Tour of Homes: Truly Traditional

Donna Ison | Photos by Jeff Walker - Courtesy of Whitney Pannell


This Chinoe Road home captures the best of classic construction and custom craftsmanship.

Some houses are so special they even hold a place in the heart of the real estate agent who sells them. To Whitney Pannell of Keller Williams Greater Lexington, this Chinoe Road address is such a property. Whitney and her husband Rick comprise Team Pannell, a top producing Lexington realty duo. Whitney first discovered the home when she sold it to its current owners in 2003, and developed an affinity for it straight away.

“It is just the epitome of southern charm and easy elegance. It embodies everything I think of when I think of Lexington living, both refined and relaxed with a welcoming warmth and traditional feel,” she says.

It’s appeal becomes evident at the first view of the fastidious façade. In the Bluegrass tradition, a limestone wall borders the lawn. Brick walkways lined with boxwoods lead to a regal front porch with Ionic columns and portico railing. The landscapes and hardscapes were designed by Bill Henkel of Landscape Workshop, formerly of Henkel Denmark. Both the front door and garage doors are constructed of a matching mahogany increasing the exceptional curb appeal.

Upon stepping inside, evidence of impeccable craftmanship is all around. Each room holds an example of extraordinary millwork with deep moldings and base moldings, coffered ceilings and wainscoting. Throughout the 5700 square feet of finished living space, you’ll find other amazing architectural details, such as arched doorways, bay windows, built in bookshelves and even a recessed window seat that beckons you to grab a book and settle in. Rich wooden surfaces, on the stairs, cabinetry and fireplace lend themselves to further the opulent feel. In addition, a variety of sophisticated floorings are utilized throughout, including hard wood, marble and Spanish tile.

With a classic floor plan, the first-floor houses both a living room and den, spacious office, laundry room, master suite, full bath and renovated kitchen. Because it contains a closet, the office could be easily used as a second main-level bedroom.

The eat-in kitchen is both welcoming and utilitarian with large windows looking onto the perfectly manicured back yard. Designed by Laura Dalzell of Cabinets & Design Inc., the space combines timeless taste with modern conveniences with stainless steel Subzero-Wolf appliances. The custom cabinetry is from Brookhaven by Wood-Mode in alpine white on maple combined with Juperana Perla granite countertops to give a casual, yet finished feeling. The large island with a second sink is perfect for prep work when cooking.

Off the master bedroom is a commodious master bath with a spacious walk-in shower, sit-down vanity, and soaking tub situated beneath stunning stained-glass windows.

A staircase with a landing and graceful banister leads to the second floor, which boasts three bedrooms and two full baths.

The home also possesses a finished basement, but it is far from the rumpus rooms of the past. Each detail of the downstairs is as well thought-out as the rest of the home. It consists of a stately den anchored by a rustic stone, gas-log fireplace and equipped with a wet bar, billiard area, full bath and home gym.

One of the home’s most appealing features is a three-season, bluestone screened-in porch, designed by Jim Smith of the Showplace Company, replete with ceiling fans, a beadboard ceiling and fluted columns. From here, you can relax while listening to the water from the freestanding fountain and birdsongs from the tranquil rear lawn. The back yard, which was also designed by Landscape Workshop, is contained by a beautiful brick wall providing an oasis from the outside world.

The residence is located within an easy walk of Henry Clay’s Ashland Estate and within a short drive to the shops in Chevy Chase, as well as all that downtown has to offer.

After enjoying the home for 16 years, the owner has opted to move in order to be closer to family. So, once again, Whitney has the privilege of selling the home.

She says, “A home of this quality in this neighborhood is often sought- after, but seldom found. I am thrilled to be able to share a home with this level of craftsmanship, style, and convenience with potential buyers. It is just a truly wonderful example of a well-made, well-main- tained traditional house.”