Specially cut stones that appear to have a marble grain create a natural-look facing for the raised fireplace and hearth, which is enjoyed from the living room and the dining area.

Mid-century modern retreat



Natural setting surrounds updated ranch with walkout lower level

Contributing writer

This mid-century modern ranch home in Oakwood fits perfectly into its natural surroundings on a sloping lot of more than a half-acre surrounded by wooded views.

“It’s like a mountain retreat two minutes from downtown Dayton,” said King Merritt of Sibcy Cline Inc., who lists the nearly 2,260-square-foot home for $275,000.

Built in 1957 at 219 Shafor Blvd., the home has an updated kitchen that complements the original design of its open gathering space. The walkout lower level adds a recreation room and an office, which could be a fourth bedroom.

“Mid-century modern in Oakwood is a rarity,” said Merritt. “It has an open floor plan, and it’s on an almost .7-acre lot private setting.”

The split driveway curves around a small landscaped island and slopes to the top of the property, where the house is surrounded by wooded, private views. The natural look of the setting with lots of ground cover and wild flowers is embellished with landscaped flower beds that display a wide variety of greenery and blooming plants, including pines and other mature trees.

The stone used in the lower parts of the facade is matched in the stone steps that curve to the flagstone front terrace that is partially edged by stone half-walls.

Inside the front door, the open gathering space is bright with natural light from large windows at the front and back of the home. Indirect lighting takes over after dark from behind the coved ceiling treatment that frames the room.

Specially cut stones that appear to have a marble grain create a natural-look facing for the raised fireplace and hearth, which is enjoyed from the living room and the dining area.

Around the corner the open kitchen displays major updates with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances to complement its cherry cabinets and travertine tile backsplashes. The center island is placed before one of the front windows to enjoy a wide view of the forest-like setting. It’s all unified by the natural look of its original wide-plank oak flooring.

Flanking the large window at the back are two original wood trimmed doors, each with five horizontal glass inserts. These doors lead into the screened porch, which has flagstone tile flooring and connects to the flagstone patio at the back of the home. An adjacent grass-covered area is centered by a stone fire pit.

Two horizontal windows with marble sills add wooded views to the main bedroom suite, which has a cedar-lined double closet. In the adjacent bath, a glass block window adds natural light while protecting privacy. Ceramic tile covers the floor. The shower stall is angled in one corner, and the updated raised vanity is trimmed with a partial backsplash in mosaic tile.

Two more bedrooms with cedar-lined closets flank a central bath, which offers a tub-and-shower combination. The updated long double vanity is centered with tower storage shelves.

Flooring has been replaced recently in the L-shaped recreation space on the finished walkout lower level. There is a stone fireplace at its center, and the alcoved area has TV hookups. The full bath has a corner shower.

Wood-trimmed sliding glass doors open to the front patio from the extra room, which is used as an office but could be a fourth bedroom. The detached, two-car garage is just steps away across the patio at the end of the driveway.

A cedar walk-in closet sits next to the laundry room, which is equipped with washer, dryer and deep sink. The furnace was updated in 2004, and the water heater was replaced in 2014.

This location is next door to the Virginia Hollinger Tennis Center. It is near Creager Park and just minutes from Miami Valley Hospital and downtown Dayton.


Price: $275,000

Directions: Irving Street, south on Shafor Boulevard

Highlights: About 2,260 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, built 1957, stucco/stone ranch with walkout lower level, open floor plan, updated kitchen, office, detached 2-car garage, .65-acre lot

For more information:

Sibcy Cline Inc.

King Merritt

(937) 609-7754


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