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4010 Apple Valley Dr - Beautiful lake view video tour

by Sherrie Toth

4010 Apple Valley Drive - Gorgeous lake view home at Apple Valley Lake, Ohio! 

Do you want to see this home? Contact us here

Other lake view homes for sale HERE

Catch of the Month (March) - The Bad Apple Pub

by Sherrie Toth

    The Bad Apple Pub

There is nothing more inviting or reassuring of repeat business than an establishment that serves killer food and treats its customers like family.  Our March Local Catch, The Bad Apple Pub does exactly that and it does so consistently.

Steve and Niki McCurdy saw the Apple Valley area as an opportunity.  They saw potential and a place where their years of experience could flourish.  After jumping on the opportunity to come to this area, They took over the current location at 22001 Coshocton Rd in April of 2013, remodeled it and opened on July 9th, 2013.

The McCurdys have done just about every job imaginable in the restaurant industry; it’s basically all they’ve ever done-- and it shows because they do it well. But at the end of the day, getting to know all the different people they meet everyday is their favorite thing about their job. “The one thing we love more than any other is the relationships we develop with our crew and guests.  We have made lifelong friendships with the people who have worked with us and people we have served over the years. There’s nothing like watching some of our favorite people’s families grow.”

Apart from their “you’re like family” service, the McCurdy’s have what they call their “calling cards”-- items that sets their business apart from other bars/restaurants in the area.  One of those calling cards is their half pound specialty burgers which is crafted using locally purchased beef from Lanning’s Food and is one of nine of their burgers that all have unique, impressive flavor profiles. Yum!  Their second “calling card” is their wide variety of entertainment.  Whether it’s a band playing in the summer outside on their patio, a wine and painting night, pool leagues, dart leagues, The 4th of July Cruise-in or one of their hosted fundraisers, there is something that most will enjoy.  And finally, their amazing crew would be their third “calling card.”  “Our crew is an awesome group of people who ARE our family.  They are what we’re best known for.”

From the food to the service, the Bad Apple Pub is part of what makes Apple Valley so special and centered around bringing people together.  Even their logo was designed by local artists, Mo and Kelly Dallas who approached the McCurdys with the idea after they heard they were looking to open at their current location.  So if you haven’t already, stop in and grab a drink a craft beer and one of their burgers and become part of the family!  

 

Stop by or give them call for take out!  740-392-3326! Their address is 22001 Coshocton Road Howard, Ohio 43028!  Located easily by GPS!

Check out the website HERE

 

Did you see our February Catch of the Month! See it HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch Of The Month - Lakeside Barber and Shave Parlor

by Sherrie Toth

  Lakeside Barber and Shave Parlor

 

 In 2014, Apple Valley residents Jason and Jamie Huffman had a vision-- a vision that they wanted to make a reality.  This vision became Lakeside Barber and Shave Parlor-- something the couple said seemed like a need for Apple Valley.  “We wanted to be Apple Valley’s best kept secret, a destination shop for Knox County, and a hometown shop for Howard and Apple Valley.”  

    When asked what makes their shop stand out from other shops that specialize in some of the same services, Jason said, “We throw time out the window.  We step BACK in time.” He goes on to say that, “we are about creating the experience, not just the cut.

  

 The Huffman’s have quite the resume, too. They may be new to the barbershop field, but they are no strangers to managing, owning, and coaching. Between the two of them, they have owned restaurants, a commercial cleaning company, they’ve  managed businesses and Jason currently coaches third and fourth grade girls’ basketball for East Knox.

  

When asked how easy it was running a business with his wife, Jason laughed and said, “easier than running our home!”  Combined, the couple has 10 kids: three each and four adopted-- nine being girls. “But Jamie is great,” said Jason. “ I met her at school. Her passion to be a full service barber is amazing.  People always say we make a great team.”

Their vision isn’t done yet.  The couple has hopes and goals for 2018 and beyond.  “We are hiring in 2018.  We want a second location somewhere in Knox County.  A small spot with several barbers. We would also like to one day see the entire Pier Plaza be really cool with all kinds of great service type  businesses. We are also anxiously awaiting more space in our unit to add more services to our business.”

 

 

We HIGHLY recommend stopping in! Grab a soda, beer or water from the fridge and relax. Prepare to be pampered and get to know the Huffman's and their loyal clients. You are definitely made to feel special here! You wont regret the service or experience! 

 

 

 

Lakeside Barber and Shave Parlor is located at 21735 Plank Rd. in Howard! Behind the new Town Center.

