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Whether or not you’re actively searching for a home to buy, you have to admit that it’s still oddly satisfying to look through photos of impressive homes in the area — and all over the world. That is in fact why shows like HGTV’s House Hunters exist, right? There’s something so exciting about virtually touring a variety of homes, weighing the pros and cons, and examining impressive features of various properties.

You can take a look at homes in different markets and geographical locations with shows of that sort, but what about peeking inside homes right here in the neighborhood? If you decided to physically do that, we would be a little concerned — and so would your neighbors!

So that’s why we decided to peel back the curtains and shed some light on a few impressive homes in the Toledo area. Some are worth highlighting for their overall luxurious feeling and others have unique features you just don’t find in every home. So sit back, relax and join us on a tour of some of our favorite Toledo mansions.


7-Bedroom Home with Recreation Wing

We wanted to bring this 7-bedroom mansion in Monclova to your attention because of its recreation wing with a pool that flows both inside and outside the home, separate lockers and a shower area, recreation room and an indoor racquetball court. This is the ultimate home for an active family!

From an aesthetic standpoint, we admire the warm, dark wood features throughout the interior. Also, with a home housing as many people as this one can hold, you’re bound to have a lot of laundry to do. Thankfully, there is room for two washers and two dryers in the expansive laundry room. (We know all busy mothers out there are especially admiring this feature!)

Toledo Home


Gated Property with Home Theater

This secluded gated property includes all the features worthy of royalty. It includes a finished basement with a theater room, two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a wet bar. This would make for the perfect area for out-of-town guests! We also admire the tall ceilings throughout the home, particularly in the living area. It is in this room that you’ll find a two-story dual fireplace that is accessible in the dining room as well.

Toledo Home


Waterfront Property with Breathtaking Views and High Ceilings

The exterior of this mansion on the water is bright and cheerful, which continues inside its walls. This is especially apparent when you look out the large windows with breathtaking views of Albon Lake. We admire the home theater and lower-level family room complete with a kitchen of its own. And the space is made all the more grand with its soaring ceilings in both the living room and dining area off the main kitchen!

Toledo Home


Bright and Airy Home with Gorgeous Stone Exterior

You’ll know you’re on a special property just by walking up to the front door of this home in Ottawa Hills due to its gorgeous stone façade. And once inside, the beauty continues as you discover the lavish kitchen with high-end appliances, the tall ceilings in the master bedroom, and the overall bright and fresh feeling throughout the whole space.

There’s also a finished basement and an outdoor pool, which make it the perfect place for entertaining throughout all of Ohio’s beautiful seasons.

Toledo Home


Southern-Style Home with Stone-Wall Sunroom

We adore the Southern charm of this traditional home, with its white-washed brick sunroom, breathtaking and refreshing kitchen, and updated finishings throughout the home. And apparently, we aren’t alone in our admiration, as this home won the People’s Choice Award during the 2015 Parade of Homes! You’ll find hand-scraped hickory floors, charming cedar beams, country French paneled walls and various meticulous details in this brand-new, custom home.

Toledo Home


Cabin-Like Brick Home with Immaculate Lower Level

We are immediately attracted to the warm, inviting, cabin-like interior of this brick home in Perrysburg. We want to specifically direct your attention to the finished lower level including a projector, screen, full kitchen with a coppertop bar, a full bathroom, two additional rooms and a workshop/storage area. Guests will have it made while staying in this space, and residents will love having their own personal theater room with easy access to a beautiful kitchen!

Toledo Home


Lovely Estate with Beautiful Sunroom

This lovely estate in Ottawa Hills has it all — tall ceilings in the living area that really open up the space, a huge finished basement, a statement foyer, a sunroom with gorgeous hand-painted walls, and a deck overlooking an expansive backyard. We love the interior of this home, but also appreciate the view of this estate from the road. Its well-manicured exterior, including the landscaping, was well worth the time and financial investment!

Toledo Home


Let us know what you think!

Which of these Toledo area mansions is your favorite?


Congratulations to our January 2016 Leaders! Danberry Realtors is here to serve you. Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan’s real estate choice; our Realtors and Agents make it worry free! Danberry has been a leader in real estate since 1962, we are proud of our team and commend their hard work and commitment to the Danberry terms of excellence!

January 2016


Cecilia Richardson Presents 5050 Macklyn Dr, Toledo, OH 43615

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Cecilia Richardson, Realtor


Well maintained all-brick 1615 sq ft, 3 bedroom and 1.5 bath home in Valley Brook Estates with mature lot!


Large living room with bay picture window and gas fireplace. Cozy family room has gas fireplace, beamed ceiling and slider to backyard patio.


Great curb appeal located in well cared for neighborhood.  Perfectly situated close to Toledo Botanical Gardens, restaurants, shops and businesses.


