Thursday, October 9, 2014

Midwest Mansions: Tillinghast-Willys Mansion, Toledo Ohio

We decided to feature this mansion today because it is so "over the top" and more importantly its on open house this Sunday 12-4 and represents a rare opportunity to see how the wealthy lived in the late Victorian /early Edwardian age. This house may well be one of the best bargain mansion in the country. On the market for a 299K offering price. 2210 Robinwood Toledo Ohio

What the realtor Says: Presenting the Tillinghast-Willys Mansion. Amazing 3-story stone/half-timbered Tudor. Historic keystone home in the Old West End. Grand mahogany-trimmed foyer opens to huge living room with beautiful hardwood floor. Library and sunroom with leaded glass. Huge formal dining room with carved fireplace. Terrazzo floors in kitchen. Huge master suite. 3rd floor ballroom and servants quarters.

So lets run the numbers: 8381 square feet, NINE bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half bath, huge rooms, grand woodwork. located in the historic Old West End of Toledo these grand mansions are being restored and prices are on the rise. At its list price its just 36.00 a square ft that less than the cost of a basic suburban tract home.

The home is rich in history: The home at 2210 Robinwood Avenue at Bancroft Street was constructed in 1901 for Alvin B. Tillinghast, a licorice tycoon.  The mansion was sold to John North Willys, founder of the Willys-Overland Company, a car manufacturing plant.   His biography can be read in Toledo & Lucas County Vol. 2 on page 18.  In 1910 Cynthia Sherman served as the family cook while Edward James was the butler.  The expansive front porch was enclosed in 1913.

Many dream of owning a home like this but this one is affordable. More info, and photos,  can be obtained HERE

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