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Architect's Home Nestled in the Woods, 12 Minutes to Downtown

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Welcome to Westwind Road nestled in the woods of Indian Hills


Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:15
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:5.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

6 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths, Plus One-Bedroom Apartment, Sleeps 12+

We looked at a lot of building sites before settling on this one with a creek across the road and no other houses within sight. Designed by the owner/architect and constructed in 1999, the house has continued to evolve as our children grew up and out.
The lower level is accessible by wheelchair (including a full bath with shower) while bedrooms are spread over the three floors above. The one-bedroom apartment on the first floor includes its own sitting room and kitchenette.
We enjoy the natural and quiet setting from the front porch swing, the covered side porch (soft seating for five plus a four-top table) and the patio in the rear (with Weber natural gas grill.) All windows have views of the surrounding woods and bird sanctuary. Deer and rabbits are sighted daily in and around the yard. Turkeys and the occasional fox are a treat!
This established neighborhood has mostly one-plus acre lots with houses from the 1940s and several younger additions. It is a favorite place for walkers, runners and bikers. Only a mile from the Ohio River, if you head west on River Road, you will be downtown in 10-12 minutes.
The convenient location is about 15 minutes from anyplace: the airport (12 miles), Churchill Downs (11 miles), Valhalla Golf Resort (14 miles), Slugger Museum (8 miles), local eateries on Main Street (6 miles) and Frankfort Avenue (3 miles) and the Big Four walking bridge(5 miles, plus the walk across to Indiana.)
Inside, your family or group can spread out among 7 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. Each bedroom has a cable TV. Or they can gather around any of the three fireplaces in Living Room, Family/Hearth Room or lower level Rec Room (with 50' flat screen, poker table and bumper pool.)
A breakfast coffee bar is provided and the kitchenette is stocked with soft drinks. The fully equipped kitchen is available to you. Catered meals and daily cleaning service can be arranged (a la carte cost.) Driving for up to 6 passengers can be arranged (inquire for cost.) Beautiful linens are reserved just for our guests.
The Kentucky Derby and other local events are our specialty, but we will work with you on any three-night minimum as well as long term leasing. Please contact us for more information.
Our eclectic style includes antiques and oriental rugs as well collections of all sorts, mixed with simplicity and contemporary living.

The following is a more detailed description:
From the street you see a three story brick house with stone foundation, stone chimneys, 'beefy' concrete columns on front and side porches, green shingles and a copper porch roof. The windows are custom designed and the front railing locally manufactured to the specifications of the architect.
There is a stone wall retaining the semicircular driveway and a wet-weather creek with plantings.
As soon as you ascend the front steps, you will notice this is no fall away lot. In fact it rises dramatically to the rear. An engineer designed the rear retaining wall with 'enough steel for a bridge' according to the men who installed it.
The front porch welcomes you with a swing and side table- the perfect place to listen to the birds over morning coffee or afternoon tea. Through the oversized poplar entry door, you arrive at the stair hall...and its unusual angle. Our daughter did not want to live 'in a box' (her room) so the creation of an angle for her drives the entire house. There are almost no rectangular rooms.
In the foyer you are steps away from the Living Room and Dining Room, which are separated by a curved wall. Ten can gather comfortably around the fireplace with antique mantle and brass. Windows on three sides provide light and views. A glass door opens to the covered side porch, where we enjoy eating supper and drinking in the wildflowers around us.
The Dining Room also seats ten at an oval table with three leaves. A three part door connects to the ptio and wooded hill beyond.
The kitchen and Hearth Room also enjoy front and rear views. The island illustrates the angle of the stairs in its concrete countertop. The breakfast nook seats six, plus four at the island. Everything you need to prepare and serve your meals is readily available.
Two recliners and a sofa face the stone fireplace and TV area while still capturing the great view. Both first floor fireplaces have gas starters and wood is provided for your use.
Pass through the Home Office with its back door to the patio, Powder Room and rear stair to the garage. The land line and fax machine are at your service. Your computer has access to WIFI throughout the house.
Next is the Apartment, featuring a Kitchenette, Sitting Room, Bedroom 1 and Bath 2. The Sitting Room is a cozy, quiet spot for TV or reading. Furnishings include antiques and original art. Three windows face side and rear.
Bedroom 1, with a queen bed, faces the front with a large window. The adjacent Bath 2 has a heated black and white tile floor, tub/shower, pedestal lav and cabinet for toiletries.
On the second floor, there are three guest bedrooms, Bath 4, and the Master Suite. The Master Bedroom faces front with two windows, a king bed and wool carpet. Each dresser has a vacant drawer for your use. The Master Bath includes steam shower, 2-person whirlpool tub, private WC, two lavatories and a sit-down vanity. Windows facing front and rear and glass block in the shower bring in lots of natural light. Blinds are translucent.
Bedroom 3 (white) has a double bed with a beautiful carved headboard. A pair of windows overlook the woods and patio.
Bedroom 5 (peach)has an antique 3/4 size bed (mattress is not antique!) which is comfortable for one adult or two children. Two windows face the front and a low window (tempered glass) faces the side, for the child playing on the floor. Two dressers and bookshelves provide storage.
Bedroom 4 (slate blue) has a double bed, dresser and dressing table. It alone has maple floors and an oriental rug. The other bedrooms are carpeted. Bookshelves flank a window seat facing the back yard.
Bath 4 serves these three guest bedrooms. It includes a tub/shower combination and plenty of towel bars. A high window lets in light.
Also on the second floor is the Laundry, fully equipped and ready for you.
To access the third floor, go through the wood and glass door and grab the Louisville Slugger Bats used as handrails. Notice the cherry stair treads which were made from trees on this lot and descend to the basement.
The third floor is in the tree tops and includes four skylights, one in each bedroom, one in the stair, and one in Bath 5. Both Bedroom 5 and 6 have a queen bed, dresser and comfy chair, with more than enough books and 'stuff' to look at. Bath 5 is a shower-only 'bath,' spacious and light.
Last to see is the lower level, which walks out to the front and is wheelchair accessible through the garage.
The owner's office is not open to guests, but the Rec Room and Bath 6 certainly are. A custom signed Edward Fields rug faces the gas fireplace. View the 50' flat screen from soft seating for 6, plus a poker table with cards and chips at the ready. Bumper pool players can also see the TV. A queen sofa bed is available, but was not counted as 'bed sleeping.' Bath 6 is fully accessible with colorful art and a 3X5 shower.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish, russian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 5500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 15
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Those renting must be 25. Children will obviously be with parents or guardians....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We are child friendly with whatever beds you need and a Rec Room on the lower level. There are swings and a hammock in the back yard. Basketball goal in front driveway. Plenty of woods to explore. Playgrounds nearby at several parks along River Road....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a non-smoking home. Smoking is allowed outside only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We will work with you on pets. We would require an additional deposit. A dog makes her home with us but is not allowed on the furniture or in certain rooms....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Lower level is wheelchair accessible, including the full bath (shower.)...moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 13-15

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    guest room on 2nd, shared hall bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Apartment on 1st floor, private bath, sitting room & bar...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Master Bedroom on 2nd floor, private bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double

    guest room on 2nd, shared hall bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

    bed is an antique 3/4 bed, could sleep 2 children...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

    guest room on 3rd, shared bath with one other room...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 queen

    guest room on 3rd, shares bath with one room...moreless

  • House consists of apartment (one bedroom, sitting room, full bath and kitchenette) on the first floor and remaining bedrooms on second and third floors. Lower level Rec Room has a queen sleeper sofa. There are a total of (1) king, (3) queens, (3) doubles and (1) antique 3/4 bed which can sleep one adult or two children. More twin beds are available if needed. Also, a toddler bed and crib are available upon request....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    powder room on 1st floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    apartment on 1st floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

    hall bath on 2nd, serves three bedrooms...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    master bath on 2nd, whirlpool, steam shower and double lavs...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

    hall bath on 3rd, serves 2 bedrooms; skylight...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet, shower

    lower level bath, accessible room & shower, serves rec room...moreless

  • There is at least one full bath on each floor. Lower level has one accessible bath serving the Rec Room (sleeper sofa.) First floor has a powder room and a full bath serving the apartment. Second floor has the master bath and a hall bath. Third floor has a full bath. All baths are simple and clean (literally) with bright colors and plenty of soft towels. Hot water reaches the Master Bath in 10 seconds...we clocked it. You will enjoy the steam shower and large whirlpool tub in the Master Bath....moreless

Other Amenities

  • If you are looking for a quiet retreat only minutes from all that Louisville has to offer, look no further! Our house is well suited for multi-generation groups, with plenty of space to spread out or to gather. We will try to accommodate your specific requests, from stocking the 'fridge to providing transportation, daily cleaning, catered meals or a party venue. We are native/longtime Louisvillians who love our area and are eager to help visitors maximize their experience. We will give you complete privacy or as many suggestions as you want to hear. Most rentals are for the entire house and that is how rates are listed. However we are also able to rent just the apartment at non-peak times. Please inquire if interested....moreless


  • Books:

    modest library of art, architecture, Kentucky, natural history, wildlife, photography, reptiles...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Hearth Room and Rec Room, VHS in Master BR...moreless

  • Game Room:

    Rec Room in lower level has poker table supplied with cards and chips, TV, gas fireplace and seating ...moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Bumper pool in Rec Room...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner Cable, approximately 100 channels, DVR( in Rec Room)...moreless

  • Television:

    TV in each bedroom plus Sitting Room (apartment), Hearth Room and Rec Room (50' flat screen); converting some other TVs to flat screen in 2014...moreless

  • Toys:

    toys for small children available on request; board games, jigsaw puzzles...moreless

  • Video Library:

    100s of old movies, DVD and VHS, and variety of choices...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining Room seats 10 comfortably with all three leaves. Serving piece and lights on dimmers. Direct access to Patio....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    central air in two zones for maximum comfort; also operable windows and ceiling fans in six out of seven bedrooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    in second floor Laundry room for your use ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    gas fireplace in Rec Room with green marble surround, stone fireplace in Hearth Room, oversized fireplace in living room with 200-year-old poplar mantle; firewood and gas starters provided, 1st floor...moreless

  • Garage:

    available only for long term guests...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    forced-air gas heat in two zones for maximum comfort; set thermostats to your preference...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless internet throughout house...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    bed linens purchased and reserved for guests; extra set of linens provided for each bed...moreless

  • Living Room:

    fireplace, piano, soft seating for 10, good light for reading, windows on three sides, door to covered side porch, 9'-0' ceiling, maple floor ...moreless

  • Parking:

    semicircular front drive provides space for 6-8+ cars; short term parking also allowed on the street...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline is available to you...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    plenty of towels provided, also reserved just for guests...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    in second floor Laundry Room for your use; detergent provided for short term guests...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Kuerig single serve and 12-cup coffee maker. Complimentary selection of coffees, teas and creamers....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for (12) dishes; stainless flatware for (16); plenty of water glasses and wine glasses...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    several cycle choices...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped with seating for 4 at the island and for 6 at the breakfast nook, which has a glass-top table and benches with cushions on two sides. Island has a unique shape with a concrete counter....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Above wall oven; rotating plate. Second microwave in apartment....moreless

  • Oven:

    Jenn-Air wall oven as second oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We are happy to stock the pantry with your requests; inquire for pricing....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    French door Electrolux. Water and ice in door....moreless

  • Stove:

    Jenn-Air stove with griddle/grill on island. Electric...moreless

  • Toaster:



  • Bicycles:

    two adult bike can be provided upon request...moreless

  • Boat:

    Ohio River is just over one mile away with a public launch at Cox Park and various private clubs nearby (Louisville Boat Club, ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio runs the length of house from covered side porch to apartment at opposite end. Two steps down from 1st floor, direct access from Dining Room and Back Hall. Observe wildlife in surrounding woods...moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearby at Louisville Country Club (private), Crescent Hill Golf Course (public) and Driving Range on River Road...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Front lawn with plantings around a creek bed at stone wall; side lawn big enough for frisbee or croquet; lots of wildflowers in the woods...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber grill with natural gas on patio, out back door...moreless

Pool / Spa



Write a review 4.8
from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Kentucky Derby
May 4 - May 7, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
Breeders' Cup
Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2018
4 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$3,000 $7,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rental of the one-bedroom apartment is negotiable during non-peak periods. Inquire for pricing and availability.

Payment due at booking. Cancellation policy: 60 days, refund less $200 processing fee. No refunds within 60 days.

Rates quoted are for up to 10 guests. Additional guests are $35 per person per night.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Standiford Field, Bowman Field (private)
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Belle of Louisville paddlewheel boat
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Louisville Country Club (private), Crescent Hill
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Kingfish, 3021 Upper River Rd, 502-895-0544
50 Miles
Nearest Ski
Paoli Peak, ID
17 Miles
Nearest Beach
Taylorsville Lake

Car: Recommended


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: architect, teacher began renting our house in the summer months while we lived and worked at a national park have enjoyed renting for Derby and special events for the past 10 years

Why the Owner Chose Louisville, KY, USA:
please refer to 'description' above

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Because this house was custom designed for this property and family, it has some fun and special features. The challenge began with the steepness of the lot and how to get to the first floor. The solution was a combination of steps both outside and inside the front door. We hope you will discover the strong connection to the surrounding natural world through doors, windows and porches. We enjoy changing views of every season. Because we came from a century-old house in the Highlands, we made sure of ceiling height and plenty of wood. Ceilings in the lower level and first floor are 9'. Maple floors cover most of the first and part of the second floors. Cherry floors are in the stairway, top to bottom and crafted from our own trees. Our cherry was also used for newel post caps and shoe mold as well as delineating the Dining Room. Wood trim is simple and traditional, with crown at heads. Doors are four-panel. We salvaged four special doors from the church where our sons' scout troop met. These were stripped and pocketed in the Hearth Room. The door to the attic was painted. The wire glass is original to the doors and inspired the custom window design. One goal was to use some materials in their natural state. Hence the concrete floor in the Rec Room, the concrete island top and the particle board treads in rear stair. Building 'green' was around and within. Note the 'real' linoleum (made with linseed oil) in Home Office, Powder Room and Kitchenette. Both fireplace mantles were salvaged from other homes. In the Living Room, the 200 year old poplar mantle was purchased from an antique dealer (and firebox purchased to fit it) while the Rec Room mantle and marble was from a client's remodel. The interesting angle-within-a-rectangle pervades all floor levels and keeps us from living in a box. Walkers comment most often on our log pile, which has a round window in it.

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Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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  • Welcome to Westwind Road nestled in the woods of Indian Hills

    Welcome to Westwind Road nestled in the woods of Indian Hills

  • Living Room with seating for 10, great views, wood burning fireplace

    Living Room with seating for 10, great views, wood burning fireplace

  • Kitchen island with concrete top, stove/griddle; beyond breakfast nook seats six

    Kitchen island with concrete top, stove/griddle; beyond breakfast nook seats six

  • First floor apartment Sitting Room, featuring original art and comfy seating.

    First floor apartment Sitting Room, featuring original art and comfy seating.

  • First floor apartment Bedroom #1: antique furniture and windows facing front

    First floor apartment Bedroom #1: antique furniture and windows facing front

  • Covered Side Porch in the woods with round window in firewood stack

    Covered Side Porch in the woods with round window in firewood stack

  • Enter through 8-foot front door into foyer and stair hall; cherry stair treads

    Enter through 8-foot front door into foyer and stair hall; cherry stair treads

  • Dining Room seats 10 with all table leaves, adjustable lighting, buffet server

    Dining Room seats 10 with all table leaves, adjustable lighting, buffet server

  • Hearth Room adjacent to kitchen, wood burning fireplace, windows to front

    Hearth Room adjacent to kitchen, wood burning fireplace, windows to front

  • Walk-out lower level with lots of windows, gas fireplace, 50-inch flat screen

    Walk-out lower level with lots of windows, gas fireplace, 50-inch flat screen

  • First floor apartment full bath: heated tile floor and beaded board wainscot

    First floor apartment full bath: heated tile floor and beaded board wainscot

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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