A stone’s throw from Cincinnati with a personality all its own, Northern Kentucky is an attractive area for commuting business professionals. The eclectic neighborhoods of the region offer prospective residents real estate options at virtually every price point, as well as restaurants, shops, and attractions galore. Some of the highlights include the Newport Aquarium, where visitors can pet sharks, see two rare shark rays, or marvel at the largest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest; the Newport Gangster Tour, which explores Newport’s connection to some of the most well-known crime figures in our country’s history; and the shops in historic Mainstrasse Village in Covington.
The towns directly across the river from downtown have attracted lots of business and construction projects over the last few decades. The communities of Covington (ALP $185,912, covingtonky.com), Newport (ALP $298,642, newportky.gov), Bellevue (ALP $168,021, bellevueky.org), and Dayton (ALP $134,024, daytonky.com) are pedestrian friendly and culturally and economically diverse. Houses in the area are diverse as well: Styles range from Craftsman bungalows to historic mansions and one-bedroom apartments to luxurious high-rise condos. Popular destinations in the area include Newport on the Levee, Southgate House, and the Hofbräuhaus Newport, the only authentic German beer hall outside of Munich. Covington is home to the Madison Theater and the Covington Wedding District.
Nearby, the upscale community of Fort Thomas (ALP $297,464, ftthomas.org) features large homes with well-manicured lawns, as well as great schools and historical ties to the American Civil War. Fort Wright (ALP $159,180, fortwright.com), Villa Hills (ALP $353,875, villahillsky.org), and Highland Heights (ALP $150,451, hhky.com) are also attractive neighborhoods that residents are proud to call home. Highland Heights is the location of Northern Kentucky University, one of Kentucky’s fastest-growing universities.
Commuters and frequent fliers inhabit the suburban towns located near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Like most suburban communities, Crestview Hills (ALP $214,209, crestviewhills.com), Erlanger (ALP $137,786, friendshipcity.com), Florence (ALP $169,408, florence-ky.gov), and Fort Mitchell (ALP $290,909, fortmitchell.com) are close to major highways and have a variety of apartments, condos, and single-family homes, as well as scores of restaurants and shopping centers. What sets these communities apart, however, is their commitment to community and southern hospitality. Erlanger even refers to itself as “the Friendship City.”
The true spirit of the Bluegrass State is reflected in its rural communities. Home shoppers content with a slower-paced lifestyle should check out the Northern Kentucky towns of Falmouth (ALP $159,639, kyhometown.com/falmouth) in Pendleton County (pendletoncounty.ky.gov) or Williamstown (ALP $201,792, wtownky.org) in sprawling Grant County (grantcounty.ky.gov). These country towns are set amongst a landscape of grazing horses and rolling hills—the perfect escape from city life. The city of Warsaw (ALP $220,680, cityofwarsawky.org) in Gallatin County (gallatincounty.ky.gov) is another idyllic town: The county seat is known for its old-world charm and picturesque views of the Ohio River.
Average listing prices are as of March 23, 2011. Prices change regularly.Photographs courtesy of Kentucky Speedway and Turfway Park. House photographs by Nathan Kirkman
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