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April
10

Family Activities to Do at Indian Lake

Indian Lake, perfectly situated in Logan, Ohio, is the ideal summer vacation spot for most families near the area. Indian Lake is home to a wide range of wildlife, with many inlets and bays along the 30 mile coast. It's no wonder families enjoy spending weekends here! The number of outdoor activities are bound to keep you busy, while making new summer memories with friends and family. If you are considering purchasing a waterfront home or interested in taking a weekend trip, here are some fun family activities to do in Indian Lake!

Go Boating on the Water

What's a lake trip without soaking up some rays on the boat?! Indian Lake offers various docking/loading options, and even waterfront homes with their own dock. If you don't have a boat, don't fret! Consider renting watercrafts for a day full of fun. Be sure to study the map for no-wake areas that are enforced by the State Park Water Patrol. Enjoy a relaxing day floating on the lake, or try out water skiing and tubing for a new adventure. Just don't forget to pack your sunscreen!

Hit the Trails

Start the day with a refreshing hike along the lake or a rejuvenating trail bike ride. While making your way through the woods, slow down and enjoy the peaceful pace of life here in Logan, Ohio. Explore three of the most common trails at Indian Lake:

 

  • Pew Island Trail: 1-mile scenic walking trail, encircling Pew Island with beautiful views of Indian Lake
  • Cherokee Trail: 3-mile easy walking trail, located just west of the State Park Campground
  • Lakeside Bike Path: 3-mile paved path available for walking and cycling, located on the west side of Indian Lake between Old Field Beach and Lakeview Harbor

 

Cool Off With a Swim

Pack up the family and head to one of Indian Lake's swimming areas for a splash in the water! There are two beaches that are available for swimming:

 

  • Old Field Beach: The largest of the two beaches, Old Field Beach is easily accessible off State Route 235 located on the west side of Indian Lake. Ample parking is available and also includes picnic shelters and restroom facilities. Don't miss the endless list of summer events that are held at this beach!
  • Fox Island Beach: Located just off Orchard Island Road, this beach also includes parking, restroom facilities, grills, and several shaded trees to relax under with a blanket.

 




Choice Properties offers you a chance to find the home of your dreams. We work with your budget and ideas in mind to support your ultimate vision. Call us if you are ready to check out the available inventory or to speak with a reputable agent who can assist you with your home buying needs.

October
11

A Weekend at Indian Lake

Indian Lake, Ohio, is known for its numerous islands across the center of the lake, home to a large wildlife area, with many inlets and bays along a 30 mile coast. Spending weekends at Indian Lake is a common tradition held by many friends and families, and for good reason! The outdoor activities are endless and allow your family to make cherishable memories while enjoying time together. Whether you're considering purchasing a waterfront home or planning a weekend trip, stay tuned to discover what makes Indian Lake a popular destination getaway.

Water Activities

This 5,800 acre lake offers unlimited horsepower boating, giving you the option to relax and sunbathe or rev up the engine for tubing in the zoned area. Indian Lake features five boat ramps and many boat docks to rent, providing an easy and safe storage for your boat. Water skiing is another popular activity among the lake, pros and newbies welcome!

Fishing and Hunting

Do you consider yourself a fishing connoisseur? Indian Lake is stocked with largemouth bass, saugeye, white bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, catfish, and more! Large wetlands remain on the northeastern part of the lake, where navigational channels have been cut through the area to allow boats. Soak in the sunset and nature sounds while fishing peacefully. Hunting is also permitted in designated areas only. Be sure to renew your hunting or fishing license before casting away!

Swimming and Boating

If you had the option to go to a beach every weekend, why wouldn't you?! Indian Lake offers two public beaches for swimming and relaxation, but be sure to pack the sunscreen! The four designated boating and swimming areas are South Walnut Isle, Little Walnut Isle, Hermit Island, and Snow Island.

Camping and Hiking

Did you know there are over 4,000 campsites near the lake? The Indian Lake State Park offers 500 family campsites suitable for tents or trailers just Northwest of the lake. If you're looking for electrical hookups, full-service hookups, or campsites for pets, there is something for everyone!

Hiking at Indian Lake is another outdoor activity enjoyed by many. Take a break from the water and immerse yourself in mother nature. The Cherokee Trail and the Pew Island Trail are both great paths, offering fresh air and stunning lake views.




Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

August
29

10 Waterfront Home Buying Tips from our Agents

From searching for the perfect location to getting pre-approved, purchasing a waterfront home can feel like an overwhelming process. At Choice Properties, our expert lake house agents understand the ins-and-outs of buying a waterfront home, eliminating the stress and worries that tag along. These 10 waterfront home buying tips from our agents will give you awareness on what to expect when purchasing a home by the water.

 

   1.Find a trusted real estate agent who is familiar with the waterfront area.

