Realtor Amy Burns recently alerted me to this Amish home in the Geauga County community which just sold for $1,050,000.
Now as we look inside you’ll see this is probably the most “un-Amish”-looking home we’ve covered here, and I suspect this home is going to surprise some people as being Amish-inhabited given its interior appearance in particular. A lot of the design aspects you’ll see here (subway tiles, all the marble or marble-like countertops, etc.) much more suggest “English” than “Amish”.
Likewise Amy writes that “It isn’t your typical Amish home, with many colors and progressive furnishings.” She adds that “My mother grew up Amish in the community I am currently selling homes in. I grew up knowing my Amish relatives and spending time with them frequently. I came across your website while researching another Amish home I have hitting the market soon.”
“The homes are incredible and may not appear to be Amish homes at first glance. I hope you enjoy taking a look.”
And while Amy is very right – and plus the listing itself does not have the words “Amish” anywhere in it – if you look closely you can see tell-tale clues – the absence of lighting fixtures, Amish-style furniture in some rooms, etc.
This home is on a 20-acre property which is not small but is also not a full-size dairy farm dimension. So the price tag here gives an idea of what real estate prices can be like in this large community, which also experiences land pressures, though maybe not quite to the same degree as say Lancaster County.
Here’s the description via realtor.com:
Discover this secluded, 20-acre estate accessible from the main road through a long, private driveway. Three structures stand amid the mature trees surrounding the lot, each displaying matching monochromatic exteriors.A stamped concrete pathway leads to the covered porch that welcomes you to this 5-bed, 2.5-bath residence.
Stunning features await the kitchen, including custom cabinetry, sleek countertops, and subway tile backsplash. Step out of the great room onto a veranda overlooking this one-of-a-kind property.In the owner’s suite, sliding barn doors reveal two walk-in closets. The ensuite includes a soaking tub, twin vanities, and a walk-in shower. Hydronic radiant heat is installed throughout the home for added comfort and efficiency.
Downstairs, the walk-out basement exits to a covered patio and pathway to an impressively crafted 24’x24 pavilion for entertaining. The 50’x94′ workshop highlights a kitchenette, full bath, 33’x16′ storage space, and an office displaying solid walnut accents. The barn presents 4 box stalls equipped with stall grid, individual light timers, aluminum front grills, tack room, and washroom.
Let your equine run freely with a 3-acre pasture enclosed by electric fencing, plus you’ll have an additional 14’x26′ run-in shed with automated irrigation. As a bonus, invisible fencing is installed on 5 acres of the property. A prized possession like no other, this unforgettable gem is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.
So continuing a look at the kitchen which might be the fanciest room of the home in my opinion.
The refrigerator stands out here however. The diamond logo in the corner tells us that this is a fridge by Crystal Cold, which makes propane refrigerators popular with Amish. The Geauga County Amish community is known for its use of ice cooling, but that’s not the case in every Amish home.
Dining area table.
Living room with sofas. The lighting is probably run off a battery/inverter setup which is common in some homes. In this photo you can see the cord running to the area of the two cylindrical tables/stands where it is likely concealed.
A number of elements here that you won’t find in most Amish homes, including the floral pattern rug and wall decor.
The stove is an Amish touch as opposed to the doors and door frames in this photo.
This bathroom has modern elements and design cues (in fact I’m not sure what “design cues” actually are, but it sounds like it fits here 😀 ). Beautiful, and that tub looks relaxing after a long day on a roof or in a bustling furniture shop. But even in this photo I look at the plain ceiling with no lighting fixtures and that bit at least feels Amish to me.
The upstairs rooms feel a bit plainer to me, relatively speaking. Some of the furniture here seems more traditionally Amish.
I would call this look “modern traditional”.
So I have seen fancier Amish homes before but frankly this one surprised me as for the design and interior. I would make a guess that the owner is in the building trade, and probably has both the knowledge of, and appreciation for, finer interiors (at least relative to traditional Amish stylings).
The exterior on the other hand does not look that fancy when you look closer, as the material appears to be a metal siding that suggests a plainer look to me, almost like a shop home (though the architectural design, especially the look of the second floor windows, is a bit unorthodox).
Here are a few shots inside some of the outbuildings.
A lot of space in this very roomy garage.
Looks like they have fishing rods covered.
That’s a church-style bench.
Looks like a horse shower.
I have to say this expands my horizons a bit on what an Amish home can be. Recently in Lancaster County I had a similar experience when a son of an Amish friend pointed out an Amish-owned home that looked anything but at first glance.
He knew I’d be surprised that a home with such a luxurious exterior appearance was in fact Amish-owned, which is why he pointed it out.
Successful business activity has generated a lot of wealth for some families, and in turn has also brought them more in line with the non-Amish world in some ways. Both of those aspects combine to result in homes like this one, and the one I saw in Pennsylvania.
Thanks again to Amy Burns for sharing this. She also has another Amish-owned property in the same community, this one still up for sale (at a price just a bit under this one’s), which you can find here.