About Ball Homes

Our Story
Ball Homes has been making dreams come true since 1959.  Incorporated  by Don and Mira Ball more than fifty years ago, this family-owned and operated business is now operated by Don, Mira, and the second generation of Ball management.  Ray Ball is the company’s president, and Mike Ball and Lisa Ball are vice-presidents. 
As a consistent leader in Central Kentucky’s homebuilding field, Ball Homes has built more than a thousand homes in a year, and has built thousands of homes in Kentucky neighborhoods.  In the 1990’s the company expanded its strong Lexington base into the surrounding communities Central Kentucky communities.  In 1997 Ball Homes began building in the Louisville area, starting with nine lots in one neighborhood and growing rapidly to be one of Louisville’s best-selling builders.  Since 2011, Ball Homes has established a presence in Knoxville, Tennessee, and currently offers homes in ten communities, including a Maryville location.

Current Lexington neighborhoods include the Reserve at Bryant Oak, Glasford, Tracery Oaks, Henderson Landing, Chilesburg, Sanders Crossing, Sanders Garden, and Masterson Station/Greendale.  Our homes in Nicholasviile's Brannon Oaks are equally convenient to Lexington.  In Georgetown, Ball Homes can be found in The Landing at Pleasant Valley, The Abbey at Old Oxford, Canewood and Paynes Landing, Paynes Crossing, Rocky Creek Meadows, and The Village at Lanes Run.  In Versailles, Ball Homes is building in Cedar Ridge and Rose Ridge. 

In the Louisville area, Ball Homes are now available in Cooper Farms, Flatrock Ridge, Notting Hill, Primrose Meadows, Urton Woods, and Arlington Meadows.  Our current West Knoxville locations in the lake recreation areas include Shady Glen, and the beautifully planned and highly desirable Jefferson Park West and Turning Leaf neighborhoods.  In the Hardin Valley area, homes are available in Greenbrook, The Battery at Berkeley Park, Laurel Ridge, Creekside Manor, and selected lots in Harrison Springs.  In the Northshore Drive area, Ball Homes is building in Lyons Crossing.  The first Maryville Ball Homes location, The Park, opened in 2016.

Ball Homes is proud to build homes that are for everyone—they offer high quality, great floor plan selection, and a wide variety of highly customized options, all at attainable prices.  They build in a variety of neighborhoods, and for a diverse group of people.  Many Ball Homes customers and their families, some of whom are living in their second and third Ball Homes, have grown with the company as their needs and lifestyles changed, taking advantage of the larger and more customized floor plans and option selections offered.  Ball Homes has been honored to be voted Favorite Homebuilder in the Lexington Herald-Leader's Readers' Choice Awards multiple times  year since the award's inception in 2008.

Recognizing the need for a locally owned and operated full service real estate company, as well as a desire on the part of homebuyers for the convenience of a "one stop shopping concept", the second generation of Ball family management decided in 2003 to further expand by opening Milestone Realty Consultants, which currently serves the Central Kentucky market, with offices in Lexington and Georgetown.  Milestone is a full service real estate company representing several builders in addition to Ball Homes, and private home sellers as well.  

In all areas where we build, we continually strive to partner with those local real estate professionals who can best provide exceptional service to all of our homebuyers.  Our Louisville division is marketed by Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services Parks and Weisberg, and our Knoxville locations by Realty Executives Associates.

Recognizing the convenience and value of the one stop shopping concept when applied to financing a new home as well as buying and selling, Ball Homes management also founded Walden Mortgage Group, a full service lender able to offer all types of home loans, in all areas where we build.   

In 2004, Ball Homes relocated company headquarters to the current Walden Drive location in Lexington, sharing space with its affiliates, Ball Realty, Walden Mortgage and Milestone Realty Consultants.  New to Ball Homes in 2006 was a community of luxury townhomes in Lexington, the Walnut Hill Club at Chilesburg, which was part of the overall Chilesburg development, one of the company's signature residential developments that featured winding tree-lined boulevards, plank fences, pocket parks and walking trails.  An exclusive Trade Program was initiated in late 2006, which allows homebuyers to “trade in” their current Central Kentucky home for a new Ball Home.  In 2018, Ball Homes will complete the final homes in Glasford, a flagship development off Man O' War Boulevard between Tates Creek and Nicholasville Roads.

