Chiseled into the hillside, this Covington mansion has some of the best panoramic views in the city. As you cross the Brent Spence Bridge from Ohio into Kentucky, the home is noticeable among the trees. There’s a good reason this 1993 home is so spectacular, says listing agent Susan Huff. “[It was] built by EGC Construction founder Ray Beil [with] interior design by Nancy Beil, wife of Ray Beil.” While EGC, which was acquired by Messer Construction in May 2019, is today known more for its commercial projects, the company that Ray and Wayne Carlisle started in 1978 began as a custom home builder, and Nancy served as interior designer for EGC’s model homes.
The couple brought all their skills to bear on this sprawling hillside showplace. The six-bedroom home, with five full baths and two half baths, spans 10,000 square feet, and makes the most of its site and surroundings. With 18 skylights and walls of windows, natural light is plentiful throughout. The front of the home features a covered entrance with massive double doors that open up to the airy floor plan. Curves figure prominently throughout the home, visible in the entry’s rounded pillars, the six-stool bar to the left of the living room and the winding staircase to the upper level. The view is the centerpiece on the main level, from the living room through the sunroom, which is open to the kitchen. The kitchen is all white with brushed nickel hardware, Miele appliances, and an eat-in island with a cooktop. There’s also a hidden baking area with a pull-out workspace that serves as a sort of appliance garage. The domed ceiling gives a structural element to the cozy space.
The master bedroom and bath, also located on the main level, has even more insane views of the city. A spectacular glass-enclosed fireplace with a rounded hearth separates the master bedroom space from the bathroom (you can enjoy a fire while soaking in the tub), where double vanities and fanciful chandeliers give the space a romantic feel. The laundry room is also conveniently located in the master suite. The master bath is larger than some bedrooms with an expansive vanity and a lavish soaking tub with stairs for easy entry. Plus, the laundry room is conveniently located in the master.
A dramatic curved staircase leads up to a second floor, where two additional bedrooms share a landing built with architectural details like multi-dimensional ceilings and railings. It overlooks the living room, and offers a flex space that could be a sitting room or an office.
Take the curved stairs down, and you’ll find a finished lower level, with a full bar for seating 12–16 and a catering kitchen that was made for hosting guests. A walkout to a patio gives you a taste of the home’s available outdoor space, which is the star of the home. Three different terrace levels, a cocktail pool with a fountain-slash-waterfall, and lush landscaping create an outdoor oasis and the ultimate entertaining space. (In 1994, Ray told The Enquirer of the outdoor patio, “We don’t swim, but we like to party.”) The patio areas allow plenty of room to spread out and for patio furniture of all sorts—think bistro tables, lounge chairs, and outdoor sofas. Plus, the cabana, with its kitchenette, bathroom, TV setup, ceiling fan, and fireplace is the perfect outside living room. Other perks include a three-car garage, mature landscaping, and the privacy of the being hidden among the hills of Covington.