A Restored 1902 West Covington Home with a Killer Kitchen

Built in 1902 and restored in 2018, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home blends historic charm with modern updates.

1227 Holman Avenue

Photograph by Lisa VonLuehrte

Northern Kentucky is home to some of the most beautiful historic homes in the Greater Cincinnati area. Covington residents, in particular, are restoring older homes and bringing them back to life in modern fashion. This Holman Avenue navy blue brick abode is a prime example.

Photograph by Lisa VonLuehrte

Built in 1902 and restored in 2018, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home blends historic charm with modern updates. Our favorite room is the kitchen, which was designed by NOLI, a local company that specializes in modern Italian cabinets. The sleek space features rustic touches, such as a custom island made from the original kitchen joists, exposed brick, pendant lights, and beamed ceiling. Plus, the kitchen floor’s blue tiles, which complement the shades of blue integrated throughout the home, were strategically cut to create an elegant herringbone pattern.

In a shotgun-style manner, the kitchen connects to a spacious dining room, which leads to the main living area, plus a half bath with a custom sink that was built to fit the space. Bothrooms and bath feature original hardwood flooring. The living room also showcases the original mantel and—now decorative—fireplace.

Photograph by Lisa VonLuehrte

Exposed brick accents and original hardwood floors are found throughout the second and third floors. The second floor features two spacious bedrooms, a full bath, and a semi-secret staircase that leads to a private third-floor master suite, which offers loads of closet and storage space and a chic full bath.

Photograph by Lisa VonLuehrte

Although the home was restored using salvaged materials from the original structure, the plumbing, electric, roof, water heater, HVAC, and windows are all brand new. And out back, instead of grass, you’ll find a spacious patio, a gravel driveway with two parking spaces, and custom-built planter boxes along the fence.

As Cincinnati continues to grow, bordering neighborhoods continue to develop. Pivot Realty Group listing agent Annie Venerable says West Covington is the place to be. “I can see it being the hot new neighborhood as development moves,” she says. “You’re already starting to see new businesses opening, and I’d expect that trend to continue.” Plus, just around the corner sits the Linden Grove Cemetery, which recently became an official arboretum and offers an unforgettable nature experience.

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