Summer welcomes days of splashing in the neighborhood pool, weekend barbecues, and the opportunity to make new memories. Although swimming and play dates are to be had, it can still be a challenge to keep kids entertained for an entire three months. This is the perfect season for kids to attend fun and interesting summer camps! Summer camps are a great way for children to make new friends while releasing their energy. It gives them a chance to experience a new adventure, where they will look back in the years to come and appreciate the memories. Explore these summer camps in Logan County for a new kind of experience.
This summer camp in Logan County offers kids the chance to spend their time in the great outdoors! They can enjoy:
The Kirkmont Center is known for offering a safe, fun year round camps for people of all ages! These camps come with a wide range of activities, where recreational facilities include:
To explore dates and select the camp you are interested in, browse their website for open registration dates!
The Kiddie Academy of Powell offers summer camp for ages 2-9 years old, striving to make their summer as educational as it is fun. Throughout the summer, children may:
If you and your child are interested in discovering a summer full of adventure, learn more at Kiddie Academy Summer Camp!
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Ohio is currently seeing a boon in the real estate market for luxury lakefront homes. More people are interested in buying property than at any point since 2005. With this busy real estate market, it is a great time to consider the options when searching for luxury lakefront homes which suit the needs of the entire family.
Nationwide sales have been going steadily up since February, 2007. The spring buying season is approaching when homes go up on the market in time for summer and fall sales. Realtors are anticipating a stronger than ever buying season this year. Homebuyers are looking for more properties and, with many available on the current market, the demand is higher than ever. Steady job growth combined with an improving economy means more households are saving up for that perfect lakefront property.
The past several years have seen a downturn in the real estate market due to fluctuations in the job market and overall economy. When these two are weaker, people are less likely to look to make big purchases or moves. A recent look at trends in home purchases by the Ohio Association of Realtors demonstrates a swifter than average pace of families seeking their perfect home at an increase of around 14% over the year before. In the Ohio house market, strong sales and steady growth are leading to great deals on homes.
As with any market trends, when there are an influx of buyers for available properties, prices can rise. Now is the best time to consider buying lakefront property on the market, whether new or existing, before prices go up. Due to high demand, lakefront luxury homes don't generally last long as they are in higher demand than other properties in the area. It is currently a buyers market in that there are more buyers than sellers after years of a sluggish market. Mortgage rates are low with rises expected so now is a great time to get started on the search and begin putting together criteria for purchasing a home.
Luxury lakefront homes are in demand and the market is open for all buyers with fewer properties at low prices. Ohio is a hot market right now with a growing economy and improving employment statistics which make homebuyers more confident than ever that, without a doubt, buying a home right now is the right decision.
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Living on the water may seem like a luxury, but more people than ever before are finding affordable properties with a wide range of budgets. Whether shopping for a smaller property or luxury accommodation, there are vacation homes on the water for all people with some considerations to keep in mind when shopping for that special home.
People shop for a home with their hearts set on a certain lifestyle. There is tranquility and peace which comes from choosing waterfront property. Whether it is oceanside, lakefront or something in between, there is something serene about owning a vacation home on the water. Once a person lives by the water, it can be hard to give that up because of all the amenities included such as water sports, activities, opportunities to connect with neighbors and many other benefits.
Vacation homes on the water retain their worth longer than property away from water. Valuation depends on the location and type of waterfront property (lake, canal, ocean). There is only a limited amount of land on which to build homes by the water which make these locations more desirable and valued more highly. Costs may be higher to maintain a luxury vacation home due to environmental and insurance factors, which vary depending on location. Florida waterfront property will be quite different from a home purchased by a lake in the Midwest. There are deals to be had on vacation homes on the water, with the right research and diligence in searching for the perfect property.
A property's foundation is an important factor when looking at waterfront property. Due to the various elements (which vary based on region) a home's foundation can shift or change over time. There are also important elements of the property's land to look for since this is something which won't change including water quality, swimming and boating conditions and docking for boats, to name a few.
An experienced real estate agent with knowledge of waterfront properties, values and the market can help negotiate the best deal. Ask questions about the neighborhood, amenities, quality of life, dining and entertainment options and what the area is like during the time you plan to vacation in the home. Work with a realtor who specializes in vacation homes on the water which can save time and money when looking for that luxury home everyone can enjoy for years to come.
Choice Properties has agents who specialize in waterfront properties. Call today at 937-842-2244 to discuss your needs and to help you find the right waterfront vacation home of your dreams.
