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Vivian Lofts at 1420 Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine are distinguished not only by their historical details but also by their high-end finishes. The four-story building features eight units ranging in price from $264,900 to $309,900, and they are located a mere block away from Washington Park and Music Hall. / Image courtesy of the Finn Team of Coldwell Banker West Shell // Published: 7.26.17

OTR’s Vivian Lofts Are That Perfect Blend Of History Meeting Modernity

I can only imagine what life is like if you’re in the market for a Cincinnati condo. So many tantalizing options in the heart of our city with so little time to see them all. So let’s make this one easy. The Vivian Lofts at 1420 Elm Street just hit the market, and even in the crowded Downtown real estate scene, they stand out from the pack.


As of this writing, six of the eight Vivian Lofts units are available. (Two went off the market in less than a week... so, uh, read quickly.)

The smallest unit comes in at a respectable 650 sq. ft. for $264,900, while the largest sports 900 sq. ft. and goes for $309,900. The units are tax abated for 10 years. Moreover, every unit comes with an assigned parking spot, just in case you ever need to leave Downtown. Though, short of gainful employment, you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason to; Downtown is where it’s at these days. And of course by “it” I’m referring to the countless restaurants, shops, parks, performance venues, art festivals, and public transit options that grace its landscape.

Then there’s Over-the-Rhine itself, which is now far more than just the Gateway District. Specifically, the fourteenth block of Elm Street (where these lofts are located) is on fire.

What’s nearby? How about great beer at Taft’s Ale House, great food at Pleasantry, and great entertainment at Washington Park. And, as a huge bonus, it's a one-block walk to Music Hall.


The folks that redeveloped the Vivian Lofts building, which was built in 1890, worked to create a reclaimed aesthetic by preserving as much as possible. That means a winding wood staircase, exposed masonry, and space-creating bay windows. Thankfully that reclaimed aesthetic doesn't feel forced, as it might if the developers settled for the Vivian Lofts just looking the part. No, the reclamation goes to the root of these lofts, to the barrister cabinets, to the sealed plaster walls, and to the newel post island support.

And where there was no reclamation to be had, the developers stepped in with the best fixtures and materials. See the smart thermostats, the Pella windows, the flat black kitchen fixtures and knobs, the high-end appliances, and the white oak hardwood floors.

Is that it? Of course not. But you don’t have time to read on, do you? You’ve got a showing to book.

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The Vivian Lofts are located at 1420 Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine. For more information, check out their website here.