A Blue Ash Home That Proves There’s Still a Little Old School Charm in Suburbia


9936 Kenwood Road

Photograph courtesy of Lou Park Realty

In the real estate world, Blue Ash is known for its stock of contemporary homes and new construction, but it has a few older homes, too—remnants of the suburb’s past as a rural farming community that wasn’t officially incorporated until 1955. This Kenwood Road house is one such abode; built in 1939, it predates most of Blue Ash’s major civic buildings, including the Sycamore branch library and the Blue Ash YMCA.

Photograph courtesy of Lou Park Realty

When current owners Dick and Peggy Gelhaus bought the four-bedroom, three-bath home in 1988, “it was in pretty rough shape,” Dick says. Thankfully, his abilities as a home rehabber came in handy and the pair restored the structure to its original splendor with added pluses like a new screened in porch, HVAC system, roof, and driveway.

The home sits on a private lot close to an acre in size and backs up to the Edwin H. Greene School soccer fields, so it’s “very private” and “almost like living in the country,” Dick says. Even better in our eyes is the fact that the home is an easy and flat (a rare find in Cincinnati) walk to downtown Blue Ash—home to restaurants, shopping, a bike station, an outdoor amphitheater, and the one-and-only Pipkin’s Market.

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