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Retirement is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy life. What better way to enjoy this time of life than to retire on the water. Many people choose to retire near water for the serenity, peace and quiet of a lifestyle which moves at a slower pace and is more low key. The natural beauty of water is that it affords many opportunities to do activities like boating, skiing, fishing, beaches and more.
There are fewer things more enjoyable than sitting on a deck listening to the water as it gently rolls into shore. Water is not only pleasing to the ear but the eyes as well. Birds and other wildlife flock to water for its natural resources which also provide hours of beauty in nature to enjoy. Taking advantage of opportunities to be in nature is one of the great features which compel people to retire on the water.
People who look to retire on the water do so for the amazing views of the water. Whether it is an ocean or a lake, waterfront homes provide an endless array of beautiful scenery to take in from the comfort of one's own home. There are also opportunities to walk on the beach, through a nearby park or take a stroll and find new vistas which can't be seen from one's own porch. A great water view is also relaxing which is a great reason to retire on the water.
Nothing is better than being able to entertain family and loved ones in a home by the water. Some people prefer the company of only a handful of people when retired or, because they are quite busy in retirement, enjoy lots of people coming in and out of a home and sharing the beautiful views. When searching for waterfront retirement homes, notice what type of home, what size and location speak to you. Seek out properties which allow for space to do activities with loved ones but also provide a respite from the busyness of life.
A person who looks to retire on the water has many options from which to choose. Living in an area where it is quiet can be peaceful but having access to entertainment, waterfront dining, boating and additional opportunities can also be exciting. Some want to live in the midst of the action and others choose a home on a quieter plot of land away from people. Fishing, kayaking, sailing and swimming are just some of the activities available to people who own property by the water.
It is easy to work with Choice Properties real estate agents to find the perfect retirement home on the water. Call us today at 937-842-2244 for more information and to get started on your home search.
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Part of settling into a new house so that it feels like 'home' is getting to know the neighbors. Having that community connection helps establish a feeling of permanence and belonging. Here are some ideas for breaking the ice when you're the new kid on the block.
1. The direct approach … sort of
If you're an extrovert, then walking up to a neighbor's home to say hello will be easy. If you're on the shyer end of the scale, you can build up to it. Wave when driving by or checking the mail; a friendly "Hi" as you walk by with the dog or taking the kiddos to school lets you interact without being committed to stick around. When you're ready, you can hang out for a chat. Word of caution, avoid dinner hours when heading over to knock on the door.
2. Old school … with pen and paper
With the advent of the technological age, old fashioned hand written notes have gone by the wayside, and as such, are a welcome surprise when received. A small personalized note left in the mailbox or on the front door can make a big impression—and lay the groundwork to meet for coffee, or something similar.
3. Meet at the bus stop
Go with your kids to the bus stop the first few days (or weeks). It'll give you a chance to meet the neighborhood kids your child is likely to end up playing with in the future, and get you on a level playing field with the parents. When you have kids 'in common,' conversation easily flows from there.
4. Trust your dog
Animals are often good judges of character, and great conversation starters. Go for a walk, find the local dog park, just get out with Fido and before you know it, the opportunities to meet the local folks will come to you! Just remember to carry supplies to clean up any accidents along the way. Nobody likes a party pooper.
5. Groups and clubs are all the rage
Knitting, cooking, reading . . . there are all kinds of reasons that people join clubs. At the heart of them all is the socialization that comes from them. These are a great way for you to meet your neighbors and slowly acclimate. You can start off as a quiet observer if need be, then involve yourself more as you get comfortable. Before you know it, you'll be taking a turn at hosting the group! Tea party, anybody?
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As time marches on we tend to collect, some might even say hoard, so many "things." They might be personal mementos such as letters or various and sundry memorabilia from our school years, they might be "fangirl" collections from a book series, shot glasses from every state in the country, or baseball cards. Regardless of what is collected, humans like to gather. It's in our nature.
The problem with this is that eventually all this gathering leads to clutter, and clutter can lead to mental unease or distress. We're all very sensitive to our surroundings and the state of our living space often has a dramatic impact on our own emotional and mental state. Cluttered closets and messy houses make for a lot of pent up anxiety and emotional baggage. It might not seem obvious but the subtle effects of your surroundings have been studied and observed in cultures around the world for centuries, from Asian Feng Shui to modern Western Architectural Design principles. However, it's not always easy to part with our treasured collections of stuff.
