Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County Offer Plenty of Housing Options
PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Emens
Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County are building reputations as places with plenty of housing options. The city and county have choices for any budget‚ with home prices ranging from about $90‚000 to just under $1 million. Since this is the heart of the South‚ historic homes also abound.
“Home options are plentiful in this area‚” says Lynn Romano‚ a local Realtor with Caswell Prewitt Realty‚ Inc. “We have everything from town homes to subdivisions on golf courses to planned retirement communities.” Downtown Mt. SterlingThe care taken to maintain and restore the community’s architectural gems led to Mt. Sterling being named one of 31 Kentucky communities in the Preserve America program‚ a White House initiative to encourage preservation efforts and enjoyment of America’s heritage‚ says Laura Tipton‚ executive director of the Mt. Sterling Main Street Program. Mt. Sterling also has been designated a Renaissance Kentucky Silver City and is a member of the Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "The city of Mt. Sterling is committed to preserving America’s heritage while ensuring a future filled with opportunities for learning and enjoyment‚" Tipton says. Helping to attract families are events like the monthly First Friday gallery series‚ in which downtown merchants extend their business hours and offer special promotions in conjunction with the Gallery for the Arts’ gallery-talk programs. Also popular are the Main Event summer concert series showcasing regional bands; Boo Around Town‚ a safe‚ kid-centered Halloween happening; and the Christmas parade. Draws a Younger CrowdFor the second time‚ Mt. Sterling has been chosen as one of the country’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for Youth‚ a nod to the area’s dedication to providing a safe and caring environment for children. Mt. Sterling also has received national recognition for its strides in economic development and was recently chosen as a Top 10 Micropolitan Area by Site Selection magazine. With more manufacturing jobs per capita than almost any other community its size in the state‚ the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County area is enjoying a sustained period of economic prosperity. In addition to being one of only two counties east of Interstate 75 with more people commuting in to work than out‚ Montgomery County also has seen its average per capita income rise from $21‚398 to $22‚115 since 2005. Retirement DestinationWhen it comes time to retire‚ most seniors are looking for the same basic things in a community – livable climate‚ reasonably priced housing‚ recreational and cultural opportunities‚ access to good medical care and a welcoming atmosphere. That may be why Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County are increasingly popular with retirees. It's home to the retirement community at Silver Creek, and a new Old Silo Hills Retirement Community is in the works. When built out‚ the community will have 54 units ranging in size from 1‚500 to 5‚000 square feet‚ designed especially for seniors. All-brick homes in the upscale community will be one level and all-electric. A nominal monthly fee will include water‚ sewage‚ garbage collection and outside maintenance including yard mowing and exterior maintenance – leaving owners free to enjoy all Montgomery County has to offer.