The Catalytic Fund is excited to present Beyond the Curb: River City Living.
This 20-episode video series features tours of a wide range of living situations in Northern Kentucky’s urban river cities.
The first three episodes debuted on August 14. Every Friday after that, a new episode will be released.
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Join us for our tour of Somerset Hall, a Greek Revival villa in Ludlow, KY. This house was designed for its specific site and built around 1846. The beautiful, park-like grounds, interesting architecture, and fun, quirky blend of furnishings make it one of Ludlow’s most extraordinary properties. Somerset Hall is currently on the market, so … Continue reading Episode 1: Unique Historic Mansion in Ludlow, KY
This highrise on Covington, KY’s riverfront was built for offices, but is now Madison Place, a gracious apartment community with first class amenities. The location is the most popular amenity for the residences of Madison Place–on the riverfront of Covington, close to all the cool bars, stores and restaurants of the MainStrasse Village and Madison … Continue reading Episode 2: Elegant Highrise Living in Covington, KY
Just watching the tour of this house will bring down your blood pressure. A “shotgun house” has a floor plan with no hallway, so it’s said that if you shoot a bullet through the front door, it will pass through all the rooms unimpeded and come out the back door. The owner of this shotgun … Continue reading Episode 3: Peaceful Shotgun House in Bellevue, KY
We are excited to give you a peek inside this 700 sft “tiny house” in Newport, KY. The developers packed a lot of style and features into this small house and we can’t wait to show you everything! ReaLife Homes is both the builder and developer of the home, which serves as a model for … Continue reading Episode 4: Living Large in a Tiny House in Newport, KY
This tour takes you inside two new houses that blend beautifully with their historic Covington, KY neighborhood. Built on two vacant lots, these joined homes have many of the details of historic homes combined with the modern floor plans, windows and efficient systems of new houses. They were developed by Urban Community Developers, a nonprofit … Continue reading Episode 5: New “Historic” Homes in Covington, KY
This Dayton, KY will surprise and inspire you. This house was built around 1890 as an office and residence for a doctor and his family. The couple who now owns it also uses it for both living and working. In addition to home offices for both Mandy and Aaron, there is also a rentable music … Continue reading Episode 6: “Bricky House” in Dayton, KY
In this episode, we give you a peek into a cool studio apartment in Ludlow, KY. Tucked into the second floor of a former carriage house, this 735 sft apartment was renovated by the identical twin brothers who own Jeff and John Winkle Studio, an art studio and gallery. The art that takes center stage … Continue reading Episode 7: Artsy Studio in Ludlow, KY
It all starts with the views, but this condo community has so much more to offer. Look out the 63 linear feet of windows in this model condo and you can see almost 180 degrees of Northern Kentucky, the Ohio River, and Cincinnati. Then turn around and enjoy all the interior details of the construction, … Continue reading Episode 8: Sophistication + Killer Views in Newport, KY
This apartment community is vintage industrial meets charming neighborhood. Bellevue is a popular place to live. The houses are snapped up and the city is basically landlocked within its 1 mile by 1 mile footprint. Then a couple of visionary guys came up with the idea to turn a mostly vacant, nearly 100-year-old industrial building … Continue reading Episode 9: Cool Urban Apartments in Bellevue, KY
Come explore this unexpected oasis tucked into a Dayton neighborhood. This property is such a surprise. You turn off a normal-looking street and suddenly you’re on five peaceful acres with a pond, a view across the river, an indoor pool, and an art studio. The artist couple who lives here especially loves that their little … Continue reading Episode 10: Urban Meets Rural in Dayton, KY
A former “gentleman’s club” has been turned into stunning condos above street-level retail. The Bradford on Scott was built in the 1870’s as a public dance hall, with offices and residences above. Since the late 1990’s, the building had fallen into disrepair. The most recent street-level tenant was a “gentleman’s club,” called Viva La … Continue reading Episode 11: Luxury + History in Covington, KY
Enjoy the views, both inside and out, in this episode, featuring Bellevue’s Water’s Edge condominiums. The calm atmosphere of this gracious, traditionally-decorated condo lets the river and city views take center stage. Because of the way the units are designed at Water’s Edge, the layout works with whatever decorating style the owners favor. Jay and … Continue reading Episode 12: Graceful River Views in Bellevue, KY
You will be inspired by the transformation of a run down, pre-Civil War era house into the unique, stylish home it is today. There were many cool details still left in this dilapidated house when the project began: hand-turned staircase spindles, a mold for a Union soldier’s belt buckle, 12″ wide wood planks in the … Continue reading Episode 13: Creative Restoration in Newport, KY
It’s pretty amazing to see what these home owners have accomplished in the 6 weeks since buying their fixer upper. This cute little house was constructed right around the turn of the 19th century and had at least one addition built on, a low-ceilinged kitchen. The home had been a rental property for years when … Continue reading Episode 14: Urban Fixer Upper in Dayton, KY
This house looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale and it is just as cute on the inside. Come take a look inside this adorable home, built in 1859 and packed to the rafters with charm. You will see a redesigned kitchen, an enchanted garden, thoughtful original details, and the happy couple … Continue reading Episode 15: Storybook Cottage in Ludlow, KY
What’s it like living above your business? Pretty cool, it turns out! This entrepreneur bought a 150-year-old former hardware store, turned into a stylish event center and moved in upstairs…and he loves it. It took a lot of hammer and chisel work (3 months worth, in fact) to expose the brick on the first floor, … Continue reading Episode 16: Living above your business in Newport, KY
You’ve heard of weekending in the country, but this couple spends weekends in the city. Get a peek into their urban getaway. Living in the country has advantages, but the owners of this property wanted to spend their weekends in Covington’s vibrant, walkable MainStrasse Village neighborhood. So they bought an 1890’s house and renovated it … Continue reading Episode 17: Urban Getaway in Covington, KY
The drama and the details of living in a converted church: see how the owners made it cozy and welcoming. Living in a former church is all about the drama of the stained glass and lofty ceilings. It’s the details, though, that make the condo in our tour feel like a home. The developer for … Continue reading Episode 18: Converted church condo in Bellevue, KY
An apartment complex that is all about the community. The beautiful new Tapestry on the River apartments in Dayton, KY have a lot of desirable amenities, like the pool, private river walk, luxury finishes and 7,000 sft clubhouse. What really sets Tapestry apart, though, is the focus on building connections between the residents. It starts … Continue reading Episode 19: Community + convenience in Dayton, KY
Rescued from an ugly addition, this row house has been brought back to life. The members of the Ludlow Historic Society had their eyes on the property for some time. It’s one of five 135-year-old connected houses on Ludlow’s main drag, Elm Street. In the 1960’s someone had added an awkward addition to the front … Continue reading Episode 20: Rescued row house in Ludlow, KY