For Greg Long, choosing to live in his three bedroom, three bath townhome in east Lexington was all about the waterfront.
“There’s something about the water,” said Long, a financial advisor. “I’ve always been drawn to it.
He feels lucky that he found the 2,800 square foot home in Lakeshore Village. “If you’re looking to live on the water there’s not really much inside New Circle,” he said.
Listing agent Karen Averett-Smith agrees that the water is the primary allure for the home, but she’s quick to point out other plusses.
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“The lake views are spectacular,” Averett-Smith said, “But the location is great too — 40502 has become Lexington’s coveted zip code. You’re right in the middle of everything, five minutes from downtown, and 10 minutes from the malls and everything else.
There’s a wide manicured greenspace between the townhome and the water’s edge. “It’s a common area for residents, but I rarely see people here,” Long said. “I consider it a big back yard that I don’t have to mow or maintain. It’s very quiet here.”
The many amenities of Lakeshore Village are just steps away – canoes, kayaks, the dock, the clubhouse, the pool. Long has enjoyed being on the social committee, and concedes the place is well-suited to a single lifestyle.
“We have some have some nice parties at the clubhouse for residents,” Long said. “We have top notch bands and people like Ben Lacy playing out by the pool.”
Inside, a two-story great room with fireplace draws you into an open layout suitable for entertaining. The well-appointed kitchen and formal dining room afford further views of Lake Fontaine, as it is known to locals.
Long refers to the main floor theatre room as his man-cave and raves about the sound system which will remain with the home. “The bass is unbelievable,” Long said. “When you’re watching a movie the whole room rumbles. I checked with my neighbor, but they hear nothing. This place is so well insulated and well built.”
Upstairs, the spacious master suite has more fabulous water views and a whirlpool tub in addition to a full bath with shower. An adjacent sitting area and terrace overlooking the lake serve as an impromptu office space.
“I work out of the house, and this is where I spend most of my time,” Long said. “It’s so peaceful out here, I can sit and do business on the phone all day.”
A second bedroom with full bath and a third bedroom, currently set up as a (rarely used) office, round out the second floor.
The surprise of the home is the third level – a bonus room decorated with backlit glass brick. The room includes a wet bar, kitchenette and sauna. Over the years, Long has used the room alternately as a workout room and an additional bedroom. He mentions it would also make a nice media room.
BACK IN WILDCAT COUNTRY
Living in the lake area is bit of a homecoming for Long.
“I grew up on the other side of the lake on Lakeside Drive,” Long said. “When I was going to high school, this was the place. I had friends who lived here and we would hang out at this pool.”
“In the summer I worked construction building homes on The Island, just across the lake from here,” Long remembers. “I was doing the lowest of the low work, and would come home covered in black from sealing foundations.”
Later Long played defensive back for the Kentucky Wildcats — part of the 1977 team that went 10-1, beating Georgia, LSU, and Florida and nearly everyone else.
“Those were exciting times,” Long said. “I made some great friends. The [coach] Curci Cats get together for reunions now and a hundred guys will show up.”
During pro football tryouts for the Colts, Long separated his shoulder. “They wanted me to stick around and get healthy, but I could see it wasn’t in the cards.”
He packed up and headed for Manhattan Beach, California and honed his skills in industrial real estate and finance. “I was always good with numbers,” Long said.
After 25 years in California he returned to Lexington eight years ago, in large part to be there for his daughter Lexi.
“The beauty of this place is the good people,” Long says of his current neighborhood. “It’s Lexington’s best kept secret, and the prices are undervalued.”
With daughter Lexi now living on campus as a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Long is considering a move to Florida to be near his parents, or maybe back to the west coast.
“At nighttime, the breeze coming in off the lake reminds me of the Pacific air,” Long said.
This week’s feature home is listed with Karen Averett-Smith of Keller William Greater Lexington Realty.