Some of the most common reasons people refuse to get rid of these "things" are:
1. This is a family heirloom, so it would be wrong to let it go.
2. But it was a gift.
3. What if I need it someday?
4. I paid a lot of money for it.
Chances are, if you find yourself having to make excuses to yourself to keep the item(s), then you probably don't need them in your life or home. It's perfectly okay to have special mementos, but you don't need to hold onto every last thing you encounter in your life. Nor do you have to just throw away those relics.
Choose a few key pieces and create a shadowbox or a scrapbook. Consider donating your great-grandparents clothes to a local theatre organization where they can be used and appreciated by helping to bring the past to life . . . on stage. Perhaps you have some valuable china or crystal, or even art pieces, but they don't fit the style of your home and you never really liked the piece anyway . . . check with museum curators. You might have something that would be perfect for one of their displays (and this way you can go visit the stuff anytime you feel the urge to lay eyes on it again). Schools are always happy to take donations of gently loved books, toys, and clothes.
Minimizing, and thereby decluttering, your home will make you feel better. Don't keep things out of guilt or feelings of obligation. This is YOUR home, YOUR life, so make it a sanctuary. A happy place to be. You'll thank yourself for it.
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A flash of yellow darts around the garden, feeding on flowering seed heads or stopping at bird feeders. What could it be? Meet the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis), one of the only vegetarian songbirds. Because they don't feed their young insects, they're able to hold off their nesting habits until later in the year, June or July, when seeds are abundant.
Here are some tips for making your garden inviting to these yellow birds:
Some common plant favorites of the American Goldfinch to feed on are thistle, sunflowers, asters, and milkweed. Looking to the trees will find these birds enjoying alder, birch, and western red cedar. They will work bits and pieces of these plants into their tightly-woven nests for both warmth and as a food source.
Goldfinches want and need an ideal habitat for seed-hunting, like shrubby fields or forest edges.
These birds prefer to build their nests in shrubs or young trees, but several feet off the ground. To maximize your chances of attracting mating pairs, be sure to incorporate larger shrub species.
Keep any feeders you have full, and clean. American goldfinches are at risk of getting mycoplasmal conjunctivitis—house finch eye disease—from birdfeeders. If you do notice that your winged guests have crusty eyes, take down the feeders and disinfect them with a 10 percent bleach solution then leave them down for about a week so the birds can heal rather than continue to spread the disease.
American goldfinches are one of the U.S.'s national treasures. Thanks to their assorted adaptations, they are often the object of fascination and admiration for everyday backyard gardeners and ornithologists alike. If you attract the American Goldfinch to your backyard, let us know and snap a picture if you can!
Plant late summer to be ready for your guests to arrive in the fall!
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Getting back to nature is a wonderful thing. However, looking out your front window to see the local wildlife destroying your landscaping and foraging off your heirloom varietals isn't.
You can do something extreme—like put up a ten foot fence to keep them out. This might work, maybe . . . but you'd be surprised how resourceful and agile animals can be. You could go to your local outdoor store and procure bottles of assorted wild animal urine to spray around as a deterrent. Again, it works for a short time, but is not a long-term solution (and who really wants to mess around with feral urine?). Another, more viable, option is to revisit your landscaping choices. Use nature to outwit natural animal tendencies.
Ground covers are practical, versatile, and affordable. While there are hundreds of ground cover options, only a handful can stand up to deer. Most deer-resistant covers are highly invasive, so you want to plant responsibly; i.e., if you don't have a lot of deer or other foragers, you may want to forgo these or risk having your property overrun. These plants can help keep deer out of your garden this season.
1. Eastern Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens)
Also known as wintergreen
Native to cold-weather climates of the eastern U.S.
Has small urn-shaped flowers in the Spring, followed by red berries; in the Fall, its evergreen foliage is bronze-tinged
Needs rich, acidic soil and is a good choice for growing around azaleas, hydrangeas and rhododendrons.
2. Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Also known as bearberry
Sun-loving option as majority of deer-resistant, non invasive groundcovers prefer shade
A type of wild manzanita that grows as a low, spreading mat on the West Coast. East Coasters: look for cultivars taken from the eastern subspecies, such as 'Massachusetts'
Has the same evergreen foliage and smooth reddish bark manzanitas are known for
3. Dwarf Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
Also known as leadwort
Tough, well-behaved, easy-to-grow ground cover from China
Foliage with sky-blue flowers which appear sporadically from midsummer through fall.
