TOUR OF HOMES: SHIFTING GEARS

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When his partnership in Lexus of Louisville prompted a move from Houston, Walter and Valinda Weibel embraced the journey and turned their new Prospect home into a gracious gathering place for family and friends. 
Moving to a new city can be overwhelming – especially when you’ve called one place home for thirty-five years. However, Valinda and Walter Weibel happily rose to the occasion and said good-bye to Houston, TX, when Walter became a managing partner for Lexus of Louisville. Finding  a home with amenities that would allow them to entertain both new friends and out-of-town visitors was high on their priority list. They discovered all that and more in a home in Prospect that offered both indoor and outdoor spaces designed to accommodate large-scale parties. However, the gracious home required  some updating and personalization which Valinda was eager to provide. Most of the rooms were painted in hues that were darker than she would have liked and she quickly made changes to lighten and brighten up the decor. “I ended up having the cabinets in the kitchen painted white along with some other elements to brighten the space,” she says. A year later, the house has been transformed and the couple is embracing the community and enjoying the opportunity to make new friends.

“The people are so friendly and genuine,” says Valinda. “Our neighbors have been so welcoming. We just love living here.”


As they anticipated, the home lends itself to entertaining effortlessly and often. “I love the flow,” says Valinda. “Entertaining is so easy with all of the areas for guests to be comfortable and simply enjoy themselves. We’re looking forward to warm evenings when the pool and the outdoor living spaces can be used.”   The inviting pool is surrounded by a lush landscape and is accentuated by a waterfall. “Spring is so beautiful here.,” says Valinda. “I still can’t get over how colorful everything is.”  Nearby, a small pond adds to the tranquility. The covered veranda includes a roomy table ideal for enjoying food al fresco. “We love the outdoor kitchen and bar area,” she says. “It has everything we need. Eventually, we’ll add a pizza oven.”
The cavernous basement is a virtual playground for grownups and children– complete with pool table, slot machines and a wine cellar. “We never had a lower level in Houston, so I was thrilled to have one here,” she says. “ We can’t wait for our grandchildren to visit and see them enjoy this space.”   With a game room, theater, sauna, and an expansive bar, there is something for everyone. “Walter and I love playing cards while enjoying a glass of wine in the evenings,” says Valinda. In fact, one of the attractions that really sold them on the house was the wine cellar. “We have been collecting wine for a long time. At one point, we lived in San Francisco, so Napa Valley was a place we really enjoyed visiting.”
The dining room features several collectibles that hold a special place in Valinda’s heart. “The bronze statue on the sideboard is called ‘The Wedding,’” she says. “I purchased it when I agreed to marry Walter.” The room is illuminated by an exquisite hand-painted, porcelain chandelier.  “Walter found this and two other porcelain pieces when we lived in San Francisco.  They were the last few items remaining in the Dresden Porcelain Factory in Germany before it was bombed in World War II. When he brought them home, I was overwhelmed with emotion.”
When it comes to identifying a favorite spot in the house, Valinda was quick to say the living room. “I can sit on the sofa and soak in the view of the outdoor scenery, hear the waterfall, and enjoy the tranquility,”  she says.  The plush antique country French sofa is indeed the best seat in the house as it is situated with views of the kitchen, hearth room, pool, and dining room. Says Valinda, “We are truly at home here.”

 



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