or replacement.

Home warranties really aren’t that expensive if you consider the amount of money that could be saved in the long run. My home warranty cost $345 with a $65 deductible. The $345 home warranty I have is considered basic home warranty coverage. There are more expensive home warranties that will cover additional items.

Here’s the best part: Sellers often will pay for a one year home warranty for you! Most REALTORs will write in the contract for the seller to pay for the home warranty. Many times, sellers will go ahead and purchase the home warranty to provide to the buyer before the home is even under contract.

I have lived in my home for less than a month. I have already taken advantage of having a home warranty. My garage opener broke and the piece to replace it will cost $200. I paid the $65 deductible and that was it.  The home warranty took care of the balance. This is a small repair compared to having your HVAC or kitchen appliances replaced. However, it is still $200 less that I have to spend right now.

Just remember to always review your home warranty prior to closing. Understand what your home warranty will cover and decide whether or not you’d like to add additional coverage on other items.  Also, call the home warranty company first if you have any issues.  They will not pay if you call the repair person first.

3.)    Get a Home Inspection- If you were thinking about skipping the home inspection process, think again. A home inspection is 100% necessary. If you are unfamiliar with home inspections, I wrote a home inspection blog that will tell you everything you will need to know about the process.

The cost of a home inspection is a small percentage compared to the price you will pay for a home. Also, if you are unhappy with the results of the home inspection for any reason, you are able to walk away from the transaction.

Conduct a Thorough Final Walk-Thru

4.)    Conduct a THOROUGH Final Walk-Thru- After you get a home inspection, you will have the option to submit a repair request. The repair request will list the items that you wish for the seller to fix prior to closing. The seller doesn’t have to agree to every item listed but you will be given the chance to negotiate with the seller. After the repair request is negotiated, the seller will have up until the time the home closes to fix all items on the repair request.

You need to make sure that you have receipts for every item fixed or replaced PRIOR to closing. Compare each receipt to the repair request document and make sure that everything matches up. It is recommended to do your final walk-thru the day of closing.

Here is the reason why: Anything can happen in a day. You really don't want any lapse of time between the final walk-thru and the closing. When you are doing the final walk-thru you are basically signing off that everything in the home is the way you agreed upon with the seller. 

When you go to the final walk-thru, bring a printed copy of the repair request document and fully executed contract. Move from room to room and check off each item that was repaired. Make sure that every item that agreed to be left with the property is present. Examples would be kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bathroom mirrors, etc.

Sellers could overlook an item he/she agreed to leave on a contract or just simply forget about it. I actually experienced this firsthand. Everything was resolved but this further demonstrates the importance of doing a thorough final walk-thru.

5.)    Don’t Buy Furniture Until After Closing- This could potentially jeopardize the chances of you getting a home loan. When you are obtaining a home loan, you don’t want to take out a line of credit or purchase any big ticket items. An alternative to purchasing the furniture before closing is to put the furniture on layaway. Many furniture stores will allow you to put the furniture on layaway as long as you put down a down payment. I put a 10% down payment on my couch and entertainment center and paid after closing.

6.)    Plan Your Move Ahead of Time- If you are living in an apartment, don’t schedule the closing date for the day your lease is up. If you have never moved into a home, it takes more time than you think. I made sure to give myself a week to move out of my apartment and into my house. It didn’t take that long but at least I had a large window of time in case unexpected issues arose.

7.)    Live in Your Space Before Purchasing Home Décor- This advice was actually given to me by an interior designer. You need to feel out the space before purchasing décor. Once you have lived in your home for some time, you can decide what would work best and be most functional in each room. This will save you time and money in the long run.

Saving Money for Your First Home

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Fun Fall Activities in Louisville KY

Trick-or-Treating in LouisvilleLiving in Louisville, we are so fortunate to be able to experience the beauty of all four seasons. Fall has always been my favorite season. The colorful fall leaves on the ground and the smell of the crisp air makes being outdoors during this time of year so pleasant.

Luckily, Louisville always offers great fall activities that allow us to enjoy the beauty of Louisville during autumn. If you are looking for fun outings for the rest of the month, you are in luck! I have compiled a list of all of the fun activities in Louisville up until October 31st.

Fun Fall Activities in Louisville

Free Fall events in Louisville:

Jack O’ Lantern Stroll- Louisville Slugger Field will be hosting a family-friendly Halloween party on October 28th from 6-9 p.m. Come out to enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, great food, and over 1,500 carved pumpkins.

