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River City Living: Weekend Getaway in Mainstrasse Village

The popular Beyond the Curb urban living tours that typically take place twice a year in Northern Kentucky's river cities, is virtual this year.

The Catalytic Fund, which produces the tours and aids in urban development projects, moved to a video tour series this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Some enjoy living in the city and then escaping to the country on the weekends.

For Kimberly and Sarah Patton, it's the opposite: they live in the country and spend weekends in Covington, in a home converted into four short-term rental units and a third-floor apartment for themselves.

The Mainstrasse Village property is featured in this week's River City Living. It can be viewed here.

“We love being in the middle of everything here, going to the bars and restaurants, getting to know the owners of the coffee shop, people watching from the front stoop,” they said. 

They have enjoyed designing and furnishing the rental units, layering fresh colors, modern lighting and mid-century furniture over the 150-year-old flooring and brick walls. Several of the original doors have been split down the middle and reinstalled as swinging doors or else preserved as they were but rehung with sliding barn door hardware.

In two of the units, the tiny kitchens have been enlivened with bright red, retro appliances and red open shelving.

In the Pattons' own third-floor apartment, they continued the mix of old and new. When replacing the window casing in the living room, they realized it was the perfect opportunity to use the elegant trim that Kim salvaged from an office renovation nearly twenty years ago.

Their future plans for the building including adding a roof deck, which will have views of the Cincinnati skyline. They plan to retire to this apartment, in order to “downsize the house budget and upsize the travel budget,” as they put it.

Each Friday, a new episode of Beyond the Curb: River City Living is released. Previous episodes can be viewed here: www.BeyondtheCurb.org/video-tours.

-Staff report

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