Should we move to Lexington?
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Mary Kay

AOL

#1 Apr 5, 2006
Hello,
My husband and I live in SNOW country in Pennsylvania and are thinking of relocating. On paper, Lexington is one of our 4 choices (we have not yet visited). Am looking for some information from residents. We are in our early 50's, middle income, love to golf, shop, eat out, enjoy nature, etc. Why do YOU think Lexington would be a good choice for us? Are the suburban neighborhoods safe and affordable? Are the people friendly to newcomers? We would be most interested in a golf community, probably a patio home priced under $200,000. Is there such a neighborhood there? Thank you so much for your help!
Melissa Bean

United States

#2 Apr 6, 2006
Definately. There's lots of places to shop (mom and pop stores instead of big corp) and lots of places to golf. There's a bunch of restaurants that aren't corp. owned. Nature-wise, there are a lot of different horse farms and such. There are also 56 parks either in or within 12 miles of Lexington.

I moved to Lexington from CT so I know what it's like.

If you're worried about meeting new people, join a group of people with similar interests and usually people are very friendly.

Cons about Lexington:
Sometimes the traffic is bad.
The street names are confusing.(N. Broadway S. Broadway)(New York-style streets)
There are 4 lanes of traffic and it's scary if you're only used to 1-2.

But there are plenty of golf communities here.

Anymore questions you could email me anytime with whatever you need.

xabstractxpainx@yahoo.com
Rebecca

Lexington, KY

#3 Apr 9, 2006
I'm a college student at University of Kentucky and recently moved here from Florida. I feel Kentucky is a nice place to live, but I agree if your wanting to meet people here it's best you find a group. I have not found the people here to be the most friendlist, they don't get out much. It does depends on locations. I have found Richmond to possibly be a friendly place amoungst college students and my mother has found it nice in Lexington more for her age, she is about 45 with a 3 year old. Some people take a little time to warm up to. If you have money, you have a better chance of making friends, they roughly brag about who has money as if it makes them a better person. Don't forget there is Louisville if you like the bigger city. As for a golfing community, I'm not aware of many. I have to admit I am egocentric about Florida. I love it there.
Tony Pecoraro

Lexington, KY

#4 Apr 10, 2006
Came to Lexington in 1968 from Buffalo. do not miss the snow one bit! We have more restaurants per square mile than any other town I have ever seen. Golf a plenty. Real estate is a little pricey but not unmanagemable. Largest mall in the state is in Lexington. I recommend it to you.

pecoraaj@insightbb.com
Lexington Bound

Jacksonville, FL

#5 May 8, 2006
I've been gone for three years and cannot wait to move back. Lexington is a great place.
Amy S

United States

#6 May 26, 2006
Rebecca wrote:
I'm a college student at University of Kentucky and recently moved here from Florida. I feel Kentucky is a nice place to live, but I agree if your wanting to meet people here it's best you find a group. I have not found the people here to be the most friendlist, they don't get out much. It does depends on locations. I have found Richmond to possibly be a friendly place amoungst college students and my mother has found it nice in Lexington more for her age, she is about 45 with a 3 year old. Some people take a little time to warm up to. If you have money, you have a better chance of making friends, they roughly brag about who has money as if it makes them a better person. Don't forget there is Louisville if you like the bigger city. As for a golfing community, I'm not aware of many. I have to admit I am egocentric about Florida. I love it there.
* I am sorry Rebecca that you have not found your "niche" in the beautiful city of Lexington. I, myself am a transplant here & have had no problem in making friends, or finding things to do. If you could take the time to get out there yourself, you would see that there are many activities almost every weekend here & a lot of them cost nothing at all. There are an abundance of golf courses & yes there are more resturants per capita, than most other cities in the US. When I first moved here in 1997 I did find it harder to adjust to the Lexington area, just because for Kentucky, it is a little faster paced than you would expect. Of course, I am from WV, so that should speak for itself when I say "fast paced". There are pretty major differences in Lexington & Louisville, for instance the visual stimulation that you get in a city like Lexington, is few & far between. Also, having the World Equestrian Games coming in 2006, we are getting ready to undergo a major beautification project, that'll make it even nicer. So, please take time if you will, to get accustomed to our city & you will be inviting your fellow Floridians here in no time. I'm not much older than you, only 27- so I don't think the age gap makes that much of a difference.:)
Melissa

