This Historic Old Louisville Home For Sale Has A Secret Backyard Oasis [PHOTOS]


At the Catherine Byrne house, you’ll get historic charm with modern amenities — including an in-ground saltwater pool in the backyard. 

This home for sale in Old Louisville was built in 1890 and is an example of Richardsonian-Romanesque architecture. It was constructed with brick and limestone and contains ornamental features, such as scrolled acanthus leaves and a round bay window. You’ll also notice quarter-sawn oak floors with an inlaid border in the foyer and original fireplace in the parlor, with new built-ins to match. 

In the backyard is where you’ll find the home’s resort elements, with the pool (which also has a 4-and-a-half foot sports bottom and a heater), an outdoor brick fireplace, a private walkway to a hot tub, artificial turf for a play area, an outdoor shower and natural gas line for a grill. 

This outdoor area — and the home’s historic nature — has earned it spots on Old Louisville home tours. In 2018, the Courier Journal featured the house as a preview for one such tour, saying that its owners jokingly referred to their lovingly-renovated home as the “Second Street Country Club.” Those owners, Paula Ratliff and Dawn Bratcher also added a large carriage house as part of their renovation plan, which contains a separate entry, an open living room and kitchen, a bedroom with a walk-in closet and a marble-finish bathroom.

The seven bedroom, six bath home is on the market for $699,900. It’s listed by real estate agent Jennifer Carroll with Semonin Realtors as the brokerage. You can find the full listing here.