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Nestled in the heart of Lexington's vibrant Hamburg area, Blackford Oaks is a distinctive residential
community that seamlessly melds the rich equestrian heritage of the region with modern-day living. Directly
across from the esteemed Madden horse farm and proudly claiming the starting point of the iconic Elkhorn
Creek, this community offers homes that cater to diverse preferences, with prices ranging from $300,000 to
$1,000,000. With its future vision of housing around 1,200 homes, Blackford Oaks isn't just about elegant
living; it's a testament to community, nature, and history. Residents enjoy vast open green spaces, a nod to
Kentucky's lush landscapes, making Blackford Oaks not just a place to live, but a lifestyle to embrace.
Welcome to a neighborhood where tradition meets today.

Blackford Oaks Place HOA Annual Meeting 2024 Summary
A message from the board of directors
Dear Blackford Oaks Place HOA members,
We are pleased to announce that the 2024 annual meeting of the Blackford Oaks Place Owners’ Association, Inc. was held successfully on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the Holiday Inn in Hamburg. We had a great turnout of homeowners who participated in the review of the 2024-2025 budget, and the open discussion of issues that affect our neighborhood. We appreciate your involvement and feedback in making our community a better place to live.
We are also excited to welcome two new board members who were elected by the homeowners at the meeting: Travis Crawford and Heather Happy. They will join the existing board member: David Stratton, who was re-elected for another term, and four others who will continue to serve until their terms expire. We are confident that the new board members will bring valuable skills, insights, and enthusiasm to the board and help us achieve our goals and vision for the neighborhood.
To help you get to know the new board members better, we would like to share some highlights from their information that they provided before the meeting.
·        Travis Crawford is a pharmacist, realtor, business owner, and philanthropist who lives on Dyer Cove. He is passionate about calling Blackford his home and wants to contribute his part as a dedicated board member. He aims to focus on three pivotal areas to enhance our community living experience: transparency, safety and camaraderie, and new amenities and events.
·        Heather Happy is a co-owner of Happy’s General Contracting and has degrees in chemical engineering and accounting/finance/business management from the University of Kentucky and Sullivan University. She lives on Bay Springs Park and is interested in creating a vibrant and friendly relationship with great interpersonal skills and commitment among the HOA members. She will also share her expertise in landscaping, general contracting, finance, accounting, and management with the board.
·        David Stratton is a semi-retired attorney who lives on Fairfax Lane. He has practiced law for 44 years and served on various statewide and local boards. He has been on the HOA board for two terms and wants to finish the park project at the back of the subdivision that the board has worked on for so long.
We congratulate the new board members and thank the outgoing board members for their service and dedication. We also thank all the homeowners who attended the meeting and voted for the board members. We look forward to working together as a team and with you to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to call home.
The board of directors of Blackford Oaks Place HOA

  Elevate Your Curb Appeal: Simple Home Improvement Tips for Every Homeowner
In the heart of Blackford Oaks, where community pride shines through every well-maintained lawn and welcoming front porch, lies an opportunity for each of us to contribute to our neighborhood’s charm. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal not only boosts the overall ambiance of our community but also increases your property’s value and appeal. Here are some easy yet effective home improvement tips to make your home stand out and shine within our beautiful community.
**1. Refresh Your Front Door:** Your front door is more than just an entryway—it's the focal point of your home's exterior. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders, transforming it into an inviting gateway. Consider bold colors that complement your home's palette, and don't forget to polish or replace hardware for that finishing touch.
**2. Landscape with Local Flora:** Landscaping is a powerful tool for boosting curb appeal. Incorporate native plants, which are not only beautiful but also adapted to our climate and less demanding in terms of water and care. Adding mulch to garden beds can instantly refresh the area around your home and help plants stand out.
**3. Update Outdoor Lighting:** Good lighting can elevate the look of your home and garden, making it feel warm and welcoming even after sunset. Solar-powered lights along the walkway, spotlighting for trees or architectural features, and a well-lit porch can enhance security and aesthetics.
**4. Maintain Your Lawn and Garden:** A well-kept lawn is a key component of curb appeal. Regular mowing, edging, and weeding show that you care about your home and the community. Consider adding perennial borders or a small vegetable garden to bring life and personality to your yard.
**5. Power Wash the Exterior:** Over time, dirt and grime can dull your home's exterior. A thorough power washing of siding, walkways, and driveways can rejuvenate your property’s appearance, making it look new and well-maintained.
**6. Upgrade Your Mailbox:** An often-overlooked detail, your mailbox can say a lot about your home. Upgrading to a new mailbox or giving your existing one a makeover to match your home’s style can add a charming touch to your curb appeal.
**7. Add Window Boxes or Planters:** Window boxes filled with colorful flowers or greenery can add a lively pop of color and charm to your home's exterior. If you have a porch, adding a few well-placed planters with seasonal plants can also enhance your home’s welcoming vibe.
**8. Repair or Replace Your Roof:** While more of an investment, a damaged or aging roof can detract from your home’s overall appearance and value. Inspect your roof regularly and address any issues promptly. If it's time for a replacement, consider new roofing materials that complement your home's architecture and color scheme.
Implementing these simple improvements can make a significant difference in how your home looks and feels from the outside. Not only will you be contributing to the beauty of Blackford Oaks, but you'll also be creating a space that welcomes you home every day with open arms. Let's work together to keep our community looking its best, one home at a time.

