Great News for Homeowners: Geothermal Tax Credits Reinstated

The budget deal that passed on February 9, 2018, was good news for homeowners who purchased a geothermal system after January 1, 2017. The Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, which expired at the end of 2016, was reinstated and extended by the new deal after it was signed into law by President Donald Trump. Some sources report that the Renewable Energy Trade Organization and other groups lobbied Congress for almost two years to get the credit reinstated.

The federal geothermal tax credit of 30% of the cost of a residential system was extended and made retroactive to purchases in 2017. This means homeowners who installed geothermal systems can see the tax savings on their 2017 tax return. Homeowners who already filed their 2017 return can amend the return to realize the tax savings. A tax credit means a dollar-for-dollar reduction of tax liability for units put into service after January, 1, 2017, through 2019. The credit drops to 26% for 2020 and 22% for 2021.

With new home construction booming in Norton Commons, this is exciting news for builders and home buyers. Norton Commons’ geothermal initiative is one of the largest in the nation and reflects Norton Commons’ commitment to the environment. Homes in the North Village are heated and cooled with geothermal technology which takes advantage of moderate ground temperatures to create an efficient system that lowers monthly utility bills without emitting carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In addition, geothermal equipment generally lasts longer than a traditional furnace and typically requires less maintenance overall.

Geothermal systems result in another distinct advantage for Norton Commons’ homeowners—no outside air conditioning units. Homeowners in Norton Commons can enjoy outdoor living spaces, such as porches and courtyards, without the noise from outside units.

Noise reduction, energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and now a 30% tax credit means great news for Norton Commons’ residents.


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Victory for the Geothermal Heat Pump Industry

Forecasted Home Trends for 2018

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Photo courtesy of Gretchen Black of Greyhouse Design 2017 was an interesting year for home building and décor trends. With the wide popularity of websites like Houzz and Pinterest, many homeowners have taken to DIY or at least want a stronger voice in decisions regarding home design. Wood walls called “shiplap” became one of the […]

Second Annual Restaurant Week Coming to Norton Commons Jan. 22-28

Second Annual Restaurant Week Coming to Norton Commons
Burgeoning independent dining destination cooking up something good for foodies

PROSPECT, Ky. (January 5, 2018)— Norton Commons announced today that the growing new urbanist community in northeast Louisville will host its second annual restaurant week Mon., Jan. 22 through Sun., Jan. 28. Eight restaurants will offer patrons three-course dinner menus including appetizer, entrée, and dessert from $15, $20, and $25.

“As far as independent dining and shopping goes, I think Norton Commons is clearly on the rise and stacks up well against any community in the region,” said Executive Chef Ming Pu of The 502 Bar & Bistro. “There’s no shortage of talented chefs in this walkable community. They’re cooking up everything from Kentucky cuisine with a global influence, to South American Street food, to Italian trattoria fare, to inventive sake cocktails and fresh sushi. I know everyone has worked hard on special, inventive menus that will make a big impression on both first-time and longtime guests.”

Norton Commons Restaurant Week participants include: Mercato Italiano; Citizen 7; The 502 Bar & Bistro; Wild Ginger; Tea Station Asian Bistro; Karem’s Grill & Pub; and Johnny Brusco’s. In addition, Commonwealth Tap will offer nightly sommelier-selected wine and bourbon flights for $20 each. Luxury bed-and-breakfast, Château Bourbon is discounting rooms to $199 a night for those that want to stay in the neighborhood after their meal.

About Norton Commons:
Norton Commons is Louisville’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development (“TND”). Planned TNDs are the cornerstone of the new urbanism movement, which promotes the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, and vibrant mixed-use communities assembled in an integrated fashion, resulting in a complete community. Norton Commons sits on almost 600 acres in northeast Jefferson County, Kentucky and is currently home to over 1200 residences, 60+ businesses, 3 schools, and dozens of parks, pools, and green spaces. To learn more about Norton Commons, visit or on Twitter @nortoncommonsky.


A Video Tour of the Norton Commons Lifestyle

In days gone by, residents of most American neighborhoods could walk to the grocery, pharmacy, doctor, and bank. People knew the owners of these businesses, and they knew their neighbors.

