The cities of South Outer St. Matthews and Lyndon
lie seven miles to the southeast of Louisville's
city center and six miles northwest of Jeffersontown. This section of Louisville houses
one of the state's largest shopping centers, Mall St. Matthews, as well as the smaller Oxmoor Center. Young professionals make up a large portion of this community's population, and women outnumber men by over 7 percent. Half of South Outer St. Matthews and Lyndon residents rent their homes, and enjoy great schools, including St. Matthews Elementary, as well as an abundance of amenities.
Schools in S Outer St Matthews/Lyndon
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Most of the restaurants in South Outer St. Matthews and Lyndon are chain-operated and casual. Found mostly around Shelbyville Road and within the shopping complexes of Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall, choices include J. Alexander, Home Run Burgers and the Cheesecake Factory.
Locals know that some of the best places to dine are locally operated. Equus & Jack's Lounge can be found just west of St. Matthews along Shelbyville Road. Specializing in refined American cuisine, Equus & Jacks' moderately-priced menu includes favorites such as the cured pork rack, Prince Edward Island mussels and seared duck breast. The relaxed and classy atmosphere, extensive wine and cocktail selection and diverse menu all encourage repeat visits to this gem.
Havana Rumba celebrates Cuban cuisine and culture and exposes it to the masses. Havana serves food created from recipes passed down for generations by the owner's family. Must try dishes include the empanadas, Cubano sandwich and Ropa Vieja. Havana also hosts private parties and live music. Check the website for drink and food specials, as they frequently change.
Head northeast toward Lyndon to experience the interesting vibe at Joe's Older Than Dirt. This bar and grill serves Italian food classics, as well as wings and other pub food. Often described as a hole in the wall, this hotspot epitomizes the concept of a dive bar. Monday pint nights allow patrons to taste dozens of local and national brews. Joe's stays packed, so come early with an appetite and get ready to have a blast.
Establishments perfect for grabbing a beer or cocktail line Shelbyville Road and include Buffalo Wild Wings, The Cheesecake Factory and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Head west along Shelbyville Road toward downtown Louisville for local bar options, including Equus & Jack's Lounge, Sky Bar at Saints and Diamond Pub and Billiards. Lively nightclubs and music venues featuring big-name acts can be found in downtown Louisville.
History & Culture
The land that now houses St. Matthews and Lyndon was originally filled with plantation homes and farms producing hemp, tobacco and livestock. Though the railroad was built through the community beginning in 1877, development did not pick up until 1937. It was during this time that the Ohio River flooded much of Louisville, so many residents flocked to St. Matthews. Strong, consistent growth in St. Matthews and Lyndon has continued through the present day.
Locals must drive to downtown Louisville to experience the city's museums, art galleries and theaters. Popular destinations include the Speed Art Museum, Thomas Edison House and The Frazier History Museum. Louisville houses a strong arts scene that is celebrated every year during the Louisville Festival of the Arts at Summit Plaza Drive. Running at the end of June, this event features local and national artists and showcases their work in photography, sculptures, jewelry and other mediums.
A very high percentage of residents of St. Matthews and Lyndon drive or carpool to work. A majority of the 93 percent of drivers head to downtown Louisville by taking Winchester Road southwest to Interstate 64. Interstate 264 and 65 can be accessed by Interstate 64. Residents and visitors to both St. Matthews and Lyndon may park along residential streets.
Less than one percent of locals utilize The Transit Authority of River City's affordable and convenient bus service. Bus stops lie along Shelbyville Road, Browns Lane, Lyndon Road and New La Grange Road, and buses operate Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Limited buses operate during the weekend. Local taxi companies and Uber both service Outer South St. Matthews and Lyndon
The cities of St. Matthews and Lyndon are not considered walkable, and no bike lanes lie within the community boundaries.
The cost of living in South Outer St. Matthews and Lyndon sits 6 percent higher than the average of Louisville, but 4 percent lower than the national average. Like many Louisville neighborhoods, housing remains the biggest factor influencing the high cost of living. Renters pay premium to live here as a one-bedroom
apartment costs an average of $760 per month.
Transportation costs in South Outer St. Matthews and Lyndon remain similar to the rest of Louisville. Bus riders pay $1.50 for one-way fare and $50 for a monthly pass, and gas prices sit at 10 percent less than the national average. St. Matthews and Lyndon house a number of restaurants and bars, which charge average amounts for their food and beverages. Diners enjoying a pint of local beer pay around $5.
The area between St. Matthews and Lyndon houses some of Louisville's best shopping. Local and big-box stores selling apparel and speciality goods line Shelbyville Road. Two major shopping centers, Mall St. Matthews and the Oxmoor Center, sit within a mile of one another. Mall St. Matthews, the first indoor mall in the Louisville metropolitan area, features high-end and casual retailers, such as bebe and Vera Bradley.
Oxmoor Mall builds on this quality retailer assortment with brands including Sephora, Anthropologie and Teavana. Many smaller specialty stores can also be found outside of these major shopping complexes.
The child in everyone enjoys the peruse the shelves at Playthings Toy Shoppe on Shelbyville Road. Since opening in 2001, this locally-owned toy store has been selling fun and educational toys and games. Playthings provides free gift wrapping, toys for children up to 13 years of age, and games for the entire family.
Locals have many options when it comes to purchasing groceries. A Walmart Supercenter, Traders Joe's and Whole Foods lie along Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews. Kroger, a popular area chain, can be found on North Hubbards Lane. The Louisville Farmers Market, conveniently located at the intersection of Shelbyville Road and South English Station Road, opens Saturdays and Wednesday during the months of May through September.
Many parks lie within St. Matthews and Lyndon. The Arthur K. Draut Park lies in the heart of St. Matthews, and its 24 acres give residents a place to walk, jog and enjoy nature. Brown Park, right down the road from Draut Park, has been called one of America's most well-landscaped parks. Paved walking trails meander along Beargrass Creek, and families with children enjoy the picnic pavilions, large playground and water fountains. Community Park is situated closer to Lyndon and caters to the area's athletes, with many softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, as well as a playground and walking trails. Fees apply to rent picnic shelter and athletic fields. However, general day use remains free. All of these parks welcome dogs on a leash.
The city of St. Matthews hosts the Halloween Festival at the Park the fourth Saturday in October at Brown Park. Children enjoy games, inflatables, a petting zoo and get to trick-or-treat around the park. The Light Up St. Matthews event, also housed at Brown Park, happens the first Saturday of December and celebrates the holiday season with visits from Santa Claus, carriage rides and live entertainment.