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PRINT MOV IE EDITION FALL 2017 FI NE HOM E S 5 MADISONVILLE It s happening GREG HOARD Back to school FANTASTIC CINCINNATI KITCHENS PR E SE N T E D BY Truly a memorable experience seeing the first class design of the showroom and the artful arrangement of beautiful appliances on such a personal level. 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. 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Photos are for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 10 31 17. 2017 Wood-Mode Inc. TH ANNIVERSARY 1942 2017 EDI ON HEIGHTS S by Wood-Mode Uptown enlightened. Classic lines illuminated by modern convenience offer a fresh perspective on urban living. Ignite the spark of inspiration at wood-mode.com edisonheights. Tile & Stone HUGE SAVINGS All Photos Courtesy of Dal-Tile Distribution Inc. Carpets & Floors B E S T FA L L 2 017 THE RETURN OF MADISON VILLE SEE THE MO VIE 8 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES It s happening in Madisonville By Jack Heffron WHEN I PULL UP TO DICK HAGUE S 1890s VICTORIAN HOME he s standing in the front yard watering plants. Wearing blue jeans a gray t-shirt and black suspenders and sporting a white pointed goatee he looks a bit like an off-duty Civil War officer. But his easy wave is not at all military. He looks relaxed -- and preoccupied with his plants. He has a lot of plants. A rich green carpet of hostas spreads luxuriously under the shade of two tall trees. Flowers and vegetables fill pretty much every inch of the yard front and back. He s a gardener by hobby and a teacher by profession. Having retired not long ago after nearly four decades at Purcell Marian High School he is now writer-in-residence at Thomas More College. He s a well-decorated poet and essayist and a committed resident of Madisonville. At the risk of a cheesy metaphor he s been nurturing the neighborhood much like he nurtures his gardens since he moved here in 1981. And for a lot of those years Madisonville needed all the nurturing it could get. He led the effort to put in the Madisonville Community Garden on Madison Road and has been a very active supporter of many neighborhood initiatives. For the past year or so long-forgotten Madisonville has been getting some attention in the media for what s being called a comeback. After a slow steady decline over the course of decades suddenly there are new plans new businesses new investments new renovations. I m eager to find out what s happening here from one of the neighborhood s wisest members. He says simply It s happening. Then adds It really is. You see it all around you. The more than 35 years of work and hope and perseverance he s given to help foster the change is palpable in his voice. He agrees to take me around the neighborhood and show me what he means by happening. As we drive down the main streets and side streets he points to homes recently renovated and others that are ready to be. Both of his sons have bought homes in the neighborhood and as we pass them he points with pride at the properties. The French Rendez-vous Larry Misleh of the Madison Diner ESTABLISHED 2005 T H E PR I N T MOV I E E DI T ION Issue 37 Fine Homes FALL 2017 Cover photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 16 COVER STORY OVER-THE-RHINE Transformation in the city FE AT UR ES 7 MADISONVILLE It s happening 22 FANTASTIC KITCHENS Keeping the floor plan and making it family friendly converts space into a dream kitchen 50 MILFORD Living history in the heart of Old Milford 56 BACK TO SCHOOL The legend of Buford T. Hostetler educator 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. 2017 Specialty Marketing LLC PRINT MOVIE EDITION Most of the homes published in this issue along with short movies that showcase each home s best features are also included in the online edition of BEST Magazine. The high-definition movies include a walkthrough 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. CO M E Y. C SEE THE MO O M VIE AT HOW TO CONTACT US EDITORIAL Jack Heffron Email jackheffron gmail.com ADVERTISING Doug Sandhage Email sandhagedoug1 gmail.com Tel. 513-708-3849 ON THE WEB www.comey.com www.bestmagazinecincinnati.com SEE THE MO Presented by VIE 10 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES We stop at a large community garden run by the Lighthouse Mission. As we walk the narrow paths between the raised beds Dick names the plants -- pole beans and eggplant tomatoes and leeks collard greens basil parsley sage and on and on. The gardens obviously are well tended a fecund froth of green herbs and vegetables all around us. And there are chickens Clucking In coops Right in the heart of this urban neighborhood. In city-dweller shock I can only manage Chickens Dick gives me a no-big-deal nod. I think we re up to something like 350 of them he says. All of this helps take the neighborhood out of the food desert. As we tromp through the garden he says Back in the dark days this wouldn t have been possible. People were desperate then. They would have vandalized it taken everything. He calls this period back in the 1980s the crack times adding a lot has changed since then. He s quick to differentiate the changes here from the significant gentrification that has gone on in some other communities. This has got a local feel to it he says and it s much more mixed income. Just a lot of hard-working kids moving to the area. And they re politically active. The change is obvious. I m still just not sure why. It s easier to understand why Madisonville had seemingly developed through the years a bad case of middle child syndrome. Surrounded by some of the city s star neighborhoods -- Indian Hill Hyde Park Kenwood Oakley Mariemont -- Madisonville became known as an area you didn t want to go to so much as go through on your way elsewhere. A few major streets run through it -- Madison and Red Bank roads and Erie Avenue among them -- so getting in and out was not a problem. Things hadn t always been that way. Madisonville has a proud history. In 1809 a community called Madison was established here the settlers naming it after then-President James Madison. Apparently another Ohio settlement had the same idea so in 1826 when the village earned its first post office residents added ville to their name. A thriving rural community in the 19th century it continued to prosper as the region s economy shifted toward manufacturing. Until the 1960s Madisonville enjoyed a reputation as a commercial hub and a great place for working- and middle-class families to live a neighborhood more diverse than was typical in the city. But tonier suburbs began to draw the commercial and residential investments and Madisonville declined even as the communities surrounding it flourished. Like an overshadowed middle child the once-vibrant neighborhood faded into the background. In the decades that followed Madisonville made the news it seemed only when the news was bad. It was enough to make long-time residents want to scream Marcia Marcia Marcia. Those times however are a-changin . Early this year a national real estate brokerage firm proclaimed Madisonville Cincinnati s Hottest Neighborhood. People who ve been paying attention locally might not have been all that surprised though most of us probably wouldn t have picked Madisonville if asked by an out-of-towner. But even a cursory investigation makes the choice understandable. 11 MADISONVILLE Lighthouse Mission community garden SEE THE MO Mount Saint Mary s Seminary The Athenaeum of Ohio (Anderson Township near) VIE 12 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Moonlite Gardens at Coney Island The Red Bank Road commercial corridor on Madisonville s west side has been booming for a while now led by several large corporate campuses located there including the global headquarters of Medpace Inc. a pharmaceutical research and development company. New construction and investment along Red Bank and Madison roads have helped revitalize the area which also features a variety of new restaurants and retail stores. The hottest spot surely must be Mazunte Taqueria on Madison where people from all over the city come to line up out the door for traditional Mexican street food. But the Madisonville comeback also includes a lot of activity closer to the heart of the neighborhood primarily at the intersection of Madison Road and Whetsel Avenue. The city of Cincinnati has been buying property near the intersection to the tune of more than 4 million in recent years to support a planned mixed-use commercial-residential district. Dick tells me some of the details but says I really need to talk to Sara Sheets the executive director of MCURC -- the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. She s a former student he says. He says that a lot -- at least a handful of times since we set off on our tour. After nearly 40 years of teaching high school he s developed quite a list of former students. Sara he says will know what s happening. The MCURC office is located near the Madison-Whetsel intersection next to a former Fifth Third bank that likely will play a leading role in the new business district. Sara greets us with a ready smile. She has been the organization s executive director since 2013 when it received funding to hire full-time staff. Before then she worked as a consultant for the volunteer group helping to lead a 15-month project focused on finding out what the residents wanted their community to be. MCURC then compiled what the website calls a Quality of Life report detailing goals for the next decade. We asked ourselves what we want to be when we grow up Sara says. The report demanded that we make decisions and take action steps. There was accountability built into it. That s what attracted so many people to it. And many of these things have already been (story continued on page 29) SEE THE MO VIE 13 MADISONVILLE The old Fifth Third bank building in the business district Medpace Inc. global headquarters Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer (story continued on page 29) 14 This exceptional home - built to exacting standards in 1948 by Kopf & Kopf with architectural details aplenty & commercial-quality steel-beam and acoustical-plaster-lath construction. With 5 bedroom and 6 2 baths this home provides over 6 763 sq ft (plus a 2 400 sq ft lower level) of bright open-floor-plan living. Every room is generously proportioned and well-appointed with marvelous Art Nouveau-style features fits & finishes including herringbone hardwood floors and remarkably large windows. The serene 2.32 acre setting offers peaceful privacy flat lawns mature trees lush landscaping and a large in-ground pool & pool-house. Features include a private gated entry new roof new mechanical systems throughout including a new 70 000 geo-thermal HVAC