It’s no secret that Oakley—a community named in the mid-1800s for its abundance of native oak trees—is today one of Cincinnati’s hottest inner-ring suburban neighborhoods. Home prices there have been climbing for years, but until recently, a lot of the love was focused on streets closest to Oakley’s town square. Today, though, the village’s northwestern-most corners are growing increasingly hot, too, no doubt owing, in part anyway, to the development of Norwood’s nearby Rookwood Commons.
This 103-year-old Millsbrae home, right in that general vicinity, was a rehab project by former Oakley-ites who “are passionate about Oakley and have been watching for an opportunity to do a renovation,” says listing agent David Dawson. Inside, newly painted white walls do a great job of highlighting architectural features like the brick-and-wood fireplace surround and pillars separating the living and dining rooms. We’re big fans of the clean white kitchen, too, clad with quartz countertops and a functional breakfast bar. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a full bath, plus a family room-slash-study on the floor above that.
One other fun note: the buyers of this house (it went sale pending as we were writing this piece) will live within walking distance of HGTV’s 2018 Urban Oasis house on Hyde Park Avenue (now the abode of sweepstakes winner and Detroit, Michigan native Lois Anderson, who beat out more than 65 million HGTV viewers to win it).