Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Homefest 2000 reveals how the other half lives

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        RICHWOOD — How would you like to try to keep up with the Joneses in this neighborhood?

        The house at the top of street has a fountain in the front yard, a putting green in the back yard, almost 6,000 square feet of living space, cherry cabinets, polished tile around the fireplace, a $10,000 video system, granite counter tops, a library, a computer room, a view of the golf course, stainless steel appliances, a hot tub, a man-made babbling brook in the yard, four bedrooms and three baths.

        And a $675,000 price tag.

        “It's a great house,” said Scott Lester, project manager for builder Cull Homes of Fort Thomas. “We're proud of it.”

        The Cullcrest is one of eight custom-built homes featured in Homefest 2000, the 27th annual showcase of new homes put on by the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky.

        This year's show opens Saturday and runs through the end of the month. The homes — most of which are still getting some finishing touches — were built on Secretariat Run, a cul-de-sac tucked far in the back of Boone County's Triple Crown Country Club.

        Along with Cull builders in this year's show are Tim Burks, Krumpelman Builders, Ashley Development, The Erpenbeck Co., Signature Homes, Fischer Homes and Jobe & Co.

        The show — which annually attracts about 25,000 people — has become a social event in Northern Kentucky, a place where visitors mingle, get decorating ideas and “see how the other half lives,” Mr. Lester said.

        None of the mostly brick and stone homes sells for less than $650,000, and all are packed with opulent amenities such as waterfall showers, wine cellars, 17-foot ceilings, columns and Jacuzzis.


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