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/
Today’s WDRB News Morning Show featured a live interview with Norton Commons’ own Marilyn Patterson and Susan Graf as they shared a sneak preview of what residents and visitors can expect at this weekend’s Third Annual Art Festival & Spring Home Showcase with Keith Kaiser of WDRB News. It all happens this weekend rain or shine, so don’t miss this free event with exciting artists and live entertainment. Follow the links below to tune in to today’s interview and the event schedule for Saturday and Sunday.
Visit the Norton Commons Town Center and peruse local arts and crafts including handmade products from textile artists, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors, potters, soap milliners, woodworkers, and many other artisans. We’ll also have live music and plenty of food and drink, so spend the whole day with us! The Art Festival will take place from 11AM-5PM on both May 20 & 21.
Bejeweled Horseshoes & More! Artist Scooter Davidson
Saturday, May 20
11-1: Bomar & Ritter
1-3: Handcar Prophets
Sunday, May 21
11-1: Campbell Grissom
1-3: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
3-5: Millers Folly
The outdoor entertainment continues Saturday evening with Music by the Water. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. The inaugural concert this year kicks off with local favorite Alex Wright, an Americana group, who will open for Tony and the Tan Lines, a popular yacht rock band.
Event admission & parking are free! RSVP for the Art Festival via Facebook.
The Norton Commons 2017 Summer Concert Series kicks off on May 20. As in years past, this year’s series is dubbed Music By The Water, which is appropriate since the concerts are held in the beautiful amphitheater near the lake.
The series of seven concerts promises something for everyone with a wide variety of musical styles, including soul, blues, country, patriotic, classic rock, and music from the‘60s and ‘70s. The concerts are free, open to the public, and family friendly. The beautiful grounds surrounding the amphitheater can easily accommodate over two thousand guests. Parking is also free and convenient, and can be found on-street throughout the neighborhood.
Before the show, enjoy dinner at one of Norton Commons’ many award-winning restaurants. The 502 Bar & Bistro offers seasonal specials and local favorites. Mercato Italiano excels in upscale Italian. Enjoy drinks and great food on the patio at Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza or Citizen 7. Norton Commons also boasts two locations for Asian cuisine—Wild Ginger and Tea Station Asian Bistro. For an extensive wine and bourbon list or unique cocktails, Commonwealth Tap is a local favorite.
Who better to kick off a summer concert series named Music By The Water than a band named Tony and the Tan Lines. We had a chance to catch up with the band for some insider information about what concert goers can expect on May 20.
NC: What do you love about outdoor concerts?
T&TL: The outdoor concert is all about freedom. And we’re going to let it ring.
NC: I know you’ve played several events in Louisville. What does the band like to do or eat while in Louisville?
T&TL: While in Louisville we love to eat tacos, tacos and probably some more tacos. Tacos.
NC: Fortunately, the band won’t have to go far from the amphitheater to find great tacos at Citizen 7 in Norton Commons. You have to try our favorite Blackened Shrimp and Mojo Pork Belly. I see the band hails from Miami, another place for great tacos. How did the band come together?
T&TL: Our bass player Vinnie Starlito was driving a cab in Miami part time while his dance studio was being built. He needed some extra work, so he answered an ad in the paper looking for a bass player to shake bottoms. He met up with Skip Bartles, our singer, and the rest they say is history.
NC: You say you like ‘70s soul and ‘80s Miami sound. What is it about that era for you?
T&TL: The music of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was all about partying, having a good time and shaking your tail feathers. This is something the Tan Lines have based their entire being upon.
NC: I see that your musical inspirations are Hall & Oates, Billy Ocean, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins. What is it about those artists that inspire you?
T&TL: Each one of these artists has such a unique voice. Their songwriting and musicianship are second to none.
NC: What can we expect at the Norton Commons summer concert series?
T&TL: Imagine if the dance scenes from Footloose, Grease, and West Side Story all had a baby. So that.
NC: So you’re saying to bring your dancing shoes. I like that. I see you specialize in “Yacht Rock”. What exactly is “Yacht Rock”? I think I could use some right now!
T&TL: In general, yacht rock is an era of super smooth music created in the late ‘70s and early ’80s made famous by artists like Toto, Hall & Oates and Kenny Loggins. A guilty pleasure to some, but we simply like to call it pleasure.
NC: What music do you listen to in your car?
T&TL: Fun fact—not one of the Tan Lines owns a car. We always travel by boat.
NC: I see you have a “resident bartender” as part of the band. What are some of the band’s favorite beverages?
T&TL: We have a signature drink, well more of a pairing. It’s called the “Starlito Sunrise” named after our bass player. It’s a shot of tequila paired with a Miller High Life. Really gets you going in the morning.