system which means maintenance and utility costs are extremely low. The oversized garage can accommodate the largest of vehicles. Relax & enjoy MLS 1539800 Offered at 769 000 ANDERSON TWP Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell Home to Champions. This wonderful property will delight the horseman car buff and handyman. Beautiful turn-key horse farm on 52 serene acres with a very nice updated ranch home. You will love the changes and updates that the current owners have made to this home. The garage accesses the back hall area of the home which features tile floors a laundry area coat racks and a full bath. Pets and people alike can come in dirty and get cleaned up in this area before coming into the main part of the house. Enjoy the private setting with wooded views. Impeccable horse amenities include 26 stalls a 80 x160 indoor arena breeding lab office viewing area run-ins with auto water. A 4 bay garage with 10 doors and a 2 car detached garage complete this rare offering. Behind the barns are 3 generous pastures that each offer a 12 x 36 loafing shed serviced by heated Ritchie automatic water fountains. After barn chores wind your way back to the house past the 3 4 acre stocked lake. A must-see rare offering MLS 1548698 Offered at 1 250 000 BATAVIA TWP SEE THE MO VIE 513.404.7000 sarah sarahmccauley.com SARAH McCAULEY 15 SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE Builders 2006 Homerama Home. Charming modern-day interpretation of Cotswold cottage. Classic craftsmanship and architecture. Contemporary amenities. First floor master luxury suite. Spacious gathering rooms for entertaining. Beamed vaulted ceilings paneled walls and hardwood flooring. Amazing outdoor living with large private wooded .7206 acre lot covered patio gas fireplace & BBQ grill. Deerfield Township so no city earnings tax. Great Long Cove Amenities and Deerfield Town Center for shopping restaurants and theatres. MLS 1533834 Offered at 1 495 000 DEERFIELD TWP Award-winning DeStefano Custom VIE amazing outdoor living and water views from every room. Great home for entertaining with open floor plan. Stunning gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and walkout. Luxury first floor master suite. Flex room on first floor can be bedroom or arts & crafts room. Finished walkout lower level with 10 ceilings 3 bedrooms studio exercise room large media and game rooms. Professionally landscaped with lower level water view platform. Outdoor living at its best features covered and uncovered patio with fireplace and grill cooking areas. Enjoy all of the amenities of Long Cove and its great location to shopping dining and major highways. MLS 1537478 Offered at 1 789 000 DEERFIELD TWP Spectacular ranch style living with 513.300.2518 speters comey.com Exclusive Long Cove - Stately and luxurious custom ranch home featuring a traditional southern charm exterior design. Elegance and quality craftsmanship throughout this 4 bedroom 7 bath home with approximately 6800 sq ft. of living and outdoor entertaining space. Newly expanded gourmet kitchen with premium appliances and custom center island featuring seating for 8. Open floor plan with panoramic waterfront views featuring a grand entry with a barrel vaulted ceiling opening to a magnificent great room and formal dining room. Entertainer s dream with an amazing lower level providing custom wet bar wine room large open media area billiards and a new custom catering kitchen with service entry. Outdoor entertaining in the picturesque covered patio with built-in fireplace and media. Energy efficient Geothermal HVAC system. Great location to I-71 restaurants shopping and entertainment. Offered at 1 399 000 SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS DEERFIELD TWP 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN 16 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Transformation in the city By Michael Heffron DOWNSIZING can mean different things to different people. For Marc and Cristina it meant moving downtown. The couple s colorful condominium is located in the heart of Cincinnati s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Once a struggling area known mostly for urban decay OTR is now notorious for the best craft beer food shopping and culture in the city. Marc and Cristina both immigrated to the United States -- Cristina from Venezuela and Marc from Belgium. They were both working at Procter & Gamble while living and raising a family in Blue Ash but even after several years they never fell in love with suburban living. When their offspring flew the coop the couple started hunting for a new nest to call home. They really liked the budding OTR neighborhood and two of their kids had moved there already. After touring numerous downtown one-bedrooms studios and lofts they kept returning to this special condo on Vine Street. 17 FEATURED HOME OTR SEE THE MO VIE 18 BEST The location was what sold us Marc explains as we look out the three large living room windows onto 12th Street. The condo is directly across the street from a streetcar stop and a mere two blocks from Washington Park and Coffee Emporium. Within view stands a striking assortment of restaurants taverns and shops including Krueger s Tavern Senate and Gomez Salsa. Their building is almost bookended by Taste of Belgium and Bakersfield OTR. We are not good examples of people who like living in the suburbs Cristina says while recounting fond memories of being in the heart of this growing community. This city is so welcoming and walkable. Safety has never been an issue. When Marc and Cristina moved to OTR from Blue Ash in 2009 they were sold by the perfect location but they knew the building constructed in 1880 was in serious need of renovation. However this situation proved to be a blessing offering the couple ample space and opportunity to build a dream home. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES SEE THE MO ABOUT THE HOUSE 1203 Vine Street B Over-the-Rhine 4 floors of living space plus private roof deck 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Meticulously updated with wood flooring updated baths replacement windows Kitchen updated in 2017 the 2 gated parking spaces Ultimate in city living Asking price 799 000 VIE TIM ROBERTS 513.237.4982 tbrg tbrgcincy.com NICK BAUTE 513-236-2234 tbrg tbrgcincy.com 19 FEATURED HOME Together they replaced all of the floors with beautiful hardwood. They also replaced the windows and replaced the stairs added an entirely new kitchen built a quaint rooftop deck and added countless small touches such as lighting fixtures and water softeners. The building is protected by multiple levels of security starting with the gated parking lot which includes two parking spaces for the home. Access to the building is controlled by intercom at each entrance leading to the main hallways. From there the home has entrances on three floors including the first floor behind the commercial storefront located on Vine Street. The bottom floor is fully finished neatly tiled and makes for a perfect home gym bedroom or storage room. A door leads to the basement that offers even more storage. The first set of winding stairs leads to the second floor which is dedicated to the master bedroom bathroom and laundry. The couple added a clever walk-in closet with an open top and doorway. As you continue up the stairs you reach the third floor where we find the exceptional kitchen and living room. The three large-frame windows are pocketed into the original brick. The home has a loft feel while still offering plenty of space for a couple or small family. The fourth floor includes a guest bedroom as well as an open living space Marc transformed into his office man cave. The wooden furnishings handsomely complement the hardwood flooring and custom staircase that leads to the private roof deck. There is an effortless flow to the design of this home. It s so easy to move around here that it s hard to believe all this space is contained inside the brightly painted building you see from the street. Marc and Cristina matched the same floor plan on each level which will give the new owners the same endless possibilities to play with the space. One of their favorite places to entertain guests is on the private rooftop deck. The deck wood is a well-sealed slate gray and safely lined with metal railings. The view of the murals and street life below makes you feel as if you ve jumped into a postcard for ideal urban living. Passersby looking up at the building from Vine Street might not even notice a deck on the roof above and they definitely wouldn t expect to find a roomy home inside that has hosted upward of 50 guests. A public lot directly across the street gives visitors a very easy place to park. Downtown Cincinnati has all the advantages of living in a city while still feeling like a small community Cristina says while praising the diversity of OTR. Everyone gets to know you by name. She says that anyone who appreciates a bustling neighborhood with some of the best amenities of Cincinnati s downtown within walking distance will fit perfectly in the home she and Marc have created. You couldn t ask for better access to the culture of the city while retaining the privacy and luxury that come with upscale urban living. Marc and Cristina however are not finished downsizing. They are moving on but they agree that they don t want to leave behind the urban lifestyle so they are seeking another spot in a growing neighborhood. City living has invigorated the couple s lives and helped them maintain a sense of adventure and discovery. As the Over-theRhine community continues to grow there is no doubt that the next residents of 1203 Vine Street will be able to participate in another exciting transformation. 20 SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE VIE Italianete architecture by Hensley Homes. This stunning home is situated on the water with its own private dock. Over 7 000 square feet with high-end amenities. Seller updates include New Wolf stove granite in all bathrooms new carpet throughout hardwood floors re-finished new sinks faucets and updated landscaping. First floor luxury master suite. Finished lower level with media room bar billiards wine room exercise and full bathroom. Enjoy outdoor living with porch and patio with spectacular water views. Mason City Schools and Deerfield Township location so no city earnings tax. Long Cove Subdivision offers great amenities and close location to shops restaurants and theaters. MLS 1535043 Offered at 1 295 000 DEERFIELD TWP Totally remodeled home that shows like a model home just move in and enjoy your new home Situated on private wooded cul-de-sac road. Amazing outdoor living with covered patio with wood burning fireplace tiered patio and fountain. First floor luxury master suite. High-end finishes throughout the home. Lots of hardwood floors. