Guide to the St. Matthews Neighborhood in Louisville

A park with a pond in St. Matthews, Louisville, KY

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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. With plenty of theater options, it's also a great place to ​see a movie

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    History

    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 in the area was expedited by Louisville’s flood of 1937 that encouraged many Louisville residents to relocate to higher ground.

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    Characteristics

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

    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.

    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 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. 

    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, and the Bluegrass Brewing Company—in St. Matthews on the stretch of Shelbyville Road closest to Crescent Hill.

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    Shopping

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

    • The Mall St. MatthewsLocated 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 MallLocated 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.