An average real estate agent will not have the detailed knowledge of waterfront properties in Ohio to help you find the best deal for your budget. Although you may think you found a great deal, it's important to make note of features and amenities the home lacks that makes it a great deal. Having a trusted real estate agent will ensure you are getting the most out of your budge.  

  1. Consider the property rather than the house structure.

Often times with waterfront properties, many buyers will fall in love with a house and not realize the mucky water or lack of privacy. Keeping an open mind and buying a property you love rather than a house you love will drastically change the outcome. It's important to remember a house can always be updated, but can not be relocated.

  1. Purchase a property that truly suits your lifestyle.

You may find a property you love, but it could be 30 minutes from the lake or your desired location. If you enjoy going on the boat or watching the sunset by the lake, that drive will change the amount of times you truly get to take advantage of those activities.

  1. Research loan options early.

Since most waterfront properties are more expensive than residential homes, loans often fall into the higher end of a mortgage payment with a lake house. Because of this, lenders only consider buyers who are extremely qualified knowing they can afford the second home. It's better to look into loan options early on in the process to prepare your house hunt.

  1. Make sure the home structure is able to withstand water.

Unlike average homes, waterfront properties are more exposed to harsh elements, meaning extra measures should be taken to protect the home. Taking the appropriate action to take care of the home will ensure years worth of use.

  1. Insurance can be more expensive and complicated.

Along with the loan options, getting home insurance for a lake home can be more expensive and take quite a while. Each state holds different regulations for the type of insurance needed, so being aware of these and deciding which insurance is best for you will relieve stress in the long run.

  1. Research potential projects you can do with the property.

If you are interested to making changes to your waterfront property, such as adding a deck or boat dock, we suggest starting these projects early to ensure the projects are doable. Also researching activities that are allowed on the lake will prepare you to what to expect, such as jet ski restrictions or other rules.

  1. Chat with local neighbors.

Stop by the local community and neighbors to see how they enjoy living in the space or if they have any issues. Discussing these will allow you to get insider-information, and they may even offer tips to landing the waterfront property of your dreams.

  1. Look into the expense of utilities.

Those who are looking to buy waterfront may not have considered the expense of utilities. Bringing services such as cable, wifi, clean water, septic systems, or electricity can be expensive and should be planned out in advance.

  1. Understand the responsibilities that come with being a waterfront homeowner.

Understanding the responsibilities of your property will come with a smooth transition and happy neighbors. If your waterfront property is part of an HOA, be sure you are familiar with the rules and agree to follow.



Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

August
15

Home Inspection Tips for Lakefront Property in Ohio

In every home purchase, whether you're family is settling into a residential home or buying a summer lake house, it is always recommended to get a house inspection. Having a full understanding of the home and the potential repairs will save you time and effort, allowing you to fully enjoy your new space! The experts at Choice Properties understand the fun that comes with purchasing a lake house, but we also understand the importance of safety by getting a home inspection. Stay tuned to learn these home inspection tips for lakefront property in Ohio!

Radon

Radon is regularly inspected for residential homes, but it is especially important to check for in your lakefront property. Radon is more commonly found around homes near Ohio Lakes, and is known to cause certain health issues. This invisible and odorless gas rises from the soil, making it an important note to have your home inspector perform a standard reading.

Seawalls

Seawalls are unique to buying an Ohio lake house, but without inspection can be costly and challenging to repair. Seawalls are vital when owning a lake house, as it prevents erosion of your shoreline. Seawalls can be made out various materials such as wood, concrete, or stone with each product holding a different life expectancy.

Boat Lifts

Boat lifts are a great perk that come with owning a waterfront home in Ohio. Similar to seawalls, boat lifts boat lifts will have different costs or challenges due to the variety of lifts. With most boat lifts come electrical wires near the water, meaning it is crucial your inspector checks the functionality of the lift as well as electric by the dock.

Decking

Many lake houses come with beautiful decking, some ranging from one relaxing deck to several stories. Ensuring these decks were built with safety measures in place allows you to peacefully enjoy the view without worry. Often times, lakefront property in Ohio will have decks built with composite boards or aluminum rather han lumber. Having your home inspector study the structure of the deck will give you an idea of life expectancy and maintenance, along with confirmed safety.

Well and Septic

Most residential homes are on city water and sewer systems, but most lakes in Ohio are too far from the beaten path to be hooked up to city water. This means Ohio lake homes will have a private well and septic. If not maintained properly, both of these items can be very expensive to fix. The septic should especially be inspected with precision due to the proximity of the lake.

Making the decision to purchase a lakefront property in Ohio is exciting, and should come with a stress-free experience! Don't let the eagerness keep you from ensuring safety in your new space, giving you years worth of memories to look forward to.





Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

September
27

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers Looking for Indian Lake Homes for Sale

 

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers Looking for Indian Lake Homes for Sale

Indian Lake is a beautiful place to vacation and even more beautiful if you're looking to buy your first home. The area features numerous islands and inlets, expansive wildlife areas, and approximately 30 miles of shoreline with a walking/hiking trail. When you're considering buying your first home in central Ohio, you should definitely check out Indian Lake homes for sale.

