A well-designed contemporary style home has a timeless feel. The clean lines, open floor plan and extensive use of natural light create a warm, inviting environment that feels connected to the natural world.
“The infusion of light is amazing,” said Larry Redmon of his home at 4926 Hidden River Drive. “Lots of skylights and big windows. You can look out and feel the outdoors beaming in.”
“Ideally, when you build a house, you are looking to catch the outdoors with your window placement like a framed picture,” Redmon said. “It’s like a John Ford thing when he was filming. Every scene opens and closes with basically a painting. Look at these windows and the trees. It’s just too cool.”
Redmon explains his initial enthusiasm for the northern Fayette County home.
“I had driven by many times, and noticed the house and lake,” Redmon said. “I grew up not far from here on the C. V. Whitney Farm, which is where Gainesway is today.”
“At the time I had three bars in Lexington -- Redmon’s, Bluegrass Tavern and Belle’s Cocktail House,” Redmon said. “This house worked really well, because I’m 18 minutes from downtown.”
During that same period, Redmon was selling a home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He realized the furnishings from there would work nicely at the Hidden River address.
“But what knocked it over the top for me is this kitchen,” Redmon said. “The previous owner’s son was a chef.”
The sleek kitchen boasts a chef’s gas stovetop, double ovens, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, high-end shelving, and high-tech accent lighting.
HORSE FARM COUNTRY
The main floor master suite of the 3,900-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home is complimented by a spa-like bathroom with glassed tub and shower.
“The master bedroom is on the lake side,” Redmon said of the private nine-acre spring-fed lake. “When you wake up you’re looking at all these big pine trees, which is incredible.”
The Hidden River Drive area is surrounded by the beauty of venerable horse farms like Castleton Lyons, Mt. Brilliant, Cobra, and Lane’s End. The house is a stone’s throw from the historic 1827 Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church on Iron Works Pike.
“It’s a wonderful drive out here,” Redmon said. “It’s all horse farms and then all of sudden there’s these houses.”
The seven homes of Hidden River Drive lie on a lush strip of land between Elkhorn Creek and the private lake.
Both the well-managed lake and Elkhorn Creek are ideal fishing spots. You can often find Redmon by the lake on his private dock.
“I can come out here on this bench and catch all the fish I want right in my back yard,” Redmon says. “Bass, crappie, bluegill. The lake is 30 feet deep over there. I’ve been told it’s one of the healthiest fisheries in the state of Kentucky.”
The lake presents many other leisure possibilities such as kayaking and canoeing. There’s also a pleasant walking path over the dam.
“This house has been great for gatherings,” Redmon said. “I’ve had a lot of people here and it flows really well. There’s lots of ingress and egress. If you want to do a dinner here, there’s plenty of room, even in the winter.”
Sitting by the downstairs stone fireplace is one of Redmon’s favorite winter spots.
STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
Redmon, like his well-built contemporary home, is standing the test of time.
For decades he’s been part of the Lexington club scene as a singer, songwriter, performer, and more recently as a businessman and farmer.
Currently his business interests include the Bluegrass Tavern on Cheapside and Belle’s Cocktail Lounge on Market Street. (Redmon’s was sold and is now operated as the Stagger Inn.)
Redmon raises registered Angus on his 300-acre Bourbon County farm, which will become his new primary residence.
He’s scaled back his performing schedule, but still finds time to sing for causes like the Bluegrass Conservancy.
“We did a bourbon tasting benefit upstairs in June at Belle’s,” Redmon said. “We sold out, and I got my fix on music for a little bit.”
For now, you might find the independent, life-long bachelor doing a little cooking in his beloved kitchen in his Hidden River home. Specialties include serving up potatoes, squash and green beans that he’s grown in the garden at his farm and, of course, making breakfast.
“I love this place and the vaulted ceilings and contemporary flair,” Redmon says. “It’s beautiful here at sunrise and sunset. I wish this lake was in the middle of my farm. I’d give anything if I could move it.”
This week’s feature home is listed with Deondra Sailors of United Real Estate Lexington.