LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Full of period details and exquisite craftsmanship, the Arts and Crafts style Dutch Colonial home at 16927 Lake Ave. is one of a kind. It was built in 1905 by retired ship captain Samuel Degraw, who named the house, “Ineben,” which translated means “religious devotion.”
“This home is truly special,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Kim Crame. “The current homeowner has been meticulous in the amazing restoration to stay in line with the character of this historic home. Pride of ownership is apparent throughout.”
New to market, the 3,528 sq. ft. home offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a partially finished basement. The price is $799,000.
The unique character of the cedar shingle house comes into focus on approach. The columned porch welcomes you and extends the entire width of the house. Enter through the double-doored foyer into the center hall where you’ll find pocket doors leading to the dining room and living room, a grand staircase, an ornate Gilded Age chandelier and an original callbox reminiscent of “Downton Abbey.”
The living room boasts a quarter-sawn white oak-beamed ceiling, a bay window with cushioned seating, the original gas fireplace with the home’s name and a pair of fleurs-de-lis carved into the mantel. The large dining room also features a beamed ceiling, window seating and hardwood floors, plus another fancy chandelier. The adjacent butler’s pantry boasts the original sink, faucets and wood paneling. The tin ceiling was installed in 2001.
The remodeled kitchen, last updated in 2010, is appointed with Esmeralda green granite countertops, professional-grade appliances, glass-front Rutt cabinets and a backsplash composed of handmade Seneca Beehive kiln tiles.
But perhaps the most distinguishing room of the house is the den, which is accessible via the first landing on the staircase. Modeled after the captain’s quarters of a ship, the room has a vaulted ceiling with curved beams, stained glass windows and a semicircular rear wall with a built-in window seat.
The living quarters are located upstairs and are highlighted by the primary suite, featuring two original closets, hardwood floors and a full bathroom. Converted from a bedroom, the primary bath has a large soaking tub, shower stall and walk-in closet. The other second-floor rooms vary in size and can be used as a mix of bedrooms and other uses, such as a craft room, TV room or yoga studio.
In addition to the front porch, the outdoor space includes a back patio, grassy yard and Zen garden. The detached, two-story garage was originally a carriage house and can accommodate two vehicles and plenty of storage space. Located on a picturesque stretch of Lake Ave., the home is a leisurely walk or short drive from the amenities of Lakewood Park.