Before Airbnb and VRBO, there were bed and breakfasts. In fact, converting a large old home into a bed and breakfast was something of a national pastime in the 1980s. Turns out Cincinnati was no exception to the trend, as evidenced by this nearly 6,000-square-foot Hyde Park home, known as the Victoria Inn for more than 15 years. In its heyday, the Victoria Inn won a Better Homes and Gardens Renovation Award and made it on a top 10 list of “Romantic Getaways” nationwide.
Located just blocks from Hyde Park square, this home has a great vibe right off the bat, thanks to an illuminated bronze statue perched on the newel post at the base of the front hall stairs. It also features a checkerboard tile floor in the kitchen, leaded glass built-ins in multiple rooms, stained glass windows, and an in-ground swimming pool out back. We’re big fans of the home’s front exterior, too, complete with an expansive front porch and twin Tudor-style third-floor dormers with red support brackets.
Because it was a bed and breakfast, the home includes seven “rentable” rooms, writes agent Lee Robinson in the listing notes—four on the second floor (each with its own bath), two on the third floor, and a third in the basement. It also offers spacious living and dining rooms and a large butler’s pantry. Add in a few cosmetic upgrades and this home’s next buyer could be up and running—and renting out rooms—in no time.