Diverse Housing Options near Glasgow, KY

By Kathryn Royster on January 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm EST
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Home buyers can choose from a wide range of housing options in Glasgow-Barren County, where historic homes are on the market alongside custom-built beauties and comfortable condominiums.

“We have a diversity of homes, architectural styles, and locations,” says Randy Gibbons, owner of Glasgow Realty and Auction LLC. “The combination is appealing not only to lifelong residents but also to people relocating to our area.”

And with a 2012 median home price of just $97,000, Barren County homes are highly affordable, too.

Historic Homes

For those interested in owning a piece of Barren County history, Glasgow's historic district is the place to be. The district, located near downtown Glasgow, consists of 100-plus-year-old saltbox and traditional homes, many with gracious columned porches.

Beth Hinkley, an agent with third-generation family brokerage Elmore Real Estate, says the historic district offers a good mix of fixer-uppers and remodeled homes, so buyers can find options at all price points.

“Auctions and estate sales are very popular in the area for handling estates in a timely fashion, so that offers additional opportunity for good deals,” Hinkley says.

Country Club Comforts

For buyers who want a little more elbow room, homes in and around the Glasgow Golf & Country Club (located just off Route 31E) are often a good fit. The private club was built in the 1970s and has an 18-hole course, pro shop, swimming pool, tennis courts and children's programs.

Prices for single-family homes at the club average around $275,000: high for the county, but a good value compared to similar properties nationwide. Hinkley says that many families find the amenities and lifestyle worth the investment.

But the club isn't just for families or those looking to invest in estates. It also has the county's only condominium development, which is ideal for young professionals or retirees looking to downsize.

Hinkley says a good alternative to the club is Steeplechase, an adjacent subdivision. The neighborhood offers lots for custom homes.

Lakeside Living

Lots are also available at Barren River Lake, about 15 miles south of Glasgow. Created by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1964, the 10,100-acre lake has planned subdivisions as well as the beautiful Barren River Lake State Resort Park.

Bob and Carol Shoop moved to Barren River Lake from Vancouver, Wash., in 2012. The couple retired here after extensively researching lakefront properties throughout the state.

The couple chose Barren County and their lakeside property for a variety of reasons, including the county's vibrant arts scene, high-quality health care, easy access to I-65 and I-24, and their subdivision's good roads and tidy appearance.

But the people were what really clinched the deal – and Bob Shoop says that's true whether they're at home on the lake or out and about anywhere in Barren County.

“Everybody we've met is just friendly and polite,” he says. “We enjoy the people here, and that really makes a difference in a community.”

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My favorite thing to do here is take my little girl to the park or drive out to the lake. Where I live we can walk across the street and be at a small playground area.

Ashlee Reed, resident