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Pantone Color of 2018 is announced!

by Sherrie Toth
The results are in! Are you sitting down? The Pantone Color of the Year is…



According to the experts, ultra violet (18-3838) is often associated with mindfulness, which definitely sounds like a good thing to go home to. Now, don’t feel pressured to go out and paint your whole house purple. I found a great article that has some suggestions on how to incorporate ultra violet into your decor.
 
Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular color "Color of the Year". Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View, which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.

Please let us know if you have any questions about paint colors - or anything else real-estate related. We are ALWAYS happy to help.


Joe & Sherrie

 
 
Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
selling a lifestyle
 
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www.KnoxCountyLiving.com

22021 Coshocton Rd Suite A Howard, Ohio 43028

 
 

Pancakes this weekend, at the lake

by Sherrie Toth

Pancakes this weekend, at the lake!

Fluffy. Sweet. Golden. Tasty.  PANCAKES.   I’m starting to think we might take these things for granted.  Nothing says all-American breakfast like the traditional pancake and it doesn’t have to be packed with unhealthy ingredients, either. This recipe has been developed over time by researching and trying dozens of recipes and tweaking certain things here and there to make these perfect for us.  We’d love to hear how you switch things up to suit YOUR family’s taste buds.

 

Old-Fashioned, All-American Pancakes

Ingredients:

2c Whole Wheat Flour

1c Oats

4T sugar (or your favorite substitute)

2 heaping T baking powder

1 Stick melted butter or 1/2c oil

2t vanilla

2 Whole eggs

3 cups milk (add more later to get desired consistency)

 

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Directions:

Preheat pan or cast iron skillet to low to medium temperature. Mix dry ingredients together.  When you’re finished add wet ingredients.  If you desire a thinner pancake, you may choose to add a little more milk or water during this step.  We like them thicker, so we typically skip any additional ingredients.   

Spray hot pan with some cooking spray and add desired amount of batter.  If you are cooking for kids or the tiny child within, you can add sprinkles or chocolate chips to this step.  Wait until you see bubbles and then flip the pancake.  Your finished product should be a golden brown.  Sprinkle some powdered sugar or any other topping you desire.


What are your favorite winter recipes?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Karen Buchwald Wright

by Sherrie Toth

So here’s a typical conversation I find myself in quite often:

 

“So, where are you from?”

 

“Apple Valley.”

 

  --Blank Stare--

 

 

 

 

 

“Um, Apple Valley, you know, near Kenyon College?  Central Ohio?”

 

“OOOHHH! You mean Apple CREEK?”

 

“No, I mean Apple Valley LAKE. Just east of  Mount Vernon.”

 

“Oh, gotcha!  Mount Vernon; I know exactly where that’s at.”


People are always familiar with Mount Vernon.  Even if they’re not familiar with Apple Valley-- Knox County’s best kept secret.  So while I’m super eager to speak the praises of OUR quaint little town, I figured that starting with Mount Vernon is probably the easiest segway.

 

When you do a little digging on Mount Vernon, Ohio--so as to be more knowledgeable about our neighboring city. And, like any other scholarly search, I started with Google.

 

My search brought up about 12,000,000 hits.  I immediately went to Wikipedia; it normally has other links within its article that will lead me to other places.

 

But what I found in this internet encyclopedia, grasped my attention immediately.

 

Underneath Mount Vernon’s rich history, and picturesque geography, there was one name that stood out to me:

 

Karen Buchwald Wright.  The only female under the heading, “Notable People.”  

 

I was intrigued.  I clicked on her link and I found more than just a name.  I found a humble, quiet, philanthropic, person.  Someone who’d rather go without than let the people around her fail.

 

Karen Buchwald Wright is the president and CEO of the Ariel Corporation, which manufactures gas compressors and is responsible for employing over 1,200 people in the Knox County area.  She took over the business from her father in 2001 and the company has taken off in the years since.

