Studio with a View

A haven for artists in the days of Duveneck, this Covington condo has history, charm, and unbeatable views.

321 Riverside Dr., #201

If you’ve ever been walking along the river-facing side of Great American Ball Park, chances are you’ve seen them, glistening across the water: The coveted Covington riverfront homes, situated next to the confluence of the Licking and the Ohio. This four-block stretch of Riverside Drive is arguably one of the sweetest spots on the Kentucky side of the river. There’s just a small handful of houses on the street, and it’s rare that one of them goes on the market—until now.

When this stately Riverside home was built in 1917, it was divided into four apartments that were used, for years, as artist studios. Rumor has it that the apartments pulled in a very specific type of resident: students of Frank Duveneck, likely drawn to the home’s large windows and abundant natural light. In the 1990s, developers purchased the property with a plan to turn the apartments into condominiums, combining the top two floors into one 3,400-square-foot residence. Everything was taken down to the studs and outfitted with all the trappings of a modern single-family home, from new electric and plumbing to the glossy, ultra-modern kitchen.

That classic atelier charm remains, with grand 14-foot ceilings, French doors, and the soaring windows that the artists of the 1910s treasured. The roomy owner’s suite features a walk-in closet and en-suite library-slash-study, complete with built-in bookcases, while upstairs, the bedrooms trade light and airy for quaint and cozy, thanks to the low ceilings and whitewashed wood floors. Just off the living space, a covered veranda offers ample space for entertaining, outdoor dining, or taking in the panoramic views of the river and city. The house literally looks into GABP, so you can look forward to Friday night fireworks all summer long.

And the lucky buyer doesn’t just get the two-story condo, but also the smaller first-floor unit, which agents say could be rented out, used as a home office, or turned into a guest suite. Given how many friends and family members will inevitably come flocking to stay…we’d definitely recommend the guest suite.

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