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

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.

The small enclave of Riedlonn, across Brownsboro Road from Crescent Hill, is full of brick and stone homes, several of them so cute and unusual that they could fit in a fairytale. And no cut-throughs here, so the peacefulness and lack of cars is a big plus. Whereas streets like University Avenue and Emery Road hold bigger two-story Georgians and such, picturesque Riedling Drive has quaint cottages and Tudors with steeply pitched and gabled roofs, some accented by beautiful turrets. Riedling also features the subdivision’s original property,1837-built Selema Hall. Many of the mature trees in Riedlonn stand 50 or more feet tall, providing a wonderful canopy of shade on hot summer days.

  • Boundaries: Brownsboro Road (south), Zorn Avenue (east), Regan Road (north), Birchwood Avenue (west).
  • Home price range: $200,000-$350,000.
  • Nearby schools: St. Leonard K-8, Chenoweth Elementary, Barret Traditional Middle.
  • Sidewalks: No.
  • Architecture: Varied (Tudor, Georgian, English and French Cottage).
  • Age of housing: 25-80 years.

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