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PRINT MOV IE EDITION FALL 2016 5 FI NE HOM E S AMBERLEY VILLAGE A Hidden Gem GREG HOARD Best New Friends FANTASTIC CINCINNATI KITCHENS PR E SE N T E D BY PLAN FOR EXTRAORDINARY Understanding your dreams hopes and goals are central to our wealth planning approach. We develop meaningful relationships with you and your family as our dedicated professionals escort you through our strategic investment process. Leave your concerns with us so you can invest in life s extraordinary experiences. CONTACT YOUR INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS Steve Mullin Managing Director 513.361.7901 Kate Brown CFP Senior Wealth Planner 513.361.7683 The best new showroom in the midwest. Over 160 appliances on display. Showcasing all of the newest appliances offered by Sub-Zero Wolf and ASKO all designed within creative vignettes to help you make decisions about desired features and styling. Tisdel Distributing located in Mason has served for more than 30 years as the midwest distributor for the best in appliances. Our goal is to help homeowners kitchen designers and architects see and test the appliances in the showroom prior to selection. While Tisdel Distributing does not sell direct to consumers we welcome appointments to preview the appliances within a friendly knowledgeable environment. We then provide a list of dealers where you can purchase. It s an experience you will never forget. To find out more to see a walking tour of the showroom or to schedule an appointment visit TisdelDistributing.com. Visit TisdelDistributing.com for a complete list of dealers 7177 Central Parke Blvd. n Mason Ohio 45040 513-339-0990 GRAND KITCHEN SAVINGS EARN A 1 000 REBATE WOLF GOURMET PRODUCTS OR BOTH Talk about exciting now you can get a 1 000 rebate free Wolf Gourmet countertop appliances cutlery and cookware OR a combination of 1 000 rebate and products Offer valid July 1 2016 through March 31 2017 at participating Sub-Zero Wolf and ASKO dealers in the United States. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. See participating dealers for more details. Floorte s waterproof qualities make it ideal for high-moisture areas like basements bathrooms and mudrooms. SEE THE MO Artfully crafted with a wide range of stone and wood visuals. Wonderfully waterproof thanks to Shaw s LifeGuard Resilient core. a rt f u ll y c ra f t ed w on d er f u l l y wa t er proof VIE carpet hardwood laminate resilient shawfloors.com BLUE ASH TYLERSVILLE MASON FOREST PARK BEECHMONT WESTERN HILLS FLORENCE Carpets & Floors McSwainCarpets.com 513-771-1400 This is Amberley Village SEE B E S T FA L L 2 016 THE MO VIE 8 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Getting lost in Amberley ... well that s sort of the idea. But it s a secret. By Jack Heffron GETTING TO KNOW AMBERLEY VILLAGE takes more effort than you d imagine when you see it on a map of Greater Cincinnati situated pretty much right in the center. Interstates 75 and 71 cozy up not far from the western and eastern sides of the village and Ronald Reagan Highway is just a minute or two to the north. But unless you know someone who lives there someone say who has invited you to a party there s not much to draw you to the village s leafy winding suburban streets. There s no commercial district no quaint village square no retail outlets no entertainment venues and only a few small companies. If you re looking for destination spots you won t find them here. And you sense that s exactly how the residents like it. The ones I talked to about living in Amberley Village stressed the community s privacy and peacefulness its safety and seclusion despite the convenience of nearby highways. Andy Radin a villager for nearly 14 years says that first-time visitors are amazed telling him I never knew this was here. Steve Rosenzweig who moved in five years ago calls it a little undiscovered gem a well-kept secret. Tasked with blabbing profusely about that secret I had to do some investigating because like most Cincinnatians I had only a vague sense of what that secret is. I got up early on a summer Saturday googled a bit to be sure of the main streets and to get the basic facts about the place 3.5 square miles population just north of 3 500 established in April 1940. Though shorts and a t-shirt would have been fine for the sunny day I found myself putting on a button-down and long pants in case the crackerjack police force Andy and Steve told me about got suspicious of an unfamiliar car trolling slowly along the village streets. Andy said I can t say enough about how great the police force is adding that they just might be the best in the world. Steve concurred adding They re second to none. I d also been told that neighbors watch out for each other here that they keep an eye on things. If those eyes happened to notice me and inform the world-class police department I wanted to look legit. FRENCH PARK IS FIRST CLASS The one place I d heard of in Amberley was French Park on Section Road so I headed there first. The park which is actually owned by the city of Cincinnati was a gift from one of the village s august early residents Henry French a vice-president at Procter and Gamble who built his two-story red-brick Colonial Revival estate on the property in the late 1920s. The estate now hosts wedding receptions and various other events. Days before my trip to the village I found and read a book titled Amberley Village Its History and Its People published in 1990 to help commemorate the village s fiftieth anniversary. From the book I learned a bit about Mr. French. According to Judge Chase Mason Davies he was a very kind and generous person. Resident Josephine Rollman told the interviewer that Herbie was a darling person and a wonderful neighbor. Another neighbor Harold Buxton whose family had been early settlers in the area described him as a misanthropic pain in the neck [and] the older he got the more pain in the neck he got. THE MO SEE VIE 9 If French a life-long bachelor may have been perhaps a bit cranky at times his benevolent donations provided land for the 275-acre park as well as for the municipal building on Ridge Road. He unquestionably helped the village become what it is today. He even chose the name making a list of English villages that he gave to four other residents who then picked their favorites whittling the candidates to Connington and Amberley. French apparently cast the tie-breaking vote noting later that he wanted a name that would add dignity and preserve the rural atmosphere of the territory. The village began developing around the time Josephine Rollman and her husband Justin built a magnificent estate in the late 1920s. Justin owned a prosperous department store in downtown Cincinnati and the wealthy couple discovered the area we know as Amberley one day while riding horses in what then was the countryside. At that time Ridge Galbraith and Section were little more than dirt roads. The Rollman estate occupied one of the highest points in Hamilton County and the property was actually a working farm complete with cows. As the story goes one night in 1936 the Rollmans were robbed right in front of their home. The rural area had no dedicated police force relying instead on the county for protection. The incident shook the couple and their neighbors and it sparked discussion about incorporating the community. Two years later the home of their neighbor Louis Kaufman caught fire resulting in considerable damage because the area depended on fire departments arriving quickly from other communities. Thus two years after the fire the village of Amberley was founded to provide police fire and other services to its growing population. ESTABLISHED 2005 T H E PR I N T MOV I E E DI T ION Issue 34 Fine Homes FALL 2016 Cover photo by Helen Adams. 16 COVER STORY One-of-a-kind without a doubt FE AT UR ES 7 THE MAIN EVENT Amberley Village Get in on the secret French Park is located in the heart of Amberley Village and its 276 acres are owned maintained by Cincinnati Parks. The Federal and Colonial Revival architectural-styled French House (below see details in story) is the park s focal point but most come here to enjoy its scenic views miles of trails picnic spots and playgrounds. 22 FANTASTIC KITCHEN Just the right angle 50 BEST HOME This Watch Hill home has all the right connections 56 HENRY & TANK Greg Hoard and his two new best friends ABOUT BEST BEST is published by Specialty Marketing LLC a Cincinnatibased company that focuses on the showing and sale of fine homes. It is published 3X a year January May and September. Each issue is mailed direct to 13 000 singlefamily homeowners living primarily in Cincinnati s east and northern suburbs. PRINT MOVIE EDITION Most of the homes published in this issue along with short movies that showcase each home s best CO M E Y. C features are also included in the online edition of BEST Magazine. The high-definition movies includes a walk-through as if touring the home in person. You can also click on the listing agent s contact info if you d like to ask questions or just see more. THE MO SEE O M VIE AT HOW TO CONTACT US Specialty Marketing LLC 6901 Wooster Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45227 Tel. 513-708-3849 Email bestmagazinecincinnati twc.com 2016 Specialty Marketing LLC ON THE WEB www.comey.com www.bestmagazinecincinnati.com Presented by 10 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Sitting in French Park trying to appear as trustworthy and well-intentioned as a lone man sitting in a park can look I watched people walk their dogs along the narrow road that winds through the gorgeous landscape. A happy-looking couple strolled along with their ballcapped boy. A pair of women jogged past. The tranquility people had described to me was more than apparent. Green well-manicured rolling hills festooned with oaks and maples and various evergreens a cardinal trilling a tune. I even spotted a deer. A short while later the village police spotted me. Or at least I think they did. Right past the soccer and baseball fields a hive of brightly uniformed kids and their cheering parents I turned into what I mistook for the entrance and found myself on a short narrow private drive. A minute later a black police car turned in behind me. Given that there were only maybe a half-dozen homes on the street it seemed somewhat unlikely that both the officer and I had business to attend to there. I quickly veered into a driveway backed out and headed back to the main road. The patrol car didn t follow me. Surely my imagination was getting the better of me. Surely. DIVERSE IN SO MANY WAYS And if the situation were not merely coincidence I could have just explained that I was there to investigate the well-kept secret of the village itself. But woe be unto he who is there for purposes more nefarious because the roads of Amberley are not kind to fast getaways. The neighborhoods are crazy with cul-de-sacs. No doubt by design. Many streets end with the standard half-circle others with a tighter crescent and some pretty much just stop requiring a bit of maneuvering to turn around and head back the way you came. Beyond my (probably imagined) brush with the law the tour of the village was a delight. The diversity of architecture is simply stunning even in the newer subdivisions. You see everything from sprawling ranch homes to fascinating Mid-Century Moderns to elegant older estates to spectacular mansions. Some homes date back to the thirties and earlier while others showcase the village s building booms in the 1960s and 1990s. The lots usually are large set back from the street and feature plenty of greenery. There s even a home here designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built for Gerald B. Tonken a local Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealer the home was completed in 1956. It was one of the last homes Wright SEE THE MO VIE 11 AMBERLEY VILLAGE Amberley Village is the home of Jose and Cora Garcia (this page). Built in 1954 it is one of dozens of MidCentury Modern-styled homes in the area and features a spacious courtyard between two wings. Jose once a project architect for well-known designer Michael Graves is the owner of Jose Garcia Design. To see more of this home and to learn more about the Garcias visit www.bestmagazinecincinnati.com. Amberley is also the site of one of only three Frank Lloyd Wright homes built in Cincinnati. Titled the Tonken House (opposite page) because it was built for Gerald Tonken it sits on a 4-acre lot on Knoll Road. It was one of the last homes designed by Wright before he died at 91 and it featured one of his newest concepts Usonian Automatic Architecture. The home completed in 1956 sold for 900 000 in 2015. Westwood Elementary School 12 BEST SEE THE MO Rollman Estates includes more than 100 homes built starting in the mid-1990s on the site of the old Rollman Farm. Homes values range from 500 000 to a million-plus. Architectural styles vary from contemporary to Arts & Crafts transitional to traditional. It was the site of the 1994 Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati Homearama. In all there are about 1 400 homes in Amberley s 3.5 square miles. VIE 13 AMBERLEY VILLAGE Amberley Village has been since 2004 designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The village has more than 25 miles of tree-lined streets many of those being cul-de-sacs. Story continued on page 29 14 SEE THE MO VIE Custom built in 2000 on an entirely private peaceful verdant and flat 2.24 acres. Designed for today s lifestyles to live almost entirely on 1 floor. 