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PRINT MOV IE EDITION W INTER 2018 FI NE HOM E S 5 Observations on MT. LOOKOUT GREG HOARD A house or a home FANTASTIC CINCINNATI KITCHEN PR E SE N T E D BY O U R S H O W R O O M S T I M U L AT E S A L L F I V E S E N S E S . S I X I F Y O U I N C L U D E Y O U R S E N S E O F A C C O M P L I S H M E N T. Taste touch and see the true potential for your kitchen. From appliance test-drives to chef-led demos we invite you to explore our products with all of your senses engaged. 7177 Central Parke Blvd. Mason Ohio 45040 Tel. 513-339-0990 (Toll Free 800-426-8589) For dealer listings please visit www.TisdelDistributing.com BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF BUY ONE SQ. FT. OF STAINMASTER CARPET AND GET THE SECOND SQ. FT. 50% OFF CARPET DESIGNED FOR PETS and THEIR PEOPLE 1968-20 18 RESISTS PET STAINS RELEASES PET HAIR REDUCES PET ODOR DEALER INFO HERE 2017 INVISTA. All Rights Reserved. STAINMASTER and the STAINMASTER family of marks and logos are trademarks of INVISTA. 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Carpets & Floors LOCAL FAMILY-OWNED FOR 50 YEARS CARPET HARDWOOD WATERPROOF FLOOR LUXURY VINYL CERAMIC TILE HARDWOOD REFINISHING McSwainCarpets.com 513-771-1400 B E S T W I N T ER 2 018 MT. LOOKOUT SEE THE MO VIE 8 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Observations on Mt. Lookout By Jack Heffron BUSINESS IS BRISK at Lookout Joe coffee shop on this cold Saturday morning. Lazy snowflakes lick the front windows while bundled-up patrons munch muffins and quiche around small circular tables. A jolly middle-aged trio occupies the L-shaped couch at the front of the room flipping through newspapers and chattering as they sip from steaming cups. The two young women running the place really are running to serve the people lined up at the counter. One of those people holds a little dog wrapped in a plaid sweater. Outside on Mt. Lookout Square runners and power walkers swaddled in puffy coats and knit hats thunder past the front window undaunted by the sub-freezing temperatures. Physical fitness is a good thing no question about it but I think some mornings are better suited for a joe than a jog. Many residents of Mt. Lookout however obviously beg to differ. It s not yet nine o clock and they re out in force breath frothing in clouds of vapor as they hustle along the sidewalks. The neighborhood clearly is home to a lot of motivated achievers. I m just killing time waiting for my haircut appointment at Salon M across the street enjoying the rich roasty smells and toasty atmosphere in one of my favorite business districts in the city. While Mt. Lookout and bordering Hyde Park are often lumped together in the minds of Cincinnatians the difference between them is illustrated for me by their central squares. Handsome Hyde Park Square was designed on a grid. The streets are straight the buildings uniform. Mt. Lookout Square is sort of a curvy hilly tangle with Delta and Linwood avenues swooping in and out like hungry birds. Attempts to manage traffic flow haven t completely erased the vague sense that while negotiating the curves an inattentive motorist might kill you. ESTABLISHED 2005 T H E PR I N T MOV I E E DI T ION Issue 38 Fine Homes WINTER 2018 Cover photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 16 COVER STORY COVINGTON High tech on the river FE AT UR ES 7 MT. LOOKOUT Observations on Mt. Lookout 22 FANTASTIC KITCHENS Wow It was all about the view 50 DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP Location perfection 56 GREG HOARD A house or a home 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 VIE M Presented by O AT O MEY Christ. Cthe King Church C 10 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Mt. Lookout Square which really is more of an oblong wasn t planned and plotted as a business district. It evolved in fits and starts as merchants started clustering around the Delta-Linwood intersection just after the Civil War. The center island was created in 1931 and turned into a parking area in 1952. Certainly not as scenic as Hyde Park Square s green space but nobody argued about adding much-needed parking. There s a rambling practicality here that s part of its charm. It feels more like a small town center than a tourist destination. While it has plenty of entertainment spots -- from Zip s Caf with its famously delicious burgers to the elegant Redmoor entertainment center to the ever-popular Millions Caf and Mt. Lookout Tavern -- the square also offers pragmatic amenities. After my coffee and a muffin at Lookout Joe I plan to get a haircut and pick up three bundles of firewood without leaving the square. If so inclined I also could get an oil change a slice of pizza a brow treatment and a therapeutic massage. I could do some banking see a doctor and buy a board game. The square is the kind of place where a popular sushi restaurant stands cheek to jowl with a TV repair shop. While Mt. Lookout enjoys a reputation as one of the city s toniest inner neighborhoods that reputation rests lightly on its shoulders. As you drive its steep streets admiring the beautiful homes the lack of pretention is obvious. There s an unmistakable lived-in quality about the community. Even the Cincinnati Observatory a well-known and well-regarded local institution sits rather unassumingly at the end of a short residential cul-de-sac. If Mt. Lookout has a rep for being fancy it somehow avoids being schmancy. To get a clearer sense of what makes this neighborhood tick I had earlier contacted a friend Kelly Leon who has lived here since 2009. A communications and marketing strategist at Xavier University and producer of the Cincinnati Business Courier s weekly TV show she knows the city well. But she had reservations about whether or not a neighborhood with such a posh reputation would be right for her. I was moving from a condo into a house she recalls. I was living in Walnut Hills near Eden Park and wanted to stay in the city. And I wanted a walkable neighborhood. I was focused on Northside and Clifton but just not seeing anything that was right for me. Then her real estate agent called her saying he had found a house that offered everything she wanted. It was in Mt. Lookout. I said There s no way I can afford Mount Lookout. What are you talking about I m thinking he s out of his mind. Despite her concerns she quickly arranged a visit. I walked in the back door and immediately fell in love with the house she says. It was perfect. And I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to afford it. Still she says she spent about a week researching the neighborhood getting to know it applying her walkability test. It scored an A . Eight years later the neighborhood s walkability remains one of the qualities she likes most about Mt. Lookout. If I don t want to take my car on the weekend I don t have to she says. I can walk to the square. I do that with some regularity. It s not just restaurants. There are businesses. There s a bank and a drugstore. And I love Nailtique [nail salon]. And I love being so close to [Ault] Park. When we don t have plans on a Friday night it s nice to be able to just walk down to the square. You re tired from the workweek and you don t want to have to make plans or reservations somewhere. It takes the thought out of a Friday night. You can go one place like the Wurst Bar and if it s too crowded you have other options. You know you ll find someplace fun. 11 MT. LOOKOUT 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 Since moving in Kelly says she s been surprised that Mt. Lookout isn t what she expected. When I moved in I worried about leaving a diverse neighborhood. But there s more diversity here than I expected as far as age race same-sex couples. There are people who have lived here a long time and there are new people. Lots of families and lots of singles. I m recalling Kelly s observations as I amble into Salon M for my haircut. Early on a Saturday morning there are only a few other customers. Three or four stylist stations line either side of a middle aisle. Throughout the tastefully decorated salon the air is pleasantly redolent with the fragrance of hair products. On the sound system -- the smooth coo of Michael Bubl . Mary Beth Mitchell is the M in the salon s name. Petite with dark hair and dark eyes she welcomes me with a smile and waves me to the back room for a