Halloween in Brown Park- Another family-friendly event! On October 29th, enjoy trick-or-treating (candy provided by local businesses), hay rides, bounce house, and many other fun games and activities for the kids. Trick-or-treating will take place between 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. but other activities will continue throughout the rest of the day. Brown Park is located by Baptist Hospital East in St Matthews.

Pumpkinfest- On October 29th, Pumpkinfest will be taking over Jeffersontown’s Farmer’s Market Pavilion. This is a great free family-friendly Halloween event. Trick-or-treating will go on between 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided as well.

Halloween Comic Fest- Attention comic book lovers! This is an event you’ll want to attend. On October 29th, all comic book stores in the city will be showcasing their Halloween-inspired comic books as well as Halloween comic book merchandise.

Halloween Family Fun Fest- Come out on October 29th to EXPO FIVE to celebrate Halloween Family Fun Fest hosted by Derby Park Flea Market and 7th Street Haunt. Halloween Family Fun Fest will include the following events: a costume contest, car show, and tricking or treating for the children. This event will last from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).

Nightmare in NULU- From 12- 5 p.m. on October 29th, NULU will host a Halloween get together. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and pumpkin painting. After 5 p.m., there will be drink specials and a passport party.

Norton Commons Fall Festival- This event will take place in the Norton Commons neighborhood on October 29th from 2-5 p.m. Children can trick or treat between 2-4 p.m. There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Fun Fall Activities in Louisville

Fall Events with admission fees in Louisville: 

Twilight Tram- On October 29th, you can tour the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery. The tour guide will discuss such things as famous monuments in the cemetery and the history of Louisville. Cave Hill Cemetery includes the gravesites of some of the most noteworthy people to live in Louisville such as Meriwether Louis Clark Jr. and Pete Browning. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. For more information, call 502.451.5630.

Oktoberfest Cruise- The Belle of Louisville offers a family-friendly three-hour long cruise. With great food and live music, your family is sure to have a great time. You can purchase tickets that include your meal or purchase a ticket for just sight-seeing. Currently, October 22nd is the last date available to take the cruise. Ticket prices start at $30.

Monster Mash- Have a great time while giving back to a local non-profit organization. The Arrow Fund rescues animals that have been abused or neglected. All proceeds from this event will go to The Arrow Fund. This event will be hosted at Fourth Street Live and will include a costume party, live music, and a silent auction. There will be several drink specials as well. Admission is $20. This event takes place on Friday 10/21.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon- The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon is the most fun you’ve ever had while exercising! This 13.1-mile marathon moves from Scenic Loop then Cherokee Park and concludes on Main Street. On the way, you’ll enjoy music and live entertainment. Participants will receive bourbon themed gifts for participating. Celebrate the race afterward at the Belvedere. Prices start at $60. This event takes place on October 22nd.

Boo Dell- Yew Dell is a beautiful botanical garden found in Crestwood. On October 29th, Yew Dell turns into Boo Dell to celebrate Halloween with the kids. Enjoy trick-or-treating from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and other fun activities such as hayrides and scavenger hunts. You can also bring a Jack-O-Lantern decorated like your favorite storybook character for the Lantern Look-a-like contest. Admission is $5 per car or $1 per walk-in visitor.

We hope that you enjoy this list of fun fall activities in Louisville. Feel free to leave comments regarding these events. Stay tuned for more blogs about events in Louisville. 

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8 Fall & Winter Curb Appeal Tips to Get Your Home Sold

Fall & Winter Curb Appeal Tips

Why are fall and winter a great time to sell your home? There are many reasons we could discuss but there is one in particular that we will touch on today - homes look prettier in the fall and winter. We wrote another blog a few weeks ago that discussed preparing your home to sell in the fall/winter months outside of just curb appeal. Make sure to check that out as well.

 Homes that are tastefully decorated for the holiday months show better to buyers. Making a home look pretty for the holidays starts on the outside. The outside is where buyers will create a first impression of your home and decide whether or not they want to view the inside. Here are a few tips to consider when adding fall/winter curb appeal:

1.)    Clean Up the Yard- This should be the first step before you place any décor on the front of your home. Frequently rake leaves from the yard and trim any overgrown bushes as well. In addition, make sure to clean out your gutters frequently. You could also consider power washing your home to remove any dirt and debris. A clean home on the outside is a reflection of what your home will look like on the inside.

2.)    Paint the Outside- This may not be necessary for every homeowner but if areas of your home need a fresh coat of paint, go ahead and take care of it before decorating. Evaluate your gutters, front door, and shutters. Is the paint chipping on any of these items? If so, consider a fresh coat of paint. Even if the paint isn’t chipping, a fresh coat of paint provides a cleaner and crisper appearance. You could ever consider a totally new paint color for your front door. A pop of color to a front door can create a nice focal point for your home. Red is a great pop of color and it would really make your home stand out.

