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Best Neighborhoods in Louisville for Singles & Young Professionals

Moving to Louisville? River City is a hot spot for young professionals looking for affordable housing, an incredible food and nightlife scene, and a lifestyle with Southern charm. Check out these five best neighborhoods in Louisville for singles and young professionals!

Cherokee Triangle

An old house located in Louisville's Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. Photo by Instagram user @anne__archie

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  • Home Price: $286,720 median purchase price; $722 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 79% of Louisville neighborhoods

Cherokee Triangle is a booming Louisville neighborhood ideal for young professionals, due to its low crime rates and employment opportunities. The neighborhood is next to a commercial district, which allows residents the ability to walk to coffee shops, bookstores, movie theaters, and boutiques. Surrounded by green space, active residents can enjoy outdoor recreation activities like walking or biking at Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion or Baringer Hill. This safe, affordable Louisville neighborhood offers historical homes with a unique mix of architectural styles like Queen Anne, Italianate, and Tudor Revival!

Things to Do in Cherokee Triangle

Start your day exploring 409 acres of outdoor recreation, which includes opportunities for walking your dog, jogging, or riding your bike around the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop at Cherokee Park—and be sure to hit up Frisbee Field to play frisbee and soccer. Enjoy live music on Sundays while picnicking at Willow Park. Attend a film premiere for a blockbuster, independent, or foreign film release at Baxter Avenue Theatres. Shop for women’s clothing, jewelry, or hats at BAZ and BEA Boutique. Savor dishes like a Fajita Burrito, a Steak Taco, or a Tropical Quesadilla at Taco City Louisville. Enjoy plates like Escargot, a Roasted Airline Chicken Breast, or Coal Grilled Ora King Salmon at La Chasse. Dig into traditional Italian cuisine like Spaghetti Al Pomodoro, Meatball Sliders, or Fettuccine Bolognese at ROC. Celebrate an evening out with late-night dishes like Dog Bone Wings or Smokey Ribs at Nirvana. Or stop by Le Moo to sip on unique cocktails like a Tiger Lily, Moogarita, or Le Mule.

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Clifton

A Victorian home built in the historic Clifton neighborhood in Louisville. Photo by Instagram user @drum679

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  • Home Price: $143,650 median purchase price; $718 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 12% of Louisville neighborhoods

Centered between Butchertown, Irish Hill, and Crescent Hill, Clifton is one of the best neighborhoods in Louisville and offers beautiful tree-lined streets and a variety of small shotgun houses, condos, townhomes, and large houses in Victorian style. Because of its central location, young professionals are able to benefit from quick commutes and close proximity to Downtown Louisville. Though this quaint neighborhood is popular among established young professionals, it’s also a favorite for local college students attending the University of Louisville who prioritize having grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and community spaces within walking or biking distance.

Things to Do in Clifton

Take a leisurely stroll among scenic views at the Botanical Gardens. Run, bike, or set up a picnic at Bingham Park, which also features multi-purpose tennis courts. Stop by the Kaviar Forge & Gallery to see sculptures by Craig Kaviar or enroll in a beginner blacksmith class. Attend an art show or see an art exhibit from emerging artists at the Melwood Art Center. Discover old-school records and cassettes at Guestroom Records. Order delicious dishes like Shrimp & Grits or a Kale Caesar Salad at Fork & Barrel. Pick up pub grub like Bangers & Mash or an Irish BLT while getting in the Irish spirit at local pub The Irish Rover. Grab drinks like a Kentucky Mule or Hot Apple cider at modern honkey-tonk bar, The Silver Dollar. Order unique drinks like an Ancient Age, Angel’s Envy, or Bourbon Deluxe to support Louisville distilleries at Bourbons Bistro.

Crescent Hill

A charming bungalow located in Louisville's Crescent Hill neighborhood. Photo by Instagram user @lenihansir

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  • Home Price: $253,250 median purchase price; $715 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 72% of Louisville neighborhoods

Old-world charm meets Contemporary style in Louisville’s neighborhood of Crescent Hill, with a variety of historical homes, modern single-family houses, and luxury apartments. Considered the “main street” by many residents, Frankfort Avenue is home to a number of local shops, bars, and restaurants for young professionals to build their network. The area is known for its small-town feel, tree-lined streets, and welcoming community. With close proximity to Downtown Louisville and other hip neighborhoods like Butchertown and Clifton, Crescent Hill is a perfect place for young professionals to call home!

