Finding a Southwestern-style home in Southwestern Ohio can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack—if the haystack was a bunch of ranch, colonial, and Tudor houses. And good luck looking in Hyde Park. But sure enough, one of those proverbial needles is tucked down a private drive near Edwards Road, and it could be yours.
It’s no surprise that renowned Cincinnati modernist architect Carl Strauss is behind the design: His contemporary homes dapple Greater Cincinnati and stand out for their subtlety. The home is even featured in a book published by the Contemporary Arts Center entitled In Its Place: The Architecture of Carl Strauss and Ray Rousch, alongside other high-profile buildings, such as the Bird House at the Cincinnati Zoo.
This particular Strauss creation infuses the Mid-century modern structure with just the right amount of adobe flavor. Instead of feeling inauthentic or kitschy, the Southwestern touches provide a distinctive warmth to the minimalist home.
One of the hallmarks of this four-bedroom home isn’t even a structural feature: It’s the blanket of light that streaming through a diverse collection of windows and skylights. The cavernous living space, anchored by warm-toned ceramic tiles and white walls, also boasts a wood-burning fireplace and built-in bench seating.
Head to the kitchen, and you’ll find similar architectural features with an added bonus: the prominent wooden beams that connect the walls. Step outside, and you’re greeted by private woodsy view, thanks to the canopied wooden deck. We can’t think of a better place to enjoy a meal on a summer evening (a meal made in a chef’s kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, no less).
Life on this property is about as close as you can get to experiencing the American Southwest in our Midwestern city.