Hot Homes: Take living in the Horse Capital to the next step

Feel the equestrian spirit at this 1900s home in the heart of downtown Lexington.

The facade of the Swigert House.

Horse-racing expertise emanates from these walls. | Photo courtesy of Ben Childers

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Want to be a Kentucky Derby-winning breeder?

Well, while we can’t guarantee accolades, we can assure that living in the historic Daniel Swigert House in Fayette Park could provide some serious motivation.

Swigert was a prominent figure in the horse-racing industry and charter member of Churchill Downs. In the 1880s, he became known for producing four Kentucky Derby winners including Ben Ali + Baden-Baden.

While those facts alone are impressive, the home Swigert completed in 1900 is a story of its own — and it could be yours for a cool ~$1.4 million.

An overview of the Swigert House's features, including photos of the facade, bathrooms, kitchen, and outdoor space.

Stained glass? Say no more. | Photos courtesy of Ben Childers

Fast facts

  • 417 Fayette Park
  • Five bedrooms
  • Four full bathrooms + one-half bathroom
  • 5,568-sqft home
  • First completed dwelling in the neighborhood

Live like a legend

When you first walk upon the Swigert House, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, your eyes naturally land on a three-story round tower that even Rapunzel wouldn’t want to leave. Inch closer, and you’ll notice the sun hitting the glass-stained windows, bleeding beautiful hues of blue into the home.

Upon entry, you’ll be floored by the preserved hardwood floors, Irish bog oak trimmings, and the intricate carved staircase.

Other notable features:

  • A large dining room
  • Arch-shaped, floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Remodeled bathrooms
  • Unique crown molding

Downtown living without the hassle

Perhaps one of the most desirable traits? Having a spacious, fully-fenced in backyard, all within walking distance to downtown Lexington. Take a quick seven-minute walk to West Sixth Brewing + Smithtown Seafood or kick back in your screened-in porch, and listen to the hum of the city in your own little slice of historical paradise.

Looking to make this house your home? We’re taking applications for roommates.

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