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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District

People4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning

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 an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Northside District in Lexington

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 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:
  • antique hunting
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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! 4.8/5 -
(40 traveller reviews)

A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District
average rating of 4.825 based on 40 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!

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: 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

Wonderful, Even for Locals!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a lovely stay at The Howard earlier this month. We live right outside of Lexington, so it may not have seemed like we were "getting away", but we absolutely did! The apartment is so comfortably and tastefully appointed, it's a treat just to be there! The architecture is such a delight; we really appreciated the preservation efforts of the owners! Rather than running all over, we chose to stay in, cook, and just relax. The kitchen had everything we needed! The next morning we took a walk and enjoyed seeing the neighborhood. We dubbed Hampton Court the Savannah District of Lexington! And walking over to nearby Gratz Park for May Fest was the perfect way to wrap up our time here! We have already recommended The Howard to our friends, and will definitely be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great choice for a stay in Lexington.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property in lovely neighbourhood - walked everywhere. So convenient!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Stay in Downtown Lexington

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property in order to attend a UK Men's basketball game at Rupp. The apartment is beautiful, well-appointed, and cozy. We really appreciated all the historic preservation. The bed is super comfortable and the linens are first rate. We came in late and I was worried as I didn't stop for essentials. An example of this owner's thoughtfulness for her guests: Starbucks coffee (with cream in the fridge!) so we didn't have to venture out into the cold the next morning to get a cup. Also, the off-street private parking is a definite bonus for downtown. The walk to Rupp was short and convenient. All in all, a great experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer; Thank you SO much for the wonderful review! Reviews like this one is why I love what we do; sharing my hometown with visitors and making their visit a success. I do hope you'll add Lexington to you schedule again very soon, and again, thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review; they really help us in getting reservations. Teri & Chris
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5

Excellent experience

  • 5 of 5

Owner was very accommodating and helpful. The condo was ideally located and well furnished. It was clean and comfortable. It was also quiet and in the historic area. Def a great rental!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

The Howard

  • 4 of 5

the Howard is a wonderful place for two to enjoy Lexington. The location could not be better: we walked to every place we visited in town with no problems. The accommodations are also perfect for a couple--the kitchen and living area are plenty in size and ease, and the bed and bathrooms offer lots of room. It may sound and look small, but a stay at the Howard is a big time.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Rupp Arena
"Home of the Kentucky Wildcats, the college basketball team with the all-time most wins. "
Nick Ryan's
"Nick Ryans is a casual restaurant that really took the lead in the renaissance of Jefferson ..."
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

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Northside District, Kentucky

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Keeneland Spring
6 Apr 2018 - 6 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£287
for 2 nights
From
£143
£615
£1,803
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£111
for 1 night
From
£111
£574
£1,475
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £231.91
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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