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters stainless steel appliances and adjoining breakfast room. Finished walkout lower level with wet bar wine cellar media area recreation area play exercise room and bathroom. Deerfield Township so no Mason City Earnings Tax. Mason City Schools. Great location to highways 75 & 71 shops restaurants and hospitals. MLS 1529880 Offered at 1 389 000 DEERFIELD TWP 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS EDEN PARK This stunning 3053 sq-ft 3 BR 2 1 BA condo at The Overlook has everything you ve been dreaming about. The Ohio river Kentucky hillsides & twin lakes of Eden Park views are spectacular. Features of this superb open floor-plan residence w exquisite upgrades & designer details include a great rm (w fireplace & built-ins) dining rm breakfast rm large gourmet kitchen w custom cabinetry granite tops island bar (w wine chiller & bar fridge) Wolf & Sub-Zero appliances & a substantial private 500 sq-ft covered porch. All 3 bedrooms are large & luxurious. The master suite is especially w 2 walk-in closets & a sizable bright ensuite spa bath. This condo is 1 of only 2 on the 7th floor on the south side of the building-the preferred view. The 7th floor location means you are not-too-low not-toohigh to take in views sitting or standing. This condo includes 2 reserved parking spaces storage & on-site fitness center & club room. This condo is tax abated through 2022. Offered at 1 080 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 21 This spacious bright 4 bedroom 3 1 bath residence in the heart of Hyde Park has been impeccably renovated with amenities and room-flow befitting today s lifestyles while preserving all of this home s architectural charm & character. The gourmet eat-in kitchen features professional-grade appliances marble countertops custom cabinetry an island and built-ins. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large and rare sun-filled family room with walls of windows & walkout access to a sizeable Trex deck. The master suite features a fireplace his & hers closets & an ensuite spa bath. All baths in this home have been superbly renovated with high-end European fits & finishes. This residence also features newer windows and mechanicals a rear yard a covered side porch and a built-in 2-car tandem garage. Best of all is this home s location location location Stroll to Hyde Park Square Mt Lookout Square East Hyde Park Ault Park and Kilgour. MLS 1546970 Offered at 673 000 HYDE PARK Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE VIE Tastefully updated beautifully decorated and meticulously maintained this 2500 sq.ft. condo at Adams Place is centrally located to access all that downtown Cincinnati has to offer. Short walk to activities at Sawyer Point the stadiums and restaraunts. Enjoy vast winter river views. Full amenities include 24 front desk deeded garage parking heated pool and much more. MLS 1542930 Offered at 599 000 DOWNTOWN Popular Hartwicke floorplan with 5 500 sq ft in sought after Cherry Brook Subdivision. Gourmet kitchen with granite stainless steel appliances and adjoining breakfast room. 2 story family room with fireplace. Spacious master with sitting room. Lower level with wet bar billiard & game area separate theatre room wine room full bathroom and additional bedroom flex room. Great outdoor living with private treed fenced back yard. Paver patio with decorative wall. Homes is located at end of cul-de-sac. Extensive landscaping. Pool Community. Deerfield Township so no Mason City earnings tax. Mason School District. Conveniently located to Liberty Mall restaurants and shops. MLS 1529149 Offered at 598 500 DEERFIELD TWP BOBBY STEPHENS 513.703.9965 bstephens comey.com 513.518.1775 kkenny comey.com KATE KENNY 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 22 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Keeping the floor plan and making it family friendly converts space into a dream kitchen Story by Douglas Sandhage M any kitchen redos become much more than the homeowner bargains for in cost in time and frustration because structural changes often are necessary to achieve the desired goal. Good planning with a remodeler designer and or architect can minimize the potential problems and sometimes the existing floor plan may only need minor tweaks. This is one of those stories to prove it so. Dana Snyder with Designs on Madison served as the kitchen designer on this six-month project in Anderson Township. The home was built in 1990. We only needed to move a few things and didn t have to take out any major walls windows or doors. But the rest she added was a complete overhaul A blank slate. We didn t reuse anything but the floor and the walls. The homeowner agreed with the plan and because she and her husband have three young children this presented an opportunity to make sure the kitchen was safe while still being functional and that the outdated appliances could be replaced and rearranged. One safety feature included removing the cooktop from the center island -- where the kids often eat and do homework -- and placing it instead in one of the peripheral countertops. I love to cook and we love to entertain says the homeowner. That meant it really had to be very functional. And I wanted a clean modern look that went with the rest of our decor one that is comfortable to meet our style our taste. As with many kitchen remodels the first meeting between the homeowner and the designer involved looking at magazine photos of what the homeowner liked. But then everything changed when the homeowner visited a Homearama home in 2016 designed by Designs on Madison. I walked into the (Homearama) house and said when we redo our house this is my design inspiration right here. Dana said the homeowner was particularly concerned that the countertops the backsplashes and the custom ventilation hood be visually pleasing. They were very important to her. She knows what she likes. The countertops including the island are made of soapstone -- a surface that because of its talc content gives it a soft smooth feel and the ventilation hood was custom designed and made by Cincinnati-based MetalCraft a custom metal fabrication shop. We (the homeowner and Martin a designer at MetalCraft) sat at a computer. He had some samples I had a picture says the homeowner. She adds that the hood stands as our unique design feature against what continues to be trendy in kitchen design all white. And while subway-styled backsplash tiles are also very trendy with a look the homeowner desired she still wanted something a bit different -- a subtle but elegant look -- so chose natural marble as the material. Dana notes that the island needed to be substantial in size yet still look proportionate to the room. We originally had it planned for seating on just one side but added another chair at the end. 23 FANTASTIC KITCHENS 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 ANDERSON TOWNSHIP In summary Dana says the homeowner s goals were accomplished. It went very smooth adding that the experience was enhanced by an open communications among all parties. The homeowner asked that a mention be made regarding the service she received from Custom Distributors. Custom supplied the appliances for her project and serves as a Tisdel Distributing authorized dealer. Kathy Damm from Custom did a great job showing me features I didn t know about otherwise. They really want to make sure buyers know how to use every feature to its fullest she says. Kathy is a product expert for Custom and its v vvv vv corporate chef helping to answer questions about how to best use its featured appliances for cooking and refrigeration. She has been with Custom for more than a decade. The homeowner s new kitchen is now the place to congregate she says. Not only friends but the kids when they get home from school to have a snack to eat their breakfast. I am very pleased. I am cooking in my dream kitchen. SHOWROOM WHO DID IT Kitchen Design Designs on Madison. www.designsonmadison.com. Tel. 513-321-0545 General Contractor Allen & Frey Builders Cabinetry Shiloh Cabinetry flat panel with beaded inset artic color with slate glaze Countertops & Island Soapstone purchased from Stone Statements Backsplash Natural marble and glazed porcelain purchased from Ohio Tile & Marble Sinks Faucets & Farmhouse Apron Sink Purchased from Keidel Supply Lighting Visual Comforts purchased from Designs on Madison Appliances Sub-Zero 48 built-in side-by-side refrigerator Wolf 36 gas rangetop Wolf 30 E Series double wall oven Wolf 24 microwave. Purchased from Custom Distributors Inc. Ventilation Hood Custom designed and hand-made by MetalCraft Cincinnati 24 SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE VIE This exquisitely renovated 2660 sq ft luxury condo features open floor plan formal dining room sweeping river views luxury finishes tip to toe extra large master suite en suite guest room. Adams Place offers luxury living along the Ohio River within walking distance of sports and concert venues downtown restaurants and theaters as well as beautiful Sawyer Point. Amenities include 24 hour front desk concierge garage parking heated outdoor pool manicured grounds exercise room and many others. MLS 1535192 Offered at 1 050 000 DOWNTOWN Sophisticated and refined family home located in Nationally recognized Historic Glendale. This custom built brick and limestone home boasts 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms in a 7626 sq ft. living space. 1st floor luxury master suite with his and her baths. 1st floor study & 2nd floor loft. Gourmet kitchen w granite large pantry and breakfast room. Lower level with wet bar recreation room and fitness area. In-ground pool and 4 season room w indoor-outdoor Viking grill and Wolf hood. 2 laundry rooms 3 car garage. Great location Near I-75 and I-275 restaurants shopping and entertainment. Offered at 775 000 GLENDALE BOBBY STEPHENS 513.703.9965 bstephens comey.com 513.518.1775 kkenny comey.com KATE KENNY 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN HYDE PARK This exquisitely maintained and updated 5 bedroom 4 1 bath home is one of the finest residences in Hyde Park set on nearly an acre. The grounds of this property (which backs up to Rookwood) are pristine private and spectacularly landscaped including a vast flat rear lawn and flagstone patio with fireplace and paver auto-parking - beyond wow Other features include Architectural details galore. Fastidious improvements & maintenance throughout. Large-scale rooms. Abundant windows. Multiple indoor & outdoor fireplaces. A magnificent master suite with spa-bath sitting room (or dressing room) and a screened porch. Bright well situated and generously proportioned beds and baths. Finished walk-out lower level. Built-in 2-car garage. Nothing to do. Location location location just 2 blocks from Hyde Park Square. MLS 1542055 Offered at 1 495 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 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. When you work with our loan officers you can expect A wide range of home financing options Customized loan programs for a variety of financial situations Step-by-step guidance from application to closing Timely accurate loan status updates CONTACT ME TODAY TO LEARN WHICH HOME LOAN PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOUR SITUATION. Ryan Kiefer Branch Manager Direct 513-314-2248 2718 Obervatory Ave. FL 1 Cincinnati OH 45208 rkiefer primelending.com NMLS 581411 PrimeLending and Comey & Shepherd Realtors are not affiliated. All loans subject to credit approval. Rates and fees subject to change. Mortgage financing provided by PrimeLending a PlainsCapital Company. Equal Housing Lender. 