South End boasts first Showcase of Homes - WDRB 41 Louisville News

South End boasts first Showcase of Homes

- by Julie Tam, FOX 41 News

This weekend, Southwest Louisville is holding its first-ever Showcase of Homes in a little-known, new neighborhood. And a lesser-known tax credit is available for buyers.

It isn't Locust Creek or any other expensive East End neighborhood. It's the Estates of St. Anthony in the South End, off of St. Anthony Church Road and Wooded Ridge Drive. And it's open-house weekend for five custom-built homes on large, wooded lots, from the $300s to more than half-a-million dollars. "Because it was something that was needed in the South End," Carol Kueber, of J.P. Pirtle Realtors, said. "You know, you see everything out in the east end of town, and you know what? Folks live down here also."

And more are moving in. Most of the homes in the neighborhood's first phase are sold, phase 2 is open, and 65 more lots are available. "People are starting to want to stay in the South End," neighborhood developer Steve Welch said. "They're finding out that the nicer restaurants are coming back to the South End, and we're cleaning up the South End with the Dream Team. And a lot of businesses are being very active in the community."

Not too far away, thousands of soldiers are being welcomed to Fort Knox. So the developers and realtors see potential buyers. "In this part of town, you won't find that many homes with this type of quality built into them. In the South End, you have more of your moderate homes," Kueber said.

The builders are offering a $5,000 lot discount this weekend. First-time homebuyers who close before December 1st are eligible for an $8,000 federal tax credit. Plus, any buyer can apply for Kentucky's $5,000 new home tax credit. And those are not the only special incentives.

"All kinds of special decorative features that you won't find in the average home in this price range," Kueber said.

Sunday is the last day for the Showcase of Homes, from 1 to 5 p-m in the Estates of Saint Anthony. The neighborhood is located off of Saint Anthony Church Road and Wooded Ridge Drive. Admission is free.

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