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PRINT MOV IE EDITION W INTER 2017 5 FI NE HOM E S NORTH AVONDALE Welcomes You GREG HOARD FANTASTIC Remembering Arnie s Army PR E SE N T E D BY CINCINNATI KITCHENS The only national appliance showroom in five states ranked among the best in all 50. Over 160 appliances on display. Showcasing all of the newest appliances offered by Sub-Zero Wolf and ASKO all designed within creative vignettes to help you make decisions about desired features and styling. Tisdel Distributing located in Mason has served for more than 30 years as the midwest distributor for the best in appliances. Our goal is to help homeowners kitchen designers and architects see and test the appliances in the showroom prior to selection. While Tisdel Distributing does not sell direct to consumers we welcome appointments to preview the appliances within a friendly knowledgeable environment. We then provide a list of dealers where you can purchase. It s an experience you will never forget. To find out more to see a walking tour of the showroom or to schedule an appointment visit TisdelDistributing.com. Visit TisdelDistributing.com for a complete list of dealers 7177 Central Parke Blvd. n Mason Ohio 45040 513-339-0990 GRAND KITCHEN SAVINGS Now earn a 1 000 rebate Wolf Gourmet products or both with the purchase of a Sub-Zero and Wolf qualifying appliance package. See dealer for details or go to www.subzero-wolf.com promotion 2017 Wood-Mode Inc. Zen Blend by Wood-Mode Calming solitude and lively entertaining meet in Zen-like balance. For more inspiration visit wood-mode.com AMERICAN SCRAPETM HARDWOOD Stunning hardwood collection Inspired by the diversity of the American landscape Hand-scraped textures applied to top grades of American timber Made in America Carpets & Floors B E S T W I N T ER 2 017 AVONDALE SEE THE NORT H MO VIE M O AT CO M E Y. C 8 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES North Avondale welcomes you By Jack Heffron I FIRST MET NORTH AVONDALE more than 15 years ago while running along its winding picturesque streets. At the time I worked for a publishing company in nearby Evanston across the street from the Xavier University campus. A small but spirited group of us would head out for a noon run and our favorite route included this special neighborhood. I d never been through it before not sure I d even heard of it. But like most people when they arrive there I was smitten immediately. The grand historic homes each so different from the others each more impressive than the last the wide lawns huge trees gentle hills the curving streets and gaslight poles -- everything combined to look like a movie set an imagined American Dream place that couldn t possibly exist in the real world. Hard to believe it was located in the heart of Cincinnati. The city has plenty of mansions of course but typically they re set far back from the street on forbidding hunks of property that silently say Stay away. But the elaborate houses that we passed at our joggers gait felt more like the homes of actual people who knew each other who were you know neighbors. We d see kids playing in the yards couples walking their dogs people cutting their grass (and by cutting their grass I mean cutting it themselves). 9 ESTABLISHED 2005 T H E PR I N T MOV I E E DI T ION Issue 35 Fine Homes WINTER 2017 Cover photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 16 COVER STORY MT. ADAMS A dream of a home comes true FE AT UR ES 7 NORTH AVONDALE Welcomes you 22 FANTASTIC KITCHEN Striking the perfect balance ...everything combined to look like a movie set an imagined American Dream place that couldn t possibly exist in the real world. SEE M THE O 50 OVER-THE-RHINE There s no place like home away from home 56 ARNIE Remembering Arnie s Army 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 CO M E Y. C 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. THE MO SEE O M VIE AT HOW TO CONTACT US EDITORIAL Email jackheffron gmail.com ADVERTISING Doug Sandhage Email dougsandhage twc.com Tel. 513-708-3849 ON THE WEB www.comey.com www.bestmagazinecincinnati.com VIE Presented by 10 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Equally impressive are the variety of architectural styles -- ranging from Greek Revival to Tudor American Foursquare to Colonial Queen Anne to Neoclassical to Traditional to pick your favorite it s probably here. Some are big and elaborate others small and cozy. And while each house has its own distinctive features somehow they blend together to form a cohesive neighborhood look. Given its unique character people have a tough time going through North Avondale for the first time without wanting to know more. Who built these homes And when And how had such a grand old neighborhood managed to preserve itself without exuding that mothballed past-their-prime feeling so apparent in certain areas that have long since left their best days behind but stubbornly hang on. This place looked as vital as surely it had looked a hundred years ago. When our little group trotted along the sidewalks of North Avondale for the first time on that sunny afternoon I asked Charlie our de facto leader Where are we half-wondering if we had indeed somehow wandered onto a movie set. He just said North Avondale like I should already know. Then he added Pretty amazing huh When Paddy and Peter Dignon moved into their home in North Avondale their experience was far less wonderful than mine. Paddy recalls seeing a National Guard tank parked at the top of their street. The Dignons moved in during the spring of 1968 right after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. when riots rocked the streets of Avondale not far to the south. Throughout that spring Cincinnati like many cities throughout America endured violent civil rights protests. The young couple however was not fazed by the nearby turmoil Paddy Dignon recalls adding Everyone pulled together and was sensible about things. SEE THE MO VIE 11 NORTH AVONDALE 12 THE BEST IN FINE HOMES BEST SEE THE MO VIE 13 NORTH AVONDALE The Dignons were fairly new to the city -- fairly new in fact to the country. Paddy and Peter were New Zealanders who had moved here a few years before for Peter s job at Cincinnati Children s Hospital. Peter a pediatrician was helping to set up the hospital s genetics department. The house in North Avondale was a rental and came with Paddy recalls several fellow renters -- graduate students at Xavier University. The young couple didn t hesitate to move into the neighborhood despite the riots just up the road. Peter had to drive through some of the worst areas to get to the hospital Paddy says but we had no misgivings about moving to North Avondale. The integration movement was going strong at the time and we wanted to be part of that. We wanted our children to grow up in a neighborhood where all people were welcome. North Avondale had that reputation and that was one of the big reasons we chose to live there. After renting the house for a couple of years they bought it -- and stayed for nearly 40 years. In many ways North Avondale has always enjoyed a reputation for being a place where all people are welcome. Like a handful of other 19th century Cincinnati neighborhoods Avondale blossomed as a pastoral suburb for wealthy folks looking to escape the city s noise and heat and pollution. Local barons of commerce including Barney Kroger Samuel Pogue and Andrew Erkenbrecher erected impressive homes in Avondale which became an incorporated village in 1864. After continued growth it was annexed by the City of Cincinnati in 1896. As the city expanded so did Avondale with new homes being built in the northern section of the neighborhood beginning right around the start of the new century. By this time Avondale already included a broader range of diversity than did some other Cincinnati neighborhoods and that trend continued in the decades that followed. In what we now call North Avondale many German and Eastern-European Jewish families built homes while the southern section of Avondale included a sizable Jewish population along with many Greek- and African-American residents. They collectively forged a very distinct culture which drew still more minority groups for whom some other parts of town weren t exactly rolling out Howdy neighbor mats. By the late 1930s new neighborhoods to the north and east began to draw away a growing portion of the younger and wealthier folks in Avondale. The large old homes they left behind were in some cases subdivided into cheap apartments. Property values eroded. Absentee landlords and unethical real estate practices hastened the neighborhood s decline through the 1950s. Seeing this trend a group of North Avondale homeowners formed the North Avondale Neighborhood Association (NANA) in 1960. According to the group s website the goals were clear promote intra-community relations and help make North Avondale a racially and economically integrated stable neighborhood. A quick cruise through the neighborhood over half a century later will convince visitors of the group s success. (story continued on page 29) 14 ANDERSON TWP. Stunning stone brick & mahogany custom-built ranch-style home built by a high-end custom builder for himself set in a private enclave in the exclusive Coldstream Golf & Country Club neighborhood. Nothing but the finest fits finishes and materials were used in the construction of this home impeccably