Anchorage is a home-rule class city within Louisville Metro in the northeast corner of Jefferson County. The city’s land was part of a land grant owned by Issac Hite in 1773, awarded to Hite and others of the Virginia Militia for their service in the French-Indian War. The name itself came from The Anchorage, an estate owned by riverboat captain and early resident James W. Goslee; the name was bestowed upon the city when it was incorporated by the Kentucky general assembly in 1878, three years after Goslee’s passing.
New residents moving to Anchorage will love the city’s small size, access to shops, dining, and entertainment in the surrounding area, and the overall historic character. Homes begin in the $400s, and can go for as much as $3 million.
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Nearly 2,500 call Anchorage their old Kentucky home, a city which was for a time a summer home for many of Louisville’s wealthiest citizens, thanks to the many trees shading the city from the summer heat, in contrast to the lack of such respite in Louisville’s downtown core. Anchorage is also home to many of Louisville’s rich and famous year-round -- median household income is around $61,000 -- including national pizza chain Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who owns 6 percent of the city, in part to preserve its history.
Mean commuting time from Anchorage to Louisville and back is 21.5 minutes, less than the state mean of 28.6 minutes, as well as the national mean of 26.3 minutes. Those who prefer to leave the car at home have a handful of options around the city, all thanks to TARC.
Anchorage is generally bounded by E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park and developments to the north, KY 146 to the east, Cedar Dale Road to the south, and developments to the west. KY 146 is the main road through Anchorage, connecting the city to St. Matthews in the west, and through the major cities in Oldham County (Pewee Valley, Crestwood, Buckner, and La Grange) to New Castle in Henry County. KY 146 connects with I-265 (known in Louisville as the Gene Snyder) in the northeastern tip of Anchorage, leading one and all to destinations such as downtown Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Nashville.
E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park is a 550-acre state park posthumously named in 1974 after Jefferson County judge Erbon Powers “Tom” Sawyer, the father of journalist Diane Sawyer. The park is open all year, and was established upon land purchased from the Kentucky Department of Mental Health in 1969. Two trails -- 1 and 1.25 miles, respectively -- a dog park, archery, astronomy, BMX, picnicking, and tons of events throughout the year await new and established Anchorage residents alike.
Golfers wanting a quick round should consider Owl Creek Country Club. The nine-hole course was built in 1927, and renovated in 2004. Swimming and tennis are also available, as well as lunch and dinner, and use of the clubhouse dining area for banquets and weddings.
To the southeast of Anchorage lays Berrytown Park. one of the many city parks cared for by Metro Parks, a department of Louisville Metro Government. The 24.16-acre park is open from dawn to dusk, and features tennis, basketball, a playground, and restrooms.
A quick trip to the north end of Anchorage leads to Springhurst Towne Center, where over 800,000 square feet of retail await for the hardcore shoppers in your family. Jump onto I-265, however, and they can head over to Paddock Shops further north, or Oxmoor Center and Mall St. Matthews to the west via I-264, and, for the truly adventurous, the shops and restaurants of the Highlands near downtown.