During the early part of the 20th century, Cherokee Gardens was regarded as the home of many of Louisvilleâ€™s elite. The residential area is only six miles east of downtown and consists of a collection of tasteful subdivisions along Lexington Road and large estates built just outside Cherokee Park. Most houses in the area were built between the 1920s and 1950s, several being designed by noted Louisville residential architect Stratton Hammon. One house in particular â€“ located at 3036 Lexington Road â€“ fits the description snugly as a traditional Cherokee Gardens, center hall colonial home.
Built in 1938, this home is both across the street from Sacred Heart Academy and next door to Whitehall, Louisville mansion and estate garden, making it minutes away from such locations as Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity and Cherokee Park itself. The home is 3,000 square feet, 1,200 of which â€“ nearly the entire southern half of the home â€“ makes up an impressively modern yet complementary addition that was constructed in recent years.
Local respected remodeling contractor Katherine Doll spearheaded the addition, which included a custom kitchen complete with granite counters overlooking an open great room. The second floor of the addition also features a breathtaking master bedroom and bath. All that being said, it would be a mistake to only consider the newest features in a home with such a rich history.
The entire home, including the addition, contains a whopping four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath, plenty of room for a family wishing to take advantage of the proximity to the nearby schools. One noteworthy advantage of its being an older home is that the closet and storage space is both ample and numerous. Indeed, the master bedroom includes a spacious walk-in closet fit for even the most robust and sizable of wardrobes. There is also a cavernous basement, the utility of which is limitless. Thereâ€™s room for an office, an entertainment room or even a recreation area for any children that may be either living in the home or visiting it. It is also worth mentioning that, aside from the copious rooms and features that have already been discussed, this lovely home also has a warm and inviting sun porch that leads to a significant backyard area.
For those who may not know, Whitehall House & Gardens is a historic home and museum, complete with an arboretum, woodland fern garden, formal Florentine garden and another garden called â€œAnnieâ€™s Garden.â€ This last garden is unique for its collection of over 60 peonies and plays host to the annual Peony Festival in early May each year. In fact, the entire grounds features a diverse collection of plant life. With such an esteemed horticultural display nearby, any tenant of this home would be remiss to avoid taking advantage of the knowledgeable staff. For example, the current owners of this location worked in conjunction with the Whitehall staff to plant trees and plants in their homeâ€™s yard that wouldnâ€™t look out of place, resulting in the natural fence-line of dogwoods that are the envy of the neighborhood come spring.
The advantages of this home are myriad, but its quality is singular. It is a beautiful home in a part of town that will never go out of style, and it is just the right size. Its location places it at a desirably comfortable distance from nearly every other neighborhood in the city. Itâ€™s also a home that has some history as well as all the modern updates that any family could want. Any family would be lucky to have this home, a dream home in Cherokee Gardens. VTÂ
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