There’s a Southwestern-Style Carl Strauss Home Hidden in Hyde Park

2565 HANDASYDE AVENUE, $799,900

Finding a Southwestern-style home in Southwestern Ohio can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack—if the haystack was a bunch of ranch, colonial, and Tudor houses. And good luck looking in Hyde Park. But sure enough, one of those proverbial needles is tucked down a private drive near Edwards Road, and it could be yours.

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

It’s no surprise that renowned Cincinnati modernist architect Carl Strauss is behind the design: His contemporary homes dapple Greater Cincinnati and stand out for their subtlety. The home is even featured in a book published by the Contemporary Arts Center entitled In Its Place: The Architecture of Carl Strauss and Ray Rousch, alongside other high-profile buildings, such as the Bird House at the Cincinnati Zoo.

This particular Strauss creation infuses the Mid-century modern structure with just the right amount of adobe flavor. Instead of feeling inauthentic or kitschy, the Southwestern touches provide a distinctive warmth to the minimalist home.

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

One of the hallmarks of this four-bedroom home isn’t even a structural feature: It’s the blanket of light that streaming through a diverse collection of windows and skylights. The cavernous living space, anchored by warm-toned ceramic tiles and white walls, also boasts a wood-burning fireplace and built-in bench seating.

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Head to the kitchen, and you’ll find similar architectural features with an added bonus: the prominent wooden beams that connect the walls. Step outside, and you’re greeted by private woodsy view, thanks to the canopied wooden deck. We can’t think of a better place to enjoy a meal on a summer evening (a meal made in a chef’s kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, no less).

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Life on this property is about as close as you can get to experiencing the American Southwest in our Midwestern city.

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

Photograph by Kathy Kelly

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