The bespoke condo features a massive bourbon bar, stunning river views, and a sleek, modern layout

Larry and Mary Kay Hesen were living in a riverside house in Utica, Indiana when they decided to downsize and head to Jeffersonville.

“All the kids are gone, so we’ve downsized,” said Mary Kay. “We left a lovely river view with multiple decks, patios and grills and everything to be downtown.”

Larry adds that they love people watching – and in their new location in the Colston Park Lofts right on the Ohio River and the Big Four Walking Bridge, they are now in the perfect place.

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The Hesens knew they wanted to move downtown, but they had no particular building in mind when they happened upon the Colston Park Lofts.

“We came to a Louisville Crashers concert and they showed the model (condos),” Larry told the Courier Journal. “We (checked out) the model and said we liked it, but it’s too small.”

The owner of the building suggested buying two units and combining them – so they did.

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“We actually demolished two kitchens,” said Mary Kay, adding that she was able to salvage items from these brand new kitchens and use them in their rental apartments. She designed the new kitchen herself and then converted a second kitchen into her bourbon bar.

A closer look at the bourbon bar area in the Larry and Mary Kay Hesen condominium at the Colston Park Lofts in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The bar area was originally the kitchen in a second condominium that the Hesen tore out of their spacious condominium. October 22, 2021

Individual creation

“In Utica we had a gas range that is the ultimate in cooking,” said Mary Kay. “(But) when you move into a condominium, you’re all electric. So we went (with) an induction cooker that I love. “

Adjacent to the induction cooker is a 3 foot custom island specially designed for parties and gatherings.

“I didn’t want bar stools – just a large serving area,” Mary Kay said of the room. “It works wonderfully. We like to talk and it’s just a fun area. “

The main living room in Larry and Mary Kay Hesen's apartment has a brown leather couch with a large, natural-colored carpet and gray and navy side chairs in front of a fireplace.  The open floor plan, which was created when the Hesen merged two condominiums into one, offers views of the kitchen and the bourbon bar.  October 22, 2021

The main living area in Larry and Mary Kay Hesen’s apartment has a brown leather couch with a large natural-colored carpet and gray and navy side chairs in front of a fireplace. The open floor plan, which was created by merging two Hesen condominiums, offers views of the kitchen and the bourbon bar. October 22, 2021

The bourbon bar on the other side of the open floor plan has an extra-long countertop, a table with seating, and nearly 100 bottles of bourbon. There is a fireplace between the originally two condominiums, where the partition wall once stood.

“I designed the fireplace to pull the two units together so it didn’t look like two units here,” said Mary Kay. “It (feels) warm; like a large, open area. “

The Hesens also removed bathroom access from the kitchen, creating a private primary suite with a guest room on the other side of the expanded unit. Apart from the bedrooms, the entire apartment has luxury vinyl tiles.

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“We had hardwood (in our old house) and (we were) forever afraid that (we) would spill something or drop some canned product and it would crack,” said Mary Kay. “You can’t harm this (floor) … I absolutely love it.”

She adds that she enjoys having her entire home on one level – on the first floor.

“In our (former) house we had a nice kitchen upstairs, but then (when) you were having fun down by the water, you (constantly) paced up and down. That’s just perfect. “

Extensive equipment

In addition to being within walking distance of shops, restaurants, the Big Four Walking Bridge, and more, Larry and Mary Kay take full advantage of the building’s other amenities.

A hexagonal ottoman with a furry throw in Larry and Mary Kay Hesen's living room at Colston Park Lofts in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  October 22, 2021

A hexagonal ottoman with a furry throw in Larry and Mary Kay Hesen’s living room at Colston Park Lofts in Jeffersonville, Indiana. October 22, 2021

“I made a stir-fry the other day that was just delicious,” she said, “but there is (also) a common room with a grill and patio table so we grill (often). Saturday morning we roast bacon and grill salmon burgers. “

She adds that the building is very quiet and there is a large cycling community that both of them really enjoy.

“There are (are) bike racks in the hall … and we (also) brought our golf cart here,” she said. “We have tools everywhere in our golf cart when we’re not out on our bikes. The city center has so much to offer. When we lived in Utica, we couldn’t even get a pizza delivered … We can walk anywhere down here. It’s great, great fun. “

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When the Hesens are not strolling through the city center, they like to sit on their extra-long terrace, which extends almost the entire length of their residential unit. Mary Kay says that sometimes people who walk down the bridge come over to chat.

“They ask how we like it to live here,” she said, “and we love it.”

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Nuts and bolts

owner: Larry and Mary Kay Hesen. Larry works for HT Hackney Co. and Mary Kay is retired.

home: This is a 2,800 square foot, 2 bed, 2 bath condo located in The Colston Park Lofts building in downtown Jeffersonville. It was built in 2018.

Distinguishing features: Chef’s kitchen with custom cooker hood; state-of-the-art equipment from Wolf and Sub-Zero; custom cabinets with 10 foot island; custom built cabinets in the bar with extensive bourbon collection and Marlboro man art; Print by photographer Slim Aarons and a two-seater sofa in the lounge area; Infrared sauna from Steepleton in Louisville in the master bedroom.

Applause! Applause! The homeowners would like to thank ARC Construction Management, LLC, the builder of Colston Park Lofts, for remodeling their units; Dreyer Carpentry & Electrical of Sellersburg, Indiana for custom kitchen and bar furniture; Signature Countertops Inc. for quartz countertops throughout the home; Charlie Wilson’s Appliance & TV for all devices; and Shane Lacey and Mike Puckett with ARC for their help during the renovation.

This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Modern Converted Apartment in Colston Park Lofts, Jeffersonville

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