NC: I love the clothes in the band’s photos. Where do you shop?
T&TL: When in Louisville, we always stop at the Nitty Gritty. The ladies there keep us looking very sexy.
NC: Your Facebook page lists the Rupert Holmes song “Escape–The Pina Colada Song”. Why that song?
T&TL: Who doesn’t love Piña Coladas and makin’ love at midnight?
NC: You mention “musical adventure” in your promo. What musical adventure is in the band’s future?
T&TL: You never know where the Tan Lines will end up next. It’s always an adventure with us, on stage or off. Wherever the smooth winds take our sails, that’s where we’ll be. Just remember to always Stay Tan!
Tony and the Tan Lines take the stage on May 20 at 6:30 p.m., so bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs. See you at the amphitheater!
While residents of Louisville look forward to spring and warmer weather, prospective home buyers in Louisville anxiously await a more favorable spring real estate forecast.
A serious shortage of homes in the Louisville area means prospective buyers have fewer property options. That’s why the homes in the newest section of Norton Commons’ North Village, known as N4, are a welcome addition to the growing new urban community and good news for Louisville buyers. According to Greg Burrus of Burrus Architecture & Construction, longtime builder in Norton Commons, “N4 has a nice variety of lot sizes with various price points.” In fact, N4 has 71 desirable lots, most with a park view, which are now available. Construction is already underway on many.
Norton Commons’ Sales Manager Susan Graf shares her excitement about the newest section of homes, “Our builders have come up with some new and exciting plans for N4, including one-story plans, great two-story options, and lots of porches and courtyards. Our buyers are going to have excellent opportunities when looking for their new home. N4 has a fabulous green space and the North Village has great planned parks and unique amenities. The North Village is beginning to really come alive.”
Builder David Ramage of The Ramage Company reports, “section N4 will continue Norton Commons’ geothermal initiative, which is one of the largest such initiatives in the nation. By harvesting the moderate temperatures in the ground, the efficiency of a geothermal system lowers monthly utility bills without emitting carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Geothermal equipment has a longer useful life than a typical furnace, too.”
Another advantage homeowners will appreciate, according to Greg Burrus, is something these homes won’t have—outside air conditioning units. This is a distinct benefit for homes featuring outdoor living spaces such as porches and courtyards because homeowners can enjoy quiet outdoor living without the noise from outside units. A small amount of yard space is also saved by the lack of traditional outdoor condenser.
With the planned construction of 71 energy-efficient homes featuring fresh, unique designs and a large common green space, this is an exciting time for builders and buyers in Norton Commons. We expect a beautiful spring forecast at Norton Commons where you will always find “More Life Per Square Foot.”
Questions about our homes, lots, or amenities? Call our Sales Center at 502.412.5085.
If you have lived in the Norton Commons community for any length of time, you are aware of the many exciting, fun-filled events that take place here during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. This week, our Marketing Director, Marilyn Osborn Patterson, had the chance to chat with Jason Black, the President and Owner of Artisan Signature Homes, on his Custom Home Building podcast series.
Marilyn shares an inside peek of what’s to come for spring and summer of 2017 in the Norton Commons community. From kicking off the Spring season with Easter egg hunts and the Easter Bunny to enjoying live music, local artisan crafts, and outdoor movie entertainment, this year’s spring and summer events are sure to be a hit – so come out and join us!
“We have exciting things in the works for the commercial village and beyond, so stay tuned.” – Marilyn Osborn Patterson
What’s Coming Up In Norton Commons:
Get the details of the live music & entertainment events scheduled.
Artists featured this year at the Music by the Water concerts.
What’s expected for the Sun Down Street Parties.
When to get your locally grown, farm-fresh produce at our weekly Farmers’ Markets.
Raising money for a good cause – how to participate in The Race Against Time 5K to benefit Progeria Research.
How you could win a new home valued over $500,000 – for as little as $100.
Which movies are playing – and when – at our Movies on the Lawn.
Our Spring and Fall Home Showcase events.
Take a listen to the full podcast episode and let us know what you think!
The Custom Home Builder Podcast series is produced and published by Artisan Signature Homes and often focuses on the custom and luxury home building process, as well as providing general information about the Norton Commons community to the general public.
PROSPECT, Ky. (March 21, 2017)— Norton Commons, the growing new urbanist community in Prospect, today announced the addition of new amenities including a wildflower meadow as well as a community garden.
Both the community garden and the wildflower meadow will be located at Bergamot Drive and Chamberlain Lane, just west of the community’s amphitheater and lake. The three-acre wildflower meadow will incorporate species native to the state, and will include many of the varieties for which the community streets are named. The meadow will be in concert with nature and will enhance and attract pollinators, birds, and butterflies.
