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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A one bedroom vacation in a fully renovated c.1920's apartment building.

The Howard was built in 1920 in the back yard of an c.1840 Antebellum Mansion on Lexington's swanky West Third Street. In fell into disrepair and we bought it in 2007. We turned the existing eight apartments into five renovated condos with all the modern amenities, but preserving all of the vintage charm.

We refinished the hardwood floors, cleaned all the window and door hardware, repaired windows, and fixed plaster. We hired one of Lexington's best architects to fit a modern kitchen into a vintage kitchen space. We fit in a laundry, dishwasher, beverage center and microwave that formerly only had a two burner stove and two cabinets.

The apartment is only 650 square feet, but thanks to our brilliant architect, it feels much larger.

We are confident that as you drive through the stone arches of Hampton Court you will realize what a special corner of Lexington it is, on the site of a former orphanage and alongside the oldest University west of the Alleghenies, Transylvania University.

PHOTOS: These photos are of the actual apartment. It is 650 sq ft (32.5 feet x 20 ft). If this seems too small for your stay, we completely understand. If you do not like what you see in the photos, we will understand you choosing another property. Every piece of furniture, every pillow, every accessory is exactly what you see in the photos. We truly aim to please and feel that our apartment can fill a significant niche in Lexington travel, but realize others have varied needs not served by The Howard. Thanks to everyone who considers booking our corner of Lexington. We truly appreciate it!

Looking over our calendar, we realized that The Howard is BOOKED. We have very, very few dates left in 2017. If your required dates are not available, we encourage you to check out our two 2 bedroom rentals that are located just ten or so houses away from The Howard. They are loaded with charm and only $ 30 extra per night for the extra bedroom. They are VRBO # 846234 and # 596053. If you liked The Howard, we are pretty sure you'll like these, too. Thank You!

More Details

Owner
Teri Kelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Teri Kelly

I am a person who collects abandoned properties like other people collect abandoned pets.

I cannot resist "just one more" when I see broken windows, overgrown vines, and crumbling mortar. But what I am actually seeing is cool housing, cute cafes, or a new retail business. So far its worked pretty well, and VRBO has helped me find even more uses for historic buildings that beg for help as I drive past.

Luckily my structural engineer husband has a lifetime of construction experience to help the renovations along, and my corporate world sister has embraced my type of investments for her portfolio. The three of us have done houses, apartments, office buildings, and a Queen Anne Victorian; we are currently working on a mini stone castle and an abandoned bourbon distillery.

We love sharing our appreciation for historic properties with the residents of Lexington, and now we get to share them with the world. We have embraced the vacation rental concept for a full year now, and have enjoyed every moment of it.

Teri Kelly purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Teri Kelly chose Lexington

316 Hampton Court was one of our first big investments. Down to two renters (a hoarder and a couple who were apparently using an apartment as their secret love nest behind their spouse's backs), the Howard was a sad sight from our backyard. It took two trips over, but we finally figured out how to find this hidden gem, tucked behind a massive apartment building on one side and an antebellum house on the other.

We instantly appreciated its unique architecture and decided to try to purchase and renovate it. The owner said sure, but we would have to purchase the 8,000 sf house in front as well, which we promptly did. A year later we finished the main part of the building's renovation and one condo and put it up for sale. Which it did not. The housing recession had hit so we put it up for rent. Renting turned out to be an easy task, so two years later we had five condos all rented for the next six years.

In 2013 we bought another house on Third Street, and fixed up the bottom apartment and had a friend move in. Then we started redoing the second floor apartment, and went a little further with the redo. It was looking so cute we decided to try vacation rentals. We furnished it and listed it on VRBO, hoping to at least make enough to make the renovation and furnishing worth it.

It was an incredible success. It has enabled us to keep up with some of the other property's bills much easier. So when #4 in Hampton Court became available, I decided that it too should become a VRBO property.

Amenities

Northside District Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full bath with a shower. The sink is separate from the shower and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom has a queen sized bed in neutral colors. Plenty of drawer and closet space for longer stays.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
Become a part of Lexington's oldest neighborhood; only a ten minute walk from downtown.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District
average rating of 4.8627453 based on 51 reviews
4

Perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

Lovely flat in a beautiful area of Lexington's historic district. Easy to walk to many activities and bars/restaurants, as well as the visitors center. Really appreciated local info and recommendations from the owner - Spaldings was definitely worth the wait!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elenor; thank you SO much for the lovely review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the stay, and the Spauldings donut! Please keep us in mind the next time you visit Lexington!
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5

Lovely and chic apartment in historical area of Lexington.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed here for a week while she was competing at the Horse Park. It's a 15-20 minute drive to the horse park depending on traffic. It is walking distance to many nice restaurants. The apartment is very chic in its decor, immaculate and nicely updated. I loved the hardwood floors and the fluffy white towels. It is very quiet and safe and it was an oasis for us after being at the horse show all day. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Green Valley, AZ
5

Great Apartment, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a nicely-equipped unit, located in a historic neighborhood. From it, we were able to walk to many great downtown places. We were impressed with how quiet the air conditioner was. It was also great to have a washer and dryer in the apartment!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis
5

Perfect quiet location yet easy walk to downtown

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is lovely. It has the character from being in an early 20th century building but with first class modern decor and equipment. I was able to have my Lab, Gracie, stay with me and the neighborhood is perfect for dog walks. The Blue Stallion brewpub is a short walk away and very welcoming to canine companions. Teri's suggestions in the guest book for things to see and do were great. I particularly liked the scenic drive on the Old Frankfort Pike. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Was so nice to stay in a quiet neighborhood. We enjoyed daily walks thru the neighborhoods & in to town. So many beautiful houses that we wouldn't have seen if we had stayed in a hotel. Within walking distance of so many places.

The bed was comfortable, the place was very clean. The kitchen, even though we didn't use it much was very well stocked. The suggestions on things to do & see was very helpful.

Teri was very easy to work with & responded quickly to any requests. We would definitely stay here again & would recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Springs/Fl
5

Lexington

  • 5 of 5

Great place!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay :) Teri
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Map

Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Bluegrass Field
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Chase
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 75/ Interstate 54
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Blue Heron
Car: necessary

Bourbon Distillery Tours and tastings.

Historic Sites

Walking Paths

Photos

Rates & Availability

Available
Unavailable
Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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