designed. At over 6000 square feet of well-appointed finished living space this lifestyle home lives large and features an open floor plan 4 bedrooms 4 2 baths 1st floor master suite paneled study 4 fireplaces gourmet kitchen with professional- grade appliances open to the family room stunning large covered outdoor entertaining area paver driveway leads to the oversized 3-car garage. Move in and enjoy your everyday vacation retreat. SEE THE Offered at 995 000 MO VIE Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell Built in 1903 this stately Colonial Revival residence was once the original manor home on a large estate. It has since been modernized with all the conveniences of the 21st century and now benefits from a friendly community. Situated on 1.3 acres overlooking the horizon and steeples of buildings in the distance this home says welcome from the moment you cross the threshold. Possible 6 bedrooms 4 full baths and 2 half baths with finished space on all 4 levels there is plenty of room for family and entertainment. This residence opens up to the gathering spaces as you walk in the front door. Private spaces are tucked away making it great for someone to live and work. Your dream home awaits. MLS 1507729 Offered at 639 000 GASLIGHT CLIFTON 513.403.3454 BARBRA DRUFFEL bdruffel comey.com 15 COVINGTON KY Step into nearly 3 000 square feet of living where historic architectural details meld seamlessly with modern conveniences. Lovely hardwood floors complement tall ceilings and period mouldings. Gracious room proportions invite comfortable living of any scale from daily living to lively gatherings of friends and family. The working Kitchen is a delight detailed with tall cabinetry granite and spacious work areas to create your culinary dreams. A second floor family room offers a quiet retreat from the day s activities. Baths are updated and accommodating. The master suite assures you the perfect serene space to recharge and refresh. Highlighting all are direct head-on views of the Cincinnati skyline and riverfront venues from your first-floor terrace and top-floor deck. Parking for two cars off-street simplifies urban living. With fine dining and entertainment just blocks away in Covington or across the bridge in downtown Cincinnati there is always something available for your pleasure and enjoyment. MLS 455121 Offered at 599 000 SEE THE MO SEE VIE JACK WOLKING jack thewolkingteam.com 513.527.3800 COVINGTON KY This historic Victorian masterpiece was designed by famous architect Samuel Hannaford. Built 1881 with numerous updates including kitchen and baths. Other notable features include soaring 14 ceilings inlaid parquet wood floors and walnut moldings throughout. This is a single family with options for three units plus carriage house for a total of four units. MLS 460861 Offered at 799 000 THE MO VIE 859.429-0056 JOHN BOGGESS jboggess comey.com 16 Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES MT. ADAMS A dream of a home comes true By Jack Heffron By Jack Heffron WHEN LOCAL COUPLE Joseph and Elaine bought the property at the corner of Baum Street and Monastery in 1997 they had a vision. And fortunately patience. The Mt. Adams building erected in 1865 had been uninhabited for a decade unless as Elaine notes you count feral cats as residents. It comprised three single-family rental units and most recently a deli. Even the giant red FOR SALE sign plastered across the weathered front of the building couldn t entice a buyer until Joseph first saw the possibilities. The couple s dream home needed shall we say a bit of work. In fact the renovation ended up taking 32 months the last 20 of which the couple spent living in the property s attached one-bedroom apartment. They added a top floor which is now the primary living area and features a conical tower. All interior walls stairways plumbing and wiring were replaced and an elevator was put in to ease the trip from the front door to the top floor. We needed to add garages move door and window openings in solid brick walls Elaine recalls. The journey was an unbelievable daily affair but we got to watch every single stroke of genius being delivered to the canvas of our next home. One of the main reasons for the long process was the creation of floor-to-ceiling raised-wood paneling throughout the home. The rich mahogany-toned wood covers much of the home s interior walls doorways bookcases and mantels and includes intricately carved moldings and beaded trim. The result is nothing short of remarkable giving the home a warm cozy atmosphere both classic and contemporary. The couple had been through their share of renovations in the past having remodeled a house that had previously been converted from a stable and also built a home both in Indian Hill. When their youngest child graduated from high school they set their sights on a move to Mt. Adams. They remember that their friends in Indian Hill were surprised by the plan. While such moves from the suburbs to the city are common today at the time says Elaine It was more unheard of than heard of. 17 FEATURED HOME Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 18 BEST Their main reason for the decision is the oldest clich in real estate location location location. It was the closest living unit to downtown Cincinnati with direct walkways to both Sixth Street and Court Street Joseph explains. It was 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 they have spent many evenings gazing at the city and at the sunsets beyond. The proximity to the heart of downtown allows them to feel part of the city s life while nestled above the boil of noise and traffic. Given their location near the bottom of Mt. Adams they re also far enough from the popular entertainment areas above them that their street remains quiet. Joseph is a lawyer with an office downtown and says he could easily walk to work whenever he wanted. Elaine adds He did it once. Joseph begs to differ recalling clearly that in all the years they ve lived in the home he s done it twice. Nevertheless they agree it could be done with little effort whenever the new owners are so inclined. The couple does walk to Reds and Bengals games and they like that the restaurants in Over-the -Rhine are just a couple of minutes away by car. When the children come to visit they jog across the nearby bridges into Northern Kentucky. The home itself is quite an accomplishment but both Joseph and Elaine are quick to deflect any credit for its creation. Instead they lavish praise on the people who turned their dream into reality beginning with architect Tom Arnold and builder Ric McFarland. They call Nick Hetzer who was in charge of the paneling a world-class craftsman noting that the project involved thousands of pieces of curved arched angled and flat pieces of wood. Elaine adds Twenty years later there s not a single hairline crack anywhere in his finished product. The private backyard includes a spiral staircase entrance and was designed by Dennis Raymond of Raymond Landscaping. Interior designer Marymac Schooley helped find stone and tile. Ted Gantz of Sycamore Street Studios created the ironwork for the exterior and interior. And they credit the Flottemesch family for the beautiful kitchen and powder room cabinetry. This house is more about all of them than it is about us Elaine says. It s about their unbelievably fine craftsmanship. It s nice to know we have such talented people in Cincinnati. Now that Joseph and Elaine are spending more time at their home in Harbor Springs Michigan they are moving to a smaller home in Mt. Adams leaving their masterpiece for someone else to enjoy. It s under-utilized now says Joseph. Looking back the couple says they don t regret all the work and expense and patience they put into creating their magnificent home. Never Elaine says. Not for a heartbeat. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES ABOUT THE HOUSE 512 Baum Street Mt. Adams Built in 1865 Three-story 10-room multiple-occupancy home Offers spectacular view of downtown Cincinnati 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms 4 045 sq ft of living space Extraordinary floor-to-ceiling wood paneling Corner lot with three-car garage Asking price 2 625 000 KATHY COMISAR 513.378.5895 comisars gmail.com 19 FEATURED HOME 20 This exquisite English Tudor resonates with award winning authenticity. 17 rooms exhibit researched architecture coalesced with today s aesthetics. From the gracious receiving hall to the banquet hall and throughout hospitality radiates as the heart of this home. Welcome and comfort are found at every turn. The superb culinary kitchen and private master suite share the first level with formal areas the great room complete and pub and open air porch. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths occupy the upper level. The expansive lower level offers a home theater an executive study game room and craft play areas. Hallmarks of custom craftsmanship include dramatic coffered barrel and bracketed ceilings floor-to-ceiling Judges paneling built-ins 4 impressive fireplaces reproduction period light fixtures polished granite and marble gorgeous leaded and transom topped windows and expert millwork. MLS 1508940 Offered at 1 500 000 LONG COVE 513.532.9229 bstrunk01 cs.com Beautiful Hartwicke plan with numerous architectural elements. Open foyer dual stairs window bays gleaming hardwood flooring rod iron rails crown molding wainscoting & tray ceilings are found in this 5 bedroom home in sought after Cherry Brook. Cook s dream kitchen with stainless steel appliances granite countertops and 42 cherry cabinets. Family room with 13 ceilings and wall of windows. Master suite with sitting area walkout to private balcony and luxury master bathroom with walk-in closet. Great outdoor living with patio and wooded cul-de-sac lot. Pool Community. Deerfield Township so no Mason City earnings tax. Mason School District. Conveniently located to Liberty Mall restaurants and shops. MLS 1517138 Offered at 623 000 THE BRAD STRUNK DEERFIELD TWP. MO SEE VIE SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 21 DEERFIELD TWP. Architectural splendor SEE THE MO and high end quality features in this popular subdivision of The Woods. Private wooded lot. Brick and stone exterior. 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. Zoned HVAC with 2 furnaces and AC. Great outdoor living with covered porch. 6 604 SF of finished living space. Deerfield Township so no Mason earnings tax. Mason School District. Located close to Liberty Mall restaurants and shops. Easy access to Heritage Golf & Country Club. VIE MLS 1517423 Offered at 989 900 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS DEERFIELD TWP. Amazing opportunity to buy your Dream Home 2004 Custom Homerama home situated on 1 acre on cul-de-sac overlooking 50 acre Fleckenstein Park. 6 754 square feet of finished living space. No details have been missed. Hardwood floors box beam ceilings lots of built-ins dual staircases & cubbies. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Hearth room with stone fireplace. Wow playroom. Finished lower level with media bar exercise bedroom and bathroom. Enjoy great outdoor living with covered porch fireplace built-in grill & large yard. Pool community. Deerfield Township so no Mason City earnings tax. Mason City Schools. MLS 1509773 Offered at 1 050 000 THE MO SEE VIE SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 22 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Striking the perfect balance Story by Jack Heffron Photos by Scott Pease Photography W hen your kitchen is an award-winner it s hard to complain much about it. And you won t hear any complaints from the owners of this one which was recognized at the 8th annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cincinnati Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Awards Ceremony in September 2016. We love it says the homeowner. It s absolutely amazing. The project included a complete interior renovation of an existing condominium but primarily focused on the kitchen and adjacent sitting room the heart of the day-to-day living space explains RWA project manager Andy Corn. And the owners are pleased that the result has so much heart. While it s very contemporary it s also very warm says the homeowner. RWA was able to help me achieve the balance I wanted. They were fabulous. Corn says The homeowners were very involved in the design process while wanting to explore a new aesthetic having moved from their elegant traditionally styled home into a contemporary one. The kitchen includes new custom cabinets with Sub-Zero and Wolf integrated appliances which draw more praise from the owners especially somewhat surprisingly the icemaker. They recall having a party with nearly 40 guests and didn t run out of ice. The room s horizontal lines are accentuated by the room layout cabinet design and wall shelves. The centerpiece of the kitchen is the walnut island countertop with a live edge detail. Picking the best possible slab of walnut for the countertop means going through many different selections Corn explains. But in the end we picked one that can serve as the showpiece in this space. The kitchen is open to the nearby sitting room yet the sitting room can be enclosed with double-leaf full height pocket doors with frosted glass. This layout allows continuous expansive views of Mt. Adams the Ohio River and Northern Kentucky. The homeowners enjoy the views but they also single out the backsplash for special praise They did it symmetrically. It s like a work for art. And they could say the same thing about the kitchen itself which now has a prestigious award to prove it. 23 FANTASTIC KITCHENS Kitchen Design RWA Architects John Isch Principal in Charge www.rwaarchitects.com Tel. 513-321-9506. General Contractors Dalman & Bohl Interior Design Renan Menninger of RM Interiors Cabinetry Painted cabinets live edge walnut slab counter with natural finish walnut wood shelving from Bench Made Woodworking Countertops & Wall Finish Quartz from HanStone Flooring White oak from Mansion Hill Custom Floors Pendant Lighting Sky-Fall suspension pendants from Studio Italia Design Sinks Faucets Stainless steel sink from Blanco faucet from Hansgrohe Exhaust hood Custom stainless steel from MetalCraft Feldkamp Enterprises Appliances Wolf 36 sealed burner rangetop with charbroiler Wolf 30 E-series double oven Sub-Zero 36 refrigerator Sub-Zero freezer drawers Sub-Zero ice machine and wine storage unit Wolf warming drawer and microwave. WHO DID IT DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI Visit Tisdel Distributing in Mason where our more than 160 Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances make for the finest manufacturer showroom in the Midwest. Call for an appointment today. 7177 Central Parke Blvd. n Mason Ohio 45040 513-339-0990 n 800-426-8589 Visit us on the web at www.TisdelDistributing.com Friend us on Facebook SHOWROOM 24 Private and set back from the road on over 10 acres. Notable features and upgrades include new driveway with drainage (10 16) chimney rebuilt new roof and deck refinished. Over 70k in recent improvmnts. Historic charm abounds throughout this home with hardwood floors dutch doors hearth room with 1 of 3 fireplaces and a 1 bedroom apartment above the garage Enjoy outdoor living with the scenic pond pony barn large detached garage and inground pool. MLS 1515576 Offered at 660 000 THE GOSHEN TWP. MO SEE VIE 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH HYDE PARK This 5 bedroom 5 1 bath home on a sought-after street has updates and improvements aplenty including a brand new roof new electrical throughout new bath new boiler new water heater fresh paint and more. Much larger than it appears this quintessential Craftsman Bungalow-style residence features original front porch with river-rock details where you can enjoy neighborly camaraderie. Features of this home include an expansive first floor with wonderful room flow including an especially large living great room with fireplace dining room with walls of windows den with built-ins gourmet eat-in kitchen with abundant cabinetry professional appliances granite tops and is open to a large family room with a superb river-stone fireplace and walls of windows walk-outs to the rear paver-patio and flat yard. The second floor features a marvelous master suite with spa-bath multiple walk-in closets and a stunning large bright master bedroom with vaulted beamed ceiling and fireplace surrounded by built-ins. The lower level is partially finished plus a full bath and unfinished laundry area. The oversized SUV-accommodating 2-car garage has a spacious unfinished room above. Offered at 1 093 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams MarizaCohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell 25 HYDE PARK SEE THE MO The one you ve been waiting for. One-block from Hyde Park Square 4 bedrooms 3 1 baths. Superb top-to-bottom total renovation addition. Everything is brand new. Open floor plan. Large rooms. Stunning designer details throughout including custom built-ins wide-plank Oak hardwood floors dramatic light fixtures gorgeous tile in the kitchen & all baths 2 fireplaces and much more. All new large bright Pella windows. Gourmet kitchen open to a large family room & dining room. All new superb bathrooms. Magnificent master suite. 1st fl mudroom. 2nd fl laundry. 3rd fl vaulted beamed-ceiling library. Partially finished lower level. Wired for sound HDMI security. Tankless HW heater. Custom closet organizers. All new insulation. New zoned HVAC. All new wiring & plumbing. Enjoy outdoor living with a wonderful front porch 2nd fl balcony & an especially large flat yard with deck paver -patio & fire-pit. New 3-car garage. Tax Abatement available. VIE MLS 1516198 Offered at 949 500 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams MarizaCohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell HYDE PARK Rare superb residence on an especially private lane on the Hyde Park Riviera with incomparable river and city-skyline views (from nearly every room). Built in 1936 as a gift to his daughter by a prominent Cincinnati industrialist this Spanishinspired villa with walled courtyard entrance is sublimely sited on 1.039 acres and has been meticulously entirely renovated and enlarged respecting its remarkable architecture and integrating every convenience for today s lifestyles. Features include a spectacular 2013-renovated beyond-gourmet kitchen open to large breakfast and family rooms with resplendent woodworking details and jaw-dropping views superbly proportioned living room dining room study and games media room a masterful master suite with multiple walk-in closets magnificent his hers bath and walk-out balcony a carriage house apartment multiple covered verandas and open-air terraces an extraordinary