Stately and proud, this home has been a Madeira landmark for generations. Built in 1859 on land once owned by Revolutionary War soldier John Jones, the family name later changed to DeMar (through marriage) and it is still known today at The DeMar House. The home stayed in the same family for over 100 years until it was sold in 1960.
An addition to the rear in the 1860's significantly enlarged the original structure. More recent additions include a 3 car garage (w/suite above), a family room, a solarium, a greenhouse, enclosed side porches, and a walled in pool area w/outdoor kitchen. But the grand and welcoming main entry remains, and you can almost hear the clip-clop of hooves on the gravel circle drive.....
This view shows the original 1860's addition to the rear, the enclosed original side porch, and the large 3+ car addition with bonus space above. There is also an abundance of off street parking on the property.
And SURPRISE! The walled in private pool oasis was modeled after similar gardens in the New Orleans French Quarter. Craftsmanship was of utmost importance to the homeowners, and they used artisans proficient in historic methods and aesthetic to realize their vision.
The formal garden with large fountain is located just outside the walled in pool area in the rear/side yard. Can you believe this is real life?
Side view of the house and gardens. On this side are two decks opening off the breakfast room, solarium & greenhouse, and a water feature/waterfall.
The pool area just glows at night. And how wonderful is this outdoor kitchen? It comes equipped with outdoor refrigerator, ice maker, and sink. Egg grill not included. Saber burner in not hooked up. Based on a traditional Roman shaped pool, there are steps at this end, and the raised half circle at the other end is a hot tub. Mmmmm.....
Here is a detail shot of the lovingly restored front porch. Who knew there was such rich history in one of Ohio's top rated school districts? And only 20 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati, universities and hospitals. And 5 minutes to Kenwood shopping mecca. Super easy highway (I-71) access as well.
Once inside the lovely original architectural details are at every turn. Cherry banister. Butternut (white walnut) 8' doors. 12 ft ceilings.
This view shows both the front and side main entrances to the home.
The front portion of the home has 2 larger parlors - the ladies' parlor shown here, and the gentleman's parlor across the center hall. One could easily be used as a first floor bedroom or billiard room. The gorgeous antique cabinet in this room stays with the house. The original fireplaces are no longer operational, but add a decorative touch. There is a wood burning fireplace in the family room, a newer addition.
Another view of the Ladies' Parlor. Cabinetry included! Check out the original doors and woodwork in this room. It's spectacular!
And across the main hall is the Gentleman's Parlor, because, well.......I guess that's how they did it. This large room could be converted to a first floor bedroom (behind the camera are 3 large windows). The antique cabinet in this room (originally from the Mt. Adams Monastery) is included in the sale.
This newer renovation/older style bathroom is a work of art and splendor all to itself. The plasterwork, tile, stone, marble, woodwork. You name it, it makes this bathroom by artist Patrick Dougherty the talk of the town!
I think we all know what your guests will be talking about the morning after the party! And because all of the bathrooms in the house are full baths, there is a claw foot tub, of course. Artisan Patrick Dougherty, known for his Rookwood tile designs, must be very proud of this creation indeed!
The formal dining room in flanked on either side by rooms that were once open porches. Currently the office/den to the left and the sunny breakfast room to the right. Go straight through and you are in the newly remodeled kitchen.
Office/Den located off the dining room.
This custom designed and built Northern Italian/Tuscan inspired kitchen was built in 2011. Highlights include extra deep cabinets & chisel finish granite counters.
Another view of the kitchen with custom brick and stone work for that old world Italian feel. And it's a super functional space!
This is the other original side porch now a bright and sunny breakfast room overlooking the lush side yard, and opens via patio door to the side deck & sounds of the waterfall water feature.
What is better than a first floor laundry/mudroom? Not much! This one is right off the kitchen, and adjacent to the back hall to the garage/another full bath/bonus suite. And a door to the pool!
Just 4 steps down from the kitchen is this family room with vaulted ceiling. Perhaps a mid (20th) century addition? It's light and bright with the skylights, but still warm and cozy with the large wood burning fireplace and PECKY CYPRESS walls.
Another view of the family room with walkout to the SOLARIUM! There is also a built in window seat to the right.
And the SOLARIUM is just gorgeous! The pergola style roofline is echoed in the pool kitchen area. This room has sliders on 2 sides to walkout to the greenhouse, decks & fountain/waterfall.
