Kenwick Listed as Best Old House Neighborhood 2013

Have you seen this?? The editors of This Old House have tracked down 61 neighborhoods that have promising futures, strong communities, and homes that truly deserve a long-term commitment. And Kenwick is on the list!

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Best Old House Neighborhoods 2013: The South

By CATHY GARRARD, CAROLE BRADEN, KATELIN HILL, NATALIA KNOCHOWSKI, JEREMY LANGE, AND DEBORAH SNOONIAN

From the hometown of Martin Luther King Jr. to the birthplace of Tabasco sauce, these neighborhoods, with their rich histories, will charm you from the first moment you see them.

Kenwick Neighborhood, Lexington, Kentucky

Population: 1,613 in Kenwick; 295,803 in the city of Lexington
House styles: Craftsman bungalows are predominant, with a few Cape Cod and Victorian-era houses mixed in
Expect to pay: $125,000 to $300,000, depending on the house's size and condition

Once a rural family estate and farm on the outskirts of Lexington proper, Kenwick was formally established in 1909, when its heirs divided the land into small residential lots, turning it into one of the city's first suburbs for middle- and working-class families. Now this neighborhood is gaining renown for some of the earliest houses built on those lots: handsome bungalows in the Craftsman style. Tight-knit residents have developed a tour that showcases a dozen or so well-kept examples, and both the tour and the area itself are gaining traction locally. "These are all unique homes, lovingly cared for by their owners," says Sara Constantine, a member of the Kenwick Neighborhood Association. Living here offers convenience as well as low-key charm; it's a quick trip by car or trolley to Lexington's many cultural highlights, from the numerous arts and music venues at the University of Kentucky to the venerable Keeneland, one of Lexington's oldest racetracks, which opened in 1936.

Among the best for: The SouthCottages and BungalowsCollege TownsEasy Commute,RetireesLots to Do

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