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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

 

Holiday Leftover Tips

by Sherrie Toth

Did you host Thanksgiving at Apple Valley this year?  Regardless of where you spent your Holiday, November and December are synonymous with family and food. Lots and lots of food.  The day after a big holiday celebration is most likely being spent looking at the insurmountable leftovers taking up space in your kitchen as opposed to the beautiful view on the lake. What on earth do you do with these left overs?  It’s impossible to avoid them, so you pack them away in every free square inch of your refrigerator and the one outside in the garage only to probably toss them a few weeks later.  You had good intentions, right?

You can’t possibly cook less.  That’s no fun and that isn’t the holiday spirit!  So here are some tips to alleviate being left with the task of getting rid of all those leftovers.

Purchase To Go Containers-.  This might sound too obvious, but if the containers are available, your guests are more likely to take some leftovers with them before they leave.  There are many cost-savvy options to lessen the hit on your wallet, too such as purchasing these items from discount stores or finding the store brand as opposed to the name brand.  Have these containers sitting out and ready to be taken.  Your guests will be much more prone to utilizing these if they know what they’re for and that they don’t have to return them.  When you’re cleaning up after the meal, pack up some of those containers to make it even easier to just grab and go.

Plan Meals for the Week- Holiday food is extremely versatile; that smoked ham doesn’t have to be eaten as it was intended the next day.  It would be just as scrumptious to grind it up and make ham salad or dice it up and make a ham and cheese omelet for breakfast.  You can do this with a lot of the left overs.  Having a plan for the week will take away some of the stress that comes along with what do with the amount of food that is likely to be left over.


Utilize Your Freezer- I get it: You’re tired and you don’t have the energy to make a big ordeal out of putting the food away.  BUT!  A lot of that food can be put in the freezer and used at a later date-- it sure beats throwing them away when you can’t use them in time. This might take a little effort and planning, but if you prepare yourself ahead of time, it should be no problem to pack that food up!





Did you know there are still great homes at the lake “FOR SAIL” We also have buyers that are looking through the holidays! Toth and Team is proud to serve you in any way we can.

Happy Holidays!

The 1st 7 figure "SAIL" at Apple Valley Lake

by Carrie Pauken - Blogger

Apple Valley Lake's first million dollar listing is set to "Sail" this afternoon. 895 Kingsway Circle is a spacious, 7,000 sq/ft home with six bedrooms, a three car garage, a theater room, an owners suite fit for a princess, a gorgeous panoramic view of Apple Valley Lake and much more! . You can view the actual listing here.

 

“When asked about their excitement surrounding this monumental Lakefront listing, Toth and Team’s response was actually what I DID expect from them.

“We are so grateful and humbled that we were given the opportunity to list this home. Our team has put forth a lot of effort in making this happen not only for the seller but the buyer's as well. This listing and sale are not just about numbers for us.  It’s about putting forth million dollar effort no matter the list price.”

The Toth's also noted that this closing will be bitter sweet. They enjoyed working with the seller and frankly are sad to see her leave. The bright side of it is, they brought in a wonderful family that they now consider their neighbor and new friends.

The Toth's wanted it mentioned that they will share with anyone the Apple Valley sale history for 2017. Whether on or off the lake.

Selling or Buying? Get the Million Dollar Treatment! Contact Toth and Team!

844-411-5253

Email HERE

Looking for lakefront at Apple Valley? Here is the link of what is available Lakefront Homes For Sale

 
Blogger, Carrie Pauken

Fall Back!

by Sherrie Toth

In case you were wondering, it’s that time again.  On November 4th, we will change our clocks back.

 

A good way to remember; “Fall behind and spring ahead.”  As a rule of thumb, now would be a great time to change batteries in your smoke detectors and change the filters in your furnace.  

Ever wonder about the history of the time change? Here it is in detail!

 

Haunted? Taking a look inside Kenyon College

by Sherrie Toth

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Most would agree that living by the lake is most enjoyable in the summer months, but other seasons offer their benefits to lake homeowners as well-- especially here in Knox county, Ohio.  Especially during this time of the year. Especially on Halloween.

Just a few miles into Gambier we have the historical Kenyon college-- a respected liberal arts college-- being recognized as one of Ohio’s top schools.

While Kenyon offers plenty to do and see for students and non students alike, it is HAUNTED-- well, you can be the judge.

This quaint little college in a tiny little town is holding a few skeletons in its closet and whether you are superstitious or not, you can’t deny the commonalities between decades of stories told by those who have first hand accounts.

There are several stories that are tightly or loosely based on truth.  Here are a few of our favorites.