1st floor features entry foyer & gallery hall living dining eat-in kitchen (with office butler pantry pantry & wet bar) open to a family room master suite (w his & hers baths & room-sized closets) 2 powder rooms theater room laundry room & his hers garages (4-cars-plus). 2nd floor features 3 bedrooms all with ensuite baths & a home gym. Full unfinished basement w storage galore high ceilings & best-of-class mechanicals. The covered terrace is accessed by French doors in the kitchen & family room provides ultimate enjoyment of the landscaped yard & stunning pool. Every designer detail has been attended to from multiple fireplaces w limestone surrounds limestone and hardwood floors deep crown and base moldings and much more MLS 1458949 Offered at 1 095 000 AMBERLEY 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com Lisa Lisa Williams Merrell Kim Lori WellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffMarti CohenC. WilliamsSchuler Schuler Marti Kim Merrell LoriLori Wellinghoff Lori WellinghoffLoriC. David CohenCohen C.Mariza SchulerMarti Schuler Schuler MerrellKimKim David Wellinghoff Wellinghoff Wellinghoff CohenWilliams Williams Marti C. Cohen Kim Lori David David Wellinghoff Mariza David LoriLori David David David Mariza Schuler Mariza Schuler Marti Mariza Wellinghoff C.David Wellinghoff C.Mariza Marti Schuler Lisa Lisa Lori WellinghoffLori Wellinghoff WellinghoffCohen C. WellinghoffCohenMartiCohen WilliamsMarti Schuler Schuler Merrell Merrell Wellinghoff David MarizaMariza Marti C. Marti Schuler Cohen Marti Wellinghoff C. MarizaMariza C. Cohen Lisa DIGS comey.com (513)(513) (513)979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) (513)(513) (513) DIGS comey.com 979-2685979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE Fabulous totally renovated custom home by Classic Living. Notable features include open floor plan amazing 2 story great room with wall of windows. solarium with valley and creek views and gourmet kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. Remodeled Master bath has 2 walk-in closets and built-ins. Finished walk-out lower level with rec exercise game room and wine cellar. 2 decks. Whole house surround sound system. MLS 1498914 Offered at 798 800 ANDERSON TWP. Sophisticated custom home in the beautiful Chestnut Hill pool community. Flexible floorplan offers two studies or study and first floor bedroom. Gourmet kitchen with high end white glazed cabinets wood tone island quartz counters and 6 burner gas range. Second floor bonus room spacious bedrooms and walk-in closets. 9 basement ceilings with rough in. Steps to 50 acre Deerfield Township park with ponds walking trails tennis and playground. Tremendous opportunity to move to this premier community MLS 1496705 Offered at 565 000 DEERFIELD TWP. 513.254.9402 mwu comey.com MAY WU 513.608.1262 michelle michelledaniels.com MICHELLE DANIELS 513.509.6647 nsones comey.com NANCY SONES 15 SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE This 4 bedroom 4.5 bath custom stone and brick home was built by an award-winning Homearama builder. Notable features Include high-end custom kitchen with hearth room two story fireplace floating beam dining room ceiling front & rear staircase two story stone fireplace first floor master retreat and fabulous finished lower level The home is surrounded by professional landscaping which includes an irrigation system and three window boxes. Ivy Trails is a desirable family neighborhood with 54 acres of green space and 2.5 miles of wooded walking trails a 4.5 acre lake and 150 custom luxury homes. Just 20 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati and convenient to shopping and recreation MLS 1492400 Offered at 925 000 ANDERSON TWP The perfect home for both family living and gracious entertaining. Beautiful open floor plan with 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths soaring ceiling and walls of glass. Other notable features include an amazing upgraded kitchen custom range hood & custom cabinets adjacent to hearth room with two story stone fireplace First floor master bedroom and bath is a sheer delight a design showcase of sophistication style and symmetry. The enormous shower has multiple fixture stations. Attention to detail is clearly evident throughout. MLS 1496313 Offered at 899 900 ANDERSON TWP 513.608.3368 pam pamsteiner.com PAM STEINER 513.608.3368 pam pamsteiner.com PAM STEINER SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE custom built home features many upscale amenities throughout. One highlight would be the fabulous first floor master floor plan Other notable features include gourmet kitchen with hearth room and fireplace hardwood floors granite counters and a 3 car side-entry garage. The finished lower level offers a wet bar and full bath and is perfect for entertaining. Pretty yard with privacy. MLS 1496490 Offered at 644 900 ANDERSON TWP This beautiful 4 bedroom 4.2 bath floor plan and beautiful golf course views Meticulously maintained with two story great room first floor library wide open kitchen with solarium plus finished lower level media room with custom bar recreation room fireplace and walk-out Other notable features include recently painted exterior new sump pump new water heater and new exterior Pella doors and hardware on the back of the home. Outdoor enhancements include professional landscaping and accent lighting. Oversized 3 car garage with built-in workshop. 30 minute drive to downtown Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati airport. MLS 1486873 Offered at 799 900 ANDERSON TWP Fabulous all brick home with extended 513.608.3368 pam pamsteiner.com PAM STEINER 513.608.3368 pam pamsteiner.com PAM STEINER 16 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES A one-of-a-kind but no McMansion By Jack Heffron THIS WAS THE HOME OF THE CANTALOUPE KING Fred Miller says within a minute or two of the guest s arrival. The spectacular Tudor Revival mansion certainly looks worthy of royalty but a typical guest probably has no idea what he means. Fred goes on to tell the story of a Cincinnati produce magnate named Stephen Gerrard. Hope Miller joins in correcting a few of Fred s details. It s a story they ve obviously told many guests since they bought the North Avondale estate in 2001. A poor farm kid from Cherry Grove Gerrard lifted himself from selling fruits and vegetables on a downtown street corner to a captain of his industry in the early decades of the 20th century. He was one of the first to make use of refrigerated train cars shipping cantaloupes from Colorado to the Midwest and Northeast thus his sobriquet. He also was instrumental in the development of refrigerated trucks. By 1915 when he completed the home he was quite wealthy and perhaps due to his humble beginnings he wanted everybody to know about it. He built it to look as big as possible Hope says. It was built to be impressive. She then points out that From outside it looks bigger than it is. It s actually a very manageable house. The limestone structure towering chimneys and slate roof complete with stone gargoyles give the 7 000-square-foot 15-room mansion a baronial air especially when approaching from the street but once inside visitors don t feel overwhelmed. The rooms are ample in size but the beautiful dark woodwork gives them a pleasant coziness. The Millers go on to explain that Gerrard lost his fortune in the Stock Market crash in 1929 and he passed away in 1935. The home changed hands a few times and finally fell into disrepair until 1989 when new owners completed a major renovation. The result of their efforts earned coverage in Better Home and Gardens magazine. By then the home was also on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then the Millers have updated the kitchen and bathrooms and refinished some of the hardwood floors but mostly says Hope they ve just had a lot of fun with it. 17 FEATURED HOME SEE THE MO NORTH AVONDALE Photo by Helen Adams VIE 18 BEST Fun includes raising their daughter Hayleigh enjoying the pool entertaining their ten grandchildren and hosting a whole lot of parties from small family barbeques to large fundraising events. It s a great place to entertain says Hope because it s so flexible. Everybody thinks it s fun to be here and kids love it. One of their favorite memories is the modern mystery party they hosted adding that the house with its many unique features provided an ideal setting. The showstopper however is the music room (see cover) which was added to the mansion in 1929 mere months before Gerrard lost his fortune. It was a gift from the Cantaloupe King to his Queen his wife Estelle who was a music teacher. When you enter through marble columns and down a couple of marble steps and onto a parquet floor you feel like you ve stepped into a scene from The Great Gatsby. A nearly 30-foot arched ceiling towers above you. On one wall stands a magnificent white marble fireplace. On the other wall the centerpiece is an elaborate pipe organ. When the Kimball organ was installed it was the largest in a private residence in America Hope says. Behind ornate woodwork the pipes reside on the far wall of the room. Designed by Jules Brys especially for the Gerrards the organ Hope adds is truly a work of art. Now retired from his career as a sales rep for industrial equipment Fred played drums for many years in a wedding band and retains his love of music. This room they agree was more than he could resist. He came around the corner into this room and the house-hunting was over Hope recalls with a smile. Fred merely nods and raises his arms to present the room as if no further explanation were needed. The Millers agree that leaving such a home behind is bittersweet but they might miss their North Avondale neighborhood even more. I ve lived in a lot of neighborhoods says Hope who grew up in Savannah Georgia but this is by far the best. The quiet curving streets and stately homes emanate the charm of an earlier time but the Millers say it s the people that make it such a special place. They especially appreciate the diversity of ages and backgrounds and interests of their neighbors who run the gamut of professions from judges to artists. It s a tight-knit community says Hope. People are out and about walking their dogs and you get to know them. These are people who live very intentionally. They have things that they re passionate about whether it s art or politics or whatever. They are not people who are drifting through life. And that s the type of person who they foresee as the next owners. The people who buy this home will be someone who doesn t want a house like everybody else says Hope. If you want a common McMansion this is not the place for you. With Fred retired and Hayleigh recently graduated from college and heading to an outof-town job the Millers say it s time for them to find a smaller place. They plan to do more traveling and says Fred to enjoy their golden years. It s time to put our attention to other things he says. It just more house than we need. Steven Gerrard built the home to last and if his rags-to-riches story didn t exactly have a happy ending he did leave behind quite a legacy one that continues to be a place of pride for the city the neighborhood and for whomever lives there next. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES ABOUT THE HOUSE JACK WOLKING 513.527.3800 www.TheWolkingTeam.com 748 Betula Ave. North Avondale. Historic home originally that of Stephen and Estelle Gerrard. Registered on National Register of Historic Places. Rock faced limestone exterior. 15 rooms total. 5 bedrooms 3 baths. 7 000 sq. ft. total. Exquisite wood paneling and carved plaster ceilings have been preserved through careful maintenance and restoration. Music room said to have been added in 1929. Includes what was then the largest residential organ installation in the U.S. In-ground pool with adjoining pool house. Asking price 775 000 19 FEATURED HOME SEE THE MO VIE 20 This sun filled transitional takes full advantage of its exquisite private cul-de-sac setting. Wonderful open spaces define the versatile floor plan of this home. Quality finishes add a sophisticated flair with well-proportioned rooms that accommodate both grand scale entertaining and relaxed family living with ease. Features include volume ceilings skylights an abundance of windows three wood burning fireplaces built-ins pocket doors first floor laundry mudroom generous closets and storage and a fresh neutral palette. The two-story foyer perfectly introduces the great room with stone fireplace and wet bar and adjacent dining room both of which open to the private rear deck. The large white kitchen has a massive center island planning desk and a breakfast area. In a private wing you will find a cozy den and the fabulous master suite with luxury bath walk-in closet wood burning fireplace and a door to the deck. Highligting the second floor is an open loft flanked by two bedrooms and a bath. The walk-out lower level provides additional living space with a large family room complemented by a stone fireplace built-in entertainment center and full service bar with seating for everyone an office craft room 3 large storage closets the 4th bedroom and a full bath equipped with sauna and steam shower . Exterior highlights include the circular drive two car attached garage private tiered deck fenced-in back yard and an invisible pet fence. This home is an entertainers paradise Offered at 499 900 BLUE ASH 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR COVINGTON KY Step into nearly 3 000 square feet of living where historic architectural details meld seamlessly with modern conveniences. Lovely hardwood floors complement tall ceilings and period mouldings. Gracious room proportions invite comfortable living of any scale from daily living to lively gatherings of friends and family. The working Kitchen is a delight detailed with tall cabinetry granite and spacious work areas to create your culinary dreams. A second floor family room offers a quiet retreat from the day s activities. Baths are updated and accommodating. The master suite assures you the perfect serene space to recharge and refresh. MLS 455121 Offered at 639 000 THE MO VIE SEE JACK WOLKING jack thewolkingteam.com 513.527.3800 21 SEE THE MO VIE Inspired living is evident throughout this extraordinary residence a masterful blend of timeless design exceptional quality and a versatility. The enduring floor plan easily adapts to the owner s changing lifestyle throughout the years from raising a family through retirement. The French door entry introduces the home s open floor plan emphasized by architectural ceilings and an abundance of natural light sources. Beautiful hardwood floors seamlessly coalesce with beautiful ceilings a handsome fireplace polished granite and signature lighting. The culinary enthusiast will revel in the chef s kitchen which is brimming with thoughtful design high-end finishes and fixtures. The kitchen area opens to the breakfast room comfortable living areas the master suite and study. The garden level features 3 additional bedrooms 2 full baths a spacious family room (complete with wet bar) zoned for family and children. 2 breezy terraces move warm weather living and entertaining to the outdoors and views lush landscape. This home s placement is also key. 1 of only 7 beautiful homes you will appreciate the cul-de-sac enclave privacy yet minutes to wherever you need to be MLS 442809 Offered at 719 000 FT. THOMAS KY JACK WOLKING jack thewolkingteam.com 513.527.3800 LOVELAND Located in exclusive Lakewood Farms this truly exquisite estate is the perfect blend of luxury yet comfort. Situated on 2.2 acres this stone and brick custom home displays picturesque views from every window whether it is the beautiful pond private pool and pool house or rolling lawn. Designed with entertainment in mind no detail was spared. Sellers have more than 1.3 million invested so this is an amazing opportunity. The spectacular great-room features 19ft beamed ceilings open access to the custom kitchen and beautiful French doors leading to the sunny patio azure pool and fully- equipped pool house - perfect for warm weather entertainment on a grand scale or leisurely fun. The first floor master suite includes a spa-like bathroom generous closet space and a convenient kitchenette where one can make coffee or tea to enjoy on the private screened porch adjacent to the master. The lower level offers a craft-room wet bar full-bath and generous storage space. SEE THE MO VIE MLS 1483813 Offered at 985 000 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 22 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Great design was the right angle for this kitchen M ake no mistake about it. Andreas Dreher loves to cook. And to forever be on lookout for new recipes to try out on friends. All made a lot easier with the remodeled kitchen Andreas and his wife Maite Iraolagoitia had installed into their Clifton home a year ago. And interesting in that their house is only 20 years old. But when you like to cook like Andreas it s easy to find things to fix to make the experience all that more enjoyable. Auer Kitchens of Cincinnati was hired to do the remodel. Interesting again because says Cathy Osborne a nearly 20-year designer with Auer the house is very angular most angles being 45 or 90 degrees thus helping to define the home s contemporary design. Cathy adds that if you look at the house plan it looks sort of like a bat wing design. The project took about six months to complete. It s beautiful says Andreas his first words during the interview about the couple s kitchen. It fits right into the house. Andreas says he and Osborne looked at a bunch of ideas all of them designed to accommodate functionality Andreas so desired. And to avoid a stainless steel look. The Sub-Zero refrigerator and dishwasher both have wood panels a Wolf oven and microwave are both built into the island to be hidden from obvious view. The only appliances clearly visible are the Wolf cooktop a Faber ventilation hood and the kitchen faucet. The window over the sink was doubled in size to allow for significantly more natural light to enter the room What was once a walk-in is now a walk-up which is really one big room to accommodate a breakfast table as pantry (photo above) designed to take advantage of the home s funky angles well as the main dining area. says Andreas. A cabinet door with inset Regarding functionality Andreas said he wanted a pull drawer just frosted glass hung using a barn door slider makes it easy to access to the left of the cooktop to quickly access his wide array of spices needed food supplies. necessary to cook his favorite dishes most of them Spanish cuisine. He also needed his Wolf 36 five-burner gas cooktop for exact temperature control his dishes require. I like to experiment. I cook to relax says Andreas. We like to invite people over and try something I ve never cooked before to see what comes out. It s fun for me but not always fun for our guests he adds with a laugh. The kitchen s large granite island allows for plenty of prep space and a raised cherry wooden bar over the granite island permits visitors a close-up look to view Andrea s techniques. Osborne says Andreas kitchen really challenged our math and fabrication skills. It was easy and fun to think of things that would look great in this kitchen but the engineering it took to make it happen challenged us on every level in making all of the angles work. Kitchen Design Auer Kitchens www.auerkitchens.com Cabinetry Brookhaven Vista Plus Door Style Cherry Java Matte finish purchased from Auer Kitchens. Hardware by Top Knobs Countertops Fantasy brown quartzite with custom leather finish purchased from Cincinnati Stoneworks. Cherry wood countertop purchased from Grothouse Lumber in Germansville Pennsylvania Sinks Faucets Houzer bowl Brizo faucet purchased from Keidel Supply Tile Vine St. element glass 3 x12 in mist purchased from Hamilton Parker Appliances Sub-Zero 36 refrigerator Wolf 36 five-burner gas cooktop Faber stainless steel hood Wolf 30 single oven. WHO DID IT 23 FANTASTIC KITCHENS CLIFTON About the 36 fully integrated over-under Sub-Zero refrigerator (photo right) It does what it is supposed to do cooling while looking good doing it says Andreas. Visit Tisdel Distributing in Mason where our more than 160 Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances make for the finest manufacturer showroom in the Midwest. Call for an appointment today. 7177 Central Parke Blvd. n Mason Ohio 45040 513-339-0990 n 800-426-8589 Visit us on the web at www.TisdelDistributing.com Friend us on Facebook SHOWROOM 24 SEE THE MO VIE Beautiful bright 6 bedroom 5 full 1 half bath quintessential Hyde Park home. Walk-to-The-Square location between Handasyde & Grandin on Edwards. Impeccably maintained and updated including new windows new roof and all new bathrooms. All rooms have exceptionally large proportions. Architectural details galore. Large bright eat-in kitchen with gourmet appliances and walkout to a deck. 1st floor family room with fireplace open to the kitchen. Huge great room with beamed ceilings and stone fireplace open to a cheerful sunroom with wet bar. Wonderful master suite with fabulous master bath and large walk-in dressing room closet. Lower level rec room with fireplace. Built-in 2-car garage. Offered at 1 039 000 HYDE PARK rary on .819 acres of complete woodland privacy at the end of the cul-de-sac on a prized private lane. Open floor plan. Cathedral ceilings. Large windows walk-outs and skylights connect this home to its natural surroundings. Stroll to Hyde Park Square Summit CDS & Cincinnati Country Club. Note this could also be an ideal spot to build your dream home. Fully detailed plans have been produced for this parcel and are permit-ready city-approved to start construction. MLS 1495503 Offered at 796 000 HYDE PARK Hans Nuetzel-designed California-style contempo- Lisa Lisa Williams Merrell Kim Lori WellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffMarti CohenC. WilliamsSchuler Schuler Marti Kim Merrell LoriLori Wellinghoff Lori WellinghoffLoriC. David CohenCohen C.Mariza SchulerMarti Schuler Schuler MerrellKimKim David Wellinghoff Wellinghoff Wellinghoff CohenWilliams Williams Marti C. Cohen Kim Lori David David Wellinghoff Mariza David LoriLori David David David Mariza Schuler Mariza Schuler Marti Mariza Wellinghoff C.David Wellinghoff C.Mariza Marti Schuler Lisa Lisa Lori WellinghoffLori Wellinghoff WellinghoffCohen C. WellinghoffCohenMartiCohen WilliamsMarti Schuler Schuler Merrell Merrell Wellinghoff David MarizaMariza Marti C. Marti Schuler Cohen Marti Wellinghoff C. MarizaMariza C. Cohen Lisa 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com Lisa Lisa Williams Merrell Kim Lori WellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffMarti CohenC. WilliamsSchuler Schuler Marti Kim Merrell LoriLori Wellinghoff Lori WellinghoffLoriC. David CohenCohen C.Mariza SchulerMarti Schuler Schuler MerrellKimKim David Wellinghoff Wellinghoff Wellinghoff CohenWilliams Williams Marti C. 