By RITA KUEBER
When no one was looking, somebody went to Tuscany and moved a 16-acre estate with a lovely villa to a picturesque hilltop in Geauga County. That’s what it feels like when approaching the magnificent two-story stucco façade of 9380 Fairmount.
Through ornate wrought-iron gates, past perfect landscaping including a classical fountain, the visitor enters the two-story foyer through stylish glass and wood double doors. Burnished surfaces, from the marble floor to the curved staircase and the gallery above with its decorative columns, seem to glow in the abundance of natural light. A formal dining room, to the left has a tray ceiling and French doors that open to the expansive front lawns.
The foyer leads to a truly dramatic great room that has a soaring ceiling, enormous fireplace, hardwood floors and a wall-sized arched window. This room is open to the gourmet kitchen that has a large wood-trimmed center island and top-of-the-line appliances. Cleverly tucked behind the work area, a slender butler’s pantry offering dozens of built-in cabinets and drawers, runs the length of the kitchen and includes a pass-through for convenience. An eat-in area, seamless from the kitchen and great room opens to the back patio.
Off the kitchen, a hallway leads toward the back, revealing an indoor heated pool, patio and kitchenette/snack bar amusingly decorated in a tiki hut theme. There’s also a full bathroom and changing room. Five sets of French doors open the pool area to the outdoors. The ceiling above the pool is painted like a tropical sky.
The first-floor master suite is like its own wing and includes a private den/office, a huge walk-in closet, and a luxurious bath that has a marble tub, and separate walk-in steam shower. This suite has its own laundry area, and an octagonal morning room with a coffee station. The master bedroom has a gas fireplace set flush in the far wall, and the tray ceiling has a romantic moon-glow vibe. This suite includes a stairway to a bonus room above, that has a private balcony.
Up the front or back stairs are five bedrooms. Each has its own full bath, and there is also a sizable bonus/family room, a laundry room, as well as a private in-law suite – bed, bath and sitting room. The lower walk-out level offers an eight-seat media room, game room and several extra rooms for play or hobbies.
This house, just seven years old, has a series of ornate, repeating motifs. Several rooms are ten-sided. Ionic columns, as well as arches and nooks for displaying works of art are seen throughout. The interiors of many rooms are gold-toned, warm and welcoming.
Most rooms have designer lighting fixtures, like beautiful sculptures. Additionally, given the smart choices in the placement of interior doors, the house easily blends spaces for casual or formal entertaining with opportunities for private relaxation.
9380 Fairmount has 15,993 square feet of space, and an additional 5,114 square feet from the walk-out lower level. The house has seven bedrooms, 11 baths (8 full, 3 half), two fireplaces, and an elevator. The building has zoned heating and central air. The eight-car garage is attached. On the 16+ acre parcel there is a barn suitable for horses or livestock, plus a storage shed. An outdoor firepit is adjacent to the back patios. The house is in the West Geauga school system.
Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 9380 Fairmount is listed at $2,995,000 at press time. Annual taxes are $47,233. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or firstname.lastname@example.org.