Historic Mansion In Downtown Lexington

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  • House
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

Sleeps: 8

Type: House

Historic Mansion In Downtown Lexington

Back in 1894, a man named John McCann decided to move his family to the metropolitan area of Fayette County. He purchased a one acre lot on West Third Street and spent three years $ 18,000 into building a 5,800 sq foot Colonial Revival Mansion with every modern convenience. Gracious curved glass windows over the front door, completed in 1905, were the finishing touch. The house changed hands many times and suffered indescribable neglect, but luckily, all the subsequent owners were limited in funds, so all of the original features survived. We bought the mansion in disrepair in 2000 and renovated it to historical elegance with modern amenities. ...Read more

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Teri K.

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Historic Mansion In Downtown Lexington
Lexington, Kentucky

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Additional Location Information

The house is located on Historic Third Street, where Lexington's most prosperous families moved in the 1890's. The artist Henry Faulkner, several local musicians, and the founder of the Lexington Garden Club helped make Third Street a lively and cultured address over the next several decades. Concerts and ice cream socials were held in front yards and Henry Faulkner's beloved pet goat, Alice, was an eccentric sight.

But the neighborhood suffered under ill-planned policies of urban renewal. Third became a street full of elegant homes cut into apartments in the 1970's, with cast iron fire escapes hiding historic details, and cars parked where elegant gardens were once carefully tended. In 1986, a group of hold outs petitioned the city of Lexington for Historic Status, limiting exterior changes to the houses. This encouraged renovation after renovation in the 1990's, and we again live on one of Lexington's loveliest streets.

The rest of downtown soon followed. Our home is surrounded by dozens of restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance. Rupp Arena is only three blocks to the south on Broadway. The University of Kentucky is about a mile away, and Transylvania University literally touches our backyard. The Lexington Opera House, with whom we share an original architect, is just around the corner. Keeneland and the Bluegrass airport are easily accessible from Versailles Road. The Kentucky Horsepark lies out Newtown Pike, about a 15 minute drive.

Jefferson Street has had four restaurants open in the past four years so there is something for everyone's taste. Two microbreweries have begun operating right here in the neighborhood, and two bars at the corner of Third and Jefferson offer one casual and one upscale experience; plus live music. A wine and tapas bar is the newest addition to this happening corner of downtown Lexington. I would definitely describe our location as being "near the action".

Our driveway will easily hold four cars, and street parking is always available. Buses run nearby.

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