Nicholasville Real Estate and Information
Nicholasville Real Estate and Information
Nicholasville, Kentucky, the county seat of Jessamine County, is a charming town just outside the dynamic Lexington metro area. Nicholasville real estate is found in one of the Bluegrass State’s fastest-growing cities with a population around 28,000. In fact, since 2000 Nicholasville’s population has grown by almost 34% percent. So, you could say the secret is out for good reason: Nicholasville real estate is a great choice for those who enjoy the advantages of a small community and who want to be an easy drive away from metro Lexington.
Shopping and Dining
Nicholasville offers both unique, local shopping and well-known national brands like Kroger, Kohl’s, Walmart and Sam’s Club. Local retailers include The Wine Shop for kitchenware, its sweet shop, and wine sampling on Friday & Saturday from 4-8 p.m. Alternative Jewelry & Gallery on North Main purveys original jewelry and art in a renovated historic downtown district. King's Garden Center and Landscaping of Kentucky sells an incredible selection of native plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and herbs. Timeless Antiques and Gifts offers pieces from the 17th and 18th century period along with primitive furniture, antique furniture, lamps, chocolate pots, silver and many other items. Rooster and Rose Ltd offers a variety of craft items. Arthur Court sells a selection of airoot candles plus custom home decor.
Some of Nicholasville’s popular locally owned eateries include Los Dos Amigos and Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Edgewood Plaza Drive, and the Nicholasville Café and Cottage Café, both on North Main St. National/regional restaurants include Applebees, Bob Evans, Copper River Grill, Panera Bread and Wasabi.
Parks and Recreation
Nicholasville real estate is close to 16 inviting parks. Here are some highlights ( or visit the Nicholasville/Jessamine County Parks & Recreation website):
- Bell Place Soccer Field/James Mason Park offers a full-size, competition soccer field heavily used by the Jessamine Youth Soccer Association (JYSA).
- Billy Lockridge Park, at the intersection of KY 169 and Keene-Way Drive beckons with two acres of trees and green space.
- City/County Park is multifaceted, with 10 acres of green space and paved lanes for walking or riding. Exercise walkers enjoy the small walking track that rings the big playground. Features include a picnic shelter, barbecue grills, 3 basketball courts, one adult and two youth softball fields, 6 youth soccer fields, and 4 baseball fields. City/County Park houses the Jessamine County Fairgrounds, Humane Society and the County Road Department.
- Clint Hayden Park sits along Town Branch creek near downtown Nicholasville. Amenities at include a picnic shelter and grills, play structures and swing set for ages 2 to 12, and a baseball field.
- Hamilton-Masters Park, on the southern edge of Nicholasville offers a green, wooded space in the Southbrook Subdivision adjacent to Town Branch. Amenities include a picnic shelter and walking track.
- Lake Mingo/Corman Park has 22 acres of woods, open space and small lake suitable for fishing. It has a nearly mile-long walking path, a 9-hole disc golf course, a basketball court and a playground. Four picnic shelters are here, one of which has a kitchen and restroom.
- Prentice Park, at the intersection of Walnut St. and North Central St., was given by the Prentice family as a memorial park.
- The Nicholasville/Jessamine County Aquatic Center is located at Riney B Park. Its spacious pool features a zero-depth entry, a pair of large slides, water play fixtures plus a locker room and concessions. About 50 acres of woods surround the aquatic center, with about two miles of trails following part of the old R.N.I. & B. rail bed along Town Branch Creek.
- Rock Fence Park near downtown Nicholasville is a wooded park with a play structure and swings for young children, plus a shelter and grills.
- Woodrow Grow Park is a compact, popular park enjoyed by residents of Keene Crossing, Keene-Land, Autumn Hills and Lone Oak with horseshoe pits, a picnic shelter, a sand volleyball court and playground.
Golfers will find five courses in Nicholasville including Connemara Golf Links, High Point Golf Course, Planters Row Golf Links, Golf Club of the Bluegrass and Lone Oak Golf Course.
Nicholasville real estate and the town’s livability continue to attract new residents. The median home cost in Nicholasville is around $125,000 while the cost of living was 7.80% lower than the U.S. average in 2011. Nicholasville’s unemployment rate is also below the national average and job growth has been positive. Of course, being an easy drive from Lexington, residents have a wealth of job opportunities nearby.
