At first glance, this home on Rawson Woods Lane looks like your average Cincinnati suburban home. But the closer you get, the more you realize just how special it really is. In 1923 and again in 1928, the Rawson family donated land to the City of Cincinnati to preserve what is now the street the home sits on.
The family wanted to preserve nature in the bustling Clifton neighborhood. There’s a bird preserve and other areas that aren’t open to the public, but several homes were built on the donated land by renowned architects. Overlooking the street, you’ll find a home built for the Lowrie family in 1933, a similar home (that’s both fire- and termite-proof) built for David Maybe in 1935, and The Boulter House, built by Frank Llyod Wright in 1956. Among so many architectural masterpieces, this Midcentury Modern home fits beautifully in the mix.
A modest entry opens up to bright light and thoughtfully chosen details. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the back wall with a high, wood ceiling and massive beams. The living room is wide open with opportunities to intentionally section off different seating areas around the fireplace. Down the hall in kitchen, the mod vibe continues with fitting details, like the period-appropriate light fixture that hovers above the dining room table.
The rest of the home features three-to-four bedrooms—depending on how you use the different rooms—and three and a half baths. The owner’s suite has floor-to-ceiling windows and its own door that leads to a balcony, plus a large walk-in closet and a dreamy bathroom.
Downstairs, there’s a second owner’s suite that protrudes into the woods with windows on every side that gives the illusion you’re sleeping among the trees. The real star of the show is the outdoor space. Just off the second floor, a covered patio extends from the back of the home with room for patio furniture, a dinner table, and a grill with a perfect view of the backyard.
Even though the home is located in the city, it’s tucked deep enough into the woods and off the busy streets to remain a peaceful oasis. Still, the convenience of urban life is steps from the home. The Clifton Gaslight District is home to local eateries and shops such as Graeter’s Ice Cream, Sitwell’s Coffeehouse, Clifton Market, and Clifton Natural Foods. It’s the perfect mix of city life in the woods!