With the first frost of fall, the foliage becomes tinged with a burgundy color
Can aggressively spread with rich soil and lots of moisture
WARNING: Wear gloves when pruning or handling the plant as contact may cause dermatitis.
4. Barrenwort (Epimedium spp.)
Also known as horny goat weed
Tough ground cover which thrives in shady areas under large trees
Spreads at a moderate rate but not considered aggressive or invasive
Has heart-shaped leaves and hat-like flowers
For resisiting deer, look for varieties such as 'Sulphureum' or red barrenwort
5. Pachysandra (Pachysandra spp.)
Most common form used is also known as Japanese spurge
High degree of shade tolerance
One of the cold-hardiest evergreen ground covers
Can be aggressive with growth under ideal conditions
WARNING: Pachysandra is poisonous and should not be used where there is a concern that children, pets, or livestock may consume it.
6. Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Also known as wild baby's breath
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Indian Lake is a beautiful place for boating and family fun. However, it's a good idea to remember that no matter how much boating experience you have, it never hurts to review a few basics before launching.
Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe
Because Indian Lake is shallow with large open zone areas, it can get rough quickly with changes in weather conditions. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.
Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist
Being prepared for any possibility on the water is a big part of boating safety. By following a pre-departure checklist you can make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten. Here is a great one to print and use:CHECKLIST
Learn to Swim
A strong swimmer is a survivor. Local organizations usually offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area if you aren't comfortable in the water.
Use Common Sense
Extended sun and wind exposure causes fatigue
Slower boats have the right away
Operate at safe speeds—particularly in crowded areas. Observe Indian Lake's 10 mph speed limit for night boating.
Stay alert at all times
Steer clear of large vessels or watercraft which might be restrictive in stopping or turning.
Be conscience of buoys and other navigational aids
Don't Drink and Sail. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.
Designate an Assistant Skipper
Don't be the only one aboard who knows all aspects of handling and operating the vessel, and general boating safety. Should the Captain become injured or incapacitated in any way, it's important someone else can get everyone else back to shore.
Develop a Float Plan
Always be sure to let someone else—who will be on shore—know your float plan. This should include your destination, how long you anticipate being gone, names and phone numbers of all passengers, and boat details including communication equipment on board. Should you run into trouble, this will assist authorities in searching for you. Here is a map of Indian Lake to help you plan:MAP
Make Proper Use of Lifejackets
Don't become part of a tragic drowning statistic. Be sure all passengers on board are outfitted in properly fitted lifejackets. Children under ten years of age on a boat less than eighteen feet in length MUST wear a personal flotation device.
Take a Boating Course and Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check
U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Offering Boating Safety Classes N.A.S.B.A. approved. Successful completion satisfies the State of Ohio educational requirements for boaters operating a powerboat faster than 10 hp. and born on or after Jan. 1, 1982.
The US Coast Guard offers complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations—take advantage of it!
DID YOU KNOW?
The cause of most deaths amongst boaters is capsizing, falling overboard, and drowning.
Be safe. Be smart. Stay Alive.
Per the Indian Lakewebsite: There is no alcohol permitted on the lake. Patrol boats navigate the lake to help boaters, monitor speed, and look for safety violations. The Indian Lake Auxiliary Coast Guard is also available on weekends to assist boaters.
People often ask us what defines the culture of Logan County and why Indian Lake is such a great place to live. The truth is, it's all about the people.
Living in a place as beautiful as Ohio, nestled next to Indian Lake and surrounded by state parks and farmlands; this is what it means to live in the American Midwest. But when it comes right down to it, the thing that makes Indian Lake one of the best places to live, is that our people still maintain the same small town charm that has always been a staple of rural life. There is a kindness and sense of community rarely found in other parts of the country. It's a remnant of the early settler days when central Ohio was booming with early industry and advanced agriculture.
We have a lot of fast food restaurants and chain department stores today, just like every other town in the USA. But we also have a wealth of small businesses and local establishments that cater to locals and visitors alike. Living in Logan County means being a part of the group that calls this place home. Saying hello to the neighbor you see at the grocery store and knowing the parents of your kids' friends. These are the real deal purpose of community and the way life is meant to be lived.
The neighborhoods and houses in Bellefontaine or Russells Point are comprised of a nice mix of families, some who have lived in these parts for generations and others who have relocated here to find something fresh and welcoming for their families. We encourage you to browse the homes of Bellefontaine and greater Logan County to see what we mean by small town charm and a sense of community.
