St. Matthews Louisville Luxury Homes For Sale
St. Matthews, KY (40207) is a safe, quiet, park-like residential and commercial nook just eight miles east of downtown Louisville. The borders run from Cannons Lane in the west, to I-264 in the southeast, to the Brownsboro Road subdivisions in the north. “St. Matthews is the hub where everything is going on,” explains Mary Nancy Chatel, a Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty Agent who closes more than $10 million in Louisville real estate a year. Growing up in Prospect, she had always envied her friends in St. Matthews. “They could walk to anything they wanted,” she recalls. It’s a peaceful neighborhood with mature trees and sidewalks, but residents can walk to Shelbyville Road shops or hop on the highway to reach all the best downtown Louisville attractions.
A Growing city with numerous community activities
St. Matthews was first settled in 1779. This section of town was once a great potato processing and shipping hub, but owes its widespread popularity to the Great Flood of 1937, when hordes of people came to the higher ground of St. Matthews. Architectural styles are diverse, with a particularly large number of Post-War Shotguns, Bungalows, Ranches, Cape Cods, Traditional Foursquares, and Traditional Colonials.
People often refer to St. Matthews as a “Louisville neighborhood,” but it’s actually a city that encompasses more than 50 distinctive subdivisions and smaller neighborhoods, with their own character and appeal. In 2001, St. Matthews expanded even more, incorporating sixth-class cities on its borders, such as Springlee, Fairmeade, and Plymouth Village. Despite its burgeoning size, St. Matthews continues to be a vibrant community with annual events like the Community Street Festival in May, Halloween in Brown Park in October, and Light-Up St. Matthews in December.
A few popular St. Matthews neighborhoods include:
- Arlington: Traditional and Cape Cod homes, starting at $150,000, near Browns & Hubbards lanes.
- Bellewood: Older, well-kept estates, starting at $400,000, near Browns Lane and Shelbyville Road.
- Broadfields: An older subdivision, starting in the upper $200s, between Breckenridge Lane and Cannons Lane.
- Cherokee Gardens: Classic Tudor style homes, from $350K to $1 million, south of Lexington and North of the 64.
- Fairmeade: Post-war homes, starting at $200K, down Fairmeade Road, of bustling Shelbyville Road.
- Indian Hills: A grand old neighborhood along the Ohio River, with fine mansions upwards of $1 Million.
- Mockingbird Gardens: A newer subdivisions, ranging from $550K - $2 Million, near Crescent Hill Golf Course.
- Norbourne Estates: Spacious, modernized homes, starting at $250,000, between Browns & Breckenridge lanes.
- Oxmoor Woods: Stately manors, approaching $1 million, centrally located near Oxmoor Mall and the highways.
- Plymouth Village: A diverse mix of homes, from $75,000 to $750,000, between Hillsboro and Prince William.
- Richlawn: A charming older subdivision, ranging from $150K - $300K, between Route 60 and Ledyard Rd.
- Seneca Gardens: Large historic properties, from $400,000 to $1 million, offering Seneca golf course access.
- Springlee: Cozy, maintained bungalows selling like hotcakes, starting at $199,000, near Hillsboro and Brownlee.
The whole spectrum of people and prices
Everyone is welcome in St. Matthews. Here you will find all walks of life. St. Matthews is considered a “close-in community that bridges city and suburbs,” offering a good mix of older folks, working professionals, young families, and college students. Like The Highlands, St. Matthews has a reputation for being a “hip” place to live that is very forward-thinking and tolerant of alternative lifestyles. New people are transferring into the area from Southern states like Texas or up East.
The real estate stock represents every single spectrum imaginable. No budget is excluded, with starter homes for less than $200,000, next to new construction homes well over $1 million. Generally speaking, the Movoto Blog lists St. Matthews, KY as one of the “15 Best Places to Live In Kentucky,” particularly due to its low median home price and 6.55 percent income tax rate, which is less than 90 percent of the state.
Food, food, and more food!
Popular among foodies, diners widely consider St. Matthews to be a desirable destination to grab a bite to eat. Here you’ll find everything your palate and heart desire:
- Anoosh Bistro – Refined American eatery
- Bluegrass Burgers – Casual Dine-In and bar
- Bombay Grill – North and South Indian food
- Charim - Korean cuisine
- Cheddar Box Too – Brunch food
- Coals - Artisan Pizza
- Equus & Jack’s Lounge - Upscale American & Bourbon
- Gasthaus – German cuisine
- Havana Rumba – Cuban cuisine
- Heine Brothers – The place for coffee
- Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen – Cold treats
- Lonnie’s Best Taste of Chicago – Gyros and hotdogs
- Lou Lou Food + Drink – Cajun-Italian combination
- J. Alexander’s – Contemporary wood-fired fare
- Mellow Mushroom – Pizzeria
- Momma’s Mustard, Pickles & BBQ – KC Barbecue
- NamNam Café- Family-owned Vietnamese cuisine
- Napa River Grill – Pacific Rim fusion
- Oriental House – Hunan and Sichuan specialties
- Shady Lane Café – Family oriented brunch
- Silvio’s –Italian fine dining
- Simply Thai – Asian food
- The Ville Taqueria – Mexican cuisine
- Wild Eggs – Brunch spot
From May through October, the St. Matthews Farmers Market at Beargrass Christian Church is hopping! Readers of Edible Louisville rated the St. Matthews Farmers Market the best in all of Louisville. You’ll find baked goods, wine, cheese, blueberries, root vegetables, apples, and coffee, as well as locally handmade pottery, soap, glass, and jewelry.
Walk to one of Louisville’s best shopping districts
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention St. Matthews as one of the best sections of Louisville for shopping, with more than 180 major retailers. Cinemark, Dilliard’s, and Forever 21 anchor the Mall St. Matthews on Shelbyville Road off the Watterson Expressway; while Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Sears, and Von Maur anchor the Oxmoor Mall, conveniently located just down Shelbyville. Any store you could imagine – American Eagle, Aveda, Coach, Disney, Gymboree, H&M, Lululemon, Old Navy, Pottery Barn, Sephora – it’s all here.
You can find great gently-loved clothes and home décor at Stella’s Resale Boutique on Wallace Avenue, unique gifts for gals at Dandelion on Lexington Road, customized local Christmas gifts at 502 Pallet Project, interior design items at Fleur De Lis in Chenoweth Square, children’s clothes at Animal Crackers on Brownsboro Road, or flowers at St. Matthews Feed & Seed.
St. Matthews’ convenience gives you enough time to enjoy life
Gunnar Graven, Vice President of Steepleton Sporting Goods, summarized the benefit of living in St. Matthews best in his interview with the Louisville Business Journal: “My kids go to Our Lady of Lourdes, and we live less than two blocks from school. They walk to and from school every day. Once school is out, my wife is busy running my son to baseball practice at St. Matthews Little League, and my daughter to either field hockey or cheerleading. This convenience provides the time to work and attend my children’s activities.”
The local schools in St. Matthews are fantastic. Most people living in St. Matthews have a commute to work that is 15 minutes or less. That frees up time to go running over the creek-crossing bridges and woodlands of Arthur K. Draught Park, put a few rounds in at Big Spring, shoot hoops at Warwick Park, or picnic at Brown Park.
If you are interested in buying a St. Matthews home, contact an agent from Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in this high-demand area. Homes move very quickly and sell all year round, even the week of Christmas! Some buyers hire agents to watch specific neighborhoods, waiting for their perfect moment to move. Our friendly, knowledgeable agents are happy to help you with whatever you need.