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Exploring the magnificent parks of Indian Hill 

Stanley Rowe Arboretum
Nature lovers take note: If you’re considering building a home in Cincinnati, look no further than Indian Hill, where you’ll find some of Cincinnati’s most beautiful parks. Not only are they extremely well-maintained, but they’re also perfect places to exercise, bird-watch, or have a picnic.  And since they’re tucked away throughout Indian Hill, they’re also some of the city’s best kept secrets. Below, we walk you through some of our favorite outdoor escapes in Indian Hill.  Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum  From the moment you see the gates of the Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum, you know you’re in a very special place. You’ve got to be buzzed into the park, which evokes the feeling that you’re in a very private park (and essentially you are). This alone makes it a bit different than typical parks across the city.  What really makes the Rowe Arboretum unique is its incredible, di...
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Indian Hill's Peterloon Estate - Host to quality living once again

Peterloon Estate Indian Hill
As soon as you arrive in The Village of Indian Hill, you know you’re in a very special place. It’s apparent by the gorgeous wooded roads, peaceful parks, nature trails, exemplary shools and incredibly diverse custom home architecture. Indian Hill is also home to the Peterloon Estate, a rich and important part of Cincinnati history, as well as The Meadows at Peterloon, Indian Hill’s newest community that Classic Living Homes is very proud to a part of.  The history of Peterloon  John. J. Emery built the beautiful Peterloon Estate in 1928. As the principal developer of Carew Tower, you could say he knew a thing or two about development. In addition to Carew Tower - which at the time of completion was the tallest building west of the Alleghenies - Emery’s real estate firm was also responsible for the Terrance Plaza Hotel that featured artwork commissioned by renowne...
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Cincinnati LEED Certified homes are a trend that’s here to stay

Cincinnati LEED Certification
As a leading custom home builder in Cincinnati, Classic Living Homes has been on the forefront of the green home movement for more than a decade. That’s why we can say with confidence that eco-friendly home building isn’t a passing trend – it’s one that’s here to stay.  Today, LEED certified homes are becoming the gold standard for our clients, and our team works closely with clients, designers and architects, throughout the construction process to ensure every guideline is followed to achieve the LEED certified status.  What is LEED certification?  LEED is a flexible green building program that allows builders to accrue points as they apply established strategies and practices to achieve certification, hence the term “LEED certified.”  There are a variety of rating systems based on the type of construction project at hand, including building design + construction, ho...
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Pre-Planning: The first steps toward building your custom home 

Pre planning custom home design
When it comes to building a custom home, there are several steps to take even before the first shovel breaks the ground. Custom home building requires planning, planning and – you guessed it – more planning.  No place is more important than home, maybe now more than ever, and the more you plan in the pre-construction phase, the more confident you’ll be knowing you’re on your way to living in the home of your dreams.  Below are the important steps to take when you’re in the early part of the custom home building process. And whether you’re just starting to think about what your new home may look like or ready to talk floor plans - get excited, because this may be the most fun and inspiring part of it all.  What does your dream home look like?  Before anything else, it’s essential to think about your personal tastes and unique aesthetic. Your custom built home should be...
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