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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.

    An intact historic neighborhood, the Original Highlands’ homes have charm and character, with one house never quite looking like the other — from stately Victorians to camelback shotguns. The integrity of the neighborhood has never been compromised by the new development or out-of-place additions that have plagued other areas of the Highlands. The neighborhood is uniquely sandwiched between two distinct corridors — the lively sidewalk stretch of bars and restaurants along Baxter Avenue and the art and vintage-shop businesses along Barret Avenue. A strong community of residents keep themselves up to date on the neighborhood association’s website, which lists happenings such as its art and music festival in September and tips for repair work.

    • Boundaries: East Broadway (north), Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road (east), Ellwood and Rufer avenues (south), Barret Avenue (west).
    • Housing price range: $120,000-$270,000
    • Nearby schools: Bloom Elementary, Louisville Collegiate K-12
    • Sidewalks: Yes.
    • Architecture: Varied (Victorian, Shotgun).
    • Age of housing: 90-120 years.

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