Things to Do in Crescent Hill

Explore the restored, Gothic beauty of the Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse. Swim a few laps at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center or look through their catalog of fitness classes. Play a round of golf at one of Kentucky’s best and most challenging golf courses, Crescent Hill Golf Course. Find budget-friendly boutique shopping in Louisville at places like Evolve: The Men’s Resale Store and Margaret’s Consignment. Start your day with sweet or savory pastries like the Blackberry and Apricot Scone or the Ham and Cheese Croissant paired with Cold Brew at Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe. Get your meat fix and order a Fischer Farms Sirloin Steak or a Dry Aged Local Cheeseburger with drinks like a Brooklyn Lager or a classic cocktail made Louisville bourbon trail at Red Hog Artisan Butcher & Restaurant. Or pop into Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot and Smokehouse and fill up on Smokehouse Wings, a Chicken Sandwich, or Smokehouse Chili.

Germantown

  • Home Price: $162,320 median purchase price; $787 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 55% of Louisville neighborhoods

Known for its German roots, Germantown is a great neighborhood for young professionals who are looking to live near entertainment at its many shops, restaurants, and bars located along Hickory Street. Germantown is one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods and is filled with unique housing styles, ranging from shotgun houses to row homes. Young professionals can find higher education opportunities in the area with Sullivan University and the University of Louisville located nearby. Germantown offers a close-knit community with diverse cultures and a booming art scene. Plus, Germantown is an ideal place for young professionals in Louisville who want to feel the hustle and bustle of living near the city!

Things to Do in Germantown

Enjoy a peaceful day at German-Paristown Park. Right in the heart of Scnitzelburg, visit the Germantown Vintage Collective, a flea market-style vintage boutique that offers handmade goods and local art. Support local artists while shopping at the Art Sanctuary, which hosts fresh art exhibitions and performing art events. Tour contemporary art exhibitions made by a variety of trendy artists at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. Grab early-morning bites like the Breakfast Sandwich, Veggie Bagel, or Jam & Toast at Full Stop Station. Fill up on The Mediterranean New York Style Pizza, an Italian Hot Sub, or a Pepperoni Calzone at The Post. Check out the Pearl of Germantown, the local neighborhood tavern where you can listen to live music while sipping top-notch bourbon or whiskey from Louisville distilleries. Or head to Atrium Brewing and order crafted beers like the Scruffy Outlier or Key Lime Pie Boy from their expansive draft list.

The Highlands

  • Home Price: $162,200 median purchase price; $776 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 75% of Louisville neighborhoods

Located a few minutes southeast of Downtown Louisville, The Highlands is known for its funky atmosphere, eclectic shops, unique restaurants, and excellent nightlife all within walking distance. Home to Louisville’s original Restaurant Row, singles and young professionals will find popular eateries and bars all throughout this tight-knit community. The Highlands is home to several mini-pocket neighborhoods, as well as Queen Anne and Dutch-style houses and modern apartments and condos. But it’s the cool, laid-back vibe that attracts young professionals and keeps residents sticking around!

Things to Do in The Highlands

Celebrate the holidays in style at the Bardstown Row Aglow festival, an event where participating vendors have holiday-themed drinks and food specials. Take your furry friend along and order yourselves drinks to sip during live music at PG&J’s Dog Park Bar. Grab some friends and head to The Louisville Game Shop, a specialty store with hundreds of board games for everyone to enjoy. Pick up a vintage vinyl or CD at Underground Sounds. Shop for consignment furniture, art, and home decor at the Eyedia Shop. Try the Biscuit Sandwich with an Iced Crimson Americano at Gralehaus. Grab a seasonal specialty drink like Carmel Apple Cider or Maple Spice Latte at Quills Coffee. Enjoy dishes like Salmon or Striped Bass with live jazz in the background at Jack Fry’s. Stop by a neighborhood staple with a great happy hour and even better karaoke at The Highlands Tap Room. Join the crowd at Flanagan’s Ale House for Thursday Pint Nights. Or play pool or dance the night away at local favorite, Nowhere Bar!

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