They Don't Make Them Like this 166-Year-Old Louisville Mansion Anymore

3020 Poppy Way Louisville
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If you ask us, it doesn't get much better than Louisville, Kentucky's historic Sunnyside estate.

Situated on an idyllic acre in the city's charming Cherokee Gardens neighborhood, this four-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion boasts private gardens, a carriage house guest suite, marble fireplaces, vintage light fixtures, an updated kitchen, a sprawling master suite, and plenty of character to spare.

Built in 1854, this unique example of architectural history is rare for a number of reasons, including its mix of both Greek Revival and Italianate influences. From its original wraparound cast iron porch—which somehow avoided being donated to WWI war efforts—to the soaring ceilings and detailed molding inside, every elegant inch of this 6,054-square-foot beauty has a story to tell. It's easy to see how it made its way onto the National Register of Historic Places.

The property is currently listed by Eric Seltz of Lenihan Sotheby's International Realty for $1,599,000. Please, join us for a tour!

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Intricate Cast Iron Porch

3020 Poppy Way Porch
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Rumor has it that Sunnyside is one of only two homes in Kentucky with cast iron that wasn't donated to the war efforts during WWI. The sprawling wraparound porch dates back to 1854. It is easily one of the home's most impressive features.

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Bright Entryway

3020 Poppy Way Entry
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The home's central hall and parlor floor plan is anchored by a wide hallway which enjoys plenty of natural light.

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Formal Living Room

3020 Poppy Way Living Room
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Elegant molding and a vintage chandelier add character to the spacious living room. The soaring gilt mirror was custom-built for the room.

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Marble Fireplace

3020 Poppy Way Living Room Fireplace
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The intricate mantel features figures and foliate patterns carved in Italian marble.

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Dining Room

3020 Poppy Way Dining Room
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The wallpaper in the formal dining room shows a bucolic Southern scene.

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Library

3020 Poppy Way Library
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You won't find intricate millwork, built-ins, and an ornate ceiling medallion in just any ordinary library.

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Updated Kitchen

3020 Poppy Way Kitchen
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The home's original kitchen has been modernized to include state-of-the-art appliances while maintaining its unique footprint and historic brick details.

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Butler's Pantry

3020 Poppy Way Butler's Pantry
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The butler's pantry right off the kitchen serves as a perfect bar area for entertaining.

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Sunroom

3020 Poppy Way Sunroom
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The mosaic tile floor is the star of the first-floor sunroom.

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Grand Staircase

3020 Poppy Way Stairs
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A large, curved staircase leads to the home's second floor.

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Master Retreat

3020 Poppy Way Master Bedroom
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This bedroom is just one of four rooms that comprise the sprawling master suite.

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Master Sunroom

3020 Poppy Way Master Sunroom
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An old sleeping porch was converted into a sunroom for the master suite.

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Manicured Gardens

3020 Poppy Way Courtyard
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The one-acre property includes private gardens, stone pathways, and a gated courtyard with fountain.

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Carriage House

3020 Poppy Way Guest Suite
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The spacious carriage house guest suite sits above the garage.

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