Private refuge in The Woods is home to UK royalty

The court on top of a hill at the home in The Woods subdivision is known as the “basketball court in the sky.”
The court on top of a hill at the home in The Woods subdivision is known as the “basketball court in the sky.”

When Ray and Barbara Edelman found their spacious and beautiful home in The Woods 28 years ago, the fashionable neighborhood was still under development.

“The early part of The Woods had been built and ended two cul-de-sacs away,” Barbara said. “There were still some open lots in this slightly newer section where we found this house.”

And so the Edelman’s became the first and only owners of 2408 The Woods Lane.

“This has just been a great house for kids, friends, buddies, sleep-overs, soccer parties, sports parties, cookouts and high-end parties too,” Barbara said. “It’s just been a revolving door of activity, fun, and chaos.”

As you enter the home there is an air of tradition and warmth. The hardwood floors, crown molding, and wainscoting of the foyer continue into the sitting room, dining room and main hall.

The charming kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and a tile floor, and features a walk-in pantry, as well as a bright breakfast room that overlooks the back yard and massive two-tiered deck.

On the first floor you’ll also find a laundry room and a sizable bedroom with a full bath.

The over-sized family room with cathedral ceiling and a commanding two-story floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace is a favorite of Barbara’s. Large windows provide natural light and a great view of the wonderfully woodsy back yard.

“This room is used constantly,” Barbara said. “In the summer, the woods are very lush, and in the winter the snow scenes are spectacular and beautiful. You really get to enjoy the outdoors from here. It’s very private and very natural. We also see some wildlife from time to time. We’ve seen deer, foxes and ducks come up from the creek.”

Ray agrees that the view of the back yard is one of the best features of the house.

“When you look out, you could be in Asheville, North Carolina, or you could be in the Smokey Mountains,” Ray said. “And a section of Chinoe Creek runs along the edge of the property.”

The second floor of the home features three bedrooms, two full baths, and a library with custom shelving, wood paneling and a fireplace.

The basement has been totally refinished into a modern living quarters with tons of space, a fireplace and a separate entry.


There’s no fan zone room with blue walls, wildcat throw pillows, and foam fingers, but the Edelman home unquestionably bleeds blue nevertheless.

Barbara and Ray met in the first week of their freshman year while attending the University of Kentucky.

“I came down from Philadelphia in 1970 on a basketball scholarship to play for Coach Rupp during his last two seasons,” Ray said. “When Rupp left, I played for Coach Hall’s first two years. It was a very interesting time.”

Barbara came to Lexington from Louisville with a little wildcat clout of her own. Her father, Dale Barnstable, was a key player on UK championship basketball teams in 1948 and 1949.

What’s more, Barbara’s sisters, AKA the Barnstable Twins, were UK cheerleaders.

“Our family started the Barnstable Brown Derby Party which benefits the Diabetes and Obesity Center over at the University of Kentucky,” Barbara said. “There’s a lot of high end celebrities, but we’ve raised about 9 million dollars. That’s what the party is all about.”

Barbara and Ray both went on to earn law degrees at UK.


With its tree-filled lots and rolling hills, The Woods was aptly named.

“When we moved in, there was not a flat spot in the back yard,” Barbara said. “Bill Henkel of Henkel Denmark came up with a design and created some usable terraces. It was a pretty major restructure with lots of earth moving.”

During the landscaping process, Ray had a vision for a backyard basketball court at the top of the hill. Barbara has dubbed the 30 x 40 foot space the “basketball court in the sky.”

“This has been the perfect location for us,” Barbara said. “We’re not so far out of town, that we’re fighting the traffic issues. And yet we have the space and the house size, as if we’re way out in the suburbs in Heartland or Beaumont. I work downtown, so I just have a straight shot to downtown from here. Ray worked in Lawrenceburg for years. He would hop on New Circle and go.”

“There are a lot of physicians that are our neighbors here,” Ray said. “It’s so handy to the hospitals.”

So what’s next for the Edelmans as they put their house on the market?

“We are downsizing and moving to a smaller home in the Lexington area,” Barbara said. “With almost 6,000 square feet here, it’s a lot to keep up with. Our children are grown and are moving on. It’s just time.”

This week’s feature home is listed with Realtor Elizabeth Edelman of Milestone Realty Consultants in Lexington.