 

In 2009, Ms. Wright started the Ariel Foundation which was crafted to improve the quality of life for the residents of her hometown, Mt. Vernon.  And through this foundation and the generosity of her own heart, Wright has given to just about every cause/charity that one could muster up in their mind, specifically the parks, arts, and education.

 

One of her latest projects was the Ariel Foundation Park. An incredible 250 acre Park built on the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass manufacturing plant. Visitors will be able to enjoy lakes, woods, trails, picnic areas, a bike path, an events center, a restored railroad depot, historic ruins, terraced landscaping and more

 

She may earn well above the median income in her area, but she doesn’t parade it with flashing lights.  In fact, she rarely attaches her name to these donations or projects. Out of the kindness of her heart, she gives.

 

If you ask us, her name should be first on the list of notable people.

 

Central Ohio-- Home of Apple Valley Lake (not Apple Creek) and home of our blog’s first “In the Spotlight,” Karen Buchwald Wright.  



 

 

 

...And the Greatest of These is Love...

by Sherrie Toth

In June of 2015, Toth and Team hosted a charity event, “Luau for Love” at the Bad Apple, a local bar and grille just outside the entrance of Apple Valley Lake.  Proceeds from this event directly benefited Hospice of Knox county.  Sometime this year, Toth and Team will host another charity event. We will be announcing this in February.  

 

Although the following list is NOT inclusive of all of the awesome charities in our area, here are a few charitable and nonprofit organizations that might be calling your name.

 

  1. Hospice of Knox County-   Hospice of Knox County’s mission is to provide care to all regardless of the ability to pay.  Please visit their website to find out how YOU can help.  

  2. United Way-  United way believes that everyone is entitled to a quality education, a family-sustaining income and good health.  Please visit their website to see what role you can play.

  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters-  84% of former “Littles” surveyed agree that their Big taught them the importance of helping others.  Click here to see how you can help perpetuate this! 300x250_bigbrothers.jpg

  4. Community Foundation- Mt. Vernon- The community foundation sets up funds for a variety of philanthropic purposes.  To find out more about who they serve, click here.

  5. Underdog Society- The UnderDog Society of Knox County seeks to identify dogs in need by finding and implementing solutions with their best interest in mind.

  6. Habitat for Humanity- Habitat for humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Please access their website here to see how you can fit into their mission.

  7. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)- This group strives to provide help for those struggling with a mental illness.  They also specialize in suicide prevention and bullying prevention. They are not funded by any local state or federal dollars.  Founded in 1949 and struggling to stay afloat currently, they depend on and need our dollars.  Consider donating here.

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  1. Canine Companions for Independence- The North Central Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence®, located in Delaware, Ohio, provides highly trained assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities in 14 states including Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

  2. Donations 4 People- Beside the obvious Goodwill, Amvets, and Salvation Army, Donations 4 People will take your gently used clothing and furniture which will directly benefit those in Howard, Ohio.donations.jpg

 

10. Donate a Car- Are you ready to part with a car that wouldn’t make you much profit?  You can donate a car to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Visit this website to sign up.  Someone will be out as early as the next day to haul your car away for FREE.



 

So if you’re feeling charitable this time of the year, there are many options as you can see to do something to give back.  What charities are you aware of that are not on this list?

Winterizing a Vacant Home

by Housecall

By Housecall

Top Tips for Winterizing a Vacant Home

For a home to remain in good shape throughout the winter it needs regular care and attention. When a home is occupied, many of the things that are necessary to keep it in good working order happen by default. But when the home is vacant, it is up to the owner or the property manager to prepare it for freezing temperatures and other winter risks.

The worst risk comes from bursting pipes, which can lead to water damage that can significantly impact the value of the home. Left alone, water can ruin everything it touches – walls, floors, electrical systems, etc. It can even damage the foundation. Other risks exist as well, such as pest infiltration, that can leave nasty surprises for the homeowner.

