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The Carneal House (circa 1815)is one of the finest specimens of Federalist architecture. Painstakingly restored to its original grandeur & noted for its famous visitors the restoration was carefully guided to retain its historic integrity while adding every modern amenity. Only 2 minutes from downtown Cincinnati,this home is located in the prestigious Riverside Historic District, a neighborhood of tree lined streets and multi million dollar mansions. Steeped in history and surrounded by folklore, the Carneal house is an iconic property and is known nationally for its historic value. The unparalleled preservation received many awards, making the property a rare gem. Almost 200 years old, this exquisite mansion has retained the opulence of the old South; yet new kitchens, bathrooms and mechanicals fit seamlessly into the period of this gracious old home.
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The current owners missed no detail in preserving, restoring and adding to this grand home. Many of the features of the mansion are original and the items that required replacement are period pieces that maintain the integrity of the home. Situated on an elevated parcel with surprise views of Cincinnati, it offers lawns that would lend themselves to croquet, play areas or gracious entertaining. It also offers exciting terraces and a large portico. The original ice house, 4 ensuites, (including a luxurious Master Bedroom that connects to the portico) 2 family rooms, an exercise room, elevator, geo-thermal heating,a lutron lighting system & three car garage make this a perfect 21st Century home.
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The very grand foyer showcases many of the fine elements that make The Carneal House so special and notable. Graced with antique Hardwood floors and 12" deep baseboards, you will note the Gothic shaped twin doors leading to the Living Rm. The woodwork and mantle are from the 1800's. The Paladian windows are original to the house and are throughout the home. The Sandstone Fireplace is graced with an important wooden mantle. Massive woodwork, dramatic columns, smokebells (there are 12 cutglass, antique smokebells throughout the house that dance designs on the walls) and a camouflaged door welcome you into this fully, impeccably restored gracious, old mansion. The foyer also offers a walk-in coat closet. The first floor has 12 foot ceilings and you can enjoy a view of the river from this foyer and many other rooms. The front of the house has a view of the Skyline of Cincinnati.
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Looking toward the front door you will note some of the finest specimens of Paladian architecture available anywhere from the Federalist period.
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The restored solarium was the original sleeping porch in the 1800's. There are 3 original brick walls and the original shutters have been preserved perfectly from the 1800's. The exterior wall was replaced by the current owners and the side terrace is accessed through the massive sets of new French Doors The limestone floor is a focal point of this room and is heated.
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The main staircase. This is believed to be the original main staircase to the house. The stairwell smokebells (lighting in both front and rear staircases) extend electrically for easy cleaning and bulb changes.
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This gracious and inviting formal living room offers exceptional light entering through huge windows, offering north, east, and southern exposures. The antique hardwood floors are perfect. The fireplace is from the 1800's and believed to be imported from Italy. It has been plumbed for gas and simulated coal glows as they might have in the 1800's when this room was used for the first time.
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Another view of the Living Room. This shows the spectacular view through the large original windows
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This is the first floor family room that was part of the added wing. Offering perfectly blended hardwood flooring and matched period windows and doors, you will enjoy the French Doors and delightful porch off this room.
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For elaborate and perfect entertaining the generous dining room has gleaming hardwood floors, a sandstone fireplace and pocket windows that recess into the ceilings and were used as doorways and ventilation in the early days of this mansion.
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This is dining room looking towards the Solarium and Terrace.
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The most important note on this kitchen is how is offers the best quality appliances with all the important features and amenities, while blending perfectly into this period home, making it feel like it "really belongs". From the hardwood floors, the stunning wooden cabinety and the huge island, any cook will adore working in this kitchen. There is an AGA range and a french apron front sink. For more information
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This view of the kitchen shows the Subway tile backsplash. To the right is the subzero refrigerator and there are added refrigeration drawers for extra cold storage. The kitchen also houses the control center for the house ... for electronics and sound. There is WIFI which had to be professionally installed due to the 12 - 18" depths of some of the interior walls. The sink is a French Country "apron" sink. This is a culinary delight and pristeen!
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This is a view of the oversized island looking into the Breakfast room.
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One of the favorite features of this mansion is the exquisitely appointed butler's pantry which is great for large parties, and utilitarian for everyday storage and uses. Glass front cabinets create storage and ice never runs out with the Scottsman Icemaker.
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The breakfast area, which makes you feel like you are a million miles away from everything gives you a relaxing view of a lazy river, trees over a hundred years old swaying in the breeze and a beautifully landscaped yard. This creates a perfect environment. This is the favorite place in the home of the current owners.
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This Master Bedroom has the only original flooring (although the other wood is antique and of the same period) left in the home. This room offers ample large windows allowing light to flood into this beautiful room. There also is a fireplace and access to the 2nd Floor portico. The ensuite gives you the feeling of the luxurious Plaza Hotel with the flow of the suite and the well appointed bathroom and dressing closet.
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This Master Bath would rival New York's Plaza Hotel. With a heated marble floor and a steam shower, double vanity and a surprise access to the Portico, this room maintains the rich historic feel of this home, delivering you the highest end finish available that fits perfectly into the period.
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This sunny guest room as the rest of the ensuites offers hardwood floors, extensive windows and delightful light, fireplaces, private baths and walk in closets.
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As all bathrooms in the home, this bath is completely updated and part of the guest ensuite.
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Another large ensuite offering a fireplace, walk-in lighted closet and private bath.
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Your second floor getaway. This is in the new wing and just off the rear staircase. This is a great place to unwind after a long day and offers a porch for relaxation.
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What can we say about this laundry room, but it could make you actually like doing such a mundane chore. Complete with hardwood floors, cabinetry and closet.
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The beautiful elevator services all three floors and delivers you to the lower level, where the exercise room and half bath are located and there is also a three car garage.
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This is one of the basements that has the exercise room, bathroom and access to the garage. This is part of the new wing. The old basement is impeccable and the stonework is enchanting.
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Note the double doors leading to your 3 car garage. The garage was added for modern convenience.
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Side view of the spectacular mansion coming from Shelby Street. Note the covered porches.
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The original ice house.,
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This is the tunnel that accesses the River and was said to have been used by The Underground Railroad.
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Spring at The Carneal House...a true treasure.