3694 Vineyard Place Cincinnati, OH 45226
Magnificent historic home on one of the areas most prestigious streets! The circular, paver drive and slate walkway offer an inviting approach to entrance. The home combines modern updates to accommodate family living with stunning old world charm– intricate woodwork, high ceilings, a study/den, chef’s kitchen. The lower level is finished with a media room, bar, wine cellar, and workout room with bath. You’ll find over 6500 square feet of living space. The rooms are generously-sized and include 5 en-suite bedrooms. Outside you’ll enjoy a spacious patio, multiple planting beds, a slate patio and pool, sound system throughout, and flat yard beyond the pool. There is a 2-car garage in the front, and a two car garage around the side under the house. Great location, just minutes to downtown.
Living Room: Off the main entrance leads to the formal living room with a phenomenal hand-carved, marble fireplace surround, hardwood flooring, crown molding, and built-in shelving.
Formal Dinning Room: Has beautiful crown molding, chandelier, chair rail, and built-in cabinetry to store your fine china and silver.
Eat in Kitchen: The gourmet kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, double oven, a six burner gas cook-top, granite counters, tile flooring and back splash, custom wood cabinetry, an island that seats four, as well as an informational breakfast area. There is also a walkout that leads to the deck.
Lower Level Media Room: The finished lower level is the absolute perfect spot for casual entertaining with the theater room, 900-bottle wine room, a bar, and exercise room with a full bath. French doors lead out to the yard, patio and pool.
Master Suite: The master suite is the grandest room of them all, as it was originally two rooms. It has hardwood flooring, a sitting area, custom walk-in closet, adjoining bath, crown molding, a tray ceiling, built-ins, large windows and a walkout to a terrace that provide a tree-top view of the beautiful yard, patio and pool.
Family Room: Was the first addition to the original home, which was built in the 1800’s. It had large picture windows, stunning oak built-ins and window seats, a fireplace, and wet bar, window seats, and walk-out to the rear deck.
Wine Cellar: Wine Cellar- is temperature controlled, with 900-bottle wine racks.
Exterior: Multi-tiered deck can be easily accessed from many rooms in the house. Outside is a spiral staircase connecting each level. The pool is beautiful from whichever terrace you’re observing it from. The lower level patio really calls you to come for a swim. The pool has its own fun water slide. Beauty abounds from the lush landscape in the front and back of the house, and is impeccable.
The Transformation of 3649 Vineyard Place
The home at 3649 Vineyard Place is the original structure associated with the vineyards grown before the turn of the century on the sun drenched hill behind the home, high above the Ohio River. The importance of the house was recognized by early owners, as the first major expansion (addition ofthe spacious dining and living room areas, and bedroom space above) was completed in the late 1880s. The views afforded of what is now known as Alms Park across unspoiled rolling hills and vineyards from the height of the second floor would have been spectacular.
From that time on, owners would lovingly add space to the home, cognizant of the grace and strength of the original house. Nowhere is that more evident than in the living room with its beautifully carved white marble mantle (circa 1920). Post 9/11 and the Heiser improvements 2002 -Present Nearly 15 years ago, America lost her innocence. Most will remember that day well — when anxious families were glad to be in a neighborhood where schools and friends were close. The era post 9/1 1 ushered in a renewed sense of family and gathering, and homeowners began to modify their houses accordingly. This was certainly true at 3649 Vineyard. The home had been arranged so that live in help and owners could enjoy separate living spaces. But as a result, the kitchen and old butler’s space was utilitarian and separate from the main living areas. Bedrooms on the second floor were small; some were isolated. The back service stairs were closed in. The lower level was dedicated to laundry and other work of the house and grounds. Decking had been added as an afterthought rather than integrated into the layout of the home. And much of the original detailing of the home, from the full length exterior cedar siding to the parquet flooring on the family room floor had been neglected or covered up. The need to update the home dramatically was apparent to all who saw the home when it was listed in 2001. Many would remark on the home’s potential, but then also decide to “pass” on the work required.
