The Avish


Perched atop a rock limestone bluff in Harrods Creek, Ky., is The Avish, one of Louisville’s signature estates that could be yours – for a cool $6 million.

The stunning 24-acre property was originally developed by Owsley and Laura Lyons Brown in 1910 but was more recently owned by their grandson Owsley Brown Frazier, until he died Aug. 16 at the age of 77.

The Avish, which translates to “Rocky Hill” in Gaelic, is named after the family’s ancestral home in Ireland. The estate features a stunning arbor, formal garden complete with garden house and attached greenhouses, walkways, water feature, barn and guest quarters.

The grand entrance of the home – all of which was decorated by Ben Small, Bittners executive vice president of Residential Design – has a foyer that is flanked by a reception area, banquet dining hall and the formal parlor with an adjoining conservatory. The main kitchen and catering kitchen are on the main level, as are the owner’s office suite and two half baths.

The private living quarters are on the second level of the home and can be accessed by one of two stairways, service or passenger elevator. There are two master suites with river views complimented by three additional bedrooms with ensuite baths. The third floor has a private suite that, according to the listing, is perfect for an au pair or house manager.

The indoor pool and solarium are located on the lower level and have convenient his/hers baths and dressing areas. Entertainment and gaming areas, laundry facility, office, computer/utility center and garages can also be found on this level.

The guest house has two bedrooms and two baths. Other buildings include the barn, garden house and greenhouses.

The Avish, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, “is a one of a kind property,” said Kentucky Select Properties’ Julie Scott Beam, the listing agent. “It’s amazingly warm. For the expansive space, there’s a warmth that is uniquely The Avish. It makes you feel cozy.”

It’s also still available.

There are a few “very interested parties” who have proven their ability to pay the asking price, which you must do if you want a tour. But there’s more to it than just finding someone who can afford the abode. “We’re really trying to do the best possible job and hopefully find a steward,” Beam said. “I think everyone would really like to see someone purchase the property that is going to open the doors like Owsley did.”

For a private showing, please contact Julie Scott Beam, Kentucky Select Properties, at 502.905.0599. Special thanks to Tim Furlong Jr. of RealTourCast, realtourcast.com, for permission to share his incredible photos to readers of The Voice-Tribune.

By The Numbers

  • $6,000,000: Asking Price for The Avish
  • 1910: Year it was originally developed by Owsley and Laura Lyons Brown
  • 20,000: Square Footage of The Avish
  • 2: Master Suites with views of the Ohio River

Owsley Brown Frazier

Owsley Brown Frazier resided at The Avish, a signature estate in Harrods Creek, until he died Aug. 16 after a long illness. The former executive of Brown-Forman Corporation, Bittners owner, Louisville philanthropist, museum developer, devoted Louisville Cardinal fan, and loving father and grandfather was 77. The Avish, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on approximately 24 acres of land originally developed by Owsley and Laura Lyons Brown in 1910.

Photos By RealTourCast / Tim Furlong Jr. / realtourcast.com


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