This Queen Anne on East McMillan Used to Be an Italian Consulate

The property has been painstakingly and illustriously restored into a single family home in the desirable East Walnut Hills neighborhood.
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1504 E. McMillan St., East Walnut Hills

Tucked away on the quiet end of East McMillan, this 1900s Queen Anne property was restored to be a dream home. And it comes with an illustrious history. According to listing agent Maria Walley, the house was used as Cincinnati’s Italian Consulate in the early 20th century.

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The owners turned the three-family property into a single-family home, a project that involved building a three-and-a-half car garage, new kitchen, and owner’s suite. The architectural features that made the property shine were kept and restored, including the turret, stainless windows, parquet floors in the living and dining room, pocket doors, and a massive mahogany staircase. One of our favorite features in historic homes around the city are Rookwood fireplaces—and this home has few. Elaborate, carved wood mantels encase the fireplaces and add visual interest to the room.

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The quaint porch provides a charming entry that opens up to a chic living space. Up front, there’s a formal living room and a more relaxed, casual room on the other side with a coffered ceiling. On the way to the kitchen, you’ll find a formal dining room with large windows and a stained glass window above the fireplace.

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In the kitchen, the slate-blue cabinets and island contrast the white countertops and stainless appliances. The space also features an island with room for three stools and beautiful windows that peak out into the back yard. Around the corner, an original hutch offers additional storage with tall glass-panel doors to display fine dishes and drinkware.

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In the family room, board-and-batten walls and other wood details create a moody setting and the perfect place to relax to watch TV. Upstairs, the main bedroom opens to a new bathroom with marble tile, a matching set of vanities, a soaking tub, and a floor-to-ceiling window, plus a massive shower station. The third floor allows for many room configurations that fit the needs of the next homeowner—think office space, bedroom, artist area, or storage. The best part? Most sets of windows around the third floor have panoramic views of the river.

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East Walnut Hills has been undergoing a transformation in recent years—which means that you won’t just get a beautiful house on a quiet street with this property. You’ll also find dozens of coffee shops, eateries, breweries, and shops within walking distance. East McMillan is a short walk to Woodburn Brewery, Urbana Cafe, and newer spots like Heyday and Cafe Mochiko. Plus, it’s a short walk to Eden Park and a five-minute drive to downtown, Oakley, and Clifton.

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