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Photos: Inside the Luxury Riverfront Townhome Project that Just Hit the Market!

It has been quiet for years but an ambitious townhome development on the Covington riverfront is stirring again.

It is also back on the market.

What was once known as Riverboat Landing is now renamed Westport Townhomes. It's "west" of downtown and a "port" for boats. Each of the seven luxury, 4-level townhomes comes with a personal boat slip on the Ohio River.

"The location is amazing. The view of downtown Cincinnati - everybody wants the view, but the additional draw will be the boat slip," said real estate agent Debbie Robke of the Scarlett Realty Group at Keller Williams. "People who have boats won't have to get in their car and drive to the marina. They'll be able to get home, put on their boat shoes and get, in their boat."

Robke and Lynn Kerns are the agents representing the newly listed homes -- which are not in the flood plain. As The River City News first reported in October, the long-dormant development was purchased by Josh Eitington, 28, a Long Island-based developer who is in town this week as the homes hit the market. 

"I think we're going to get a combination (of potential buyers), "Eitington said. "Potentially someone downsizing from a larger five bedroom, four bath home with a lot of land to maintain, and maybe they are retiring and their kids have moved out, and this is their retirement home in their 50s and 60s. With the elevator, it's a home they can grow old in."

The elevator is just one unique amenity for these sprawling homes that feature oversized garages (some for two cars) and rooftop decks for unobstructed views of the Ohio River, the Cincinnati skyline, and the annual fireworks display on Labor Day weekend. The properties will also be attractive to younger professionals, Eitington predicted.

"I think there is a market for the downtown Cincinnati individual, the young professional, someone who doesn't need to or want to live in Over-the-Rhine but they love the view," he said. It's a five-minute drive to downtown Cincinnati."

One unit is complete and move-in ready, listed at $535,000. The remaining units will be ready throughout next summer, priced up to $600,000. Some have 3 bedrooms and all will have direct access to the Ohio River.

Robke said that interested parties and agents are already calling and sending emails. She and Kerns will host open houses on Saturday (1 - 3 p.m.) and Sunday (2 - 4 p.m.) and the public is welcome to attend.

The completed unit was, at one time, to be rented and possibly purchased by former Bengal Terrell Owens, but it has never been lived in. That will likely change soon.
"People have a real thirst for living on the river," Kerns said, noting other luxury riverfront projects like Manhattan Harbour in Dayton and the Ascent in Covington. "There is this realization that people are able to be on the river, so now this is coming on the market when people have a real appreciation for that."
Find them on Riverhouse Way, just off Highway Avenue west of I-75.
Story & photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Dining area near balcony overlooking Longworth Hall and the Cincinnati skyline