Vintage Charm with Modern Updates! OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY!


English Tudor Blocks from Mt. Lookout Square

With over 2,100 sq ft of space, including vintage charm, and modern updates throughout. This includes four bedrooms and a study. The impressive kitchen boasts a Subzero refrigerator, Viking gas range, pot filler faucet, granite counters and tile floors. Half Bath on the first floor, Rookwood fireplace with transferable warranty, remodeled kitchen, replacement windows, newer HVAC, hardwood floors, oversized garage, partially finished lower level, and lots of shopping and restaurants nearby, along with Kilgour School within walking distance! Don’t miss out on this one!

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★Classic English Tudor with updates throughout!
★Quality craftsmanship and well maintained by owner.
★Sleek kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counters, and high end appliances.
★Arched doorways, hardwood floors, built-ins, elegant natural woodwork.
★Spacious master bedroom with His and Her closets.
★Remodeled full bath with large tile shower stall with built-in soap + shampoo dispenser.
★Patio and yard are sure to be the highlight of many outdoor gatherings!
★Located in Kilgour Elementary school district.


Recent Improvements

• Chimney tuckpointed & water sealed, new Chimney crown installed.
• Rear chimney rebuilt from gutter line up w/new chimney crown’16-transferable 5 yr warranty.
• New garage door installed, Garage repairs with lifetime warranty.
• Main roof inspected, all flashings sealed and repainted ’17.
• New membrane roof over 3rd floor dormer bedroom’16.
• Replacement windows ’00- transferable warranty.
• Driveway repaired and seal-coated ’17.
• Slate patio with stucco privacy wall capped with vintage stone ’03.
• Replacement plumbing including whole house water filter.
• New 200 amp electric service panel installed ’12 w/whole house surge suppressor.
• High-efficiency, premium Trane Furnace, AC, air cleaner and humidifier installed ’12
• Hardwood floors refinished ’17.
• Interior painted ’17.
• Rookwood tile, wood burning fireplace-inspected, tuckpointed, smoke chamber parged ’17 – 5 year transferable warranty.


So many updates….schedule a showing to see in person!



Excellent walkable location just blocks to Mount Lookout Square!

513-560-6513   |   holly.finn@cbws.com   |   http://www.Finn-Team.com

How to Sell a House BEFORE Putting it on the Market

If you have been paying attention at all to the real estate market here in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, you probably know that the number of homes for sale is at an ALL TIME low.  Inventory is so low that buyers are waiting to pounce on anything decent that becomes available.  This has created an interesting effect for anyone that has a home they may want to sell.

We have had some listings that we were able to sell BEFORE we put them on the market recently:

We have had some that sold with multiple offers to choose from, or sold in the first few days:

We have even had some Buyers that had an accepted offer to buy a house, and were then approached by other Buyers offering to pay them $15,000-30,000 over what they were paying for the house!  


Houses that top Realtors have the inside scoop on are often called Pocket Listings or some say they are Coming Soon listings.  Zillow even has a special feature that allows only Premier Agents (Finn Team) to post their “Coming Soon” homes.  Our Coldwell Banker Tuesday office meeting even added this to the weekly agenda: “Announcement of listings that are coming.”  This type of networking allows us to have a list of homes in various areas before they hit the market (anyone looking for a complete rehab in Hyde Park on Morten for around $395,000??).

So, if you know you want to sell but you are waiting for your handyman to do some touch-ups. Or your decluttering is taking longer than expected… let your Realtor know about it! Invite them over to take a look.  The house does not have to be “show” ready, and it can even give us a chance to make any suggestions.  How simple would it be to sell your house without having to deal with showings and keeping it squeaky clean 24/7?  This type of pre-marketing even allows the Seller to dictate when showings can happen at THEIR convenience!

So reach out to us today to get more information on the value of your home, coming soon listings, the process of selling, or what differentiates the Finn Team from all other Realtors.  OR if you are not quite at that point yet, follow our Facebook Page for the latest info, or bookmark our website.

FOCUS ON: Oakley

Population: 10,794

Oakley Cincinnati Neighborhoods

Oakley is vibrant, lively, yet more affordable than some nearby neighborhoods.  So much to offer including charm, excellent business district, and convenient location.  A mecca for singles, couples, or families of any age.  Oakley borders Pleasant Ridge, Madisonville, Norwood, and Hyde Park.

Oakley Square hosts numerous local shops and is anchored by the historical 20th Century Theatre. The theater was built in 1941 and is a distinctive Oakley landmark with its 72-foot tower rising over the business district. The deteriorating theater was slated for demolition in the early 1990s, but was spared due to its historical significance and is finding a new life as a concert and special events venue.

