Covington’s housing market has taken off in the past few years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. “There is so much going on in Covington right now, and it is a great alternative to Over-the-Rhine,” says local real estate agent Bill Draznik. “The architecture is very similar, there are a ton of great restaurants and bars, and it is more affordable than across the river.” Here are two recently renovated Covington homes that provide all these neighborhood perks and more.
Located in MainStrasse Village, this two-story Philadelphia Street home is a unique find. Rehabbed in 2015, listing agent Lee Bledsoe notes that the home was almost considered a tear-down because of its poor condition. “It was one of the first rehabs in the 900 block of Philadelphia,” Bledsoe says. “There were places where you had to be careful not to fall through the floor. It was in such bad shape, you could actually reach your arm through the exterior walls in some places.” Fortunately, the home’s current owner, Jim Pan, wasn’t afraid to take on the massive renovation project, Bledsoe says.
Pan transformed the crumbling structure into a like-new home with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms, plus a charming front porch. On the first floor, the living room and eat-in kitchen feature wood floors and a shotgun-style open floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining guests. The kitchen offers plenty of cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and an eat-in island. Head upstairs to find two of three bedrooms (the third is located just off the kitchen), including the carpeted master, which features a door that walks out to an open-air porch above the front porch.
Plus, a new back deck provides a third outdoor gathering space, and the backyard has plenty of landscaping potential. “It’s another example of how Covington is—at first gradually—now rapidly transforming into a vibrant urban neighborhood,” Bledsoe says. “Not only [are there] several rehabs, but also new builds that will be selling north of $300,000.”
With a charming painted brick façade, this three-bedroom, three-bath historic Italianate—which was sale pending at press time—is loaded with original charm and impressive upgrades, thanks to a 2017 renovation. Walk through the front door and admire the shotgun-style open living space and gourmet kitchen. Although we’re a sucker for the fireplace in the living room, the shiny white kitchen is the standout space on the first floor. With an enormous eat-in island, it boasts sleek elements like a starburst pendant light, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, open shelving, and exposed brick that’s painted white to match the white subway tile backsplash. There’s also a half-bath off the kitchen, and original wood floors throughout complement the home’s overall bright aesthetic.
The master suite is also located off the kitchen and features an en-suite bathroom-slash-laudry room, with a claw-foot tub and tile floors. Upstairs, the second floor features two additional spacious bedrooms, which are connected by a full bathroom with a gorgeous subway-tiled walk-in shower. Outside, there’s deck along the side of the house and another in the fenced-in backyard, which is also home to a mature tree and, potentially, a small garden area.