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Glitzy Tudor home asks $1.7 million in Ravenna

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A classic exterior hides extravagant interior design

A Tudor home with stucco siding and a brick-lined arched entryway. Its roofline has a tall, steep slope on the left and a smaller gable on the right.
While the home’s showy on the inside, the exterior just shows a lovingly maintained Tudor Revival home.
Greg White/Courtesy of Windermere

Tudor Revival homes—especially ones built for the elite—were meant to exude a kind of classic opulence, made for entertaining and a certain amount of showing off. This grand 1926 home took those ritzy intentions and injected a healthy dose of whimsy, for a well-preserved historic home with bright, bold finishes.

The house along Ravenna Boulevard was originally built for John W. Swigart by Eric Almquist, who also designed the storefront for Swigart’s Furniture Company on Roosevelt, a building now home to Scarecrow Video. Today, it boasts a similar interior configuration, with cascading formal spaces and upper-floor nooks inside its gables, plus restored leaded-glass windows.

But the walls take a much more modern turn, with a cheery yellow coating much of the lower level, accented by high-design wallpapers. Showy chandeliers intensify the lavish effect, from the modern bulbs adding levity to a stately sitting area to a more traditional candelabra atop the dining room. Another newer addition is a finished basement with a sizeable family room and rec room and custom built-ins.

The second floor has been transformed into one elaborate master suite full of versatile spaces and nooks created by the roof’s geometry, including a bedroom, an ensuite bath with a clawfoot tub, both a large dressing room and a walk-in closet, and an office.

The home’s grounds convert to the same classic formality of the exterior, with garden-lined patios designed as open-air living and dining rooms. The outdoor gathering spaces are connected by stone paths accented by sculpture and hedges.

1621 NE Ravenna Boulevard is on the market for $1.69 million through Windermere’s Edward Krigsman.

An entryway with yellow walls and wainscoting. Ahead, an arched, open front door is through a larger archway. To the right, a room with black wallpaper has a dining table and chairs with a candelabra-style chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
The dining room exemplifies the home’s more contemporary look, with a gilded look that includes wallpaper, an ornate chandelier, and gold textiles.
Greg White/Courtesy of Windermere
A foyer with yellow walls and white trim. To the left, a cased opening leads to another yellow room, and a staircase with a banister leading up and to the right. Ahead is a powder room with yellow floral wallpaper.
A bold color palette highlights classic millwork like crown moulding, cased openings, and wainscoting.
A yellow room with a white coved ceiling, square relief ceiling panels, and white trim. On the far wall, a white fireplace with mantel with windows on either side. On the left wall, a long window bank.
In the living room, the yellow walls make an ornate white fireplace pop.
A bedroom has vaulted ceilings from two separate gables—the one on the right has a bed and a window bench in a triangular window, the one on the left has two chairs, two small end tables, and a rectangular window with shutters.
The master suite’s bedroom sits at the intersection of gables, creating nooks for sitting and sleeping—plus a cozy window bench.
A bathroom with vaulted ceilings and a clawfoot tub with a wide back. The sink along the far wall is marble with gold finishes. To the right, a toilet sits alone in a gable-shaped nook.
The master bath has a free-standing soaking tub and a marble countertop.
A room with square-relief walls and wainscoting is filled with white-and-gold furniture (chairs, end tables, coffee table). On the far wall, black French doors open to the outside, with a tall dark fence and rock garden visible.
The lower-level family room opens directly to outdoor living and dining areas for integrated indoor and open-air space.