333 Oliver Road is a show-stopper. Designed by the firm of Elzner & Anderson and completed in the early 1900s, it was built for the Stearns family. You may recognize the Stearns name because of Stearns & Foster, the over-170-year-old mattress company that was once located in Cincinnati. Edward R. Stearns, the patriarch of the family home, was at one time head of Stearns & Foster and used the fortune he'd amassed to fund the house's construction. His company had an enormous factory in Lockland for decades before it was demolished several years ago.
Though Edward passed away in 1914, the home stayed in the Stearns family for a hundred years before Kay Landers purchased it in 2002. She still resides there today. Her appreciation of the house is evident in how she's maintained it since the Stearns moved out.
"This home was built with love and Kay restored it with love," says Kay's realtor, Kristine Green of Keller Williams Realty.
Kay's enjoyed the house for nearly two decades. Now in her 70s, she wishes to pass the home onto its next owner—someone who will care for it as she has.
"[We] need to find successors with a love for this incredible property and land," she says. "We know they exist, we just need to get them to see the property."
THE FINER DETAILS
They do not build homes today like they did the Stearns House. The home has two-foot thick limestone and rebar walls that support a hip roof made of terracotta. A porte-cochère, designed to provide shelter for deliveries to the home, connects the driveway to the home. An outdoor, covered porch extends from the side of the house, overlooking several of the property's 10 wooded acres of land.
Inside, the home is brimful of opulent details.
- Signed Tiffany glass shades
- Silver sconces
- Crystal and alabaster chandeliers
- 10 fireplaces, three of which feature Rookwood tile
- A butler's pantry
- 17 closets
- Six storage rooms
- A full rathskeller complete with wet bar and fireplace
- Finely crafted oak and mahogany woodwork
- Coffered ceilings
- Leaded glass windows
- Pocket doors throughout
If all of that isn't enough to pique your interest, allow me to deliver the coup de grâce: though currently inoperable, the mansion has its own three-story pipe organ. Unless you live in the Cantaloupe King Mansion in North Avondale, I'd be willing to bet you do not have a built-in pipe organ in your current home.
As Kay said previously, she's looking for the Stearns House's next caretaker who will love it as she has for so long. Having been added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986, the home is significant to the area. The 14,000-square-foot, 10 bedroom, four full/three half bathroom house is on the market for $1.4M.
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NOTE: This article has been updated, replacing an older article written in 2017 when it was last on the market. Visit the home's official website for more details.