This Mt. Adams Home Has Historic Charm in Front and Sweeping City Views in Back

We are in love with the atrium wall of windows in this overachieving historic-meets-modern gem.

909 Riverview Place

Photograph by by Ross Van Pelt

When we think of the quintessential traits of a Cincinnati home, we think skyline view, walkable neighborhood, and flourishing landscaping. This three-story Mt. Adams beauty checks all those boxes and then some.

From the front, the home telegraphs 139-year-old charm with its slate mansard roof, tall windows, and an adorable front gate that leads to the entry and backyard. But what you don’t see from the street is that the home is chiseled into the hillside, with a rear atrium wall of windows serving up dramatic, sweeping views of the city and Northern Kentucky from all three levels.

Photograph by by Ross Van Pelt

The interior lives up to the views. For starters, the home features radiant heat flooring on the first level and in the master bedrooms (yes, there are two, one on the third level and one on the lower level). With this water-powered system, you’ll never again put bare feet on cold floors in the winter. On the main floor, you’ll find the living room, dining space, bath, and gourmet kitchen. The kitchen features traditional wood cabinets, dark granite countertops, and an impressive wine cooler. A staircase leading to a lofted master bedroom separates it from the living room, which extends out into the conservatory-like, double-height atrium space, with windows around three sides, so there’s plenty of light.

Each of the home’s two master suites feature built-in shelving, retreat-like bathrooms, and contemporary-styled closets. But the best one might be on the lower level, with its own kitchen area, study, spiral staircase, and walk out to a large deck with a hot tub.

While the inside is impressive, the outdoor space steals the show. In addition to the main deck, there are tiered balconies accessible at each level, each offering a completely different perspective on the river and the hills beyond. For those who love to garden or just enjoy nature, the home makes the most of the steep rear of the lot with a series of terraced garden beds lining rock stairs, which lead to a shady green space at the foot of the fenced-in yard.

Photograph by by Ross Van Pelt

Step out the front door, though, and you’ll have access to all that Mt. Adams has to offer. Playhouse in the Park is a walkable half mile away, with the Cincinnati Art Museum just beyond that. The Blind Lemon is even closer, and it’s an easy ride to Eden Park and Krohn Conservatory. Not to mention downtown is, well, right there. Talk about quintessential.

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