A Historic Estate in North Avondale

With a massive front yard and welcoming front porch, this historic abode is a preserved piece of history.

4003 Rose Hill Avenue

Photograph by Wow Photography

North Avondale is home to dozens of historic homes like this brick beauty. The neighborhood features some of the most impressive examples of residential Queen Anne Victorian, Italian Renaissance, English Medieval, and Greek Revival architecture. Between 1890 to 1930, many prominent Cincinnatians built homes in North Avondale, including Andrew Erkenbrecher, a manufacturer of laundry starch who established the Cincinnati Zoo, and Barney Kroger, founder of Kroger. This 1895 estate? It was built for the well-known doctor Frank Warren Langdon, director of the Cincinnati Sanitarium Hospital and professor of neurology and psychology at the University of Cincinnati.

Photograph by Wow Photography

Photograph by Wow Photography

The home boasts six bedrooms, three full and one half baths, and historical features throughout—like seven Rookwood fireplaces. The front porch is spacious, with plenty of room to create your own outdoor habitat with patio furniture and plants. To the left, an uncovered portion wraps halfway around the house, creating an outdoor oasis—we’re thinking furniture for lounging and morning coffee sipping. “We love to entertain,” says current owner Lauren Amos. “And the large rooms and porch are perfect for hosting friends and family.”

A double door entry leads into the foyer, where you start to see the historic details: hardwood floors, wainscoting, and wood beamed ceilings contrast the white walls on the first floor. True to the time period, Rookwood fireplaces are featured in most rooms including the dining room, living room, and parlor. “The dedicated parlor might be the most fun room,” Amos says. “It has access to the porch, but is also cozy with a fireplace for those winter nights.” The massive dining room features a built-in hutch to store and display fine dishes and a fireplace that extends higher up the wall than usual. Wood paneling and an elegant wallpaper add dimension, and lavish light fixtures spruce up the room.

Photograph by Wow Photography

The adjacent gourmet kitchen is dreamy. An eat-in island offers space for six-ish people to dine. Marble countertops contrast well with the light gray cabinets and hardwood floors. A tile backsplash lines the wall behind the farmhouse sink and range. Other kitchen features include stainless appliances like a massive fridge and multiple ovens, a pot-filler tap, and an exposed brick wall with cabinets and a countertop underneath for plenty more storage. Upstairs, the hallway is wide with significant separation between bedrooms. Most bedrooms feature a fireplace and hardwood flooring, and each has a view of the backyard. The back deck wraps along the north side of the house and leads to a slim, glass-enclosed porch attached for year-round entertaining.

With a house made for entertaining in a vibrant neighborhood, it seems this historic home is a catch. “The [North Avondale] neighborhood joke is that you aren’t a true resident until you’ve lived in multiple houses,” says Amos, whose family is leaving 4003 to do just that. “Not a lot of people know it exists but once they find it, they fall in love.”

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