shampoo. While clipping away she tells me she s owned a business on the square since 2007 when she still lived on the west side. I ask her why she chose Mt. Lookout quite a haul from home. She says she d previously worked in salons in Hyde Park and Montgomery and had built up an east-side clientele but she chose Mt. Lookout because it had a reputation for drawing young people. I liked the youthfulness she says. It seemed very inviting. And after 10 years she hasn t changed her mind. I love the vibrancy. There s just a lot of activity on the square. But she s come to learn -- and appreciate -- that it s not just a young-person s neighborhood. I love that there s such a range she says. The square has something for every age group. You have ballet classes for little kids all the way to stretch classes for older people. Places for 20-somethings and for families. There s so much diversity. And they re a tight-knit group. Everybody knows everybody. While the salon draws its clientele from many neighborhoods Mary Beth says the local folks have become a bigger part of her business. I love when people come in and say I just walked here. Even some of the staff walks here. As she rubs a sweet-smelling tonic into my hair I point to the front window where runners scurry past. She says runners and walkers and shoppers keep the sidewalks busy throughout the day and throughout the year. During the heat of summer she puts water bowls by the front entrance so that the many dog-walkers can pause to let their pooches get a quick drink. So while she was drawn initially to the square by its hip reputation she now most enjoys the diversity of ages and the strong sense of community. I m very happy here she says. And business keeps getting better and better. 13 MT. LOOKOUT People think you have to move to the suburbs when you start raising a family. But there are wonderful school options in Mt. Lookout like Kilgour [Elementary]. That s one of the reasons we ve stayed. Nikki Kingery resident (story continued on page 29) SEE THE MO VIE Ault Park Pavilion 14 ANDERSON TWP. 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 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell ANDERSON This significant contemporary exhibits premium architectural design inviting hospitality and exceptional placement. Its 1.5 acre setting is comprised of long established woodlands a large lawn punctuated by specimen trees and tailored gardens. Outdoor amenities include an expansive deck which overlooks a refreshing in-ground pool. Optimal placement offers close proximity to retail dining & expressway access. Downtown is only 15 minutes away. This home is perfect for the buyers with a reverence for nature and the delight in sharing the home s affable amenities with family and friends. 3 levels of living present extensive renovations high-end finishes and inspiring attention to detail. Restored and remodeled areas include the high impact chef s kitchen which is second to none lavish baths including the renovated master with custom cabinetry and heated floor. Formal and casual areas a sun room 5 bedrooms and 4 baths enjoy uplifting natural light ushered in by countless replacement windows patio doors and skylights. Premium finishes and fixtures 2 fireplaces 2 wet bars and fine finishes which include mellow wood polished stone stainless steel beamed and vaulted ceilings. MLS 1556506 685 000 JENNY SARVER 513.309.4343 jsarver comey.com 15 We love our very special neighborhood our home s fantastic greenspace and its classic architectural character. Owner WATCH HILL This beautiful estate home rests on 2 flat landscaped acres in magnificent Watch Hill. Recent and extensive renovations provide every imaginable convenience and complete ADA functionality. Meticulously maintained impeccably updated this once-in-a-generation home features 6 bedrooms and 6-1 baths. A new 2 000 square-foot first-floor master wing includes a spa huge walk-in closet a private study and adjoining family room with a wet bar. The spectacular gourmet eat-in kitchen boasts custom cabinets granite tops and stainless steel appliances. Ready for fun The fabulous lower-level family entertainment space features a fireplace wet bar and recreation room. And you can take the party outdoors with the in-ground pool and remarkable pool house with kitchen full bath and sauna. Classic design sets the tone while exceptional renovations ensure up-to-date quality convenience and luxury at every turn. SEE THE MO Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger VIE Offered at 1 950 000 dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 16 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES High tech on the river By Allison Haden Kim and Susan Drackett wanted a high-tech luxury penthouse condominium with a nearpanoramic view of downtown Cincinnati Covington and Newport. When they couldn t find one they made it themselves. They developed a living space that was the perfect marriage of aesthetics and luxury through home automation. The riverside condo was very traditional when the couple began renovations which ended up being extensive. They removed part of the second floor to expand the ceilings and make room for the windows -- opening the space to allow for more light and even better views. To add more living space on the first floor they removed the elaborate staircase opting for a straight modern one. They worked with a lighting designer who teaches at UC. We told her we wanted to design the lighting so that at night we could see the view Kim recalls. We wanted the view to be the thing. He says that by installing indirect lighting throughout the condo at night rather than this glass turning into a big mirror you see the view. The Dracketts also worked with an architect to integrate all the window shades so they re hidden unless needed. The renovation took 18 months and the LEED-certified environmentally friendly smart home reflects all the time energy thought and care that Kim and Susan put into making the changes. A portion of the walls in the dining room is made with recycled coconut palm and the floors on the first floor are cork -- another recycled product one that s quiet soft and absorbs sound. The details are abundant but mostly invisible. There are built-in cubbies in all the wraparound seating in the living and dining rooms -- perfect for storing everything from grandkids toys to board games to holiday decorations. Radiant heaters are placed discreetly throughout the condo to warm the glass keeping the rooms at a comfortable temperature year-round. These hidden details help make the condo ideal for entertaining. In the dining room a bar emerges from hiding at the touch of a button and a dishwasher is hidden behind the COVINGTON 17 FEATURED HOME SEE THE MO VIE 18 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES coconut palm walls next to the sink making post-entertaining cleanup quick and convenient. The TV is stored in a cavity once occupied by the fireplace opening up more window space for guests to enjoy the view. Kim is proud of these hidden treasures as well as the electronic features the couple added. When the Dracketts leave they can press one button that shuts down the entire house. It closes TVs turns TVs off closes cabinets brings down the shades turns off all the lights -- everything says Kim. Upon their return he adds they can press one button that turns the lights on in the entire place opens the shades and makes you feel welcome. The second floor is no less stunning than the first. There are two layers of shades in the master bedroom -- one sheer shade for the morning sun and also blackout shades to darken the room for sleeping. In keeping with the hidden features on the first floor the television in the master bedroom emerges from the ceiling at the touch of a button. SEE THE MO ABOUT THE HOUSE 100 Riverside Plaza 1004 Covington KY Spectacular 2-story 12-room penthouse condominium 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Extraordinary design views and details High-tech electronics Smart home LEED Silver Certification Asking price 2 100 000 VIE KATHY G COMISAR 513-378-5895 comisars gmail.com 19 FEATURED HOME The master bath boasts a unique and practical layout. There are two bathrooms accessible to the master suite -- one with a toilet and shower and one with a soaking tub and toilet. The one with the soaking tub attaches to another bedroom so