1970s renovated colonial-style home in the Highlands Louisville

Jim and Maria White spent nearly two decades in Louisville before moving for a few years to Washington D.C. When they decided to come back to the Bluegrass State in 2019, they began looking for homes in a specific neighborhood.

“We always lived in the St. Matthews area,” Maria said. “We (liked it), but we loved Cherokee Park … So, when we came back to Louisville after three years in D.C., we knew exactly what we wanted.”

She explains that walkability was key — the couple wanted to be able to get to coffee shops, restaurants, and of course, Cherokee Park, on foot. While in the middle of their home search, the colonial-style house they now call home went on the market.

A fixer-upper find

“It was the ugliest house in the (area) by a long shot,” Maria said. “It was hideous. Nothing had been done (to it) since 1976 when it was first built. It was neglected.”