3.)    Update Outside Lighting & Other Accessories- Could your outdoor lighting use a facelift? Sometimes buying new outdoor lights isn’t completely necessary. You could even consider spray painting the lighting you already have. Consider updating other outdoor accessories that are worn out such as door numbers, kick plates, and other hardware on the outside of the home. Ensure that all outdoor accessories match and aren’t scuffed up. Another great outdoor accessory is solar lights. Solar lights provide a nice trail of light for guests walking up to your home. In addition, they are a beautiful decorative touch to add to your landscaping.

4.)    Hang a Wreath- In my opinion, every front door should have a wreath no matter the season. I think it just adds so much more personality to the home.

5.)    Create Symmetry- When creating arrangements by the entryway, consider creating symmetry. Symmetrical arrangements are easier on the eye and more welcoming to guests.

6.)    Plant Seasonal Flowers- I think seasonal plants add such a beautiful touch to the outside of your home. Consider adding some beautiful mums in the fall and poinsettias in the winter.

7.)    Add a Rug- A rug by your front door doesn’t only add a decorative touch but is also completely necessary! Think about how much dirt and leaves people could drag through your home if they didn’t have a rug to clean off their shoes. Try to find a rug that is suitable for high traffic and is very durable. Sometimes pretty rugs that have designs fade quickly. You don’t want to have to replace your rug too often.

8.)    Keep it Simple- Overdoing fall/winter decorations can take away from the beauty of your home. Put just enough decorations to highlight your home and make it look festive.

We hope our fall/winter curb appeal tips were useful to you. Do you have any fall/winter curb appeal tips that you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 

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4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Located in desirable Floyds Knobs, this Woodfield Farms home is ready to welcome its new owners. As you approach this brick home located at 4307 Woodfield Drive, you will be captivated by the gorgeous lot this home sits on. This home is on a cul-de-sac street with plenty of space between neighbors. This neighborhood is perfect if you prefer the neighborhood setting yet want ample space between homes. The lot features many mature trees and lush green grass.

4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Venturing inside, the large foyer sets the scene for this beautiful home. The foyer has great natural light streaming in from the windows and features hardwood flooring and crown molding. The staircase to the second floor of the home is located in the foyer. The half bathroom is also located in the foyer. In the half bathroom, you’ll see a lovely pedestal sink with oil rubbed bronze handles along with oil rubbed bronze towel holder and lighting. Located off of the foyer is the formal dining room. The formal dining room includes hardwood floors, wainscot, and crown molding.

4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

 From the office, you can access the eat-in kitchen. The kitchen is completely updated and boasts newer cabinets, granite island, backsplash, stainless steel appliances (including a dual oven), hardwood floors, and crown molding. From the eating area, you can access the sunroom. The entrance to the sunroom is quite elegant as it features two gorgeous columns. Inside the sunroom, you will find trey ceilings, large windows with views of the in-ground pool, and hardwood floors. 

4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

The first floor also contains a family room and the owner’s suite. The spacious family room is well-lit and includes a fireplace, carpet, and can lighting. In the owner’s suite, you will see a Palladian window and two large bookcases. New carpet is being installed in the owner’s suite. Connected to the owner’s suite is the owner’s bathroom. There are many features to love in the owner’s suite but the luxurious whirlpool tub is especially a standout. The whirlpool tub boasts beautiful beige tile with two matching columns. Other features of the owner’s bathroom include standup glass shower and crown molding. The walk-in closet is also located within the owner’s bathroom. The roomy walk-in closet includes built-in organizers and ample space for all your storage needs.

4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Moving to the second floor, you will find two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. Storage will never be an issue in the two additional bedrooms as each bedroom has TWO closets. Each bedroom also includes a ceiling fan and carpet. One of the two bedrooms has a Palladian window with an attached bench situated by the window.

4307 Woodfield Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

 

The basement is a great space for entertaining. The basement boasts a family room, full kitchen, home gym area, bedroom, and full bathroom. The family room has enough space for a sectional couch or several furniture pieces. If you prefer not to have a home gym area, you could extend the family room area into a larger space to entertain. The kitchen features ample cabinet and countertop space.


4307 Woodfield Dr, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

The outdoor area is one of the best features of this home. The spacious lot sits on .76 acres of land! Included on the lot is an in-ground pool (3’-5’ deep) surrounded by lush green landscaping. Surrounding the pool is a tall wooden privacy fence as well as a concrete area with plenty of room to sunbathe or host guests for a party. The remainder of the yard is tree lined and features a nice flat grassy area for all of your outdoor activities.