Taken together, the dangers of failing to winterize a home are too severe to ignore. Any real estate agent who has been involved with selling bank owned properties or vacant short sales can certainly tell you the necessity of knowing how to winterize a vacant home! In order to get an informed opinion on the subject we reached out to a well known real estate agent in Westborough, Mass., Bill Gassett, who has been selling homes for nearly 30 years. Gassett runs a popular real estate blog known as Maximum Real Estate Exposure that offers numerous tips to buyers and sellers. Below he shares all of his tips for getting your place winterized.

When readying a vacant home for winter weather, there are several things you can do to prepare before freezing temperatures and other winter risks arrive. These include:

Bring in a plumber.

Hiring a professional plumber to winterize the pipes and water system in the home is extremely important if you want to avoid the incredibly expensive water damage that can occur from freezing pipes. The plumber can examine the entire system, inside and out, and then prepare it for freezing temperatures. The plumber will drain all areas where water is stored, like water heaters and hot tubs, and will use an air compressor to expel water from the pipes throughout the house. With the water removed, you do not have to keep the house heated to prevent freezing. The pipes are protected and you save money in utility costs.

Drain outdoor garden hoses.

Water hoses must be disconnected from the home and drained of water to prevent damage to both the hoses and the spigots where they attach to the house. Left undrained, the water inside will freeze and burst not only the hose, but often the spigot as well. If winter watering must be done to keep landscape plants alive, make sure the person who does the watering drains the hoses and disconnects them from the house after each use.

Close up all openings to the house.

To prevent animals and insects from entering the home for shelter, you will need to close up all openings throughout the house. These include dryer vents and the chimney.

Have the gutters cleaned and repaired if necessary.

Gutters must be free of debris and attached properly to the house to funnel water away from the roof, siding and foundation. When debris accumulates, the gutter may stop working properly. If enough water collects and a freeze hits, the weight of the ice can pull the gutter away from the home, damaging the siding and leading to potential ice hazards where water collects at the base of the house. If you live in a cold weather climate then you understand just how bad ice damning was last year. Knowing how to prevent ice dams is something every homeowner should have a grasp of. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a home including mold behind ceilings and walls that you may not be able to detect! Have the gutters cleaned periodically until all leaves have dropped from the trees, and make sure they are in good repair.

Remove anything touching the side of the house, such as leaves and firewood.

Water and insects can accumulate in firewood and debris, causing damage to the siding and leading to potential infestations. Keeping everything away from the house creates a safe barrier and prevents water damage. This includes shrubbery and other landscaping. Keep a minimum of a couple of feet to allow the home to breath.

Have trees trimmed over the home.                                         

Remove any tree branches that may touch the house or hang too closely. Tree branches increase the leaves that accumulate in the gutter and can also break and fall on the house in a snow or ice storm. If you are negligent about keeping branches over your home it could lead to insurance denying your claim.

Use moth balls to keep insects out of the house.

Moth balls may smell unpleasant, but they are effective at keeping insects away. Use them anywhere you think insects may be a problem.

Talk to the gas company about disconnecting the gas supply.

A gas explosion can cause even more damage than frozen pipes. Let the gas company know the home is vacant and ask them to disconnect the gas supply to the home. Obviously if you are not living in the home this becomes important because if a gas leak were to form it would be too late for you to do anything about it. This is one of the major reasons why nearly all bank owned properties get winterized.

Make the home appear occupied at a glance.

It is better for potential buyers and discouraging to unwanted visitors if the home appears occupied. You can setup lights on timers and have the landscaping tended to periodically to keep things looking nice. If snow is an issue you can also have the driveway cleared. We provide a list of many tips on how to sell a home in the winter. This advice applies to both occupied and non-occupied homes. Keep in mind that if your home is on the market you are going to need to get it un-winterized with fairly short notice when the buyer schedules a home inspection. Buyers will want to be able to check the heating and plumbing systems and will not be able to do so if the home is winterized.

