When a builder builds his own home, it’s a reflection of his expertise, talent and taste. Many builders view their homes as flagships to demonstrate the quality of their work and impress clients.
So it’s not surprising that the home at 117 Park Hills Court in Richmond’s Bay Colony comes tricked out with some nice extras and attention to detail – coffered ceilings, built-in cabinetry, arched doorways, Romanesque columns, Brazilian cherry floors. The builder, Ron Durham, was responsible for a number of the houses in the neighborhood, and lived in the home for 10 years before moving on.
“This house has been great for us,” said current owner Diane Wallace of the 4 bedroom, 3- 1/2 bath, 4800 square foot home. “It’s got some beautiful open spaces, and it’s great for entertaining.”
After the builder, Diane and husband David became the second owners of the home. They reminisce about some of the gatherings they’ve hosted over the years – Derby, Fourth of July, retirements and other work-related functions. The generous open spaces of the house can comfortably accommodate 30 guests.
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The spacious kitchen becomes a focal point during parties and family gatherings. The natural wood grain of the cherry cabinets lends a traditional feel with built-in plate racks, beadboard accents and glass doors.
The kitchen is rounded out with granite counter tops, double oven and tile flooring, but what really caught Diane’s attention was the large walk-in pantry.
“It’s one of the best places in the house,” Diane said. With two additional closets off the pantry, there is storage galore. Just off the kitchen, there is also a handy mud room with access to the two-car garage.
THIS IS THE ONE
When Diane and David found their fabulous home in Richmond’s Bay Colony, they had previously been living in Albany, Georgia.
“We both went to Berea College, that’s where we met.” Diane said. “He went his way, I went my way, then we reconnected. We’ve been married now about eight-and-a-half years.”
They shared a love for central Kentucky and knew that someday they would return.
“We were looking to downsize a bit from our home in Georgia,” David said. “Then Diane walked into this place and said ‘THIS IS THE ONE.’ This house is about a third larger than what we had in Georgia – so much for the downsize.”
“It’s interesting because initially we weren’t that interested in looking at this neighborhood because of the proximity off the houses,” David said. “But it’s surprisingly private here. The neighbors can’t see what’s going on.”
David and Diane applaud the builder for the thoughtfulness and care put into the placement of the house.
“He told us they had spent time coming out different times of the day and researching,” David said. “The way this house is positioned, when the sun starts setting, it sets so that we always have shade in the evening on the deck. You never have to sit in the sun on the deck. It’s very nice.”
Diane gives the upstairs master suite rave reviews — the large walk-in closet, whirlpool tub and the spacious dressing area. Then there is the oversized tile and glass shower enclosure that looks big enough for a family of four.
House guests enjoy staking out a claim to the walk-out basement level of the home with the well-furnished kitchenette and recreation room.
“They house is roomy enough to afford privacy for guests,” Diane said. “David has two children and when they visit, they want to be down there and have their own space.”
“I think the greatest asset to this property is the proximity to everything,” David said. “It’s six-tenths of a mile from here to the bypass. And only five miles to the interstate. In the morning that may take 10 minutes. I can leave here and in 35 minutes be in Lexington at my office on Palumbo Drive, no matter what’s happening on Richmond Road.”
In the neighborhood, Gibson Bay Golf Course and Lake Reba are within easy walking distance. The many recreational opportunities available include walking trails, fishing, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and baseball and soccer fields. In additional to the public golf course, there is also a lighted driving range and miniature golf.
As they prepare for their next chapter, Diane and David will miss their quiet neighborhood.
“Seeing the sun come up over Lake Reba is fantastic,” David said about the nearby park. He also remembers the great view that his deck gives for the Richmond’s annual Independence Day fireworks display.
And with the neighborhood not being a throughway, and the home on a cul-de-sac street, Diane says she has always felt safe living here.
Diane and David are in the process of renovating a home in the familiar environs of Berea.
“We found the house about a year ago,” David said. “It’s a great opportunity to get back there with our college friends and family. Our place looks down on the house I grew up in, and my dad still lives there.”
This week’s feature home is listed with Lesha Hays of Hays Real Estate in Berea.