 

Phone: 740-485-3887

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/lakesidebarberandshaveparlor

Email us: jandjlakeside@gmail.com

 

           

 

Activities this Holiday!

by Sherrie Toth

While Apple Valley Lake and all of its summer fun rest for the winter, this time of year makes it possible to enjoy some different activities.  Maybe you can enjoy them with your family or alone, but it certainly will make your season bright-- that is until the sun can take over once again!

As we mentioned in our recent Holiday Blog post, this time of year is synonymous with family and food.  It’s a nice time of conversation and getting back to our roots and enjoying the simple things.  Yes, it’s a season for hustle and bustle, but it’s a different kind of hustle and bustle-- it’s just the holidays!

 

Amid the running around, gift-buying, and preparation to be with family and friends, take some time to consider these activities we’ve compiled for you.  Does your family have an activity you enjoy that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know!

 

A Christmas Story House (Cleveland, Ohio):

The actual house featured in the popular classic movie, “A Christmas Story” has been restored to its original movie appearance and opened its doors to visitors.  For a small price, you can go on a nostalgic journey through sites and scenes from the movie where little Ralphie just wanted nothing more than a Red Ryder Air Rifle but was reminded by everyone, “you’ll shoot your eye out.”  This home is located just a few minutes from downtown Cleveland in the beautiful area of Tremont. Click here for access to tickets, dates, and times.

 

Delaware Fantasy of Lights (Delaware, Ohio)

Take this opportunity to see 132 light displays of over 1 million lights! After your mesmerizing view, come inside and enjoy some hot cocoa, cookies and Santa! Admission starts at $20 per carload. Click here for more details.

 

 

The Dennison Polar Express (Dennison, Ohio):

Just as read in the book and seen in the movie, the Dennison Polar Express takes families on a journey to the North Pole.  As the ride unfolds, so does the story.  Once you arrive at your destination, Santa comes aboard and has a surprise for the kids!  Wear your pajamas!  For availability, reservations and rates, call 740-922-6776 or click here.

 

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting (Columbus, Ohio December 7th!!)

The beginning of the holiday season is kicked off with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Holiday activities include: carolers, refreshments, historical and modern character guests (including Santa!) and much more. Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information. This particular event is on the 7th of December, but guided tours are available year-round.  Click here for more information.


Take a Drive; Pack the family up in the car.  Take a drive around your neighborhood or one nearby and enjoy all the light displays you see.  You can pop on some festive music and make it a fun tradition.  Make it into a game and vote on the best one.  Send the winning home a Christmas card and tell them they were the winner!  A little kindness for the Holiday season and some free family fun.  

Are you ready to find your Happy Place and Sail Away? Contact us today. We would love to be a part of making that happen for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings all year round,

Joe & Sherrie Toth

844-411-LAKE

 

Winterizing Your Lake Home

by Sherrie and Joe Toth
Have you started getting your lake home ready for Ohio winter yet? I know, I can’t believe it’s almost here either!
 
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One of the easiest - and cheapest - things you can do to prepare for the cooler temperatures is to buy a $2 protector for your outdoor faucet. This will keep cold air from getting into your pipes and flooding your basement with frozen water, which can cost up to $15,000 to fix. Don’t you love finding a cheap solution to prevent a really expensive problem?

This article has some other great tips for winterizing your lake home, and if you need any other ideas on how to protect your investment, feel free to ask.

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

7 Tips When Considering a Lakefront Home!

by Sherrie Toth

7 Tips When Considering a Lakefront Home:

You’re ready to make the dive, eh?  Purchasing a Lakefront home is the next item on your bucket list and as you get ready to venture into this endeavor, you will have some things to think about first.  A purchase of this magnitude will require much more than a simple Internet search for:” Lakefront properties near me”. While there are several aspects to consider when purchasing a lakefront home, Toth and Team has whittled that list down to seven points.


 

  1. Find a local agent who is a true waterfront/ area specialist.  We cannot stress this enough, hence why it’s number one on the list.  You wouldn’t go to your dentist to perform brain surgery and you wouldn’t hire any agent to help you with your search.  And it doesn’t stop at simply being a Lakefront Specialist-- you also want your agent to be a local specialist.  You want an agent who also lives in the area and knows the ins and outs.  Toth and Team is proud to say that not only are we experts in lake living, but we are also proud owners of a lakefront property on the very lake in which we specialize. We have been second lakefront owners and full time lakefront owners. We know both lifestyles.   

  2. Have a chat with other residents.  Along the lines of getting expert advice, why not talk to others who live there?  Do they enjoy living in the community?  How long have they been there? What are the greatest challenges? What are the benefits?