Newer decorative fence in backyard.


Eat-in kitchen includes refrigerator and range oven. 1st floor laundry includes washer and dryer.


Attached 2 car garage.


For more information on this property priced at $129,900 contact Cecilia Richardson at 419-356-2000.








There are those people who are extremely prepared for Valentine’s Day each year, plotting and planning their gifts and course of action well in advance without a care in the world come Valentine’s Day Eve. Maybe you’re one of those people! If so, we certainly applaud you and are thankful for your proactive influence on society. Where would we be without the organized and the planners?

On the other hand, there are many of us who discover that this gift-giving holiday has snuck up on us yet again, and we are still empty-handed the week before. To top it off, you then have the realization that all the Amazon drones in the whole world could not possibly get your gift delivered to your doorstep in time. That leaves the option to shop locally, which we happen to be very fond of!

So we gathered a few of our favorite last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas from local companies, to inspire you and/or point you in the right direction as you scramble to find that perfect gift to express your love. We covered all the typical Valentine’s Day categories, such as chocolate, flowers and jewelry, but threw in a few unexpected options as well! Toledo has so much to offer, and we think it’s important to keep our dollars in the community.

Oh! Before we go on, here are a few last-minute gift-buying tips:

1. If you share a bank account with your valentine, be sure to withdraw cash for your purchase so they won’t be able to see where your gift is from! Or you might have a friend buy it for you during a shopping trip and you can simply pay them back via the Cash app, Venmo, or an old-fashioned check.

2. If you’re in a traditional job, pack a lunch one day this week to eat at your desk, and use your lunch break to go out and purchase your gift.

3. Just because you’re buying a last-minute gift doesn’t mean it should be thrown together, and still in the bag without a card. Take the extra time (when your loved one isn’t around!) to write a sweet and meaningful card to accompany your gift. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive or flashy card, because it’s the content of the words that truly counts. Consider waking up early or going to bed a little later to carve out some time to wrap the gift and write a card!

4. If you’re simply too last-minute with your gift-buying this year, skip to the “experience” section, because it is the meaningful alternative to a simple Starbucks or Amazon gift card. It means a future date night for the two of you, and it only takes a few minutes to pick up a gift card at the establishment on the way home from work.

5. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so you’re in luck! You can use Saturday to run around and grab any of these last-minute gifts.



Chocolate is always the best place to start. You might not be surprised to see this typical Valentine’s Day gift on this list, but there’s a reason it’s a popular option! Pick one of the following local chocolate shops to swing by and grab a high-end box of chocolates that your sweetheart is bound to love — and devour.

Maumee Valley Chocolate & Candy will bring you all the way back to your childhood candy shop, filled with retro candy and an overall quaint feel. But for our purposes, we’re particularly interested in their wonderful fine chocolates. They sell just about any flavor and variety of chocolately treats, and are even able to create custom gift baskets!

Maumee Valley Chocolate

Or visit Schakolad Chocolate Factory to experience their “chocolates to live by.” This is a locally owned franchise that offers a large selection of chocolates, ranging from truffles to dipped strawberries and everything in between. And don’t worry! They’ve already got a wonderful Valentine’s Day selection ready for you upon arrival. If you’ve got a picky chocolate eater in your hands, you can build your own box to customize it just the way they’ll like it!

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

When a shop specializes in one particular product, you know it’s going to be good. Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes sells delicious peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes, and nothing else. This traditional Ohio treat is sold online or in various stores throughout Ohio and a handful of other states. The Toledo locations include Schorling’s 5-Star Market, Stanley’s Market, Taste of Toledo, The Toledo Express Airport and The Toledo Hospital.

Marsha's Handmade Buckeyes


Coffee or Tea:

If you’re planning on getting your valentine a delectable chocolate selection from one of the abovementioned businesses, you might consider pairing them with a local coffee or tea. Grab a freshly roasted bag of whole coffee beans and some tea for those slow Saturday mornings.

One of our favorite local roasters is Actual Coffee. They are a Toledo-based coffee roaster with an emphasis on taste and sustainability, which we believe is an essential marriage in the coffee world in particular. They ensure that the farmers who grow their coffee were paid good money for their work and hope to raise awareness about ethically grown and traded coffees around the globe. So buying a bag of their coffee for Valentine’s Day will make a bigger impact than simply providing caffeine for your loved one’s workweek.

Actual Coffee

You can find bags of fresh Actual Coffee beans at The Flying Joe, Flatlands Coffee, Bleak House Coffee and Walt Churchill’s Market. And while you’re at these places (and other locations in surrounding areas), grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee for yourself!

Interested in The Flying Joe? Drive there.

Never been to Flatlands Coffee? Check it out in person.

Curious about Bleak House Coffee? Follow the map.