Hire a landscaper to perform a fall cleanup.

As the weather gets colder, plants will die and you will be left with a disheveled looking yard and landscape. It is beneficial for the sales process if you have someone come in and cleanup around the home after the first freeze or two, when most of the vegetation has died off. The landscaper can cut back any dead growth, rake up leaves and prepare plants for the winter.

Check on the home periodically.

An unoccupied home, even when the lights come on and the driveway is plowed, can be appealing to burglars and to squatters. It can also be a destination for kids in the neighborhood to come hang out for fun. The only people you want visiting are potential buyers, so you should maintain a schedule of visiting the home periodically to make sure it is being left alone and to discourage unwanted visitors.

Use of all these tips and your experience with winterizing a home should be a breeze!

DRONE: 5 Fairway Court Golf Course Front!

by Sherrie Toth

Super cool perspective of our 5 Fairway Court Condo on the beautiful Hiawatha Golf Course in Mt Vernon, Ohio! Also see our 5 Fairway Court Full listing

 

 

 

Apple Valley Lake is one of the top places to retire to!

by Sherrie Toth

Retire Here, Not There: Ohio

Published: Aug 3, 2015 11:27 a.m. ET

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Ohio's state capitol in Columbus.
 

Ohio is better known for its cold winters and depressed industrial areas than its retirement hot spots. But the state’s low cost of living, friendly Midwestern vibe, respected universities and many lakeside recreation areas deserve a look.

To the north, the Buckeye State is bordered by Lake Erie, one of the Midwest’s top tourist attractions and a popular spot with boating and fishing enthusiasts. The Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve and adjacent wetlands along the Sandusky Bay attract many visitors, and nearly 300 species of birds. Canoers and kayakers enjoy the Ohio River which runs along the south side of the state, and the Miami River, near Cincinnati. The state has many other smaller lakes which attract both retirees and weekend vacationers with second homes such as Apple Valley Lake and Indian Lake. For those who prefer dry land, miles of bike trails and paved streets also meander through the Ohio’s plains and rolling hills.

The state is also known for its arts and culture. The cities of Cleveland and Columbus are cultural hubs, thanks to such world class facilities as Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, the second largest performing arts center in the country, and the Columbus Museum of Art, which is undergoing a $37,6 million renovation and will open a new wing in October 2015. More arts activities, as well as continuing education opportunities, flourish in Ohio’s many college towns, such as Oberlin, Oxford and Athens.

Perhaps most appealing to retirees is the relative low expense of living in Ohio. The cost of living is 11.8% below the national average and the median home price is just $112,400. State tax rates have nine brackets, up to 5.33%, ranking Ohio as the 23rd lowest in the nation. And if retirees want to leave something for heirs, estate taxes are high— 6% for net values up to $500,000 and go up to 7% for higher amounts.

Since the recession clobbered once booming manufacturing areas such as Canton and Youngstown, Ohio retirees, especially snowbirds, often flock to more exclusive -- and expensive -- enclaves like the islands of Lake Erie. But here are four spots that offer plenty of natural beauty, culture and community spirit at a much lower cost.

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Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
Oberlin

Founded in 1833, Oberlin College was the nation’s first co-educational college, and two years later became the first to admit African Americans. Today Oberlin is still known for its progressive policies, especially concerning the environment, and that activist attitude has extended to the town. About half of the school’s electricity comes from environmentally favorable sources, and all new buildings are required to be LEED certified, a certification given to environmentally friendly buildings. As a member of Bill Clinton’s Climate Positive Development Program, the city of Oberlin has set a goal of having net-negative greenhouse gas emissions. Some steps in that direction include sustainable garbage trucks and so many bike paths and bike-friendly rules that it was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Community by the League of American Bicyclists. “We’re not just a town that talks about sustainability, we live it,” says Janet K. Haar, executive director of the Oberlin Business Partnership.