Phase One remodel work began … . with the removal of the very old dining room wallpaper the day after closing. The Heiser’s excitement for this as their family’s home, and their commitment to restoring old homes as builders, led to a quick start up in February Of 2002. Gone were the interior walls that separated the living spaces and segmented the lower level into work zones. Gone were the old deck, old bathrooms, and old mechanicals. Gone were outdated wall coverings, and carpets that hid beautiful wood floors on the first and second floors. In their places came an expanded footprint for a much larger kitchen with open back stairs for easy family access, expanded bedrooms and new bathrooms, a new 2 car garage on the main level with living space above, and new mechanicals (plumbing, electric and HVAC were all updated). A deck and patio system that went side to side on all three floors added gathering areas to be used independently or collectively. With a nod to the homes roots, vine detailing was added to the deck balusters. An in-ground pool, flat grass area for ball play and a landscape surround completed the yard —but the “water-park” slide is what sealed the deal on the exterior oasis. Phase One of this remodel was about creating an environment for a young family close to school and work to enjoy extended time together both in and out of doors. As the young children became teenagers, additional remodeling was undertaken to meet new needs.
Phase Two took the home to a new level. A courtyard feel for the front yard was created by adding a paver drive and front access walk way and then later evergreen landscaping. The whole house audio system was upgraded to a wireless (Sonos) system and zoned so that teens hanging out outside or at the pool could use their phones to create a play list separate from adults in the kitchen or eating deck area. The lower level was rebuilt from the studs-out: replacing a useful but not appealing lower level space is a hardwood floor living/media room and bar area, workout room with views of the pool, full bath, and 900 bottle fully conditioned wine cellar. And the master bedroom became its own oasis, as the bath was upgraded to now include a steam shower, Kohler jetted tub with marble accented travertine floors and new wood closet system — with separate extended deck (accessed from below by an exterior spiral stair and from within by new sliding glass door) and new trim detailing. Plus a laundry folding and staging area was carved out of an old closet so that expediting dirty soccer and football uniforms became less of a chore for mom! As teens eventually become young adults, and then adults in their own right, the house so well crafted for a larger family and big gatherings yearns for new friends and new adventures. And so the story must continue.
Added square footage at kitchen (expanded) and two car garage/mudroom.
Complete gut and remodel of kitchen and butler’s bar (cabinets, flooring, appliances, trim detail, under tile heat system, light fixtures, island, open stair to second floor, mudroom).
New expanded openings created between kitchen and center hall, living room and family room. Built in shelves added between family room, living room and first floor study.
Coffered ceiling added to first floor study. Wood paneling and wood bar and wood mantle added to family room. Parquet floor rediscovered and refinished.
New ceiling trim detail added to living room.
Two service bedrooms over kitchen combined and finished as expanded single living area. Access to hall bath added. Main space above garage finished as bedroom with full bath.
Two separate bedrooms combined to create spacious master suite with luxury bath, large closet, sitting area and private deck. Area separately zoned for audio.
Second floor office with new built in cabinetry added to serve as “Kids’ homework area. Children’ s wing updated.
Secondary (service) access from main to lower level eliminated. Stairs to lower level replaced; all new floor structure created so that wood floors could be installed at lower level.
Complete lower level creation to media area, work out area, full bath and wine cellar supported by separate mechanicals including new plumbing and separate heat pump for heating and cooling (original condition in 2002: concrete floors, concrete walls, hanging heat system, no bath plumbing).
New 2-story deck constructed (with piering system into bedrock per geotechnical requirements) with redwood railing and black balusters including vine detailing.
New exterior quartzite patios, and blue-stone slate front porch walkway installed.
All patio areas zoned for audio.
New 40 x 22 kidney shaped in-ground pool with water-park grade slide installed.
Landscape and hillside walls installed.
New pool house constructed for equipment and storage.
New fencing around yard perimeter installed, including basketball hoop area fencing at lower garage pad.
New paver driveway and walkway at street installed.
All new front and side landscape (including all mature 18-26 ft white pine and spruce trees and large maple tree at rear of driveway) installed.
New steam heat boiler added 2002.
Water, electric, gas line and sewer upgraded between home and road. Installed new lighting, walk coverings and draperies, and repainted.
Plumbing upgraded for all new baths; plumbing ejector system added to support lower level bath (clean out upgraded in 2014); new electric service interior to home; new HVAC for lower level (heat pump), main floor (one 5 ton and second 2.5 ton A/C system in attic above master) and children’s wing (2 ton A/C in attic above blue bedroom).
Exterior cedar siding replaced (with cedar, not Hardie board) and painted.
Roof replaced (complete tear off; new ice and water shield installed) 2010/11.
Foam insulation added in coal shoot and below kitchen floor, attic and crawl spaces.
Shelves installed at work room area off of lower level patio (accessed from exterior) and storage cabinets and drop ceiling installed in lower level 2 car garage.
Contact us for a private viewing of the exceptional home: Finn Team 513-533-8081.