One look at these two historical homes and you’ll think they’re straight out of a storybook. Lucky for us, they’re on the market right here in the Queen City. The first is a fully updated 90-year-old stone country manor in Indian Hill surrounded by more than seven acres of lush greenery just across from the Camargo Club. The second is a stunning colonial tucked away at the end of a well-kept cul-de-sac in Columbia-Tusculum.
Both houses are listed by Sibcy Cline Realtor Kim Vincent, who holds more than 15 years of home sales experience, including many listings with an interesting history. Vincent, who renovated her own historic Federal-style house, describes these homes as offering the best of both worlds: “They’re unique and a valuable part of the area’s history, but have been restored. They are totally up-to-date with charm and character newer homes are usually lacking.”
Pull in front of this Indian Hill home to see why we think it calls for an entirely different scale to measure curb appeal. A roundabout stone paver driveway encircles a multitier fountain. The surrounding seven acres of pristinely kept lawn and trees complements the home’s stone walls, arched front doorway, and tile roof, to make the three-story 7,980-square-foot manor look like it was plucked straight from the English countryside.
Inside, a large foyer features a spiral staircase and flows into an impressive dining room, totally renovated kitchen, living room, family room, breakfast room, and half bath. “Everything is top of the line, plus,” Vincent says. A slew of specialty features throughout backs this statement. Rare red oak floors, floor-to-ceiling woodworking in the card and living rooms, and high-end kitchen upgrades (with heated Jerusalem stone floors, a Sub-Zero fridge, and a massive eat-in island) make the five-bedroom, 4-and-a-half-bath home, built in 1928, feel updated but rich with Old World character.
Upstairs, you’ll find four spacious bedrooms, three full baths, a study, plus a recreation room fully equipped with a wet bar, refrigerator, and more great entertaining space on the third floor.
Looking for a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living? Outside, an expansive wrap-around stone veranda overlooks the home’s manicured lawn and brand new heated in-ground gunite pool. The yard is “totally private,” Vincent says. “You really can’t see another house—just views of the golf course.”
The cherry on top? A guest suite above the three-car garage comes complete with a bedroom, living room, full kitchen, and washer and dryer hookups, making it a fully livable, over-the-top charming house of its own just steps from the main residence. It’s a great place for house guests or a quiet retreat/studio.
Situated on nearly two acres at the end of a private cul-de-sac in Columbia-Tusculum, this four-bedroom, 3-and-a-half bath colonial offers the convenience of city life in what Vincent calls a “secret garden oasis, just minutes from our bustling city and neighborhood squares.”
A curved driveway leads to an well-maintained garden and the home’s fire hydrant–red front door, which adds a refreshing pop of color to the home’s white exterior and black shutters. (A matching bench to the left of the entrance complements the brightly colored door, too.)
Inside, beautiful hardwood floors connect one spacious room to another. Near the back of the house, the renovated kitchen features granite countertops, double ovens, two sinks, a five-burner gas cooktop, and an oversized Sub-Zero refrigerator. From here, the home opens up to a vaulted family room with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows designed and added by prolific Cincinnati modern architect Carl Strauss in the 1950s.
Even better? The family room walks out to a paved patio, adjoined by two charming pergolas, which serve as the perfect places to sit and admire the garden areas or woods, right in a walkable Cincinnati neighborhood.
Other notable features throughout include the jetted master tub; front and rear staircases; wood-burning fireplaces in the master bedroom, living room, dining room, and family room; and a temperature-controlled 350-bottle wine cellar—all of which come together to make this memorable listing a place you’d love to call home.