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Cohen Lisa 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513)(513) (513)979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) (513)(513) (513) DIGS comey.com 979-2685979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513)(513) (513)979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) (513)(513) (513) DIGS comey.com 979-2685979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com HYDE PARK This urban oasis in the heart of Hyde Park will make you feel like you re on vacation every day Over 5 000 SF of luxurious living space with all the amenities on 1 acre of privacy. Notable features include brand new kitchen with commercial grade appliances master suite with study hardwood and cork flooring finished lower level and indoor hot tub. Enjoy outdoor living with the saltwater pool with cabana 3 car garage. The list goes on MLS 1493571 Offered at 899 000 513.527.1444 dd comey.com BOB MARY and PAIGE DORGER 25 an especially private lane on the Hyde Park Riviera ridge with incomparable up-anddown-river and city-skyline views (from nearly every room). Built in 1936 as a gift to his daughter by a prominent Cincinnati industrialist this Spanish-inspired villa with a walled courtyard entrance is sublimely sited on 1.039 acres. This home has been meticulously entirely renovated and enlarged respecting its remarkable architecture and integrating every convenience for today s lifestyles. Features (too numerous to mention) include 5 bedrooms 6 2 baths a spectacular 2013-renovated beyond-gourmet kitchen open to large breakfast & family rooms with resplendent woodworking details & jaw-dropping views a superbly proportioned living room dining room study and walk-out lower level games media room a masterful master suite with walk-out balcony multiple walk-in closets & magnificent his hers bath a separate guest apartment with kitchen bath living room multiple covered verandas & open-air stone terraces and an extraordinary gunite pool & spa. Two 2-car built-in garages. Stroll to Hyde Park Square Summit Country Day School and Cincinnati Country Club. Minutes to downtown. MLS 1496465 Offered at 4 500 000 HYDE PARK One of only a very few superb sought-after estate homes on 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com 26 SEE THE MO VIE Best-of Hyde Park location. A verdant peaceful neighborhood street. Strolling distance to Hyde Park Square Hyde Park Elementary Summit Country Day Cincinnati Country Club et al. Impeccably maintained and updated. Well proportioned rooms. Windows aplenty (with an incredible beveled glass detail that we ve never seen before) make this home especially bright. Impeccably maintained & updated. New eat-in gourmet kitchen with granite stainless. 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Large lot with a flat front yard and flat fenced rear yard. Wonderful large covered front porch. Built-in 2 car tandem garage. MLS 1500525 Offered at 898 500 HYDE PARK Offered on the market for the first time. This Larry Norris masterpiece. Notable features include a 3 story atrium custom built staircase and 6 bedrooms all with private bath. Spacious gourmet kitchen with subzero appliances. Large counter bar for entertaining. Multi-level deck overlooking your own private greenspace. Expansive lower level with bedroom bath bar exercise room safe room and more All set on 2 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. MLS 1489491 Offered at 1 750 000 INDIAN HILL Lisa Lisa Williams Merrell Kim Lori WellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffMarti CohenC. WilliamsSchuler Schuler Marti Kim Merrell LoriLori Wellinghoff Lori WellinghoffLoriC. David CohenCohen C.Mariza SchulerMarti Schuler Schuler MerrellKimKim David Wellinghoff Wellinghoff Wellinghoff CohenWilliams Williams Marti C. Cohen Kim Lori David David Wellinghoff Mariza David LoriLori David David David Mariza Schuler Mariza Schuler Marti Mariza Wellinghoff C.David Wellinghoff C.Mariza Marti Schuler Lisa Lisa Lori WellinghoffLori Wellinghoff WellinghoffCohen C. WellinghoffCohenMartiCohen WilliamsMarti Schuler Schuler Merrell Merrell Wellinghoff David MarizaMariza Marti C. Marti Schuler Cohen Marti Wellinghoff C. MarizaMariza C. Cohen Lisa 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com 513.403.3996 brady.wolfer gmail.com The vacation-like setting and splendid comfort define this beautiful home. Spacious and exceptionally private this gorgeous brick Transitional is wrapped in 3 landscaped acres which merge with acres of Indian Hill greenspace. Inside high end finishes promote architectural flair in well-proportioned rooms that lend to formal entertaining or relaxed family living. Noteworthy features include hardwood polished marble and granite surfaces significant moldings and millwork 4 handsome fireplaces high architectural ceilings front and back staircases built-ins and fabulous windows and doors. Principle rooms are gracious living and dining rooms study a sun room as well as the fabulous great room all served by a top-shelf culinary kitchen complete with breakfast room. There are four bedrooms on the upper level including the private master suite all with private baths. The walkout lower level affords indoor options with the large rec room with a wet bar a home theatre and a temperature controlled wine room. Warm weather living is enjoyed on the sunny deck and terraces and the azure in-ground pool. BRADY M. WOLFER DIGS comey.com (513)(513) (513)979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) (513)(513) (513) DIGS comey.com 979-2685979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com INDIAN HILL SEE THE MO VIE 513.527.1444 dd comey.com BOB MARY and PAIGE DORGER 27 INDIAN HILL Fall in love with this inviting MLS 1498735 Offered at 1 795 000 home with resort-like amenities Located in the heart of Taft Place the style of this beautiful home is felt upon entering the circular drive and seeing the stately entrance with a double entry glass door. Inside a span of floor-to-ceiling windows frame an impressive backyard pool view allowing for a bright great room that sets the tone for the rest of the home. Thoughtfully designed the great room merges into the dining room which is conveniently located next to the eat-in kitchen and family room - the true heart of the home. The large master suite exhibits a fireplace a private deck overlooking the pool generous closet space and a glamorous master bath. The expansive recreation area in the lower level includes a built in bar a full bath only steps away from the pool and 2 bedrooms served by another full bath. Outside fall in love with the beautiful pool with hot tub swim-up bar and table gazebo with built in grill and speakers and plenty of patio space to relax around the pool. Do not miss the opportunity to see this beautiful private home SEE THE MO VIE 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR INDIAN HILL Peacefully situated at the end of SEE THE MO VIE a quiet cul-de-sac street this extensively remodeled Georgian traditional sits gracefully back from the road amongst mature trees ferns and a circular drive. Originally built by Dryden Jones and tastefully remodeled by Patrick Crilley this home combines traditional spaces with modern amenities and updates. The thoughtfully designed custom Kinsella kitchen that features high-end appliances granite countertops a large walk-in pantry and views of the resort-like pool flows graciously into the family room which was doubled in size in the addition. A well-appointed four-season room nearby provides the perfect place for lounging and entertainment alike. Upstairs one will find four bedrooms including the master suite with two large walk-in closets and a beautifully renovated bath. The fifth bedroom with an adjoining bathroom on the first floor is the perfect place for guests family and friends to retreat for privacy. Wander outside to enjoy the 3 acres of mostly flat land adjacent to 125 acres of green area wooded views heated pool and expansive patios. MLS 1501979 Offered at 1 395 000 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 28 Enjoy the finest Indian Hill has to offer in this Bucks County style traditional sited on 3.254 acres with mature trees and professional landscaping. The setting is extremely private surrounded by woods and being on top of the hill and adjacent to Indian Hill green area parkland lends itself to breezes and a sense of solitude. At the bottom of the hill is Livingston Lodge soccer fields and access to Little Miami River National Wild and Scenic river for kayaking canoeing and birding. The use of native materials such as fieldstone and shingle siding is in the tradition of American architecture. True-divided light windows and scaled dormers with functioning windows further accent the traditional design. This spacious home features 6 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half baths. The discerning buyer will enjoy the oversize windows looking out to the private woods and park space large walkout lower level recreation room with oversize central bar and theatre room with surround seating. There is a true cook s kitchen with raised-panel hand-glazed maple cabinetry granite countertops with a counter bar for four stools a Wolf six-burner stainless steel gas range and twin Subzero refrigerators and freezers with cabinet fronts. The garage doors are wood architectural doors. Incredible rear bluestone patios with built-in stainless steel cooktop and grilling area firepit area custom-built Infinity edge swimming pool grotto area with swim-up bar and food service area built-in waterfall park-like setting fantastic for outdoor M entertaining or daily summer sunbathing and swimming. THE O SEE INDIAN HILL VIE MLS 1479145 Offered at 1 599 000 CHRIS NICHOLSON 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com 29 AMBERLEY VILLAGE (Story continued from page 13) Amberley Village with six synagogues is known for its large Jewish population. designed in what he called his Usonian Automatic style which he created to be more affordable than his more elaborate designs. Eric Lloyd Wright Frank s grandson supervised the construction. Architecture isn t all that s diverse in Amberley Village. You ll also find a wide array of ethnicities. Starting in the 1940s wealthy members of the Jewish community began moving to the village from older Cincinnati neighbors such as Avondale and Bond Hill and their culture remains apparent today. Rockdale Temple and Isaac M. Wise Temple are located here. The former Crest Hills Country Club which the village purchased and turned into Amberley Green Park was exclusively Jewish. In an interview for the village s 50th anniversary history book in 1990 Rabbi Mark Goldman who was the rabbi at Rockdale Temple until he retired in 2004 speaks of Amberley as a symbol of success for him and for other Jews. As I drove on Section Road several families of Orthodox Jews walked along the roadside the heavily bearded men wearing broad-rimmed black hats and long black coats. I also noticed a lot of signs boosting Nativity Catholic School in Pleasant Ridge. Among the crowd at the sports fields that day you d be hard-pressed to find an ethnic group that wasn t represented. While cruising down one street in the village I saw an Indian family preparing to leave for an event the women wrapped in dazzling saris. There s such a broad demographic here says Andy Rabin. A complete melting pot of ethnicities and religions. We re all within four or five doors of each other. That s one of the things that people don t know about [the village] what a wonderful melting pot it is. Andy grew up in Avondale and moved to the village from Mt. Lookout. It s easy to spot hundreds of walkers runners bicyclists and dogs enjoying the outdoors in summer in Amberley Village. The current population hovers at about 3 600 nearly equal between male female. Median resident age is about 49 years. (Story continued on page 40) SEE THE MO VIE WE MAKE YOUR HOME LOAN PROCESS ple sim National mortgage lender PrimeLending is a name that s been known for strength and stability for almost three decades. 