The Geier Esplanade, commonly known as Oakley Square, was created when two parcels of land were acquired in 1927 and 1932 and were converted into green space. It is situated in the heart of Oakley on Madison Road. Through the generosity of the Geier family, flowers and bulbs are planted each year to beautify this small parcel of land in memory of Mr. Fred Geier and Mr. Philip O. Geier, Sr. Oakley Square hosts numerous events, including Oakley After Hours on the second Friday of every month April – September, 6pm – 10pm where live music, kids entertainment, guest vendors and local businesses all share the spotlight for an evening of great family fun!

There is so much development going on in Oakley right now, both commercial and residential.  The Oakley Community Council (oakleynow.com) works closely with commercial and private residents to keep things moving in a positive direction.

Like the rest of Cincinnati, we definitely have a strong seller’s market in Oakley with low inventory and rising home values. We are continuing to pick up the pace in the second half of 2016, so if you want to find a place in one of Cincinnati’s premier neighborhoods, let us know! The Finn Team is the #2 REALTOR® in Oakley, and we’d love to help you find your place in the this fun and walkable neighborhood!

We already have homes on the market here and all over Cincinnati, so call us today for a private showing!

Finn’s Wins in Oakley

Finn’s Wins for a Children’s Gifts: Blue Manatee

Finn’s Wins for  Upscale Dining: Red Feather

Finn’s Wins  for a Cup of Joe: Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

Finn’s Wins for a bottle of wine:  Oakley Wines


Drakewood Drive in Oakley

3762 Drakewood Drive, Cincinnati OH, 45209
3 Bed  2 Bath

Style and updates define this beautiful renovated 3-story home on Drakewood Drive, off Madison Road. Walking distance to Oakley Square and Hyde Park Plaza and just a short drive from downtown, with nearby parks and playgrounds, this home is a keeper for the whole family!

3762 Drakewood has 1,800 square feet of living space on one of Oakley’s best streets, along with new hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, two fully remodeled bathrooms and a newly remodeled kitchen. The walk-in closet in the master bedroom was enough to make me look twice!

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(You might have to go shopping to fill it up…)

Step out back to your backyard paradise, with a fantastic yard and porch, along with a 2-car garage. The home also has newer windows, roof, gutters and leaf guard from 2010, and a new AC unit from this year.

Don’t let this one pass by, folks!

Call the Finn Team today to schedule a private showing. If there’s no place like home, there’s no place like 3762 Drakewood!


4109 Pillars Dr, Oakley, Cincinnati, OH 45209

More pictures and a full description can be found by clicking here!

4109 Pillars Dr Oakley • Cincinnati, OH 45209 • Listing Price: $234,900 • Bedrooms: 2 • Bathrooms: 2 

MLS#: 1466026

Adorable updated Tudor in sought after Pillars neighborhood! Architectural details include refinished hardwood floors, coved ceilings, arched doorways, eat-in kitchen + remodeled bath, partially finished lower level for watching the Bengals! Large level, fenced rear yard + cozy covered front porch. Great location with easy access to shopping, restaurants and interstate!


Oakley: Cincinnati, OH 45209

Each week we will feature real estate statistics for a different neighborhood that the Finn Team sells.  This week is Oakley, and we would say that the real estate market in this neighborhood is excellent right now!  With low supply and lots of Buyers looking, prices are going up and homes are selling quickly.  One example of this is the house on Millsbrae we were getting to ready to put on the market, and it sold before it even hit the MLS!
*Source of this information is the Multiple Listing Service

*Source of this information is the Multiple Listing Service

Oakley is a desirable neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio that borders Pleasant RidgeMadisonville, and Hyde Park. Oakley’s business district, called Oakley Square, lies along Madison Road.  Some of the reasons our customers consider moving to the Oakley neighborhood are for its convenient location, charm, walkability, local businesses, and great people!

Oakley was originally known as “Four Mile,” and was a popular stop in the mid-19th century for wagon drivers on the Madison Turnpike, now Madison Road. The village of Oakley, a name referring to the many oak trees in the area, was officially registered with the Hamilton County Courthouse in 1869 and the village was incorporated in 1898. Oakley was once the home of the famed markswoman Annie Oakley, who made her public debut in 1876.

During the 1890’s the community began to grow and the Oakley Race Course, famous for thoroughbred racing, was opened. The race track closed a few years later due to a state law prohibiting betting. The Cincinnati Milling Machine Company, often referred to as “the mill,” moved to Oakley in 1905 and library service began in 1910, when a deposit station opened in Barton’s Drug Store.

Oakley was annexed to the city of Cincinnati in 1913. In the same year, Aglamesis Bros. Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Shoppe opened to accommodate the growing population of workers at the Mill, as the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company was called.

