Gunning Real Estate: Ultimate Urban Oasis Awaits in Newport

"Every one of these homes has magnificent views of downtown Cincinnati and surrounding hillsides," says Pat Gunning of Gunning Real Estate
Gunning Real Estate: Ultimate Urban Oasis Awaits in Newport
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What if you could live in a luxury home with a stunning view of the Cincinnati skyline, surrounded by urban amenities and conveniences? That’s not a fantasy but a reality presented by Homearama 2023’s Urban Edition in Newport, Kentucky. Over three weekends in June, 11,000 people flocked to Martin’s Gate, a new community of contemporary homes and townhomes that cater to the needs and tastes of those who love city life.

Homearama showcased the latest trends in design, technology and construction, featuring eight exquisite homes with rooftop terraces, open floor plans and residential elevators, and easy access to major highways I-75 and I-471.

It was Homearama’s one-of-a-kind 60th-anniversary event, celebrating the charm and vibrancy of urban living.

Nestled in the heart of the Clifton-Newport neighborhood on 4.2 acres, Martin’s Gate currently features 18 customizable homesites. Eventually, the community will boast 58 attached and detached single-family custom homes and townhomes that offer the best urban living has to offer. No matter which style you choose, you will enjoy a spacious five-floor layout with high-end finishes and smart technology. You can customize your home to suit your personal style and preferences, from the flooring to the appliances. And the best part? You will have a breathtaking, unobstructed view of the Cincinnati skyline.

The townhomes are priced at $800,000 and above, while the single-family homes are priced at $1 million and above. These luxurious vertical homes have high-end finishes and advanced automation systems for lighting, refrigeration and more.

“Every one of these homes has magnificent views of downtown Cincinnati and surrounding hillsides,” says Pat Gunning of Gunning Real Estate. Each floor provides that dynamite view, including the lower floors.

Martin’s Gate is more than just a place to live, it’s a lifestyle.

“It is ideal for entertainment,” Gunning continues. “Frequently, the Cincinnati Reds or the Bengals launch fireworks, or there is some other spectacular fireworks display. Living here, it will seem like the city is staging a performance exclusively for these residents. It is remarkably impressive.”

Each Martin’s Gate home offers a secluded master suite that occupies a whole floor, creating a serene retreat for the homeowner. The other bedrooms are located on separate levels, providing ample space and privacy for everyone. These homes are ideal for mature families, as most of them come with elevators (or the option to add one) to accommodate adult children or grandparents. The homes also feature low-maintenance landscaping, with artificial turf and river rock instead of natural grass. You can enjoy the beauty of nature without the hassle of upkeep.

Ashford Custom Homes is a high-production builder specializing in creating custom homes from the ground up. Unlike other high-production builders, however, they have the flexibility and expertise to tailor every detail to your preferences throughout the project. That means you are getting better pricing.

“Homeowners have unlimited options to choose from,” Gunning states. “If you prefer to start from scratch, you can bring your own design and sketch your dream home.” With the help of online platforms such as Pinterest and Houzz, some people have a clear vision of what they want. Ashford Custom Homes can turn any sketch into reality.

“We strive to build the most innovative and impressive homes, so we encourage people’s ideas,” Gunning says. Martin’s Gate is one of the last large parcels of land in the urban core, he notes. Another benefit: the property taxes in Kentucky are considerably lower than in Ohio.

One of the most attractive features of Martin’s Gate is the outdoor living spaces. Multiple floors offer opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, and all homes have rooftop deck terraces. The rooftop is where most of the outdoor space is located.

“One of the home’s rooftops has a covered porch that spans the entire width of the home,” Gunning says. “It’s on the living room, dining room and kitchen level. Another home has a hot tub on its rooftop terrace.”

While some homes have a smaller covered deck, the upstairs outdoor deck is spacious and designed for entertaining.

“You could easily host 50 people on that one floor, living inside and out,” Gunning remarks. “You can see the jumbotrons at the Reds and Bengals stadiums. You can hear the crowd, so it is thrilling to watch the game on TV and then hear the roar from the stadium in your backyard.”

This also means that when musical superstars perform there, you can hear them from these homes. So, if you miss out on Taylor Swift concert tickets for next year, you might want to secure a luxurious home at Martin’s Gate!

Martin’s Gate is waiting for you! Contact Pat Gunning at 513-300-6929 or go to to learn more about this amazing community of custom homes and townhomes in Newport, KY.

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