gunite pool and spa and 2 garages for 4 cars. MLS 1496465 Offered at 3 750 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams MarizaCohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell 26 HYDE PARK Absolutely everything you could want or need in the heart of Hyde Park 4 blocks from The Square. This spacious and bright home has an open floor plan and has been renovated from top-to-bottom with every imaginable creature-comfort and designer-detail. Stunning entry foyer living room and dining room with gleaming hardwood floors 2 gas fireplaces and architectural details galore. Bright gourmet eat-in kitchen addition open to a family room. First floor laundry mudroom and half-bath. The 2nd floor has 4 large bedrooms and a large full bath with double vanity. The 3rd floor features a superb master suite with a large bright bedroom with built-ins stunning spa bath with double vanity and large walk-in multi-head shower and a HUGE walk-in closet. The lower level has been beautifully finished with a rec room and a flex room (or 6th bedroom) and a full bath. Detached oversized 2-car garage and an especially large flat rear yard. Everything has been done. Move in and enjoy MLS 1516999 Offered at 769 900 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams MarizaCohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell HYDE PARK Rare opportunity on sought-after Bayard Drive amongst estate homes. Stroll to Hyde Park or Mt Lookout Squares. Classic traditional beauty with 5 spacious bedrooms and 5 full 1 half baths. Well-proportioned. Featured include stunning random-width pegged hardwood floors 2 fireplaces and abundant closets. Partially finished lower level with walkout. Deep fenced yard with patio. This home has been family owned for over 70 years. Ready for your personal touch imagine the possibilities. MLS 1519902 Offered at 899 000 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell 27 SEE THE MO This is the one you ve been waiting for. Designed by distinguished architect John Senhauser this superb circa 1985 California-style transitional contemporary has JUST been completely renovated with only the finest fits finishes in 2016 by DIGS. With 5 bedrooms (or 3 bedrooms and 2 offices or flex rooms) plus 4 full 1 half baths this bright open-floor-plan home is generously proportioned yet sized to be quite livable. The location is as good as it gets - perfectly perched on a private drive off of best-of Grandin Lane on the Hyde Park Riviera ridge. Incredible river and city views are visible throughout this home sunsets twinkle lights fireworks are all yours to enjoy every day. Massive windows and numerous full-height walk-outs blend indoors to out and ensure this home is always awash in natural light. The brand new kitchen open to the family room is jaw-dropping. The renovations are sophisticated tailored neutral and custom-crafted by artisan tradespeople who attended to every imaginable bespoke detail. Features include a stunning new substantial well-appointed cook s kitchen new wide-plank hardwood floors a sublime master suite with a wow bath and impressive closet dressing room four fabulous significant fireplaces a superb great room with soaring ceilings and exceptional pillowed limestone floors and massive fireplace with custom limestone surround two fully outfitted bars stunning built-in bookshelves and cabinetry throughout a Gunite pool and spa with a dedicated spa bath including steam shower and sauna verdant new landscaping and quartzite patios a custom wine cellar abundant custom-outfitted closets and storage an oversized built-in 3 car garage with new mudroom right off the kitchen new lighting throughout new sound system new windows and doors new driveway abundant parking and more. Move in and marvel at this home s livability superb architecture and jaw-dropping views. One word Wow MLS 1519286 Offered at 2 930 000 HYDE PARK 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell VIE Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 28 28 This home will enchant you with its stunning curb appeal refined grace abundant amenities and classical architectural elements. Inside the stately receiving foyer sets the tone for the rest of the home with gleaming hardwood an impressive wrought iron and wood staircase and an open flow to the living room dining room and study. Through the doors and windows of the living room one will begin to see the resortlike living of the backyard where the entire family will enjoy the covered patio the pool the outdoor fireplace and bar grill or the playset. Steps from the living room the custom Kinsella kitchen with high-end appliances granite and large island flows seamlessly into the breakfast area and family room which features built-in cabinets a stone fireplace and a natural wood coffered ceiling. Retreat to the first-floor master suite relax by the fireplace and take advantage of the large master bath with two private water closets two separate granite-topped dressing and vanity areas and two walk-in his and hers closets outfitted with custom cabinetry. Upstairs family or guests can retire to one of four spacious suites. The home s lower level features a custom bar area built-in cabinetry a full bath another bedroom and an exercise room. MLS 1503516 Offered at 1 890 000 INDIAN HILL 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com Elegant French mansard architecture presents itself on the approach to the courtyard of this 4 704 sq ft brick traditional sited on a 3-acre lot in an outstanding central village location. This home does need some updating but the possibilities are endless Notable features include 9 foot ceilings great floor plan parquet hardwood flooring and walkouts from the dining room living room and study. Beautiful flying staircase in the open foyer. Enjoy peaceful outdoor living with the paverstone cobblestone approach with brick wingwalls surrounding the front courtyard. Established mature specimen trees plantings and bushes enhance the privacy and elegance of the setting. MLS 1509300 Offered at 699 000 CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR INDIAN HILL CHRIS NICHOLSON 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com 29 (story continued from page 13) NORTH AVONDALE SEE THE MO When I moved in my next-door neighbor threw a party for me and for another neighbor who had recently moved in she recalls. No one had ever done that for me before. Paddy and Peter Dignon found the neighborhood to be very welcoming. We were people who came from another country and it was wonderful making such good friends Paddy says her New Zealand accent still apparent after so many years in America. They raised their four children there and she recalls that the neighborhood and their home was always abuzz with kids. She also remembers fondly the many dinner parties and cocktail gatherings hosted by people in the neighborhood a tradition that continues today. They re good at getting together and enjoying each other s company she says. And the people she mentions enjoying at those parties all sound interesting -- university professors and scientists artists members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A registered nurse in New Zealand Paddy went back to college when the kids were old enough eventually earning a Ph.D. in medieval literature at UC -- where she taught as a graduate student -- before teaching at Xavier University as an adjunct professor. And while many of the neighbors of her generation have moved on the current residents are she says just as engaging and accomplished. Younger people have come in with a lot of energy and upgraded the houses she says. Most people who come to live there are aware of the history and they enjoy that. The prices have gone up over the years of course but they re still very competitive. In other areas houses of that size would be a lot more expensive. Speaking of size the Dignons Foursquare home provided plenty of space -- enough she says for the kids to have their own rooms. Built in 1906 during the neighborhood s boom decade the home offered many pleasures and also she says some quirks. She explains With older houses there s this wonderful relationship you have. You learn what the house likes and doesn t like. We thought of our house as a rather grand old lady who needed to be humored. We enjoyed that too. The kids might have a less rosy view of one of the quirks -- creaky floors which undermined any of their attempts to sneak past their parents after a late night out. Paddy laughs at the memory. We could always hear them. Having witnessed the neighborhood s evolution across many years Paddy says the feeling of acceptance of welcoming new residents has remained the same. For three-year resident Elizabeth Davis however the move to North Avondale had less to do with finding an active and embracing community than with finding the best property for her budget. Born in Coventry England Elizabeth works at the University of Cincinnati s Hoxworth Blood Center and had tired of the long drive south from the city of Lebanon. After looking for a house in Norwood and Pleasant Ridge she found one she liked in North Avondale. I got a fair price for a great property she says. The homes are on half-acre lots. Where else can you get that this close to Cincinnati It s a five-minute drive to work a great location a safe area and good value for the money. Raising two sons she says she didn t need one of the neighborhood s bigger places and was very glad that North Avondale offers such variety. When she talks about the neighborhood now however she gets excited less about practical matters and more about the people she s met there. When I moved in my next-door neighbor threw a party for me and for another neighbor who had recently moved in she recalls. No one had ever done that for me before. It was then she says that she realized she d landed in a unique place. (story continued on page 40) VIE WE MAKE YOUR HOME LOAN PROCESS ple sim National mortgage lender PrimeLending is a name that s been known for strength and stability for almost three decades. 