Lake Forest Homes for Sale – 40245

Lake Forest is a deed-restricted country club community in Kentucky’s 40245 zip code, off the Gene Snyder Freeway between Old Henry and Shelbyville. Residents enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle with free landscaping, irrigation, lawn mowing service, and snow removal. Located in the East End and 20 minutes from downtown Louisville, Lake Forest is a remarkable neighborhood with a distinguished reputation that has maintained value for homeowners since its inception.

“Lake Forest has always had that feeling of high-end luxury. A place everybody talked about and wanted to be,” explains Karen Kraft, a Realtor with Lenihan Sotheby International Realty. She personally sells a few dozen homes in Lake Forest each year. “In my generation, that was the hot neighborhood. I grew up wanting to always live there, and be a part of Lake Forest,” she adds.

Live in a great location – A forest that’s close to everything!

Lake Forest is nestled in a pastoral country club setting, with lakes and tall trees, ducks and grazing deer. In addition to the songbirds, sound of automatic sprinklers and the occasional ball teeing off resonates throughout this large community. Friendly neighbors stroll the sidewalks with their dogs, smiling at passersby.

Despite the tranquil atmosphere, all the action of downtown Louisville is just 20 minutes down the highway. All the best Louisville, KY attractions – the Louisville Zoo, 21c Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Churchill Downs, Frazier History Museum, and the Waterfront Park – can be reached in less than a half hour.

Some of the best schools in Kentucky are within five miles of the Lake Forest community. Christian Academy, South Oldham High School, Eastern High School, Camden Station Elementary, Joseph E. Stopher, Kenwood Station and St. Patrick’s, are highly rated academic institutions nearby.

Shoppers can easily reach hundreds of stores in no time at all. The Eastgate Shopping Center is 10 minutes away, while the Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall are 20. Shelbyville Road is a hopping commercial corridor where Lake Forest residents can get anything they need. The immediate area just outside Lake Forest features a Kroger and Super Walmart.

Dining options include favorites like the contemporary breakfast at Wild Eggs, coal-fired specialty pizzas at Coals Artisan Pizza, the Asian cuisine of Jasmine Restaurant, Scotty’s barbecue, El Nopal Mexican fare, upscale bar grub at The Goat, sandwiches at Firehouse Subs, juices at the vegetarian-friendly Juice Bar and Mediterranean cuisine at Tzatziki’s. There is also fine dining right on-site at 19th Hole, and casual dining in the Palmer Dining Room in Lake Forest.

Most residents have plenty of recreation right outside their doorstep, but those wishing to spend a weekend off-site can conveniently visit nearby Beckley Creek Park for walking trails, a spray-ground, and picnicking; Long Run Park for athletic courts, boating, and biking; Shelby Trails Park for tennis and equestrian trails; or the wide range of activities available at EP Tom Sawyer State Park.

There’s something for everyone, with a variety of housing styles.

Lake Forest has been around for over 20 years, so it’s considered an established neighborhood, although new houses are still going up. There are more than 1,700 homes built by more than 60 developers in the community, ranging from $250,000 family estates, to $3 million-dollar mansions.

Some of the newer homes (over by the Legacy, off Old Henry) are maintenance-free units for existing residents who want to stay in the neighborhood, but downsize to an easier lifestyle. Families can get a three-bedroom home with large windows, lake views, open floor plans, bamboo flooring, custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances beinning in the $200s.

Built-to-impress with elegant brick facades and colonial pillars outside, the more expensive homes priced $1 million and above can be up to 8,000 square-feet and rest on half-acre lots down Arnold Palmer Boulevard. Inside, vaulted ceilings, high-end appliances, spacious kitchen pantries, wine theaters, home offices, hot tubs, wine cellars, outdoor kitchens, saunas, double dishwashers and exquisite woodworking throughout. 

Golf & amenities make Lake Forest a desirable community.

Jefferson County homes usually sell in about three months, but half of the homes on the market in Lake Forest turnover within a month. With its world-renowned 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer, the Lake Forest Country Club is renowned as the place to golf and live.

The challenging course features 7,150 yards of rolling fairways, sweeping greens, multiple tee boxes, and 14 lakes and creeks throughout. The Country Club offers multiple membership levels, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a large Golf Pro Shop.

The grand country club complex at the heart of the 2,000-acre neighborhood offers tennis and volleyball courts, a fitness center, a driving range, and practice facilities. Within the development, walking and jogging trails, playgrounds, parks, soccer fields, and swimming pools treat residents to recreation at home.

Lake Forest is a fun place for families.

Families gravitate to Lake Forest for recreation, safety, and a sense of community. With all the sporting opportunities, Lake Forest is like living within a private park. Streetlights and sidewalks promote an active lifestyle for all residents. The Lake Forest Community Association is active in planning an events calendar that appeals to families looking to socialize with their neighbors.

Past events have included:

  • Wine and Bourbon tastings
  • Health and Financial seminars
  • Swim and dive competitions
  • Red Cross babysitting courses
  • Comedy Club shows
  • Visits from Santa
  • New Years Eve galas
  • Easter egg hunts
  • Kentucky Derby parties
  • Summer block parties
  • Fundraisers
  • Yard sales
  • Family Days

Wish You could retire to a Resort? You can -- in Lake Forest’s newest lifestyle section!

Lake Forest Village, by Nebraska-based developer Resort Lifestyle Communities is an exciting project for residents 55+ who want to live out their golden years in a feature-rich, resort-style environment. When completed in 2017, the three-story, 130-unit property will sit atop 14 acres of land along Arnold Palmer Boulevard and Old Henry Road.

One, two, and three bedroom units are available in a variety of floor plans, featuring modern comforts like paid utilities, washer and dryer hookups, chef’s kitchens with ice makers and garbage disposal, large bedrooms and living rooms with ceiling fans, storage space and walk-in closets, zoned climate control, high-toilet seating and walk-in showers with handrails in the bathrooms, and open concept layouts for entertaining. Some units will include garages, carports, patios, or balconies.

The monthly rental fee will include high-end amenities akin to those found on five-star cruise ships, such as: weekly housekeeping, valet parking, room service dining, concierge services, gym membership, and scheduled transportation. A gift shop, salon, theater, fitness center, and restaurants will be located onsite. The “Freedom Dining” program includes fare at casual buffets, fine dining establishments, order-in service, and a prepared snacks pantry. While there is no on-property medical care, the facility does have a medical alert system in place to summon emergency responders.

There are so many reasons to choose Lake Forest. Contact a licensed Realtor with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty to take a look.

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