OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. — The housing market is anything but normal right now, with homes flying off the market soon after listing. Depending on where you live, it can be even harder to find your dream home.
Many families with school-aged children are looking for homes in Oldham County, citing the school district as a major factor pushing them to want to move there.
Bailey White is currently in kindergarten in County Oldham. Next fall she will be attending schools in Oldham County. Her mother, Allyson White, said she was confident she would have an enjoyable experience there.
“I feel like everyone I’ve spoken to in our neighborhood and region has had nothing but really positive things to say about the school,” White said.
She grew up in Jefferson County, but moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky. There, she met her husband, Jason White. The two lived there for a bit, but wanted to move to the Louisville area to be closer to Allyson’s family once their daughter, Bailey, was born.
When deciding where to buy a home, new parents had schools in mind. While Allyson had an overall positive experience growing up in Jefferson County public schools, she felt the school choice options created less continuity and sense of community than she would like for her. girl. She remembers that so few students went to school with her in elementary, middle and high school.
“Neither of us really lived near each other,” White said. “I grew up in Hikes Point. My parents took me to Fern Creek, Okolona and here in Prospect. It was a lot. We were kind of mixed up in the city.”
Jason White, not being from the Bluegrass State, did his research. He found it more difficult for them to find homes in Jefferson County due to the varying grades of schools.
“We couldn’t find a place we liked that also had three good schools that we thought we could stay for a while,” Jason White said.
The Kentucky Department of Education has not evaluated schools for the past two years due to COVID-19.
Looking at the data for the 2018-2019 school year, JCPS overall had 2/5 stars at all grade levels. That same year, Oldham County Schools had 4/5 stars for primary and secondary and three stars for middle school.
The Whites said it was a determining factor when choosing their Oldham County home in Prospect a few years ago. White people are not alone.
According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Oldham County grown up 12% from 2010 to 2020. Population of Jefferson County grown up during that same period, but at half the growth rate of Oldham County.
Louisville-area real estate agent Emily Domeck Sackella said she’s noticing the boom in Oldham County.
“I have several clients who moved to County Oldham just for the school district,” Domeck Sackella said.
She said it was hard to find a house in County Oldham right now. Her eldest son, Hunter, was at JCPS when they were sent home due to COVID-19 in 2020.
“That March or April he was sent home and didn’t come back for a year. We ended up putting him in a local Catholic school, so he wouldn’t lose so much. He stayed a semester at the Catholic school and we are back in Wilder,” Domeck Sackella said.
She said the district’s handling of COVID-19, mixed with other things, led her to want to move her family to County Oldham as well. She just doesn’t know how long it will take amid the great interest in the area.
“It’s hard to find a house there because they’re leaving so fast,” said Domeck Sackella. “I have buyers looking over there and we are looking at the same homes.”
Los Blancos said they saw more than 30 potential buyers passing through an open house nearby. Seeing this, they said they were grateful to have bought their house and settled in long before Bailey’s first day of kindergarten.