Custom wine room stands out in condo’s suburban simplicity

The standout feature may be the wine room, which holds 350 bottles.
The standout feature may be the wine room, which holds 350 bottles.

Though their family lives in Chicago, Pamela Slater wanted a Lexington address as a stopover during her frequent trips to Kentucky to show her American Saddlebreds, which she houses at Kalarama Farm in Springfield. When her son, Andrew, decided to enroll as an undergraduate at UK four years ago, she knew it was the right time to buy.

The mother-son duo settled on a ready-to-move-in condominium in the Village at Rabbit Run development, off Harrodsburg Road near the Rabbit Run neighborhood. Andrew was able to live in the home full-time, while pursuing his degree in economics at UK.

“Andrew was by far the youngest resident,” says Pamela. “It’s a very quiet development, with lots of retirees.”

And while their condo is part of a fourplex, with shared walls along the garage and ground-floor master bedroom, Andrew says he never heard any of his neighbors – nor they him. “It’s very well insulated. No one ever complained about me having people over.”

Built in 2008, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom condo at 3478 Rabbits Foot Trail features just over 3,000 feet of living space, plus a picturesque view of a tree-lined greenspace out back.

“Our sunroom looks out onto an open area that will never be built on, with lots of trees and grassy space. I think we have one of the nicest views in the whole development.”

Built by Atchison-Heller, the Village at Rabbit Run provides residents with full landscaping services as well as access to a private pool and workout facility. Paved walking trails also circle the development.

The carefree, easy outdoor maintenance was a big selling point for the Slaters, with Pamela away in Chicago most of the time, and Andrew hemmed in by a hectic undergraduate schedule.

“They do all the yardwork, the mowing and the weeding,” Pamela said. “It’s really nice.”

For Andrew, the best part of the property was its location. “With New Circle Road right there, it was easy to get anywhere in town,” he says. “Plus there were restaurants nearby, and it was convenient to get to school.”

Wine-lover’s dream

Filled with designer details including a solid masonry fireplace in the living room and a picturesque, enclosed sunroom with wall-to-wall windows, the home’s standout feature may be its unique wine room. Installed by the previous owners, the climate-controlled space holds up to 350 bottles of wine on custom shelving and includes a stunning, stained glass window accent.

The home features crown molding throughout, with raised marble vanities in each of the bathrooms and a large, walk-in closet with built-in storage shelving in the ground floor master suite. Tastefully painted in neutral tones, the master bathroom is spacious and features an adjoining bathroom with a whirlpool tub and tiled, stand-alone shower.

Upstairs, the home features two distinctive dormer spaces, which give the front of the property immediate curb appeal. Andrew used the two dormer areas as a workout nook for weights and as a small but efficient home office.

Understandably, though, Andrew says he did most of his studying in the condo’s spacious sunroom, which features tiled flooring, a paneled ceiling with ceiling fan and custom Roman shades. The sunroom was his favorite spot to hang out and relax with his dog, Atticus, he says.

“The sun room is definitely a favorite space,” says Pamela. “It attaches to a lovely brick paver patio, which has a grill and a very private feel. It’s secluded from the neighbors’ view thanks to a row of arborvitae, so we have a lot of privacy, even though there are neighbors nearby.”

Inside, the condo’s open floor plan allowed for easy movement between the living room and kitchen, which boasts maple cabinetry, stainless steel gourmet appliances, a large island and attached informal dining space.

The Slaters both say they loved making use of the pool and club house, and the nearby trails were a favorite for Atticus’ evening walks.

Now that Andrew recently completed his UK degree, the Slaters plan to sell their condo and downsize. While Andrew landed his first post-college job in Illinois, he has his sights set on returning one day to Kentucky. “I love it here. I love being close to the horses,” he says.

This week’s featured home is listed with Realtor Meredith Lane of The Lane Team at Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty.