Homearama is traditionally held in different subdivisions year after year, but this year, the event is making a second appearance in Poplar Woods. The subdivision was first featured in Homearama in 2009.
“The public likes the big houses, so when we get the opportunity, we really like to do that,” said Pat Durham, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association, which hosts Homearama.
The nine Poplar Woods homes highlighted in Homearama this year are priced at $750,000 or more, and all but one are more than 5,000 square feet.
Durham said the association wanted to return to Poplar Woods because the subdivision had entered a new phase of construction — the homes are still large but are being built on smaller plots.
The properties are a half-acre or three-quarters of an acre, compared to the one acre or larger lots toward the front of the subdivision, he said, but they are still attracting buyers because of the amount of communal open space. Buyers in Poplar Woods tend to be business owners, upper managers, doctors and other professionals, as well as dual-income households.
Four of the already purchased Homearama houses were bought by families, while the fifth will house an older couple whose children and grandchildren live out of town and stay with them during visits, Durham said.
The two Homearama houses that Insider Louisville toured Monday back up to conservation spaces within the subdivision that include wild plant life and help block other houses from view.
“This conservation space makes this half-acre lot feel like an acre or two,” Durham said of The Eleanor, which Insider previewed Tuesday morning.
Unbridled View, a 5,105-square-foot house seen above, is similarly situated with a covered back patio that looks toward a conservation space.
Unlike The Eleanor, however, the five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom house is on the market. It will be part of the largest open house in Louisville, with thousands of people touring it during Homearama.
Louisville-based Robbins Architecture designed the house, and Louisville-based P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders constructed it. Cherry House Furniture Galleries in La Grange is the interior designer and provided the furnishings.
Unbridled View’s front door opens to one great room that includes the living room, a formal dining space and the kitchen.
Homearama attendees will notice that open floor concepts are “still really huge,” Durham said.
The kitchen is a particular focal point for gatherings with a long granite-topped island, 10-foot high cabinets, two dishwashers, a multifaceted Thermador oven and a refrigerator that is roughly the size of one-and-a-half regular refrigerators.
The master bedroom is just off the living room and features an en suite bathroom, with a standalone tub and a walk-through shower that the homeowner can control via U by Moen. The smart shower technology allows people to turn the shower on, change the water temperature and set a timer on the shower from their smartphone.
Unbridled View has two other upstairs bedrooms, while bedrooms four and five are located on the basement level and can be repurposed for other uses such as a fitness room or office.
The basement level also includes a theater space with a 133-inch screen, a full-service bar, a copper shower in the bathroom and a walk-out.
The Homearama website includes full list of companies that worked on Unbridled View, including the electrician, flooring company and window provider.
Homearama at Poplar Woods subdivision kicks off on Saturday, July 15 and runs through Sunday, July 30. Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The homes are located along Poplar Woods Drive in Goshen, just off of Highway 42.
Tickets, which are sold on site, are $10 per person or $15 per person for a two-day pass. Entry is free for children aged 12 and younger.