The vision and dream of the Norton Commons Development Team, led by Managing Director Charles Osborn III, was to create a community that harkened back to yesteryear—where residents could live, work, play, shop, and attend school all in one place. More than 10 years later, that dream has become reality. The dream that began with a 600-acre farm has become an active, dynamic place to live and work that is totally different from typical suburban subdivisions.

Resident J.T. Henderson calls Norton Commons “a throwback to how our society used to be, a walkable neighborhood with restaurants, shops, parks, and sidewalks.” In fact, the community was designed for walkability. The hubs of the community, the Town Centers, are designed to be within a five-minute walk for most residents. The neighborhood’s three schools are within a few blocks, too. The Norton Commons lifestyle allows residents to leave the car at home and walk, a surprisingly rare amenity in today’s car-dependent world.

Take a stroll down any of the tree-lined streets and you will see charming storefronts that blend seamlessly into the residential community. The businesses have names that are as intriguing as their facades—Wild Ginger, Tea Station Asian Bistro, Lulubelles, Something Blue, and Citizen 7, just to name a few.

Residents and visitors will find a variety of unique retail shops, casual to upscale restaurants, doctors, financial services, a wine shop, a coffee shop, a bed-and-breakfast, and more—all within walking distance. The business owners are eager to develop relationships with residents, which furthers the community feel.

As Louisville’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), Norton Commons is part of the new urbanism movement which focuses on walkable, mixed-use communities. In fact, Louisville will host the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2019, which will bring together renowned architects, developers, and urban planners from all over the world. The seamless blending of residential and commercial building in Norton Commons perfectly exemplifies the heart of new urbanism, and the community is proud to be a focal point of the 2019 CNU.

As you continue your walk, you will pass parents or grandparents pushing baby strollers or walking dogs, children playing in green spaces, and people sipping beverages at sidewalk restaurants or on front porches. Front porches are common in Norton Commons, where residents are offered a variety of home choices, including one- and two-story homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments. Homes are available in various price points and styles. The traditional architecture of the neighborhood is designed to be cohesive while still allowing for diversity and uniqueness. The intention was never for a “cookie-cutter” approach. The charm of the neighborhood streets is enhanced by the abundance of street trees and plantings, well-maintained landscapes, and driveways and garages that are hidden rather than street facing.

One thing that is not intended to be hidden is family living. While homes in many subdivisions are designed with privacy fences surrounding backyards, Norton Commons reverts to days gone by. Charles Osborn III describes it as pushing backyard living into public spaces to promote community. This is accomplished by the addition of multiple parks, playgrounds, and green spaces that draw families out of the house and into the outdoors. Community feeling is enhanced by outdoor movie nights, concerts, and other events that residents and visitors can attend at the amphitheater overlooking the lake.

The Norton Commons population is also a diverse blend. It includes people in retirement age who are transitioning to a home that is convenient to amenities, young families who enjoy the parks, close schools, and play areas, and professionals who prefer to live where they shop, dine, and work. The Veranda, an apartment complex with over 200 units, opened in 2015 to expand the diverse population and increase residential choices.

From the first home occupied in 2005 to the recent geothermal North Village development, Norton Commons now includes over 1,200 homes, 60 businesses, 3 schools, parks, pools, and ample green spaces. The neighborhood even has its own fire station and YMCA.

At completion, Norton Commons is expected to have close to 3,000 homes, 600,000 square feet of office and business space, over 150 acres of parks, and multiple schools that Charles Osborn III calls “virtually a complete small city.”  The next section of development will cross over into Oldham County where residents will have access to Oldham County schools, among other amenities.

We believe Norton Commons is the most unique, walkable community in the region, but don’t take our word for it. Watch the video and see for yourself, then come walk the streets, have lunch in one of the award-winning restaurants, or stop to browse in one of the many shops. We think you will agree that there’s “More Life Per Square Foot” at Norton Commons.

