Showcasing the new luxury townhome community in the coveted North Hill historic district in downtown Pensacola.
By Jen Callan
Covington Place Townhomes, a new Pensacola townhouse community, pays homage to the Covington House (circa 1898), a home built and occupied by the late Henry and Ella Covington, both of whom held prominent roles in the early development of the city’s downtown area. In the early 1960s, the iconic Town House Hotel, which stood on the corner of W. Cervantes and Palafox in North Hill for just shy of 60 years, replaced the grand Covington House.
There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the historic North Hill district, where many of the homes have stood for more than 100 years. The neighborhood embodies a refined Southern charm punctuated with natural features, including giant oaks and mature magnolia trees. Developer Charles Liberis knew that anything erected on this extraordinary parcel had to epitomize the grandeur of the days of old; it had to be modern yet mindful. His vision? A high-end townhome community complementing the Victorian style of the surrounding residences. A place where executives and empty nesters alike could enjoy living immersed in history yet with the benefits of new construction.
Covington Place Townhomes, a 25-unit luxury community, features eight unique floorplans ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet. The lavish units, designed by Linda Liberis, are elevator-ready and feature double master suites, 10-foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen complete with Bosch appliances, and granite or quartz countertops that are perfect for entertaining. The units’ oversized glass and tile showers, private porches and balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows give an airy feel to the already spacious, open floor plans. At the same time, meticulous detail and stylish, top-of-the-line finishes offer a sophisticated, timeless look. Attached two-car rear-entry garages make parking downtown reliable, easy, and very safe.
The Victorian-style townhomes fit perfectly with the surrounding historic homes yet are seated within a private, gated community. The mixed neutral color palette of the buildings’ exteriors includes blue-gray, reflecting that of the Covington Home that once sat on the site. An outdoor pavilion containing a three-story fireplace, outdoor kitchen, seating, and ample green space make entertaining outside a breeze. And the townhome community is within walking distance of all downtown retail, restaurants, and entertainment.
Project manager Kevin Fox with Olde City Developers shares that safety and privacy were of utmost concern during the initial planning process. “Covington Place isn’t built like traditional townhomes,” says Fox. “We didn’t use fiberboard between the units. Instead, you’ll find 12 inches of concrete, from ground to ceiling, between each unit in addition to spray insulation.” The units range in price from $450,000 to $750,000, with HOA dues between $150 and $250 a month.
Two buildings are currently complete, and the townhomes within sold. The final construction phase is underway, with completion in early spring 2023. Olde City Developers is now taking presale reservations for the remaining units.
“Downtown Pensacola is a magical place,” says Fox. “It is unique and different from other places along the Gulf Coast. We have a definitive downtown and a definitive beach that boasts a harmonic balance.” Migration to Pensacola is off the charts, with no sign of slowing. “We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of Pensacola’s potential,” says Fox.
Kevin Fox, Olde City Developers