2015 PrimeLending a PlainsCapital Company. PrimeLending a PlainsCapital Company (NMLS 13649) is a wholly owned subsidiary of a state-chartered bank and is an exempt lender in OH. V121013. 26 HYDE PARK Hyde Park at its finest This large lovely and bright 6 bedroom 4 2 bath traditional brick home is located on a sought-after tree-lined cul-de-sac that adjoins Cincinnati Country Club. This home has been renovated from top-to-bottom by the current owner who is a superb interior designer. There s nothing to do but move in and pinch yourself. This home features a rare 1st floor master option (or large family room) that boasts walkout access to the rear deck a wall of built-ins and an adjoining full bath. The 2nd floor master is bright and well-appointed featuring a sitting area en-suite spa bath and walkout to a private terrace deck. There are three large bedrooms on the 2nd floor and three large bedrooms on the 3rd floor. All rooms in this home have high ceilings and are bright well-proportioned featuring period details and modern amenities throughout. The beautifully landscaped private rear yard features a large Trex deck for optimal indoor-to-outdoor entertaining. SEE THE MO VIE MLS 1545157 Offered at 983 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell SEE THE MO Fall in love with this renovated home minutes from Ault Park Upon entering the home one will notice the fresh feel and improvements. The refinished hardwood floors neutral interior paint updated hardwood and light fixtures all compliment the architecture and spectacular views. On the first floor the bright living room with a large bay window opens to the dining room with a walkout deck and recently renovated gourmet kitchen. The kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances quartz countertops LED lighting and a large island with granite countertop now shares the same view as the dining room and living room alike since a wall has been removed. Wander upstairs to find two of the home s bedrooms and a beautifully renovated bathroom. With a completely redesigned floorplan the bathroom features a spa-like soaking tub a large shower with a rain-head showerhead quartz countertops beautiful tile and new LED lighting. In the lower level one will find the home s third bedroom a completely renovated full bathroom a renovated laundry room a workout room and a recreation room which leads to the home s third and largest deck which is perfect for entertaining and relaxation alike. Do not miss the opportunity to make this beautiful home yours MLS 1545495 Offered at 499 900 HYDE PARK VIE 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 27 27 SEE THE MO renovated to a fare-thee-well in 2014 15 this penthouse comprises the entire top-floor of this landmark condominium building on Hyde Park Square including a 360 terrace with walk-outs from nearly every room. Upon entering via private elevator access the amazement begins at the curved entry foyer with intricate Moorish inlaid tile floor with the design repeated in the skylight above. The entry flows into the vast great room with surrounding views to the terrace gleaming hardwood floors and a dramatic fireplace that anchors the room. The phenomenal eat-in gourmet s kitchen was designed for a renowned chef cookbook author with state-of-the-art appliances of every imaginable function prodigious amounts of storage multiple work stations as well as walk-outs to the wrap-around terrace. Fido will want for nothing in this home as the terrace includes a dog run and potty-place. The private-quarters of this residence include four large well-appointed bedrooms each with their own spa-baths and terrace views. The master suite is especially spectacular and includes an adjacent den to curl up and watch a movie. Additional features (too numerous to mention) are stateof-the-art AV & HVAC systems abundant storage well-appointed laundry room and curved hallways that culminate in sky lit art niches. No words can depict the wonders of this penthouse which is above and beyond all others. Qualified individuals may arrange a private tour. Offered at 2 650 000 HYDE PARK A residence beyond extraordinary. 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She has worked in community development for years in a handful of other Cincinnati neighborhoods but as a Madisonville resident since 2003 her professional success here also has a strong personal connection. As for why Madisonville suddenly is a hot neighborhood she points to a combination of private and city investment along with an engaged community. But she disagrees about the changes being sudden. Madisonville has been a very strong and desirable neighborhood for a long time she says. The people here have known that for generations but some people are just finding this out. She notes that rising home prices in nearby neighborhoods have helped draw people to Madisonville but she feels it s the uniqueness of the community that makes it particularly appealing. There s a natural diversity in the neighborhood she says and it s a very real authentic diversity. People who buy homes in Madisonville are seeking that out. You live with a variety of people on your street and that s a wonderful thing. That s what drew me here. I wanted to raise my family in a diverse neighborhood. For quite a while the forgotten middle child obviously has had more to offer than much of the city realized. Madisonville has a very deep sense of history and you feel it when you walk around the neighborhood Sara says. It s ingrained in the physical place. It s a place with a soul. (story continued on page 40) VIE 30 HYDE PARK Exceptional Pristine Bright Circa -1920 5 BR 3 3 BA estate home majestically sited on a flat 0.905 acre lot. The prime location provides walk-ability to the best Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout have to offer. This home features only the finest old-world and updated fits finishes and architectural details including extraordinary stained glass windows grand split staircase 5 fireplaces walls of windows and artisan-crafted woodwork. All rooms are especially large. The stunning and spacious living room features 2 window seats and a walkout to the veranda as well as an adjacent solarium with fireplace and exquisite dining room. The sizable eat-in kitchen features gourmet appliances and butler s pantry. The spacious master suite features a 16x13 walk-in closet and en-suite spa bath. The expansive finished lower level has 2 family rooms and game room. Rare level lawns complete with brick verandas putting green & detached 3-car garage. This residence is the one and only of its kind. MLS 1540683 Offered at 1 495 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell INDIAN HILL Located in the Village of Indian Hill off Hopewell Road between Weil & Humphrey adjacent to the historic Peterloon Estate. The 2 remaining lots offer lush private 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 1 2 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH johnsoninv.com 513.661.3100 Delivering trusted advice that will be felt for generations. For more than 50 years Johnson Investment Counsel has been passionate about serving our clients their families and our community with integrity. Our trusted advisors manage over 9 billion in assets and are focused on providing you with integrated wealth management services to help you plan a future that will support generations to come. Asset Management Financial Planning Trust Services Charitable Planning Family Office Services And More 32 Stunning Indian Hill retreat designed for sophisticated yet comfortable living. Beautifully crafted custom Italian and French accents and fixtures along with elements used in the creation of the Peterloon Estate make this home a genuine piece of art. (Originally created for Peterloon plaster art deco animal plaques seen throughout were created by an Italian artist as samples to show John Emery for approval. Identical plaques made of stone are currently imbedded in the exterior lake side wall of Peterloon.) Second floor formal living with 24 foot cedar ceilings and Italian tumbled marble floors opens to gorgeous Library with wall of windows and floor to ceiling shelves painted with silver leaf accents. Gourmet Kitchen with Flottemesch cabinetry and walkout to deck overlooking lush landscape. Separate family living space with kitchenette full bath and an additional 2 spacious bedrooms with walk-ins. INDIAN HILL 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH Gorgeous one-acre building site with slight rise from street frontage. Beautiful mature trees and meadow to rear. Surprisingly private and far more beautiful than at first glance. Gentle downhill slope to rear allows for walkout lower level. Minutes to Mariemont. MLS 1537767 Offered at 469 000 INDIAN HILL 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com CHRIS NICHOLSON 33 This is the one - wind down the private drive to the auto courtyard and you have arrived at this classic Old Indian Hill home featuring intimate living spaces and expansive rooms for entertaining. The house lives almost entirely on one floor including a first floor master suite wing. The remaining bedrooms are on the second floor. The first floor features a welcoming entry with an adjacent bar a paneled study living room dining room an especially large and bright gourmet kitchen open to a spectacular great room all of which overlooks and walks out to a stunning large brick terrace overlooking the pool and private verdant grounds. The house features 5 fireplaces a 3-car garage and architectural details galore. Old-world craftsmanship and up-to-date improvements blend seamlessly. Not too big. Not too small. Just right. MLS 1530315 Offered at 1 235 000 SEE INDIAN HILL THE MO VIE Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell A departure from typical design this Kurlemann built home