Live like a Bengal in this 5,600-square-foot home, located on Grandin Road, one of Cincinnati’s most coveted streets. “The home is not quite as old as some in the neighborhood,” says listing agent Ingrid Likes. “[It] has a gracious and specific exterior architecture with great detail. Most are drawn to the expansive [and] welcoming front porch.”
Originally built in 1987, Andy and Jordan Dalton completely renovated the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home when they purchased the property. “They changed the entire layout of the first floor,” Likes says. “Removing walls, creating an entirely open layout. Every inch of the home was touched.” Stretching the length of the house, the front porch is made for evening hangouts. The first floor features crisp white shiplap in the foyer, hardwood throughout, and a grand staircase immediately upon entering the front door. The living room, on your left when you enter, includes a working fireplace, decorative posts, and several windows to offer natural light. To the right of the entry is the dining area, which easily makes room for a table for eight and is open to a casual seating area and the kitchen. Black-paned sliding doors lead outside to the covered patio.
The generous kitchen features shaded pendants over the island, rustic open shelving that matches the oven hood, and Shaker cabinets with contrasting black hardware. Herringbone tile defines the cooking and prep space, lining the wall behind the cooktop and backing the sink wall all the way to the ceiling. Along with a farmhouse sink, stainless appliances, and paneled fridge, there’s a three-stool eating area on the back of the island and a sort of command center with a desk area and a half bath off to the side. This area leads into the mudroom, which the Daltons created in the space between the three-car garage and the house. It’s big enough for loads of storage with built-in cubbies, a laundry area, a secondary fridge, and access to the back staircase.
Upstairs, the master also has hardwood floors and wood paneled and grasscloth-covered walls. A sliding barn door opens up to a giant walk-in closet with a bay window. The ensuite bath is basically an in-home spa with a phone booth–style shower featuring multiple shower heads and a massive bathtub that overlooks the backyard. The double vanity offers plenty of storage and capabilities to hook up a TV.
In the finished lower level, the basement features a guest bedroom, lots of room for entertaining (note the serving bar with beverage cooler), and a mini exercise room. Outside, the entertaining space is an oasis. The covered patio has a beadboard ceiling and a fireplace with a spot for a TV right above. The entire backyard also received a makeover. “There was major ground work completed,” Likes says. “They captured a more usable yard by pushing back a rear retaining wall [and] built up a flat, usable yard with a retaining wall to capture use of the expansive property.” And they installed—what else?—turf on that flat yard to keep maintenance easy.