On The Market: A 200-Year Old Covington Property With a Private Garden and Details For Days

1026 Russell Street, Covington, $1,495,000

This sprawling historic district home was built in 1820 by Major Alfred Sandford, whose father was the first member of Congress from Northern Kentucky (per a plaque on the home’s grounds); today, it’s one of the oldest standing buildings in Kenton County, says Regina Yearout of Coldwell Banker West Shell’s Dwell Well Group.

Photograph courtesy Kathy Kelley and David Christopher

Photograph courtesy Kathy Kelley and David Christopher

In former lives the structure served as both a boarding school and the President’s house for an organization called the Western Baptist Theological Institute. By the time the current owners bought the place in 1988, it was without heat, plumbing and electricity, says Yearout, who adds that the couple “restored the structure in 1990 and opened the Sanford House as a Bed and Breakfast.”

Photograph courtesy Kathy Kelley and David Christopher

Photograph courtesy Kathy Kelley and David Christopher

Today it’s a multi-family property with beautiful backyard gardens and some of the most elaborate plaster crown moldings we’ve seen. It’s also in need of new owners; any takers?

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