imparts warm hospitality livability impeccable design and open concept floor plan. The original owners commitment to unrivaled quality resonates at every turn within this significant home. Custom built in 2007 the 12-room residence has been meticulously maintained and detailed with the finest craftsmanship. The entry makes a strong first impression as it opens to study and gracious living spaces served by a fabulous culinary kitchen. Upstairs is the master suite plus 3 additional bedrooms each served by a private bath. The lower level features a wonderful recreation area with built-ins a full bath an exercise room and an incredible amount of storage space. The landscape and outdoor living areas offer a flexible array of warm weather recreation areas for family relaxation or entertaining on a large scale. An outstanding screened porch opens to 2 lovely patios which merge with the lush level lawn. This is an exceptional opportunity for the buyers who seek a distinguished home in an exclusive area. MLS 1534184 Offered at 1 569 000 INDIAN HILL SEE THE MO VIE 513.237.3314 bdowling comey.com BETH DOWLING 34 Light and airy midcentury modern equestrian estate by noted Cincinnati architect Tom Landise. This beautiful home is situated on 7 acres by Indian Hill greenbelt and among other hi-end estates. Main house features an open floor plan glass walls to allow tons of natural light vaulted ceiling exposed beams massive 2 way fireplace and generous indoor outdoor living space. The property that includes a pool house is perfectly designed for guests and entertaining on a large scale. MLS 1521304 Offered at 1 595 000 THE MO INDIAN HILL SEE CHRIS NICHOLSON SEE VIE 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com This quintessential bright white central-village 5 bedroom 6 3 bath estate is situated on 5.26 private flat acres accessed through a gated entry followed by a stunning tree-lined-drive flanked by white-fenced pastures that lead to the herringbone brick auto courtyard and the main house. This property includes a 5-stall horse barn with tack room and a pristine guest house with its own 1 bedroom 1 1 baths kitchen & laundry room. The grounds also feature mature trees & landscaping a gorgeous kidney-shaped pool with brick pool surround & patios and two 2-car garages. The 4 BR 5 2 BA main house has every imaginable upgrade designer detail & amenity including a gourmet eat-in kitchen 6 fireplaces and a huge master suite with stunning views of the grounds a large bespoke walk-in closet and voluminous spa-inspired master bath. This beyond-lovely home also features a den study a reading room two family rooms living and dining rooms a welcoming entry foyer plus a finished basement with games room media room wine cellar and half bath. MLS 1537012 Offered at 1 995 000 THE MO INDIAN HILL VIE Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 35 SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE VIE Distinguished 5 bedroom brick home on remarkable 3 acre end of cul-de-sac lot. The grand living room is ready to welcome guests and features random width floors crown molding and wood-burning fireplace with marble surround. The family room is well-placed off the living room front entry and kitchen. Features include a handsome beamed ceiling hardwood floors raised hearth brick fireplace separate wet bar and walkout to fabulous huge brick terrace with delightful leafy canopy. Other notable features include a 3 stall barn with water and electricity along with easy access to riding trails. MLS 1537788 Offered at 819 000 INDIAN HILL Beautiful transitional ranch located in private Heritage Club golf course with amazing views. Great open floor plan with 6 114 SF per Auditor. 3 bedrooms on main floor. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters Wolf Sub Zero Bosch stainless steel appliances and adjoining breakfast room. Marble & hardwood floors. Two studies. Solarium sun room. Master suite with built-ins. Walkout finished lower level with media wet bar fireplace exercise 2nd study bedroom and full bathroom. Oversized garage. Great outdoor living with patio and deck & professional landscaping. Original owners who designed and built the home. Great location to I71 and I75 restaurants shopping and new Liberty Center Mall. MLS 1524272 Offered at 948 000 MASON LAURIE NIPPERT LEONARD 513.561.7979 laurieleonard realtor.com 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS Private and secluded hilltop retreat with large second floor master bedroom with his n her luxury baths and separate walk-in closets. Other notable features include all travertine marble baths and replacement Pella casement windows through out. 20 x10 screened porch solarium additional 3 bedrooms on 1st floor very quiet setting among mature pine oaks...feels like an Italian villa with the patina of a bygone era. MLS 1533073 Offered at 740 000 SEE INDIAN HILL THE MO VIE 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com CHRIS NICHOLSON 36 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 newer custom cherry Auer kitchen 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. Located just five minutes to Indian HIll schools Cincinnati Country Day School or shopping in Madeira. This property has an extremely private setting and rear yard. MLS 1544573 Offered at 1 249 000 INDIAN HILL SEE THE MO VIE 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com Beautifully updated Ranch home nestled on 1 acre in private wooded setting and quiet cul-de-sac street. Large open floor plan affords elegant yet casual living at it s best Updated kitchen opens to large vaulted family room enhanced by custom stone fireplace & built-in cabinetry for wonderful entertaining with walkout to large stone patio and pond surrounded by fully fenced rear yard deer fencing included. Master addition includes sitting area built-ins spacious walk-in closet and bath with walkout to patio. Finished lower level with media room that includes an additional walk-in closet and 1 2 bath with room for pool table and exercise equipment. Hardwood floors crown moldings and custom architectural updates throughout. MLS 1550264 Offered at 825 000 CHRIS NICHOLSON INDIAN HILL DEBORAH RENICK SIMS 513.254.7733 dsims comey.com 37 Sprawling floor plan with over 5000 finished square feet in Loveland schools. First floor master suite with cathedral ceilings and walkout. Two story great room with stone fireplace and oversized picture windows opens to covered patio and spacious eat-in kitchen. Beautiful study with hardwood French doors & fireplace. Finished lower level perfect for entertaining with pub room home theater 2 additional play-rooms and full bath. Fabulous location on cul-de-sac street close to Historic Downtown Loveland SEE LOVELAND THE MO 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH VIE Pristine brick traditional situated on a prized cul-de-sac street in the heart of Indian Hill. This stately home features an open floor plan excellent room flow and numerous improvements and upgrades. The spacious bright white gourmet eat-in kitchen features Wolf SubZero built-in appliances granite countertops custom cabinetry a large island with counter bar and walkout access to the substantial rear deck. From the kitchen step into the inviting family room with beam ceiling a wood burning fireplace custom built-ins adjacent bar area and walkout. Bedrooms are spacious and well-appointed the master suite features a lovely window seat walk-in closet and en-suite spa bath. A private nanny in-law suite complete with kitchenette and full bath resides above the oversized 3-car garage. The private tree-lined yard provides a park-like setting with lush landscaping mature trees and plenty of room to play. This home is centrally located in the heart of Indian Hill just a short stroll to Indian Hill High School MLS 1541769 Offered at 1 189 000 INDIAN HILL Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 38 SEE THE MO SEE THE MO VIE VIE This exquisite home features a gracious library with soaring coffered ceiling a wall of windows and a stately stone fireplace. Upgrades galore from hand-scraped hardwoods throughout the first floor and upper hallway to the spacious finished walkout lower level with recreation room media room and granite bar. This home features two outdoor entertaining spaces a private courtyard paver patio off the walkout lower level plus a deck off the kitchen. Located in Chestnut Hill a gorgeous established pool community nestled next to 50 acre park with playground walking paths tennis and much more MLS 1547975 Offered at 769 000 MASON Dignified and refined custom home in desired TPC River s Bend golf community situated on a culde-sac. Great outdoor living with newly designed usable yard Koi pond waterfall and screened porch. Approximately 6600 square feet with 1st floor luxury master suite. 18 Cathedral ceiling in hearth room and gourmet kitchen. 10 ft ceilings on 1st floor and 9 ft ceilings on the 2nd floor. Finished lower level with media area wet bar fitness room and bedroom attached to a full bath. Great details in an amazing family home MLS 1538990 Offered at 960 000 TPC RIVER S BEND 513.509.6647 nsones comey.com NANCY SONES SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN Homes by Gerbus presents our updated Markham floor plan. Notable features include soaring ceilings first floor flex room with bath second story bonus room and abundant light throughout. Open kitchen family room huge master with sitting area luxury bath. See all Vintage Oaks has to offer with close proximity to highways entertainment & shopping. Ask us about off-site builds MLS 1524697 Offered at 824 900 THE MO DEERFIELD TWP SEE 513.295.6425 dgerbus yahoo.com DEBI GERBUS VIE 513.535.2103 bgerbus comey.com BETH AKELEY JENNIFER HENLEY 513.833.0362 jhenley comey.com 39 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. This classically designed townhome in City Side 2 showcases discriminating city living. Enjoy spacious townhome living on four levels--each offering extraordinary city and river views. Features include 4 bedrooms 4.5 baths a private elevator and a 2-car garage This is a residence like no other adjacent to a vibrant revitalized Downtown Cincinnati. The Banks Great American Ball Park 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. MLS 1532437 Offered at 1 620 000 MT ADAMS KATHY COMISAR 513.378.5895 comisars gmail.com Exceptional city living in the heart of Mt. Adams. The living room has grand windows from nearly floor to ceiling natural hardwood floors and exposed brick. Your guests get the immediate feel of quality living and vast spaces with high ceilings and neutral colors throughout. Broad entrances everywhere give natural flow rarely found in this age of a Mt. Adams home. The recently renovated grand kitchen features tall cabinets a working island