A Profile of the Clifton Louisville Neighborhood

If you asked any Louisville resident what the most popular neighborhoods are for young singles and couples, they would likely answer the Highlands, Germantown, and Clifton. The eclectic Clifton Louisville neighborhood has grown around the Frankfort Avenue niche shops and locally-owned restaurants that are reminiscent of Bardstown Road but without the overwhelming nightlife scene. Clifton is a trendy neighborhood with plenty of sidewalks, easy access to the Highlands, St. Matthews, and Downtown Louisville, and old, Victorian houses that make great homes for both young professionals and families.

Plus, if all the charm already listed wasn't enough, know that there are oodles of things to do on Frankfort Ave., including holiday festivities. It is bustling around Halloween and Christmas and many from around the city flock to Frankfort Ave. for the annual Easter parade.

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Clifton Louisville History

An art supply store in Louiseville.
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Clifton was developed over a period of 60 years, a much longer span of time than most Louisville neighborhoods, though much of the neighborhood today retains the Victorian style of its beginning in the late 1800s. In the 1990s, Clifton began to grown alongside the Highlands as locally-owned shops and restaurants began to fill the buildings along Frankfort Avenue and Bardstown Road. Today, Clifton claims one of the top dining areas in Louisville as well as a thriving art district.

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Clifton Louisville Boundaries

Clifton Pizza on Frankfort Ave.
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Mellwood Ave, Louisville, KY 40206, USA
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The Clifton neighborhood extends from North Ewing Avenue to Mellwood Avenue—home to the popular Mellwood Art Center, a large building originally built by the Fischer Meat Packing Company in 1904 and repurposed, opening in 2002 and featuring free parking, art classes, dance, galleries and more—and bounded by I-64 to the south and Brownsboro Road to the north. Mellwood Art Center is one of the largest centers of its type in the country, the site features 360,000 square feet to build, dance and event plan.

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Clifton Louisville Demographics

American Printing House for the Blind
© 2009 Jessica Elliott

As of the 2000 census, Clifton had less than 2,500 residents, 90% Caucasian, 8% African American, and 2% Hispanic. Almost one-third of the population of Clifton held college degrees, a much higher rate than the average for the city.

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Clifton Apartments and Real Estate

Where to live in Louisville
© 2009 Jessica Elliott

Homes in Clifton are typically sold as real estate, but the recent surge in popularity of the neighborhood has encouraged many homeowners to open their homes to renters.

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Top Clifton Restaurants

Irish Rover in Louisville, KY
(c) 2008 Jessica Elliott

The Clifton neighborhood has restaurants that could rival those of any other big dining area in the city, including the Highlands and Downtown. Many Clifton restaurants have been awarded Louisville Magazine Best of Louisville and LEO Weekly Reader's Choice awards.

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Getting to Know the Clifton Louisville Neighborhood