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Johnson Investment Counsel has a proven history of understanding the needs and passions of our clients helping them paint a future that will inspire generations to come. Let our solid values and sophisticated solutions craft tomorrow s opportunities for you. 513.661.3100 johnsoninv.com 32 SEE THE MO Enjoy the finest Indian Hill has to offer in this Bucks County style traditional sited on 3.254 acres with mature trees and professional landscaping. The setting is extremely private surrounded by woods and being on top of the hill and adjacent to Indian Hill green area parkland lends itself to breezes and a sense of solitude. At the bottom of the hill is Livingston Lodge soccer fields and access to Little Miami River National Wild and Scenic river for kayaking canoeing and birding. The use of native materials such as fieldstone and shingle siding is in the tradition of American architecture. True-divided light windows and scaled dormers with functioning windows further accent the traditional design. This spacious home features 6 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half baths. The discerning buyer will enjoy the oversize windows looking out to the private woods and park space large walkout lower level recreation room with oversize central bar and theatre room with surround seating. There is a true cook s kitchen with raised-panel hand-glazed maple cabinetry granite countertops with a counter bar for four stools a Wolf six-burner stainless steel gas range and twin Subzero refrigerators and freezers with cabinet fronts. The garage doors are wood architectural doors. To the rear are incredible bluestone patios with built-in stainless steel cooktop and grilling area firepit area custom-built Infinity edge swimming pool grotto area with swim-up bar and food service area built-in waterfall park-like setting fantastic for outdoor entertaining or daily summer sunbathing and swimming. MLS 1517262 Offered at 1 499 000 INDIAN HILL CHRIS NICHOLSON 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com VIE Local yes. Global aye 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. 34 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. SEE THE INDIAN HILL MO 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 1483485 Offered at 1 495 000 VIE 513.608.5800 cnicholson comey.com CHRIS NICHOLSON LOVELAND Located in exclusive Lakewood Farms this truly exquisite estate is the perfect blend of luxury yet comfort. Situated on 2.2 acres this stone and brick custom home displays picturesque views from every window whether it is the beautiful pond private pool and pool house or rolling lawn. Designed with entertainment in mind no detail was spared. Sellers have more than 1.3 million invested so this is an amazing opportunity. The spectacular great-room features 19ft beamed ceilings open access to the custom kitchen and beautiful French doors leading to the sunny patio azure pool and fully- equipped pool house - perfect for warm weather entertainment on a grand scale or leisurely fun. The first floor master suite includes a spa-like bathroom generous closet space and a convenient kitchenette where one can make coffee or tea to enjoy on the private screened porch adjacent to the master. The lower level offers a craft-room wet bar full-bath and generous storage space. SEE THE MO VIE MLS 1483813 Offered at 915 000 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR 35 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 artisan architectural details. There is an adjacent bar to help get the party started as soon as the guests arrive. The study features paneled walls and abundant builtin bookshelves and storage. Walls of windows ensure bright ideas will be easy to come by. The living room is a classic featuring a warm and welcoming fireplace French doors leading to the brick terrace wide-plank hand-hewn hardwood floors and opens to the dining room for optimal entertaining. The kitchen is amazing Features include stunning vaulted and beamed ceilings gourmet appliances and a fireplace that is warm and welcoming. Walls of windows and skylights make this room especially bright. Adjacent to the kitchen is a huge butler s pantry. The kitchen is 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. Old-world craftsmanship and up-to-date improvements blend seamlessly. Not too big. Not too small. Just right. List price includes 3.518 of total 5.2580 acres. Seller offering additional 1.7394 acres for an additional 100 000. If Buyer does not wish to purchase additional acreage Seller will donate to Indian Hill greenbelt prior to closing. MLS 1514031 Offered at 1 480 000 INDIAN HILL This is the one - wind down the private drive to the auto Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell Local yes. Global s 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. 37 MASON This wonderful brand new J&K Custom Homes model offers many notable features such as high-end finishes 1st floor master suite with barn door into master bath and all 4 bedrooms with private baths. 1st floor study can be converted to a guest bedroom. Award-winning kitchen with quartz counters double stacked cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Box beam ceiling in great room stone fireplace distressed hardwood floors and 2 story stone wall entry to 2nd floor. Outdoor living with covered patio and fireplace. J&K Custom Homes is a family business that has built a reputation for building quality new construction luxury homes in desirable Cincinnati neighborhoods. MLS 1521191 Offered at 859 200 THE MO SEE VIE 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS MASON Own this exceptional Randy Travis designed smart home located on a private drive in Estates of Heritage Club. Experience the lifestyle of this exclusive 12 000 sf home (per appraiser) that features 7 bedrooms and 7 full with 2 half baths. Original owner spared no expense with amazing quality upgrades and technological amenities. Enjoy outdoor living on the almost 3 acres of groomed land with a pool pond and creek. 7 Car Garage. Once in a lifetime opportunity MLS 1506145 Offered at 2 499 000 THE MO SEE VIE SANDRA L PETERS 513.300.2518 speters comey.com 38 MASON Immaculate estate home situated in the sought out Estates of Pine Run. A prime location in Mason Amazing 6080 sq ft updated home with popular open floor plan. A cook s dream with gourmet kitchen Spacious with cherry cabinets stainless steel appliances granite counters large island planning desk all open to family & sun room. Dual staircase leading to 5 bedrooms with a large master suite. Custom finished walkout lower level with wet bar media recreation game bath & flex room. Truly a home for entertaining with amazing Jack Nicklaus Golf Course views while relaxing in the four season room. Convenient to I-71 shops & restaurants. Offered at 675 000 THE MO SEE VIE 513.300.2518 speters comey.com SANDRA L PETERS OVER THE RHINE Beautifully renovated multi-family with restored architectural finishes. Brick walls fireplaces and exposed beams from 136 yr old home. Currently a popular destination on Airbnb. Live in one unit rent the others or easily convert into condos. It s all set up and ready to go Centrally located between Vine Street and Main Street makes this home the perfect sought after location. Walk to local landmarks like Findlay Market Washington Park and the street car. 2 blocks to Ziegler Park Pool which will be opening later this year. See the 4 page feature that begins on page 50 of this issue for more details about this property. MLS 1512598 Offered at 598 000 THE MO SEE VIE JENNY SARVER jsarver comey.com 513.309.4343 39 bedroom 4 full bath contemporary masterpiece is located in the heart of The Hill an easy stroll to shopping dining the Cincinnati Art Museum & Playhouse in the Park. This home enjoys city views (winter) and treetop views (summer) and has been insatiably renovated by art collectors to be a work of art unto itself. Due to a sizable lot this home lives wide not tall - atypical of many Mt Adams residences. The splendiferousness begins at the fountained entry courtyard garden behind exquisite stainless-steel-ribbon gates. Inside the foyer welcomes followed by a family room (w stunning full bath-could be a 1st floor master) an open floor plan living room dining room gourmet kitchen wet bar and 2 large decks. The staircase to the 2nd floor is an easy-rise w artisan steel railing & brilliant skylights leading to 2 bedrooms w huge walk-in closets ensuite study sitting rooms and spabaths laundry floor-to-ceiling windows & walkouts to decks. The lower level has 2 more bedrooms plus an aficionado s wine cellar full bath large storage workroom 2nd laundry & multiple walkouts. 