The second first floor full bath is located just off the family room and laundry rooms and is in the 3 car garage /bonus suite addition. This bath even has one of those walk in tubs. In fact, it's a top of the line Kohler with heated seat and is filled by an unlimited supply of hot water from the tankless water heater. Nice!
I know you have been waiting for this one after all the build up. Here is the over the garage bonus suite. Make it what you want/need! Mother-in-law quarters? Boomerang kid apartment? Office space? Laser tag? It's huge - 32 x 23 (736 sq ft) and has it's own HVAC AND a balcony walkout to the pool (next picture).
Romeo o Romeo! But seriously, some nice outdoor space for the bonus suite!
Ok - now we are back in the upstairs of the main house. And the gorgeous details continue. How nice is it to see an historic property like this that was never mucked up? This hall has the primary bedroom & bath (behind camera), and 3 additional bedrooms and another full bath. There are 4 full baths total in the house. Pretty good for a house that did not have indoor plumbing when it was built!
The primary bedroom suite sits at the back of the house in the 1860's addition. It has windows on both sides for excellent light and cross ventilation. Although the fireplace is long since inoperable, it is still lovely.
This is the dressing room portion of the primary suite. To the right, you will see the rear stairway that goes directly from the hall between the dining room & the kitchen to the bedroom, leading us to believe this rear portion of the suite may have originally been a maid's room. The door near the window at the top of the stairs is to the master bath.
Recently renovated master bath. Hard to tell in this photo, but yes, it's a COPPER CEILING! The vintage tub is extra long and has yet to be re-glazed. That will be left to the new owner.
Bedroom 2. this is not just any wallpaper. It's handmade vintage inspired wallpaper and likely cost in today's dollars close to what it cost to build the entire house in 1859!
Bedroom 3. One of 4 bedrooms on the second floor. Just love the vintage interior shutters throughout the home.
Updated (in a vintage style) hall bath. Behind the wall is a mid (20th) century square soaking tub, with newly installed vintage inspired tile and tin ceiling. Serene and lovely.
Bedroom 4 with large walk in closet/storage area. This room is very large and measures 20 x 15.
Out the back door of the house you are greeted with this lovely sight!
The custom crafted concrete decking was designed to look like brick that was there for decades; The 6 ft. stucco privacy wall was constructed to mimic the private courtyards in New Orleans (and to provide privacy from neighboring homes). The wall even houses a koi pond here to the left. It all came together to create a lush and welcoming getaway environment.
Many artisans and craftspeople worked on the construction of this yard oasis. Pool by Klimat Master Pools; Custom concrete work & stucco walls by Tri-State Bromanite; Landscaping design & installation LaMond Design; iron banisters by Elsmere Ironworks to compliment vintage railings from Oley Valley Architectural Antiques; Carpentry by Hoyle Construction.
Outdoor Kitchen. Green Egg grill not included. Roof of this structure was built to match roof of solarium.
Since the pool is a little short for serious lap swimming (some might say it's fine...), there are swim jets installed to swim against. This upper semi-circle is the hot tub.
And the waterfall was designed with a bench below it to sit on and feel the stress wash away over your shoulders!
this corner of the pool deck has room for circular sofa conversation area around a gas powered firepit.
And at night, the integrated lighting makes this quite possibly the most relaxing place on earth.
Around the side of the house is another nice patio area and some extensive decking accessed from the solarium, greenhouse and breakfast room. The waterfall/fountain is on the other side of the table by the deck.
To the right here is the greenhouse. A great way to store those tropical plants in the winter! To the left is the solarium, another plant loving room.
In this pic, the pool area is to the left and the gate on the other side of the grand fountain is to the rest of the back yard.
Here is the other side of that gate we were just looking at. This is the back yard that is not part of the landscaped and pool area. Total lot size is .643 acre.
View from Kenwood Road. Although the address is on Kenwood, the house is accessed via this private drive with 3 homes. How cool is that? Between the circle drive in front, the side parking area and the additional private drive parking spaces, there is PLENTY of off street parking.
Side view of house from private drive. Across the street from this house is the 482 acre Kenwood Country Club. There are over 3,800 country clubs in the United States. Kenwood Country Club is one of only 39 clubs that is over 90 years of age and has 36 holes.
Aerial view of this amazing property. Here you can see the 3 home private drive in black.