CLEVELAND, Ohio — Zillow scrolling became a popular activity in 2020 as people looked for ways to escape both the harsh reality of the pandemic and boredom of quarantine life by endlessly scouring real estate listings in search of their dream homes to fit their dream budgets.
It’s a pastime cleveland.com has been doing every Friday since 2016 in our House of the Week feature. This year, we showcased nearly 50 unique homes, many with lake views, historical significance or architectural character. One house even had a full-size replica of the oval office.
Here’s a look back at 15 of our favorite Houses of the Week from 2020 and where they stand now.
15. 8405 Sanctuary Dr., Kirtland Hills
Price as featured: $2,695,000
Size: 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 9,648 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $2.475 million
Description: Construction of the oval office, located in the attic of the home and accessible by elevator, began in 2015 and took five years to complete. The room includes a reproduction of the Resolute Desk, a rug with the presidential seal, a replica of the famous “Bronco Buster” sculpture, and artwork used during the Obama and Bush eras.
Read more: Kirtland Hills home is truly presidential with Oval Office replica
14. 2501 Arlington Rd., Cleveland Heights
Price as featured: $1,049,000
Size: 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 8,216 sq. ft.
Status: Sold for $900,000
Description: The brick craftsman-style home was built in 1913 by Herman Maurer, an architect who designed several churches in the area. The original owner was Frederick W. Ramsey, a well-known industrialist and philanthropist. In 1959, the son of Ettore Boiardi, more famously known as Chef Boyardee, purchased the home. The intricately coffered ceiling and basement pub room are two of the home’s distinctive features.
Read more: Restored 1913 Craftsman in Cleveland Heights asks $1.05M
13. 64 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls
Price as featured: $1,795,000
Size: 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,757 sq. ft.
Status: Sold for $1.75 million
Description: 64 W. Washington St. is one of the oldest homes in Chagrin Falls. Built in 1870 by Joseph O’Malley, a prominent builder at the time who constructed many of the homes in the village’s historic district, the home belonged to John and Lucy Bullard, whose family manufactured wooden rolling pins and butter molds. In 1917, Lucy bequeathed the home to the Congregational Church, which used it to house members of the clergy. Today, the classic Victorian retains its 19th-century character, while offering updates that bring it up the standards of buyers in the 21st century.
Read more: 1870 Victorian in Chagrin Falls historic district asks $1.795M
12. 169 Bath Rd., Granger Twp.
Price as featured: $4,950,000
Size: 6 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, 19,000 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $4.95 million
Description: Built in 1995 on 11.5 secluded acres, Casa de Sol is truly a private oasis boasting amenities such as an indoor basketball court, tennis court, stocked pond, and outdoor entertainment area with an infinity pool, hot tub and kitchen. The Spanish-style home was built using materials and finishes imported from all over the world.
Read more: Spanish-style oasis in Medina asks $4.95 million
11. 19700 Frazier Dr., Rocky River
Price as featured: $3,500,000
Size: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 7,731 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $3.35 million.
Description: Though it’s just 10 miles from Downtown Cleveland, the modern French-style home at 19700 Frazier Dr. has the look and feel of a resort. Located on a half-acre right on Lake Erie, the home comes with its own pier. The outdoor space also features a kitchen, fireplace, fire pit and multiple seating areas to take in those lake views. Steps lead down to the water, where you can plop in for a swim or launch a kayak, SUP or jet ski.
Read more: Waterfront home in Rocky River offers amazing views, lake access
10. 1272 Riverbed St., Cleveland
Price as featured: $849,000
Size: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,400 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $849,000
Description: The Cuyahoga River, the Detroit-Superior Bridge and the downtown skyline on one side, the Superior Viaduct and the Main Ave. Bridge on the other: the views from 1272 Riverbed St. have it all. That’s why the townhome’s architect, who built it to use as their private residence, made sure the postcard-worthy sights could be seen from every room on every level of the house. The open floor-plan, walls of windows and multiple outdoor spaces accomplish that while providing for a smart, functional use of space, illuminating the home with plenty of light and making it a great home for entertaining.
Read more: Flats townhouse offers one of the best views in the city
9. 1075 W. Market St., Akron
Price as featured: $1,700,000
Size: 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 17,000 sq. ft.
Status: For sale at $1.7 million
Description: Originally built in 1913 by C.W. Seiberling, the co-founder of Goodyear lived in the Tri-Acres mansion for 10 years. The O’Neil family, founders of the O’Neil’s department stores, called it home until 1937. The sprawling estate has also been used as a seminary and a church. Often compared to Stan Hywet Hall, which was built by C.W.’s brother, Frank, the two homes were built by many of the same artisans and craftsmen brought over from Europe by the Goodyear brothers.