beautiful new marble floors with hardwood inlay and new recessed lighting. The second floor is home to the family room with its own deck well lit space and natural hardwood flooring. The top floor deck offers a wonderful space to relax enjoy the sunset or take in the spectacular river view. The guest suite in the basement has a kitchenette and its own patio so visiting family and or friends can do their own thing. Gorgeous appointments and 2 assigned garages. This home has it all MLS 1537739 Offered at 1 399 000 MT. ADAMS SEE THE MO VIE 513.703.9965 bstephens comey.com BOBBY STEPHENS 40 MADISONVILLE (story continued from page 29) It s great to see new foodie spots opening here like The French Rendez-vous Cookoo s Coffee Shoppe and Lala s Blissful Bites but when I m in the area I always go old school -- the diner at the Madison Bowl. If you ve eaten there you understand what I mean. Larry Misleh bought the diner 11 years ago and word has spread about the quality of his food. If there s a Midas touch for chefs Larry s got it. Everything he cooks turns out great. If he whipped up a souffl of ragweed and shoestrings or an attic insulation en cro te every bite would be worth savoring. The diner serves simple fare and yet somehow it tastes far better than you d expect. After his first meal at the diner a well-traveled friend of mine proclaimed Larry s cheeseburger the best I ever had. I m here on a Saturday morning for his pancakes which are so good they make you wonder if there s something illegal in the batter. The trendy brunch places around town can t touch these flapjacks with an extra-long selfie stick. I won t even besmirch their exquisite pancakiness by topping them with syrup. Seated on a short swivel stool at the curved counter you can take in the classic atmosphere of the diner which is located at the rear of the bowling alley. Old tin signs on the wall advertise Pepsi and Burger beer. Bacon sizzles on the grill a welcoming sound punctuated by the thump of bowling balls hitting the nearby lanes followed shortly by the splash of crashing pins. At least a dozen lanes are already active early in the day. A big-shouldered bear of a guy with black glasses and a salt-and-pepper goatee Larry looks intimidating when you first meet him. But he s a softy at heart. Standing on the far side of the counter he waits until I finish my breakfast before saying Come on back and then disappears into the kitchen. As we talk he peels and chops potatoes with well-practiced dexterity. He s been in the food business all his life starting out at the Skyline Chili restaurant in Fairfax which was owned by his father and uncle. His three cousins still own Skyline franchises. When I ask him about what s going on in Madisonville he echoes Dick Hague s observation It s happening. He goes on to say There s been a lot of positive change. Now you think more about Madisonville as up-and-coming. You think Better get in while you can. He says he s not concerned about the growing competition around him as the neighborhood draws more restaurants and nearby Oakley continues to expand. It actually helps business Larry says. When you have more to offer more people come to the area. When Mad Tree [brewery] had their grand opening [at their new Oakley location] all the places around had record days because everybody was here in the area. The influx of companies moving here has boosted his lunch business and he foresees only continued growth. In five or ten years this whole stretch of Madison Road is going to be a different ballgame he says. And then he repeats what seems to be Madisonville s mantra It s happening. SEE THE MO VIE 41 Location location location. This fabulous Mt. Adams home is perched on a corner with no obstruction for a 270-degree-wide view with parks providing protected open areas. The panoramic view through the windows that wrap around the west-facing turret is without question spectacular and allows for many evenings gazing at the city and at the sunsets beyond. Built in 1865 the home has been completely renovated by some of the area s finest craftsmen. The proximity to the heart of downtown allows for a feeling of being part of the city s life while nestled above the boil of noise and traffic. Given the location near the bottom of Mt. Adams the home is also far enough from the popular entertainment areas that the street remains quiet. Walk to Reds and Bengals games or jog across the nearby bridges into Northern Kentucky. And the acclaimed restaurants in Over-the-Rhine are just a couple of minutes away by car. MLS 1525938 Offered at 1 999 999 MT ADAMS SEE THE MO VIE KATHY COMISAR 513.378.5895 comisars gmail.com Enjoy this freshly restored home ready for guests and located in desirable Mount Lookout. This home is situated away from the street on a completely fenced in large flat grass lot. Plenty of space for entertaining including a beautiful front porch new back yard deck and paved patio which leads to the detached 2-car garage. This home features a brand new open kitchen with large island for gatherings eat-in area new hardwood floors and modern lighting fixtures throughout. The first floor boasts a comfy life-ready living area perfect for families relaxation or gatherings. The third floor is the perfect area for a playroom or guests. The entire floor has been restored including a new independent HVAC for year round comfort. Located within walking distance to schools restaurants and Ault Park. MLS 1545094 Offered at 579 000 SEE M THE O MT. LOOKOUT VIE 513.708.7770 hherr comey.com HEATHER HERR 42 MT WASHINGTON Stately colonial estate home on 5.4 serene private and park-like acres on sought-after Moon Valley Lane. Perched on top of the hill this many-windowed home enjoys complete privacy even though you are minutes from everything. Features of this 3 600 square foot residence include 5 bedrooms 3 full and 2 half baths a finished walk-out lower level circle driveway and 2-car garage. The wonderful solarium in the rear of the home provides a lovely view of the lush grounds. This home has only had one owner since it was custom built to exacting standards in 1969 an ideal opportunity to update to suit your tastes and lifestyle. SEE THE MO MLS 1528554 Offered at 649 000 VIE Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Lisa Williams dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell Introduced by a long ascending driveway and situated on 13 picturesque acres this distinguished circa 1910 historical home is perfectly suited for the buyer with a reverence for nature and an unspoiled lifestyle. Take in the view for miles of the Ohio River and hills of Northern Kentucky Original architecture punctuated by highend renovations reflects of the moment style. The heart of the home is the exceptional culinary kitchen which serves gracious formal and comfortable casual spaces plus a 1st level bedroom. The upper level features a beautiful master suite a bright and airy den 3 additional bedrooms and a remodeled hall bath. The master suite and 1 secondary bedroom enjoy access to an outdoor balcony with an unobstructed river and valley view. The grounds and outdoor living areas offer a beautiful stone terrace an azure in-ground pool acres of tailored lawn and wooded areas and that priceless river view. A 2 stall barn currently used to store mowing equipment could easily be converted to a horse barn. The river garden and woodland views are always a pleasure. MLS 1540045 Offered at 585 000 NEW RICHMOND SEE THE MO VIE JENNY SARVER jsarver comey.com 513.309.4343 43 NEWTONSVILLE A cattleman (or horseman s) dream Two spectacular farms originally used to raise organically clean cattle but easily transformed into an equestrian s paradise On over 70 acres (54.15 acres of hay fields) the farm on Woodville Pike offers 3 ranch homes 2 of which are only 5 years old with sprawling rooms and just a short walk across the private drive to the barn MLS 1544408 Just down the street from Stonelick State Park Newtonsville farm sits on 33.052 acres. With custom cape cod home complete with in-law suite apartment and brand new roof. This gorgeous setting offers a beautiful stocked pond and 4 outbuildings including a 10 stall barn with tack room & 160x72 arena. MLS 1549566 SEE THE MO Both farms are lined with durable white 4 board fencing. Additional 27.161 acres of clover orchard grass timothy mix is available. MLS 1511298 VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com This classic Tudor was designed by Harry Hake Sr. a well-known architect commissioned and known for his turn of the century Traditional styles. Later he designed Crosley Field. Located in the gaslit inner loop of North Avondale the approach features a new stone aggregate walkway wrap around driveway large private yard and oversized four car garage. Incredibly built featuring hardwood floors crown molding wainscoting beamed ceilings custom designed built-ins and large oak pocket doors. Other notable features include 6 bedrooms renovated bathrooms second floor laundry new HVAC systems and updated electric. New carpet throughout the second floor. The gourmet kitchen was renovated 2017 and features a walkout to a new deck. Enjoy the wrap-around front porch with many areas for entertaining. Original iron fixtures beautiful wood ceiling limestone stairs and brick walls enhance the serene setting. Many outstanding vintage items remain in the home including a bar as part of the spacious lower level formerly a speak easy back in the day. Other exterior enhancements include perimeter excavation and new landscaping. Located near Universities parks hospitals and downtown. MLS 1542346 Offered at 619 000 GINA DUBELL-SMITH NORTH AVONDALE SEE THE MO VIE 513.708.7770 hherr comey.com HEATHER HERR 44 Long admired by many this fine residence combines European architectural influences with a gracious and sensible floor plan providing comfortable daily living and perfect spaces for entertaining. The living room is a warm and inviting space replete with deep plaster crown mouldings a fireplace and random width plank pegged hardwood floors. The dining room is capacious and accommodating for daily dining and for grand dinner parties Natural light streams through large windows. The Kitchen is fully renovated featuring tall wood cabinetry stainless steel appliances granite hardwood floors and travertine subway tile backsplashes. Situated on greater than a one-half acre of professionally designed and landscaped land you ll appreciate the comfort and privacy enjoyed in a setting that is literally minutes from everything. MLS 1548480 Offered at 600 000 SEE NORTH AVONDALE THE MO VIE 513.527.3800 JACK WOLKING jack thewolkingteam.com SEE THE MO tree-lined private drive this stunning 5 571 sq. ft. home with 6 bedrooms and 4 1 2 bathrooms is situated on almost half an acre in the Indian Hill