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This article appeared in the October 2010 issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit loumag.com.

The word “neighborhood” has always been an elastic term, and especially so in a city that until seven years ago was a whole county. It can mean, to some, a single street, or a group of streets whose homes were built about the same time, or a section of the city drawn around a central focal point, or a suburban subdivision, or section of a subdivision, or even a fifth- or sixth-class city inside the big city. Throughout October we will feature 16 of Louisville’s neighborhoods — not necessary the “goes without saying” selections that come up time and again, but pieces of real estate and social fabric inclusively chosen for their beauty, value, character, amenities and, well, neighborliness. To follow along with this series, please visit the Neighborly 'Hoods section.

Built around a golf course — where each hole is bounded on both sides by homes — Lake Forest and its approximately 1,700 residences are a go-to option for professionals moving into the community. Large lots, homes built from the 1980s to the present and recreational options such as swimming pools, tennis courts and volleyball courts are among the attractions, as is the proximity by auto to the metro area via Shelbyville Road and the nearby Gene Snyder freeway. The combination of convenience and seclusion is difficult to top in metro Louisville.

  • Boundaries: Shelbyville Road (south), Old Henry Road (north), North Beckley Station Road (east), Gene Snyder Freeway (west).
  • Housing price range: $350,000-$2 million.
  • Nearby schools: Stopher Elementary, St. Patrick K-8, Eastern High School, Louisville Christian Academy.
  • Sidewalks: All sections.
  • Architecture: Varied.
  • Age of Housing: 1984 to present.
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