Read more: C.W. Seiberling‘s historic Tri-Acres mansion in Akron asks $1.7M
8. 1103 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland
Price as featured: $750,000
Size: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2,578 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $750,000
Description: Built in 1870, the red-brick Victorian on the southeast corner of Lincoln Park has been carefully restored and thoughtfully renovated over the years, most recently by the current owner, Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The house transports you back in time with its many original decorative elements such as 12-foot ceilings, huge plaster moldings, arched pocket doors in original finish, wooden floors throughout, carved wooden doors, and a curving staircase with original banister,” Howard Hanna’s Chris Davidson writes in his listing.
Read more: Iconic Victorian in Tremont asks $750,000
7. 1 Valley Ridge Farm, Hunting Valley
Price as featured: $1,325,000
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 6,029 sq. ft.
Status: Off market
Description: Designed by Stephen J. Bucchieri, who won a Cleveland Arts Prize for architecture in 1991, the home at 1 Valley Ridge Farm is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It was built in 1985 for Henry Hawley, the late former decorative arts curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Imagine a grid divided into nine squares, then make it three dimensional by extending it through space to form a cube composed of 27 equal sectors,” is how the Cleveland Arts Prize described the design in its writeup of Bucchieri.
Read more: Built for an art collector, Hunting Valley home is itself a work of art
6. 2678 Eaton Rd., Shaker Heights
Price as featured: $2,750,000
Size: 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 7,411 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $2.495 million
Description: One of the most iconic homes in Shaker Heights, the Jacobethan Revival-style home on Eaton Road was built in 1929 by John Sherwood Kelly, a prominent architect of the time who designed 42 homes in Shaker Heights and the Our Lady of Peace Church on Shaker Boulevard. Last sold in 2016, the current owner has put the home through an impressive restoration and renovation, “masterfully blending all of the old world charm with today’s modern amenities,” Howard Hanna broker Adam Kaufman writes in his listing.
Read more: 1929 Shaker Heights mansion will take you back in time for $2.75M
5. 115 Quail Lane, Hunting Valley
Price as featured: $3,700,000
Size: 5 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 15,000+ sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $3.7 million
Description: Drive down the private country road and over a picturesque bridge and you’ll end up at a truly magnificent mansion that looks like it’s straight out of “The Great Gatsby.” Built at the end of the Roaring ’20s, the home was commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist Samuel Mather, one of Cleveland’s most famous citizens in its history, as a gift to his daughter for her wedding.
Read more: Grand 1929 estate in Hunting Valley was originally built for Samuel Mather’s daughter
4. 4201 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland
Price as featured: $569,900
Size: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,167 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $569,900
Description: Known as the William H. Ford House, the home at 4201 Franklin Blvd. is regarded by Ohio City residents as perhaps the most intact original Victorian home in the historic neighborhood. But it took a lot of dedication and sweat equity to get there. The home, built in 1891 and used over the years as a private residence, a boarding house for nuns and a flophouse, was in disarray when it was purchased at a sheriff’s auction in 2014. With guidance from the Cleveland Restoration Society, it took the current owners four rounds of construction over the course of three years to restore the home to its original beauty and period charm while at the same time bringing it up to today’s standards.
Read more: Classic Ohio City Victorian restored to its original glory
3. 50 E. 201st St., Euclid
Price as featured: $1,199,900
Size: 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 8,659 sq. ft.
Status: Sold for $1,077,070
Description: The Tudor-style home was built in 1925. Each room has its own in European theme with parts of the room imported from Europe: wood carvings, moldings, plaster work, a fireplace mantel, etc., The dining room has a French theme, the living room has an English theme, the study has an Italian theme and the sun room has a Spanish theme.
Read more: ‘One of the last remaining great lakefront estates in Euclid’ asks $1.2M
2. 18758 Shaw Rd., Chagrin Falls
Price as featured: $475,000
Size: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,772 sq. ft.
Status: Sold for $450,000
Description: The Craftsman-style home at 18758 Shaw Rd. was inspired by the first Life Magazine Dream House in 1994. The mail-order design came from the drafting table of Robert A.M. Stern, the renowned architect behind Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
Read more: 1994 Life Magazine Dream House replica in Chagrin Falls
1. 2830 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland
Price as featured: $675,000
Size: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,212 sq. ft.
Status: For sale for $649,900
Description: Classic and colorful, historic and renovated, Victorian homes like this don’t hit the market very often. Built in 1872 by Cleveland’s mayor at the time, Frederick Pelton, the home at 2830 Franklin Blvd. in Ohio City is truly one of a kind. The home’s original period charm and seller’s attention to detail in the renovation are evident in the millwork, crown molding, built-ins, and ornate fireplaces throughout the home. The grand staircase, hardwood floors, large windows, and 11-foot ceilings are among the home’s timeless features.
Read more: Grand Victorian in Ohio City was built by Cleveland’s mayor in 1872