What Garry Sabad loves about his Lexington, Kentucky home is that it doesn’t quite feel like it’s in Lexington, Kentucky.
“It’s so private back here,” he said of his 3,700-square-foot, three-story townhome at 543 Laketower Dr., No. 137. “You feel like you’re down at Lake Cumberland, or somewhere like that, but you’re extremely close to town.”
He moved into the townhouse nearly 13 years ago to be closer to downtown, and he can reach the University of Kentucky in about five minutes.
The contemporary building sits at the edge of the lake, a private end unit facing away from its neighbors.
When he chose the home, Sabad said he wanted a place his kids would enjoy, and the lake was the biggest draw for him.
“(I love) the peace and quiet. I’ve always enjoyed the water. I’ve had three boats, I used to live on the ocean,” he said.
The lake is reserved only for the local residents, and he shares a private dock with his neighbor.
“You can have any boat that’s not gas powered, only a trolling engine. People (here) have pontoons and jon boats. I see sailboats in the summer, and I have a canoe,” he said. “The fishing is incredible here. There are huge fish in this lake, and only a handful of people fish here. I’ve watched my kids catch…fish off the dock I don’t know how many times.”
The lake is also the focal point of the home with floor-to-ceiling windows on each level facing south.
“You have wonderful natural light on every floor overlooking the lake,” he said.
All three floors have a covered deck, the bottom floor extending onto a patio ideal for cookouts and gatherings.
“I’m a member of a couple dinner groups, so friends love to come over. The whole layout is just wonderful for family or entertaining. It’s open, it has a very nice gathering room, a huge island in the kitchen area, a fireplace and a formal dining room that opens up to a covered porch,” he said.
The three bedrooms on the third floor could each easily be a master, Sabad said, with cathedral ceilings and lots of living space.
The home’s architecture is one of its most unique qualities; lots of angles, dimensions and tall windows make it a contemporary dream.
“I enjoy contemporary much more so than traditional,” Sabad said. “(Again), you don’t think you’re in Lexington. The inside is just different; you don’t see floor to ceiling windows (in Lexington). Not a lot of townhomes have two-car garages. Certainly the privacy factor outside is extremely unique, too.”
Sabad has taken on several projects since living in the home, including remodeling the kitchen in stages. He redid the floors, replaced the handles and appliances and installed granite. He’s painted inside and outside, replaced lighting, a dormer, one of the back decks, the garage door, the HVAC system and the roof. He’s also replaced all 10 windows in the home, each eight feet high and about six feet wide.
“These are all things that go into quite not the decorating aspects, but things that are important to make sure the house is in great shape,” he said.
Aside from being on the lake, in the hot tub or the association’s swimming pool, spending time in the kitchen and adjoining gathering room has been the most memorable for Sabad, especially with his children.
“My kids have always enjoyed the place,” he said. “They bring their friends over for cookouts, they have a widescreen TV where they can watch games, make s’mores. That’s what I consider making it a home: cooking Saturday breakfast, cuddled up on the couch snuggled under their own blankets watching Spongebob, flipping pancakes. That’s home.”
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