when the Dracketts have overnight visitors it essentially becomes a private bath for their guests. The indirect lighting continues throughout the second floor so the view is never hindered regardless of the time of day. The workout room overlooks the Roebling Bridge and downtown Cincinnati but it s the second-floor office that s Kim s favorite and it s easy to see why. Two walls of windows provide another stunning view of downtown Cincinnati and the river. It s easy to imagine watching the Friday-night fireworks from the ballpark and taking in the view of the riverfront -- all from the comfort of a home office. To us it s the best of both worlds in terms of access to a neat area being able to see the view and being in a quiet area Kim says. Susan adds that there is easy proximity to all things downtown and the neighborhood is very walkable. It s neat being on the river because you realize why Cincinnati is here and all that history that brought Cincinnati commerce Kim says. Part of the charm of Cincinnati is what happens on the river -- the commerce the riverboats that kind of show up the cruises -- boats that come up from New Orleans that are going all the way to Pittsburgh. We love walking down here he says. You can go across the Roebling down the riverfront across the People Bridge and then through Newport and walk along the banks and across the Licking River and through the historic district. And of course the condo provides prime fireworks viewing. When guests gather for the Labor Day event they like to spend time both inside and outside on the condo s deck. The Dracketts are native Cincinnatians. They raised their sons in Indian Hill but now spend most of their time in Seattle where their children live with their own families. Leaving behind their masterpiece of high-tech luxury and convenience however isn t easy for them. This condo works so well Kim says. We spent so much time designing the electronics and the lighting. It s a wonderful place to live. 20 ANDERSON TWP Enjoy the stunning views from one of the highest points in Hamilton County. Amazing custom home located in the exclusive community of Eagle s Watch at Ingram s Ridge featuring a pool and playground. There has been no detail overlooked From the leaded front door to up-lighting throughout the coffered and vaulted ceiling lines. Great flow for entertaining and everyday family living. Chef s kitchen breakfast room solarium and bonus room with stunning horizon views. Finished lower level with full bath and room for possible theater area or 5th bedroom. Close to everything Anderson has to offer--parks walking trails community center restaurants shopping and even river access. MLS 1553809 Offered at 700 000 THE MO SEE SUE MILLER SUE ANDREWS WAHL 513.231.2800 twosues comey.com VIE ANDERSON TWP 5 4 3 2 2 PENDING 6 1 Massie s Pointe in Anderson Township presents an excellent opportunity for buyers who aspire to build their own custom home in a select and newly developed subdivision. Massie s Pointe consists of 6 lots the 1st one already sold. These lovely lots range from .47 to .94 acre and are listed for 120 000 to 205 000. Development features include underground utilities storm drains as well as a paved lane with curbs sidewalks and street lights. A Homeowner s Association will be responsible for the protection of property values and desirability of Massie s Pointe homes. Location is also key to the appeal of this new development. Anderson is a terrific place to live work shop & play. Buyers will appreciate the walkability to highly ranked Turpin High School and the scenic 5 Mile Trail. Minutes away are Anderson Towne Center Ovation Cinema Grill Anderson Center and a myriad of restaurants. The easily accessed expressway leads to downtown and the airport within 20 minutes. Massie s Pointe is someplace special. JENNY SARVER 513.309.4343 jsarver comey.com 21 SEE THE MO touch of privacy is this custom built beauty on .75 acre lot Quality new kitchen and master bath 1st floor study entertainer s delight lower level with walk-out Breathtaking backyard oasis great for play and relaxation 2 decks serene fountain Revel in luxury and privacy in coveted Nordyke Trails Enchanted setting MLS 1558171 Offered at 474 900 ANDERSON TWP Cul-de-sac quiet graced with nature s VIE Spectacular Long Cove custom home with magnificent waterway views This showcase home has 5 bedrooms 5 full bathrooms & 3 half bathrooms. Magnificent first floor master suite. Gourmet spacious kitchen with high-end finishes and appliances. Each bedroom suite has its own full bathroom. Finished walk-out lower level with custom wet bar wine room media area recreation room & bedroom with adjoining full bathroom. Great outdoor living with numerous patios and covered patio with waterway views. Great location to highways restaurants and shopping. 8 847 SF per Auditor with 3 423 SF in lower level. MLS 1557602 Offered at 1 879 000 DEERFIELD TWP 513.226.8736 ereiser comey.com ELLIE REISER 513.659.0656 raust comey.com RALPH AUST 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS Welcome to 4278 Berryhilll Lane Updated living on a cul-de-sac street that has it s own trail leading to The Blue Ash Nature and Recreation Center. The traditional house built in 1980 has been updated with today s desired open and bright kitchen granite and large island. The bathrooms have all been updated and the lower level finished perfectly for every level of play Location cannot be more prime. Within walking or biking distance to the new Summit Park featuring 4 popular restaurants including the Senate an ice rink and Community classes. MLS 1561089 Offered at 450 000 THE BLUE ASH MO SEE VIE KAREN KELLEY 513.260.2223 karenk comey.com 22 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES WOW It was all about the view. Story by Douglas Sandhage Photos by Kaskel Architectural Photography W hat do you do after you buy a 1980 s house because it has one of the best views of the city gut it and start over You make sure the gathering place -- the kitchen -- in the nearly new house takes full advantage of the view. Sure enough a collaboration that included kitchen designer Kimball Derrick Greiwe Interiors Joe Stewart Builders and Architects Plus did just that. For guests the kitchen and the adjoining porch offer plenty to see and talk about. The ultimate goal is that we wanted more room for entertaining and for cooking the homeowner says particularly during the holidays like Thanksgiving. Now we have lots of room for people to gather and do things at the same time. She adds that the kitchen and the adjoining 675-square-foot screened-in porch which includes a niche for a Wolf outdoor grill is perfect for gatherings of six to 10 people. Both areas she says offer outstanding views of Cincinnati and sunsets. The kitchen redo which included enlarging it by about 20% took about 18 months to complete. The 10 ft. long custom-built range hood and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances are the homeowner s favorite features in the kitchen. Kimball Derrick noted that while he has designed many range hoods this is the largest one he has completed. We worked on different designs and Doug (Greiwe) pushed for the longer one. The homeowner had an inspiration photo she found in a magazine. We integrated some general features (based on the photo) then added our own details says Derrick. The hood was built at MetalCraft a Cincinnati custom metal fabrication shop. It is made of antiqued aluminum and stainless steel aluminum helping to make it of lighter weight and meant to simulate an antique zinc finish. There is no question in my mind that the range wall and cooking space draws the most attention to the kitchen says Derrick. The range wall is covered with Italian Calacatta-paneled white marble and the countertops and nearly square island with two-inch thick marble of the same. The range hood niche and the antique reproduction armoire next to it is designed so that when people come from the entryway down through the hallway and enter the kitchen this is what they see first says Derrick. It is intended to give that wow first impression 23 FANTASTIC KITCHENS INDIAN HILL 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 look. The homeowner says the intention has certainly worked. People come in and start wowing then they look at the rest of the kitchen. Because the design called for a seamless integration of kitchen