A Mt. Adams Retreat With Beachy Vibes

Geometric and modern in style, this home on the hill is a city dweller’s dream.

1255 Ida Street

Photograph by WOW Photography

With crisp whites, light wood tones, and an epic sunroom, this Mt. Adams home is a beach house dupe transplanted to the Midwest. Its geometric facade and angular details are unique to the hilltop neighborhood, creating plenty of curb appeal, starting with the front yard, where a variety of materials, including concrete, brick, pavers, and stone, outline a welcoming entrance.

Photograph by WOW Photography

Photograph by WOW Photography

“[The] home has been completely modernized from top to bottom with stunning designer finishes,” says listing agent Heather Herr. “[It] offers sanctuary-inspired spaces with three decks and lovely views with outdoor space on each level. I personally love the congruent designer finishes and the multitude of living spaces for every lifestyle.”

Each level includes a view of the city—even the lower level deck you can see some of the skyline. That lower level has its own entrance (just down a set of stairs from the driveway), separate efficiency kitchen, bedroom, and full bath, opening up the possibility of using it as a rental, or a small in-law suite. There are three more bedrooms and two full and one half baths in the main part of the home.

Photograph by WOW Photography

Right inside the front door, which is set into a covered porch at the top of a short flight of stairs, the angular elements are immediately apparent: The living room sits diagonal to the front door. The room includes large windows and sliding doors that lead out to the sunroom. A basket-like chandelier hovers at the center of the space adding to the beachy vibe and a cut-out in the wall gives a glimpse into the kitchen. The kitchen boasts dark quartz countertops that contrast white cabinets and stainless appliances. On the other side of the wall is a sitting room with a fireplace, walkout to the front porch, and a half bath. The same floor includes a sunroom with rustic wood windows and plank flooring to enjoy the view of the city indoors all year. The space has enough room for a small sofa or a couple of chairs with a ceiling fan, too.

Photograph by WOW Photography

Photograph by WOW Photography

The spiral staircase is a focal point that takes you upstairs to most of the bedrooms. With a walkout to another deck out back, the master brings natural light into the room and two pendants continue the coastal-like decor. Another bedroom on the top floor could also function as the master. The room features a half sphere swing with more natural light beaming into the room and a walkout too. The bottom floor is far from a typical basement. There’s a kitchen, eat-in bar, full bath, and charming deck with a view. The backyard has a paved area and stone walkway that leads to the front yard.

The Mt. Adams location is a boon for any city dweller, with easy access to iconic attractions including Playhouse in the Park, Krohn Conservatory, and Cincinnati Art Museum as well as freeways and downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

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