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For the first time ever, we're thrilled to unveil our brand new Norton Commons video! It's full-length because it showcased our lovely neighborhood so wonderfully that we didn’t want to cut it down just yet (it may or may not have brought some of us in the office to tears, even). As stated in the video, Norton Commons really is "all about community." A heartfelt thank you to the many residents and business owners who helped make this video possible, and to those of you who help make this community possible. Please enjoy a taste a Norton Commons, the community with More Life Per Square Foot! #NortonCommonsLifeRead more about our community here:

Posted by Norton Commons on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WDRB News Morning Show with Norton Commons


Today’s WDRB News Morning Show featured a live interview with Norton Commons’ own Marilyn Patterson and Susan Graf as they shared a sneak preview of what residents and visitors can expect at this weekend’s Third Annual Art Festival & Spring Home Showcase with Keith Kaiser of WDRB News. It all happens this weekend rain or shine, so don’t miss this free event with exciting artists and live entertainment. Follow the links below to tune in to today’s interview and the event schedule for Saturday and Sunday.




Visit the Norton Commons Town Center and peruse local arts and crafts including handmade products from textile artists, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors, potters, soap milliners, woodworkers, and many other artisans. We’ll also have live music and plenty of food and drink, so spend the whole day with us! The Art Festival will take place from 11AM-5PM on both May 20 & 21.

Featured Artists:

Kelting Mixed Media

Josephine Hardison Fine Art

Home So Lovely, Artist Patricia Ansert

E&E Teepees

Bejeweled Horseshoes & More! Artist Scooter Davidson

Music Lineup:

Saturday, May 20

11-1: Bomar & Ritter

1-3: Handcar Prophets

3-5: Hermanos

Sunday, May 21

11-1: Campbell Grissom

1-3: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

3-5: Millers Folly

The outdoor entertainment continues Saturday evening with Music by the Water. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. The inaugural concert this year kicks off with local favorite Alex Wright, an Americana group, who will open for Tony and the Tan Lines, a popular yacht rock band.

Event admission & parking are free! RSVP for the Art Festival via Facebook.

Music By The Water—Norton Commons 2017 Summer Concert Series

Logo T&TLThe Norton Commons 2017 Summer Concert Series kicks off on May 20. As in years past, this year’s series is dubbed Music By The Water, which is appropriate since the concerts are held in the beautiful amphitheater near the lake.

The series of seven concerts promises something for everyone with a wide variety of musical styles, including soul, blues, country, patriotic, classic rock, and music from the‘60s and ‘70s. The concerts are free, open to the public, and family friendly. The beautiful grounds surrounding the amphitheater can easily accommodate over two thousand guests. Parking is also free and convenient, and can be found on-street throughout the neighborhood.

Before the show, enjoy dinner at one of Norton Commons’ many award-winning restaurants. The 502 Bar & Bistro offers seasonal specials and local favorites. Mercato Italiano excels in upscale Italian. Enjoy drinks and great food on the patio at Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza or Citizen 7. Norton Commons also boasts two locations for Asian cuisine—Wild Ginger and Tea Station Asian Bistro. For an extensive wine and bourbon list or unique cocktails, Commonwealth Tap is a local favorite.

Who better to kick off a summer concert series named Music By The Water than a band named Tony and the Tan Lines. We had a chance to catch up with the band for some insider information about what concert goers can expect on May 20.

NC: What do you love about outdoor concerts?

T&TL: The outdoor concert is all about freedom. And we’re going to let it ring.

NC: I know you’ve played several events in Louisville.  What does the band like to do or eat while in Louisville?

T&TL: While in Louisville we love to eat tacos, tacos and probably some more tacos. Tacos.

NC:  Fortunately, the band won’t have to go far from the amphitheater to find great tacos at Citizen 7 in Norton Commons. You have to try our favorite Blackened Shrimp and Mojo Pork Belly. I see the band hails from Miami, another place for great tacos. How did the band come together?

T&TL: Our bass player Vinnie Starlito was driving a cab in Miami part time while his dance studio was being built. He needed some extra work, so he answered an ad in the paper looking for a bass player to shake bottoms. He met up with Skip Bartles, our singer, and the rest they say is history.

NC: You say you like ‘70s soul and ‘80s Miami sound. What is it about that era for you?

