Any discussion of the many superlatives and top-drawer features throughout the home of Dr. Frank and Pat Miller always winds up at the same place – the outside.
“We probably have the nicest view on the lake,” said Pat Miller. “We have an expansive view that continues to give us new delights with every changing season.”
The lure of the lakefront view quickly took hold of the Millers. It was 1990 and Frank had been recruited by the University of Kentucky as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“We were moving from Little Rock,” Pat said. “We looked and we looked for a home in Lexington. We felt like we had seen everything in town.”
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It was with reluctance that the Millers even took a gander at the under construction property at 787 Harbor Pointe.
“We said we’d never ever have a house that didn’t have the master bedroom on the main floor,” Pat said. “But when we got to the back and saw the wonderful view, the choice was made.”
For those familiar with The Island, the home is actually on what’s known as the second island.
“It was one of the last homes built on The Island,” Pat said. “On one of the last open lots.”
Lakefront inside and out
The 5,800-square-foot, five bedroom, 4-1/2 bath home was built with a southwest orientation.
“The sun rides high over the house in the summer,” Frank said. “Then in the winter we get a low sun that comes through and warms everything.”
“The way the house was built, and the way the lake wraps around, you can see the water from every room in the house,” Frank explains. “It was more of a fluke, not really part of the design that we get these great views.”
After living in the house for 10 years, the Miller’s turned a deck on the main level into an expansive sun room, which has become one of Pat’s favorite spots in the house.
“We weren’t really taking full advantage of the lake view on the first floor,” Pat said. “That’s probably the biggest change we’ve made to the house.”
Pat’s other favorite spot is the second floor master suite which includes a working fireplace, tray ceiling with dramatic lighting, a sitting room with a view of the lake, and an extra-large walk-in closet which both Frank and Pat utilize.
“The master suite sits up high and it’s very private,” Pat said. “We don’t even have to have drapes. It’s bright and airy and very comfortable to wake up in and then you sit up and there’s the lake. That’s the nice part.”
Using the house to the fullest
The Miller’s love story began at Murray State.
“We met at Murray,” Pat said. “Frank is from Murray, and I’m from Frankfort.”
After getting his medical training at the University of Louisville, Frank was drafted into the Army and did his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu with Pat in tow.
“It was not a bad spot,” Frank said. “I wound up staying in the Army for 14 years.”
The couple also spent time in Germany at the Landstuhl Medical Center, and at Walter Reed in Bethesda. After the Army, Frank was on the faculty at the University of Southern California and the University of Arkansas, before relocating to Lexington.
“This month we just had a big family reunion here at the house with our sons and all our grandchildren and bunches of cousins,” Frank said. “And every one of them caught fish right off the dock there.”
“We’ve entertained a lot over the years,” Pat said. “We’ve had 140 people out there on the back lawn with tables and all. The house is great for entertaining.”
The Millers will be enjoying the next phase of their lives at a condo in Lexington.
“We feel so privileged to have been able to be here all this time,” Pat agrees. “I love the wildlife, the ducks, geese, great blue heron, osprey, turtles and the occasional bald eagle. It’s like having your own resort, and all inside New Circle Road!”
“If you work every day,” Frank said. “When you come home across that causeway, it’s a pretty drive. You start relaxing before you even get home. Then you’re ready to just relax or take a paddleboat ride or go fishing right off the dock.”
“We’ve said it a hundred times,” Frank added. “Why do we need another vacation home, when we have one right here?”
This week’s feature home is listed with Realtor Jim Arnold of Arnold Real Estate in Lexington. To see more images of this week’s featured home, visit the Homeseller photo gallery at Kentucky.com.