appliances the homeowner said she and Derrick started the entire process by visiting John Tisdel s Sub-Zero Wolf distributorship showroom in Mason to review their product offerings. We wanted quality products so we went to the best. The chosen appliances were designed to be placed inside cabinetry and the panels are fully integrated. The freezer drawers are hidden the refrigerator is hidden the dishwasher the icemaker all blend into the cabinetry says Derrick. The Sub-Zero wine storage unit we (story continued on page 24) 24 BEST also placed in the kitchen to help show the wine selection and for easy access. They enjoy wine enjoy sharing it and it becomes a very social part of the house and their lifestyle. The wine unit holds up to 144 bottles with two temperature settings. The collaboration on the house was one of the best I ve ever participated in Derrick says. As a designer I love collaboration because it lets the homeowner get more than the sum of the parts. When everyone is respecting each other s area but adding in it is a fabulous process. A screened-in three-season porch that adjoins the kitchen separated by French doors allows the homeowners and visitors to enjoy what designer Kimball Derrick says is one of the finest dining table views of the city and for sunsets. The 675 sq. ft. porch includes a fireplace a TV outdoor dining table and a built-in Wolf grill. They have one of the nicest outdoor living spaces I ve ever seen he adds. WHO DID IT Kitchen Designer Kimball Derrick www.kimballderrick.com Tel. 513-616-4640 Architect Architects Plus Interior Designer Greiwe Interiors Builder Joe Stewart Builders Flooring Rustic French Oak plank random width purchased from Mansion Hill Custom Floors Countertops & Backsplash Italian Calacatta white marble purchased from Kimball Derrick LLC Cabinetry Custom made by Kimball Derrick LLC Range Hood Custom fabricated by MetalCraft Lighting Purchased from Greiwe Interiors Sinks & Faucets Rohl farm house fireclay sinks and Rohl faucets Appliances Sub-Zero 30 all refrigerator Wolf 48 6-burner rangtetop with griddle Sub-Zero 24 freezer drawers Wolf steam oven Wolf 30 single wall oven Wolf microwave drawer Sub-Zero undercounter ice-maker Wolf 30 wine storage unit with glass door Wolf outdoor grill 25 SEE THE MO oasis. Truly custom ranch home with lower level above grade for walkout to desired upper and lower outdoor entertaining areas overlooking lake. Notable features include 7 303 square feet of finished living space 4 car oversized garage high-end finishes throughout the home and so much detail. Convenient to Highway I-75 71 shops hospitals and restaurants. This home offers amazing value that could not be replicated today. MLS 1557860 Offered at 1 645 000 DEERFIELD TWP Rare find in Mason Amazing 8.8 acre 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 Towne Center for shopping restaurants and theaters. MLS 1533834 Offered at 1 495 000 DEERFIELD TWP Award-winning DeStefano Custom VIE 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 Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 26 SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE VIE Architectural splendor in this popular subdivision of The Woods. Private wooded lot. Great open floor plan. Living room with boxed beam ceiling and fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances granite counters light 42 cherry cabinets planning desk and wood floors. Hearth room with fireplace and built-ins. Study with bookcases. First floor master suite. Lower level with media room wet bar kitchen. Room in lower level can be used for bedroom with full bath and kitchenette. Built-in Aquarium in lower level. Great outdoor living with covered porch. Located close to Liberty Mall restaurants and shops. MLS 1517423 Offered at 833 000 DEERFIELD TWP 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. MLS 1553712 Offered at 695 000 GLENDALE SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 513.766.1099 arichard comey.com AMY RICHARD 513.673.7258 sales jeffreydunn.net JEFFREY DUNN GLENDALE Beautiful well maintained ranch in the historic village of Glendale. Notable features of this wonderful home include a home movie theatre 2 kitchens bar and wall mounted TVs throughout the lower level. Other enhancements and amenities include a newly painted exterior new large deck in rear spacious private lot enclosed California room New roof updated Master bath and updated Kitchen. A must see MLS 1554825 Offered at 540 000 THE MO SEE VIE 513.225.5536 KEVIN JORDAN kmjordan comey.com 27 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. SEE THE MO VIE MLS 1542055 Offered at 1 495 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell An equine lover s dream A spectacular farm 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 New plat line rendering created by surveyor perfect opportunity to have property platted the way you want GOSHEN 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH Cincinnati Music Hall Over The Rhine State Opera House Prague Czech Republic Local yes. Global ano One-of-a-kind listings in Cincinnati s most desirable neighborhoods. That s where you ll see the Comey & Shepherd sign of excellence. No other local Realtor knows the market better. And none will represent your interests with more passion and drive to sell As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Christie s International Real Estate we ve expanded that vision to market your property to the highest possible number of discerning and motivated buyers at home and abroad. Results-oriented agents. Local expertise. Powerful marketing. A world of opportunity. Visit Comey.com or call your Comey agent today. 29 (story continued from page 13) MT. LOOKOUT After giving me a mighty fine haircut Mary Beth gives me the name of a long-time resident somebody who could speak to how the neighborhood has evolved through the years. Cindy Kelly has lived in Mt. Lookout most of her life. Her father now 84 has always lived in the neighborhood. Her mother grew up three streets from the home where Cindy was raised. They ll have to crowbar me out she says with a laugh. Sometimes people ask Aren t you ready to move I say Where To be accurate she s moved several times though always within Mt. Lookout except for a brief time in Hyde Park. My sister lives in West Chester and I tease her that she s in a cornfield. She says You re such a city girl and I guess she s right. I don t want to move to a suburb. She says she likes the activity of being close to the city especially the sounds. From my house I can hear planes from Lunken [airport] and trains on Eastern Avenue. I can hear boats on the river. I can hear the fireworks from downtown. I like that. Having lived here such a long time she s seen businesses and neighbors come and go but she says that Mt. Lookout has retained its fundamental identity. Overall it has evolved -- and probably for the better she adds. It s changed but ... really not so much. SEE THE MO VIE (story continued on page 40) 30 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. Offered at 649 000 HYDE PARK Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 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 Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 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 HYDE PARK This penthouse comprises the entire top-floor of this landmark Hyde Park Square condominium 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. 