School District. Upon entering the home one will immediately notice the tall ceilings rich hardwood floors and open floorplan. The gourmet eat-in kitchen which features granite counters a tile backsplash stainless steel appliances a planning desk a fireplace and an oversized island opens to the spacious family room. The family room boasts built-in bookshelves a large gas fireplace a beamed ceiling wainscoting and tall windows with plantation shutters. Other notable features include a formal dining room with wainscoting a study separated by French doors a first floor bedroom adjacent to a full bathroom a spacious master suite and a mudroom. The partially finished basement includes a recreation room and multi-media area. Enjoy ample storage a large deck which spans almost the entire length of the home and a large flat backyard. This gorgeous home is move-in ready MLS 1545102 Offered at 824 000 SYCAMORE TWP Tucked at the end of a VIE 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR FREE IN-HOME OR OFFICE CONSULTATION REFRAME REPAIR REHANG www.frameandsavehydepark.com 2940 Wasson Road Wasson & Paxton For Personal Professional Service call Marianne Sandhage 513-531-9794 46 TERRACE PARK Set on a large lot on a quiet cul-de-sac street this wonderful brick home has been tastefully remodeled redesigned in recent years resulting in a balanced expression of refined taste function and lifestyle. A few notable features are hardwood floors crown molding skylight pocket doors and generous storage throughout. Bathed in natural light from a multitude of windows the fresh interior enjoys a neutral palette and clean lines. Principle rooms include the formal living room dining room and a study with built in bookcases and a bay window. The gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets granite Viking appliances and a massive center island is open to the family room with built in entertainment center and a gas fireplace. The master suite with a cathedral ceiling window seat walk in closet and private bath with a steam shower completes the main floor. Three additional bedrooms and two full baths can be found on the second floor. The lower level with a recreation room craft room workshop room and large storage room walks up to the backyard. Outside hightlights include a circular driveway covered front porch back deck two car attached and oversize one car garages. Thoughtful design executed to perfection combined with prime location make this a great opportunity in Terrace Park MLS 1527844 Offered at 749 900 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR TERRACE PARK This quintessential French Normandy Tudor circa 1926 has been impeccably maintained and updated while preserving its authenticity character and historic charm. Majestically situated on a large lot this three story home enjoys a wonderful screened in porch a deck and a patio overlooking the private back yard punctuated by exquisite landscaping and lush gardens. The interior is highlighted by random width hardwood floors natural woodwork bay windows higher ceilings built-ins and an abundance of natural light. Principle rooms include the living room with a Rookwood fireplace and the formal dining room. The well equipped updated kitchen with custom cherry cabinets granite counters and stainless steel appliances flows easily in to the fabulous family room with gas fireplace flanked by two sets of French doors which lead to the back yard. A laundry mud room and powder room complete the main floor. On the second floor you will find the master suite with sitting area walk in closet and private bath. Two additional bedrooms one of which has a large bonus playroom off of it share the hall bath. Bedrooms four and five are on the third floor with a tiled bathroom between them. The lower level has a cozy recreation room extensive storage and endless possibilities for additional living space. MLS 1542493 Offered at 675 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR A PRIVATE ELEGANT & PARK-LIKE SETTING ... ON THE OHIO RIVER Opportunity for this unique riverfront property and turn key business. Soon available. Send serious qualified inquiries to contact satisfactioncruises.com LIVE WORK PLAY Visit us online and complete our request form for your customized quote. Now booking for summer and fall cruises and 2018 event dates. www.satisfactioncruises.com 513-231-9042 48 TERRACE PARK This stunning two story contemporary sits on a large flat lot on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Walls of windows high ceilings and open spaces define the versatile floor plan of the home. Quality finishes add a sophisticated flair with well proportioned rooms that accommodate great scale entertaining as well as simple family living. Notable features include hardwood floors a new stone fireplace first floor laundry private first floor master suite office new light fixtures and a finished room in the lower level. The recently remodeled kitchen enjoys granite stainless appliances and a large center peninsula. The two car garage new driveway fenced in yard fire pit pergola and a large patio add to the appeal. This one of a kind home within walking distance to everything in Terrace Park is move-in ready MLS 1544438 Offered at 669 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR TERRACE PARK This sophisticated transi- tional enjoys curb appeal character function and a versatile floor plan. Bathed in natural light the interior is highlighted by rich hardwood floors crown molding bookcases vaulted ceiling skylights and a neutral palette. The new custom kitchen has painted white cabinetry carrera marble top of the line appliances built-in sideboard bay window and a pass through to the dining room. The great room with a wood burning fireplace flanked by built-ins has a volume ceiling skylights and three sets of sliding French doors that open to the fabulous new screened porch. Completing the main floor is a guest bath and convenient laundry mud room which leads to the two car garage. The private master suite features a walk-in closet doors to the balcony loft and an exquisite new bath. Another bedroom and a study nursery share a bathroom. The lower level provides additional living space with a family room and a large storage room. All new landscaping walkway and sprinkler system help make this home better than new MLS 1548344 Offered at 465 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR REAL ESTATE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION 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. David Wellinghoff Bob Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Lori Wellinghoff Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Brian Gibson Design John L. 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Built circa 1890 and originally part of the Kugler Farm it is breathtaking upon entry the eyes are instantly drawn up to the 10-foot ceilings and copious natural light pouring in from the original windows. But the home s historical appeal was only one of the reasons Mike and Loree purchased it nearly 10 years ago. Loree says We came here and learned that we love living here for three reasons The first reason is that we re part of the neighborhood -- it s an old neighborhood with a lot of character and charm. It s the kind of place where it s common to see kids selling lemonade and baskets with fresh tomatoes free for the taking. The second thing they like is being close to town and the third thing is we re right by the river right by the bike path and we get to take advantage of that whenever we want to says Loree. The couple really enjoys the mixed ages in the neighborhood it s the kind of place where the kids are outside riding their bikes up and down the sidewalks after dinner. As to what drew them to the area and the home Loree says We ve always been intrigued by this neighborhood because no two homes are the same and we heard a lot of good things about it. Mike adds We re sort of attracted to historical homes and we had driven by this house over the years and one day there was a For Sale sign. Loree came and looked at it and it was perfect. And for the past decade it has been the perfect home for them. 51 FEATURED HOME 52 BEST The house converted after 1912 from the original Queen Anne style to Greek Revival maintains a perfect balance of original features and modern updates. The gleaming wood floors are all original as is the slate roof. The couple has carefully lovingly maintained the house since they moved in updating it while still retaining its historical charm. To the right of the entrance is the formal living room featuring intricate crown molding and the family room boasting the first of the house s four fireplaces. The towering windows in both rooms allow endless natural light and a spectacular view of the peaceful backyard and private grounds. The formal dining room -- which also has a fireplace -- leads into the butler s pantry and then into the stunning custom kitchen with lots of cabinet space. At the back of the kitchen is a second staircase that was once used by the maids. On the second floor the master bedroom features a suite sitting area with fireplace and the bedroom itself has a fireplace and deep tall closets with plenty of storage. The fully updated master bath is something to behold two separate his and hers vanity areas linen storage and a tall glass shower with a door on each side. Fabric covers the walls in the guest bedroom a touch added by a former owner who owned a fabric store. The top floor has a massive versatile living space. Says Mike The third floor is a really big area -- perfect for a teenager because they have their private space. It s perfect for guests because it s got a little breakfast bar area and it s perfect for a couple of kids to share. It s easy to see why it s a favorite room in the house in addition to all the living space this area has some of the home s best views of downtown Milford. History also echoes throughout the top floor. The maids bedrooms were once here and one can easily imagine the hustle and bustle of an early morning in the late nineteenth century -- the servants waking early and heading down the back staircase to begin another busy day. The home has a lot of storage and Loree loves the hidden secret closets that are scattered throughout adding to the charm and mystery of the old house. The home boasts a full basement with even more storage space (including the old coal room) and Mike and Loree painted the original stone white to brighten up the area. The outside of the home is no less impressive than the inside. The kitchen door opens to a large welcoming patio with curved seating walls and a fountain. In the summertime Mike and Loree love to entertain here and the area could easily accommodate 50 guests with room to spare. It s very quiet on this two-acre lot and the couple enjoys seasonal views of the Little Miami River. The impeccable landscaping and towering old trees lend a serene feeling to the space. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES 53 FEATURED HOME Two of the three outbuildings on the property -- the barn (now an updated garage) and chicken coop (now a storage building) -- date to the 1900s. The chicken coop is another piece of history on the property. The original chicken doors are sealed from the outside but still visible on the inside and it s easy to imagine one of the early homeowners sliding the small doors open and latching them up to let the chickens out. History is always alive in this house. Over the years some of the descendants of the original family have come by to see how the house has changed and Mike and Loree let them come in and enjoy seeing the looks on their faces as memories wash over them. The Celebrezzes are empty nesters now looking to downsize with a smaller home but it s clear that they will miss this gem of a house. Sometimes I feel like the home s almost a museum -- especially when we have company that s never been here before and we tour them around and I think this place really is special says Mike. He adds It s a matter of the right people walking through. It s not for everybody but for the right people it s amazing it s awesome. ABOUT THE HOUSE 404 Mill Street Milford Historic 3-story home 11 rooms 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 2-acre picturesque private grounds Many meticulous updates and period details Walking distance to bike path river shopping dining Full basement and detached 2-car garage Asking price 629 900 BOBBY STEPHENS 513.703.9965 bstephens comey.com AMY MINOR 513-476-1055 amyminor hotmail.com 54 UNION TWP. Your own private paradise and a nice flat spot for your own luxury pool on 1.77 acres And a beautiful home to enjoy inside and out. Custom details and finishes throughout the home. Gourmet kitchen opens to the sunny breakfast room that exits to the patio with fireplace for those cool autumn evenings. Don t miss the private porch that hides off of the great room Finished basement could accommodate an au pair mother-in law suite. Home boasts a luxury master suite and every bedroom has access to a bathroom. First floor to be repainted hurry to choose your own color s This house is on public sewer & Duke gas coming soon. The seller s had two children with play pals in the neighborhood. SEE THE MO MLS 1529630 Offered at 599 900 Crowned by a new widow s watch on the roof this esteemed ca.1860 home offers three levels of beauty and comfort. Eight spacious rooms original architecture and sleek new high-end finishes. The original hardwood floors in the living room and dining room are complemented by the original pocket doors. The dining room front window has historic floor-to-ceiling fenestration which graciously overlooks the reconstructed full front porch with bead board ceiling and recessed lighting. Superb chef s kitchen with granite and high-end GE stainless appliances. First floor master suite has generous bath with barn-door entry. The home provides easy living with three full baths and second-floor laundry. Three spacious bedrooms rest on the second floor. Respectful renovation preserved five original marble and cast-iron hearths. Modern stacked stone tops the living and dining room hearths to the 9 foot ceilings. Huge deck accessible from kitchen mudroom walkout. Architect s renderings for a possible detached two-car garage or garage with second-floor apartment available. MLS 1545899 WYOMING SEE JENNY SARVER 513.309.4343 jsarver comey.com VIE 513.260.2223 karenk comey.com KAREN KELLEY THE MO VIE BARBARA HAILSTONES 513.659.5394 bhailstones comey.com 55 SEE THE MO Spectacular views and contemporary finishes. Watch stunning sunsets on 44 ft balcony overlooking river & Eden Park with view of skyline. Porcelain tile throughout. European cabinets & appliances. Walk to Eden Park Mt. Adams DeSales Corner & OLLI classes. Stunning Sunsets. Notable features of this completely renovated 1 692 sf condo also include kitchen with Italian matte glass cabinets top of the line appliances including a Thermador Freedom Induction stove Bosch double ovens and an oversize Thermador refrigerator and freezer. Residences of The Edgecliff enjoy a vibrant urban location and property amenities such as a beautiful pool and hot tub 24-hour concierge service enclosed garage parking a fully equipped gym and a guest suite. Le Bar A Boeuf restaurant A neo bistro serves delicious cuisine prepared by renowned chef John-Robert de Cavel. Gather at the bar and lounge area for lunch or dinner. There s even an outdoor dining patio that accesses the pool MLS 1534968 Offered at 550 000 WALNUT HILLS Best of the best in the lively Edgecliff building. VIE 513.235.3996 mwalley comey.com MARIA WALLEY 56 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES The legend of Buford T. Hostetler educator Story by Greg Hoard EVERYBODY KNEW MR. HOSTETLER. It was in your best interest to know Mr. Hostetler and furthermore to be on his good side. At our school this was essential to a healthy life. His primary duty was teaching eighth grade. But he assumed other responsibilities. He ruled the playgrounds at recess and the hallways from first bell to last. He umpired ball games. He settled squabbles and ended arguments. He stopped disputes before they began. He was ubiquitous and he was good at his job too. Real good. If you crossed the line at Johnson Elementary he was the man you met on the other side. His reputation was such that these meetings were few but the results were legend. More than one tough kid emerged from these meetings humbled meek and much better at coexisting in our little corner of the world. Mr. Hostetler was the undefeated and undisputed champion of peace and tranquility. No one absolutely no one disrupted his class or the general civility of life at our school. Mr. Hostetler was a genuine bona fide disciplinarian 1950s style and every year when the back-to-school stampede begins I remember the man and remember him fondly. Before you reached eighth grade Mr. Hostetler inspired fear and respect. Once you arrived the world changed. His achievement was establishing an environment completely conducive to and perfectly suitable for learning. Among other things he had a sense for good theater. When classes started each fall he would write his name on the blackboard -- as if there were any question about his identity. He would call roll and then take a seat on the side of his desk. He would study the faces in the room taking his time creating the proper mood -- general uneasiness -- and after that was achieved he would say Ready or not like it or not I m here to help you prepare for high school. I will give it my very best and I expect nothing less from each and every one of you. By the time I landed in one of those seats Mr. Hostetler s reputation was thoroughly established but we really didn t know that much about him. Stories abounded but facts were few and no kid had the guts to ask him anything about his personal life. It was said that Mr. Hostetler had been a football star at Indiana University a top lineman which would explain the two crooked fingers on his left hand. He did admit to playing collegiate football before there were facemasks but that was as far as he would go. We all felt that this admission was his way of making fun of his look. He was hard and there was no doubt about that. In retrospect Mr. Hostetler was a bigger broader version of the actor Abe Vigoda. He too would have been perfect for a role in The Godfather. He was also believed to be a highly decorated veteran of World War II. Some said he fought in North Africa. Others said he was in the Pacific Theater. It was the Marines. It was Airborne but no one knew for sure or could figure out if this was before or after his football career. Then there was his hat. During the dead of winter he wore this big black fur hat the kind they wore in Russia. Nobody in Southern Indiana had a hat like his or would consider wearing one. We didn t know if he was married or not where he lived or where he went to church or if he did. It was almost as if he appeared when school began and disappeared when it closed. He was indeed our mystery man -- and that made him all the more intriguing. In our community most of the men made their living by farming or in factories. They liked to go hunting and listened to Hank Williams. Buford Hostetler loved books and fine clothing. On weekends he went to cities Louisville Lexington Indianapolis and Chicago. He loved architecture opera and the Philadelphia Phillies. His interests were as broad as the bumper on his Buick. His desk was crowded with fiction and poetry history and biography. On the shelves behind his desk were books on science and current affairs. He brought newspapers to the classroom The Indianapolis Star and News The Louisville Times and Courier-Journal. He encouraged us to read as much and as often as possible. When I showed an interest in Jack London he handed me The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and later Hamlin Garland. He was never sparing when it came to rudimentary courses but he seemed to place more importance on exploring the library and sharing what we found. He literally tricked us into doing oral reports. Mr. Hoard why don t you tell us about the book you are reading the one by Hamlin Garland Mr. Hostetler s tactics didn t work with everyone and were not always popular. No educator anywhere is that good. But he showed many of us that a man could enjoy literature a ballplayer could love history or math and that -- no matter what anybody said back then -- girls could excel in the sciences just as well as boys. He told us -- he showed us -- that there were new worlds and worlds within our reach. He taught us to think big and fight hard. Years and years later when my byline started turning up in newspapers I ran into Mr. Hostetler at a ceremony surrounding the Madison Regatta. His health was clearly failing and his color was not good but his handshake could still bring you to your knees. He smiled and patted me on the back. I knew you would do well he said. You make me proud. Before I could reply before I could thank him he eased me away. Go on now he said. Go Mr. Hoard. You have things to do. Buford T. Hostetler was a man perfectly suited for his time. His ways probably wouldn t play today. But when the kids head back to school I always think of him. He s a man well worth remembering. He brought some sophistication to a country school and he was man enough to do it. 57 LAST WORDS Plan in real life at The Living Kitchen Twist knobs. Open doors. Compare features. 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