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Johnson Investment Counsel has a proven history of understanding the needs and passions of our clients helping them paint a future that will inspire generations to come. Let our solid values and sophisticated solutions craft tomorrow s opportunities for you. 513.661.3100 johnsoninv.com 32 INDIAN HILL Sophistication and timeless SEE THE MO VIE elegance meet modern comfort in this pristine home located on three acres. Every room exhibits character and attention to detail whether it be the stunning marble floor in the entrance the wainscoting and crown molding in the formal dining and living rooms the beautiful eat-in kitchen open to the screened porch and family room the breathtaking study with floor to ceiling wood paneling or the master suite complete with a sitting room walk-in closets and large master bath. Four fireplaces throughout the home add warmth and charm to each space including the walkout lower level. Upstairs every bedroom has a private adjoining bath- a nice feature for family and guests alike Step outside and one will be delighted to find a beautiful deck patio and pool surrounded by flat green lawn. Whether you are looking for formal spaces for entertaining or comfortable areas to relax this beautiful home featured in Frontgate Magazine and the Wall Street Journal may just be the one for you MLS 1489287 Offered at 1 850 000 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR INDIAN HILL This elegant white shingle Greek Revival colonial has a prominent pillared portico with a traditional luniere window in the pediment. The residence is sited on a private 1.8775 acre lot with a dense mature woods between the house and road. The house is set back 215 feet off the road off a private lane. The residence was once home to the United State Federal Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart. Notable features include an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and glazed custom wood cabinets fresh interior and exterior paint. Upstairs are six bedrooms and 4 full baths. There is an expansive flat fenced rear yard with mature trees. Great for winter days with lots of sunshine from the south facing windows MLS 1502495 Offered at 859 900 THE MO VIE CHRIS NICHOLSON 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com SEE 33 Custom-designed and custom-built transitional sited on 3.34 acre private lot in convenient central village location close to all village activities. Notable features include new New custom cherry Auer kitchen in 2009 vaulted ceilings cherry floors high ceilings lower level media room and lots of architectural details throughout. Deck off master bedroom provides access to custom designed gunite pool with built-in submersed seating platforms colored concrete decking fieldstone knee walls and fieldstone accenting built-in stand alone spa with waterfall water slide basketball hoop Polaris auto cleaning robot green area to rear. SEE THE INDIAN HILL MO VIE Located just five minutes to Indian HIll schools Cincinnati Country Day School or shopping in Madeira. MLS 1483485 Offered at 1 495 000 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com CHRIS NICHOLSON LEBANON Custom designed & built last house with all the features. First floor master bedroom with walkin closet that opens to first floor laundry. Open plan finished walkout lower level with wet bar 2 bedrooms & full bath for when the kids come with their families. Outdoor kitchen screened porch stocked pond with fountain gated entry with remotes barn with full bath & shop. On over 16 acres within 2 miles of I-71 & St Rt 48. THE MO VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH SEE 34 This gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 1 2 bath John Hueber built home is set on more than 1 acre of wooded privacy. Sprawling open floor plan with elegant design elements throughout allows for easy entertaining inside & out. The gourmet kitchen opens to formal living and dining areas as well as spacious covered patio with stone gas fireplace. The finished lower level features a wet bar large windows and a walkout to side deck. MLS 1496062 Offered at 700 000 THE LOVELAND MO VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH SEE INDIAN HILL The perfect canvas to create your dream home in this elevated serene setting. Conveniently located in the Village of Indian HIll off Hopewell Road adjacent to Morton s Meadow. The 3 remaining lots offer views and proximity to Green Areas with lush opportunities for pools and outdoor living spaces nestled in mature trees. Birdhaven Lane is a dedicated street with public water sewer and natural gas access. Perfect location perfect setting perfect opportunity. Your custom builder is welcome to survey these glorious sites at your convenience. SEE THE MO VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH 35 SEE THE MO VIE Like no other this stately home is the epitome of true distinction appointed to perfection an extraordinary departure from typical standards. Inside and out the owner s commitment to unrivaled quality resonates at every turn. This estate is magnificently poised on 5 gently rolling acres bordered by crisp white fencing and punctuated by countless mature trees and lush lawn. Three levels of living encompass 20 sumptuous rooms each having been meticulously renovated and detailed to coalesce with timeless beauty and the finest craftsmanship. Each room exudes luxury comfort and exceptional livability. The gracious two-story columned center hall presents a strong first impression as it opens to engaging living areas the private master wing and a fabulous culinary kitchen. Three staircases rise to the upper level which offers 4 en-suite bedrooms a library and a craft room. The fabulous lower level is zoned for indoor recreation and relaxation and includes the home s 2nd kitchen and a lovely guest suite with a newly appointed full bath. The home enjoys complete privacy wrapped in acres of lush and gently rolling terrain bordered by white fences and merging with woodlands. Outdoor living areas offer an array of warm weather recreation for family enjoyment or entertaining on a large scale. Low garden walls brimming with seasonal colors and textures border numerous brick and blue stone terraces. An azure in-ground gunite pool joins a delightful pool house complete with a kitchen laundry sitting area 1 baths and an outdoor pergola covered dining area. MLS 1504279 Offered at 3 399 000 INDIAN HILL LAURIE NIPPERT LEONARD laurieleonard realtor.com 513.561.7979 TESS FILIMONOV tfilimonov comey.com 513.503.8598 36 36 SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE Enjoy this Beautiful home in the heart of Loveland Brick and stone exterior. Hardwood in two story foyer kitchen & family room. Granite in kitchen with built-in stainless steel oven microwave & newer stainless steel dishwasher & refrigerator. Crown molding chair rail and tray ceiling in dining room. Stone fireplace and built-ins in family room. Huge master bedroom with sitting room and attached master bath. Each bedroom has an adjoining bathroom. Professionally finished lower level w egress window media recreation living room & full bathroom. MLS 1490734 Offered at 515 000 LOVELAND A marvelous opportunity in this expanded riverfront oasis. Enjoy the picturesque views of the Little Miami River and Terrace Park Country Club. Thoughtfully designed first floor living with many notable features such as custom millwork moldings and built-in cabinetry. 2 HVAC systems allow for climate control comfort between the first floor master and 3 spacious suites plus rec room and bonus room on the second floor. MLS 1503538 Offered at 1 100 000 TERRACE PARK 513.703.4945 ron rongarland.com RON GARLAND 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH SEE THE MO VIE the Heritage Club Community this beautiful pristine painted brick and stone home custom built by Kurleman Homes is truly extraordinary. Upon entering it is evident that the home was designed with the beautiful lake and golf course views in mind as the open floorpan with large windows provides for incredible views from every room on the first floor. Inside the home features tall ceilings extensive moldings and trim beautiful built-ins and interesting details throughout. The spacious master suite is located on the first floor with three additional bedrooms on the second. The finished walk-out lower level houses the home s fifth bedroom or exercise room the home s second laundry room a full bathroom a fully equipped bar a recreation room and a media room. Outside the backyard is meticulously landscaped with multiple paver patios stone walkways and mature plantings all complimenting the lake and golf course views-the perfect backdrop for entertaining and relaxation alike MLS 1495244 Offered at 1 099 000 MASON Located on the most sought-after street in 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 37 SEE THE MO VIE This distinctive custom home is grand in so many ways with the striking entry hall and formal rooms with dining boasting a butler s pantry. Blending well with the gourmet kitchen open to the informal family room breakfast room and a quaint four seasons room. This well appointed home offers so much more with stairless living if needed. Including a warm and inviting study a master retreat you ll never want to leave another bedroom with adjoining bath and so much more including an oversized laundry room mudroom. The finished lower level walk-out is a casual setting for family fun and recreation. It features a game-media room a full kitchen-wet bar a second laundry a guest bedroom suite with adjoining bath plus two other bedrooms and another full bath. The two different walk-outs (one is a screened porch) allow you to enjoy the woodsy private yard that is artfully landscaped and fenced. Just over an acre in this estate home community offering pool tennis and fitness center access. Plus professionally maintained common grounds. Golf club membership is optional. What a package MLS 1485212 Offered at 975 000 HAMILTON TWP. S - 513.646.4681 M- 513.313-8613 sandy isoldit.com mike isoldit.com SANDY & MIKE FAULKNER 38 SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE This large home is located in the prestigious development of Carmelle in the Mason School district Full Brick with stone exterior and approximately 6 000 square feet of living space. Professionally finished lower level with media workout room wet bar and full bathroom. Hardwood floors throughout 1st floor open kitchen with stainless steel appliances breakfast area and hearth room. Great room with built-ins tray ceiling & chair rail in dining room and dual staircase. Spacious master suite with two sided fireplace to sitting room and updated master bath. MLS 1491579 Offered at 579 000 MASON This beautiful spacious ranch home overlooks Heritage Golf Course and offers an open floor plan and lake views. Some of the more notable features include an amazing 4 season room gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinetry granite surfaces stainless steel appliacnces and a counter island. A stone fireplace highlights the great room. Other amenities and updates include a custom closet system hardwood floors 10 foot ceilings new gutters and downspouts new sprinkler and newer security HVAC. The walk out finished lower level is perfect for entertaining and includes a wet bar recreation room and 3 bedrooms with 2 full baths. Enjoy the views and outdoor living on the covered and uncovered porches. MLS 1503615 Offered at 889 800 MASON 513.703.4945 ron rongarland.com RON GARLAND 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS MASON This remarkable residence immerses you in SEE THE MO VIE MLS 1483760 Offered at 1 190 000 sophisticated architecture sumptuous comfort and a prestigious location. The home s interior elegance is immediately revealed as you enter the double entry door with intricate leaded glass doors and an arched transom. The gracious foyer opens to the breathtaking great room which is the centerpiece for what lies beyond. Noteworthy craftsmanship throughout the home includes polished marble gorgeous built-ins and custom cabinetry two-story ceilings generous moldings 2 fireplaces and hardwood flooring. The kitchen is a masterful blend of aesthetic beauty and culinary spirit. As the heart of the home it anchors both formal and informal spaces- perfect for entertaining. The master wing enjoys first floor convenience and includes a newer bath. The upper level features 3 bedrooms served by 2 full baths. The finished walk-out lower level boasts an expansive rec and media room which is complemented by a full-service wet bar a full bath an exercise room a 5th bedroom and a craft or art room. 