Couple enjoys peace and quiet on Brighton Place

Though the home at 3185 Brighton Place is tucked inside of a neighborhood just off Man O’ War, it exhibits elements of country-like solitude and serenity.

The quiet, tree-lined street has no traffic outlet, which keeps just a light flow of cars. Dr. Rick and Mischelle Isernhagen have lived in the home for six years, and the tranquil setting is what drew them there.

“There’s a lot of natural light, big open windows and a large green space,” Rick said. “We were impressed most by the amount of natural light and the views. It’s mesmerizing in the mornings.”

“It’s cheerful,” Mischelle said. “It’s also pretty to watch the snowfall, too.”

Sunlight pours in through skylights and numerous large windows that open up the living room to a screened-in back patio, an area Rick said they enjoy the most.

“We drink our coffee, read the newspaper and eat dinner out here,” he said.

The patio’s décor evokes the natural surroundings in animal statues, lanterns and throw pillows depicting rabbits and dragonflies.

“We’ve had all those cool nights, so the patio has gotten a lot of attention this summer. It’s been so nice,” Rick said.

The home was built 16 years ago by an interior designer and her husband, who designed the home with many exceptional aspects the Isernhagens find special. A starburst inlay welcomes visitors in the entryway and an inlay border surrounds the dining room table. Throughout the home are limestone columns, arches and lintels and an open concept Rick said was not common in the houses built during that time in the neighborhood. The house’s bricks were also laid in a unique design. The upstairs bedrooms, which overlook the living room, feature a window seat, Jack and Jill bathrooms, a cedar closet and reading nooks.

Mischelle loves to cook, so the functional, spacious kitchen has served her well. The couple added cabinets, and close by are double ovens and a large island with a gas stovetop. Mischelle said she loves the counter space and the view from the large window just above a kitchen table.

“I get to watch all the baby ducks and baby geese,” she said.

“It’s a great view to see the sun coming up over the trees,” Rick said.

They said they also have blue herons, turtles, muskrats and other wildlife on the property.

The home is one of few houses in the area with a first-floor master bedroom.

“It was very important to us that we could live on one level if we wanted to,” Rick said.

In the basement is another living quarters: to the left is a large bedroom and bathroom, and two doors open to the couple’s daughter’s hobby room, which holds a sewing machine and her materials for arts and crafts.

“There’s lots of really great storage here,” Mischelle said.

To the right is a living room where the family enjoys watching TV, a kitchen and a wet bar. An adjoining office fits a large desk and boasts built-in bookshelves.

“(The office) is another reason I wanted to move in,” Rick said.

The basement also has a bathroom, a shop where Rick builds model airplanes and a large, temperature-controlled wine cellar. The shop can also be heated or cooled and has additional storage space.

Through the basement door is an outdoor patio, where the Isernhagens put in matching limestone columns.

“We found this house and saw things we wanted to do,” Rick said. “We didn’t live here for 10 months while we had it renovated. We had the floors replaced, we had the interior painted and we had an energy audit and followed some regulations for energy preservation and put foam in the attic and basement. We replaced the windows and storm doors. It really helped.”

They also removed the original deck and replaced it with the screened-in porch and the patio on the bottom floor, which they said has a beautiful view of the sunrise, the property’s landscaping, the creek and bridge.

Another attractive feature for the Isernhagens is the location. They once lived closer to downtown, but they’re now much closer to Rick’s office at St. Joseph East, to Hamburg and I-75.

“It looks like this side of town is getting a lot of growth too,” he said.

Mischelle said they used to have many family members and friends over for the holidays and her parents often stayed in their basement suite.

“It’s a great entertaining house,” she said.

The dining room is large enough to fit the dining room table and China cabinet and still have space to move around, and they love how everything opens up and flows for visitors.

“We found this home, and we’ve made it a season of our life. There’s lots of special things here,” Rick said.

This week’s feature home is listed with Carolyn Wheeler of Bluegrass Southeby’s International Realty.