Hyde Park’s Erie Avenue is lined with eclectic architecture: historic Tudors, 100-year-old renos, and, if you drive far enough down the street, the infamous “Mushroom House.” This contemporary stucco with four bedrooms and four and a half baths stands out from the pack.
Built in 2015, the home sits on land that was once the site of the Monastery of the Holy Name, which housed nuns until the early ’90s. The building was later sold and used by various religious organizations before being demolished in 2014. Today, the home’s clean geometric exterior lends a strong west coast vibe. The interior follows suit, with crisp white walls and an open floor plan that flows from the kitchen to the living room to a covered back patio. This purposeful design derives from the owners’ love of entertaining, which is evident by the home theater-slash-bar, located in the first room through the front door.
Although the Malibu-like house looks lavish and is filled with amenities, current owners Ndiba Dioh and his wife Jessica Donohue-Dioh made sure it included eco-friendly design elements. The couple’s main goal: reduce their carbon footprint to safeguard the environment for their 9- and 10-year-old daughters. For starters, the home is certified LEED Platinum, meaning it goes beyond the traditional “green” approach. In addition to featuring VOC-free paints, the home was built using local materials to reduce transportation energy. And in place of a sprinkler system, a series of drains, pipes, and an underground tank collect and redistribute rainwater to irrigate the property.
Perhaps the most impressive perk, though, is the home’s prime location. Within a two-mile radius sits Hyde Park Square, the Cincinnati Observatory, and Ault Park. The current owners also took advantage of the backyard by maintaining raised garden beds, fruit trees, grape vine, and other indigenous plants. “We spent many days picking vegetables and watching bunnies,” Donohue-Dioh says. “But also having access to walk to the grocery and have the nice city life—it’s the best of both worlds.”