Lexington, KY

#7 Jun 17, 2006
Louisville scares me. Sure, Lexington does have crime like any other towns but Louisville seems to have drive bys a lot more.
Chrissy

Madison, WI

#8 Jun 29, 2006
Hi there!
I am thinking about a move to Lexington, KY, very lightly at this point. I plan on going to cosmetology school and am looking at the Kaufman School of Beauty. My sister and her husband live there & I am visiting them at the end of July.
Obviously I will be able to find out for myself if I fall in love with KY when I visit, but I am just curious as how it compares to other states I am use to. I am originally from Billings, Montana,(can you say SMALL town?), but have been living in Phx area in Arizona for the past two years, which was a big change. I like AZ and how lively it is, however I really think there are too many people here and I cannot stand the heat. So....just wondering where KY fits into my realm of knowledge of my small home town and of the rat race here in Phoenix...& how I (a 21 year old who is still figuring out what she wants to do with her life) would fit in with the lifestyle there.
Ian

Lexington, KY

#9 Jul 5, 2006
Chrissy,
Lexington is a good town for young people if you're 21 and over. There are some good music venues, bars, and nightclubs downtown. A lot of people have spent their whole lives here so I've noticed social circles are a litle closed off for older people but Lexington is also a college town with the University of Kentucky and Transylvania plus other smaller schools so people our age (I'm 23) are used to meeting people from all over the country. I hope you enjoy your visit.

If you're looking for anything to do while you're in town email me thepines_ian@hotmail.com and I'll try to point you to some cool places.
Nick from Lexington

Evansville, IN

#10 Sep 17, 2006
Hey Chrissy

Just curious what you thought of Lexington and if you decided to move here or not.

I hope we left a good impression on you!
lawdog

Lexington, KY

#11 Sep 18, 2006
Tony Pecoraro wrote:
Came to Lexington in 1968 from Buffalo. do not miss the snow one bit! We have more restaurants per square mile than any other town I have ever seen. Golf a plenty. Real estate is a little pricey but not unmanagemable. Largest mall in the state is in Lexington. I recommend it to you.
pecoraaj@insightbb.com
Yes, the largest mall with the largest traffic congestion in the state during the holiday season. It brings up a noteworthy point though. The traffic in Lexington is pretty bad all year round.
Rebekah

Franklin, OH

#12 Dec 9, 2006
I love Lexington and have lived here for 6 years. It has all of the conveniences of a large city, but the feel of a smaller town. If you like middle-class, clean and safe cities, this is a great one for you.
Kathy S

Lexington, KY

#13 Dec 13, 2006
Rebecca,you wil lfind anywhere you live, there will be insecure people who will brag about their material wealth. It isn't nice, but people who are of the world are like that. Lexington /Nicholasville has it's share, but with a little effort, you will find a world of wonderful, down to earth people who will warmly embrace you and welcome you into their fold.Try coming to Nicholasville, Also, Plugging into a nice church group will open a whole new avenue of friends and fun!For people your age, try the Asbury Coffee shop.There , you will find good entertainment, and a lively crowd. The young people there are plugged in to the "pulse" of the fayette/Jessamine county communities. As a transplant from East Tennessee, After thirty years, I can say, this area has more to offer than you at first think.
Rebecca wrote:
I'm a college student at University of Kentucky and recently moved here from Florida. I feel Kentucky is a nice place to live, but I agree if your wanting to meet people here it's best you find a group. I have not found the people here to be the most friendlist, they don't get out much. It does depends on locations. I have found Richmond to possibly be a friendly place amoungst college students and my mother has found it nice in Lexington more for her age, she is about 45 with a 3 year old. Some people take a little time to warm up to. If you have money, you have a better chance of making friends, they roughly brag about who has money as if it makes them a better person. Don't forget there is Louisville if you like the bigger city. As for a golfing community, I'm not aware of many. I have to admit I am egocentric about Florida. I love it there.
John Boy

United States

#14 Dec 13, 2006
I live in a small bedroom community about half an hour west of Downtown Lexington. Some nice things about the Lexington area are:

-Proximity to other cities like Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta.
-The lush natural beauty of the horse farms and Kentucky River palisades.
-Keeneland: Just go there in April and October, it is a one-of-a-kind horse racing experience. I thought horse racing was stupid until I went there, you just have to go and find out for yourself.
-Historic attractions such as the Mary Todd Lincoln House and the nearby Kentucky State Capitol.
-Kentucky's largest shopping centers, Fayette Mall and Hamburg Pavilion.
-It's warmer than PA.