Culture is another big draw, driven by such college institutions as The Allen Memorial Art Museum, which houses roughly 14,000 works of art, including pieces by Rothko and Monet, and is consistently ranked as one of the top five university museums in America. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the oldest conservatory in the U.S., was the 2009 recipient of the National Medal of the Arts. It’s also home to the largest privately held jazz collection in the country. In addition to continuing education opportunities at the college, retirees also often take classes at FAVA, a community-supported arts education center. The five-week Oberlin Summer Festival, outdoor concerts at Tappan Square and other family-friendly activities guarantee the city doesn’t roll up its streets when students go home in the summer either. In addition, Oberlin is just 45 minutes from Cleveland and all the arts activities it has to offer.

Like many college towns, Oberlin’s downtown offers a variety of eclectic shopping, restaurants and bars. A WalMart and other big box retailers are within a 20-minute drive, and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is about a half-hour away. Mercy Allen Hospital has 25 beds and cancer and rehabilitation centers. Of course, this town’s liberal vibe may not appeal to everyone.

By the numbers

  • Population: 8,288
  • Median home cost: $109,500
  • Cost of living: 8.2% higher than average
  • Unemployment: 6.7%

Source: Sperling’s Best Places

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Oxford, Ohio.
Oxford

Named No. 1 Best College Town in America in 2015 by Forbes, Oxford is home to Miami University — dubbed a “Public Ivy” due to its rigorous academic curriculum. “It’s a great place to retire because of the access to both the arts and educational opportunities,” says Carol Dockum, president of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. The Institute for Learning in Retirement provides classes in everything from the arts to history to business to anyone age 50 or above. The Miami University Performing Arts Series offers year-round theater. The Miami University Art Museum houses works from painters, sculptors and printmakers from around the globe. The free Oxford Summer Music Festival Concert Series features jazz, blues, modern, rock ‘n roll and bluegrass performers.

Founded in the early 1800s, Oxford also prides itself on its history. Mile Square, in the heart of town, houses the university, with its Georgian-style, red-brick buildings including two National Historic Landmarks. A nearby residential area is full of quirky historic homes like the Dewitt Cabin, built by pioneers, and the Lorenzo Langstroth Cottage, the home of the “Father of American Beekeeping.” With more than 16,000 students, the university also has nurtured a vibrant shopping and dining scene.

While winters can be long and cold, Oxford has plenty to offer outdoors-loving retirees, too, including 11 parks and a heavily forested area just outside the city limits. More than 1,000 acres of hiking trails dominate the area and there are two championship golf courses. During winter months, retirees can stay active at Miami University facilities including an indoor ice skating rink, indoor pools and a horseback riding stable, all of which are open to the public. Retirees have plenty of volunteer opportunities to choose from with area nonprofits and there’s also a “very active” senior center, Dockum says. In addition to traditional services, the center has a music group called the “Songbirds” and organizes regular trips to far-flung places like Atlantic City, she adds. McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital has a main campus in Oxford, as well as outpatient and urgent care facilities throughout the area. Both within an hour’s drive, Dayton and Cincinnati offer easy access to city amenities and international airports.

By the numbers

  • Population: 21,338
  • Median home cost: $155,400
  • Cost of living: 4.8% lower than average
  • Unemployment: 4.7%

Source: Sperling’s Best Places

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Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus

Known for its educated and culturally savvy population, Ohio’s capital city of Columbus serves up a dynamic arts scene with a symphony, ballet, opera, the Columbus Museum of Art, and plenty of independent arts activities. The Wexner Center for the Performing Arts at Ohio State University offers more performances, including jazz concerts and plays, and retirees can take free continuing education classes at the school. Columbus’s downtown has been enjoying a vibrant resurgence including a dynamic restaurant scene, which has been attracting retiree empty nesters. A number of quirky historic artsy neighborhoods also are in various stages of gentrification. The free Cbus circulator makes it easy to get around many downtown neighborhoods.

