It’s hard to believe that 46 years have passed since Neil Bortz and Marvin Rosenberg, founding partners of Towne Properties, helped set the rebirth of Mount Adams into motion.

For those who assume there’s not much new there today, just some upscale rehabs here and there, Towne Properties' new Parkside Townhomes are evidence of new blood circulating in this premier community.

It’s that time of the season when people wish they had a fireplace — and not just to allay the kids’ concerns about Santa finding a way in to the Christmas tree.


It’s also the time when people often look at the fireplace they have and realize it’s looking worn or outdated, especially if they’re upgrading a living room, family room or even a bedroom.
In Greater Cincinnati, one of the first stops for seeing what’s new and trendy in fireplaces is Bromwell’s, at 117 W.
Fourth St. downtown. Established in 1819, the retailer and installer of luxury fireplaces and home décor recently celebrated the grand re-opening of its completely renovated showroom.

The redesigned first floor now features a log wall and a stairway leading up to a new 7,000-square-foot showroom. The company added seating areas and displays of the latest fireplaces and hearth accessories.

Bromwell’s offers a wide range of hearth options, including refined traditional, sleek European, other contemporary styles and rustic designs. Bromwell’s partners with trusted contractors to supply all services required for designing and installing new fireplaces.
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“These are phenomenal townhomes,” says Realtor Michael Sweeney, who runs Comey & Shepherd’s City Office and is the exclusive agent for Parkside. Situated on Park Side Place, the three top-shelf properties are located across from Eden Park, in easy walking distance to Mount Adams restaurants and nightspots — and close enough to Martin Drive for a river view.

“They’re extremely well-appointed,” Sweeney adds. “These probably represent the best deal up here.”

The prices range from $990,000 to just a bit over $1 million. One model is finished and open for viewing. The other two townhomes may be customized to the buyer’s tastes, Sweeney notes.

Designed by Beck Architecture Inc., here’s the layout breakdown of the structures, which offer more than 3,800 square feet of living space. Each has its own unique facade. The lower level contains a mud room and the option of a rec room or third bed and bath. One level up is the master suite (with an enormous walk-in closet), a guest suite and a balcony. The next level shows off the spectacular entertaining room with open ceiling, the cook’s kitchen and an optional wet bar. That option also is available on the top level, which features a mezzanine catwalk and access to a roof deck.

The builder’s touches are what you might expect: high ceilings throughout, hardwood flooring, solid maple cabinetry, granite countertops, vented gas fireplace, built-in gas grill, and high-end windows, fixtures and appliances. Each unit is pre-wired for communications, sound and security.

Oh, but what about parking, the biggest frustration for Mount Adams dwellers? These residences feature two-car garages on the lower level, along with four-floor elevators. Welcome home. ■