This gracious Victorian home with its Italianate Exterior sits proudly on Millionaire's Row a short distance from St James Court and Central Park, UofL, shopping and restaurants.As you entered the foyer you see beautiful examples of Victorian hand carved woodwork. The foyer windows are original leaded glass. The fireplace mantle is also original to the home. And, by the grace of a neighbor, the original light fixture was returned to once more hang where it was intended to shine on all who enter. The Parlor or Living Room sits to your left and boasts one of the 9 working fireplaces in the home with amazing Birds Eye Maple appointments including the floors, fireplace mantle, pocket doors and trim. As you continue through the Parlor you see the Formal Dining Room with a fireplace, to seat 12 comfortably for formal dinners or parties and beautiful Cherry pocket doors, floor ribbon, trim and mantle.
Leaving the Dining Room you may proceed to the rear of the house through one of two doorways. Four steps down on the right is a powder room. Also at this level is the interior entry to the basement.
On the left ahead is the Wet Bar with exposed brick and under counter wine refrigerator.
The Kitchen and Baking Rooms lie at the rear of the home with gourmet appliances including stove top with 6 burners and griddle, 4 refrigeration drawers, a warming drawer and high capacity ice maker. This home is made for entertaining.
Opposite the Kitchen with the breakfast bar is a lovely and intimate family room perfect for relaxing with the fireplace roaring on a cold winter night.
The Kitchen floor is heated by way of circulating hot water. The sinks throughout the home have nearly instant hot water due to the circulation system. Water is fully filtered with updated plumbing throughout the home. The electrical system has also been updated and there are 4 separate heating and air conditioning systems for zoned comfort.
Proceeding up either of the staircases you will notice amazing stained-glass windows and beautiful carved spindles.
Arriving via the front staircase on the second floor landing you look straight ahead at a large bedroom with its Jack and Jill Bathroom adjoining the second bedroom on this side. Both guest rooms have fireplaces.
To the slight left you will find the Master Suite. The exceptionally spacious Master includes a dressing room with a gracious claw foot tub for soaking, shower with multiple shower heads and controls to eliminate aches and pains or just enjoy the rain. You'll notice double sinks and a quaint pull chain Victorian water closet complete with its high tank and antique toilet bowl. The flooring in the bath area is stone laid in a basket weave pattern. The same stone graces the shower which is big enough for two.
Two Master Closets make storage easy and above the walk-in you will find access to the Master Bedroom Furnace which is controlled via your phone with NEST. The fireplace, pocket door and other trim is Cherry in the bedroom and transitions to quarter sewn oak in the dressing area.
At the rear of the second floor you will find a large room fit for a media center, an office, another family room or you decide. The four stained glass windows in this room accentuate the beauty of the space. From this bonus room you have access also to the second-floor covered balcony which overlooks the Lady In The Garden.
Proceed upstairs to find a Mother-In-Law apartment complete with a custom kitchen and laundry, large bathroom with clawfoot Tub/ Shower, Living Room and 2 Bedrooms or 1 Bed and an office or dressing room. Lots of flexibility here. Double closets on one side plus a single closet and original blanket box in the Living Room provide plenty of storage.
Now make your way to the basement to see the organization of an engineer with water system shut offs for each area of the home, inline filtering of the home's water, and parallel hot water heaters so you never run out. Storage room abounds including a cedar closet for off-season clothing, a locker at the rear for those items you don't want touched by little fingers, and a work bench for the handy man. The main laundry is also located here and two utility tub sinks. The basement has an exterior door which leads to stairs that seem to emerge miraculously from beneath your feet on the first-floor balcony. Also notice the sliding lattice doors that allow immediate outdoor access for items you are taking to the back. No need to carry things through the house from the basement.
The garden was featured on the Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour in 2010. The home has been included in A Feast For The Eyes and has hosted many Dining At The Mansions guests.
Proceed out the Kitchen door to the covered deck / balcony or out the side entry to the cypher locked gate for security.
At the rear of the garden sits the pergola with winding vines which provide lovely shade for an outdoor meal during the summer. The Lady sits amid water lilies and a pond with soothing sounds of running water.
In the Carriage House you will find storage and parking room for up to 3 vehicles. Above the garage sits a nice apartment which is currently occupied. The apartment includes living room, eat-in kitchen, laundry, walk-in closet, one bedroom and full bath. The apartment has oak flooring and separate Gas and Electricity meters as well as its own HVAC system. Should you choose to rent the apartment you may expect substantial rental income. Beyond the Carriage House to the left you may access the alley through a locked gate.
Come home to the grace of Millionaire's Row and this beautiful and well maintained Italianate home. With so much having been updated and organized for you there may be a project or two if you look closely but, you could just sit back and feel like a Million!