I have a new rental that fits your criteria in J-Town (Hurstbourne Woods Subdivision). 4 bedrooms, 2 l/2 baths, loft, finished basement, 2 car attached garage. Rent is 1700 per month and home was built in 1994. Home is in great condition and is located on a cul-de-sac in a great neighborhood. This property will be available to show on Sunday, 1/12/2014. Let me know if you have any interest in viewing this property. Thanks... more
Personally I think it's worth a trip to Louisville to get a feel for the area and personally interview 2 or 3 Realtors. It is a great way to get to know your way around the area. If, for instance, great schools are important, you will want to carve out some time to visit schools.
If you want some acreage, you will want to look at neighboring counties to see how much more your money can buy.
Then, after you have pretty much settled on your area(s) of choice, come in 2-3 months early and shop till you find a home.