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This is an all out preservation alert.  Many of you may remember that I had the Ray Roush house in Anderson listed a couple of years ago.  Long story short, Ray’s wife’s niece sold the house to a neighbor who sold it to an investor.  I had it on the market for the investor, but it needed some foundation work that they could not afford to do – so they leased it.  It then went into foreclosure.  It just came back on the market as a lender owned property – listed at $135,000!  

In my opinion, it is one of the best pure modern homes I have ever seen.  Ray was a brilliant and talented designer and architect, and this was his personal home.  It is not my listing, but I feel a certain kinship with this house, and I would love to do right by Ray and find a new sympathetic owner.  When I had it on the market, it was listed @ $295,000.  Why didn’t it sell?  There are some inherent issues: It is located on a wooded hillside high above I-275, so there is a certain amount of highway noise.  Being in a remote, wooded setting has it’s plusses and minuses.  On the plus side it has a very secluded 2.7 acre lot.  On the minus side, there are no gas lines, water lines or sewer lines on the property.  Heat is oil, cooking is electric, water is collected in a cistern, and there is a septic system of unknown age, origin and type on the property.  It is almost like living completely off the grid – all this and only 10 minutes from downtown! 

I have not been in the house in a couple of years, so I don’t know the current condition.  From the looks of the current listing photos it looks a lot like it did when I last saw it.  It has awesome original light fixtures.  Needs new appliances, but the kitchen is not bad.  I love the bathroom.  It is a very spacious, open, 2 bedroom home.  I suspect there are still foundation issues to deal with (it has a block foundation, which should be easily repaired).  It has a 1 car carport and a small partial basement.  

Click here to see the visual tour that I did for the house in 2007.  More photos below - these were taken when I had it listed.  CONTACT US SOON if you are interested in this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a landmark Cincinnati Modern house!  Remember, lender owned properties will not negotiate any contingencies, so you must be pre approved and ready to buy to submit an offer.  

-Susan 513.886.7841




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Reader Comments (4)

Where exactly in Anderson is this? It is still on the market? I am so intrigued - I grew up in Anderson, and visit a lot, and I've never seen this house. Also, is there a current MLS listing? This link doesn't work anymore. THanks so much! Becky

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecky

I just reconnected the mls link - they are only good for 30 days. The house is located at 6755 Five Mile Road.

June 6, 2010 | Registered Commentercincinnatimodern.com

Thanks! My friend Maya sent me the link to your latest post about this house and I wanted to know more more more!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecky

Visited the house last night. Total disaster. Needs $$$, bug spray, bleach, buckets, weed killer, a lot of energy. Who destroyed this house - renters?

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermvw

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