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 39 MT. LOOKOUT This stately home perfectly blends old world charm with todays amenities. Located in desirable Mt. Lookout this home has beautiful finishes throughout. Notable features include updated gourmet kitchen first floor guest suite with attached full bath 3 fireplaces and finished lower level rec room. The lovely backyard perfect for outdoor entertaining with 2 porches (one enclosed) and a large patio area. 2.5 car detached garage. Walk to Ault Park and Mt. Lookout Square. MLS 1483223 Offered at 995 000 THE MO VIE 513.527.1444 dd comey.com BOB MARY and PAIGE DORGER SEE SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE This spacious home is located on 1.12 acres in the beautiful and private golf course community of Heritage Club. The 9 119 sq ft of living space includes 7 Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms and highend finishes throughout. The gourmet kitchen and master bathroom have both been completely renovated. Master Suite and In-law Suite are both conveniently located on the first floor with 4 more bedrooms and loft on the 2nd floor. The finished walkout lower level is perfect for entertaining with bar recreation media bathroom and additional bedroom. Enjoy outdoor living with large in-ground pool and patio. 4 car garage. Sound system. Great location to I71 and I75 restaurants shopping & Liberty Center Mall. MLS 1491895 Offered at 1 689 000 MASON This beautiful transitional ranch is located in the private community of Heritage Club. Notable features of this home include an open floor plan with 6 114 sq ft of luxurious living space and 3 bedrooms on the main floor. The gourmet kitchen with adjoining breakfast room is nicely equipped with granite counters and Wolf Sub Zero and Bosch stainless steel appliances. Additional details and amenities include marble and hardwood floors two studies a solarium sun room and built-ins in the Master suite. Walkout finished lower level offers media wet bar fireplace exercise bedroom and full bathroom. Oversized garage. Enjoy outdoor living with patio deck and great golf course views. Close to I71 and I75 restaurants shopping and new Liberty Center Mall. MLS 1494420 Offered at 1 089 000 MASON 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 40 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES AMBERLEY VILLAGE Thoroughfares in Amberley Village include Galbraith Road Ridge Road and Section Road. It is surrounded by I-75 on the west I-71 on the east Ronald Reagan Highway on the north and Montgomery Road on the south. It is 10 miles to downtown Cincinnati and 22 miles to CVG. (Story continued from page 29) As a retired commercial developer he knows value in real estate when he sees it and he sees it all around him in Amberley. You just don t get this kind of value in a lot of other neighborhoods. It s really amazing. His friend Steve Rosenzweig who moved here from Hyde Park feels the same way. The home you can get here compared to some other neighborhoods is really incredible. You get a lot for the money. PEACE AND QUIET IS FOR REAL HERE Both also like the convenient access to highways while living in such a pastoral setting. And that setting is fiercely protected. There are no streetlights here and there are no sidewalks. People jog and walk and ride bikes in the streets. And why not since there s so little traffic due no doubt to the ubiquitous cul-de-sacs I spent a morning cursing At the end of the day when you get home to the village you just take a deep breath Andy says. It s so peaceful and you re right in the middle of the city. He enjoys it here so much that he and his wife have put off plans to move now that their son has graduated from school and moved on. They d begun looking around for a smaller place but nothing they ve seen compares to where they are so they ve decided to stick around for a while. Andy says This is better than living in the far suburbs if you re looking for a little elbow room. Steve rhapsodizes about the convenience of living so close to the highways but he also likes the safety and the quiet green surroundings. Asked if he s happy about his decision to move here he says Definitely. Even more than I ever anticipated. Surely the Rollmans Henry French and the other pioneering landowners who established the village would be just as happy to hear that people are enjoying the results of their vision. And no doubt they d be pleased that after so many years it remains a calm comfortable oasis even though it s now surrounded by a bustling city. No longer a rural northern outpost it s close to anywhere you want to go but still has that country feeling. They might not be quite as pleased however that word about their hidden gem their well-kept secret is starting to get around. 41 SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE cated residential design. This 7 471 Sq Ft. 5 bedroom 6 bath masterpiece consists of soaring ceilings & walls of glass with views of a private lake nestled on 5 acres. Meticulously planned and exquisitely finished with high quality & craftsmanship. State-of-the-art custom features including whole house Vantage Control Smart System Sonos sound (6 zones) professional theatre with Triad sound & Stewart Filmscreen. Lower level walk-out with wet bar fitness room wine room and art gallery. Geothermal system and 4 car garage. MLS 1492553 Offered at 1 989 000 MASON This custom built transitional leads the way in sophisti- home Open family room with wall of windows. Hardwood flooring throughout first floor. Gourmet kitchen with Cherry cabinets granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Luxury master suite located on the first floor and 2 walk-in closets. Finished walkout lower level with media recreation wet bar with kitchen bedroom and bathroom. Enjoy outdoor living with covered deck and patio. Circle driveway. 6 206 SF per Auditor. Great location to I71 and I75 restaurants shopping and new Liberty Center Mall. MLS 1494471 Offered at 965 000 MASON Stunning golf and lake views from this 5 bedroom SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS Beautiful home situated on large lot and quiet cul-de-sac. Notable features include freshly refinished hardwood floors fresh paint throughout entire home and newer carpet. Eat-in gourmet kitchen with attached family room and walkout. Finished lower level with full bathroom. Enjoy outdoor living with the private lush grounds and fabulous in ground pool. MLS 1499864 Offered at 425 000 THE SHARONVILLE MO VIE SEE HEATHER HERR 513.708.7770 hherr comey.com 42 SEE THE MO VIE Don t miss this stunning updated home in the popular Reserve of Montgomery. Amazing custom features and finishes. Unique open floor plan with gourmet kitchen featuring quartz counters and stainless steel appliances including induction stove. Hearth room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Master suite with updated luxury master bathroom. Finished lower level with wet bar media billiard exercise playroom and full bathroom. Beautiful backyard setting with patio fenced yard and extensive professional landscaping. MLS 1500103 Offered at 950 000 MONTGOMERY Prime location in the Heart of Montgomery. Walk to downtown Montgomery schools and parks. Custom Ireland May built with 2 master suites on 1st and 2nd floors. 6 bedrooms and 5.2 bathrooms. Gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets granite countertops and open to 2 story family room. Amazing outdoor living with brand new high-end vaulted covered porch with fireplace and built-in Kitchen. Hardwood floors. Finished lower level with media room bedroom and full bath. MLS 1491085 Offered at 885 000 MONTGOMERY 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com Explore this resort-like getaway in the sought-after Concord Hills neighborhood This beautiful custom home with open floor-plan living includes a first floor master suite a finished walk-out basement wonderful outdoor living spaces and a surprise one-of-a- kind recreation room that is sure to become your favorite place to retreat. An ideal home for entertainment the home flows with ease and includes beautiful custom finishes in every room. Brand new appliances and granite countertops compliment the spacious kitchen that is completely open to the family room. Wander outside to find wonderful outdoor spaces which include a fireplace patios decks gardens and a bar area surrounded by woods which allow for privacy and beautiful views. A circular drive and large side driveway to a four car garage are convenient for owners and guests alike. Conveniently located within minutes of shops restaurants schools and more this 5 bedroom 5 (4 1) bathroom home in Indian Hill School district is one you won t want to miss MLS 1499677 Offered at 925 000 SANDRA L PETERS SYCAMORE TWP. SEE THE MO VIE 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 43 SEE THE MO VIE Enjoy the best the city has to offer while in the comfort of a breathtaking new Mt. Adams hillside townhouse retreat. Walk through picturesque Mt. Adams with its friendly urban charm enjoy the nature and active lifestyle of Eden Park or take in the panoramic views of the Cincinnati skyline. The CITYSIDE of Mt. Adams is a collection of 4 elegant classically designed townhomes showcasing discriminating city living. Each spacious townhome features 3 700 square feet over four levels--each offering extraordinary city and river views. Each townhome offers 4 bedrooms 4.5 baths a private elevator and a 2-car garage with additional side-by-side off-street driveway parking spaces for your guests. Inside beautifully appointed designer kitchens feature granite countertops state-of-the-art appliances and hardwood flooring. All townhomes will be LEED certified with substantial real estate tax abatement savings. This is a residence like no other adjacent to a vibrant revitalized Downtown Cincinnati. The Banks Great American Ballpark Paul Brown Stadium Fountain Square Smale Park Findlay Market--the Restaurants of OTR and Newport on the Levee are just minutes away. The possibilities are endless. And all while knowing that the comfort of home is just around the corner where you can relax on your rooftop terrace while entertaining friends or just sit with a glass of wine the sunset and the best view in the city. Indulge in life -- at The CITYSIDE. MT ADAMS KATHY COMISAR 513.378.5895 comisars gmail.com 44 SEE THE MO VIE This 4 bedroom 4 full bath contemporary has been insatiably renovated by art collectors to be a work of art unto itself. Due to a sizable lot this home lives wide not tall. Features include courtyard garden with fountain behind exquisite stainless-steel-ribbon gates. Inside the foyer welcomes followed by a family room an open floor plan living room dining room gourmet kitchen wet bar and 2 large decks. The 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms w huge walk-in closets en-suite study sitting rooms and spa-baths laundry and walkouts to decks. The lower level has 2 more bedrooms plus a wine cellar full bath large storage workroom 2nd laundry and multiple walkouts to the rear yard. MLS 1494815 Offered at 1 175 000 MT ADAMS WASHINGTON TWP. Private estate embodying luxurious