The house at 3916 Kenesaw Drive in Lexington was the ideal size, location and floor plan for Bob and Gloria Thompson when they purchased it in 2008.
Eight years later, the Thompsons are empty nesters, so they are selling their 1,843-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 ½-bathroom Meadow Creek home in order to buy a smaller house in Lexington.
“I thought I could handle the empty nest thing, but I only go upstairs about once a month,” said Gloria, a nurse at the Lexington VA Medical Center. “So we are looking for something smaller for us and our two dogs.”
First Kentucky home
It will be a bittersweet move for the Thompsons, who relocated to Lexington from a small Colorado town. Their home in Meadow Creek is the first and only place they have lived in Kentucky.
“Lexington’s size was a good happy medium between moving to a big city and the town where we lived in Colorado. It had one stoplight,” Gloria said.
When the Thompsons decided to move to Lexington, only their youngest of three daughters, then a junior in high school, still lived with them. Initially, they were looking for a ranch-style home in a good school district.
The Meadow Creek house was close to Tates Creek High School, which offered the International Baccalaureate program. This made the neighborhood a good fit for their daughter and checked one of their boxes.
The location was good for other reasons, as well.
“This particular house is one-half block away from the Hartland shopping center, which has everything you really need,” Bob said. “Hartland Park, which is wonderful, is also within walking distance.”
However, the Thompsons were not immediately sold on the floor plan.
“Bob and I hoped for a ranch, but our daughter wanted a two-story house,” Gloria said. “In the end, we went with the two-story. It really ended up working out well because we had a first-floor master, which was a good set up for us.”
Gloria especially liked the double closets in the owner’s suite — as well as the other large storage areas throughout the house.
“All of the bedrooms have big closets,” she said.
In addition, there is extra shelving in the two-car garage and a detached storage shed where the Thompsons keep their lawn equipment in the back yard.
Another feature that drew them to the house was the floor plan.
“We like the open floor plan,” Bob said. “The great room is our favorite space.”
Guests enter the home through a two-story foyer. The great room has a vaulted ceiling and an overlook from the second-floor space. It also has a fireplace, which the Thompsons converted to a ventless, energy-efficient gas log model.
The couple have made several other improvements to the house over the past couple of years. Most noticeably, they added a fresh coat of paint throughout the interior and installed new flooring downstairs and new carpeting upstairs.
The Thompsons also gave their eat-in kitchen a facelift by painting the cabinetry, installing new bead board on the island, upgrading appliances and adding a fresh backsplash with a stainless-steel look.
There is also a convenient pot rack over the island, which frees up additional storage space in the cabinets.
Other less-visible general home improvements that the Thompsons have made over the past couple of years include a new roof, new windows (with a transferable warranty) and updated light fixtures.
Now that the Thompsons are ready to sell their house, they are taking inventory of the things they will miss the most so that they can look for those things in their next Lexington home.
At the top of their list are the location and open floor plan. They will also miss the outdoor space.
They liked that the fenced back yard has a grassy area that is large enough for their dogs, Jack and Gertie. However, the size and landscaping is manageable, with an adjoining concrete patio that provided an ample outdoor entertaining area.
The house also has a covered front porch, large enough for an inviting bench. The outdoor space reminds the Thompsons of an aspect of the house that they will not be able to replace when they move.
“We are very fond of our neighbors on both sides,” Gloria said. “They are wonderful.”
In addition to the neighbors, the Thompsons will miss gathering with their family in their large, two-story great room.
“It is a good house when the kids come to visit, but now it’s time for us to downsize and for them to host us,” Gloria said. “Before we moved, we lived out west all of our lives. But now, we plan to stay in Lexington. We love Kentucky — period.”