Top Ten Reasons for Moving to Lexington Ky

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#1 Horses. There’s a reason Lexington is known as The Horse Capital of the World. This is a horse-lovers paradise and even if you don’t ride they make great scenery. The Kentucky Horse Park is a perfect destination for horse lovers of all ages.  Some of  the horse farms in the area are open for tours. Keeneland offers horse racing in a postcard setting, with Spring and Fall meets as well as other horse events throughout the year. The Red Mile Harness Track is the second oldest horse racing track in the nation. Polo matches are played on various farms in Lexington, as well as the horse park, many of which are free to spectators. Visitors may take a guided tour of Old Friends, a retirement home for horses, just fifteen minutes up the road in Georgetown.

#2 Best city-country blend. Lexington has a population of 295,800 per the 2010 census, which gives it a nice not-too-big, not-too-small vibe All those horse farms give Lexington lots of green space, something that is very impressive when compared to just about anywhere else! Lexington’s urban growth is strictly controlled and Lexington is ringed by rolling hills with grazing horses against a backdrop of beautiful horse barns and undulating fence rows. This blend of city and scenery is a big reason why so many people fall in love with Lexington.

#3 Weather. Lexington Ky seems to be located in the nation’s sweet spot. Our winters are not too cold and our summers not too hot. It is not uncommon to have an entire winter pass with no snowfall. When it does snow, typically it doesn’t stick around. Our summers are not brutal. Although we do get an occasional heat wave, we can count on it to cool down overnight. This past year we had a mild winter with just a couple snowfalls followed by a mild spring and summer. For weeks on end during the spring and early summer this year, folks did not turn on their a/c and just enjoyed the delicious breeze. And, I’m happy to report I was able to turn off my home a/c in August and have not run it since.

 #4 Lots to see and do. The thriving arts community includes gallery hops, opera, and lots of live music. You can watch a live taping of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, go to the ballet, the orchestra, or see a play. Lexington is part of the Bourbon Distillary Tour, and since 95% of all bourbon is made here in Kentucky, there are plenty of bourbon-centered events such as tastings, tours, and festivals. With both the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University in town, you’ll find lots of on-campus performances open to the public. The college students help bring a wide range of live music to our bars and night clubs. A short drive from Lexington you will find several wineries, hiking, canoeing and kayaking as well as rock-climbing. Lexington also has a large bicycling club with the many rolling hills providing mile after mile of gorgeous scenery.

#5 Great restaurants, many locally owned. There is a wide variety to choose from: Vegan, French, Southern, Sushi, Vietnamese, West African, Middle Eastern, just to name a few. There is also a thriving food truck industry that serves downtown and special events. Many people who move here from larger cities comment on our vibrant restaurant scene.

#6 Geographic Convenience. Louisville and Cincinnati are an hour from Lexington. Indianapolis, Nashville, and Knoxville are under three hours. In fact, over half of the U.S. population can be reached in under a day’s drive.

 #7 Diversified economy. Major employers in Lexington include three local colleges, five hospitals, Lexmark, and The Toyota Manufacturing Plant is 20 minutes away in Georgetown. And of course, Lexington employs many in the horse and agricultural sectors.

 #8 Easy Commute. If you are considering moving to Lexington Ky, you will appreciate how easy it is to navigate across town. Lexington is surrounded by a ring road with the main roads branching out from downtown like spokes on a wheel. You can get just about anywhere in Lexington at any time of day in 20 minutes or less. Yes, including during rush hour. Lexington is also a bike-friendly town and has several neighborhoods close to downtown, including Kenwick.

 #9 Good Value. Lexington was not hit hard by the recession that rocked the nation. In fact, the housing market remained relatively stable. Now the Lexington ky real estate market is on the upswing. There has been a dramatic rise of listings since 2011 and the home sales continue to strengthen. The average residential listing is $250,000. Check out current homes for sale in Lexington ky here.

 #10 The people. I admit, I may be biased, but I think the people are nicer here! Time and time again I meet people who have lived elsewhere and fell in love with Lexington and just had to move here. Even people who have been born and raised here tell me that Lexington is a pretty special place. Come see for yourself.

If you’re buying or selling a home in Lexington Ky or moving to Lexington Ky, be sure to contact Ivan ‘Z’ Newell and the LexHomes Team for assistance with Lexington KY real estate. 'Z' and the LexHomes team members are 'Loving Lexington!" and loving to assist people in search of homes for sale, Kentucky horse farms or investment properties in Lexington, KY and surrounding areas. If you'd like more information on a real estate career with LexHomes Real Estate, we're always looking for more dedicated real estate agents! Just email us at or call us at (859) LEX-HOME (539-4663) today!