  3. What will be your waterfront responsibilities?  Your agent will be able to give advice or direct you with this one.  If you’re new to waterfront properties, you might want to do research on what your new responsibilities will be.  Consider the fact that your backyard is your new front yard-- it is visible for all to see now with boaters driving by.

  4. Look into loans early.  Start the prequalification process early.  Purchasing a Lake Home is typically a very large purchase and available to those who are extremely qualified.  You will want to start this process early because it can take a lot longer than the normal home loan process. Another note to consider is, a second home requires more money down.

  5. Lake Location. Are you happy to be located anywhere on the lake or do you desire a specific area?  Depending on where your property is located (East, West, North, South) you could experience more day time sun (sunrise) or more evening sun (sunset)-- all of which are YOUR preference.  Do you want to reside on the main lake or would you prefer a more quaint, quiet cove?

  6. Boat restrictions: Make sure you understand the restrictions at the lake. For instance, did you just purchase a 22ft Mastercraft? This boat would not be approved for Apple Valley Lake. Our team is well informed and educated on the dos, don’ts, cans and can'ts

  7. Picking the right real estate professional. Understand that lakefront at most lakes is highly desired. We know our “niche” market well. At the time you are looking, we can update you what is happening and what we predict will happen on the waterfront. -Many times we know about homes before they list in the MLS!  Many homes in 2017 on the lakefront, sold within days and even hours.

Do you have questions?  Maybe you’re not ready to jump right in, but you just want to talk.  That’s what we’re here for.  Let’s chat over a cup of coffee!  Contact us  and we can help!

 

Living On The Lake in The Off Season!

by Sherrie Toth

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When you think of “Lake Living,” your brain probably automatically associates it with summertime. And rightly so!  Living on a lake is definitely at its peak during those summer months when you can enjoy boating, skiing, swimming and many other countless “summertime-esque” activities                                             .

                                           

Fortunately, Lake Living doesn’t have to die with summer.  It’s just as alive in the off season as any other time-- just in a  different way.                                                                             
 

If you’re bored or looking for “things” to do, it might be a good idea to connect with your Lake’s Social Media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).  Through these sites, you can connect with your community and stay in the loop regarding special events and other get-togethers. You might even get to know other people as a result!

 

Summer isn’t the only beautiful season either.  Each season can be admired for its grandeur.  Fall’s gorgeous leaves and colors; Winter’s quiet, white, cool, snow-filled backdrop; and the new life of spring.  Add all of this beauty to the scenery of a lake and you have double beauty.

 

So don’t rule out living on a lake just because you think you can only enjoy it for three months during the year.  Lake Living is a lifestyle that can be enjoyed all year round.

 

Check out our blog from last year about other things to do in the winter HERE

 

Contact us now so we can help you find your Happy Place any time of year!

Moving? Tips!

by Sherrie Toth

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Have you recently purchased a new home or you/re getting ready to move?  If so, have you considered creating a checklist to help you remember items that you might otherwise forget?  We have compiled a list that you can use when packing up for destination happy place.  Add to it or edit it to suit your needs!

 

organize and purge- Go through each room and decide what you need at your new house and what you don’t.  Consider donating the items you no longer need.  Not sure if you’ll need it eventually?  Pack it up in a marked box and after a year, revisit the box and if you haven’t needed it or used it at all, toss it. Refer to this “Spring Cleaning” post for more detailed information.garbage-157110_640.png

Moving Companies- If you’re not up for the task of moving items on your own, consider a moving company.

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Changing Address- You will need to change your address.  The first thing we recommend is to change your address with the Post office.  When any mail comes to you with a yellow label on it, contact that business to change your address with them.  We also recommend to personally change your address with government agencies such as the BMV.  This can be done via their website or at any of their office

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Begin Packing- start packing up rooms and items.  Obviously don’t pack items that you will need to use in the day or two before the actual move.  Make sure to label the box with the contents and also the room in which the items will be placed.

 

Sitter- Do you have children? No children but pets? Both?  Consider asking a friend or family member to watch over your pets and/or children while you do the final packing and moving.  A lot of stress can be alleviated by making sure this is taken care of.  A lot of people will willingly offer up help when it comes to moving, and this is a great way to utilize them.

 

Turn off Utilities- Make sure you arrange a “shut off date” with your gas, electric, and water companies.  You don’t want to be paying unnecessarily.


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One Last Walk Through-  After the last item has been placed in the moving van or your personal vehicle, take one last look around.  Maybe you’ll desire to go alone and reminisce through each room.  Affirm you’ve gotten everything and close the door; You’re on your way to your happy place.