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Lewis Hall

It is reported that a student who died at the hands of himself actually turns lights on and off in this building. Others claim that toilets flush on their own and if you sit and listen, you can hear knocking as if on a door.


Bolton Dance Studio

what we know now as the dance hall used to be a pool referred to as the Greenhouse because its glass ceiling gave it the resemblance of non other than a greenhouse. It is said that lifeguards in this building used to run to the rescue of an alleged distressed swimmer only to see that the splashing was nothing and there was no one in the area.  One swimmer is alleged to have broken her neck on the high dive causing her to dive.  Reports still indicate that the modern studio is still haunted.  Dancers will see wet footprints on the floor and hear the showers turn on and off on their own.Free photo: Swimming Pool, Mosaic, Dome - Free Image on Pixabay ...


Old Kenyon

Perhaps the most tragic of all events to have happened at Kenyon was the fire of 1949.  Nine men were killed in this blaze and are said to linger still to this day.  There was a 2017 account of a young lady who was reduced to sleeping with her lights on in her dorm because when she attempted to fall asleep the first time, she felt and saw what appeared to be a burnt arm wrap around her in her bed.  She was paralyzed in fear.File:Old Kenyon crop.jpg - Wikipedia


There are several more accounts just like the three mentioned above.  But it’s really up to you if you want to believe them or not.  There are tours conducted that show all the haunted buildings and give the accounts of those who claim to have been haunted. If a spooky tour doesn’t tickle your fancy, you could always stop at the Village Inn for a nice IPA or the coffee shop on the corner for toasty warm dark roast.  

Happy Halloween...

Joe & Sherrie Toth - Apple Valley Lake 

330-388-6293 or 844-411-LAK4 (5253)

 

 

Dont have the space for a pool table? Now you do!

by Sherrie Toth

If you’ve ever wanted to have a pool table at the lake house but had nowhere to put it, check this out:



It’s called the Fusion Table and I can only imagine how popular my dinner parties would be if I owned one. You could be sitting around the table with friends and family enjoying a delicious meal one minute and challenging your guests to a game of pool the next - how cool is that? I love items that have multiple functions - might have to put this on my Christmas list.
 



What do you think? Would you want one of these in your dining room?

 
 
Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
selling a lifestyle
 
e | sherrie@tothandteam.com 
joe@tothandteam.com
p | (844) 411-5253
f | (800) 707-3176
w | www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com 
www.KnoxCountyLiving.com


22021 Coshocton Rd Suite A - In the white plaza

Howard, Ohio 43028


 

 

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!
 
A large outdoor cabin with a wrapped deck at Big Bear Mountain Resort in California

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
 
e | sherrie@tothandteam.com 
joe@tothandteam.com
p | (844) 411-5253
f | (800) 707-3176
w | www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com 
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!

 

Fall Landscaping

by Sherrie Toth

When summer ends, some people cover their patio furniture and stash their gardening tools away until the first sign of spring in the next year. More and more people, however, are embracing the great outdoors outside their homes with a number of interesting landscape trends.

Fire features are big, with everything from new twists on fire pits (like the glass gas fire pit, below) to outdoor fireplaces controlled with your smartphone in your backyard or by you dock at the lake. 



Plan a fall garden with as much fervor as you’d plan your spring garden, focusing on plantings like boxwoods and maples that reach peak bloom during fall and winter.

And when you can’t stand the cold any longer, you can bring the green inside with whole walls made out of green plants and tropical gardens nurtured inside year-round.

Fall is a still a great time to sell or buy a lake home. Contact us and we can let you know what the lake home market is doing. 

 

Joe and Sherrie Toth - RE/MAX Consultant Group - at the lake
selling a lifestyle
 
e | sherrie@tothandteam.com 
joe@tothandteam.com
p | (844) 411-5253
f | (800) 707-3176
w | www.AppleValleyLakeOhio.com 
www.KnoxCountyLiving.com

22021 Coshocton Rd Suite A Howard, Ohio 43028


 

Buses converted to homes

by Sherrie Toth

Can you imagine living in a school bus? What if it looked like this?



Come to think of it, this looks a lot nicer than my first apartment! It was designed by a builder in Denver who also happens to know a thing or two about buses. He spent about $27,000 turning this bus into a home, complete with a full kitchen, living room, and yes, a bathroom. Plus, it actually runs so when he wants a change of scenery, all he has to do is jump into the driver’s seat and go.

What do you think? Could you live in a bus, or would the quarters be a little too tight?

More info and pictures here about this builder and his builds

Joe & Sherrie

For a traditional home or lot at Apple Valley Lake, Contact the agents that know the area well! 
 

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Contact Information

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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