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. Truly a penthouse above and beyond all others. Offered at 2 650 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell HYDE PARK Beautiful bright updated home on sought-after southern Michigan just 2 blocks from Hyde Park Square. Location location location This lovely 4 bedroom 2 full 2 half bath Hyde Park bungalow boasts a spacious open floorplan with 9 ceilings hardwood floors and an abundance of natural light from the many windows throughout. Highlights include a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances updated baths a spacious master suite with en-suite bath and walk-in closet 1st floor laundry and study. The finished lower level boasts a large family room and bonus office (or play room). Enjoy outdoor living and communing with neighbors on the spacious front stone patio or relax in the rear screened-in porch that walks out to a large Trex deck that overlook the large fenced rear yard. 2-car attached garage. Convenient to Hyde Park Square Hyde Park Elementary Wasson Way & more. SEE THE MO VIE MLS 1558003 Offered at 585 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 33 HYDE PARK A rare opportunity for one floor living in this spacious high-end newer construction open-floor-plan 4 bedroom 3 1 bath home on a sought-after secluded cul-de-sac with spectacular Hyde Park Country Club golf course views. Enjoy amenities aplenty including recently renovated gourmet kitchen open to the great room recently renovated bright white marble spa-inspired master bath soaring ceilings an abundance of windows walkouts & natural light hardwood floors finished walkout lower level closet space & storage galore and a built-in 2-car garage. An entertainers delight. Come home & feel like you are on vacation every day Offered at 869 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell Charming 5 bedroom expanded brick cape perfectly located in the heart of the Central Village. Property boasts a huge flat back yard with wood deck off the rear family room addition and new cook s kitchen. Also added is a first floor bedroom and en suite bath ideal for in-laws guests or nanny space. Versatile 2nd floor family space offers bedrooms and study areas Master Bath is plumbed and ready for your personal finishes. Fabulous opportunity to own a large home (over 4000 sq. ft. per auditor) at a great price MLS 1554521 Offered at 750 000 THE INDIAN HILL MO SEE VIE BOBBY STEPHENS 513.703.9965 bstephens comey.com 513.518.1775 kkenny comey.com KATE KENNY 34 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 1 199 000 INDIAN HILL SEE THE MO VIE Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 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 THE INDIAN HILL MO SEE VIE 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com CHRIS NICHOLSON 35 Our home feels like it could have been built centuries ago. The old-world craftsmanship and quality of materials are incomparable. Owner A special buyer looking for a special home need look no further. It doesn t get more special than this incomparable 27 000 square foot brick stone and slate French Chateau situated majestically on more than 5 acres adjacent to 300 acres of forever greenbelt. A gravel drive leads to an auto courtyard and garages that can comfortably accommodate 25 cars Constructed less than 20 years ago and updated since then with impeccable craftsmanship this masterpiece estate features 6 bedrooms (including a 5-room first-floor master suite) 8 full and 4 half baths and 7 magnificent masonry fireplaces. Where to begin describing such a rare property Outside a dramatic slate roof salvaged from 2 New York City churches and a Gunite pool with well-appointed pool house. Inside old-world plaster walls limestone floors with walnut inlays century-old beam ceilings 1000-bottle brick wine cellar gourmet and catering kitchens. There are simply too many unique features of this incredible home to mention them all. You have to see it to believe it. CAMARGO ROAD Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger Offered at 7 499 000 dw comey.com 513.527.1444 Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell 36 SEE THE MO INDIAN HILL Premier location in the heart of The Village nestled on 4 acres of wooded privacy backing to the Bridle Trails. Walk to CCDS from this fortress-strong compound boasting 10 car garage with 2000 sq. ft shop both with 9 ceiling height. Hallmarks of high efficiency a few of this home s notable features include 600 amp service zoned HVAC with 5 furnaces 4 heat pumps 3 hot water heaters and overabundant insulation. Pictures can not capture the understated over delivery of execution. 14 000 square feet of meticulously engineered perfection awaiting your unique requirements. VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH INDIAN HILL Located in the Village of Indian Hill Birdhaven Lane is an elevated serene setting perfect for your dream home. Adjacent to the historic Peterloon Estate and surrounded by dedicated Green Area the two premier available lots offer flat open space & mature trees an ideal environment to craft your future oasis. 4 Birdhaven Lane is a true piece of art a custom built retreat with Italian tumbled marble floors & 24 foot tall cedar ceilings. A breathtaking Library offers a spectacular wall of windows with a peaceful wooded view and floor to ceiling shelving painted with silver leaf accents. Hand made Italian plaster garlands and art deco animal plaques (originally created for Peterloon) are also incorporated and can be found throughout the rest of the home. SEE THE MO VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH 37 Refined and exquisite Sanneman custom built home in desired TPC River s Bend Golf Community situated on a private wooded lot. Approximately 8500 SF with an open floor plan. 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms with a 1st floor in-law suite or study. Beautiful 1st floor luxury master suite. 3 bedroom suites on the 2nd floor. Large gourmet kitchen with hi-end appliances. Hearth and living room with fantastic views. 3 season room porch with attached deck. Lower level with walkout recreation room wet bar game room fitness room and media area. MLS 1560518 Offered at 1 185 000 LEBANON Spacious 5 bedroom home with amazing golf course views in popular Four Bridges. 2 story great room with wall of windows fireplace with floor to ceiling stone surround. Gourmet kitchen with double ovens gas cooktop and granite counters. Master suite with adjoining sitting room. Finished walkout lower level with media billiard recreation wine room 5th bedroom and full bathroom. Enjoy outdoor living with spacious patio with golf views. 4 676 SF per Auditor. Pool Community. Great location to I71 I75 shops restaurants hospital and new Liberty Mall. MLS 1545151 Offered at 675 000 LIBERTY TWP 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 Meticulously designed spectacular backyard oasis with in ground pool cabana pool house with electric and peaceful water features nestled in manicured gardens. Entertaining is a delight with beautiful landscape lighting & outdoor speakers. This freshly painted expanded Potomac II features a Morning Room addition open gourmet Kitchen and Great Room with soaring ceilings & over sized picture windows. Finished lower level with egress windows full bath & walk up bar offers versatile living & entertaining space. 4 car side entry garage LOVELAND 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH 38 Welcome to this outstanding custom-built brick 2 story home in the heart of Maderia. This sophisticated home features an open floor plan two story great room with gas fireplace built-in shelving and vaulted ceilings. The grand foyer entrance boasts vaulted ceilings and showcases the dining room and gorgeous chandelier. The great room opens directly to the gourmet eat-in kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances granite countertops and walk out to the patio and backyard. Just off the kitchen is the laundry and mud room equipped with custom built in shelves and a large planning desk. Other notable first floor features include hardwood floors and a large master suite. The master suite includes an oversized walk in closet and a spacious master bathroom with double vanity custom stainless window and soaking tub. This home offers three additional bedrooms on the second level and two full bathrooms. The lower level is finished with two additional bonus rooms and full bathroom. Outside enjoy the manicured fenced-in yard cul de sac street active community and desirable location. MLS 1562391 Offered at 779 000 MADEIRA HEATHER HERR 513.708.7770 hherr comey.com MADEIRA Welcome to 6507 Foxchase Lane - one of the biggest homes on one of the largest lots in this desirable Madeira neighborhood. Upon entering the home one will find the living room with a stone hearth gas fireplace bay window built-in bookshelves & wood coffered ceiling & formal dining room. The dining room leads to a cook s kitchen featuring granite countertops stainless steel appliances & a large pantry. The eat-in kitchen opens to the two-story family room with a wood-burning fireplace. On the first floor one will also find an office laundry room & three-season room. On the second floor one will find the master suite as well as three additional bedrooms two bathrooms & a bonus room. The partially finished walkout basement includes a full bathroom & an exercise room which could be used as a fifth bedroom. This home is near the shops eateries & parks in Madeira. MLS 1553603 Offered at 750 000 SEE THE MO VIE CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR REBECCA MESSENGER 513.703.1203 513.503.8498 513.614.6381 carol carolharris.com kpear comey.com rmessenger comey.com 39 SEE THE MO VIE Totally remodeled home that shows like a model home just move in and enjoy your new home Situated on private wooded cul-de-sac lot. 