 For a private tour of this gorgeous home located at 4307 Woodfield Drive, known as Louisville MLS 1459788, give the Hollinden Team a call at 502-429-3866. If you want to see other homes for sale in Woodfield Farms, The Hollinden Team can help you with that as well.

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10122 Cave Creek Rd, Louisville, KY 40223

10122 Cave Creek Road is now under contract.  Stay tuned for future opportunities or call The Hollinden Team at 502-429-3866 for more information homes in Forest Village. Located in desirable Forest Village neighborhood, 10122 Cave Creek Rd. is a newly listed gem awaiting new owners. Forest Village is a patio home community located directly off of Hurstbourne Lane in Lyndon, within close proximity to Middletown. At first glance, you will be awestruck by the attention to detail and renovations that have been made to this home. Once you see this patio home, it should come as no surprise that the current owners have invested $60,000 into the renovations.

10122 Cave Creek Rd

Drive up to this all brick patio home and you are welcomed by a meticulous landscaping and beautiful curb appeal. To keep the landscaping in pristine condition, an irrigation system has been installed. The two car garage is attached to the front of the home. In addition, the driveway is wide, allowing plenty of space for guest parking. The entryway to the front door of the home creates a very stately look to the home.

10122 Cave Creek Rd

Upon entry of the home, you are greeted by a two-story foyer. Throughout the first floor, solid 4" red oak flooring has been installed (including great room, informal dining space, hallway and master bedroom). Additionally, baseboard trim has been upgraded to 5.25" stock throughout the house. You will also notice the fresh paint throughout the entire home. The current owners carefully chose colors that were soft yet reflected current paint color trends.

The great room is straight ahead from the foyer. The great room boasts multi-trey ceilings, a gas fireplace (with remote control), and a neutral paint color. To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room. The entry to the dining room features two lovely columns. Other features in the dining room include wainscot, updated chandelier, and crown molding. The size of the dining room is equipped for a large crowd as it currently houses a ten-seat formal dining set with side pieces. To the left of the dining room is the eat-in kitchen. 

10122 Cave Creek Rd

In the kitchen, no expense has been spared. In fact, the current owners invested $25,000 in the remodel of their kitchen. The updated features of the kitchen include new premium soft-close cabinets, granite countertops, new tile, new KitchenAid stainless steel appliances, under-cabinet lighting and a granite breakfast bar. The kitchen is large and wide, making plenty of room for traffic when entertaining. The eating area allows enough space for a large kitchen table and plenty of natural light.

10122 Cave Creek Rd

Exiting the eating area, you will find the light-filled sun porch connected to the great room. This space is an excellent space for a conversational area. Guests will enjoy the large windows with views of the outdoor wooded area and the surround sound speakers. From the sun porch area, you can access the outdoor back porch.

10122 Cave Creek Rd

 Moving to the right wing of the home, you will find three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The owner’s suite boast crown molding, updated brushed nickel ceiling fan, and a LARGE walk-in closet. The walk-in closet is equipped with plenty of shelves and racks for storage. The owner’s bathroom features a granite vanity, plenty of cabinets, and a walk-in shower. Every fixture in the owner’s bathroom has been updated to oil-rubbed bronze. The two additional bedrooms feature pre-finished hardwood. The second bathroom on the first floor features granite and new lighting/plumbing features.

10122 Cave Creek Rd

Moving to the finished basement, you will first notice the solid red oak treads on the steps. The treads were a recent renovation as the steps formerly were carpeted. The basement is the perfect space for entertaining and has been completely renovated. Features of the basement include a large entertainment area with wet bar and gas fireplace (with remote control), a theater room in a large alcove, and all new paint and carpet. In addition, there is a non-conforming bedroom, updated full bathroom, and storage/mechanical area with over 200 feet of shelving.

Not only will you fall in love this patio home but you will also love the area. This community is conveniently located to expressways and shopping. For grocery shopping, both Kroger and Walmart are under ten minutes away. Lucky’s Market is about three minutes away. If you are looking for shopping centers, Forest Village is within ten minutes of The Paddock Shoppes, Springhurst shopping center, and Middletown Commons. The YMCA is within three minutes of Forest Village.

Also, Forest Village is very well-maintained. Each lot is beautifully manicured. There are lovely walking trails in the front of the neighborhood.

For a private tour of this gorgeous home located at 10122 Cave Creek Rd, known as Louisville MLS 1459875, give the Hollinden Team a call at 502-429-3866. If you want to see other homes for sale in Forest Village, The Hollinden Team can help you with that as well.

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