Dawn Wandling, a retired nurse, and her husband Jim, a retired Boy Scouts of America executive, moved from Rochester, NY, to a condo in the Pickrington, just south of the city, in 2013 to be near two daughters and four grandchildren. The couple, both age 60, enjoy the low cost of living and friendliness of the people, Dawn Wandling says. “My daughter says, ‘Mom, you’ve got more friends than we do, and you’ve only lived here a year,’” she adds. Because Jim has been diagnosed with brain cancer, having the world-class Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center nearby is also an essential community asset, Wandling says. Home prices are on the rise, but supply is also increasing especially for retirees wanting to downsize to a condo or smaller home, says Joan E. Perez, an agent with Coldwell Banker King Thompson in Columbus.

For luxury-minded retirees, Columbus does have several large malls and ample high-end shopping, Perez says. Winters can be cold, especially the last few, though not as frigid as upstate New York, Wandling says. Columbus’s central Midwest location makes it convenient to get to Chicago, as well as Philadelphia and points east, or drive south to warmer winter climates, as many Ohio retirees do. Downsides include typical problems of American cities such as heavy traffic during rush hours, Perez says. And like many cities, crime rates also are above national averages, according to Sperling’s Best Places.

By the numbers

  • Population: 790,168
  • Median home cost: $95,900
  • Cost of living: 17.9% lower than average
  • Unemployment: 4.3%

Source: Sperling’s Best Places

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Mt. Vernon, OH., near Apple Valley.
Apple Valley

Planned community Apple Valley is technically part of Howard, Ohio, but with a population that’s almost doubled (up 45.68%) since 2000, the idyllic recreationally oriented community around Apple Valley Lake now has its own U.S. Census designation. The reasons why so many are moving there are as clear as the clean water, which attracts boaters, fishers and water and jet skiiers, many of whom are retirees, says Sam Miller, owner/broker of Apple Valley Real Estate. “It’s a place to kick back and enjoy life, and once someone buys here, most people don’t leave,” he adds.

Both age 76, Bob Meldrum, a retired software services director for NCR Corp., and his wife Anne, a retired nurse, moved to Apple Valley from Centerville, Ohio, in 1994. The couple first considered retiring by the ocean, but “every time we’d pick a spot, a hurricane would come through,” Bob Meldrum says. Lake activities and natural beauty are only the start of the perks of living here, he adds. For just a $208 annual property owners association fee, residents can enjoy all of the community’s amenities, including three beaches on the lake, a large indoor pool, an outdoor pool and another under construction, tennis courts and pickleball courts. Apple Valley also has plenty of social activities from clubs—examples include bridge, fishing and garden—and the association facilitates weekly fishing tournaments and holiday group activities from a Valentine’s dinner/dance to Easter egg rolls.

The immediate vicinity offers more outdoor fun, from an 18-hole PGA-rated golf course to hiking and horseback riding at Mohican State Park. Grocery, clothing boutiques, big box retailers and Knox Community Hospital are just six miles away in Mount Vernon. Three miles away in Gambier, small liberal arts Kenyon College offers concerts and other arts activities, Meldrum says. “Big-time shopping” and other city amenities are within an hour’s drive to Columbus, as well as an international airport.

Crime rates are well below the national average. Down sides include a lifestyle too easygoing for some and the lake does freeze over in the coldest winter months. About 40% of residents are snowbirds, Miller says.

By the numbers

  • Population: 5,210
  • Median home cost: $156,900
  • Cost of living: 3.2% lower than average
  • Unemployment: 4.8%

Source: Sperling’s Best Places

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Outdoor Fireplaces

by HGTV

We love nothing more than the ambiance of an outdoor fireplace. Here is a great read from HGTV

Outdoor fireplaces are great gathering places for friends and family, and they can be a valuable addition to any backyard, deck or outdoor living space. Ultimately, the outdoor fireplace that's right for your home's exterior space will be one that reflects your personality and your goals for fireside fun.

