Homes in Walnut Hills are flying off the market, including rehabbed beauties like this charmer on Taft and this Cleinview flip just down the street. The neighborhood is experiencing rapid growth with new restaurants, coffee shops, and outdoor patios. It’s inching closer to its heyday when the once independent city rivaled downtown with its busy commercial center and diverse job market. Today, unique, historic homes in Walnut Hills are just as lovely as ever—and that includes this $1.2 million Wold Avenue masterpiece.
This immaculately maintained five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home was built in 1900. Early residents were John Hesselbrock and his wife Cecelia Hudepohl Hesselbrock. John served as general manager of the Hudepohl Brewery, which was founded by his wife’s father. The charm’s in the details outside—from the herringbone brick pavers on the driveway and walkway to the grand front door with its glass transom and beveled glass windows. The sprawling front porch is crowned by a tongue-and-groove ceiling and boasts both covered and uncovered spaces, making it the perfect outdoor hangout, regardless of the season.
Step through the grand entrance to meet an even grander foyer, complete with original moldings and pocket doors, plus an elegant eye-catching chandelier. The living room is cozy with its warm, coffered ceiling and room-anchoring gas fireplace.
The design elements flow seamlessly to the adjoining family room, which makes the original 1900s woodwork on the 10-foot ceilings its focal point. And in the formal dining room, rich, blue-painted paneling adds a welcome splash of color that pops against the white fireplace.
On the way to the kitchen, you’ll pass through a darling breakfast room with banquette seating and custom built-ins perfect for storing all your favorite cookbooks and glassware.
The kitchen is farmhouse style, but don’t be fooled—its culinary accoutrements are far from simple. Marble countertops and a six-burner Viking range are just a few of the high-end touches in this classic black-and-white space. Even the appliances blend in seamlessly—the fully integrated Thermador fridge is nearly indistinguishable from the surrounding cabinets.
Under the stairwell, arched doorways will remind you of a more luxe version of Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs. The grand split staircase is a work of art in itself with dark wood railings and another intricate chandelier at the center.
On the second level, the recently renovated owner’s suite has an adjoining sitting area that can be closed off with pocket doors. The en suite bathroom, complete with a custom double vanity, is just down the hall from a massive California Closets–designed space.
And on the third floor, space was not an afterthought—it maintains much of the rest of the home’s design including hardwood floors, coffered ceiling, and another fireplace. The room would be perfect as an office or lounging-slash-entertainment area. Next door, there’s another room large enough to be a bedroom.
The fenced-in outdoor space might be one of the best parts of the home with its mature trees and landscaping offering plenty of privacy. Did we mention the detached four-car garage in the side yard? With an outdoor oasis, tons of historic charm, plus all the modern amenities you could wish for, this home has it all.
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