I spent my childhood in Clifton, Ohio, near the University of Cincinnati where my dad worked at the time. (You can see the photo of my first love house on the About page.) The area is well known for ginormous old mansions like the one shown here (note: we did not live in one of them!).
Unfortunately, the neighborhood has changed since they were built, and now a lot of the old beauties have been turned into frat houses or apartment buildings. In this case, they have apartment buildings as neighbors, as you can see in the background.
I frequently check the MLS listings for Clifton to scope out the fabulous older homes on the market. Today I ran across this new listing for the “Telford Mansion.” As I was scrolling through the photos, I suddenly hit one room that stopped me in my tracks. Whoa. Where did that come from? It didn’t look like it belonged in the same house.
There’s a game they play on “Sesame Street,” where they show four photos to a child and then sing:
“One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong! Can you tell which thing is not like the others by the time I finish my song?”
Just for fun, why don’t you take a look for yourself and see if you can tell which of these rooms is not like the other. Which of these rooms just doesn’t belong….
According to the MLS listing, there are 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and the home is selling for $449,900. Here’s the entry–hard to believe they painted over all that original woodwork!
Here’s a close-up of that fireplace beside the stairs:
And the view going up the stairs:
Master bedroom in the turret has round walls:
Playroom in the finished lower level:
At the third-floor landing:
“Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!”
The oddly contemporary, IKEA-like kitchen aside, what do you think of this house? Do you like the white-painted woodwork because it lightens everything up and makes it look more modern, or does it make you cringe to see the original wood painted over?