This Chevy Chase address carries a distinguished pedigree as the home where the Collis triplets were reared.
The Collis family and their endearing triplets are fondly remembered as a bit of a local sensation through the 1970s and 1980s.
More recently, the home’s provenance has again been burnished as the childhood home of Major League Baseball’s Walker Buehler, currently a 25-year-old starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While buying this home is no guarantee that you’ll be raising the next crop of Lexington’s outstanding youngsters, there are environmental and perhaps spiritual factors that warrant a further look.
“Ecton Park is kind of like our backyard,” said Karen Walker, a Lexington attorney. “Walker grew up in Ecton Park playing Little League ball. Bella played Tee-Ball there too.”
Walker played high school ball at nearby Henry Clay and went on to play for the College World Series winning team at Vanderbilt University. Last year, you could catch him on national TV pitching in game three of the MLB World Series.
Middle-schooler Bella Walker is an aspiring vocalist attending the Bluegrass School for the Creative and Performing Arts. With her classmates she has sung in Carnegie Hall, and she has soloed at Dodger Stadium singing the national anthem on the occasion of Walker Buehler’s Bobblehead night.
The three bedroom, four bath, 3,653-square-foot Cape Cod style home was constructed in 1955 by venerable Lexington homebuilder J.W. Davis.
Chevy Chase is a mixed use neighborhood with single- and multi-family houses and a varied mix of shopping and restaurants. It is known for its pedestrian-friendly tree-lined streets, quality residential craftsmanship, and convenient location near the University of Kentucky and downtown Lexington.
Upon moving in, Karen set to work updating the home.
“Mrs. Collins had nine rooms of wallpaper. It was the good stuff from New York and was signed, but it had run its course. So one of the first big projects was getting all the wallpaper off, which was quite an endeavor.”
An additional garage bay was added to accommodate a second vehicle.
“My first impression was that this was a well-built house,” Karen said. “I was raised in the day where there was more hanging out in the front yard, and people socialized a little more than people tend to do these days.”
Karen has worked toward realizing and maintaining those memories, adding a sunporch to the side of the house.
“We like to be front-yard oriented, and the sun porch with the swing increases our interaction with neighbors.”
PROXIMITY TO EVERYTHING
The boutique shops and restaurants of Chevy Chase are within easy walking distance, which adds to the neighborhood’s family friendliness.
“This is a great place as far as the schools go and the parks,” Karen said. “We have proximity to everything. We can walk to Romany Road shops like Wheeler’s drug store and soda fountain, and walk to University of Kentucky football games.”
Karen muses that it’s a kind of magical spot for growing children.
“When we moved here, Walker was right at the age Bella is approaching now where he couldn’t yet drive, but had earned some freedom. All his buddies lived in the neighborhood and they could be-bop around, hang out at Suggins Grill or Wheeler’s or Ecton. It was a perfect fit where he could spread his wings.”
The home features a first floor master suite, two very large bedrooms on the second floor, walk-in closets and extra storage, an all-season sunroom, and a finished walk-up basement that can be used as a guest suite — formerly Walker’s domain.
“We’re downsizing, but moving only about a mile away,” Karen said. “We don’t need three bedrooms and the Walker suite.”
This week’s feature home is listed with Erica Clay Kinkead of Berkshire Hathaway de Movellan. To see more images of the home, visit the Homeseller gallery at Kentucky.com.