When current homeowners Jacquie and Bryan Tye bought this 1928 Kennedy Heights home, “it was a mess and needed a lot of structural work,” says Jacquie. It took 2.5 years, but the couple maintained all the charm (check out the vaulted ceiling in the living room) while simultaneously updating the rest of the house, with everything from a pizza oven to a bi-level master closet. Proof they did great work: last week, the home went sale pending before it even hit the market.
Equally interesting is the story of the neighborhood itself. Nearby Davenant Avenue was once home to a late-1800s resort-style hotel called the Yononte Inn that became a dance hall before burning down in 1909. About 20 years later, a developer looking to attract buyers to the same area planned on building a new housing development there called Wildwood, a “healthful” and “restful” place, says the brochure, with 40 gracious lots, sweeping Miami Valley views, and a community playground and pool. Unfortunately, only six spec homes, including this one now owned by the Tyes, were completed before the Depression stopped the project in its tracks.
Today, this corner of Kennedy Heights is a bona fide hidden treasure, and it’s worth a look if you’re ever in the neighborhood. As the Wildwood brochures promise, it is indeed “a secluded spot of beauty.”