An enormous 14,000-square-foot estate linked to the son of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.’s founder has embarked on a serious drive to find a new owner.
Listed for $5 million, the mansion is the crème de la crème in Akron, OH, where the current median listing price in the home’s Highland Square neighborhood is $109,900.
Designed by architect Charles R. Greco and built in 1927, this single-family home sports neoclassic French chateau vibes in every room thanks to recently restored period furnishings, paint colors, and other details.
The eight-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom property served as the Firestone family estate for many years. Locals know it as the Harvey S. Firestone Jr. home.
First listed in March for $8.65 million, the price has since been reduced twice to arrive at its current price. The estate last changed hands in 1992 for $885,000.
According to the listing, this mini Versailles is fresh off a restoration “in the manner of Louis XVI.” It features antique marble fireplaces, gilded over-mantel mirrors, ornamental wrought iron (particularly on the entryway’s grand staircase), architraves, and crown moldings.
According to a report in Cleveland.com in March, “most of the decoration and artwork” will convey to the next owner.
Upgrades throughout bring the home into the current century. The kitchen features bright yellow walls, an espresso-black island with Brazilian cherry wood top, and white subway tile backsplash. The walk-in pantry is nearly the size of the kitchen.
The 3.9-acre estate features an ornate iron fence and nine (yes, nine!) mature gardens, which guarantee privacy. There’s also a 1-acre arboretum spanning as well as a pond and waterfall.
In addition to the main house, there’s a carriage house (with garage), which could be used for hosting guests or spreading out the family (including giving teens their own quarters).
It’s listed with Ross Lauria of Street Sotheby’s International Realty.
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