Former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s Shadrick Ferry Road home sold for $400,000 to a local couple after sitting on the market for more than a year.
Dean Flanary and Maureen Hall, of Frankfort, bought the 3.8-acre property near the Kentucky River in northern Franklin County Thursday, according to county property records.
Fletcher and former first lady Glenna Fletcher bought the 3,136-square-foot home for $313,000 in 2005. They will be moving to McDonough, Ga., near Atlanta, according to the deed.
The Fletchers set a $465,900 asking price when they put the Shadrick Ferry Road property on the market more than a year ago.
Hall, reached by phone Thursday, said she and her husband were “enamored” with the home’s rural and secluded setting. Her favorite feature, she said, is the view of the Kentucky River from the kitchen.
“For the first time in my life, the biggest draw is I’m going to do the dishes and look out over the Kentucky River and a swimming pool,” she said. “I don’t think it gets much better than that in my world.”
Hall, a retired special education teacher, said the pool will be a popular spot for her four grandchildren, all younger than 5, who live in northern Kentucky.
An amateur potter, Hall’s also entertaining the idea of building a kiln for her work. Flanary works as a sales engineer for Climate Conditioning Company in Lexington.
The couple sold their home on Lewis Ferry Road this summer and are staying on Elk Lake in Owen County. She said they hope to move into the Shadrick Ferry Road home within the next couple of weeks.
While living in a home once owned by a governor has some notoriety, it wasn’t a major selling point, Hall said.
“It’s a great home to see and explore,” she said, mentioning pictures of Fletcher with dignitaries, former governors and Queen Elizabeth in the home.
“But our motivation was not to buy a house owned by the governor. It was simply a house for sale.”
The Fletchers could not be reached for comment Thursday, but in the story detailing their impending move, they said they will miss their home and the atmosphere of Frankfort.
“It’s not at all something we want to do,” Ernie Fletcher said in the May 2011 article. “We’ve grown to like Frankfort and its small-town flavor. The people have been very nice to us.”