As night falls, multicolored lights strung from porches illuminate the Kenwick neighborhood.
The strumming of a guitar fills the warm summer air, along with the laughter of children running down the sidewalk to their homes. Dogs peek from behind fences, and cats scurry across the road.
On their front porches, neighborhood residents relax and welcome others to join them.
"You can walk down the street and feel free to hang out with anyone," said Mary Gardner Turner, who has lived in the Kenwick neighborhood since 2009 and enjoys its friendly, open atmosphere.
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Turner also works with Sotheby's International Realty to remodel and sell homes in the area. Recently, she remodeled a home at 7 Richmond Avenue, which will be included in Sunday's Kenwick Bungalow Tour.
The tour will feature eight homes and offer visitors a silent auction, music and homemade treats.
The Richmond Avenue house, a small two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, sits back from the street against a patch of woods. Large old restored windows provide a view of the nature outside.
"I call it the treehouse bungalow, because with the windows in the back, you feel like you're up in the pine trees," Turner said.
The Kenwick neighborhood's history dates to the early 20th century. Most of the most homes were built in the 1930s. The house at 7 Richmond Avenue was built in 1910 as a servants' home for the house behind it.
The older homes display unique charms, Turner said.
"With older houses, every single one has a quirk," she said.
Many Kenwick homes feature intricate molding, wooden floors, large porches, and gas or wood-burning brick or tile fireplaces. But with the charms of these older homes come special challenges.
The sold masonry walls and a lack of insulation in Turner's home means that cold air penetrates in the winter and hot air in the summer. It's also difficult to hang artwork on the walls.
Despite that, Turner will decorate the home on the tour with a neutral backdrop and splashes of color through furniture and art, including work from Kenwick artists Dawna Scripps, Enrique Gonzalez and Lynn Sweet.
Turner said the benefits of the neighborhood and its history ultimately outweigh any costs.
The Kenwick Bungalow Tour features mainly homes that have been remodeled or are being remodeled.
The wide range of home prices in the neighborhood contributes to the increase of remodeling and the eclectic atmosphere. In fact, Kenwick stands as the last reasonably priced neighborhood to graze the edges of downtown, Turner said. Most homes range from $100,000 to $400,000.
The neighborhood accommodates various lifestyles and incorporates families from various backgrounds, and that adds to its dynamic flavor, Turner said.
"It's fun getting people into the neighborhood and seeing it change," she said.
In addition to its diversity, the neighborhood has nearby options for shopping and dining. The newly developed Walton and National avenues area boasts Blue Door Smokehouse, National Provisions store and beer hall, and other businesses.
The community is only a short ride or walk from downtown Lexington.
Levi Todd, Mary Todd Lincoln's grandfather, originally bought part of the Kenwick land, which later became a 900-acre horse farm, Ashland Park Stock Farm, according to Christine Donahoe, who lives in the first house built in the neighborhood.
In 1903, after the land changed hands from various wealthy estate owners, it was divided into residential lots.
Profits from the Kenwick Bungalow Tour benefit the neighborhood association for projects including the Victory Christian Church community garden and events at the Kenwick Community Center.