The rich truly are different than you and us. They live in bigger houses. Mansions, in fact.

Cincy magazine scoured property tax records and online databases to learn the 15 top-selling homes for the past year, and then set out to photograph them. From a nifty niche on Grandin Lane in Hyde Park — offering a spectacular river view — that sold for a sweet $3.5 million, to a home on Bayside Court in Mason’s Long Cove that parted ways for $2.5 million, these were the richest homes on the market for the past 12 months.
 
Want a getaway bungalow? Try a little fixer-upper on Hampton Bay Place in Deerfield Township, weighing in at a cool $2 million. Moving to the other side of the river, the top-seller is the old Wayne and Frances Carlisle estate on Rio Vista Drive in Fort Thomas, a $1.65-million property.
 
Interestingly, relatively few homes in Indian Hill achieved our list, reflecting more the lack of turnover among property owners in that storied community than an absence of value. Hyde Park dominated our list with the top two properties sold in the past year. After No. 1 Grandin Lane, a 20-room charmer on Rookwood Drive that went to the McCluskey family of McCluskey Chevrolet fame, came in at No. 2, selling for $2.9 million.

 
Indian Hill is home to the most expensive home ever purchased in Greater Cincinnati. Back in 2004, mega-attorney Stan Chesley and his wife, Judge Susan Dlott, bought a 21-room French chateau for $11.9 million.

That said, there’s been plenty of million-dollar homes bought and sold in the past year. Here’s an inside peek at the most exclusive properties:

15 richest homes #1
6 Grandin Lane

Hyde Park
$3.575 million
Year Built: 1914
Number of Rooms: 15
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 7
Acreage: 1.74
Finished Square Feet: 7,932

The Grandin Road area of Hyde Park typically features some of the most expensive homes in the city,  sometimes topping the $4-million mark. The homes range from contemporary (below) to conservative classics. Here, Cincinnati designer Jose Garcia “wanted a house with a lot of texture and color, as opposed to, say, a white box.” The living room and kitchen /dining area are actually on the top floor, “to take full advantage of the view,” says Garcia. The kitchen is decked out in white marble and features glass cabinet doors. The lower levels of the house feature bedrooms, a sauna and a fully equipped movie theater.
15 richest homes #2
1100 Rookwood Drive

Hyde Park
$2.9 million
Year Built: 1926
Number of Rooms: 20
Number of Bedrooms: 8
Number of Full & Half Baths: 8
Acreage: 0.85
Finished Square Feet: 8,802
15 richest homes #3
9225 Old Indian Hill Road

Indian Hill
$2.85 million
Year Built: 1880
Number of Rooms: 13
Number of Bedrooms: 6
Number of Full & Half Baths: 9
Acreage: 3.8
Finished Square Feet: 6,033
15 richest homes #4
8905 Whisperinghill Drive

Indian Hill
$2.55 million
Year Built: 2004
Number of Rooms: 15
Number of Bedrooms: 6
Number of Full & Half Baths: 8
Acreage: 5
Finished Square Feet: 6,875
15 richest homes #5
7 Weebetook Lane

Hyde Park
$2.55 million
Year Built: 1967
Number of Rooms: 10
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 5
Acreage: 1.3
Finished Square Feet: 5,337
15 richest homes #6
8851 Bayside Court

Mason
$2.5 million
Year Built: 2004
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 4
Acreage: 1
Finished Square Feet: 4,000
#7
6900 Given Road

Indian Hill
$2.2 million
Year Built: 1991
Number of Rooms: 11
Number of Bedrooms: 4
Number of Full & Half Baths: 5
Acreage: 4.64
Finished Square Feet: 5,657
15 richest homes #8
8360 Shawnee Run Road

Indian Hill
$2.05 million
Year Built: 2003
Number of Rooms: 14
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 5
Acreage: 1.37
Finished Square Feet: 5,338
15 richest homes #9
8662 Hampton Bay Place

