House hunting: 7 elegant homes in the Midwest
Cincinnati, Ohio. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Morrison House was designed by master architect Samuel Hannaford as a wedding present. The home includes four fireplaces, decorative wood floors, high ceilings, and a 2,600-bottle wine cellar.
The 2.4-acre property in the Clifton neighborhood is close to area parks and a zoo. $1,200,000. Perrin March, Coldwell Banker Real Estate/ West Shell, (513) 379-2253.
Indianapolis, Indiana. Set in the Forest Hills neighborhood, this four-bedroom brick house was built in 1929. Details include arched doorways, a modern kitchen, and a master suite with a walk-in closet and a private deck.
The 0.2-acre property has a three-car garage and mature trees. $634,900. Clay Bowden, Encore/Sotheby's International Realty, (317) 517-1067.
Lake Forest, Illinois. Architect Edward H. Bennett designed this eight-bedroom house in 1916. The French Renaissance–style home is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes seven fireplaces, marble and hardwood floors, and multiple screened porches.
The 2-acre property boasts a six-room coach house, an Art Moderne studio, a pool, and a formal garden. $4,250,000. Mona Hellinga, Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, (847) 814-1855.
St. Paul, Minnesota. This brownstone was the former home of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The four-bedroom house, built in 1889, has inlaid hardwood floors, skylights, and arched windows and doorways.
A back deck is accessible through the main floor. $665,000. Sarah Kinney, Coldwell Banker Real Estate/Burnet, (651) 231-2211.
Barrington Hills, Illinois. The Merri Oaks Farm sits on 5 acres an hour from downtown Chicago. Built in 1924, the four-bedroom house includes three fireplaces, a large second-floor porch balcony, decorative floors and doorways, and French doors.
The property has a barn and a two-bedroom coach house. $2,385,000. Judy Gibbons, Jameson/Sotheby's International Realty, (847) 274-4983.
St. Louis, Missouri. Wesley Wedemeyer designed this five-bedroom house on 0.79 acres in 1965. The home features green slate floors, a gallery with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a central brick courtyard with a fountain.
There's also a den with a fireplace and a bar and a master bedroom suite with walk-in closets and dressing areas. $1,299,000. Ted Wight, Dielmann/Sotheby's International Realty, (314) 725-0009.
Dexter, Michigan. This four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse was built in 1880. Details include custom stonework, leather trim around doors, and the original leaded-glass windows.
The 2.8 acres feature the original carriage house, pole barn, and bell tower as well as berry bushes and mature fruit trees. $450,000. JoAnn Barrett, Howard Hanna Real Estate, (734) 678-8729.
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