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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.

This subdivision in a rural setting is still one of the South End’s best-kept secrets. The 452 houses of Windsor Forest are tucked away high on a steep hillside, providing picturesque views of the knobs in southern Jefferson County. Trees in the neighborhood are mature, and properties are well maintained. In the evenings, residents walk the paths around the neighborhood’s crowning jewel — a seven-acre, fully stocked fishing lake. Closely spaced houses and landscaped common areas give the neighborhood a suburban feel, while the wooded setting around the neighborhood feels rural. Windsor Forest residents have the best of both worlds.

  • Boundaries: Waverly Park (north), Arnoldtown Road (east), Old Third Street Road (south), Lake Ridge Drive (west).
  • Housing Price Range: $180,000-$225,000
  • Nearby Schools: Layne Elementary, Stonestreet Elementary, Trunell Elementary, Stuart Middle, Lasitter Middle, Valley High, Doss High, Christian Academy of Louisville-Southwest
  • Sidewalks: No
  • Architecture: Ranch (straight and split level), Colonial Revival.
  • Age of Housing: 15-45 years. 

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