Lexington Is The Greatest Place In The World To Call Home Unless You Are A Meteorologist

Dated: 02/19/2018

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I remember taking the two and a half hour trip to Lexington with my family to see Kentucky Football and Basketball games when I was a kid. In my mind at that time, Rupp Arena may as well have been Disney World and Lexington about the same size as Atlanta. I loved every single thing about the experience of those trips, including the  scenery, the Victorian Square Shops, the restaurants, and especially walking the pedway across Broadway. 


For a kid like me from a farm in Eastern, KY it was a mystical experience to be where the events that we ritually watched on tv were actually happening. 


At the same time, it couldn’t have felt any more Kentucky. I heard someone say while I was in college that “Lexington is Kentucky’s downtown,” and I consider that to be self-evidently true. 


I have had sales jobs before that I found to be tough, because I didn’t believe in the product. One of the many things that attracted me to real estate was to the extent that real estate is “sales,” Kentucky IS the product—and I love Kentucky—especially Lexington and the surrounding communities. 


For my taste, Lexington is big enough to have everything that a person might want but small enough that it is relatively easy to get around. Lexington is “city” enough to draw big name acts at Rupp or Whitaker Bank Ballpark,  but “town” enough that you are going to run into friends during every trip to Kroger. 


The University of Kentucky (my alma mater) is an incredible institution in size, scope, and notoriety. Sullivan and BCTC provide excellent opportunities for students all over the state to obtain a practical education that prepares them to join the workforce.Founded in 1780, just four years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence—Transylvania is one of the oldest universities in America. 


Lexington has all the youthful energy of a “college town,” but so much more than that in terms of history and commerce. Lexington has a unique place at the intersection of Civil War history in that it was once home to both Mary Todd Lincoln—wife of Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis—President of the Confederacy. 


Not to mention, it is the official “Horse Capital of the World,”  it is in close proximity to every Bourbon distillery on Earth (if it’s not made in Kentucky, you can’t call it Bourbon), and is at the epicenter of the current country music resurgence—having been called home by Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Tyler Childers.


Despite the growth of online retailers like Amazon.com, people from all over the region still come to shop in Lexington at the Fayette Mall, Hamburg Pavilion, and the newly developed Summit at Fritz Farm


Lexington also features several one-of-a-kind music venues and hangout spots. The laid-back, dog-friendly Burl has quickly become one of my favorite music venues anywhere (and just places to be in general), and just across the railroad tracks is the Lexington Distillery District  which might be the best place within 300 miles to spend a Friday evening during the Summer or Fall. 


Speaking of Autumn, you really can’t beat the drive up Paris Pike to Bourbon County when the leaves have just changed colors. As long as Winter can seem in Central KY, I believe the beauty of Fall here makes living in a place with four seasons totally worth it. 


To be fair, this is probably true for everyone except meteorologists. As I type this it is 74 degrees outside on February 19th, and I won’t be at all surprised if Fayette Co. misses school for snow later this week. Local meteorologists here have a well-documented credibility problem, but it really isn’t their fault. They have a tough (okay—impossible) job. If you are a current or aspiring meteorologist, I’m honestly not sure I could in good-conscience represent you in the purchase of a home here unless you are open to other career opportunities. 


For everyone else, I genuinely love it here and can’t recommend this place heartily enough. And if you are looking to a sell a home, I’m confident we could accomplish that together; what you have to sell is a piece of Kentucky—and I believe in that product. 



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