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Cincinnati radio legend Ruth Lyons’ lovely Early American home with a caboose in the back!

early american midcentury decorA tip from reader Nancy led us to discover this warm and charming time capsule — former home of popular Cincinnati area talk-show host Ruth Lyons — listed for sale by Nicholas Motz of Motz Real Estate (update: Looks like house sold.) The home’s historic 150 year-old exterior gives way to a warm, inviting interior styled with loads of wood and Early American decor — with key features looking like they are still pretty much in place as when the house was featured as the cover story in the super popular American Home magazine in 1958. We love it! 

1958 house

From the property listing:

  • Price: $350,000
  • Square footage: 4,324
  • Year built: 1866
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5

Rare opportunity abutting Mt Airy Forest – Ruth Lyons’ former home featured in April 1958 American Home magazine…. 4.5 AC+ parcel. Restore Lyon’s estate and home to her deserving glory, or develop into 8 additional home sites, w/ Lyon home as main anchor.

early american midcentury decorDoesn’t this cozy sitting area just draw you in and insist that you sit and stay a while?

early american midcentury decorOrange carpet! Avocado green accents! A colorful plaid couch! The very definition of cozy!

early american midcentury decorIn the dining room, vintage floral wallpaper and wainscoting set off this lovely collection of Early American furniture. And yes, more orange carpet!

early american midcentury decorThis is a pool table if ever I’ve seen one! And that set of three matching pull down ceiling lights — perfection!

vintage train

I asked realtor and photographer Nicholas Motz why there was an old caboose in the back yard of the property and he responded:

It was a clubhouse for the kids growing up.

How fun is that!

Mega thanks to realtor and photographer Nicholas Motz of Motz Real Estate for allowing us to feature this fantastic property.

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  1. Rick Armstrong says:

    what is the address of this property? It looks wonderful and I remember the show. My mother could not be pulled away from the TV.

    Thanks Rick

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