As a member of the local homebuilding community, Ball Homes has participated regularly in the Building Industry Associates (BIA)  of Lexington's annual Grand Tour of Homes and in Lexington and Knoxville's Parade of Homes events, winning dozens of best of show awards since 1989.  Additional awards from the Scott County Association’s tour and participation in annual Louisville Building Industry Associates Tours are part of our resume as well.  Ball Homes has also been awarded Sales and Marketing Council awards by the Lexington BIA for its floor plans, television and radio ads, model home decorating, various model homes. Ball Homes is a Registered Builder member of the BIA or equivalent organization in the areas where they build.  In addition to local and regional recognition, Ball Homes has been listed annually by BUILDER Magazine since 1998 as one of the top 100 builders of single family homes in the nation.  In 2010, BUILDER Magazine's ranked Ball Homes at #47 in their top 100, an upward move of 42 places in just four years.  BUILDER also ranked them as the #1 builder in the Louisville market, which was listed as #47 in the top 50 markets of 2007, based on the number of building permits issued.

Ball Homes is proud to promote home ownership and affordable housing in Kentucky and at the national level.  In 1999, co-founder Don Ball was honored by BUILDER Magazine and Hearthstone with a national award for his long-term community service.  In 2000, both Don and Mira Ball were honored with the Optimist Cup Award, and in 2004 with the A.B. "Happy" Chandler Foundation's Kentuckian Award. In 2011, Don and Mira Ball were honored to be the recipients of the W.T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lexington Chamber of Commerce.  This award recognizes persons who have achieved unparalleled success in business and who have also made significant other contributions to the public well-being in Lexington and the state of Kentucky.  Ball Homes and the Ball family are long-time supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the Hope Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, the United Way, KET, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the University of Kentucky, Junior Achievement, the Junior League Horse Show, and a host of other philanthropic organizations and events, recognizing the need and mission to build both strong homes and strong communities.  

Often, the opportunity to give back comes in the way of doing what we do best: making new home dreams come true.  In 2000, Ball Homes built and auctioned a fully furnished new home in the Canterfield development in Lexington, with all proceeds going to benefit the Hope Center Recovery Program for Women.  Similarly, in 2002, Ball Homes participated in the redevelopment of the aging Charlotte Court public housing development in downtown Lexington, which replaced the deteriorating barracks-style apartments with 95 new affordable single family homes.  This highly successful project, which included a well-attended Home Tour,  was funded in part by a community revitalization grant and completed in cooperation with the Lexington Housing Authority and other local builders.   Ball Homes was also a participant in the more recent redevelopment of Lexington's former Bluegrass Aspendale housing project, as a community of single family homes known as Equestrian View.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Ball Homes drew upon their previous experiences to build and auction two new homes, one in Louisville and one in Lexington, for the benefit of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.  This project, which was overwhelmingly supported by contributions of time and materials from suppliers, tradespeople, and employees, achieved a total contribution of $500,000 to the relief fund.  Recent philanthropic efforts include support of Hoops for Haiti and UK's Dance Blue marathon to benefit children with cancer and their families, and UK HealthCare's Overture to Healing Lexington Philharmonic concert benefit.  In 2009, Ball Homes was pleased to sponsor the first annual Ball Homes Night of Hope, a benefit for Lexington's Hope Center.  This event has featured guest speakers such as public figures and authors Christopher Gardner, Maureen Walls, Steven Lopez, and Chef Jeff Henderson.  

1n 2012, co-founders Don and Mira Ball were inducted into the Home Builders Association of Lexington's (now the BIA) Hall of Fame, recognizing nearly 60 years of good business practices and philanthropy.  This prestigious awards program recognizes those who have helped shape the group into the Association that it is today.  Mr. and Mrs. Ball were inducted in recognition of service to the state of Kentucky and the homebuilding community.  Among the contributions commemorated at the ceremony were Mr. Ball's service in the Kentucky state legislature, his work with the Hope Center and other Recovery Kentucky projects, and Mrs. Ball's service as Chair of the UK Board of Trustees.  The couple was also honored for their impact on the Central Kentucky community as a provider of quality, affordable homes that have helped generations of families to build their personal futures.

