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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 649 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A one bedroom vacation in a fully renovated c.1920's apartment building.

The Howard was built in 1920 in the back yard of an c.1840 Antebellum Mansion on Lexington's swanky West Third Street. In fell into disrepair and we bought it in 2007. We turned the existing eight apartments into five renovated condos with all the modern amenities, but preserving all of the vintage charm. They are small and incredibly cozy with a great room with opening windows on the second floor.

We refinished the hardwood floors, cleaned all the window and door hardware, repaired windows, and fixed plaster. We hired one of Lexington's best architects to fit a modern kitchen into a vintage kitchen space. We fit in a laundry, dishwasher, beverage center and microwave that formerly only had a two burner stove and two cabinets.

The apartment is only 650 square feet, but thanks to our brilliant architect, it feels much larger.

We are confident that as you drive through the stone arches of Hampton Court you will realize what a special corner of Lexington it is, on the site of a former orphanage and alongside the oldest University west of the Alleghenies, Transylvania University.

PHOTOS: These photos are of the actual apartment. It is 650 sq ft (32.5 feet x 20 ft). If this seems too small for your stay, we completely understand. If you do not like what you see in the photos, we will understand you choosing another property. Every piece of furniture, every pillow, every accessory is exactly what you see in the photos. We truly aim to please and feel that our apartment can fill a significant niche in Lexington travel, but realize others have varied needs not served by The Howard. Thanks to everyone who considers booking our corner of Lexington. We truly appreciate it!

Looking over our calendar, we realized that The Howard is BOOKED. Two longterm rentals have taken nearly every day between Jan 7 and August 8th, 2018. If your required dates are not available, we encourage you to check out our two 2 bedroom rentals that are located just ten or so houses away from The Howard. They are loaded with charm and only $ 30 extra per night for the extra bedroom. They are VRBO # 846234 and # 596053. If you liked The Howard, we are pretty sure you'll like these, too. Thank You!

More Details

Owner
Teri Kelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Teri Kelly

I am a person who collects abandoned properties like other people collect abandoned pets.

I cannot resist "just one more" when I see broken windows, overgrown vines, and crumbling mortar. But what I am actually seeing is cool housing, cute cafes, or a new retail business. So far its worked pretty well, and VRBO has helped me find even more uses for historic buildings that beg for help as I drive past.

Luckily my structural engineer husband has a lifetime of construction experience to help the renovations along, and my corporate world sister has embraced my type of investments for her portfolio. The three of us have done houses, apartments, office buildings, and a Queen Anne Victorian; we are currently working on a mini stone castle and an abandoned bourbon distillery.

We love sharing our appreciation for historic properties with the residents of Lexington, and now we get to share them with the world. We have embraced the vacation rental concept for a two years now, and have enjoyed every moment of it.

Teri Kelly purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Teri Kelly chose Northside District

316 Hampton Court was one of our first big investments. Down to two renters (a hoarder and a couple who were apparently using an apartment as their secret love nest behind their spouse's backs), the Howard was a sad sight from our backyard. It took two trips over, but we finally figured out how to find this hidden gem, tucked behind a massive apartment building on one side and an antebellum house on the other.

We instantly appreciated its unique architecture and decided to try to purchase and renovate it. The owner said sure, but we would have to purchase the 8,000 sf house in front as well, which we promptly did. A year later we finished the main part of the building's renovation and one condo and put it up for sale. Which it did not. The housing recession had hit so we put it up for rent. Renting turned out to be an easy task, so two years later we had five condos all rented for the next six years.

In 2013 we bought another house on Third Street, and fixed up the bottom apartment and had a friend move in. Then we started redoing the second floor apartment, and went a little further with the redo. It was looking so cute we decided to try vacation rentals. We furnished it and listed it on VRBO, hoping to at least make enough to make the renovation and furnishing worth it.

It was an incredible success. It has enabled us to keep up with some of the other property's bills much easier. So when #4 in Hampton Court became available, I decided that it too should become a VRBO property.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Northside District, Kentucky

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 649 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
Theme:
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Full bath with a shower. The sink is separate from the shower and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom has a queen sized bed in neutral colors. Plenty of drawer and closet space for longer stays.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
Become a part of Lexington's oldest neighborhood; only a ten minute walk from downtown.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District
average rating of 4.8783784 based on 74 reviews
5

Highly recommended! Very Clean. Excellent location & everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Very easy to find with the detailed instructions provided. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Full kitchen that also included a washer and dryer. Lots of TV channels but the owner provided many, many personal recommendations for local restaurants and entertainment ideas to fit anyone's desires for exploring Lexington. We didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 11/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aww. What a wonderful, sweet review, Cheri! We REALLY appreciate you taking the time to write it, as reviews are so important to our little adventure in vacation rentals. I provide the book because I love my city and hope to share what I think are the best it has to offer; those things that set it apart from anywhere else in America. Please keep us in mind for your next visit...we'd love to get to host you again very soon! Teri & Delena
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5

What a hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Just loved staying here! Everything was perfect! The apartment is Beautiful and has everything you need! You can tell they put a lot of thought into it. Teri was fantastic! I lost the key (but found it days later) only to be locked out and she came right away to let us in. The location is superb! Adorable neighborhood. Very close to downtown, UK, Keenland and the Kentucky Horse Park. I can not say enough good things and can not wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 29/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL
5

Cozy, tucked away, tastefully rehabbed condo walking distance to all the action...

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed are stay in this recently renovated condo. Great location, surrounded by lots of southern history (Walk thru Gratz Park). Condo was very clean with lots of windows and light. It's a very pleasant 15 min walk to main street and all the restaurants and bourbon bars. Highly recommend it over a generic hotel. We also highly recommend Middle Fork restaurant which is a 5 min drive in the very cool old distillery area.

  • Review Submitted: 23/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spacious and Super Comfy

  • 5 of 5

I was in Lexington, KY, unexpectedly recently. Everything, from my last-minute securing of this lovely space throughout the entire stay, was pleasant. The apartment is dreamy. I would go back and/or refer to a friend in a heart-beat.

  • Review Submitted: 15/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had the good fortune to have exceptional guests stay at our property but Julianna really stands out. Everything was in perfect order when returned and all of her communication was sweet. We hope to have her back soon when she gets an actual vacation.
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5

Great property, attentive owner, everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much! We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 15/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saginaw, MI
5

Premier location and amazing character

  • 5 of 5

Teri, thank you so much for your hospitality at the Howard. We had a great time last night, and the apartment is beautiful. Thank you for the great communication, and we will definitely stay here again the next time we are in Lexington! So much to do and see, and the history thay surrounds the Howard is inescapable.

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Bluegrass Field
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Chase
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Marriott @ Griffen Gate
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 75/ Interstate 54
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Blue Heron
Car: necessary

Bourbon Distillery Tours and tastings.

Historic Sites

Walking Paths

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit AU$399.51

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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