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 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 1561907 Offered at 1 290 000 DEERFIELD TWP Custom Homerama home located on the 18th Fairway of Heritage Club with spectacular golf and wooded views. This four bedroom three full bath home features 5 709 square feet of architectural design art niches and curved walls. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen with granite counters and adjoining breakfast room. Finished lower level with wet bar media area recreation room bedroom and full bathroom. Great outdoor living with screened porch patio and spacious .84 acre lot. Convenient location to I-75 & I-71 and New Liberty Mall. MLS 1551478 Offered at 759 000 MASON 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS MASON Exclusive Long Cove - Stately and luxurious 2008 HOMEARAMA ranch home by Marino Homes features a traditional southern charm exterior design. Elegance and quality craftsmanship throughout this 4 bedroom 7 bath home with approximately 6900 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 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 JEFFREY DUNN sales jeffreydunn.net 513.673.7258 40 MT. LOOKOUT (story continued from page 29) A few facts about Mt. Lookout The community located near what is now the square was originally called Delta. What we now know as Delta Avenue was called Crawfish Road. Mt. Lookout ranks 23rd among Cincinnati neighborhoods in population with 6 058 residents. The Cincinnati Observatory which moved to Mt. Lookout from Mt. Adams in 1873 is the oldest public observatory in the western hemisphere. The much-admired Girth Burger at Zip s Caf was named by former Bengals punter Pat McInally. 224-acre Ault Park is the fourth largest park in Cincinnati. Its iconic Italian Renaissance pavilion opened on July 4 1930. Driving distance from Mt. Lookout Square to Fountain Square is 7.6 miles. When what is now The Redmoor event center opened in 1938 as Mt. Lookout Theater the building s current owner Frances Faber then 10 years old sold the first tickets. SEE THE MO VIE 41 SEE SEE THE MO THE MO VIE VIE gorgeous light-filled home is located on one of Mt. Lookout s most gracious streets. Notable features include gleaming hardwood floors throughout and a thoughtfully designed custom kitchen that opens to the family room and features top of the line appliances cabinetry and counters. Enjoy generous closets and spacious room sizes. The walkout finished lower level is perfect for entertaining. Outdoor living includes a large deck overlooking the tranquil backyard. MLS 1554742 Offered at 775 000 MT LOOKOUT Alive with character and charm this Purpose practicality panache and much more in this exquisite custom home on 12 wooded acres. From the golden sunset views that illuminate an orange glow in the expansive great room to the sunrise rainbow lights glistening from window prisms you ll revel in 20 ceilings & dramatic architectural angles and details. Immense back deck spanning one end of the house to the other. Relax entertain enjoy the pleasure and peace of this natural setting with river view. Fresh updated easy location in cul de sac MLS 1545917 Offered at 547 900 MONROE TWP 513.520.6423 trina trinarigdon.com TRINA RIGDON 513.226.8736 ereiser comey.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 ELLIE REISER MT. ADAMS SEE THE MO VIE 513.703.9965 bstephens comey.com BOBBY STEPHENS 42 SEE THE MO 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 570 000 NORTH AVONDALE VIE 513.527.3800 JACK WOLKING jack thewolkingteam.com Urban sophisticated walkable lifestyle on the square New 3-story LEED designed townhome with rooftop deck provides modern living & stunning views over the heart of historic Oakley. Walk out the front door of your new home in one of Cincinnati s premier neighborhoods along tree lined sidewalks just steps from art galleries restaurants coffee shops and local community establishments like The Fresh Market Aglamesis Bros Ice Cream and the 20th Century Teater. Last detached builder model townhome condominium left in development. Move-in ready and designed for an open lifestyle with abundant light energy efficiency and distinguished tastes in mind with 3 bedrooms 4 baths off-street 2-car oversized garage parking and more 15 Year LEED Gold Tax Abatement with over 55 000 in custom finishes including a white marble chef s kitchen with farm sink custom tile entryway and master shower and beautiful quartz wet bar for entertaining off your private rooftop deck. Prime location on Oakley Square MLS 1532753 Offered at 699 900 OAKLEY 513.374.6494 cpfeiffer comey.com CHRISTOPHER PFEIFFER 43 The Ultimate in City Living This unique property sits in the heart of OTR and provides 4 floors of living space plus a private roof deck. Meticulously updated with wood flooring new kitchen 2017 updated baths replacement windows and 2 gated parking spaces. No detail missed in creating a one of a kind city home with a fantastic loft-like feel. MLS 1548550 Offered at 715 000 SEE THE OVER THE RHINE MO TIM ROBERTS 513.237.4982 VIE 513.236.2234 tbrg tbrgcincy.com NICK BAUTE Exquisite transitional style 2 bedroom condo with open floor plan in the core of OTR Bamboo flooring jetted tub stainless steel appliances and granite throughout. Interior covered balcony with room to grill and dine outside. The Trinity Flats building offers a pet friendly environment secured entry with tax abated savings through 2022. Enjoy close proximity to the Streetcar Findlay Market Ziegler Park pool and all the festivities of Washington Park. After a full day of work come relax on the community rooftop with panoramic views and watch the sunset MLS 1561953 OVER THE RHINE VALERIE CROW JACOBS 513.561.5800 vcrowjacobs comey.com 44 We wanted to live in a vacation home so we built one ourselves. We put so much into it somebody is going to get the deal of the century. Owner You can always tell when a home has been built with love and with vision. To create their dream home -- a getaway gem they could live in everyday -- the owners invested over 1 million. That s why the attention to detail throughout this exquisite lifestyle home is so breathtaking. Custom designed and built by Jim Daniels the home is located on a very private lot surrounded by trees near walking trails that connect to the Little Miami bike path. No question about it this is a home with a view. And that view includes a golf course and beautiful natural surroundings you can enjoy through a wall of windows or while relaxing on the spacious rear patio or screened porch. This stylish ranch home offers 6 123 square feet of finished low-maintenance living space with 12foot ceilings and a welcoming open floor plan that connects the living room dining room and family room. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms you ll have plenty of space for family and guests. When it s time for vacation there s no reason to leave. You re already there WINDING RIVER SEE THE MO MLS 1561076 Offered at 785 000 CHRIS NICHOLSON 513.608.5800 CNICHOLSON COMEY.COM VIE FREE IN-HOME OR OFFICE CONSULTATION REFRAME REPAIR REHANG www.frameandsavehydepark.com For Personal Professional Service call Marianne Sandhage 513-531-9794 2940 Wasson Road Wasson & Paxton 46 PIERCE TWP Experience this stunning 5 bedroom home tucked away on 6 private wooded acres in the exclusive Locust Hill Community of Pierce Township. This beautiful home features energy-efficient geothermal heat a built-in central vacuum and neighborhood-wide updated broadband services. As you venture through this home you will find 3 stack-stone fireplaces hardwood floors throughout and bathrooms with marble detailing. Enjoy the lush backyard with pond feature from the 3 seasons room featuring vaulted ceilings or walkout through the finished basement to enjoy the covered porch. It s a vacation right in Pierce Township MO MLS 1545388 Offered at 699 000 SEE THE VIE SUE MILLER SUE ANDREWS WAHL 513.231.2800 twosues comey.com TERRACE PARK This 5 bedroom traditional has been thoughtfully expanded re-designed and updated in recent years providing space function and every amenity one could want. Notable features are hardwood floors cathedral ceilings skylights built-ins pocket doors window seats and generous storage throughout. The large foyer unites the formal dining room and the gracious living room with a wood-burning fireplace. The updated white kitchen features granite subway tile backsplash stainless appliances center island counter bar and adjoining breakfast room with a box bay window and a built-in hutch. It is also open to the fabulous family room with floor to ceiling brick fireplace built-in entertainment cabinetry and glass doors leading to the outside. The study with built-in credenza and a wall of windows also has a door leading outdoors. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor including the exquisite master suite with soaring ceilings a fireplace flanked by window seats walk-in closet and spa bath with his hers vanities. The finished lower level provides additional living space with its recreation room full tiled bath and laundry room. The spacious deck has a vine-covered pergola and overlooks the deep lush fenced-in yard creating an entertaining paradise MLS 1561779 Offered at 699 900 513.476.1055 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 649 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com Ready for you to move in Exquisite Home featuring 5 bedrooms plus a bonus room upstairs and 4 bathrooms. Custom built by Dale McPherson in 2012 with over 6 000 SF situated on 2 acres in Manor Estates at Porter Plantation. With reconstruction cost at 1M what an opportunity Enter into a double height foyer view the staircase leading to catwalk directly in front with the 2-story family room in view beyond to the right is a study and to the left is the formal dining. The formal dining room with crown moulding base and chair rail leads into the kitchen. Imagine cooking in this Kitchen Custom cabinets granite countertops stainless steel appliances built-ins and a capital grille stove. Kitchen is open to the 2-story Family room with built-ins and a Fireplace. Beyond the family room on the first floor right wing is the first floor master suite with all of the amenities fireplace in the bedroom spa tub and shower walk in closets and more. Overall open floor plan with plenty of space to relax and enjoy home. MLS 509148 Offered at 725 000 AMY MINOR VERONA KY SEE THE MO VIE LAURA ZEMBRODT 859.250.2091 lzembrodt comey.com 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. Harrison Design Annette Askam Project Management Owen Willis Construction Josh Koch Construction Mary Dorger Paige Dorger Mariza Cohen Jane Dorger Marti Schuler Maddie Hartman Kim Merrell Alissa Groth Controller Katrina Stahl OfficeManager Deuce 3524 Edwards Road Hyde Park Square DIGS-home.com 513.533.DIGS (3447) info digs-home.com facebook.com DIGSHOME 513.527.1444 DW comey.com Services that require a real estate license are provided through Comey & Shepherd Realtors. 50 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Location perfection By Michael Heffron CLOSE YOUR EYES (or on second thought keep them open to read about this amazing property). But do imagine a beautiful home located at the end of an idyllic cul-de-sac. Enjoy the tranquility of the small stylish neighborhood located less than 10 minutes from a new shopping center offering retail and dining for the whole family. Pick a bottle of your favorite vintage from your basement wine cellar and walk out to the golf cart in your garage. Open the door and drive right over to the country club that has a private entrance just for neighborhood residents like you. This is the life that Bob and Farrah Hatfield have enjoyed for the past couple of years in Deerfield Township and they say they will truly miss it. They moved into this spacious four bedroom two-story house in 2015 with their three children and they agree it s going to be tough for them to leave it behind. Upon walking through the front door it s tough for visitors not to be immediately impressed. Through a pair of indoor columns you are greeted by a view of the living room complete with massive windows stretching from the floor nearly to the ceiling offering a view of the outdoor fountain centerpiece on one of two back patios. Beyond the fountain you can see the secluded backyard that gives the kids plenty of room to run and play. Although the house s charm was instantly apparent when they bought it Bob says they wasted no time in making upgrades and adding their own touches. Farrah is a professional home stager and her eye for design is reflected in all the details she s added to the home. She says her favorite project was the dining room which she completely redesigned from the wallpaper to the breathtaking ceiling and elegant chandeliers. She adds with all humility that the room has been a favorite of home photographers and designers since its completion. SEE THE MO VIE 51 FEATURED HOME DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP 52 BEST Farrah also was instrumental in the redesign of the home office restoring the hardwood floor and choosing a new color wall paint that brought the room back to life. Near the office is the first-floor master bedroom suite that includes a hallway leading to the master bath bookended on each side by his and hers walkin closets. The bathroom like the rest of the house is tastefully designed and features three large openable stained-glass windows above the Jacuzzi bathtub. The best part about this bathroom is the water pressure Bob says. I ve adjusted the pressure for the whole house but there s something special about the water in the master bathroom. The other bedrooms belong to the kids one room having its own full bathroom and the other two connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Their eldest daughter s room is a particular stand out with its vaulted ceiling. The kitchen as with most families is a frequent gathering place and the Hatfields say they are no exception. Counter space is abundant including countertop seating opposite the sink. The cabinets are French-Country style with a windowed corner cupboard. However the focal point in the room is a unique antique center island. The folding wood top is eye-catching and the island is not fixed to the floor so it can be moved out easily should you need more foot-space for teamwork on preparing a holiday meal. The open floor plan in the home creates an inviting atmosphere for guests Bob says adding that they ve hosted parties with more than 80 guests and no one felt crowded. Sunday football games are a huge hit with the Hatfields especially when the weather is nice and the patio doors can be left open allowing freedom of movement and conversation between all of the rooms. Take a walk down the wide staircase from the kitchen and you will arrive in the basement family room. To say this basement is finished would be a terrible understatement. With its high ceilings open space home theater system and stylish bar the basement is an impressive room to entertain and relax in. Next to the bar you ll find the wine cellar complete with its own wrought-iron gate. Past the large playroom you ll find the unfinished portion of the basement which has ample room for storage or a home gym. There is also a separate door that leads directly out to the oversized three-car garage. And if you re looking for fun outside the home look no further than the beautiful Heritage Club located next to the neighborhood. A private member-owned country club it includes a championship 18-hole golf course swimming pool tennis courts and dining areas. For members who reside in the neighborhood there is a private entrance so you can drive your own club cart right onto the fairway (as long as it abides by club standard rules of course). The Hatfields are moving out of Deerfield to custom build their own dream home. However they do not hide the fact that they have loved this home and the area around it which continues to offer new roads amenities and shopping centers. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES 53 FEATURED HOME SEE THE MO VIE ABOUT THE HOUSE 6687 Heritage Woods Dr Deerfield Township 4 bedrooms 3 1 2 bathrooms Totally remodeled -- like new Stunning first-floor master suite Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops Located on private wooded cul-de-sac Asking price 1 290 000 SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 54 Exquisite Homearama resale located on the 5th tee box of Heritage Club golf course on a private drive. This 5 bedroom 5 bath home is not one to miss. Inviting entry with dual staircase. Distinguishing details in every room. Soaring ceilings throughout Family room features a wall of windows and floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Formal dining room and 1st floor study with built-in bookcases. Gourmet kitchen with counter bar breakfast bay and planning desk opens to the great room which also features a fireplace and walkout to the deck. 1st floor master has a walkout and adjoining luxurious master bath with a spacious walk-in closet. Spacious bedrooms on the second floor. Great home for entertaining New exterior and interior paint new carpet and newly finished basement. Large deck and patio. 3 car garage. Centrally located between 71 & 75 with easy access to dining & shopping MLS 1556103 Offered at 945 000 MASON JACKIE QUIGLEY 513.615.4798 jquigley comey.com 513.237.5251 rmneal1 gmail.com ROBERT NEAL EAST WALNUT HILLS Best view in the city up and down river. Notable featues of this open floor plan condo include floor to ceiling windows 2 bedrooms 3-1 baths and 2 studies. Quiet concierge building in the heart of East Walnut Hills. Walk to Eden Park and Woodburn Avenue. This condo has a patio and a lawn great for gardeners and dog owners. Perfect for entertaining and viewing the fireworks. MLS 1560965 Offered at 599 000 THE MO SEE 513.235.3996 mwalley comey.com MARIA WALLEY VIE 55 SEE THE MO If you re seeking a lifestyle of elegance and tranquility you ll find it in this stunning French Country architectural home on the sixth fairway of the beautiful TPC River s Bend private golf club. Located in a planned community just minutes to shopping areas this wonderfully unique 4-bedroom 4 -bathroom home includes a first-floor master bedroom uniform high ceilings and outstanding attention to detail throughout. Relax by yourself or with guests on a beautiful screened porch overlooking a grotto pool and spa hidden by mature spruce trees. But the vaulted cathedral-ceiling family room is the true showstopper. The open kitchen family room measures 42 x 22 and includes a wall of windows to take in the surrounding views of nature. The large kitchen is both practical and striking featuring a French country hearth and stone chimney. Tasteful country living with all the conveniences You ve found it. MLS 1558704 Offered at 1 080 000 VIE Wow That s what everybody says when they round the corner and see the kitchen-family room area. It s perfect for entertaining. Owner CHRIS NICHOLSON 513.608.5800 CNICHOLSON COMEY.COM 56 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES A house or a home Story by Greg Hoard I WAS 25 YEARS OLD just out of grad school and traveling the Midwest as a self-styled tennis bum. My car was crammed with all the right gear. My head was stuffed with delusions. I had all it took for this tour except one thing real talent. As a consequence I left a trail of losses from Chattanooga to Cleveland and countless stops in between. Along the way I learned a lot about life and -- strangely enough -- something about homes and houses. Something I ve never forgotten. Back then tennis was becoming immensely popular. Tournaments sprang up across the country and we vagabonds were sometimes invited to stay with sponsors and patrons. This was a genuine treat. Our hosts were not pikers by any means and most of us were all too familiar with the alternative -- sleeping in our cars or in cheap hotels where you were inclined to keep your socks on. Maybe because of my futility on the court I was routinely invited to stay with one generous patron after another and what I learned that summer stuck with me far longer than my topspin lob There are homes and there are houses and finding what is right for you -- what fits and feels right -- is not much different from finding your soul mate. At that point in my life I hadn t given any thought to a house or settling down. I was more concerned with professional direction since the one I had chosen was greeted with as much skepticism as my tennis game. At a tournament in Indianapolis my game was standing up a little better than usual and I was invited to stay with a gracious family on the north side of the city. When I arrived at the address I was stunned. The house seemed as large as my frat house back at college. The lawn was immaculately manicured. There wasn t a leaf in sight and you couldn t have found a cutting with a magnifying glass. Trees and shrubs lined both sides of the property forming a natural privacy fence. You could hear neighbors but you couldn t see them. My primary hostess was a tall brunette home from college for the summer. I was convinced that it was she who had prompted my invitation though she maintained a very proper distance. I was invited to take a dip in the pool before supper and told there were showers and towels in the bathhouse. The pool was a treat and the towels were heated. The only thing that would have made matters better would have been winning my next match and spending another night in this grandeur. I didn t. I was shellacked. On the road to Cleveland I couldn t help but think about the wondrous house in Indianapolis. Everything about it was beautiful but it seemed -- and it was an odd thought -- that there were no footprints no signs of life. There was even a room they didn t use. At one point during my stay I was left alone. I decided to explore a bit and ventured into a wing past a marvelously appointed dining room. I stepped into a large room shaped around a white brick fireplace. I sat down on a couch and realized each piece of furniture was covered in plastic. I assumed everything in the room was new and while I mulled over the thought my hostess appeared in the doorway. Um we don t really use this room she said only on special occasions. I jumped up deeply embarrassed but not exactly sure why. Had I tread on something sacred Should I have known better Had I offended my hostess I was filled with questions foremost among them Who has a room that s off-limits I never asked. After all I was raised on a farm. As the miles rolled by on the way to Cleveland I couldn t help but think that for all its magnificence something important was missing. But try as I might I could not put my finger on it. The tournament in Cleveland was a clay court member-guest event at Mayfield Country Club a fabulous old wooded club not far from downtown. My host Harry Reiser was also my partner in the tournament a man in his late-50s with a really good serve and a better sense of humor. Harry s home wasn t far from the club. It was a big old white house with a porch that seemed to wrap around it like a cloak. It sat back from the road oaks and evergreens all around. The windows were wide and tall and when I rang the doorbell a maid greeted me. Mr. and Mrs. Reiser are expecting you she said leading me to the den. Come right on in. Everywhere I looked there was rich wood paneling and deep leather chairs and couches. The floors were dark hardwood dressed with thick Oriental rugs. There was the hint of pipe smoke in the den. The desk -- which dominated the room -- was piled with unfinished work or work in progress. I settled in on one of the couches and was shortly joined by a big friendly mutt somewhere between a setter and a shepherd and no stranger to the surroundings. Her master wasn t far behind. Ah welcome to our home he said. And I see you ve already met Katie. She thumped her tail against the couch and left my side to join Harry. Welcome to our home ... The phrase stuck in my mind. Dinner was superb and I half-expected snifters of brandy and cigars to top it off. But I wasn t in a Raymond Chandler novel. I was in Cleveland. We had coffee on the porch and talked about our semifinal match the next morning. As it turned out we were beaten -- and rather soundly. But I have long remembered that trip from Indianapolis to Cleveland from a house to a home. All my life I have strived to make our house a home and to make all who enter feel comfortable. 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