The Geier Esplanade, commonly known as Oakley Square, was created when two parcels of land were acquired in 1927 and 1932 and were converted into green space. It is situated in the heart of Oakley on Madison Road and, through the generosity of the Geier family, flowers and bulbs are planted each year to beautify this small parcel of land in memory of Mr. Fred Geier and Mr. Philip O. Geier, Sr.

The Twentieth Century Theatre was built in 1941 and is a distinctive Oakley landmark with its 72-foot tower rising over the business district. The deteriorating theater was slated for demolition in the early 1990s, but was spared due to its historical significance and is finding a new life as a concert and special events venue.

Some of the Local Businesses:

Walkable Neighborhood:
According to the website walk score, Oakley is considered a very walkable community.  You are able to walk to many restaurants, stores, coffee shops, wine bars, schools, movie theater, and more.  If you love to the idea of not having to get in the car to go everywhere, Oakley may be a community for you to consider.
Some of the Oakley Events:
Oakley After Hours
Oakley Fancy Flea
Light-up Oakley
Click link to view Oakley sales for the past month:
Contact the Finn Team to find out about homes that are for sale in Oakley:  Holly.Finn@cbws.com or 513-560-6513.

10 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Whether you are ready to do a complete remodel, or just add some style and function to your current kitchen…read our tips for making the heart of your home more updated and inviting!

Here is a kitchen we recently remodeled to give it a brighter look:






1.  Lighten it up.  Lighting is so important to the ambiance and feel of a room.  Brighten your kitchen with some stylish ceiling fixtures, pendants, or under cabinet lighting.  Don’t forget to add a control for dimmers too.

2.  Paint it.  Freshen up walls, cabinets, and ceilings with a fresh coat of paint.  It’s one of the quickest, most budget friendly updates.

3.  Countertop Swap.  Choose from real stone, quartz, or other solid surface materials.  Or now they even make laminate with a bullnose edge and that allows for the look and texture of stone at a fraction of the price.

4.  Make a Splash.  Classic white subway tile is inexpensive, but makes a high-impact for a backsplash.  Lay tile in different patterns to add interest and movement to the walls.  There are also so many different glass mosaic tiles to choose from for a modern feel.

5.  Update Hardware.  Brushed nickel, polished chrome, matte black, pewter, or any color.  Easy update and way to add personality with new cabinet hardware.  Create a cohesive look with knobs and pulls in the same style family.

6.  Upgrade Your Appliances.  The most popular update is installing new energy efficient appliances.  Get excited about cooking with a high tech range hood, duel fuel range, or water saving dishwasher.

7.  Open Up.  Opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to provide display space and make a small kitchen feel larger.  Or take out the drywall soffit above the upper cabinets and put in higher 42 inch cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling for more storage.

8.  Rethink the Sink.  Apron front, double bowl, single bowl, under mount and a variety of materials/finishes to work with any countertop material.  Pair a nice new sink with an upgraded faucet that matches the finish of the cabinet hardware.

9.  Built in Storage.  Add floor to ceiling wine storage on the side of a standard depth frig for a built in look.  Or build a custom window seat in an unused space or nook.

10.  Focus on Flooring.  Ceramic tile used to be the go-to option for kitchens, but now with all of the new products available, your choices are endless.  Variety of tiles, cork, laminates that look like tile or wood, or hardwood is always a classic look in the kitchen.


As a service to our clients, we are happy to speak to you or take a look at your home if you have any questions on how to get the best bang for your buck on remodeling projects.  Give us a call!

Hyde Park and Mount Lookout Real Estate Update

Statistics from the Greater Cincinnati Multiple Listing Service for Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout homes sold for the year 2013.

Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park Statistics

Our office is located in Hyde Park Square, which is central to Downtown Cincinnati and all areas near the city of Cincinnati.  Contact us for specific information and statistics about neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

Finn Team
Rick and Holly Finn
Coldwell Banker West Shell
(513) 560-6513

Exposed Brick: Works with Any Style!

In selling homes in neighborhoods near Downtown Cincinnati, we go through a lot of charming homes.  We love the character of older homes and exposed brick is one of those features that stand out. 

Whatever your style, brick will work!  Blend the rich and rustic color of brick with other materials like metal, wood, stainless to create any look.  



Condominium in Mount Adams with exposed brick as the focal point in the main living area.  




This is a farm house built in 1890, located in the Westwood area of Cincinnati.  The owner exposed the brick chimney in the kitchen and combined that with a contrast of modern finishes.  



This is a traditional home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Cincinnati, with a brick fireplace as the focal point in the formal living room.

Traditional, Modern, Eclectic, Mid-Century, Country, or Industrial….exposed brick to enhance your decor!