Buying a home in Indian Lake shouldn't be a headache, especially when you have friendly agents here at Choice Properties that know the area and go out of their way to help you find the perfect home for your family. There are many factors to take into consideration in the home buying process, including mortgage rates, property taxes, assessment fees, plus home inspections, closing, and of course actually moving. To make things just a little bit easier for you as you look for Indian Lake homes for sale, we have come up with a few tips you can use to ease the process. 

Get Your Finances Organized

This includes taking a close look at your credit score and getting finance approval from a lender ahead of time. Find out how much financing your bank will approve and then shop wisely for a home that fits within your budget. Moreover, shop around with different lenders, get options and quotes before you decide to partner with a bank or lender. Remember, you'll be paying that mortgage for many years to come, and you want a lender you are comfortable with.

Save, Save, Save

Buying a home requires a down payment, and it is no different with Indian Lake homes for sale. Plus there can always be hidden fees and expenses. This is why it is important not to spend your entire budget just on the house, because there are many other expenses that will come up as you're moving in. You might need to replace or repair something. Maybe you decide to get some new furniture. Whatever the case may be, it is always wise to have some cushioning room in your budget.

Take Advantage Of The Open House

Open houses are fun! And you should absolutely take advantage of them when you are house hunting. After you've had the cookies and lemonade, use the opportunity to scope out the neighborhood on a deeper level. An open house will also afford you opportunities to pay attention to the home's overall condition. Are there any stains or smells? How old are the plumbing and heating systems? Ask all the questions you want to and don't hesitate to schedule more visits.

What's Behind The Walls?

We've all seen an episode of 'Property Brothers' where they tear down a wall, only to find structural damage to the home. There will be many things that you can't spot just by looking at the home, which is where the home inspection comes in. Keep in mind however, that not all home inspections test for everything, so make sure you know what's included. A home inspection only takes place after your offer is accepted, and if you're not happy with its results, you will have to decide whether to rescind the offer, or stay with it and pay for renovations. Having room in the budget will be an important part of the equation.

Finally, keep it all in perspective. When you look at Indian Lake homes for sale, remember that buying a home is like choosing a life partner. You have to be able to live with what you see, and there is only so much you can change. Let us help you find something that's perfect for you and your family.

 

 


For the most helpful and qualified Logan County real estate agents,
contact your friends at Choice Properties Real Estate today to view the best properties in the area!

December
20

 

 

Buying a Home in Indian Lake Ohio

 

Indian Lake Ohio is located in Logan County, western Ohio. Fed by the north and south forks of the several waterways, Indian Lake was named so because several tribes lived in the region and found it to be ideal for fishing and hunting. Today, the region is a great place to purchase a home with its beautiful lakes, activities, schools and other amenities at an affordable price.

 

Indian Lake

Indian Lake has numerous islands, including the "Indian Isles" chain which expands across the center of the lake with numerous wildlife areas and a 30 mile shoreline. Several of the areas have activities to enjoy including lake-front biking, walking trails and boat launches. Activities centered around the lake include a Jimmy Buffett weekend the first week of February along with the annual Boat Show the first weekend in March. The "Ring of Fire" is on Sunday evening prior to Labor Day weekend which explores an Indian tradition in celebration of the harvest. Many more activities are included which provide entertainment for the whole family year-round.

 

Lifestyle

Owning a property in Indian Lake, Ohio is all about lifestyle. People who choose to own homes in Indian Lake enjoy amenities surrounding the lake including dining and entertainment options but also find top notch schools and neighborhoods with affordable home prices. Purchasing a home in Indian Lake is an easy choice when looking at the small communities located near big cities but with a small town feel. Two villages, Russells Point and Lakeview, surround the lake along with many unincorporated areas. The area is bolstered by resort amenities nearby and opportunities to get into nature at every turn.

 

Buying a Home

Looking for a home in Indian Lake focuses on many aspects, depending on where a family wants to live. One of the focal points is, of course, waterfront property. Slightly more expensive for some properties, others may be in just the right price point to please any family looking to buy a home in the area for a first home or vacation property. Other options include buying homes in the suburban communities surrounding the area including Bellefontaine which includes shopping, dining and entertainment options with easy access to schools while providing a small town feel.

 

Buying a home in Indian Lake is not just a choice, it's a lifestyle decision. Families who want to live in the area or buy a vacation home are afforded the best of all worlds. Many entertainment options exist to explore the lakefront, nature, parks and camping as well as provide space for quiet and rest. Nearby bigger cities surround the town and provide a way to indulge in big city life without big city home prices. Affordable options exist for all price points in Indian Lake, Ohio and are just waiting for the right family to come and purchase to make the homes their own.

 

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