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1880 Italianate duplex turned single-family home asks $249K

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A complete renovation breathes new life into a 19th-century home

A brick Italianate building features two orange doors, tall narrow windows, two stories, and a flat roof. Photos by Steve Hurley

Located a few blocks from the Ohio river, about two hours northeast of Louisville, this five-bedroom, two-bath Kentucky home was originally a family stable circa 1840. The structure eventually transformed into a Italianate double house in 1880, and much of that era’s regal attributes remain.

But it took a recent renovation to add a bit of Victorian glamor back to the property. Instead of functioning as a duplex as it had in decades past, the home is now a single family residence measuring 2,220 square feet. Italianate features abound, including the home’s boxy shape, tall, pedimented windows, flat roof, and eaves with elaborate brackets.

Inside, the home now features all new windows, doors, electric, plumbing, drywall, flooring, and paint. A completely remodeled kitchen boasts soft close cabinets, granite counters, and an island, and the home’s six fireplaces have been reworked into decorative centerpieces. Interested? 245 Forest Avenue is on the market now for $249,900.

A kitchen has white cabinets with beige granite countertops, two hanging pendant lights, and a long island.
The renovated kitchen features granite counters, white cabinets, and wood floors.
A before photo shows old wooden cabinets, white counters, and bad flooring.
A photo of the kitchen before the renovation.
A large empty living room with wooden floors, a chandelier, and two decorative fireplaces.
The home’s six fireplaces have been transformed into decorative centerpieces.
A living room with a center decorative fireplace, wooden floors, and a ceiling fan.
The renovation completely gutted the home.
A bathroom features black heaxagonal tile, a double sink with white counters and gray cabinets, and a large oval mirror.
One of two bathrooms in the house.
An unrenovated room with a gray fireplace, old, distressed wood floors, and white walls.
A before photo of one of the rooms with a fireplace.