The first consideration when deciding on an outdoor fireplace design is whether your outdoor fireplace will be portable or permanent. Portable outdoor fireplaces obviously provide for virtually unlimited choice in terms of placement in your backyard or on your deck, and they now come in a number of different designs and finishes to suit just about any style of outdoor living space.

On the other hand, a permanent outdoor fireplace can add a real hint of luxury to your backyard or deck. Built-in or permanent outdoor fireplaces tend to require more extensive construction and are therefore generally more expensive than freestanding outdoor fireplaces.

Common materials for freestanding or built-in outdoor fireplaces are stone, stucco, tile and brick. You'll have plenty of designs to choose from, and matching your backyard or deck's overall design shouldn't be a problem. Outdoor fireplaces should always be located away from any potentially flammable items like trees or shrubs, and you should always use a spark guard and flame-resistant fire mat when your fireplace is in use. Also, be sure to check with your local fire department regarding their outdoor fire codes before installing your outdoor fireplace.

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The Historic Mount Vernon and its Homes!

by Sherrie Toth

Historic Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is located among the rolling hills and valleys of Central Ohio in Knox County. It serves as the county seat, and is home to some of the state’s most beautiful historic areas. Mount Vernon was founded in 1805 and was named after George Washington’s plantation. Today, it is a wonderful place to visit and tour the many buildings and homes that date back to the early 1800s.

Find historic age homes here!


Downtown Mount Vernon Historical District

 Downtown Mount Vernon officially made the National Registry of Historic Places in 2012. The Historic Downtown District surrounds the public square and extends along South Main Street. You can see an Italianate influence in the surviving buildings of this area along with examples of Greek Revival, Federal, Queen Anne, Richardsonian-Romanesque, Colonial Revival, and Art Deco architecture.

 The Downtown District was originally the city’s commercial district. It is now an anchor for three more residential districts that are also on the National Registry of Historic Places. This includes the East High Street Historic District, the North Main-North Gay Streets Historic District, and the East Gambier Street Historic District.

 Original architectural features still exist on many of the buildings. These structures date as far back as 1829. To expand on the historic feeling of the area they have lined the streets with ornamental trees and flower beds. Decorative street lamps resemble the gas lamps the city once used. These charming touches give visitors a sense of being in a 19th century Ohio town. Quaint shops, restaurants, and a Civil War era monument found in the public square make Mount Vernon’s historical districts a pleasure.

East Gambier Street Historic District

 In 1976 the East Gambier Street Historic District was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. This is the smallest of the historic residential areas in Mount Vernon. Here guests will find numerous examples of Italianate and Greek Revival designs. Many of the homes here date back to 1835 to 1860. Several local celebrities have called this area home. The United States senator Jesse B. Thomas, newspaper publisher Lecky Harper, and the Cooper and Curtis families all lived here.

 Among the most noted historical homes in this district is Wolverton House. Located at 106 East Gambier Street it resembles the large antebellum plantation homes of the South with a gabled roof and iconic columns. Stamp House at 401 East Gambier Street is an 1840’s Federal style house with beautiful gardens that are maintained by the current residents. Across the street is Vance House. This was the home of the retired sea captain S.A. Vance. Built in 1860 it has a Gothic Revival style.

East High Street Historic District

 Mount Vernon’s East High Street Historic District was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1987. Large shade trees line the streets, many of which are paved in brick. This area began in 1805. Many of the existing buildings found here date from 1830 to 1925. The former Mercy Hospital, the Knox County Courthouse, and the Knox County Memorial Building are included among the non-residential properties.

Residential properties include Columbus Ewalt House at 400 East High Street. It was built in 1906. It was the home of the prominent Judge Ewalt until his death in 1942. The house became a nunnery in 1947. The McIntire House was built in 1874 in the Second Empire style by Alfred R. McIntire with its unique mansard roof. An apartment building was built in the 1840s. It was named The Capitola. In the early part of this century it was divided and moved to three different locations. The central piece is still considered The Capitola while the East and West wings are now private residences.

