508 E. Main Street, No. 409 Lexington, KY 40508 The Wellington Arms
If you’ve lived in Lexington for any length of time, you know the Wellington Arms – the cool Tudor apartment building on the corner of Woodland and Main. Built in 1930, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and is a true Lexington landmark. The building lobby is beautifully appointed and the apartments were renovated and condo-ed about 8 years ago with several units being combined into one. The interior of the units capture much of the vintage appeal of the building –original oak floors, beautiful woodwork, glass-paneled doors and charming bathrooms with octagonal tile floors and clean, vintage subway tile walls. The kitchens are modernized with new cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The condos look like they ought to be saved on a Pinterest board for upscale urban living.
No. 409, is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with approximately 1215 square foot. There’s so much to love here from the fact that it’s the top floor unit, on the green side of the building (so it’s nice and quiet) and there’s a tremendous amount of storage from a large dressing room in the master bedroom to a massive walk-in closet in the 2nd bedroom. There’s an additional un-windowed office/storage closet that features a charming, original glass front cabinet and has a small desk/vanity area. You won’t find anything like that in the new condos elsewhere downtown. And, if the industrial feel of many urban lofts leave you cold, the warmth and beauty of the original millwork and natural light will delight you.
My seller, who wouldn’t be moving if she were going to continue to live in Lexington, tells me that life at the Wellington Arms is just as fabulous as you would imagine it to be. The building has a charming community/TV room where you can host parties larger than you want in your condo, a fitness room for residents that even has classes, and a delightful enclosed courtyard provides a welcome green space. What’s more, you are within walking distance to dozens of local restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and entertainment venues. Imagine, if spring ever comes, walking to the Kentucky Theater to see a movie and stopping for a coffee on the walk home or to enjoy the beauty of Thoroughbred Park. Or, how about a quick jaunt to the Saturday Farmer’s Market or hopping on the free Colt Trolley and taking a spin on it leaving your car safe and sound in the resident’s covered and secure parking annex. It makes me sad that I can’t fit my family of four and three dogs into the Wellington Arms just thinking about how much fun it would be to live there!
1827 St. Ives Circle, Lexington KY 40502
Lexington has many great areas but I have to confess a personal bias toward living “Inside the Circle” and specifically in the ’02. I love how it takes less than 15 minutes to drive just about anywhere Fayette County from my neighborhood. I’ve been living “Inside the Circle” since I moved back to Lexington in 1993. Being so close to the center of town, finding a “newer” home (my definition is built in the last 25 years) can be difficult. That fact is what makes Castlegate and particularly the St Ives area such a great find! These homes are beautifully built and reflect a more modern sensibility of space usage particularly for baby boomers — livable floor plans, first floor master bedrooms, low maintenance exteriors that allow you the freedom to travel. In addition, Castlegate is an easy walk to the Chinoe Village shops which has a newly renovated Kroger grocery as well as a number of restaurants including a soon to open Shakespeare and Co. In addition, there’s quick access to Lansdowne-Merrick Park and I would certainly walk to the Lansdowne Shoppes from there as well as to the Romany Road area.
1827 St. Ives is particularly lovely. The current owners were engaged early in the building process with the Tom Padgett who built the home and put their own wise touches into the layout and design of the home. It features tremendous amounts of natural light as well as a number of other thoughtful features. The home is well-maintained and they have updated the kitchen with beautiful granite counters during their years of ownership. It truly is a delightful that you’ll want to see for yourself!
2037 Dellwood Drive, Lexington, KY 40503 UNDER CONTRACT
There is much to love in this super-cute, classic Cape Cod located in the Zandale/Glendover area! Great renovations throughout and a flexible floor plan make this a fabulous find for the buyer seeking a Chevy Chase-style home without a Chevy Chase price tag! First floor features all hardwoods with a formal living and dining area plus a large kitchen that opens to family room or 2nd dining area. A newer addition at rear of home adds a large room with a stunning full bath and large tiled laundry/mudroom that will make a crafter’s heart sing with opportunity. This great space converts easily for usage as master bedroom or as a family room. Newer sliding doors open to a beautiful aggregate patio, large yard and brick 2-car garage. Lots of other great surprises abound in this jewel of a home. The sellers have done so much to make this home one of the best finds inside New Circle!
3500 Warwick Drive, #21 Lexington, KY 40517
Just around the corner from Lansdowne Elementary and Kirklevington Park, you’ll find the sweetest little neighborhood of nicely managed townhomes. This particular unit has been lovingly maintained by a careful owner who has made quality improvements including new windows and new fencing. A comfortable lay-out, this home features a large living area that opens to dining area and kitchen on the first floor along with a laundry area, half bath, and mudroom passing to the fenced back yard (excellent spot for a little garden or for a lucky dog — not many townhomes these days seem to have their own outdoor spaces, I find). A modest HOA fee covers the exterior of the home along with all of the developments common area insurances and maintenance so the living here is easy for someone who may travel frequently and doesn’t want a lot of maintenance headaches. Additionally, this prime locations gives you quick access to downtown, UK campus as well as great shopping at Lansdowne Shoppes and Fayette Mall/Nicholasville corridor. You aren’t far from anything here and the price to own is probably far less than renting. Call today for your private appointment and see for yourself what a marvelous home you can make for yourself in Hanover Hills!