Disadvantages:
-Terrible traffic grid; it's easier to navigate much larger cities than Lexington. Lexington is literally laid out like a town with no foresight or planning for future development. It literally takes 90 minutes sometimes to drive less than 10 miles from Fayette Mall to Hamburg.
-Terrible drivers--people here have no consideration for other drivers, no turn signals, etc.
-The people in general. In most convenience stores and retail establishments, the clerks NEVER say "thank you" or even acknowledge you. I've been to very few cities with people, rich or poor, as impolite, arrogant, sour, and bitchy than Lexington, and I've traveled extensively.
-Jobs: the job market sucks! Period.

Weigh the pros and cons, and decide if you want to move to Lexington. I personally would look into Tennessee, Alabama, or Georgia.
Sandy

Lebanon, OH

#15 Dec 17, 2006
I would recommend Northern Kentucky over Lexington. I grew up in Lexington. In Northern Kentucky, you have access to all of the amenities of Cincinnati with a larger selection of stores (Nordstorm coming soon,Saks)as well as the arts and fine dining on both sides of the river. The real estate prices are a bit lower than Lexington, and the airport is International.
Kim Soper

Lexington, KY

#16 Dec 20, 2006
Lexington is a great place to live! Born and raised in Lexington, you will find a variety of interests. From sporting events, the arts and great centers of education, Lexington can serve up some of the regionís finest. For more information on the city and real estate, I invite you to visit me on the web at www.kimsoper.com . Please do let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help!

Kim Soper, CMS
Residential & Commercial REALTOR
Coldwell Banker
869 East High Street
Lexington, KY 40502
info@kimsoper.com
www.kimsoper.com
Pete

Signal Mountain, TN

#17 Feb 6, 2007
lawdog wrote:
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Yes, the largest mall with the largest traffic congestion in the state during the holiday season. It brings up a noteworthy point though. The traffic in Lexington is pretty bad all year round.
The Traffic engineers in Lexington have NEVER been able to figure out how to manage traffic into/out of shopping malls, strip malls, heck, anything. They create a mall with one entrance/exit and then street lights that are NEVER sync'd. I lived in Lex for 15 years and finally gave up shopping in Lex. completely. My wife & I would drive to Cinci or Louisville instead.
dezzy

Petoskey, MI

#18 Feb 19, 2007
I grew up in michigan but when I was 15 I lived in what I called nowhere Ky 2 hours away from lexington. I said I would never move back to kentucky although I did enjoy our trips to lexington. Now my husband and I are thinking of moving to lexington. We're both in our early 20's with children and were both also in school. How is the employment and cost of living there? Do you think it's a good place to raise young children?
a nobody

Columbus, OH

#19 Feb 19, 2007
It's a great place to raise small children. You can find pretty much anything in Lexington except--
museums for people other than children
zoos
metroparks
access to Amtrack
efficient snow removal
manageable traffic
I'm leery of the Kentucky school system. You'll have to ask people who have school age kids.
You may enjoy central KY if you can talk about horse racing and basketball; otherwise, it might be a stretch to find common ground. The rolling hills are beautiful, though. Check out Georgetown.
I moved away when I was 18 and my sister in Nicholasville tells me do NOT move back here. There is absolutely NOTHING here!!! I must admit I had trouble finding a pretty place to walk on a spring day. Rooftop villages have sprung up on all the old horse farms. We call Lexington Shopping Center City. Is shopping how you like to spend your time?
Lexington is pretty insular and provincial. Not much diversity.
a nobody

Columbus, OH

#20 Feb 19, 2007
I almost forgot - the summer humidity and heat is really bad. I hope you look good in a ponytail.

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