Built in the 1920's, Greenwood was the the summer home of William E. Smith, former President of Standard Oil of Kentucky. The Dutch Revival home was cited on Sand Hill in Prospect, one of the highest points in Jefferson County to capture the cool breezes of the surrounding countryside. Five acres of this fanciful estate remain today including the meticulously renovated home overlooking the Prospect countryside including a spectacular view of the downtown Louisville skyline. Only 20 minutes from downtown, follow the winding driveway into a veritable Garden of Eden, a unique landscape with beautiful gardens surrounding the nearly century old home. Sarah Lake, a nationally acclaimed landscape designer from San Antonio was commissioned to create new gardens as well landscape the renovated pool area.The home's terrace overlooks the sweeping lawn and the downtown view is a perfect backdrop for cocktail parties, dining, and entertaining. Enhancing the current gardens, the owners have added many new flowering plants and horticulture specimens, as well as the new circular Magnolia garden. The saltwater pool is surrounded by sand set limestone pavers, and the patio was thoughtfully designed to suit the character of the historic home.The enduring home has been thoughtfully preserved and renovated over the past few years updated with marble in the bathrooms, granite countertops, subway tile in the kitchen, and includes a recent addition to the home. The enchanting historic elements of the home include tall ceilings, hardwood and marble floors, marble fireplaces, and beautifully scaled rooms brightened by windows offering magnificent views have been preserved. Designed for gracious entertaining the spacious public rooms include a comfortable living room, sunroom, and den, plus a banquet sized dining room, and a morning reading room, The updated kitchen includes an informal dining area and a cozy built in seat. The grounds contain an old growth peony garden behind a decorative fenced enclosure and an orchard with a sitting area. A carriage house includes parking for cars as well as a charming guest apartment complete with living room, kitchen, full bath, and one bedroom. Guests can enjoy a seasonal view of the Ohio River from the upstairs deck as well as the inviting peony garden. The property has been featured on the Filson historical society tour, the Kilgore garden tour, The Glenview garden tour, as well as the national horticulture tours for the Garden Club of America.
Property Type:Single Family
Lot Size:5.02 Acres