Each week, we look at the most expensive MLS-listed house in each state.
We didn’t want to horse around—we simply wanted to find the priciest single-family home in Kentucky. And because we make the rules for this cockamamie feature, what we say goes. With our rule-bending mentality in mind, we eliminated a handful of lovely multimillion-dollar horse farms for sale in the Bluegrass State.
Looking past the ponies, we found the most expensive home (nonranch division) tucked in the state’s western corner. Closer to tiny Paducah than to the bright lights of Louisville and Lexington, this English manor–style mansion in Calvert City is listed for $ 4.5 million.
However, as listing agent Jim Lewis tells us, its out-of-the-way location is a plus, because it draws visitors from multiple metro areas. “It’s centrally located,” he says, “so we get folks from Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, and even Chicago who come down here.”
And why do visitors flock to this spot? Lewis describes what sounded like a sportsman’s paradise with the home’s proximity to both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley: “It’s an outdoor recreation dream world. Fishing, hunting, boating, you name it. In this house, you’re about five minutes from the marina.”
Lewis says many big-city families keep a lakehouse in the area, and even people who live close by keep a second lakehouse for weekend activity.
But what sets this house apart from others surrounding the lake is its massive scale (17,142 square feet), attention to detail, and “quality craftsmanship.”
“The materials used in the home—the walnut floors, the woodwork, the landscaping—were all top-notch,” Lewis says. “No expense was spared.”
Finished in 2001, the six-bedroom manor took three years to construct. The rich, dark wood of the staircase and living areas looks exactly how we’d imagine it in an English country home. If the stairs are daunting, Lewis says, there’s an elevator that serves three of the home’s four floors.
The fourth—the attic—lies beyond the reach of the elevator. This means you have to ascend the stairs if you want to double dribble. Yes, up there is a basketball court complete with hardwood floors, two hoops, and a scoreboard. While it’s not regulation-size, you’d be able to work up a sweat anyway.
We know Kentuckians are mad about basketball, but the in-home court seemed like an off-the-wall extravagance. Lewis blew a proverbial whistle on us, saying that basketball is especially popular in Marshall County.
So, then, why is the gleaming court in the attic and not on the ground floor? Lewis laughs—he doesn’t have an answer for that one.
Off the court, Lewis says, his favorite detail is in the massive master suite: “There’s a large connected fireplace with two sides. One side opens to the bedroom, the other side opens on to a sunroom that sits right outside the bedroom. It’s a stunning feature.”
If the master suite isn’t reason enough to buy, Lewis rattles off a bunch of other features essential to any magnificent mansion: a carriage house, a seven-car (or eight-car) garage, a home theater, an exercise room, and a “resortlike” pool area. He also mentions a room designed to please anyone who’s ever wielded a glue gun—a craft room! Scrapbookers, get out your bedazzled checkbook.
Lewis was a bit taken aback by when we informed him that he had the most expensive listing in the state, but once we explained that we came in peace and had eliminated horse farms from consideration, he understood. “The sale price won’t make history in Kentucky,” he says, “but it may make history in Marshall County.”