St. Matthews Louisville Neighborhood Profile

Getting to Know St. Matthews Louisville

Originally a suburb of Louisville, St. Matthews was annexed into the city of Louisville as a result of the Louisville/Jefferson County merger in 2003. St. Matthews Louisville is the city's largest shopping district. You will find two malls as well as one of nearly every chain store in Louisville on Shelbyville Road, which is the main road through St. Matthews. Also, it's a great area to go see a movie. Plenty of theater options.

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    St. Matthews History

    Homes in St. Matthews
    ••• Homes in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville. (c) 2007 Jessica Elliott

    St. Matthews was first settled in 1779 by Colonel John Floyd. Floyd had purchased the 2,000 acres of land that would later become St. Matthews from soldiers who had been awarded the land for their service in the French and Indian War. It wasn’t until the city began developing a shopping center there in the 1920s that St. Matthews started to become less rural. Growth of the area was expedited by Louisville’s flood of 1937 that encouraged many Louisville residents to relocate to higher ground.


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    St. Matthews Boundaries

    Homes in St. Matthews
    ••• Homes in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville. © 2009 Carol Hall

    St. Matthews’ boundaries are Cannons Lane to the west, I-264 to the south and east, and Brownsboro Road to the north, though a few neighborhoods just north of Brownsboro Road are also considered part of St. Matthews.

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    St. Matthews Demographics

    Mall St. Matthews
    ••• Mall St. Matthews in Louisville. (c) 2009 Jessica Elliott

    Individuals living in Louisville’s East End typically have the highest median ages and incomes in the city. However, many young professionals and recent college graduates occupy apartments in St. Matthews.

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    St. Matthews Real Estate

    Homes in St. Matthews
    ••• Homes in St. Matthews. © 2009 Carol Hall

    Homes in St. Matthews are infrequently used as rental properties. Most individuals living in single-family homes in St. Matthews are homeowners, and most renters occupy St. Matthews apartments.

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    St. Matthews Picture Tour

    Sculpture in St. Matthews
    ••• Sculpture in St. Matthews neighborhood. © 2009 Carol Hall

    Explore St. Matthews through pictures of some of its biggest attractions, restaurants, and stores.

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    Cheesecake Factory in St. Matthews.
    ••• Cheesecake Factory in St. Matthews. © 2009 Carol Hall

    St. Matthews is full of chain restaurants with the same basic menu, but there are a few St. Matthews restaurants that offer interesting and delicious dining choices. For example, there's a St. Matthews spot on our Healthy Lunches story.

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    Dutch's Tavern in St. Matthews.
    ••• Dutch's Tavern in St. Matthews. © 2009 Carol Hall

    The St. Matthews neighborhood is better known as a shopping and dining district than it is a nightlife district. However, there are a few popular drinking establishments--Dutch's Tavern, Brendan's, the Bluegrass Brewing Company, and Saints--in St. Matthews on the stretch of Shelbyville Road closest to Crescent Hill.

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    St. Matthews Shopping

    Oxmoor Shopping Center in St. Matthews.
    ••• Oxmoor Shopping Center in St. Matthews. (c) 2008 Jessica Elliott

    St. Matthews has the largest commercial shopping district in Louisville. It is the home of two of Louisville’s largest malls:

    • The Mall St. Matthews--Located at 5000 Shelbyville Road, the 1.1 million square foot mall has more than 130 stores, including Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Loft, Arhaus, Aveda, bebe, Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, Harold's, J. Jill, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma.
    • Oxmoor Mall--Located at 7900 Shelbyville Road, just down from The Mall St. Matthews, Oxmoor Mall is home to more than 50 shops and restaurants, including American Eagle Outfitters, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eddie Bauer, Gymboree, NY & Co., Old Navy, and Pottery Barn Kids.

    Note: Jessica Elliott's article was edited by a current expert. September, 2016.