You can observe the stars from the same window as Jean Glenn did it once.
The late astronaut and senator built this house in Columbus, Ohio, in 1974. It is now on the market for $1,345,000.
“It was originally the home of John Glenn that he and his wife, Annebuilt with a renowned architect Woody Acock. It was really a real collaboration,” says the listing agent Margot CampbellLaumannwith Street Sotheby’s International Realty.
The Glenns built the 3,789-square-foot home just before Glenn was elected to the U.S. Senate, a job that required him to travel to washington d.c.. As a result, the Glenns did not live long in this suburban home.
“He loved this house and wanted to stay there, but I think it was too much for him,” says Laumann. “He ended up moving to downtown Columbus.”
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Featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home sits on nearly an acre on the banks of the Scioto River.
“It’s a very private part of the river, where you can’t see the cars across the river because of a park that’s on the other side,” Laumann says.
The interior layouts have been updated, but the floor plan designed by the Glenns remains the same.
“It’s a beautiful, sprawling ranch, and you just have tons of natural light that fills the house,” she says. “When you walk in and see those 180 degree views of the water, it’s very impressive. Window walls really bring the outdoors inside.
A single staircase leads to a loft that once served as Glenn’s office.
“The huge bubble window allowed him to see the stars at night, and it’s a really cool space,” says Laumann. “When in the loft, it’s pretty amazing to be in the presence of John Glenn.”
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A huge two-story stone fireplace divides the great room into two distinct warm spaces.
A master bedroom is in a separate wing, and there is yet another loft space close to the other bedrooms.
“I don’t know if he had grandchildren at the time, but I think he built [the home] thinking of the grandchildren,” says Laumann. “It’s a beautiful floor plan where you can easily entertain yourself.”
Outside there is a large terrace with a large barbecue, an original element of the design.
“The family roasted pigs in the summer and this outdoor entertaining area was very important to them,” says Laumann.
The property includes a dock with a Trex deck and a detached workshop to store all water equipment and garden toys.
The agent thinks the buyer will likely be a local who wants a spot on the water.
“The ideal buyer will be someone who loves life on the water and can get to downtown Columbus quickly,” says Laumann. “It’s just a really special property.”
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