Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

Louisville, KY
Best place to retire: East Market District
Pros: New and affordable construction; close to green space and cultural attractions
Cons: The area is still carving out a neighborhood identity
Real estate: For a 1,000-square foot condo, you'll pay just $225,000. Rentals can be found for under $1,600.
Louisville has poured millions of dollars into revitalizing its downtown. With 1,000 new residences - and another 2,800 by 2010 - retirees are taking notice.

"Of the new housing that's gone up, probably 50 percent is now occupied by empty-nesters," says Barry Alberts, executive director of the city's Downtown Development Corporation.

The East Market section sits on the city's Waterfront Park along the Ohio River and is where much of the condo development is taking place. You're also walking-distance to the AAA baseball stadium, Slugger Field, art galleries in the West Main district and new museums, such as the Muhammad Ali Center.

The neighborhood is also only a few blocks north of the Louisville Medical Center, the city's hub of hospitals and medical facilities.

See complete data and interactive map for Louisville/Jefferson County

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop


Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square


Arts District




Mass Ave


Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon


Back Bay


East Town


East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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