Cincinnati is full of post-WWII architecture like this Mid-Century Modern landmark in Green Township and this Walnut Hills masterpiece designed by renowned Cincinnati architect Carl Strauss. Mid-Century Modern homes, which were originally built between 1933 and 1965, have recently made a major real estate comeback. Supporting the trend, big companies like West Elm and Article produce vintage furniture pieces, and an entire used furniture shop in Over-the-Rhine, Leftcoast Modern, is dedicated to the era. This two-year-old Ft. Wright home proves the tried-and-true is here to stay.
Traditionally, Mid-Century Modern homes are single-story structures with geometric forms, clean lines, natural materials, and open living spaces. This one-story, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home sticks to tradition, featuring a gray brick and stone exterior, a modest porch, and minimal landscaping out front, plus an open floor plan inside.
Step foot through the red front door and immediately enter the living room, complete with a custom stone mantel, electric fireplace, tray ceiling, and wood floors. To the right, the spacious kitchen features a “hidden” built-in fridge disguised as cabinets, an eat-in island with granite countertops, double ovens, wood floors, and walk-in pantry. Giant windows surround the adjoining dining space; not only do they offer panoramic views of the yard, they also create unity between outside and inside, another classic aspect of Mid-Century Modern home design. Just off the dining space, an enclosed porch provides an even closer connection to the great outdoors. Like the living room, this space features a custom stone mantel and fireplace. It also offers ample space for furniture and access to an open-air patio.
Of home’s four bedrooms, the master is our favorite, with wood floors and a sliding barn door that opens up to a gorgeous bath. Here, you’ll find a glass-walled walk-in shower, a freestanding bathtub, double vanity, tile floors, and access to a massive walk-in closet. Downstairs, the finished basement is an extension of the upstairs, complete with a family room, two bedrooms, a full bath, and access to the yard, which, by the way, is quiet and private thanks to the surrounding woods.