For sale: 'Finest piece of downtown real estate'

June 6, 2013
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Irish listing 225pxA trio of downtown buildings on the block for $4.9 million is hardly sexy enough to warrant the public’s attention, unless one of those is the historically lavish residence at 121 E. Ohio St. The buildings are owned by John Irish, a former longtime local contractor and supporter of the arts, and have been on the market now for almost 60 days. Listing agent Deborah Dorman of Encore Sotheby’s International says she’s received inquiries from as far away as the United Kingdom but no serious offers yet. “It’s a special property,” she says. “It’s not your typical Indianapolis/Carmel home.” Indeed, downtown’s “finest piece of real estate” features a home theater, a staging area for entertainment, European classically designed gourmet kitchen and a rooftop area spread among five stories. Listing materials describe it as a “world class residence that entertained celebrities and politicians from all over the world.” Built in 1907, the building has been owned by Irish, who still resides there, for about 40 years, Dorman said. Two neighboring buildings also are included in the sale. One, at 115 E. Ohio St., houses the upscale Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room. The restaurant leases the space from Irish.

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  • Bus stop adjacent!
    And just think--you can watch the bus stop fights out your window! This home is undervalued!
  • Troll
    Pretty soon those bus stops will be relocated to the new transit center. Besides, the one across the street from this building has never really had issues anyway. Come up with something original.... its downtown for Pete's sake, not on a corner in a Carmel sub-division.
  • Bus Stop Comment
    I get that you're trying to be sarcastic, but I would kill to live that close to the bus stops. Beats walking for 15 minutes to get there (not too bad, but not right out the front door).
  • Unfortunate
    We are somewhat frequent diners @ Chef Joseph's, having followed him from what had been our FAVORITE restaurant on Mass Ave (we really miss you to the entire ownership and staff, esepcially Doug!!!!!!), and I am more than a little concerned that this great establishment may disappear, too, depending upon the sale of this property. That would be a crime...
  • Those are lovely buildings
    I hope they don't plan on tearing them down for some modern buildings because the current modern building designs are loosing their appeal with me.
  • More Info
    You do not indicate the third building, does the listing provide info on that property? Irish previously owned the Crown Liquor building on the corner, but he already sold it several years ago to Crown. Also, the agent has some creative license, John Irish may still own the residence, but it has been vacant for more than 60 days and he is not living there currently.
    • third property
      According to the listing information, the address of the third building is 131 E. Ohio St. and contains retail and office space.
    • 2 or 3
      The structure appears on the street to be two buildings, but a closer look shows that 121 is a sliver between Chef Joseph's and the building next door. So the third building is not the Crown Liquor building.
    • Zillow Listing
      Here it is on Zillow - http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/121-E-Ohio-St-Indianapolis-IN-46204/2113400483_zpid/
    • Johnny Nice
      I used to work for John Irish's crew in 2000. The guy is a great guy and that house is second to none. It has a full gym and a doctors office (literally) in it. Hate to see him move.

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