Some say the “Cove,” a massive 10,419-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 6-full and 2-partial-bathroom, California-style home on Reserve Cove in Oldham County, is magical.
The home was built in 2010 for an executive of a local company and was always meant for hosting lavish parties for up to 250 guests.
Rolling up to the neighborhood, one is surrounded by wooded forests and black and white wooden fences. Once inside the Reserve on Rose Island subdivision, and in front of the home itself, you’ll notice it has a contemporary feel from the outside, as the owners and their many guests enjoy sunrises and sunsets at the private, enchanting back patio terrace overlooking the Ohio River.
The home was built in 2010 for an executive of a local company and was always meant for hosting lavish parties for up to 250 guests. The current owners use the 42-feet-by-20-feet infinity pool and hot tub framed by two gas fire bowls, outdoor tiled bar, and kitchen space with a barbeque grill, cooking stove, sink with running water, refrigerator, ice maker and storage drawers for events and private parties with VIP invites and celebrity guests. The current owners claim the space is filled with “entertainment, productions, mystery, art, love,and excitement surrounding everything that makes Louisville great.”
Open up the 10-foot custom-made mahogany and rod iron front door, and you can see the incredible river view that is carried through all major rooms of the house, including the living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast area, family room, and master bedroom. The raised ceilings extend from one end of the hallway to another with cove lighting from the top down. There are special design effects from original architect Frank Pierce, including a marble and granite medallion in the floor of the front entrance, black walnut wood floors in the living room and dining room, imported French limestone tile throughout, specially-designed high ceilings, including a custom-designed plaster ceiling and faux painting. “It’s a unique and beautiful home,” says builder Mike Blacketer.
Mike built the home for the original owners, who “had an eye for exquisite things,” in a little over a year, after six to seven months of drawing out an architectural plan, he says. The plan consisted of incorporating photos the original owners liked and their list of rooms and sizes of areas, according to Frank. The kitchen was “a big deal” for the original owners, so Frank remembers he had to work around the area including making sure the family had a large island, pantry, and the perfect sink. “It was just a matter of working it out,” Frank says.
The home is full of luxury finishes like Group-F-Granite on the main bar and Murano glass tile across the front of the bar with a double waterfall edge. The foyer and kitchen were outfitted with polished high-grade limestone, and the outside area holds a lifted porch with arches that won’t obstruct the light going into the inside of the home or shield the view of the river. “We tried to get as much as we humanly could on the back of the house so you could see the view,” Mike says. Frank agrees, saying “It works really well for parties. It’s very serene.”
For entertaining, the barroom can hold up to twenty people and is a focal point of the home, right in the heart of the design, which includes a built-in aquarium and wine refrigerator and beverage center. The kitchen is modern and includes a double oven with warming drawer, wide oversized built-in refrigerator and Wolfe/Miele appliances. The kitchen opens to an expansive family room with a floor to ceiling dramatic stone fireplace and White River trim moulding on the mantle. “It’s an unusual site,” Frank says about the house. “There are a lot of unique details.”
The first floor has the master bedroom with a sitting area, expansive master bath and oversized his-and-hers closet. Also on the bottom floor is an in-law suite located near the kitchen and rear entrance. There are two offices located on the first floor, one with a fireplace. On the lower level, an exercise room is complete with equipment, a full bath, and dry and wet steam rooms.
The owners love to collect art and showcase their modern to sophisticated style with a dash of “Southern Charm” that makes the house a home. “There’s something fresh and innovative about the California style,” the owners say. For a modern edge that breaks up the vintage pieces in the room, opt for hyper-realistic paintings or large-scale photography.” Depending on the subject, art pieces can add humor or drama, and no matter the scene, it’s essential to go large, say the owners. They outfit their prints with a simple black or white box frame to create a contemporary, formal take that balances the “nostalgic feel and more casual aspects of this aesthetic.”
Some of the couple’s favorite prints include “Bibilis” by William Adolphe Bouguereau in the dining room, which includes pine greens, soft tans and creamy whites to create a “tranquil and simple experience.” In the main sitting area at the entrance overlooking the fireplace, the owners have “Douleur d’amour,” also by Bouguereau. Adjacent to the dining room table in the hallway sits Sir Joshua Reynolds’ “Cupid Untying the Zone of Venus” and Bouguereau’ “Girl Defending Herself Against Eros.” One of the couple’s absolute favorites is another Bouguereau off the main sitting room leading to french doors of the terrace, which is a biblical reflection of Revelation. “I adore the rich color palette chosen for these pieces,” one of the owners says.
For cozy nights, the couple has furry throws and sheepskin rugs that give off a “cozy, warm vibe in the evening,” but they say, the bright white colors on the walls “keep things airy in the daylight.” Some of the owners’ favorite furniture pieces include the Versace Selection in the front entry sitting area; the Top Grain Leather Sofa set is fit for the luxurious space. Also to be remembered is the custom-made double king-size master bed that had to be sawed in half to be placed in the space. The couple and friends also enjoy movie nights in the 20-foot-by-20-foot beds in the theater and the pool table in the billiards room.
For cozy nights, the couple has furry throws and sheepskin rugs that give off a “cozy, warm vibe in the evening,” but they say, the bright white colors on the walls “keep things airy in the daylight.”
Frequent guests of the home include local rapper Jack Harlow, who filmed his video for “WARSAW” at the Prospect mansion. The video, which came out on November 6, 2019, according to Billboard, shows his crew and a squad of beautiful women poolside. Billboard also erringly called the mansion “Jack’s,” although the owners say the 21-year-old is always at their exclusive parties.
The home will also be featured on a future episode of “Say Yes to the Dress.” The Lady of the House will be in an upcoming episode as she tries on her wedding gown before her big day.
Year built: 2010
Neighborhood: Prospect, Oldham County
Architect: Frank Pierce
Builder: Mike Blacketer
Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 partial
Lot size: 1.58 acres
Pool: 42-feet by 20-feet infinity looking over Ohio River
Outdoor Patio: Huge outdoor kitchen, includes a barbeque grill and cooking stove, a sink with running water, a refrigerator, ice maker, and storage drawers
Kitchen: Modern kitchen includes a double oven with warming drawer, wide oversized built-in refrigerator and appliances from Wolfe/Miele.
Barroom: Wine refrigerator, beverage center with Group-F-Granite on the main bar, Murano glass tile across the front of the bar with a double waterfall edge
Floors: Black walnut wood floors in the living room and dining room
Tile: Imported French limestone tile throughout
Other design details: Specially-designed high ceilings including a custom-designed plaster ceiling and faux painting