T&TL: The music of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was all about partying, having a good time and shaking your tail feathers. This is something the Tan Lines have based their entire being upon.

NC: I see that your musical inspirations are Hall & Oates, Billy Ocean, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins. What is it about those artists that inspire you?

T&TL: Each one of these artists has such a unique voice. Their songwriting and musicianship are second to none.

NC: What can we expect at the Norton Commons summer concert series?

T&TL: Imagine if the dance scenes from Footloose, Grease, and West Side Story all had a baby. So that.

NC: So you’re saying to bring your dancing shoes. I like that. I see you specialize in “Yacht Rock”. What exactly is “Yacht Rock”?  I think I could use some right now!

T&TL: In general, yacht rock is an era of super smooth music created in the late ‘70s and early ’80s made famous by artists like Toto, Hall & Oates and Kenny Loggins.  A guilty pleasure to some, but we simply like to call it pleasure.

NC: What music do you listen to in your car?

T&TL: Fun fact—not one of the Tan Lines owns a car. We always travel by boat.

NC: I see you have a “resident bartender” as part of the band.  What are some of the band’s favorite beverages?

T&TL: We have a signature drink, well more of a pairing. It’s called the “Starlito Sunrise” named after our bass player.  It’s a shot of tequila paired with a Miller High Life. Really gets you going in the morning.

NC: I love the clothes in the band’s photos. Where do you shop?

T&TL: When in Louisville, we always stop at the Nitty Gritty. The ladies there keep us looking very sexy.

NC: Your Facebook page lists the Rupert Holmes song “Escape–The Pina Colada Song”. Why that song?

T&TL: Who doesn’t love Piña Coladas and makin’ love at midnight?

NC: You mention “musical adventure” in your promo. What musical adventure is in the band’s future?

T&TL: You never know where the Tan Lines will end up next.  It’s always an adventure with us, on stage or off. Wherever the smooth winds take our sails, that’s where we’ll be. Just remember to always Stay Tan!

Tony and the Tan Lines take the stage on May 20 at 6:30 p.m., so bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs. See you at the amphitheater!

Tony & TL


Construction Underway in Newest North Village Section

N4 Progress Pano (3 2017)

While residents of Louisville look forward to spring and warmer weather, prospective home buyers in Louisville anxiously await a more favorable spring real estate forecast.

A serious shortage of homes in the Louisville area means prospective buyers have fewer property options. That’s why the homes in the newest section of Norton Commons’ North Village, known as N4, are a welcome addition to the growing new urban community and good news for Louisville buyers. According to Greg Burrus of Burrus Architecture & Construction, longtime builder in Norton Commons, “N4 has a nice variety of lot sizes with various price points.” In fact, N4 has 71 desirable lots, most with a park view, which are now available. Construction is already underway on many.

Norton Commons’ Sales Manager Susan Graf shares her excitement about the newest section of homes, “Our builders have come up with some new and exciting plans for N4, including one-story plans, great two-story options, and lots of porches and courtyards. Our buyers are going to have excellent opportunities when looking for their new home. N4 has a fabulous green space and the North Village has great planned parks and unique amenities. The North Village is beginning to really come alive.”

N4 Progress (3 2017)Builder David Ramage of The Ramage Company reports, “section N4 will continue Norton Commons’ geothermal initiative, which is one of the largest such initiatives in the nation. By harvesting the moderate temperatures in the ground, the efficiency of a geothermal system lowers monthly utility bills without emitting carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Geothermal equipment has a longer useful life than a typical furnace, too.”

Another advantage homeowners will appreciate, according to Greg Burrus, is something these homes won’t have—outside air conditioning units. This is a distinct benefit for homes featuring outdoor living spaces such as porches and courtyards because homeowners can enjoy quiet outdoor living without the noise from outside units. A small amount of yard space is also saved by the lack of traditional outdoor condenser.

With the planned construction of 71 energy-efficient homes featuring fresh, unique designs and a large common green space, this is an exciting time for builders and buyers in Norton Commons. We expect a beautiful spring forecast at Norton Commons where you will always find “More Life Per Square Foot.”

Questions about our homes, lots, or amenities? Call our Sales Center at 502.412.5085.



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