When Realtor Casey Weesner uses “like new” to describe Rene and Angellena Santiago’s 10-year-old home, he isn’t exaggerating.
“The previous owners had it for a vacation home. They lived in the house for about 10 days the whole time they owned it,” Rene said. “When we moved in last year, some of the appliances had never been used. They still had plastic on them.”
Located at 2416 Rossini Place in the Tuscany neighborhood at Hamburg, the Santiago residence is loaded with curb appeal, beginning with the two-story stone-and-brick façade marking the entrance. Stone corners and window surrounds accentuate six arched windows in front—a design element repeated in the wide, curvilinear sidewalk that leads to the covered porch.
Custom-made of solid wood with leaded glass sidelights, the front door is an imposing 8-feet tall and 2 ½ inches thick. “The house has a grand entrance and a true Tuscany feel,” Angellena said. “I love it.”
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Inside the 4,738-square-foot home, Brazilian cherry floors laid on the diagonal frame of the switchback stairway in the entry area. A real two-lamp sconce tops a trompe d’oeil painting of an old-fashioned streetlight for a whimsical touch. Thick wrought iron balusters with a scroll design keep the stairway light and airy while adding an artful flourish.
Although Rene appreciates the attention to detail in the décor, he admits that as a techie and a sports enthusiast, he’s more interested in the home’s electronic features—the gadgets—and there are several. A Dallas Cowboys fan, he lives to watch football with sons Tyler and Jeffrey and 12-year-old grandson Cameron. They have a choice of two home theaters: a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 system with 110-inch screen in the finished basement or a 65-inch screen with five speakers in the living room, a few steps from the kitchen.
“That’s what I’m going to miss the most about leaving Lexington,” said Rene, who will be joining Angellena in Tacoma, Wa. soon. She is managing partner with Buddy’s Home Furnishings. He recently resigned his position in the paint shop at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown. “My sons and grandson live real close, and we spend a lot of time together. It’s going to be tough.”
Haas maple cabinetry in the U-shaped kitchen brings out lighter tones in the hardwood floors, while dark granite countertops blend with its deeper hues. Patio doors in the breakfast area lead to the deck. At 450 square feet, it is perfect for entertaining on a large scale. Around the corner, a separate 10-foot-by-13-foot nook with bead board ceiling provides shelter from the elements and a view of the big back yard. Furnished with a love seat, table and two chairs, the inviting outdoor family room is one of Rene’s favorite places to relax.
On the second floor, a cavernous owners suite has a sitting area large enough to accommodate an office or nursery. It’s the eye-popping triple-tray ceiling, however, that gets most of the attention. Here, as in the dining room, two-story entry, and the “second master bedroom,” as Rene calls it, crown moulding stops a couple of inches from the ceiling to conceal rope lighting. With the flip of a switch, soft light casts the room in a warm glow.
An elegant arched doorway—one of several in the house—leads to the owners bathroom. Neutral ceramic tile laid on the diagonal makes the generous space seem even larger. In addition to his-and-hers closets, it has a glass-enclosed tile shower, jetted tub, separate water closet and an elegant vanity with maple cabinets like those in the kitchen.
The “second master bedroom” features a double tray ceiling and en suite bathroom. Two additional bedrooms share a bathroom. Throughout the home, crown moulding atop doorframes add a distinctive flair.
Rene built a bathroom with a big tile shower when he finished the basement last winter. With a walk-in closet and a window, adjacent open space that he uses as an office can be walled off and converted to a fifth bedroom.
“I like the basement to be open, but it’s designed so that you can easily and inexpensively add walls and doors,” he explained.
Rene also installed energy-saving Nest thermostats. From a distance, they look like a traditional dome-shaped thermostat, but that’s where the resemblance ends. “Nest learns our preferences and then programs itself. It even turns itself down when no one is home,” Rene explained. “Plus, I can use my cell phone from anywhere in the world to control the temperature in every room.”
“It’s a very nice house. It has everything, and I’m going to miss it,” Rene added. “I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”
Including the neighbors and the neighborhood. “Everyone is so friendly,” he said. “We look out for each other. If anybody sees anything suspicious, they email everybody right then. The neighborhood watch works very well.”
This week’s feature home is listed with Casey Weesner of Weesner Properties, Inc.