Unusual Ohio home real estate listing includes two jail cells


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A one-of-a-kind home in Ohio generated a lot of buzz when it hit the market last month, with the listing quickly going viral on TikTok.

The house, located at 117 N. Brandon Ave. in Celina, Ohio has an extremely unique feature – two prominent jail cells between the kitchen and the main living space.

“The story goes that notorious bank robber John Dillinger was once housed in the cells,” Ryan Stackhouse, principal broker at Superior Plus Realtors in Lima, Ohio, told Fox News Digital by phone.

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Dillinger, a notorious Depression-era mobster, was brought back to life by actor Johnny Depp in the 2009 film, “Public Enemy.”

Dillinger was a wanted man and often on the run.

This unique Ohio home has “Swiss architecture,” said a broker.
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“Of all the sinister desperadoes, one man, John Herbert Dillinger, came to speak about this era of gangsters and stirred mass emotion on a degree rarely seen in this country,” according to FBI.gov.

“Dillinger, whose name once dominated the headlines, was a notorious and vicious thief,” the site also noted.

Although Stackhouse didn’t walk buyers through the house itself, “I knew it was going to be a hot property,” he said – with “lots of interest, lots of offers.”

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Stackhouse said the house was unusual in several ways.

“It’s a kind of Swiss architecture, it’s just very unusual.”

Cells were used to contain the owners' dogs, a broker said of this unique Ohio property.

Cells were used to contain the owners’ dogs, a broker said of this unique Ohio property.
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The home was listed for a whopping $275,000 — and is now under contract, Stackhouse said.

He offered more on the Dillinger connection.

“Dillinger was caught robbing a bank in Bluffton, Ohio, which is not far from Celina,” Stackhouse said. “And they captured him and put him in the Allen County jail, and he escaped from that jail.”

The first owner who built the house – a dentist who lived next to the land where the house was built – was very interested in the traditions of John Dillinger.

Stackhouse noted that the original owner who built the house – a dentist who lived next to the land where the house was built – was very interested in the lore of John Dillinger.

He purchased the jail cells in which Dillinger would have been held at Allen County Jail, building them right into the house when it was built in 1972.

Like Dillinger, the house has had a somewhat “notorious” past: Stackhouse said the dentist liked to entertain lavishly. He reportedly had the two-story house built as a party venue.

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At 6,467 square feet and offering four bedrooms and four bathrooms, it includes a hot tub, indoor pool, sauna and game room.

The cells are said to have once held mobster John Dillinger.

The cells are said to have once held mobster John Dillinger.
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The listing also said a “great 2 story room with chandelier…2nd floor balcony, 2nd kitchen [upstairs]and 3 bonus spaces!”

“I know that [the home] has been foreclosed on before, and it sat vacant for several years – and I heard it was also used as a photography studio.”

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The last owners bought the property in 2018 — and are selling the property because they are downsizing, Stackhouse said.

The cells include cots.  This unique home was listed for $275,000 and is now under contract.

The cells include cots. This unique home was listed for $275,000 and is now under contract.
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“I only dealt with their agent,” he said, when asked if the new owners would keep the clinks.

“I can tell you that people [who] buy it come from out of state. »

The house includes two kitchens (one is pictured here) - plus an indoor pool and other amenities.

The house includes two kitchens (one is pictured here) – plus an indoor pool and other amenities.
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Perhaps new owners will use the cells as current owners have sometimes done – as a canine enclosure.

Stackhouse said there were dogs in the cells when he visited the house.

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“They were working, doing their job,” he said, referring to how they barked at him – “until their owners threw them in jail,” he joked.

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