What is Walt Churchill’s Market? Find out!

So maybe your valentine isn’t a coffee drinker. First of all, you might want to kindly suggest that they get that checked out. Secondly, we have an alternative option in the meantime!

Might we suggest a loose leaf tea (or two) from Wild Orchid Teas? Peruse their black teas, green teas, special teas and more, and choose the kind that smells the best! Don’t forget to throw in one of their tea prep accessories to perfectly complete the package.

Wild Orchid Teas



As cliché as it may feel, you really can’t go wrong with a gorgeous, lush bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day. There are several local florists in the area that we are particularly fond of because of their focus on providing quality products and excellent service.

Toledo Flowers

Bartz Viviano provides full-service floral and gift delivery, featuring same-day service. However, they are sure to be busy on Valentine’s Day so don’t procrastinate your order too long. Peruse their Valentine’s Day selection to find the bundle that fits your style and price range!

Stop by The Flower Market Florist for a wide selection of flowers to complete your romantic weekend. Their Love and Romance selection has gorgeous bouquets to choose from, and for very reasonable prices!

Glendale Flowers and Gifts is a family-owned and operated business offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts. Check out their Valentine’s Day selection and order as soon as possible to get the best stems available!



Maybe you want to go big this Valentine’s Day with something a little bit more special. It’s not too late to stop by one of the following jewelers to get expert advice on selecting the perfect piece of jewelry for your valentine.

David Fairclough Jewelers

Explore the collections of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings at David Fairclough Fine Jewelers to wow your sweetheart this year. Or take a look at their luxurious watches. A woman can never have enough jewelry and a man can always add another watch to his collection!

Stop by J. Foster Jewelers at Franklin Park Mall to see some gorgeous jewelry in person. Ask an associate for assistance in choosing the perfect piece to gift this Valentine’s Day. Feel free to peruse their selection ahead of time to get an idea of what you’re interested in looking at!

Because of its service to the Toledo area for over 50 years, you can trust Jensen Jewelers with all of your jewelry needs, from selection to onsite repair. This family-owned business has an ever-changing inventory of rings, necklaces and jewelry ensembles that is worth checking out in person.


Taste of Toledo Gift Basket:

Keep things extra local with a Taste of Toledo gift basket for your valentine! Choose from one of their Toledo or Ohio gift baskets filled with a variety of delicious foods from all over the area. This is the best way to grab selections of fine, local products all in one convenient location. And you may be relieved to find out that the wrapping is done for you! If you live close to their Perrysburg location, they can deliver locally, or you can order it online to be shipped.

Taste of Toledo Gift Baskets



Maybe buying another candle, mug or piece of jewelry is going against your valentine’s goal to declutter in 2016. The perfect solution for this dilemma is to gift an experience rather than a tangible item. This also happens to make for an easy last-minute option, as it simply involves picking up a gift card and a tiny ounce of creativity and care in presenting the gift.

You can benefit as well from a premier couple’s massage at Serenity Health and Wellness Center in Maumee. You can purchase two 60-minute massages for $149, and add an infrared sauna treatment for $25 more. Enjoy their upscale décor, a stone wall, fireplace, fountain, aromatherapy and complementary peppermint foot rubs. This is a relaxing retreat your loved one (and you!) will look forward to experiencing in the future.

Serenity Spa

Have your valentine open a hefty gift card to a local restaurant for an upcoming date night. Or make reservations at one of these places for Valentine’s Day dinner! Consider Registry Bistro, Mac + Tong’s or The Beirut. A glass of wine, meaningful conversation, wonderful food and a decadent dessert is all you need to express your love.

Or skip out of town (but not too far!) for a romantic getaway at the Belamere Suites Hotel in Perrysburg. In fact, TripAdvisor ranked it the 10th Most Romantic Hotel in the United States! Their rates range from $159 to $409, depending on the date and type of suite. So put together a creative way to announce the upcoming getaway for them to open on Valentine’s Day. The anticipation for the retreat will be so exciting for you and your valentine!

Belamere Suites


What last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas do you have?

However, we understand if you’re running around too much to comment…


PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy, Merchant Circle, Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes, Actual Coffee, Wild Orchid Teas, David Fairclough JewelersTaste of Toledo, Serenity Health and Wellness Center and Belamere Suites Hotel


Heather Smith Lapoint Presents 3109 Colby Dr, Toledo, OH 43614

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Heather Smith-LaPoint, Realtor


Charming 1.5 story Cape Cod with 3 Beds, 2.5 car garage and 1172 square feet bright living room with lots of windows, cove ceiling and gorgeous hardwood floor.  Lot Size is 50 x 150 with fence.


Close to Toledo Country Club and South Toledo Golf Course. Quiet and mature tree lined street in Beverly Subdivision.