1-car built-in garage. MLS 1494815 Offered at 1 095 000 MT ADAMS This John Senhauser-designed 4 Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell 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 especially-bright 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 family room in the rear of the home has walls of windows to let in tons of natural light and provide a view of the woods and flat yard. 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. Offered at 695 000 MT. WASHINGTON Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger 513.527.1444 dw comey.com Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell 40 NORTH AVONDALE (story continued from page 29) It s an amazing neighborhood because of the people she says. People here watch out for each other. They take care of their homes and their yards and are friendly. Like many residents Elizabeth has met some of her neighbors while walking with her dog. People are out walking dogs and working in their yards she says which makes meeting the neighbors not only easy but almost unavoidable. She says that these people are what make North Avondale truly special. As if on cue our conversation is interrupted by a knock at her door. A neighbor dropped by to tell her she d left the trunk of her car open. She d had trouble opening the trunk earlier that day due to the cold weather and somehow it had finally managed to open unbeknownst to her. It might have remained unbeknownst until the next morning which could have started off with a dead battery. She thanked the neighbor and they chatted for a moment or two before she returned to our conversation needing to offer no further explanations about the care and friendliness she d grown to love about the area. In the years since my first dropped-jaw jog through North Avondale I ve met a number of people who live there. And while they might mention the exceptional homes the value for the money the convenient access to highways and downtown the great schools and the rich history the aspect of the neighborhood they all lavish the most joy upon is the close-knit sense of community. And given that this trait has lasted for well over a century I doubt it will change anytime soon. SEE THE MO VIE 41 Enjoy the best the city has to offer while in the comfort of a breathtaking new Mt. Adams hillside townhouse retreat. Walk through picturesque Mt. Adams with its friendly urban charm enjoy the nature and active lifestyle of Eden Park or take in the panoramic views of the Cincinnati skyline. The CITYSIDE of Mt. Adams is a collection of 4 elegant classically designed townhomes showcasing discriminating city living. Each spacious townhome features 3 700 square feet over four levels--each offering extraordinary city and river views. Each townhome offers 4 bedrooms 4.5 baths a private elevator and a 2-car garage with additional side-by-side off-street driveway parking spaces for your guests. Inside beautifully appointed designer kitchens feature granite countertops state-of-the-art appliances and hardwood flooring. All townhomes will be LEED certified with substantial real estate tax abatement savings. This is a residence like no other adjacent to a vibrant revitalized Downtown Cincinnati. The Banks Great American 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. Indulge in life -- at The CITYSIDE. Visit us online at www.citysidemtadams.com MLS MLS MLS MLS 1516570 1516581 1516584 1516592 MT ADAMS SEE THE MO 513.378.5895 comisars gmail.com KATHY COMISAR VIE 42 Welcome to this stately & classic stone home situated on a private lush lot. Fabulous updates throughout while preserving historic features. The gourmet kitchen leading to private wrap around covered deck is a great space for entertaining or relaxing. This home boasts 5900 square feet and three floors of living. Gleaming hardwood floors spacious rooms and newer mechanics. Park like oasis on almost an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds. MLS 1511216 Offered at 510 000 SEE THE NORTH AVONDALE MO VIE 513.708.7770 hherr comey.com This charming and gracious home is situated in the heart of North Avondale s Rose Hill district. Hallmarked by two leading architectural magazines of the time Rose Hill is noted as The Best Example of Beaux Art Architecture extant . Lovely homes winding gas-lit streets and lanes tall trees and great neighbors make this Cincinnati s Best Address . This home is brimming with lovely architectural details a gracious floor plan and a wonderful sense of energy. A center hall floor plan provides a gracious and inviting flow. Perfect for relaxing and entertaining the living room features tall ceilings and panel moulding complimenting both the period fireplace and tall windows. Natural light permeates this room with a sense of warmth and vibrancy. The first floor family room is a cozy spot replete with bookcases chandelier and hardwood floors. Its location adjacent to the living room enhances expanded entertaining possibilities. Daily dining and great dinner parties are all possible here in the dining room The kitchen is accommodating and updated with lighter stained cabinetry granite countertops and high-quality stainless steel appliances. The door in the corner opens to a commodious pantry and that to its right accesses the first floor porch - perfect for grilling relaxing and surveying the backyard. MLS 1514159 Offered at 449 900 HEATHER HERR NORTH AVONDALE SEE THE MO VIE 513.527.3800 jack thewolkingteam.com JACK WOLKING 43 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this extraordinary Residence was built for Stephen & Estelle Gerrard he being known as The Cantaloupe King . Situated on the highest point in North Avondale it is designed in the Chateau style featuring battlement-topped bay windows and gargoyles. Assorted gables and tall chimneys with decorative chimney pots round out the picture. The red tile roof covers the structure and has been given careful preventative maintenance over the years. Tuckpointing has been done around the structure to ensure all seams are tight. Welcome to Cincinnati s Best Address - North Avondale filled with lovely neighbors and exquisite homes We are pleased and privileged to represent our Clients and their residence and are grateful for your consideration of its purchase. Aside from its impressive architecure and provenance this home is perfectly and easily livable and manageable MLS 1501741 Offered at 739 000 SEE THE NORTH AVONDALE MO 513.527.3800 JACK WOLKING jack thewolkingteam.com VIE TERRACE PARK Custom built in 2003 this stunning transitional within walking distance to everything in the Village offers space versatility and function. Upgraded amenities high-end finishes and wonderful large rooms lend themselves to formal entertaining as well as everyday relaxed family living. Notable features include hardwood floors French doors coffered ceiling cathedral ceiling a loft wainscoting a mud room and a second floor laundry. Principle rooms are the formal living and dining rooms a study family room with stone fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen adjoining breakfast area and a butlers pantry. All of the bedrooms are on the second floor including the wonderful master suite with a sitting room his her walk-in closets and luxury bath. Three more bedrooms share the two full baths. The lower level provides additional living space with a large recreation room with a wet bar a media room a full bath and storage areas. A two-car attached and one-car detached garage beautifully landscaped grounds a paver patio and deck large covered front porch and the must have screened porch complete the package. This well-appointed home is a wonderful opportunity in the popular Village of Terrace Park. MLS 1494080 Offered at 849 000 513.476.1055 amyminor hotmail.com AMY MINOR 44 SEE THE MO VIE New Urban Condo Living in Loveland & Oakley LOVELAND The Broadway Brownstones is a dynamic new development bringing a new walkable lifestyle along the bike path in historic downtown Loveland. Eight new 3-story townhomes with optional rooftop decks will provide modern living & stunning views over the heart of Loveland and the Little Miami River. Geared for the active lifestyle walk out the front door of your new home and jump on the bike path go for a ride or paddle down the river and enjoy the local community establishments that make Loveland a year-round destination for local residents. New townhomes offer low maintenance living with 3 bedrooms 3 baths off-street garage parking for 3 cars canoes bikes kayaks and more Options are available to customize finishes before construction begins in Summer 2017 Offered from the high 300 s Urban sophistication meets historic charm on Oakley Square Four new 3-story LEED designed townhomes with rooftop decks will provide modern living & stunning views over the heart of the historic Esplanade. 