Back in January 2018, Erin and Colin Flynn were looking for a project when they snapped up this three-story home with two bedrooms and three baths. The couple had renovated and resold two homes previously, and this not-quite-two-decade-old traditional with its stacked balconies and views of the river and downtown was ready for their attention. Plans in hand, they immediately got to work creating a “modern chic” feel.
The “first floor” is actually up a flight of stairs from the entry, and when you enter the main living area, you’re greeted with an open concept space, which includes the kitchen (complete with new granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances), breakfast nook, dining area, and living room, the last of which opens up to a porch with black trimmed floor-to-ceiling windows and sconces over outdoor love seats. Listing agent Sarah Woody of Keller Williams Advisors Realty says the living room is her favorite part of the space, what with the mantel, floor-to-ceiling front windows, and the bright and airy feel. Once a deep red, the walls are now bright white, with camel-colored furniture and wooden accent pieces, including the coffee and side tables.
Upstairs you’ll find a smaller bedroom with an attached bathroom, which could be used as a nursery, kids’ room, or guest room, along with the master suite. In the bath, there’s a double vanity, tub, and shower. The master bedroom is big enough to hold a small office area, and has its own balcony/porch matching the one downstairs. The best part? Leblond Park is across the street, so the view of the Ohio River can never be obstructed.
Outside, the herringbone brick back patio is a great place to grill steaks for dinner or just enjoy a little sunshine. Across the street is the LeBlond Regional RecPlex, a Cincinnati Recreation Commission facility, with a fitness center and a fully accessible playground. There’s also the nearby Ohio River Trail for biking.
From the exterior, this home is inviting, freshly painted, with a cedar shake detail on the gable sure to catch your eye. The home even has great solar potential. “I try to design my current dream house, and then hope that someone else likes it, too,” Erin says. Well, reader: that could be you.