Deerfield Twp.
$2 million
Year Built: 2005
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 4
Acreage: 1.4
Finished Square Feet: 11,485
15 richest homes #10
1135  Rookwood Drive

Hyde Park
$1.918 million
Year Built: 1999
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 4
Number of Full & Half Baths: 3
Acreage: 0.49
Finished Square Feet: 4,081
#11
8420 Indian Hill Road
Indian Hill
$1.965 million
Year Built: 1865
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 6
Acreage: 2.54
Finished Square Feet: 5,738
#12
8839 Bayside Court

Mason
$1.9 million
Year Built: 2003
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 4
Acreage: Not available
Finished Square Feet: Not available
#13
8657 Emerald Isle

Deerfield Twp.
$1.8 million
Year Built: 2005
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 4
Number of Full & Half Baths: 4
Acreage: 1.1
Finished Square Feet: 9,755
15 richest homes #14
66 Rio Vista Drive

Fort Thomas
$1.65 million
Year Built: Not available
Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Full & Half Baths: 4
Acreage: 1.4
Finished Square Feet: 4,555
#15
8916 Walnut Ridge

West Chester
$1.55 Million
Year Built: 2007
Number of Rooms: 15
Number of Bedrooms: 4
Number of Full & Half Baths: 6
Acreage: 1.7
Finished Square Feet: 3,605

Rich and Famous

The home of Stan Chesley and Judge Susan Dlott is the all-time best seller in the history of the Tristate Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This 21-room French chateau, bought for $11.9 million in 2004, is located at 9005 Camargo Road in Indian Hill. The 29,000-square-foot estate offers a theater/media room, game room, outdoor kitchen, exercise room, custom chandeliers and a wine cellar. Built by former Provident Financial Group executive Allen Davis in 1999, the estate comes complete with garage space for eight cars, separate carriage house and apartments, and 300 acres of surrounding land.

Other notable houses include that of Carl and Edyth Lindner, a 10-room hamlet — built in 1950 — at 8555 Shawnee Run Road in Indian Hill, and the house belonging to Bengal Carson Palmer, a 13-room encampment — built six years ago — at 8885 Whisperinghill Road in Indian Hill. 

Did You Know?
The rich spare little expense on good grooming. They average six to eight bathrooms per house.

Price Points
What You Get for Your Money in Greater Cincinnati
In the previous pages, we’ve shown you the top sellers of the past year. Now, we take a peek at what’s currently on the market, in four price points: $2 million, $1 million, $500,000 and $300,000:

15 richest homes In the Neighborhood of $2 Million
Price: $1,795,000
Address: 5949 Grand Legacy Drive, Hamilton Township
Year Built: 2004
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 7
Listed by: Gayle Tipp, Coldwell Banker West Shell
Amenities: Open kitchen, family room, wood and gas fireplaces, pool, clubhouse, exercise area, oversized garage.
15 richest homes $1 Million Fetches This One
Price: $979,900
Address: 384 Vista Ridge Drive, South Lebanon
Year Built: New
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5
Listed by: Vivian Schwab, Sibcy Cline
Amenities: Open floorplan, granite kitchen with custom cabinets, gourmet island and Thermodor appliances, media room, exercise room, recess lights, study, laundry room, three-car garage, patio, deck, sprinklers.
15 richest homes Vintage Covington for $500,000
Price: $549,000
Address: 228 E. Second St., Covington
Age: 157 Years
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Listed by: Christine Schoonover, Huff Realty
Amenities: Whirlpool, chandelier, five fireplaces, great room, wood floors, study, recess lights, pantry, kitchen with wood cabinets and ceramic tile, patio, deck.
15 richest homes Go Downtown for $300,000
Price: $297,450
Address: 15 W. Fourth St., Downtown
Age: 129 Years
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Listed by: Michael Sweeney, Comey & Shepherd
Amenities: Built-in garage, wall-to-wall carpets, walk-in closet, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen with gourmet island and wood floor, family room, recreation room, study, laundry room, double vanity, atrium with 12-foot ceiling, rooftop terrace.