Here are some of Nicholasville’s annual events:
- Mid-May is time for The Kentucky Wine & Vine Festival. By an act of the state Legislature this is the Official Wine Festival of Kentucky!
- Early June: The 400 Mile Antique, Collectible & Stuff Sale. This is surely among the most famous and celebrated yard sales in the South!
- Mid-June: Wilmore is the site of the Ichthus Christian Music Festival which has been called the top Christian rock festival in the U.S.
- Mid-August: The High Bridge Homecoming Festival celebrates the community which contains the landmark High Bridge.
- Mid-August also sees the VisitNich.com Bowl, a high school season kickoff invitational for soccer and football. It’s fun for the whole family!
- Early October sees Camp Nelson Civil War Days in action. This historic recreation of Civil War-era life occurs at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. The Park has a Union Army Civil War supply depot and training camp and its White House served as Union officer’s quarters during the Civil War. It is now a restored interpretive center. Camp Nelson Cemetery sits next to the site.
- Early October features the Jessamine Jamboree staged by Downtown Nicholasville featuring a parade, arts, crafts, food vendors, and much more.
Nicholasville offers a lot to do besides scheduled events. The Equine Center at Asbury College offers guided scenic horseback trail rides and bird-watching, with summertime horse camps.
Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery offers wine tasting and special Dinner Nights with Italian dishes and homemade desserts. While Kentucky bourbon is famous, its history of wine production is less well known. First Vineyard is the birthplace of the wine industry in the U.S., and tours are available.
See world's largest lock collection at the Harry C. Miller Lock Collection Museum or enjoy the Kentucky River Palisades with inspiring views of the dramatic limestone cliffs carved out by the Kentucky River. The Sugar Creek Resort is another Palisades offering, with guided trail rides for adults (some including dinner!), plus kayaks, canoes, hay rides, bon fires, and hot dog roasts.
Springhouse Gardens showcases Richard J. Weber’s lifelong love of plants and nature.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Jessamine County Public Schools provides local elementary schools including Jesssamine Early Learning Village, Brookside Elementary School, Nicholasville Elementary Accelerated School, Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary School, Warner Elementary School, and Wilmore Elementary School. Middle school children attend East Jessamine or West Jessamine Middle Schools, while high schoolers attend either East Jessamine High School or West Jessamine H.S. the district runs the Providence School, a non-traditional option for grades 6-12, and the Jessamine Career and Technology center. Nicholasville’s student-teacher ratio is about 14 to 5, a figure better than many districts nationally.
For private education, the Tabernacle Christian Academy serves students in grades pre-K to 11, while Creative Montessori serves Pre-K and kindergarten. A large number of private schools are available in nearby Lexington.
Nicholasville is home to Asbury University, a Christian College founded in 1890 with a student body of 1,300. Asbury Seminary, founded in 1923, is a multidenominational graduate institution serving over 1,700 students divided between Kentucky, Florida and an online program; it offers both masters and doctoral degrees.
The Saint Joseph Jessamine, R.J. Corman Ambulatory Care Center is a department of Saint Joseph Hospital and part of the Saint Joseph Health System. It is Jessamine County's first and only 24/7, full service emergency room and provides diagnostic imaging, lab services, physician offices and a community center. The Lexington area offers other hospital and clinical resources, including Central Baptist Hospital and the highly rated University of Kentucky’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
Given its location 14 miles from Lexington, most Nicholasville residents drive there, but Lextran public transportation also serves the city. Drivers have selection of good roads. U.S. Route 27 is a major north-south artery, while Kentucky Route 29 is an east-west two-lane highway (known as Wilmore Road west of US 27, and as Maple Street east). Kentucky Route 39 runs north-south from the farms south of the Nicholasville, ending at Business US 27 downtown. It is often called Maple Street, Sulphur Well Road and then Lancaster Road by locals. Kentucky Route 169 runs east-west through the city center then joins US 27 and Business US 27. It is called Keene Road northwest of the city center, then 3rd Street, Richmond Road and on the east side, Union Mills Road. Kentucky Route 1980 (called Ash Grove Road) leads east into Fayette County. Kentucky Route 3375 traverses west of US 27 north of the city center and is known as Catnip Hill Road.
For air travel, Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport is only about 14 miles, or 25 minutes, from Nicholasville.
If you are thinking about buying or selling Nicholasville real estate, give us a call at (859) 492-1351 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.