 

Need help with selling or buying? Toth's can take this off your plate! Click HERE to contact


 

Happy Place Moments at Apple Valley, Ohio

by Sherrie Toth

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One of the perks of living on or near Apple Valley Lake is the gorgeous view and scenery whether it’s mid summer or the dead of winter. There are countless opportunities to catch glimpses of nature or simply the beauty of the lake. It’s even better when you can capture these moments on film to be remembered forever.

Perhaps you’re considering purchasing a Lake Home.  Let these pictures serve as a reminder WHY Apple Valley is YOUR next Happy Place.


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A Gorgeous sunrise.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy nature playing out naturally


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Is this a painting?  Another beautiful Sunrise. Imagine experiencing this from your own home.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, but the experience is better.


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There’s just something about the magnificent sunrise at Apple Valley Lake.  The leave you speechless.

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The scenery is breathtaking.  It has the same effect as chamomile: calming.

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Glassy water. Fog rising.  Looks like it’s going to be a great morning


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A relaxing boat ride during a July sunset.

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Even in the winter, Apple Valley shines


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Beautiful Bennett Park

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These little fellas can be seen all over Apple Valley Lake.  Bald eagles are the only eagle native to North America.  And the word “Bald” originally meant “white” not “hairless.”


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Pictured here is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  With a little suet and some peanuts, you can attract this beautiful bird.  If you’re lucky, you might be able to get the more recognized Pileated Woodpecker.


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A tiny, little hummingbird.  While these creatures are in fact birds, their aerodynamics often have them associated with insects.  Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 6,000 times per minute.  Be sure to change their water often, as the old nectar can be toxic to these delicate animals.

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Another angle of our Red-Bellied Woodpecker friend.

Are you ready to find your happy place?  Have you always wanted to walk out your back door to the beautiful sights and sounds of the pictures above?  Contact Toth and Team today and we’ll make sure you find what you’re looking for.

As always, please share your pictures with us in the comments below.




 

Decorating Your Apple Valley Lake Home

by Sherrie Toth

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Whether you’re enjoying the city life or living the lake life at Apple Valley Lake, you can decorate your home in such a way that makes you feel like you’re living at the lake regardless of where you’re physically located.

The following items are just SOME ideas that you can use in your home to give it that Lakeside feel.

Most of these items can be done for pennies on the dollar or better yet, FREE!

Please post pics of YOUR lakeside decor and share below!

Wooden Paddles- Do you have any of these laying around?  Are they collecting dust in your basement or attic?  Perhaps you’ve seen them at yard sales or secondhand shops.  Don’t pass these up!  You can paint them and distress them and hang them in your bathroom or in your living room.  They definitely can add a lake feel to any room.

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Homemade wooden signs- These little gems can be made using any leftover wood.  You can stain the wood or paint and distress and then add on whatever sayings you want.  Here are a few  just to give you an idea:

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Circular Mirrors- Mirrors can be found at almost ANY garage sale or thrift shop.  Just because you don’t like the border, don’t pass this up!  You can always repaint it!  Circular mirrors are great additions to your lake home because they give off a nautical feel.

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Re-purposed items-

Clocks- if you have a clock that doesn’t serve its original practical use, consider attaching it to a plant stand and using it as a small side table for your porch or living room.  While this isn’t necessarily “lake” decor, it definitely is a cool upcycle idea.

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Canoes- Canoes that aren’t able to be used on the water any more can certainly be upcycled.  I’ve seen them turned into anything from a small, contained garden to a shelf.  The possibilities are endless.  Google search “upcycled canoes” and explore!  Talk about a definite lake feel addition to your home.

 

Light Colors- Nothing makes you feel more like you’re in your happy place than light colors.  Light blue, white, warm yellow and light shades of gray all give a cool, ever-summer feel to your home.  Try a white base (walls, floors) and splashing bits of color via pillows and rugs.  If you’re gonna go dark in color, do it with purpose.  Creating a rustic look can’t happen on accident. It needs to be done with a calculated mind; otherwise, it will seem stuffy and will give the opposite feel of what you’re going for.

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What have you seen recently that gives your home or someone else’s home that Lake feel?  Comment below and share some pics!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you found your happy place?  Contact us today for more information!

 

If Apple Valley Lake is not your Ohio lake of choice, discover other lakes at www.OhioLakeSearch.com

 

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Toth & Team
RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
22021 Coshocton Road Suite A
Howard OH 43028
Sherrie’s Mobile: 740-390-0735
Joe’s Mobile: 330-388-6293
Fax: 800-707-3176

Apple Valley Lake Team 844-411-5253