Classic Elegance

By Janice Carter Levitch  |  Photos by Kory Johnson

Nestled in the bucolic setting of the Glenview neighborhood, this classically elegant estate is unique in character. Although its architectural elements provoke thoughts of days gone by, it has a modern style. The circular drive provides a grand welcoming to anyone who has the opportunity to visit. Centered in the large motor court is an Italian fountain surrounded by manicured boxwoods. The front veranda has four large-scale columns, and at the base, they are edged with evergreen plantings to accentuate the prominent front entryway. Built in 2000 and listed at $3,500,000 with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, this riverfront estate has it all.

With an interior square footage of 13,728 square feet, the home includes six bedrooms, six full baths and three partial baths. The design is inviting and has a quiet refinement, which extends to the generous lawn that measures 4.76 acres. An Indiana Limestone patio surrounds the pool and sets the tone for outdoor lounging. The four-car garage provides ample space and is attached with a traditional side entry.

The current homeowners state that their the favorite feature of the home is the symmetrical art gallery hallways off of the foyer. Bryan Anthony Roberts, a Louisville artist, hand painted the striking barrel-vaulted ceilings. Using 14 karat gold, Roberts accentuated the scrollwork paintings, which are further spotlighted by up-lighting and specialty moldings. The owners designed these areas to showcase their commissioned artwork collection, amassed from their years of travel.

Living in a home of this size requires a genuine love of architecture and fondness for order. Walking throughout each room, it becomes apparent there is an art to the placement of things in each environment.

The family room is graced with custom bookcases and a wood-burning fireplace creates interest, as do the intricate moldings. Palladium windows and French doors provide a view of the picturesque property year round. Intricate inlaid hardwood floors add subtle silhouettes and surface texture. A beautiful coffered ceiling and panoramic views that lead your eye to the back lawn make this living room unified in style.

The gourmet kitchen has it all. From the custom cherry cabinetry and classic black granite countertops to the convenient breakfast bar to a functional center island, it is apparent that thoughtful planning preceded the construction. What kitchen is complete without a walk in pantry, built-in buffet, wine cooler and a bar to make entertaining easy? A breakfast area off to one side reveals views of the pool, and on the opposite side lives a charming sunroom with an octagonal vaulted beadboard ceiling.

The master bedroom takes its color palette from the elements of design utilized outdoors. A view of the Indiana Limestone balustrades just beyond the French doors reflect the soft, neutral tones used on the walls and flooring. A continuation of the neutral palette anchors the master bath with a crisp white finish on the cabinetry. Polished marble countertops and gold finishes on the fixtures add points of color.

In seeking the right balance of context, style and character for this home, there is no shortage of amenities: five HVAC systems, new landscaping and exterior lighting, copper gutters and downspouts, automated window blinds, whole house generator, automatic timers for indoor and outdoor lighting and media room/home theater. On the second floor, there is a full second kitchen, breakfast bar, game room with pool table, exercise room and another family room with a charming creek stone fireplace to add a cozy aesthetic. Overall, there is a layering of contemporary design details and dashes of traditional elements that create a symbiotic expression, taking shape in an effortless way. V

For more information on 5421 Orchard Ridge Lane, contact Kitty Cogan Pfeiffer at Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty at 502.899.2129 or lenihansothebysrealty.com.

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