In 2016, Mr. and Mrs. Ball were honored by the University of Kentucky with honorary degrees.
  Both were awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to philanthropy, human development, education, or societal well-being.

Ball Homes continues to be grateful for the opportunities to participate in the life stories of so many people, to work together with those who share a desire to create better places to live, and to give back to the communities of which we are a part.  Above all, we are grateful for the chance to help make so many dreams come true.

Our Mission 
Ball Homes provides quality communities for the people of Kentucky and Tennessee. 

Our Core Values  
We value our customers by being sensitive to their needs and providing a quality product that 
represents a good value.
We value long-term, successful relationships with suppliers, realtors, and contractors.
We value investing in the community by helping to meet the human needs of its citizens.
We value our employees by providing secure employment, mutual respect, a caring environment, 
and fair and equitable compensation.
We value our reputation as long-standing, family-owned, financially responsible company. 

Our Vision 
Ball Homes will pursue excellence in diverse markets to provide neighborhoods to satisfied customers.

Our Memberships  
Registered Builder Member of the Lexington, Madison County, Scott County, Greater Louisville and Greater Knoxville Area Building Industry Associations or Home Builders Associations.
Lexington Apartment Association
Lexington, Georgetown-Scott County, Richmond, and Woodford County Chambers of Commerce 
Better Business Bureaus of Central and Eastern Kentucky and Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Southern Indiana, and Greater Knoxville

Community Involvements  
Habitat for Humanity
Realtor-Community Housing Foundation
Volunteers of America
Virginia Place/Scholar House
Shepard's Place and Serenity Place
HOPE Center
HOPE Center for Women
Lexington-Frankfort Scenic Corridor
Greenspace Commission
Lexington Humane Society
Relay for Life
American Cancer Society
Alzheimer's Association
Lexington Opera House
Kentucky Education Television (KET)
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass
Kentucky History Center
University of Kentucky
United Way of the Bluegrass
Ronald McDonald House Charities 
UK's Dance Blue
UK HealthCare's Overture to Healing
Hoops for Haiti
American Lung Association
The Salvation Army
Junior Achievement
Ball Homes Night of Hope
GLI Member
March of Dimes

Honors and Awards 
Consistently included in BUILDER Magazine's top 100 builders since 1998, placing 47th in the rankings for 2009.
Over 100 Best of Show Awards from the Lexington BIA and Scott County Tours of Homes
Honored for contributions to Lexington's Urban League, 1998
Voted Favorite Homebuilder in the Lexington Herald-Leader's Readers' Choice Awards, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.
GE Appliances Distinguished Builder Award
Co-Founder Don Ball honored in 1999 as the first recipient of the Hearthstone-Builder Lifetime Public Service Award 
Founders honored as co-recipients of the Optimist Cup, 2000
Founders honored as co-recipients of the A.B. "Happy" Chandler Foundation's Kentuckian Award for 2004
Honored as a Friend of the Lexington-Fayette Housing Authority
Homebuyer's Warranty Commitment to Quality Award 
EPA's Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award, 2009
Best Scoring Home Award, Energy Star for New Homes program, 2009
W.T. Young Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Don and Mira Ball by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce in 2011
1n 2012, co-founders Don and Mira Ball were inducted into the HBAL (now BIA) Hall of Fame, recognizing nearly 60 years of good business practices and philanthropy.

Awarded 2014 Environmental Commission Award for preservation of historic burr oak tree at Tracery Oaks
In 2016, Don and Mira Ball were awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Kentucky.
Lisa Ball named Builder Member of the Year by Building Industry Associates of Central Kentucky,  2017
Best New Construction Home by an Energy Smart Builder, Building Industry Associates of Central Kentucky, 2017
Best Showroom for Central Kentucky Design Center, Building Industry Associates of Central Kentucky, 2017