Northern Kentucky within the NKY MLS normally references the area comprised by Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Less often it refers to these, along with the counties of Gallatin, Grant, Pendleton, Bracken, Trimble, Mason and Lewis. However defined, the general area is densely populated, and largely rural. If you are looking for properties within NKY MLS, it is important to know a little bit about the area. The first three mentioned counties are included as part of the Cincinnati metropolitan statistical area (MSA) along with regions of Ohio and Indiana adjacent to the city. Given this proximity, the travel needs of most people living in the northern Kentucky area are conveniently serviced by the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, which is actually located in Boone County, the northernmost county in Kentucky.
NKY MLS City of Florence, Boone County
Just minutes from Cincinnati, Boone County is situated in the largest bend of the Ohio River. Like much of Kentucky, it is characterized by its beautiful rolling hillsides. The county’s largest cities are Florence, Union, and Walton. Within the boundaries of northern ky mls is Florence. Florence has a population of approximately 30,000 people. Families in the area can take advantage of two beautiful municipal parks, Orleans and Lincoln Woods, or South Fork Park. Popular park activities include skating, hiking and biking. Additionally, the city has a phenomenal family aquatic center complete with water slides and a river. Golf enthusiasts will love perfecting their game at the fabulous World of Golf Complex. Additionally, just up the road in Cincinnati, sports lovers will find major league sports teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), the Cincinnati Reds (MLB) and the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL). And a short thirty miles to the southwest, speedsters can take in NASCAR events at Kentucky Motor Speedway.
The Florence Mall offers shopping and dining options, and is currently under expansion. In addition to a number of chain restaurants, the city offers local eateries that reflect the Bluegrass roots of the state. Further, Cincinnati proper is less than twenty miles away, offering limitless choices for shopping and dining.
NKY MLS City of Covington, Kenton County
Kenton County, named after frontiersman Simon Kenton, is also part of an Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana MSA, Cincinnati-Middletown. Kenton’s largest city is its county seat, Covington. A very ambitious project is underway in Covington, and nearby cities of Taylor Mill, Wilder and Newport. The project is an interconnected urban trail running 14 miles through the Licking River Corridor. The Covington section of the trail was established first, and now meanders five miles connecting various neighborhoods along the way. In addition to this project, residents have access to a variety of other hiking and biking trails. Similar to Florence, the city of Covington serves residents well with community provided swimming pools, water parks, splash pads and two scenic 18-hole golf courses.
Mainstrasse Village is the city’s well-known entertainment and dining district. Here visitors can wander between historical buildings housing local restaurants, antique shops, art galleries and quaint boutiques. Popular dining options favored by the locals include the Blinker’s Tavern, Amerasia, Otto’s and the Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar. The Village has a promenade area with a fountain that is the site for local festivals throughout the year.
NKY MLS City of Fort Thomas, Campbell County
Campbell County is named after Revolutionary War hero and Kentucky legislator, Colonel John Campbell. Campbell is also part of the Cincinnati-Middletown MSA. The largest city is Fort Thomas. City population is approximately 16,300. Popular local eateries are Graeter’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Southern Smoke Barbeque and the Fort Thomas Pizza and Tavern.
The city has a strong historical significance, as it was the place of a large battle between the Cherokee, Miami and Shawnee American Indian tribes. Further, the site served as a United States Army post in the late 1880’s and went on to become the location of the U.S. 6th Infantry Regiment just prior to the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Horse Racing in Northern Kentucky
Along with these numerous attractions, Kentucky is world renowned for its thoroughbreds and bourbon.
Churchill Downs, track of the world famous Kentucky Derby is less than two hours southwest of Fort Thomas. In May, residents turn out en masse for the Derby. The whole world tunes in, as Southern Belles and Southern Gents sip mint juleps, and delight in showing off their finest, and most fashionable attire. The event is not to be missed, and every self-respecting belle’s crowing achievement is the perfectly matched hat (or fascinator) that tops off her enviable outfit.
Churchill Downs is not the only showcase for racing. Keeneland is closer still, located a mere 71 miles south of Fort Thomas in Lexington. This track is often the site of the highly respected Breeder’s Cup. As might be expected, thoroughbred farms are numerous, and imbue the Bluegrass State’s rolling countryside with a unique and incomparable beauty enjoyed nowhere else.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Just as famed Dierks Bentley croons, there ain’t enough bourbon in Kentucky… Even so, residents will find the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a fine way to learn about Kentucky Bourbon and the time honored tradition of distilling it. Bourbon is America’s one and only native spirit. The spirit holds a special place of pride and passion in the Bluegrass State’s history and culture. NKY MLS listings have so much to offer, not least of which is its unbridled spirit, much like its Bourbon and thoroughbreds.
If you are interested in Northern Kentucky real estate listings or are interested in local Cincinnati residential real estate, please contact Gary Rossignol at (513) 777-2402 or search for a home now.