An Anderson Oasis with a Six-Level Deck

From the front, this Anderson home looks like a traditional ranch, but its six-level deck and incredible views make it a riverside oasis.

From the front, this Anderson home may look traditional, but it turns out to have a riverside oasis with a six-level deck in the back.


7393 Riverby Drive

Photograph by Tim Spanagel Photography

Just uphill from the Ohio River, this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half–bath oasis is basically a nature junkie’s getaway, right in Anderson Township. It’s down the street from Coldstream Country Club and close to Withrow Nature Preserve and Woodland Mound Park. “In summer and winter, the home feels cozy with a twist of rustic charm and a blend of California Mid-Century Modern style,” says current owner Becky Hirsch. “It’s mesmerizing to kick back and watch the barges and boats drift by during the day and experience their lights at night.”

Photograph by Tim Spanagel Photography

According to Hirsch, the home was designed and built in 1979 by Andy Thul. His design made the best use of the site, preserving the site’s wooded character and making the most of its river views, which are featured in nearly every room of the home. You might not realize just how spectacular those views are when you first pull into the circular drive out front. From that perspective, the house looks like a smallish ranch home, with a covered mini-patio entry, featuring benches on each side and flower boxes hanging outside of each window. Step inside, though, and you’ll see those amazing views through the living and dining rooms.

Photograph by Tim Spanagel Photography

The entry’s tiled floor gives way to hardwood throughout the rest of the first floor, where the ceilings follow the pitch of the roof. Painted white brick adds a natural contrast to the cool-wood tones. Along the back of the house, the living room opens up to the dining room, then the kitchen, and the family room. Three of the four spaces have sliding doors to the deck.

Photograph by Tim Spanagel Photography

The efficient kitchen, with a large window above the sink, gives a natural vibe with wood cabinets and granite countertops. On the other side of the kitchen, the family room features a fireplace and natural brick with built-in shelving. Hirsch says they call this the “Lion’s Den,” and adds it’s “one of our favorite spots in the house, a comfy and inviting space.” The first-floor master keeps the outdoorsy and natural theme with giant beams on the ceiling and a view. The rest of the bedrooms are on the lower level.

Photograph by Tim Spanagel Photography

Of course, the star of the home is the outside space—that six-level deck! The entire backside of the home features windows or sliding doors that access the deck at different levels. Since the house is built on a hillside, each level of the deck has a nearly unobstructed view of the river and is covered with a universal canopy for coverage. At the top is the living/dining/family/master bedroom access. Go down a few steps and you’ll find a built-in pond and fountain where the owners keep their goldfish (yes, really). Below that, there’s a billiards table on one tier, and plenty of room for entertaining. “We especially love the outdoor landscape and deck lighting that we added,” Hirsch says. “It accentuates the angles and designs at night with a resort-like feel.” It’s a luxurious escape without leaving town.

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