Lexington has often been called a “city within a park” for its unique location as a city surrounded by hundreds of horse farms. Also notable, the city has been hailed as one of the cleanest in the world. Lexington has hundreds of city parks, the most prominent of which in the Downtown Lexington neighborhood is Triangle Park just across from Lexington Financial Center. This park is a delight both during the day and in the evening, when its lighted fountains give Downtown Lexington a warm glow.
Like many city centers, Downtown Lexington is a unique mix of hip urban chic with classic historic buildings. Some of the notable commercial high rise buildings include the Kincaid Towers and World Trade Center, in addition to the Lexington Financial Center. Many historic homes are sprinkled into the downtown mix, including the girlhood home of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the Hunt-Morgan House, built by Kentucky’s first millionaire.
As is typical with most city space, the Downtown Lexington neighborhood is a mix of commercial and residential properties, with residential housing fit into a space used predominantly for commercial purposes. For Downtown Lexington residents today, modern housing at the city’s center frequently means loft conversions of old buildings to open living space or condominium development. One example is the conversion of the Old Tobacco Warehouse District, on the southern edge of downtown, to shopping and condos.
Downtown Lexington is rich in cultural offerings. With a professional orchestra, two ballet companies, professional theater companies, several museums, and an opera company (this group located at nearby University of Kentucky), Downtown Lexington residents are spoiled for choice. Fine restaurants and shopping abounds, and residents have full access to LexTran, the public transportation system.