In days gone by, residents of most American neighborhoods could walk to the grocery, pharmacy, doctor, and bank. People knew the owners of these businesses, and they knew their neighbors.
The vision and dream of the Norton Commons Development Team, led by Managing Director Charles Osborn III, was to create a community that harkened back to yesteryear—where residents could live, work, play, shop, and attend school all in one place. More than 10 years later, that dream has become reality. The dream that began with a 600-acre farm has become an active, dynamic place to live and work that is totally different from typical suburban subdivisions.
Resident J.T. Henderson calls Norton Commons “a throwback to how our society used to be, a walkable neighborhood with restaurants, shops, parks, and sidewalks.” In fact, the community was designed for walkability. The hubs of the community, the Town Centers, are designed to be within a five-minute walk for most residents. The neighborhood’s three schools are within a few blocks, too. The Norton Commons lifestyle allows residents to leave the car at home and walk, a surprisingly rare amenity in today’s car-dependent world.
Take a stroll down any of the tree-lined streets and you will see charming storefronts that blend seamlessly into the residential community. The businesses have names that are as intriguing as their facades—Wild Ginger, Tea Station Asian Bistro, Lulubelles, Something Blue, and Citizen 7, just to name a few.
Residents and visitors will find a variety of unique retail shops, casual to upscale restaurants, doctors, financial services, a wine shop, a coffee shop, a bed-and-breakfast, and more—all within walking distance. The business owners are eager to develop relationships with residents, which furthers the community feel.
As Louisville’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), Norton Commons is part of the new urbanism movement which focuses on walkable, mixed-use communities. In fact, Louisville will host the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2019, which will bring together renowned architects, developers, and urban planners from all over the world. The seamless blending of residential and commercial building in Norton Commons perfectly exemplifies the heart of new urbanism, and the community is proud to be a focal point of the 2019 CNU.
As you continue your walk, you will pass parents or grandparents pushing baby strollers or walking dogs, children playing in green spaces, and people sipping beverages at sidewalk restaurants or on front porches. Front porches are common in Norton Commons, where residents are offered a variety of home choices, including one- and two-story homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments. Homes are available in various price points and styles. The traditional architecture of the neighborhood is designed to be cohesive while still allowing for diversity and uniqueness. The intention was never for a “cookie-cutter” approach. The charm of the neighborhood streets is enhanced by the abundance of street trees and plantings, well-maintained landscapes, and driveways and garages that are hidden rather than street facing.
One thing that is not intended to be hidden is family living. While homes in many subdivisions are designed with privacy fences surrounding backyards, Norton Commons reverts to days gone by. Charles Osborn III describes it as pushing backyard living into public spaces to promote community. This is accomplished by the addition of multiple parks, playgrounds, and green spaces that draw families out of the house and into the outdoors. Community feeling is enhanced by outdoor movie nights, concerts, and other events that residents and visitors can attend at the amphitheater overlooking the lake.
The Norton Commons population is also a diverse blend. It includes people in retirement age who are transitioning to a home that is convenient to amenities, young families who enjoy the parks, close schools, and play areas, and professionals who prefer to live where they shop, dine, and work. The Veranda, an apartment complex with over 200 units, opened in 2015 to expand the diverse population and increase residential choices.
From the first home occupied in 2005 to the recent geothermal North Village development, Norton Commons now includes over 1,200 homes, 60 businesses, 3 schools, parks, pools, and ample green spaces. The neighborhood even has its own fire station and YMCA.
At completion, Norton Commons is expected to have close to 3,000 homes, 600,000 square feet of office and business space, over 150 acres of parks, and multiple schools that Charles Osborn III calls “virtually a complete small city.” The next section of development will cross over into Oldham County where residents will have access to Oldham County schools, among other amenities.
We believe Norton Commons is the most unique, walkable community in the region, but don’t take our word for it. Watch the video and see for yourself, then come walk the streets, have lunch in one of the award-winning restaurants, or stop to browse in one of the many shops. We think you will agree that there’s “More Life Per Square Foot” at Norton Commons.
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For the first time ever, we're thrilled to unveil our brand new Norton Commons video! It's full-length because it showcased our lovely neighborhood so wonderfully that we didn’t want to cut it down just yet (it may or may not have brought some of us in the office to tears, even). As stated in the video, Norton Commons really is "all about community." A heartfelt thank you to the many residents and business owners who helped make this video possible, and to those of you who help make this community possible. Please enjoy a taste a Norton Commons, the community with More Life Per Square Foot! #NortonCommonsLifeRead more about our community here: http://nortoncommons.com/category/blogs/
Posted by Norton Commons on Tuesday, September 12, 2017