family living while offering a pure recreational retreat. This 149 acre estate offers superior quality design and craftsmanship throughout this 6 bedroom custom stone and cedar built home. Nestled behind and adjacent to the main house is the equestrian complex that features an 11 stall stable attached to an indoor riding arena both offering premium amenities for your horse riding enjoyment. This meticulously planned 9 year old estate has 2 manicured fenced pastures situated in front of the main house with 5 additional fenced pastures and a fully stocked recreational lake producing breathtaking views seen throughout the main house. MLS 1456177 Offered at 3 200 000 Lisa Lisa Williams Merrell Kim Lori WellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffWellinghoffMarti CohenC. WilliamsSchuler Schuler Marti Kim Merrell LoriLori Wellinghoff Lori WellinghoffLoriC. David CohenCohen C.Mariza SchulerMarti Schuler Schuler MerrellKimKim David Wellinghoff Wellinghoff Wellinghoff CohenWilliams Williams Marti C. Cohen Kim Lori David David Wellinghoff Mariza David LoriLori David David David Mariza Schuler Mariza Schuler Marti Mariza Wellinghoff C.David Wellinghoff C.Mariza Marti Schuler Lisa Lisa Lori WellinghoffLori Wellinghoff WellinghoffCohen C. WellinghoffCohenMartiCohen WilliamsMarti Schuler Schuler Merrell Merrell Wellinghoff David MarizaMariza Marti C. Marti Schuler Cohen Marti Wellinghoff C. MarizaMariza C. Cohen Lisa 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN DIGS comey.com (513)(513) (513)979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 979-2685 DIGS comey.com 979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) (513)(513) (513) DIGS comey.com 979-2685979-2685 DIGS comey.com (513) DIGS comey.com DIGS comey.com (513) 979-2685 DIGS comey.com TERRACE PARK Custom built in 1996 this stunning cedar and stone transitional offers space versatility function and the very best in location just two blocks from the elementary school. This casually elegant family home offers something for everyone with tremendous space and versatility throughout. Notable features are high ceilings extensive woodwork wainscoting front and back staircases. French doors built-ins and five fireplaces. Principle rooms are formal living and dining rooms study den large eat-in kitchen and a fabulous family room. There are five bedrooms on the second floor including private master suite with fireplace and a laundry room. The lower level provides a large rec room game room and two additional bedrooms with a full bath. Equally impressive are the stone walkways circular drive three car garage with storage loft screened porch and a bluestone patio with massive stone fireplace. This exceptional home has it all. MLS 1481482 Offered at 949 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR JACK BURCHENAL 513.910.1855 jburchenal comey.com LOOK WHAT S NEW MEET CINCINNATI ZOO BABIES POSTER PAINTER LOREN LONG 7-9 p.m. Thursday November 17 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Commons. Loren will be signing a limited number of posters and copies of his newest book Otis and the Kittens as part of their annual Fall VIP Night. The event is open only to Joseph-Beth Booksellers Give Back Members and will feature complimentary drinks appetizers live music and 20% off the entire store. See store or call 513-396-8960 for details. SEE THE MO VIE 30 years dependable in every way 100 Best Frame Shops in America by Decor Magazine See our website for specials and coupons 2940 Wasson Road at Paxton Telephone 513-531-9794 www.frameandsavehydepark.com 46 rary built in 1979 sits on a private half acre lot. This homes thoughtful floorplan allows flexible living space for entertaining or simply relaxing. Notable features include skylights some volume ceilings versatile living spaces first floor laundry and plantation shutters. The living room shares a stone fireplace with the family room which has a wet bar and sliding doors to the back deck. The dining room is adjacent to the white kitchen with granite counters and two deep pantry closets. The sun filled breakfast room has a skylight a planning desk and access to the backyard. The second floor is highlighted by the master suite with a built-in entertainment center sitting room private bath and large closet. Three additional bedrooms share another full bathroom. The unfinished lower level provides an abundance of storage. An attached two car garage completes the package. Two tiered decks can be found in the picturesque peaceful back yard. Enjoy the warmth and harmony of nature from many rooms. This lovingly cared for home is in move-in condition. Take advantage of this rare tranquil wooded setting in the popular neighborhood of Terrace Park MLS 1499937 Offered at 475 000 TERRACE PARK This stunning contempo- 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR TERRACE PARK This gracious 1916 three- story home offers unrivaled street presence a large flat lot and the very best in location. A recent redesign renovation provides a host of modern conveniences while architectural integrity and period details remain intact. From the covered front porch and elegant entry to the spacious living areas every detail attests to the home s superior craftsmanship. High ceilings extensive moldings natural woodwork hardwood floors built-ins and a grand staircase with a floor to ceiling leaded glass window enhance the unpretentious elegance of the home. Principal rooms include formal living room with fireplace dining room with built-in china cabinet and a family room with a wall of bookshelves and study nook. The custom kitchen with oversized island is the social hub of the home. The second floor highlighted by a master suite with fabulous new bath includes two additional bedrooms and another new bath. The fourth bedroom with walls of closets and a private bath is found on the third floor. Mechanical updates include Geothermal system electric plumbing water heater water softener security system and pre-wired for sound. Exterior features include extensive landscaping deck patio stone fire pit circular driveway and a two-car garage. MLS 1458688 Offered at 799 900 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR A PRIVATE ELEGANT & PARK-LIKE SETTING ... ON THE OHIO RIVER CORPORATE PRIVATE EVENTS WEDDINGS REHEARSAL DINNERS PANORAMIC CLUB HOUSE Visit us online and complete our request form for your customized quote. Now booking for Fall 2016 cruises and 2017 event dates. www.satisfactioncruises.com 513-231-9042 48 TERRACE PARK Custom built in 2003 this stunning transitional within walking distance to everything in the Village offers space versatility and function. Upgraded amenities high-end finishes and wonderful large rooms lend themselves to formal entertaining as well as everyday relaxed family living. Notable features include hardwood floors French doors coffered ceiling cathedral ceiling a loft wainscoting a mud room and a second floor laundry. Principle rooms are the formal living and dining rooms a study family room with stone fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen adjoining breakfast area and a butlers pantry. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor including the wonderful master suite with a sitting room his her walk-in closets and luxury bath. Three more bedrooms share the two full baths. The lower level provides additional living space with a large recreation room with a wet bar a media room a full bath and storage areas. A two-car attached and one-car detached garage beautifully landscaped grounds a paver patio and deck large covered front porch and the must have screened porch complete the package. This well-appointed home is a wonderful opportunity in the popular Village of Terrace Park. MLS 1494080 Offered at 899 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com Welcome to 1831 Keys Crescent. This extraordinary Italianate home was built 1853 by Samuel Keys and his wife Julie Baker Keys and is registered with the East Walnut Hills Historic District. Architectural integrity and design remains intact with extraordinary features and many updates. Home boasts 6 bedrooms a study 4 fulls baths and a trunk room. Three levels of reined formal spaces a morning room butlers pantry and library. Fireplaces in each room first floor laundry adjoining large butlers pantry. Detached 2 car garage private grounds on over 1 acre pool and patio. Additional features include slate tile roof 10ft ceilings gunite pool with new tile heater pump filter and cleaning system sprinkler system security system newer mechanics. The premiere location is perfect for entertaining and admired for its distinguished architectural high-style era and picturesque views of the Ohio River Valley MLS 1495581 Offered at 995 000 AMY MINOR WALNUT HILLS SEE THE MO VIE HEATHER HERR 513.708.7770 hherr comey.com ANY OR ALL SERVICES DIGS DOES IT. Find it. Buy It. Sell It. Plan It. Design It. Decorate It. Renovate It. Add-On-To-It. Landscape It. You Name It. DIGS Does It. Our services can be engaged ala carte or in any combination to make your home dreams reality. Contact Lori Wellinghoff today to find out more. Lori Wellinghoff David Wellinghoff Mariza C. Cohen Marti Schuler President DIGS Real Estate Real Estate Multi-lingual Relocation Specialist Real Estate Lisa Williams Real Estate Kim Merrell Real Estate Robbin Gilligan Of Counsel John L. Harrison Brian Gibson Design Design Annette Askam Project Management Tom Allison Construction Josh Koch Construction Alissa Groth Controller Bridget Henson Deuce Office Manager 513.979.2685 DIGS comey.com 3524 Edwards Road Hyde Park Square DIGS-home.com 513.533.DIGS (3447) info digs-home.com 50 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Well built. Great architecture. And a World Series connection. By Jack Heffron THE OLD SAYING that they don t build em like they used to can be applied very easily to the home at 742 Watch Hill Lane. While completing an extensive renovation that took nearly two and a half years the homeowners found the adage to be true again and again. Houses just aren t built like this today they say. If you tried to replicate a place like this the house alone would cost maybe one point three million. And that s just for the house. The gently rolling 1.75-acre lot in one of the city s most desirable neighborhoods well that would be extra. The homeowners say that most people wouldn t want to invest the time and expense in the level of quality work and material their home possesses. Everything is hand-done. It would be hard to do this today and that s if you could even find the craftsmen who could do it they add. Craftsmen like that just aren t out there anymore. The original six Watch Hill estates which include the home at 742 were developed in the 1930s by builders Kopf and Kopf one of the first high-end developers of Cincinnati s far eastern suburbs. Brothers Larry and Willard Kopf clearly focused on quality materials and craftsmanship. They built their impressive homes to last. As far as a home with a story to tell guests fans of Cincinnati Reds history likely will recall that Larry Kopf was the starting shortstop on the 1919 World Championship team that won the infamous Black Sox series. And a member of the Rubel family well known for their rye bread once owned the home. Local television stars Al and Wanda Lewis lived across the street. To make the house truly special the Kopfs relied on Italian-born architect Luigi Marioni who was one of the first graduates to earn a degree in architecture at the University of Cincinnati. He designed the home as a handsome country estate that also could serve the practical needs of a family. With five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths the home can provide a family with plenty of space. It s very conducive to a family say the homeowners. This house needs a family. And they re seeing the entire neighborhood evolving in a family direction. They say that a decade ago Watch Hill was largely a prestigious area occupied by older long-time residents but since then younger people with families have been moving in. You see people out in their