The Harrods View Subdivision was created in 1987. The Developers recorded Deed Restrictions for the lots on October 7, 1987. The first lots were sold during that month and the first residents moved into homes in 1988. There are still a number of original homeowners who reside in Harrods View.
The Harrods View Neighborhood Association was created on July 28, 1988. In 1988, when the first homeowners moved into homes in Harrods View, Lyon Drive ended where the entrance posts are located just beyond Sallee Drive. Man O War Boulevard was just beginning to be constructed as was the Palomar Shopping Center. The land between what is now Man O War Boulevard and Sallee Drive was farmland. Wellington and Palomar Trace did not exist. The Palomar Shopping Center was already approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission prior to development of Harrods View. In the summer of 1988 the Palomar Shopping Center developers asked to expand the center by about 16 additional acres which would come within 133 yards of the intersection of Sallee Drive and Lyon Drive. The residents of Harrods View were concerned that the farmland between Sallee Drive and what is now Man O War would be developed for high density use if the expansion was approved.
Harrods View residents decided the new, growing Harrods View neighborhood needed to incorporate as a neighborhood association and oppose the expansion. Neighbors were asked to meet at Bruce Simpson’s home at 2148 Sallee Drive on July 5, 1988. A second meeting was held on July 26, 1988 at the Zoeckler home at 2156 Sallee Drive. The neighbors agreed to incorporate and two days later, on July 28, 1988, the Harrods View Neighborhood Association was incorporated. All neighbors joined the HVNA and were active members. Soon the original three-member Board of Directors was expanded to nine because so many members wanted to be on the Board.
In September 1988, the HVNA appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission and later before the Urban County Council to oppose the Palomar Center expansion. The HVNA won and even obtained an agreement with the developers of Palomar Shopping Center to plant Austrian pine trees along the entire back property line of the shopping center.
In 1989 the HVNA complained to the city that the Harrods View developers had not planted two street trees on each lot as they were required to do. The developers planted street trees on some but not all lots. Many of the original trees were not disease resistant and died during the first year. The HVNA applied for and received a matching grant from the city to replace the original trees with aristocrat pear trees. Not all homeowners participated in the grant and today one can still see some of the original street trees mixed with the aristocrat pear trees. By 1990 every home in Harrods View had two street trees lining the streets.
In 1990, developers sought to develop Palomar Trace on the farmland behind the homes on the south side of Sallee Drive from Lyon Drive to Harrodsburg Road. They sought a zone change for professional office and medium density residential. The developers entered into negotiations with HVNA in hopes that HVNA would not oppose the development. In 1993 the HVNA agreed not to oppose the Palomar Trace development if certain conditions were met. The developers agreed to the HVNA proposal. In addition to minimum square footage requirements for the new homes, the developers agreed to construct the four Harrods View entrance posts on Lyon Drive and the HVNA got approval from the city, against strong opposition from some city officials, to close off McNair Way so it could not connect with Palomar Trace. In addition, HVNA got several provisions placed in the deed restrictions for Palomar Trace, including that no trade or business can be conducted on any lot, and all lots would be used only for single family residential purposes. HVNA also negotiated that the Palomar Trace deed of restrictions could not only be enforced by the developers and residents of Palomar Trace, but also by the HVNA. It is important that all residents of Harrods View, but particularly those homeowners on the south side of Sallee Drive, know that the HVNA has the authority to enforce Palomar Trace deed restrictions and keep that street developed for single family residential purposes only.
The original homeowners in Harrods View worked hard to establish a vibrant neighborhood occupied by neighbors who respected one another by complying with their deed restrictions and local ordinances, who took pride in their neighborhood, and who actively participated in their neighborhood association. Because of their hard-fought efforts to protect the neighborhood from encroachment from developers, they played a major role in development of the Harrodsburg Road-Man O War Boulevard area. The HVNA over the years has acted to protect, preserve, and promote the aesthetic appeal, character, and value of the Harrods View neighborhood. After the initial development battles, the HVNA became less active. However, it has remained in continuous existence for more than 26 years since incorporation on July 28, 1988.
Today, Harrods View neighborhood is one of Lexington’s best kept secrets. It is conveniently located near two nice shopping centers–Palomar Center and Beaumont–with great restaurants and other retailers, in the school district with the best high school and best elementary school in the city, and only three miles from Bluegrass Airport and Keeneland Race Course.