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Comfort, Convenience and Value

Keeneland Trace, the newest Thompson Homes community, offers an appealing blend of amenities.

Located just off Carter Road, and marked at the entrance by stone walls reminiscent of those surrounding its Lexington namesake, the neighborhood offers comfort and convenience without sacrificing value.

The same can be said for the “Coolmore,” a new model of home in Keeneland Trace, which was recently featured as a stop on the 2010 Parade of Homes.

The “Coolmore” is dynamite in a small package. At approximately 1,500 square feet, the thoughtful layout and careful attention to detail make the home perfect for young families or empty-nesters who may be downsizing.

An attractive foyer leads guests straight into the spacious and functional great room, which is clearly the heart of the home. Higher than average ceilings and plentiful windows make the space light-filled and airy.

Anchoring the center of the room is an energy efficient gas fireplace, surrounded by tile and topped by a handsome mantle with detailed moulding. Built with entertaining in mind, the great room blends seamlessly into the kitchen.

“We have made a strong commitment to integrate energy-efficiency and high-performance materials to help our homeowners save money,” said Nick Thompson, vice president of operations for Thompson Homes. That pledge, as well as the company’s commitment to innovative design practices, is obvious in the kitchen. Energy Star appliances and high performance materials are icing on a kitchen that would bring few complaints.

There is room for a dining table, as well as bar height dining, which doubles as the perfect serving space during large gatherings.

The chef’s space is arranged in a triangle so that the refrigerator, stove, and sink are all a mere arm’s reach from each other. A large pantry and upgraded cabinetry with features like rotating shelves help maximize storage.

There are several advantages to the unified space created by the kitchen and the great room.

Especially important for young families with young kids, it eliminates the issue of adults and children being physically separated during meal preparation and cleanup.

For older residents, the elimination of walls and doorways makes mobility safer and easier. Furthermore, the absence of space eating walls makes the two areas brighter. In this particular home, the spaces are subtly but effectively divided by the stylish use of both elegant hardwood flooring and carpet. Each has a view of nearby Waymond Morris Park.

According to Nick Thompson, Keeneland Trace will soon boast walking trails that will provide access to the park because “the community will neighbor the park and go all the way back to Todd Bridge Road.”

Sleeping quarters in the Coolmore are situated on opposite ends of the home, an arrangement that often appeals to homeowners in different stages of life.

The Master Suite boasts vaulted ceilings, a large and well organized shared walk in closet, and an en suite bathroom. A walk in shower with sliding glass doors, his and hers sinks, and a separate nook for the toilet all are desired amenities.

On the other side of home, giving guests or children some privacy, are two nice sized bedrooms with generous closets. These rooms share a full bath.

Other well planned accouterments throughout the Coolmore are the use of space saving but functional pocket doors throughout the home, as well as a combination mud/laundry room off the garage.

The Coolmore is not the only model available in the newest Thompson community. The Keeneland Collection features designs starting from $130,000 up to $200,000 with flexible floor plans that offer up to five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three-car garages.

Each home comes equipped with a whole house alarm system.

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