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'This Old House' honors Lexington's Kenwick neighborhood

Beth Engel's bungalow in the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington.
Beth Engel's bungalow in the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington. Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington residents have long admired the Kenwick neighborhood off Richmond Road for its Craftsman-style bungalows, many of which have been restored.

Now, the rest of the country might take notice.

Kenwick is among 61 communities on the list of 2013 Best Old-House Neighborhoods, chosen by the editors of This Old House.

The publication praised the neighborhood for its "convenience as well as low-key charm," saying it was among the best on the list for an easy commute and having lots to do nearby.

Kenwick sits on property that in the late 1800s was part of a horse farm owned by Irish horseman B.J. Treacy. The subdivision was laid out and development started in 1909.

The name Kenwick, according to past newspaper articles, was a name made up from "Ken" from Kentucky and "wick" from an early owner of much of the land, Robert "Old Duke" Wickliffe, a Pennsylvania transplant.

Lynn Motley and Tom Thurman, who were out for a walk Tuesday evening and have lived on Preston Avenue for 17 years, said they love the neighborhood for its mix of longtime residents and newcomers.

Motley said there's "a great sense of community, ... neighbors really knowing each other."

And, Thurman said, the location is ideal.

"You're two minutes from downtown, you're two minutes from campus, and yet it's still quiet and peaceful," he said.

Other Kentucky locales that have made This Old House's list in years past include Old Louisville in 2008, Covington in 2009, Harrodsburg in 2010, Augusta in 2011 and the East Row Historic District in Newport in 2012.

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