North Main-North Gay Streets Historic District

 Finally in 1990 the North Main-North Gay Streets Historic District made the registry. The buildings dating between 1820 and 1925 are found along tree lined, brick paved streets. Visitors will find that many of the original carriage houses still stand. They’ve been converted into modern garages to be used for cars rather than horses.

 The Israel House was built here in 1838. It was the home of Samuel and Elizabeth Israel as a one and a half story home. Samuel was a brick mason who studied law and eventually found work as an attorney. Round Hill is located at the end of Lamartime Street, and it is the most elite Mount Vernon residence. It was constructed in 1850 with an Italian Villa Style. The home has a 50 foot long parlor with a bay window as well as a marble floor entry way with 17 foot ceilings. The dining room was designed to look like Theodore Roosevelt’s.

The Knox County Historical Society

 Anyone wishing to visit Mount Vernon’s Historic District should begin their day at the Knox County Historical Society. They are located at 875 Harcourt Road two miles Southwest of the public square. The Historical Society Building houses many exhibits designed to help one understand the area’s history. Guided tours of the historical homes and buildings are also available. They are open Thursday through Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm and on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

 As visitors explore the building they will find exhibits on business and industry as well as the people of Mt. Vernon. Antique household furnishings and quilts are on display as well as toys from years past. Local military history is also covered. Mount Vernon’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the Civil War are all memorialized at The Knox County Historical Society. The society hosts many special events and monthly meetings that are free and open to the public for those wanting more information on Mount Vernon’s historical past.

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Knox County

by Sherrie Toth

Knox County, located in the heart of Ohio, is home to about 60,000 residents. This peaceful, small-town region features beautiful, rolling scenery, historical attractions, tranquil biking and walking paths and many local parks. There are several communities in Knox County, including Mount Vernon, Apple Valley, Gambier and Fredericktown.

 Mount Vernon is the county seat and largest city. The downtown area has undergone extensive renovation in recent years and now features many different attractions, such as the Woodward Opera House, which opened in 1851 and is currently being restored, and the Schnormeier Art Gallery operated by Mount Vernon Nazarene University. There’s also an annual Christmas parade and First Friday celebrations every year from May to October with art, shopping and activities for children. A new 250-acre green space, Ariel-Foundation Park, is scheduled for completion in 2015 and features woods, lakes, biking and walking trails and spots to hold picnics.

 Apple Valley Lake, located near the unincorporated community of Howard just a few miles from Mount Vernon, is the center of a master-planned resort community. Residents can take their boats out onto the lake for relaxation, and, if they wish, to go fishing. The lake is the home of a diverse array of fish species, including both large- and small-mouth bass, catfish, crappie and others.

 The village of Gambier is fairly small, but it serves as a major intellectual center of the region. Gambier is perhaps best known as the home of Kenyon College, the oldest private college in the state of Ohio and one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. Kenyon’s presence brings major cultural and sporting events to Knox County. The college and the village are bisected by a path known as the “Middle Path,” which takes walkers past some beautiful historical buildings.

 Fredericktown is another small village with lots of culture. This one-time frontier town features a museum that houses many items of historical importance from Fredericktown and the surrounding area. Also, the Fredericktown Recreation District Education and Nature Center is a 57-acre nature preserve with 2 miles of walking trails and many different animals, flowers and trees to observe. The Tomato Show and the Christmas Walk are two of the major annual events observed by residents of Fredericktown.

 Despite the bucolic beauty and small-town charm that can be found throughout Knox County, those who live here aren’t far from major population centers: Columbus and Cleveland are both less than two hours away by car. This makes it the perfect location for those who want to experience living in a small town without feeling too isolated from the outside world. With its rich history, its scenic beauty and its strong sense of community, Knox County is a great place to settle down and raise a family.

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