yards walking their dogs. You see kids riding bikes and playing outside. There s even an annual block party where Watch Hill neighbors can have fun and get to know each other better. In unison they say We love this neighborhood. The renovation required quite a bit of work though the house was not in bad shape when they bought it. It was mostly a matter of deferred maintenance they say. It needed a lot of updating. The kitchen and bathrooms have been completely redone and a wall or two was removed to give the house a more open flow while retaining the architect s vision. They also added a new roof and Pella windows as well as new lighting and appliances. But the main goal was to modernize without losing the character of the original house. The owners explain We wanted to keep the style of the thirties using natural products not the stuff they put in new houses today. Adding contemporary refinements while retaining the homey charm of the 1930s was a tough balance to strike and their success in achieving that balance is nothing short of amazing. From the center staircase to the sturdy elegant rooms the hardwood floors and large windows to the screened SEE THE MO VIE 51 FEATURED header Story HOME WATCH HILL ANDERSON TOWNSHIP 52 BEST porch and sunroom the home exudes both stylish elegance and cozy warmth that is truly unique. Somehow they managed to create a home that s reminiscent of an earlier time and completely up to date. Their success might explain why guests enjoy the home so much to the point that a host s biggest concern is eventually getting the guests to go home. The owners laugh recalling a company holiday party that went on far longer than expected. Everybody said it just feels so comfortable here they explain. Nobody wanted to leave. That concern might be especially vivid after a visit to the full basement which is ideal for entertaining and is truly a unique space. Completely done in split pine including the walls and full bar the basement has the rustic textured atmosphere of a log cabin. The owners say that at parties the basement is for some reason particularly appealing to men who invariably end up gathering there. Home shoppers would be hard-pressed to find anything quite like the basement and that distinctiveness extends outside to the spacious grounds of the property which includes majestic oaks and a circle driveway along with what the owners have been told is the oldest living ginkgo tree in the area. The wide and level backyard has provided a perfect setting for many a party and is a natural spot for kids to play. Anderson has long been known for blending suburban convenience with the pastoral beauty of country life. The owners especially enjoy the location which requires just a short drive to downtown Cincinnati. People are always surprised how quickly they can get here from the city they say. The location and the exceptional school district make Anderson a popular area for homebuyers especially those with children. Finding a home like this one in Anderson however is not easy the owners say. There s not a lot of older architecture here or homes built with this level of craftsmanship they agree. That might be its biggest appeal for people who want a home with this kind of character. Given the influx of young families to Watch Hill clearly many of them are looking for exactly this kind of character. And in this home there s no doubt they will find it. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES SEE THE MO VIE 53 FEATURED header Story HOME Photos by Bryon Photography House Staging by Eye 4 Design JENNY SARVER Owner Agent 513-309-4343 Email jsarver comey.com ABOUT THE HOUSE 742 Watch Hill Lane Anderson Township. One of original estate homes in prestigious Watch Hill area of Anderson Township. Tudor architecture. 1.75 acres with large hardwood trees. New roof new Pella windows new Thermador kitchen appliances hardwoods throughout. 11 rooms 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths Asking price 799 000. 54 SEE SEE THE MO VIE THE MO VIE WEST CHESTER Luxuriously majestic and lavish custom built 5 bedroom 6 bath 6346 square foot home. Grand entertaining and family living spaces with formal aristocratic gardens. Large custom gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances and walk-in cooler. Dignified master suite with sitting area luxury bath private 2nd floor patio and custom fitted walk-in closet. 1st floor guest suite. Imported marble and granite finishes throughout the house. Marble and hardwood flooring. Premium outdoor kitchen in covered patio. 6 fireplaces 13 inlaid marble and granite floor medallions spa 4 car garage. Conveniently located near shopping entertainment and highway access. MLS 1494202 Offered at 1 890 000 This beautiful 4 bedroom 4.5 bath Wyoming home built in 1865 has been refreshed for today s living. It s updates include the gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops & island. A superb master bath with granite double vanity and whirlpool garden tub. Yet the historic charm of the many original fireplaces & wood floors shine through. Nestled on over a half acre at the end of a quiet street & conveniently located within walking distance of Wyoming schools. MLS 1497925 Offered at 700 000 WYOMING SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN 513.378.5895 comisars gmail.com KATHY COMISAR Homearama 2016 Stunning open plan with a vision for today s lifestyle. The finest amenities abound including finished walkout lower level with custom bar rec room and flex room with bath. Gourmet kitchen dining area beautiful outdoor living space and huge laundry mud craft room. First floor master suite and study 3 car garage. MLS 1498173 Offered at 927 000 THE WEST CHESTER MO VIE SEE 513.295.6425 dgerbus yahoo.com DEBI GERBUS 513.535.2103 bgerbus comey.com BETH AKELEY JENNIFER HENLEY 513.833.0362 jhenley comey.com SEE THE MO VIE Brand New Exclusive Ultraviolet Curing System McSwain Carpets & Floors can bring the natural beauty of your hardwood oors back to life with little interruption to your busy household. Traditional nishes require 28 days to cure to full hardness. No more waiting days or weeks to regain the use of your living space. McSwain uses an exclusive Ultraviolet technology to instantly cure your oors. You can let the kids and dog run on it put area rugs down and move furniture back in the same day the nal UV coat is applied. McSwain s UV process is faster with less odor and more durable than other methods. 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Henry and I hit it off in a hurry kindred spirits my wife says. He was quiet one minute loose and a little crazy the next. With Tank it took a little time before we became friends. He had some trust issues but now a year later the three of us are very close. We are in the current vernacular tight. But I best explain. Henry is a four-year-old little boy. He has big brown eyes and rosy cheeks. He smiles all the time and he counts on me to explain things to him like well let s see. One summer day I was sitting on the porch reading a book he showed up with a stick in his hand and walked up beside me. What ya doin Mitta Hoard he said. I closed the book and said I m reading Henry. It s a mystery. I really like mysteries. This guy his name is Elmore Leonard. He s one of my favorites. He laughed. L mo he said. L mo that a funny name. He stepped closer and took the book from my hand. He looked at the pages for a moment then looked at me most curiously. What readin he said. I had forgotten how disarming how challenging and delightful conversations with a four-year-old often are. Well I said let me see. You read the words. The words tell you a story . . . At that point I gave up. Tell ya what Henry let s play treasure hunt. He smiled and clapped his hands together. He claps his hands as if he is playing the cymbals. That a good idea he said. I get the pennies and the frashright. He now knows where everything is in my house even has his choice of bathrooms. Regardless of the urgency he may feel he refuses to use the pink bathroom. That he says fo gir s. Instead he goes to the green guest bathroom because he told me some time ago he found a golf club standing in the corner Jus my size. And before you ask I have no idea how the putter found its way to that place. As for Tank he is now a two-year-old long and lanky tomcat a handsome devil who seems keenly aware of his extreme good looks. He is the Brad Pitt of cats. He is all white with gray spots You see about a year ago Time and Nature came along and said I m in charge and after all this time I m taking some things back. 57 LAST WORDS He now knows where everything is in my house even has his choice of bathrooms. Regardless of the urgency he may feel he refuses to use the pink bathroom. That he says fo gir s. and a stovepipe tail. His eyes are emerald and he has a gray spot right on top of his head which makes him look as if he is wearing a yarmulke. He was a foundling not yet weaned when my daughter found him alone and abandoned in a garage. She could fit him in the palm of her hand and with the help of a friend she nursed him to health. She had tiny baby bottles and little blankets. She did research online and made visits to the vet to find out what to do. She named him Tiberius and where in hell that name came from I have no idea but when her friendship hit the rocks the handsome cat came to our house where because of his size but mostly his presence he became and remains Tank. I don t know how it happened but in short order Tank began to follow me around the house and join me on the porch while I had my morning coffee. Then one morning I woke up and there he was stretched out from hip to knee right beside me an occurrence my wife did not meet enthusiastically. Now hardly a day passes that some portion is not spent with Henry and Tank the Tomcat and when they re not around there s a gap that s as difficult to explain as it is unmistakable. You see about a year ago Time and Nature came along and said I m in charge and after all this time I m taking some things back. Details are not important because there are people who have suffered and endured far more than I did. But after a lifetime of gifts and freedom of movement the world was different. I heard words and phrases I never believed I would hear inoperable degenerative and the topper the sentence uttered quietly but directly by a compassionate specialist. Walking will never be your friend again he said. Standing for long periods of time will be difficult. My family wife Cindy sons John and Joe and daughter Megan were wonderful and supportive through it all but in the darkest days Tank and Henry came along. Tank walked around the house with me when each step was a challenge. Henry sat with me on the couch and out on the porch. He led me to do a little more with each visit and still does. Tank greets me each morning with a nudge and waits for his snack while the coffee is brewing. The treatments and medication helped me but I know down deep that Henry and Tank the Tomcat provided a kind of remedy that I desperately needed. I dearly miss taking long walks by the river with my wife and playing catch with the kids or hitting tennis balls. I wish that I could walk the golf course searching for a lost ball as I did so many times in the past. Those treasures are gone except for the memories. But now I have something else. I have Henry and I have Tank the Tomcat new friends and the best damn pain medication in the world. SEE THE MO VIE What sets us apart Everything. See every Sub-Zero and Wolf product in its natural environment at The Living Kitchen. Skip appliance row and get hands-on with the complete line of Sub-Zero and Wolf products as you move from one full-scale kitchen vignette to the next. Once you ve been inspired by all that your new kitchen can be our specialists will help you turn your dreams into a reality. 9190 Seward Road Fairfield OH 45014 513-874-5444 2040 S. Alex Road Dayton OH 45449 937-384-7804 The Custom Experience. 42 name brands and hundreds of price points to meet your budget. 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