Iconic Louisville properties steeped in rich history evoke memories of time-honored tradition. Purchased in 1868, the original estate that now makes up the City of Glenview became home to some of Louisville's most influential families. Just shy of three decades, 9 Rockledge Lane blends seamlessly into the rich canopies of Glenview's oldest living species, mature trees. A historic landscape complemented by a grand Georgian revival estate is an artful illustration of an inspired vision. The collaboration of architect John Doumas and expert builder, Ron Karzen resulted in an eloquent execution of unprecedented craftsmanship. The home's interior intricacies reflect an affectionate tribute to Glenview's rich heritage, adding a conceivably modern twist. The character of a home lies not only inits intricacies but also its ability to adapt to the modern luxuries even the most discerning buyers expect. From the ornate millwork to the double height wood paneling in the foyer echoed in the lower level library to the dueling arches flanking the entry, heritage serves as an inspiration. The theme of subtle elegance resonates throughout every inch of the 8,850 square foot residence. The formal living room and dining room flank the entry and are as equally impressive as they are stately. The great room sets the stage with 18 foot ceilings, delivering expansive backyard views through arched transom doors and circular windows. The uniquely designed floor plan allows for easy transition from room to room, evoking a familial warmth that charms the estate's immense proportion. The eat-in kitchen, just beyond the dining room, features custom cabinetry, top of the line appliances including a Viking range, as well as a traditional farmhouse sink and butcher's block central island. The first floor master suite is complete with his and hers walk-in closets that connect to his and hers bathrooms that are cleverly joined by an oversize walk-in shower and additional marble clad shower. The first level also features two half bathrooms, a laundry room and a mud room that segues to the three car garage. The second level of the home features two private wings, connected by a balcony that overlooks the foyer. One wing contains two bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms and the opposite wing features two bedrooms that are joined by a jack and Jill. Cleverly tucked in a hallway beyond the foyer is a staircase that leads to the home's lower level. With a wood paneled library, a second kitchen, a sauna, an exercise room, a full bathroom and two capacious entertaining areas, the possibilities are endless. Whether you seek a retreat from the technology driven world by delving into a literary classic in the library, working up a sweat in the gym or sauna, or simply watching a movie with surround sound, each member of the family is afforded the luxury of finding their own escape. The allure of this home extends beyond the traditional confines of a home. Through a vine covered pergola or a myriad of doors on the first level, the backyard transforms this home and your views on what it means to truly live. Among verdant greenery and sweeping vistas lies an inimitable amalgamation of key elements that spark joy and ignite a sense of tranquility. From elegant soirees to backyard barbecues, the abundance of patio space offers a pool, grilling area and a porch. Call to schedule a private showing today.
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