Northern Kentucky is home to some of the area’s coolest historic houses in all shapes, sizes, and architecture styles—and Covington is overflowing with historic treasures. In recent years, locals have restored historic homes and buildings like this condo, originally built in 1897, and this 1883 Italianate reno. Sales are already pending on these two restored MainStrasse gems—which isn’t surprising, given the red-hot housing market—but both homes serve as prime examples of modernizing homes with history.
Listing agent and owner of Sparen Realty Joe Stevie points out the fact that both of the homes were renovated by architects. “[It brings] the quality that normal flippers don’t bring to the flips,” says Stevie. Here are two restored homes that are modern dreams.
The front of this home may channel old-school Southern vibes with its airy two-story porch, but make no mistake—this house is fully modernized. Enter through the front door on the side of the house, and you’ll be immediately greeted by a spacious living room, complete with hardwood flooring and a painted brick fireplace that pays homage to the home’s historic roots.
Down the hall, the dining room is neatly tucked between the staircase and the uber-modern kitchen, which features a waterfall eat-in island, black cabinets, and funky gold finishes. A marble backsplash matches the island and contrasts the sleek cabinetry and stainless appliances. Despite the dark color palette in the kitchen, skylights whisk in plenty of natural light to give the space a bright, open-air feel.
The main bedroom is dreamy yet simple with hardwood floors, a matte black ceiling fan, and a walkout deck, plus a bathroom with a floating vanity and a marble shower stall. Outside, the home has its own driveway and gravel parking lot that could be converted into an entertaining space—all within walking distance to MainStrasse.
With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, this four-story gem is an entertainer’s dream. The brick facade is true to the home’s historic character and a quaint entrance with a knee-high gate only adds to the charm. Inside, find oak floors throughout and a black fireplace that anchors the living room area.
Just steps away, the wide-open kitchen boasts counters made of marble and quartzite and a massive island with room for three. The white cabinets and pendants keep things clean and simple, but the black truly pops, adding extra dimension and depth to the space.
Down the arched hallway, the intimate dining room features recessed wall shelves and hip, industrial-style lighting above the dining table. Upstairs, the owner’s suite features a shiplap wall and a sprawling bathroom with two vanities and windows that fill the all-white space with gorgeous natural light.
The top floor is perhaps the coolest space with a walkout to the rooftop deck and a small bar for entertaining. The deck overlooks Covington and offers a glimpse of the Cincinnati skyline, one of the best perks of city living.