December 22, 2021

Our Favorite Cincinnati Area Homes That Went Up For Sale In 2021

From a house with a prison cell in the basement to a Midcentury Modern Wyoming home built by a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé, this list has everything. Some of these were the reader favorites (based on our Google analytics) and others were some of our staff's favorites. Either way, this list has some of the most interesting Cincinnati homes that went on the market in 2021.

Most of these homes are already sold, but if you want to see more photos of any property, follow the link in the titles to the original slideshow. 
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​​Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)
This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
coldwellbanker.com
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Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)

This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
​​Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)
This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
coldwellbanker.com
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Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)

This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
​​Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)
This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
coldwellbanker.com
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Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)

This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
​​Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)
This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
coldwellbanker.com
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Controversial Kentucky Home With Unsettling Vault (or Prison Cell?)

This Louisville, Kentucky, property has it all: a secluded 13-acre lot, a pond with a dock, a generously sized workshop, "18-inch poured concrete walls" and its very own vault. But that last part is really what caught the attention of folks on popular Facebook group Zillow Gone Wild. The only-normal-from-the-outside, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a bonus room with what the listing explains is a "walk-in safe." However, there are many conflicting opinions for how the room could be used in the Facebook group's comment section. "I was going to say panic room or bomb shelter but doesn’t it look like the lock is on the outside? Yikes!!" one Facebook user says. "The rugs are a nice counterbalance to the steel bars. It screams ‘welcome, but you’re not leaving,’" another commenter declares. The home is noted as being berm-style, which means at least one of the home's exterior walls is covered with earth. This home's back side is the earth-sheltered side. If you can work past the eerie vault and other unique details, the home appears to be great for entertaining, with an open floor plan between the dining room, living room and kitchen. And if you do happen to be looking for a home with a cell, well, this one is fairly secluded. No one will hear your guests scream.
​​Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'
Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
Hailey Bollinger
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Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'

Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
​​Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'
Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
Hailey Bollinger
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Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'

Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
​​Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'
Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
Hailey Bollinger
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Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'

Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
​​​​Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'
Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
Hailey Bollinger
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Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'

Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
​​​​Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'
Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
Hailey Bollinger
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Stunning Italianate Home on Cincinnati's Historic 'Millionaire's Row'

Cincinnati's Dayton Street in the West End is home to the historically coveted "Millionaire's Row," a block lined with elegant architecture seen in narrow Italianate mansions. In the 1800s, the district was home to wealthy doctors, lawyers and politicians before they made their way out of the city and into the Cincinnati hills. But in the past decade or so, a revitalization of the area has been ignited as people have begun purchasing homes along the street, lovingly bringing them back to life. This three-story, Italianate-style brick home at 809 Dayton Street was built in 1866 and has been a renovation project roughly five years in the making. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom abode was brought back to its former glory and reimagined with a trendy vision for the future — all while respecting the home's and the neighborhood's rich past. The house features six original fireplaces, soaring ceilings and plenty of windows offering an abundance of natural light. A 15-foot island is located in the home's updated kitchen, creating a perfect place to entertain. Private patio spaces surround the house and two off-street parking spaces are available as well.
​​Opulent 6-Bedroom Historic Mansion
This 1900s historic gem located at 3891 Reading Road in North Avondale has had a full custom renovation. The six-bedroom home is fit for royalty and includes a primary suite with an en-suite bathroom, dressing area and walk-in closet. Even with the soaring ceilings, the three fireplaces, loads of natural woodwork and crown moulding make the space feel cozy. An eat-in kitchen, island and butlers pantry are perfect for entertaining. This half-acre property comes with an unusually large backyard for the area, plus a small back porch and tons of room for additional outdoor elements
Heather McHenry with Wow Photography
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Opulent 6-Bedroom Historic Mansion

This 1900s historic gem located at 3891 Reading Road in North Avondale has had a full custom renovation. The six-bedroom home is fit for royalty and includes a primary suite with an en-suite bathroom, dressing area and walk-in closet. Even with the soaring ceilings, the three fireplaces, loads of natural woodwork and crown moulding make the space feel cozy. An eat-in kitchen, island and butlers pantry are perfect for entertaining. This half-acre property comes with an unusually large backyard for the area, plus a small back porch and tons of room for additional outdoor elements