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Blue Ridge (originally Blue Ridge Estates) is a neighborhood on the north side of Bloomington, west of Lake Griffy, and east of Walnut Street. It is known for its iconic gate at its west-side entrance at the top of the hill entering into Bloomington and distinctive houses. There are approximately 220 single family dwelling units within the borders of Blue Ridge Estates. In 1816, the 160-acre area that is now the Blue Ridge neighborhood was granted to John and Jane Kell from the United States Government for $350. In 1855, Jacob Sheets purchased a 54-acre parcel of that land, including one of the three highest points in Monroe County (now cresting along Blue Ridge Drive), and gave the hill his name: Sheets Hill.