John Schnatter is a household name, known more commonly as Papa John of pizza fame. He built this 9,500-square-foot home back in 1992 on a quiet, lush lot in Anchorage surrounded by plenty of trees, a creek running through the yard and backed up to a golf course. Though he built the home with the intention of raising his family there, in 2004, he actually moved his crew across the street to an even larger house.
The current owners are now selling the home once again, and that means we get to put on our nosy neighbor hats and climb through this window of opportunity to see what this type of luxury truly looks like. Come with us on a tour of the house that pizza built. It could be yours for a cool $3 million!
Driving up the motor court to the front of the house, several cars can pull in this driveway and never see the garage. The landscaping out front is lush, but surprisingly low maintenance, with trees and hedges that offer year-round enjoyment. The front entrance is made of solid limestone columns and the roof is solid slate.
Opening the grand leaded glass door leads you to a two-story foyer. The most recent owner had all of the wrought iron railings custom-made and hand-forged by an artisan. From this foyer, the formal living room is on the left, and the formal dining room is on the right. The kitchen and two more family living areas are straight back.
The large custom kitchen, pictured below, has been renovated since the Papa John days. It has a large center island with modern pendant light fixtures overhead. The refrigerator has custom cabinetry paneling, and the six-burner gas stove also features a griddle. A favorite touch in this room is the mantel above the stove, with displays of decorative jars and art that dress up the functionality of this cooking space. Extra amenities in the kitchen include two dishwashers, a beverage fridge AND a wine fridge. There is a preponderance of natural light that floods the kitchen, making it warm and inviting for all.
Off the kitchen is a breakfast nook that is actually located in one of the home’s two turreted areas. The ceiling is tongue-in-groove wood, emphasizing the height of the ceiling and the shape of the turreted roof. This nook is used for all informal dining.
The kitchen is attached to a large, two-story great room with incredible views of the backyard through a wall of windows. This great room has no TV, just a piano, seating area and hearth. Notable throughout the house are the beautiful moldings, especially this one in the wall that separates the kitchen from the great room. There is access to the backyard terrace from this room, as well.
Above the great room is the family study, with dark wood paneling and built-in bookcases. This room overlooks the great room, and has the distinction of being quiet and private, but still with access to family life downstairs.
Adjacent to the great room is the family room, where the family TV is carefully hidden above the mantel. It’s a projector screen that retracts into the ceiling when not in use, leaving only the artwork on the mantel displayed. Again, beautiful moldings and built-ins run throughout this comfortable, cozy room with a large fireplace in the center.
The master and two other bedrooms are located along a hallway on the main floor of the house, which features a domed cupola in the center. The intention when this area was built was that these bedrooms were meant for young children. These children would live in these rooms, close to their parents, until they grew older and moved upstairs, where there are three additional bedrooms, one of which is listed as a second master suite, and each has its own bathroom.
The master bedroom is luxurious, but comfortable, with lighter colors and a chandelier in the center of the room providing an air of understated elegance. The stairway pictured leads to a master office and study area that is private from the rest of the house. There are separate his and hers closets and a master bathroom with grand wood detailing throughout.
The two children’s bedrooms located off the same hallway as the master suite are used by the current homeowners’ daughters. Each has plenty of natural light from the large windows, and the built-ins throughout the room offer plenty of storage for books, toys and collectibles. The rooms are both bright and cheery, perfect for children’s rooms. Each of these bedrooms has its own bathroom, as well.
This lower level—and its many areas—is so grand, it cannot be called a basement. After walking down a wide stairwell to the lower level, off the main hallway there is a glassed-in workout room, then a temperature-controlled wine cellar before it finally opens up into a large family area. When Papa John built this home, he planned it with “his” and “hers” areas. The “hers” area has a full kitchen, billiards, fireplace, full bathroom and living room.
Look at the row of panels near the kitchen. That’s a private entrance to a man cave, or the “his” portion of the lower level, which has a bar and another TV and seating area.
The backyard of this property is positively resplendent, especially this time of year with the dogwoods in bloom. There is a large terrace off the main level, with an eating area. Off the lower level is a pool, outdoor hearth and living space and a pergola where wisteria grows. There is a full backyard here, as well, with plenty of room for the children’s playhouse and a creek in the back. The property backs up to a golf course. This lush living space outside rivals the inside, for certain.
Luxury tastes nice, doesn’t it?
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