Recently renovated full bath with tile floor. Lots of parks, restaurants and services in the area.


Bright formal dining area with lots of windows, cove ceiling and gorgeous hardwood floor. Gigantic master bedroom upstairs with huge walk-in closet.


Over sized 2.5 car tandem detached garage with extra storage. Garage storage could be workshop area or vehicle storage.


Full basement with guaranteed waterproofing system and glass block windows. Washer and dryer included, all appliances included!


For more information on this property priced at $84,900 please contact Danberry Realtor Heather Smith-Lapoint at 419-360-0922.







Jeff Studer Presents  25716 Normandy Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551

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Jeffrey Studer, Realtor


This home has 2 master suites.  One upstairs with separate AC and one downstairs.  There is also a 20 x 40 pool with a new liner in 2013.


This is a traditional structure with durable fiber cement board siding and Azek trim boards.  Premium composite decking by Owens Corning.


Located in beautiful Willowbend in Perrysburg.  Close to schools, shopping and easy access highways.


Anderson Windows, concrete siding and trim, driveway is concrete.


There is a pond, and tennis courts with a community space to use. The home is  situated on the pond with beautiful views of from all levels.


The home is more than quality built and is a great value for the amenities.


The pool is perfectly placed to have sun all day, while the deck provides a shady haven.  Garage has a garden shed accessible from outside or in.


This home has so many amenities, making it one of the premier quality homes in the area!


For more information on this home priced at $374,900 call Jeff Studer at 419.872.2410.




Sarna Dorf presents this home at 2915 Secretariat Rd, Ottawa Hills, OH 43615

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Sarna Dorf, Realtor


Outstanding custom-built.


One owner.


Solid brick on large, private ravine lot.


Soaring ceilings, crown moldings and atrium windows.


First floor master en suite opens to den with fireplace.


Enjoy the peaceful sun room.


Custom deck, ideal for family and entertaining!


For more information on this beautiful house priced at $595,000 please contact Sarna Dorf at 419.345.5555.


Melissa Utterback Presents 4842 Waterbury Ln, Maumee, OH 43537

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Melissa Utterback, Realtor


One of the best lake views with spectacular sunsets!
Entertain in formal dining room.
Third bed with custom built-ins.
Eat-in kitchen has solid surface counters, hardwood floors, rollout drawers and breakfast bar.
Master bath with double sinks, whirlpool tub and custom walk-in.
Sunroom overlooking the lake!
Family room with fireplace easily fits furniture.
Composite dock for your boat or fishing!
For more information on this home priced at $254,000 please contact Melissa Utterback at 419-787-8311.


Choosing the right furnace filter will not only help you save money but also improve the air quality in your home.


The importance of a fresh furnace filter cannot be overstated, and choosing the right one for your home is also crucial.


To choose the right furnace filter, research your options. Purchasing the correct filter is important, because they affect both air quality and the cost of heating the home. Oftentimes better (thicker) filters keep harmful particles out of your home but sometimes the thicker filters decrease the energy efficiency of the unit.  On the flip side, homeowners who are more concerned with efficiency may be able to purchase less dense filters on a more frequent basis in order to balance clean are and efficiency.  Base your filter choice by determining your priorities. Below are brief descriptions of some of the furnace filter types available to homeowners:


  • Disposable pleated: This sort of filter is a popular choice. It is relatively affordable and effectively blocks small particles. However, it has to be changed often and may actually hinder air flow, which could make heating more expensive.


  • Disposable fiberglass: This option is also inexpensive and the go-to option for many homeowners. This sort of filter is more than serviceable.  Particularly, for homeowners without asthma or allergies. Fiberglass allows for more efficient airflow, but typically doesn’t block the smallest particles.


  • Disposable electrostatic: These filters are made of material that actually attracts small particles and catches them, making them solid choices for homeowners seeking clean air. However, they can be expensive to replace, especially for furnaces requiring custom sizes.


  • Permanent electrostatic: Similar to the filters described above, these products are washable, which means there’s no need to spend money replacing them regularly. However, they are less effective than the disposable variety. Similar to disposable electrostatic options, the permanent sort is also quite expensive if you need a custom size.


These are some of the more popular furnace filter options. Consider your needs in terms of air quality and filter size, among other things, to choose the right one for your home.


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Skip Walker Presents 5138 Ottawa River, Toledo, OH 43611

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Skip Walker, Realtor


Wrap around porch overlooks your deep water dock and gazebo.


So many updates you have to get inside to appreciate them all.


Beautiful eat-in kitchen, huge living room and 1st floor half bath.


Old world charm with new amenities.


Lots of details inside and out.


8 foot tall garage doors! For more information on this home priced at $225,000 contact Skip Walker at 419.283.9544.


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