The community garden will consist of 32 4-by-10 foot raised beds. The Norton Commons Neighborhood Association management staff and volunteers will oversee the garden, and plot leases have just begun among neighbors. They are sold out and a wait list has been created.
“The new green spaces will be both aesthetically-pleasing and environmentally beneficial,” said Marilyn Osborn Patterson, Marketing Director and Legal Counsel for Norton Commons. “This is a collaborative project, and will bring together residents of all ages to share in the harvests of vegetables and herbs. It’s the next extension of our farm-to-fork initiatives that began two years ago, when we launched our farmers’ market.”
The new amenities will be part of over 160 acres of planned green and civic spaces, which currently consist of nature trails, a rose garden, three dog parks, a bocce court, a town center, playscapes, and picnic areas. Norton Commons other sustainability efforts include its 100% geothermal North Village and its tree planting initiative, resulting in almost 3000 new trees planted in the community to date.
In May of 2017, the community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original design charrette where dozens of noted landscape architects and planners, like Andres Duany, the father of new urbanism, laid out initial plans for the 600-acre complete community in northeast Jefferson County.
Norton Commons, with its vibrant town center, is a popular shopping destination. With seven full-service restaurants, soon to be eight, this unique neighborhood is fast becoming a culinary destination as well. Where else could you find South American street food fusion, casual Italian, new American, and Asian cross-cultural cuisine within easy walking distance?
Starting Monday, January 23 through Monday, January 30, Norton Commons will host its first Restaurant Week, a week-long dining extravaganza meant to showcase its growing food scene. Restaurant Week will be a great opportunity to try a new menu item at your tried-and-true familiar place or be adventurous and find a new favorite place. The variety of award-winning restaurants at Norton Commons promises a wide range of cuisines that will satisfy every discriminating palate.
The six participating restaurants include Mercato Italiano, Citizen 7, The 502 Bar & Bistro, Tea Station Asian Bistro, Karem’s Grill & Pub, and Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza. Each restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu that includes an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert from $15, $20, and $25 per person (price points vary by restaurant). Commonwealth Tap will also offer drink specials during Restaurant Week.
There’s no better time to try something new, so pick a date and gather your friends for the first annual Restaurant Week at Norton Commons.
The wait is finally over for Norton Commons’ builders and buyers. On Wednesday, January 11, the newest section of Norton Commons’ North Village will be available to builders in the first lot draw of 2017.
The new section, known as N4, has 71 very desirable lots. Like other homes in the North Village, the homes in section N4 will be heated and cooled with geothermal technology. N4 will also showcase a large common green space, even larger than a similar green space that can be found on Featherbell Boulevard, west of Meeting Street. Some of the N4 lots will face this picturesque lawn, serving as the perfect centerpiece for the new section.
The Norton Commons Sales Team anticipates that all the new lots will be purchased and built on in 2017. Builders are expecting a great spring, so they are currently working on home plans. Many plans are fresh and unique to N4 and are beautifully designed.
This new section of geothermal homes will continue Norton Commons’ commitment to the local environment, a commitment demonstrated earlier this month when property management recycled over two dozen holiday trees by placing them in the community’s lake to promote the growth and diversity of the resident fish population. Also on Norton Commons’ green agenda for 2017 is the plan to plant over 200 trees throughout the neighborhood. Some of the plantings include the live holiday trees that were on display in the Norton Commons Town Center over the holiday season. That will bring the neighborhood tree count to over 2700. With these and other soon-to-be-announced green additions, spring should be even more beautiful in Norton Commons.
Want to sample award-winning cuisine at a great price? Then make plans to visit Norton Commons’ inaugural Restaurant Week for from January 23-30, 2017. Participating restaurants will offer patrons three-course dinners from $15, $20, and $25 per person (menu offerings vary by restaurant). Offerings will include an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert from a special prix fixe menu. Restaurants participating in Norton Commons Restaurant Week include: Mercato Italiano ($25); Citizen 7 ($25); The 502 Bar & Bistro ($25); Tea Station Asian Bistro($20); Karem’s Grill & Pub ($15); and Johnny Brusco’s($15).
Our friends at Commonwealth Tapalso have some awesome activities lined up for RW which will compliment our culinary offerings nicely. Check them out on social!
Also, don’t forget that Chateau Bourbon Bed & Breakfast is celebrating the event with a special rate of $199/night for all suites this week. Book your staycation and walk to your luxurious accommodations after indulging.
To make dinner reservations, click the restaurant links above or visit our business directory page here and give them a call.