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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District

Bedrooms Studio
Space 60 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


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. They are small and incredibly cozy with a great room with opening windows on the second floor.

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. Two longterm rentals have taken nearly every day between Jan 7 and August 8th, 2018. 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!

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Teri Kelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 two years now, and have enjoyed every moment of it.

Teri Kelly purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Teri Kelly chose Northside District

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.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Northside District, Kentucky

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
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 ...
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full bath with a shower. The sink is separate from the shower and toilet.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom has a queen sized bed in neutral colors. Plenty of drawer and closet space for longer stays.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • 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
Become a part of Lexington's oldest neighborhood; only a ten minute walk from downtown.


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A hidden gem in Lexington's Historic District
average rating of 4.867647 based on 68 reviews

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: 13-May-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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Great area with wonderful restaurants.

  • 5 of 5

Property was perfect for a trip to UK.

  • Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place for a visit to Rupp

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying at this building. The apartment is very well appointed and clean. It is a short walk over to Rupp, as well as to several restaurants. Teri is a gracious host, and we will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: 8-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable and comfortable!

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was perfect. It was close to where we wanted to be and was very comfortable! The owners left a sweet treat for us on arrival and that made us feel very welcome. We’ll definitely come back next time we’re in the area!

  • Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nicole! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. You are welcome for the treats. If someone entrusts us with an important celebration like an anniversary we feel compelled to make it worth their trust. Thank you for taking such great care of our apartment and please come back soon.
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Very nice in quiet neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and clean. Perfect for my wife and I get away weekend to tour the horse farms and catch a UK basketball game. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: 1-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mike. I am glad our apartment made your trip to see the Wildcats a success. The apartment looked great when I returned to clean. Thank You!
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Historically Charming on outside and Modern Inside

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! Such a great place to stay within walking distance to downtown and in a great neighborhood!!

  • Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: LOVE your description of our apartment...that is exactly what we were going for during the renovation!
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Bluegrass Field
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Chase
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Marriott @ Griffen Gate
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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Northside District, Kentucky

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Keeneland Spring
Apr 6 2018 - May 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
Keeneland Fall Meet
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$384.36

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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