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Discovering the Wonders of Louisville’s Three Unique Backyard Sanctuaries

Amazing outdoor spaces: Explore three distinct backyard oases in Louisville

As soon as the weather warms up, I start stacking my calendar with outdoor activities. And once spring hits, I start getting excited about the homes I’ll be visiting for Home of the Week — they usually have gorgeous gardens perfect for outdoor reading or flowing pools that make me want to jump right in. Here are a few I’ve covered over the last few springs and summers that boast incredible outdoor spaces I won’t soon forget.

Tucked-away treehouse

This log/board-and-batten walkout ranch house sits on 1.66 acres in Prospect. Though the abode itself is cozy and adorable, I fell in love with the lush exterior.

Various potted plants — including a bonsai tree — adorn the front of the house, while additional greenery lines the back deck. And though the homeowner’s gardening skills are impressive — he pulls plants from the woods to naturalize them at home — it isn’t those items that take your breath away. It’s the natural environment that surrounds the house; the home is elevated and surrounded by the forest, so sitting out on the deck feels almost otherworldly.

“It’s nice to have privacy,” the homeowner told The Courier Journal, “and it’s like living in a treehouse back here. It’s nice to be back here in the woods.”

A place for a pool and pizza

Eco-friendly and efficient, this 5,600-square-foot, French-inspired chateau in southeast Louisville boasts a plethora of features worth mentioning — including several in the backyard.

For starters, there’s an outdoor pizza oven set in a covered area next to the pool, which is surrounded by trees. I can just imagine laying out on a float with a slice of pepperoni in hand.

Next to the pool sits a garden, where the homeowner practices “Back to Eden” gardening, which is a method for growing fruits, veggies, and herbs based on how plants grow in nature.

If relaxing poolside or picking fresh pizza toppings from the garden aren’t enough to keep one busy outdoors, there’s also a hockey and skating area set up by the garage, as well as a ping pong table on the patio just off of the basement.

And when day turns to night, a firepit by the patio provides a place to enjoy good company while roasting a marshmallow or two.

Cool coastal vibes

As a Hawaii native, I’m drawn to things that give off a coastal feel, like this farmhouse-style home in east Louisville that the homeowners have dubbed “The 502 Beach House.”

Built at the top of a hill in Sycamore Ridge Estates, the property backs up to a 300-acre farm used for hunts by the Long Run Woodford Hounds, so the homeowners’ nearest neighbors are far off.

This provides an ideal setting for the spacious pool and hot tub combo out back, which features sleek lounge chairs and a fun chalkboard wall. The area is also encircled by glass flame bowls, which light up the space at night for after-sunset swimming.

When it’s time to take a break, the back deck boasts ample seating as well as tables for al fresco dining, a wall-mounted TV for outdoor movie nights, and ceiling fans to keep things cool when the summer weather kicks in.

And I’d be remiss to not mention the view of the outdoor area from inside. Because the house is so far away from any other homes, the window-lined sitting room on the second floor features sweeping views of the green lawn and beyond.

“(It’s) a retreat,” the homeowner said. “It was intended to just be a place to decompress and completely relax.”

Related Facts

– Louisville, Kentucky, is known for its lush parks and scenic locales with breathtaking views.
– Homeowners in Louisville take pride in their outdoor spaces and invest heavily in landscaping and outdoor features.
– Spring and summer are the best times to enjoy outdoor spaces in Louisville and explore the city’s natural beauty.

Key Takeaway

Louisville homes are known for their incredible outdoor spaces, featuring everything from lush gardens to expansive pools and outdoor entertainment areas. If you’re looking for a serene retreat or a place to entertain guests, Louisville’s homes have everything you need.


Louisville is a city that knows how to appreciate the great outdoors, and the homes in the area reflect this. From tucked-away treehouses to expansive outdoor entertainment areas, there’s no shortage of amazing outdoor spaces to explore and enjoy. So if you’re in the area, be sure to take some time to explore Louisville’s beautiful homes and the incredible outdoor spaces they offer.

Denk Liu
Denk Liu
Denk Liu is an honest person who always tells it like it is. He's also very objective, seeing the situation for what it is and not getting wrapped up in emotion. He's a regular guy - witty and smart but not pretentious. He loves playing video games and watching action movies in his free time.

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