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 Aglamesis Bros Ice Cream and the 20th Century Theater. New townhomes are designed for an open lifestyle with abundant light energy efficiency and distinguished tastes in mind with 3-4 bedrooms 3-4 baths off-street garage parking and more Options are available to customize finishes before construction is complete in early 2017 Tax abatements save buyers over 100 000 Offered from the high 600 s SEE THE OAKLEY MO CHRISTOPHER PFEIFFER VIE cpfeiffer comey.com 513.374.6494 LOOK WHAT S NEW SEE THE MO 2940 Wasson Road at Paxton Telephone 513-531-9794 www.frameandsavehydepark.com VIE 100 Best Frame Shops in America by Decor Magazine See our website for specials and coupons 30 years dependable in every way 46 Stunning and super clean 2-Story custom Pendragon Home. Located in the desireable and quiet Loveland Trace community this home has many notable features including 5 bedrooms including one on the first floor 3 and a half baths open entrance inviting family room with fireplace fully equipped gourmet kitchen with island spotless granite and breakfast area. The spacious finished lower level offers a rec media room with wet bar. So much more MLS 1516415 Offered at 650 000 LOVELAND Comey & Shepherd Brad Strunk & Associates BRAD STRUNK AARON HERMANSEN 513.907.3333 ahermansen comey.com Comey & Shepherd Brad Strunk & Associates 513.532.9229 bstrunk01 cs.com TERRACE PARK Custom built in 1996 this stunning cedar and stone transitional offers space versatility function and the very best in location just two blocks from the elementary school. This casually elegant family home offers something for everyone with tremendous space and versatility throughout. Notable features are high ceilings extensive woodwork wainscoting front and back staircases. French doors built-ins and five fireplaces. Principle rooms are formal living and dining rooms study den large eat-in kitchen and a fabulous family room. There are five bedrooms on the second floor including private master suite with fireplace and a laundry room. The lower level provides a large rec room game room and two additional bedrooms with a full bath. Equally impressive are the stone walkways circular drive three car garage with storage loft screened porch and a bluestone patio with massive stone fireplace. This exceptional home has it all. MLS 1481482 Offered at 924 900 513.476.1055 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 2017 event dates. www.satisfactioncruises.com 513-231-9042 48 SEE THE MO Beautifully restored historic residence with stunning views of the Little Miami River and Terrace Park Golf Course. This home features a state of the art gourmet kitchen with private breakfast nook. Exquisite moldings and finishes. Full lower level walk-out in-law suite. 2 car garage with easy access to kitchen. In 2002 all three floors of the home were remodeled to bring the home back to its original character and to take advantage of its unique river views. Stairs to the lower level were moved to accommodate a new kitchen design. New bathrooms and laundry room were added. During renovation all mechanicals were updated including new dual HVAC systems plumbing and electrical wiring. A retaining wall and pathway to the river were added to enhance the view of the river and to take advantage of wildlife viewing. Red Shoulder Hawks and Wood ducks have nested in the Sycamore tree at the rivers edge each year. Best view in Terrace Park. MLS 1497491 Offered at 698 000 TERRACE PARK TERRACE PARK This exceptional property remodeled expanded ten years ago enjoys curb appeal character function and the very best in location. A recent renovation redesign added custom details quality appointments & wonderful spaces. Notable features include hardwood throughout crown molding wainscoting custom built-ins bay windows 3 fireplaces and incredible storage. Principle rooms are formal living room w bay window fireplace and door to three season porch dining room library with cathedral ceiling and built-in bookcases. The family room has a marble fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling mantle and custom built-ins. The gourmet kitchen is a blend of painted white cabinetry granite high-end appliances and an eating area with a planning desk. The private master suite has a fireplace dressing area walk in closets and spa bath. The lower level offers a rec room craft room and full bath. A bedroom and full European-style bath are above the garage. Professional landscaping fenced-in yard and covered porches complete the package. This sophisticated home with comfortable living spaces has it all MLS 1520953 Offered at 799 900 VIE 513.706.1023 gpeck comey.com GEORGE PECK 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. Bob Dorger David Wellinghoff Lori Wellinghoff Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Brian Gibson Design John L. Harrison Design Annette Askam Project Management Tom Allison Construction Josh Koch Construction Mary Dorger Lori Wellinghoff Paige Dorger Maddie Hartman Lisa Williams Mariza Cohen Marti Schuler Kim Merrell Alissa Groth Controller Katy Diaz OfficeManager Robbin Gilligan Of Counsel 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 There s no place like home away from home By Allyson Manet NOT MANY LUXURY LISTINGS SELL FOR 5 000 especially in the last quarter-century of their history but in the core of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati that s often exactly what you ll find. And in the case of this four-unit building in the center of one of the city s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods the phrase location is everything couldn t ring any more true. Valerie Crow Jacobs and Vickie Thornton saw vibrant energized OTR as the perfect place to not just invest in real estate but to create a rental space dedicated to out-of-towners looking to enjoy some of the best features the city has to offer. After completing renovations that they say were 80 percent finished by the previous owner the sisters listed the property on Airbnb and VRBO and quickly realized just how desirable their location was. It s incredible to see how many people want to be right here in the middle of everything Valerie said. They want to go out and be out and then have a home to come back to noting that there aren t hotels within walking distance that serve the millennial crowd looking to enjoy a night in OTR. The previous owner had purchased the property in 2011 pouring his heart into renovating an old building in what he hoped would turn into a must-live neighborhood. At the time of purchase the building was uninhabitable and the area s revitalization still nascent. But by the end of his four-year tenure the first- and third-floor units were finished and OTR was thriving -- giving Vickie and Valerie two units to develop themselves in the heart of the city s fastest growing neighborhood. Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 51 FEATURED header Story HOME OVER-THE- RHINE SEE THE MO VIE 52 BEST The exposed beams in the upstairs loft and the hardwood floors throughout are all original said Vickie which is really special in a home this old. Built in 1880 the brick Italianate building is easy to find -- tucked into a side street less than two blocks from such popular OTR spots as MOTR Pontiac BBQ Japp s and Holtman s Donuts -- just a few of the reasons it draws such a high demand for weekend rental. People stay here because they want to get out and do things not because they want to be settled in making breakfast said Vickie from the small but tasteful kitchen in the upstairs two-story loft unit. They love the architecture the design but really -- it s about being close to the things they want to do. And with Washington Park Cincinnati Music Hall countless restaurants and bars and even Jack Casino within walking distance options for entertainment abound. A quick hop onto a Red Bike or the Cincinnati Bell Connector and you re in Findlay Market or The Banks or nearly anywhere in the heart of Cincinnati within minutes. Which of course is exactly what 20- and 30-somethings visiting Cincinnati are hoping for. But those aren t the only people staying in the 136-year-old home. We actually see a handful of families who rent the entire building for family gatherings and holidays -- people who d rather be under one roof than in four or five hotel rooms said Vickie. Valerie didn t miss a beat adding And corporate customers who stay regularly when they re in town for business. Regardless of why they re visiting the fact remains that people are traveling to Cincinnati -- and in particular to Over-the-Rhine. What was once dubbed the nation s most dangerous neighborhood now welcomes visitors of all backgrounds and ages with open arms thoughtfully prepared food craft beers and donuts. For many out-of-towners spending a day soaking in one-of-a-kind tastes and experiences just to return to a standard hotel room -- no matter how luxurious --leaves a bit to be desired. Staying right in the heart of everything in a space that maintains the integrity of the building while incorporating essential modern updates keeps the authenticity of the visit alive. Listing on Airbnb has come with some life lessons for the sisters -- much like learning how to be partners in real estate investment while staying on speaking terms as family -- but they agree that the venture has been a very positive experience. They also agree that they ve been pleasantly surprised by how respectful their visitors have been of the space. Perhaps because when where you re staying feels like home -- only better because your home is not within throwing distance of a retro video game arcade --you treat it more like your own. THE BEST IN FINE HOMES SEE THE MO VIE 53 FEATURED header Story HOME JENNY SARVER Agent 513-309-4343 Email jsarver comey.com ABOUT THE HOUSE 1325 Clay Street Over-the-Rhine Beautifully renovated 4-story multi-family unit Located in the heart of the thriving OTR entertainment district Many restored architectural finishes including brick walls