New Subdivisions, Old Houses Appeal to a Variety of Tastes
Location, location, location. Bowling Green has it: The fourth largest city in Kentucky is a popular place to live, work and play. The county seat of Warren County, with an estimated 2006 population of 53,112, has positioned itself to not only maintain a healthy business climate, but also improve on it. The quality of life is good – and affordable – and there are abundant recreational opportunities at hand. Education and health care are strong in Bowling Green, too. The housing market has stayed fairly steady, despite struggles across the nation. The estimated median house/condo value in 2005 was $134,500, up from $104,200 in 2000. Subdivisions are popular among area residents, dotting the city and its outskirts. Many have their own neighborhood associations that are part of the Bowling Green Coalition of Active Neighborhoods, which share improvement ideas, address citywide issues and act as a liaison to the city for neighborhoods and their residents. Bowling Green Retirement Village, with a selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments, offers community amenities including an indoor heated pool, barbershop, exercise equipment and scheduled transportation. Western Kentucky University attracts the college crowd, with dozens of apartment complexes tailored for students and young professionals. The city is also rich with older homes in designated historic districts. Magnolia Street on the southern side of town features a variety of bungalow-style houses dating to the 1920s. Adjacent to the WKU campus, the aptly named College Hill neighborhood has similar homes as well as Victorian mansions from the 19th century. And an opulent variety of architectural styles – Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Georgian Revival – can be found on Upper East Main Street, one of the city’s first developments. The District, the Downtown Redevelopment Authority of Bowling Green, has been at work for several years implementing its plan to revitalize the city’s historic downtown. The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce built a new headquarters building, and the city’s newest public park, Circus Square Park, was completed recently. All these renovations haven’t gone unnoticed. The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Bowling Green’s downtown as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2006.