A Glimpse At Life In The Commons

The Historic Homes Foundation House, built by David Ramage of The Ramage Company.

The Historic Homes Foundation House, built by David Ramage of The Ramage Company.

If you’ve ever wondered what your life might be like in the upscale, amenity-rich Norton Commons neighborhood, this fall you’ll have the opportunity to find out. The Norton Commons Charity Homes Celebration, beginning this Saturday, Sept. 29, will offer the public a chance to step inside the beautifully-planned community and view 13 spectacular new homes, built specifically for the event. Created by 11 of the Louisville area’s top builders, the showcased homes will feature some of the latest advances in building technologies, architectural design and interior decorating trends. But it’s not just the fantastic show homes and accessories that make this tour worth the trip.

Visitors can take in the various updated public spaces in the neighborhood, in between checking out the top-notch homes. “These houses actually overlook one of the newest amenities to Norton Commons, which is the pool. It’s a zero-entry saltwater pool, and people can walk around and look at that area, and actually sit down and grab a bottled water if they want, and then they can tour the homes,” explained Angela Hepner, Norton Commons Marketing Director. “And the YMCA that will be completed in early 2013 will be conducting tours the first weekend also, so there’s a lot of neighborhood stuff that will be incorporated into the
home show.”

The Leo Thieneman and Sons Make-A-Wish home's kitchen, with interior by Lisa Lynn Designs.

The Leo Thieneman and Sons Make-A-Wish home’s kitchen, with interior by Lisa Lynn Designs.

And while all the furnishings inside the homes will be on sale during show hours, the event will include variety that’s not limited to interior decor. “There will be trolleys that will take people from the parking lot to the show site, but then will also go on a little tour of the neighborhood,” Hepner shared. “And then we also have another section of the neighborhood that is still under construction, we’re going to kind of highlight those on the trolley tour so that people can see those houses, too – just some smaller homes in the area, so people can see that we offer something for everybody.” A few of this year’s show homes are still on the market, and other available homes in the neighborhood will be pointed out for prospective homeowners during the trolley tour.

Since the neighborhood will offer myriad building structures, public spaces and decor styles in order to appeal to every visitor, it makes sense that each person attending can choose – out of thirteen different charitable organizations – who will benefit from the proceeds generated by his or her ticket. “Each of the builders who has a home in the tour was invited to involve a charity of their choice,” revealed Guthrie Zaring, who is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit group Historic Homes Foundation, one of this year’s benefiting charities. “David Ramage with the Ramage Company was the builder that chose us … and we’ll have a representative in David’s home just to let the public know more about the Historic Homes Foundation and what we do, and what our mission is.”

A cozy sitting room in the house by Lancaster Built Homes.

A cozy sitting room in the house by Lancaster Built Homes.

But if you can’t decide which charity you’d most like to see benefit from this year’s tour, there’s no need to worry – you can choose to help them all! Sixty percent of the ticket price can either be donated to one organization, or else evenly split amongst all 13. In addition to the Historic Homes Foundation, the 2012 Homes Celebration benefiting charities will be Down Syndrome of Louisville; American Diabetes Association; Make A Wish Foundation – Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana Chapter; Friends School; Indian Summer Camp For Kids With Cancer; Saint Mary Academy; Eyes That See; Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky; Visually Impaired Preschool Services; James Graham Brown Cancer Center; Epilepsy Foundation Kentuckiana; and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

So if you’re in the market for a house, in search of new furnishings, looking for decorating inspiration or simply curious about the neighborhood, the Norton Commons Charity Homes Celebration promises to deliver an ideal afternoon or weekend outing. And the opportunity to make a difference for a charitable organization – or several – is certainly the icing on the cake. “We’re very proud of it because so many charities are going to benefit from it,” exclaimed Hepner. “We’re just excited and ready to go, and ready to have people come out!”

The Norton Commons 2012 Charity Homes Celebration will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 14, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., beginning at 9420 Norton Commons Boulevard, Prospect, Ky. Tickets are two-day passes that cost $16 per person and can be purchased at www.nortoncommons.com or at the Norton Commons gate on days of the tour. For more information visit www.nortoncommons.com.