Craftsmanship & charm



Updated home blends period features with modern comforts

Contributing writer

Tall shade trees create a fitting backdrop for the early 20th century home at 201 Rubicon Road in Oakwood. Its outdoor setting suggests the peaceful haven from an earlier time.

“It’s cool to experience the craftsmanship and the architectural design from another age and yet have all the modern comforts,” said Doug Bingham of Sibcy Cline, Inc.

Original hardwood flooring throughout the home has been refinished. The kitchen and baths are updated, and fresh interior and exterior painting has been applied.

The recent updates do not detract from the home’s period charm, which endures throughout its living spaces on three levels.

“This beautiful five-bedroom Colonial offers almost 2,700 square feet of living space,” said Bingham. It is listed by Terry Blakley of Sibcy Cline Inc. for $289,900.

Round columns and a gabled rooftop with an inner bead board ceiling frame the front entrance. The original wood door is extra wide with double panels and an upper window insert.

Inside the entry, wide baseboards and casings, crown moldings, original hardwood flooring and an ornate chandelier set the stage for the interior décor. A white square newel post and straight spindles edge the wide staircase in pleasing contrast to naturally stained wood stair treads.

Wide casings and an upper molding frame the wide opening into the formal dining room, which is surrounded by chair rails and centered with a glass chandelier.

French doors open into the living room where the gas log fireplace features brick facing and a tiered double mantel. Picture rail moldings edge the ceiling, which is centered with a paddle fan that complements the period style.

One wall holds two more sets of French doors, which open to the side porch facing East Schantz Avenue. Unusual features of this porch include a bead board ceiling and multiple round columns incorporated with an ornamental spindled railing.

Parquet flooring and a chair rail in the guest bath are complemented with an updated vanity.

A wide window above the double sink and gooseneck faucet brightens the kitchen, where stained wood cabinets with upper moldings and multiple recessed ceiling lights accent the work space. Updated appliances include the smooth-surface range, a built-in microwave oven, the dishwasher and the refrigerator.

Built-in pantry shelves are placed around the corner in the back entry/mudroom, which accesses another small porch, a walkway to the detached garage flanked by a pebbled outdoor sitting area and the staircase to the basement. The basement floor is freshly painted, and there is a laundry area with washer/dryer hookups and a deep laundry tub.

Double casement windows add natural light at the landing of the staircase to the second level, which offers four bedrooms and an updated full bath. The tub and shower area is surrounded completely with subway tile and has a glass enclosure. Octagonal mini-tiles cover the floor. Two mirrored medicine cabinets are recessed into the wall above the furniture-style double vanity. Large-button flush controls are recessed into the wall above a modern toilet.

In the main bedroom two closets flank the dresser alcove and a pewter chandelier centers the ceiling.

Another bedroom surrounded by glass paned casement windows with substantial millwork around them is used as a sitting/music room. One of the two remaining bedrooms on this level is used as an office.

An enclosed staircase with carpeted steps leads to the third level, which is a suite of two bonus rooms with a built-in versatility for recreation, theater, or guest rooms. Both have vaulted ceilings, neutral carpet and several storage closets under the eaves. One room has built-in bookshelves and a Palladian-style window.

This location is within walking distance to restaurants and shopping on Brown Street and minutes from the University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital.


Price: $289,900

Directions: Far Hills Avenue to east on Rubicon Road

Highlights: About 2,700 sq. ft., 5 bedrooms, 1 full and 1 half baths, 3-story, full unfinished basement, built 1920, updated kitchen and baths, refinished hardwood flooring, patio, porch, detached 1-car garage, security system

For more details:

Sibcy Cline Inc.

Terry Blakley

(937) 397-0050

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