Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

What the Beck???

"Taylorsville" Thursday, Day 4

     Taylorsville is a fabulous small town of 763 people.  This little town has a low crime and poverty level. The police force has four officers and a volunteer fire department. The people here are warm and friendly. Taylorsville is only 30 minutes from Bardstown where shopping is the best, and 70 minutes from Lexington!!

Welcome to Taylorsville!!
Apparently, I am no straighter today than yesterday - darn it.

This was an interesting property on my way into town.
Who has their own small lake??
Just look at those rolling hills!!

     I began, in the town at City Hall. The women there were very helpful. I then confirmed my data at the police station.  The police sent me to Main Street and the Spencer County Court House and Chamber of Commerce, where I received a lot of pamphlets and a map of the city. The secretary at the Courthouse told me to spend some time talking to Beverly at The Red Scooter. Beverly is on the Main Street Committee which works on improving and expanding the Main Street area. She knows everything that is going on in town. 

The Red Scooter
Lois (left) a fellow crafter and Beverly (right) owner
of the adorable Red Scooter Shop.

     While visiting with the ladies, Lois gave me a very valuable pamphlet, which was titled Spencer County Homemakers.  This group of ladies, attend educational classes, and work on crafts. A list of 25 special events and community projects was given, which sounds fabulous!!
       Eight homemaker clubs were also listed: Patchworker’s Quilt Guild, Spencer County Gardening Association, Bluegrass Basket Guild, Loyal Homemakers, Waterford Homemakers, Thread and Thimble, Traditional Housewives, and the County Homemakers Art Guild. Where would I begin???
       There was a tear-off portion to join for $15.00 a year. This one fee covers all of the crafts, classes, special events, community projects and Homemaker’s Clubs.  OH MY!!  This is right up my alley.

This is the ring that I purchased at The Red Scooter, 
a local antique store, for $9.00.
I think it is really pretty.

       From here, I went to the Sheriff’s Office. I wanted to check out the properties that I was going to visit, to see if the officer felt they were safe, or if he knew of any issues in the County that I should know about.  He was VERY helpful.
       Since I am planning on living in the county, I went to visit the Planning and Zoning Office to check for any special requirements to build, or add on to county property. The ladies here were amazing and very helpful. One of the town builders came in while I was there and also offered advice. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE.  I was basically told that if I lived in the county, and NOT in a subdivision, that requirements were not very strict, but that I should check out the County zoning for specifics. She said it was pretty open in the county.

One of the draws to the town was Taylorsville Lake 
and State Park, which covers 3,050+ acres.

This is the Taylorsville Lake Marina. 
The boats were beautiful!!

I took the following photos for my sister, Kim, because 
they are looking for lake property in either Kentucky 
or Tennessee. 

The lake seemed to be big on fishing, boating, 
and the State Park for hiking.

I couldn't tell anything about the homes around 
the lake, because of the trees.


1070 Elk Creek Rd
     It was now time to head for the county and the properties on my list.  My first address was 1070 Elk Creek Road.  

Zillo reports:  $308,000  5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with 4,024 square feet. It has 18 acres, 2 wet springs. The land is AMAZING! It has a 36 x 48 metal barn with 3 stalls, an inground pool, garden, dining room, 2nd story office, central vac, and attached garage.
     I was so bummed when I couldn’t get near the property. There was a sign that said NO ACCESS WITHOUT APPOINTMENT.  I really liked what I read, so I was a sad puppy. 

As I was leaving the No Access property, I caught 
sight of this poor house that is a wreck. 
Why is it in this condition? 
What happened to the people who lived here?  

I was so sad about this house for some reason.

775 Elder Drive

775 Elder Drive

Zillo reports: $256,000  3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,505 square feet  10.71 acres. New shingles, new gravel, walkout basement, stocked pond, pasture with fencing

My thoughts: In order to get to this house the road was only 1.5 lanes wide and it was a problem. The land is really steep,

As I am writing this, the home has already been sold.

2494 Plum Ridge Road, Elk Creek

Zillo reports:  $323,000
Beautifully restored cape cod 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 1,917 sq. ft. home on 10 ACRES PLUS, 24 x 48 garage with a finished shop inside, 24 x 18 pole barn and 24 x 48 tractor building. Be sure to watch the virtual tour! Approximately 6 acres is fenced, so bring the horses, swine, goats and chickens. The kitchen has been updated with oak cabinetry and a large island for easy entertainment. Kitchen is open to the family room. First floor has a formal dining room or could be a family room with gas fireplace. A wonderful sitting room just off the dining with with a full bath completes the first floor. Three large bedrooms all having large walk in closets are on the 2nd floor with a full bath and laundry room. Owner is a licensed Realtor in the State of KY. Seller's are having to downsize, so now is your opportunity to buy. 

My thoughts:

This is the perfect property.  I loved the area and road. The home is absolutely beautiful and very well kept.

The driveway definitely needs to be paved, 
but from the outside, that is the only issue.

640 Chatman Lane

Zillo reports:  $350,000
Looking for privacy but close to the things you need, including interstates. Here it is. Be sure to look at all of the pic's on this 3 bedroom, 2 &1/2 bath, 3,313 sq. ft.  all brick home on 7.20 acres, including a 3 car attached garage with a finished basement. Property also has a 30 x 50 ft building that has a 11 x 50 ft shed on the back side. Just off the kitchen is a 12 x 47 deck that you can sit on and watch the wildlife while having your morning coffee or grilling out for dinner. Need something for dinner, just go catch some fish right out of your own pond. This home features a Great Room with beautiful wood beams and a wood burning fireplace (has insert). Finished basement has a room that would be great if you home school, even has built in desk. Also, half bath. Be sure to check out the video!! 

My thoughts:  This home had a very long front yard. I couldn’t see the backyard from where I was in the driveway, but the pond must have been in the rear. The home looked good from the outside.

Back to town I go...

     A few of my other reasons for loving this town are:
A fun calendar of events for (2016). The events were: Dinner in the Old Jail (April), Girlfriends’ Day (August), Progressive Dinner (September), Decorate Main Street (November), and the Christmas Home Tour (December).
I just love a small town where most of the folks participate in everything.
       Spencer County also hosts a Meet Your Neighbor Farm Tour in September. The University of Kentucky Extension sponsors this event, which helps the farmers get to know other farmers in the county.  COOL!
       Spencer County also hosts an Octoberfest.  I have never been to one.
       I am thrilled that I already have a realtor in Taylorsville named Susan Arnold. I haven’t officially met with her, but she was born and bred in this town and comes highly recommended by the folks I talked to in town.  Now… I just need to sell my house. It goes on the market on March 1st.

Final Kentucky Thoughts

    I have now narrowed to three cities, and that it where it ends. I love Leitchfield, Bardstown, and Taylorsville. If I had to put them in order, I would rank them: Taylorsville, Bardstown, and then Leitchfield. I will leave three in the running, because when my house sells, I will buy the best property in one these three towns.

1 comment:

  1. Glad that you've narrowed it down, Becky! Taylorsville does seem to be truly beautiful and those activities do sound like things that you'd love. Praying that it all works out for you!