Enhancing Our Community Together
Dear Blackford Oaks Residents,
As we strive to maintain the unique charm and harmony of our neighborhood, it's essential to remember that any significant exterior changes to our homes require a thoughtful process. Submitting an Architectural Modification Request (AMR) is not just about following procedures; it's about collaborating to enhance our community while respecting our shared standards.
Here's a friendly guide on how to navigate this process:

1. **Review the Guidelines**: Familiarize yourself with the community's standards and restrictions. These are thoughtfully put together to ensure that every modification adds to the beauty of our neighborhood.

2. **Plan Your Project**: Whether it's a new porch, a garden, or a fence, plan your project in detail. Include materials, colors, and designs that complement the aesthetic of Blackford Oaks.

3. **Submit Your AMR**: Fill out the AMR form with all the required details and submit it to the board. Make sure to include all necessary drawings, material samples, and any other required documents.

4. **Await Approval**: The board will review your request, ensuring it aligns with community guidelines. This process is in place to maintain the cohesive beauty of our neighborhood.
Remember, this process is a testament to our collective commitment to making Blackford Oaks not just a place to live, but a place we're proud to call home. For detailed guidelines and to download the AMR form, please visit our official [Governing Documents](
Together, let's continue to create a community that reflects our shared values of beauty, harmony, and mutual respect.

Exciting developments are on the horizon for our neighboring Ashford Oaks area! Where the Justice horse farm currently stands, to the left of Blackford Oaks Place on Man O War, plans are in motion to introduce shopping centers, townhomes, restaurants, residential spaces, and a boutique hotel. Although a retirement facility was once planned for this location, this fresh vision promises abundant open spaces and a variety of amenities. This development is poised to enhance our Blackford community experience. Please refer to the attached plans for more details.



Blackford Oaks Place Guide to Lawn Care in Central Kentucky
Nestled within the picturesque surroundings of Central Kentucky, our Blackford Oaks Place community enjoys the bounty of nature, defined by a unique mix of weather and diverse soil. For our residents who take pride in their lush lawns, here's our specially curated guide to maintain their beauty:
1. Deciphering the Soil: Central Kentucky boasts a range of soil types, from clayey to loamy textures. We recommend a soil test every 2-3 years. This will divulge its pH and nutrient composition, guiding you to make the right soil enhancements.
2. Choosing the Right Grass: The region's climate favors cool-season grasses. Options like Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, and Fine Fescue flourish here, showing their verdant hues early in spring and maintaining them till the late fall.
3. Art of Mowing:
   - Regularity is key, but refrain from mowing your grass too short. Aim to trim just the top third of its height.
   - Sharp mower blades ensure a clean cut. Blunt blades might fray the grass, tarnishing its lush appearance.
   - Alternate your mowing routes to avoid soil compression and repetitive wear.
4. Wisdom in Watering:
   - Deep, infrequent watering benefits the grass, allowing roots to grow stronger.
   - Opt for early morning watering to minimize evaporation and mitigate fungal risks.
   - Aim for a weekly watering volume of 1 to 1.5 inches, be it from rainfall or manual irrigation.
5. Feeding the Green:
   - Choose fertilizers with a balanced mix, preferably those with slow-release nitrogen.
   - The ideal fertilizing windows are early spring, late spring, and early fall. Avoid over-fertilizing during the scorching summer months.
6. Aeration Insights: An early spring or fall aeration session is a boon for your lawn. It combats soil compaction and ensures that water and nutrients penetrate effectively.
7. Guarding Against Weeds and Pests:
   - Spring is the time for pre-emergent herbicides, preventing intrusions like crabgrass.
   - Tackle broadleaf weeds with post-emergent herbicides either in late spring or early fall.
   - Stay on the lookout for pests like grubs. When spotted, resort to recommended treatments or eco-friendly alternatives.
8. Disease Counteraction:
   - Modulate watering schedules and guarantee efficient drainage to fend off fungal adversaries like brown patch or dollar spot.
   - Should a disease manifest, choose the right fungicides and adhere to its labeled guidelines.
9. Embracing the Seasons: As fall graces us with its hues, ensure to rake and clear fallen leaves. Come spring, if you observe a thick thatch layer, dethatching will rejuvenate your lawn.
10. Natural Touch: Contemplate using organic alternatives. For instance, compost isn’t just eco-friendly; it’s a nutrient powerhouse for your soil.
By embodying these practices tailored for our beautiful Central Kentucky, Blackford Oaks Place residents can cherish a lawn that's not just a sight to behold, but also an emblem of a harmonious coexistence with nature.

Our community website was developed to serve as an informative resource for both our neighborhood and our local community. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.  All use and distribution of materials on this website beyond these confines is expressly prohibited.
In reaching a compromise with Ball Homes regarding the building of apartments on Man O' War Blvd.  Our homeowners Association has been given a unique opportunity. Ball Homes will be turning over twenty-three acres of land at the back of the subdivision to the HOA.
They are also allowing the HOA to purchase at builders cost two(2) building lots abutting the twenty-three acres of land. It may be possible for the Association to use these two lots and the 23-acres of land to build such neighborhood amenities as a clubhouse & swimming pool, tennis courts, a dog park, walking trails, etc.
The Association wants your input as a Blackford homeowner on this matter.  By following the link below you will find an itemized list of some of the possible amenities, and their approximate cost in additional fees each year.  This input is important as it will give the Board of Directors an idea of where the membership stands regarding these possibilities.
Click on News or click  here  to get a blank Amenity Survey and other information concerning the process.
                                               Ball Homes Apartment Proposal                                                         
The Lexington The Lexington City Council voted 15-0 on October 29th, 2019 to allow the Ball Homes proposed zone change, and as a result of the vote the planned apartment complex can now be built by Ball Homes. Just a few days before the Council vote, the Association was able to work out a compromise with Ball Homes that would benefit the neighborhood.  Click on News or click here to get more information.
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