fireplaces and exposed beams Owner can live in one unit and rent the others or easily convert into condos Qualifies for tax abatement Asking price 598 000 54 Spectacular rare 1.238 acre private wooded lot in Loveland s Woods at Miami Trails. Meticulously updated and maintained 4 bedroom 3.5 bath. Bright open kitchen with granite new appliances counter bar seating and refinished hardwood. Pristine vaulted family room with oversized picture windows and spacious walkout breakfast room with french doors leading to newly refinished back deck perfect for entertaining. Interesting fact This lot was specifically chosen by the original land owner as the lot on which he had anticipated building his custom home because of the expansive unobstructed views. LOVELAND 513.477.1219 Rocket comey.com GINA DUBELL-SMITH WYOMING Experience the elegance yet comfort SEE THE MO of this private getaway in the heart of Wyoming Quietly nestled on 1.75 acres this transitional custom-built ranch has a space for everyone Whether one is looking for a formal entertaining area an everyday living space or a large lower level recreational area walking out to an outdoor escape this home has it all With an abundance of natural light from the large multi-level windows and tall ceilings the first floor living spaces are bright airy and afford beautiful views from every glance. The beautifully renovated eat-in kitchen with granite high-end stainless steel appliances an island and custom cabinets opens to the family room allowing everyone to be together while cooking and relaxing. The first floor master suite with an adjacent dressing sitting room is complemented by a fireplace walk-in closet and gorgeous master bath complete with a double vanity jacuzzi tub and shower. The lower level features three bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms a sauna and a large recreation area. Appreciate the beautiful surroundings from the screened porch pool lower level patio or deck- your choice If you are looking for privacy in the heart of a community look no further this home is for you MLS 1510737 Offered at 769 900 VIE 513.703.1203 carol carolharris.com 513.503.8498 kpear comey.com CAROL HARRIS KELLY PEAR LUXE PLANK WATERPROOF FLOORING Features exotic traditional and rustic woods Features slate travertine and concrete visuals Ideal for homeowners with uneven subfloors Brings the natural beauty of hardwood and stone to any room in your home - even bathrooms and basements Carpets & Floors 56 BEST THE BEST IN FINE HOMES Arnie Story by Greg Hoard WE WERE SOMEWHERE south of Montgomery Alabama on I-65 when the news came on the radio. Arnold Palmer had died. I slumped in my seat. Damn I said. Damn. Damn. What What s wrong my wife said. Wait. Listen I said turning up the volume. I wanted details. Arnold Palmer The golfer Yeah yeah. I wanna hear this. For 35 years she has been forced to live on the fringe of sports. My vocation dictated some involvement and the birth of two sons -- gifted in games at a young age -- pushed her further into a world of sports pages sports broadcasts mounds of equipment dirty socks dirty jocks knee braces ankle braces and ultimately more useless knowledge than she would ever have chosen on her own. During a holiday dinner and given a sympathetic audience of sisters and her mother she once said Name another woman you know who can open her antique china cabinet and find a baseball bat or a tennis racket. I wash things -- I don t even know what they are. Through it all she remains a good sport. What happened she said. You knew Palmer Shhhsh. Listen I said. The announcer was short on details. Arnold Palmer he said died of natural causes. He was 87 years old. The world loses one of the greatest golfers of all time. That was it. That s all he said eager to get on to the latest news on the Alabama football team and the upcoming game with Kentucky as if there were any doubt about the outcome of that contest. I cursed the limits of the report on Palmer and switched to something on Sirius. You knew Palmer my wife said. Tell me. I didn t know him I said. I met him once. Spent a day trying to get an interview with him in Lexington. Finally got a few words enough for a column. But it was nothing like I expected. You were impressed I take it she said. That s not even the word for it. There were few like Palmer. Nothing even close today. That s the worst part the very worst part. Over the next hundred miles of straight slab headed for the Florida border I told her the story of meeting Palmer at a charity golf event at Griffin Gate a course on the fringe of Lexington Kentucky. Palmer was scheduled to play a few holes and meet with his fans. My editor at the Cincinnati Post thought I would have a good shot at getting a one-on-one with Palmer as he put it the greatest golfer that ever lived. To that point in my career (it was probably 1980 or 81) Palmer was one of those fringe legends in sports like Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull Rod Laver and Tony Trabert Eddie Arcaro and A.J. Foyt -- men who had ascended the highest peaks of their sport but doing so in a world that didn t touch the hearts of millions of mainstream fans those who leaned toward baseball football and basketball to find their idols. In the two or three days leading up to the interview I read everything I could find on Palmer. But what I learned -- fourtime Masters champion winner of the US Open in 1960 British Open Champ in 1961 and 1962 62 tour wins -- none of that touched the scene that greeted me at Griffin Gate in Lexington. I arrived two hours before Palmer was scheduled to tee off yet there was hardly a spot to be had in the parking lot. The hotel lobby was filled with people spilling out of every bar restaurant and alcove and there was no middle ground about this crowd. There were retirees and grade-school kids middleaged business folk and men and women who looked as though they had walked right off the job. There was every kind of attire imaginable from fur and silk to sweatshirts and blue jeans. There were beer drinkers and members of the martini crowd. In a corner shielded by ferns a pair of priests sipped on whiskeys while talking about Palmer. Such a gentleman one said. A man of the people the other offered. A swing right off a public course but my what results The most remarkable thing about the crowd was the women their sheer number and their look. They seemed to make up at least half the crowd which stretched from the lobby across the pool deck and on out toward the tee box where Palmer would ultimately appear. The women represented every age group and occupation all -- in one fashion or another -- well turned out as if they were headed 57 LAST WORDS A man of the people . . . A swing right off a public course but my what results for an appointment of some importance. They chatted and tittered and as Arnold s arrival time came near they were at the lead of the slow progression toward the golf course. I was witnessing one regiment of Arnie s Army the legions that followed and revered this man of humble beginnings and international acclaim. Once before had I witnessed such allegiance. It was in the fall of 1978 when Muhammad Ali returned to Louisville Kentucky after defeating Leon Spinks and regaining the heavyweight title for the third time. That night at the Fairgrounds it seemed as if the state s entire population turned out to see their native son chanting Ali and crowding ever closer to get a better look at the man. Ten minutes before Palmer was to meet his public a voice on a loudspeaker urged all in attendance to make their way to the course. Mr. Palmer will tee off in a matter of minutes he said a smile hanging on his every word. Prestige is not often accompanied by punctuality but precisely at 1 P.M. sliding glass doors were opened and Arnold Palmer appeared. The applause the cheers the whistles fell like a gentle avalanche. He was deeply tanned with an easy smile. He raised an arm high above his head like a general leading a charge. With that he began making his way through the throng and there -- for all to see -- was his true gift far greater than his ability to put red numbers on the scorecard. As he made his way through the crowd he stopped here and there talking and shaking hands. His smile was genuine his eyes warm and unwavering. I remember thinking about how my father had once described an old Army buddy. He looks like a man with no worries no debt no enemies. He could laugh at the devil. That was Palmer. But there was something else. Somehow he could make each person in the crowd feel as though he were speaking directly to them that he cared about them -- that they mattered. I told my wife about following Palmer that day trying to get enough time with the man for a story and how he politely deferred to his fans saying I m sorry. This day is for them. I hope you understand. That of course was the story. Here was a man who fully and truthfully appreciated his fans and what they had given him an individual who went out of his way to show that appreciation. A unique man my wife said. Yeah I said. They don t make em like Arnold Palmer any more. And now he s gone. Damn. Plan in real life at the The Living Kitchen Twist knobs. Open doors. Compare features. There are many ways Sub-Zero and Wolf can bring your kitchen together. Come discover what appeals to you at The Living Kitchen. 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