The famed “Windmill House” overlooking Mad River Road in Washington Twp. is for sale for $1.8 million, and its online real-estate listing includes photos inside and out.
The house and 5.25-acre lot is located at 1440 Haven Hill Drive near the intersection of Mad River Road and West Alex Bell Road. The free-standing windmill that is easily visible to drivers on Mad River Road is not the property’s only amenity, however.
The house has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms plus another half-bath, and more than 5,500 square feet of living space, according to the Dayton Area Board of Realtors listing by Realtor Sean A. Chmura of Robinson Sotheby’s Inter Realty.
Here are photos of the Windmill Home and its interior.
The property has a rich history, which we delved into Dayton Daily News archives to find.
The following information was gleaned from a 1995 “Al & Marge” feature column that was written by the late Mickey Davis. The column noted that Dayton-born actor Martin Sheen had perhaps contemplated buying the property at the time, but no offer was ever made. When the property was on the market at that time, nearly a quarter-century ago, the asking price was $890,000.
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Davis spoke to Frederic L. Rieger, who lived in the house more than 40 years, for the 1995 piece. Here are excerpts:
“In 1938, Rieger's parents, L.P. and Wanda Rieger, moved from Oakwood, where L.P. Rieger was mayor from 1928-1936. While visiting Holland in 1959, L.P. Rieger decided he wanted a windmill built on their property. The following year, Dayton architect Bimel Kehm designed and built the windmill.”
“In 1981, Frederic L. Rieger and his wife of 54 years, Katherine, sold the home. It had been in their family 43 years. The frame house was built for the E.M. Thacker family in 1927, according to Rieger, a retired vice president of engineering for Monarch Marking Systems.”
““From the dining room, you can look out the window down to the windmill — it's a wonderful view," said the Riegers' daughter, Ann Norcia, who was married in the house in 1967.””
“Also recalling time spent in the Windmill House were Tacie Bomholt Davidson of Minster and her mother, Dorothy Bomholt of Maria Stein, who shared their memories in letters to Al & Marge.
“"I first visited that house when I was 6 months old and, in later years, climbed to the top of the windmill many times," Mrs. Davidson wrote. Her aunt, Alma Bomholt, was a cook for more than 40 years for the Rieger family.
"As children, we would each get a turn to spend a week in that beautiful mansion," Mrs. Davidson recalled. "Everyone in my family loved that house. My sisters and I have always dreamed of owning it someday.”
Listing Realtor Sean Chmura can be reached at 513-253-1815 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.