The Norton Commons master planned community of East Louisville, Kentucky (40059) is less than a mile in size, but straddles eastern Jefferson and Oldham counties. Even Developer Charles Osborn III was surprised by the high demand of buyers in this market and local newspapers describe Norton Commons as “a runaway success.” What was once a sleepy tract of rural farmland has blossomed into a self-contained New Urbanist dream of residential space, public parks, retail, restaurants, professional services, churches, schools, fitness centers and spas. Safe tree-lined sidewalks with street lights complete this walkable neighborhood where residents tend to know each other by name since they’re always out walking.
It’s easy for buyers to instantly fall in-love with the surrounding community of Norton Commons homes. There are two exclusive-access pools, a state-of-the-art 1,000-seat amphitheater overlooking a man-made lake, recreational walking and jogging trails, rubber running tracks and labyrinths, fountains, art sculptures, picnic pavilions, tea gardens, bocce courts and a brand-new YMCA. The vibrant town center features more than 50 businesses, including: Commonwealth Tap, Johnny Brusco’s NY Style Pizza, Gelato Gilberto, Verbena Café, 7 Southern Giraffes gift shop, Commons Community Pharmacy, Bellezza Family Salon, Kidz Life Pediatrics, Valhalla Dental Care and The Pet Station Salon. Norton Commons events include regular movie nights, holiday festivals, street parties, concerts, wine tasting and fireworks.
Just outside the community, residents have convenient access to medical centers, hospitals, Lowe’s, Costco, restaurants and shops at Brownsboro Crossing. The 64, 71 and I-265 highway interchanges are just a three-minute drive away to get residents to all of Louisville’s top attractions, including the Louisville Waterfront Park, Zoo, Mega Caverns, Slugger Field and Churchill Downs in less than 30 minutes. Downtown Louisville is a 20-minute commute from Norton Commons. Louisville in general is an excellent place for relocation, as the Louisville International Airport (located 25 minutes from Norton Commons) connects you to 75% of major US cities in two hours or less.
Homeowners in Norton Commons tend to be mid-career professionals seeking low-maintenance living, seniors seeking walkable access to services, young families seeking excellent schools and relocating executives seeking quality condos. Most residents work in health care, transport or manufacturing sectors. Prospect, Kentucky in general is considered one of the 10 wealthiest municipalities in the state, but the diverse price range allows for a broad spectrum of homeowners. The median age of Norton Common homeowners is 43 years, but 10 percent of the population consists of seniors and a third of the homes have children under 18 living there. A high proportion of households (76.3%) consist of married couples.
Parents looking for top-notch educational opportunities for their children are happy to learn that a brand-new $15.1 million Jefferson County public elementary school will be ready for the 2016-2017 school year. Other area schools include the highly-rated Chancey Elementary, Kammerer Middle and Ballard High – all less than five miles away. Two private schools – Vanguard Academy (for PK and K) and St. Mary Academy (for PK-8) offer quality educational and extracurricular programs year-round, including summer camps for children ages 5-12.