Living in America's Heartland means a deep appreciation for the people and culture that makes small town life feel like home.
You're always welcome in Logan County!
Summer is in full swing in Central Ohio and our locals can't get enough of the sunshine and great outdoors. When the winter is so long and cold, it's always nice to break the ice with some fun, family-friendly summer activities right here on home turf. Here are three of our favorites for you to consider. Whatever you do, get out there and have some fun in the sun!
Get on the Lake
Indian Lake offers a wealth of activity for the whole family. Swimming and enjoying the lakeside park areas are a great way to spend a few hours together without spending too much. For the more adventurous types, check out Spend a Day Marina for boat andwatercraft rentals. Nothing beats buzzing around on the lake with a Jet Ski or speed boat. If you're up for fishing there are some great spots around the lake for catching bluegill, yellow perch, and largemouth bass. From a boat or the shore, you're sure to get something on the end of your line.
The Welcome Woods Family Campground offers you and yours a chance to get outside and camp under the stars for a few days this summer. 18 acres of open land offers plenty of camping spots from the primitive setups, where it's just you and a tent, to recreational parking with water and electrical hookups. The campground is on the south side of Indian Lake so you can walk over for a swim or fishing, or just hang out by the fire pit roasting hot dogs and s'mores! The great outdoors is the iconic summer family experience.
Living in the Midwest has its own quaint country charm but nothing says America like a rural horseback tour. Our friends at Marmon Valley Farm off horseback riding adventures and trail rides, plus camps and lessons for all ages. Let your kids experience the wonders of a fully functioning farm with animals, pets, crops, and of course… horses!
Make memories to last a lifetime right here in Logan County.
There's nothing quite like a beautiful country home and good old-fashioned American hospitality to create an amazing vacation experience. Whether you're a local to the area and need a break from the norms of home or a visitor passing through Indian Lake, these bed and breakfast inns in Logan County represent all the rural beauty our community has to offer.
A unique, Victorian style country home nestled just west of Bellefontaine, the Whitmore House is renowned for its lavish delicacies andbreezy country atmosphere. They specialize in weddings and catered events that are looking for that romantic touch and even offer corporate event catering on the property. For couples looking to sample some of the homegrown hospitality of the Midwest, and see one of the most beautiful homes in Logan County, a stay at the Whitmore House for lodging and breakfast is ideal.
Another quaint country family
home offering genuine hospitality for Logan County visitors is the
Escape Route 508. A peaceful country bed & breakfast located in rural West Liberty, Ohio, this little gem is close enough to all the local attractions from Mad River Mountain to Indian Lake State Park. Get a sample of a family business that welcomes all with open arms.
Located in quaint Zanesfield Ohio, Myeerah's Inn Bed and Breakfast offers private guest rooms decorated with antique curios and vintage furnishings. Breakfasts are hearty country offerings and are served by candlelight or outdoors during the summer. The Inn caters to business luncheons and private events as well. Just another example of the homegrown country character of Logan County and the surrounding area.
If you fall in love with Logan County and decide to stay, as many have before you, there are some beautiful homes for sale in Logan County that we can help you find. Contact one of our award winning real estate agents for a tour.
Summer is finally kicking into gear as schools are letting out and the sunshine is soaking the countryside. Of course, there's no better way to celebrate summer with your neighbors and community than a day at the city pool. The municipal pool adds significant value to the community and the many lovely properties and homes for sale in Bellefontaine Ohio just by offering something wholesome and enjoyable for families and kids in the neighborhood.
The pool has its big Opening Day on May 23 and will be open from 12pm to 8pm most days, weather permitting. With affordable daily tickets and season passes, the pool offers a plethora of fun and opportunity for families in Logan County.
The American Red Cross will be offering swimming lessons for all ages throughout June for those interested in introducing the little ones to the water. There will also be sign-ups for the Bellefontaine Swim Team, which is an open league for anyone in Logan County and surrounding counties.
The Bellefontaine Pool facilities will host public pool parties on Friday Nights on June 19 and July 24 and the pool is available for private parties based on available reservation. Rent the facility for your event and enjoy the well-kept beautiful pool. At the end of the season, in late August, the pool will welcome dogs for Dog Day at the Pool. We wouldn't want to leave our furry friends out.
Bellefontaine and Logan County hold significant community value for families in the area and we're always happy to find quality houses in Bellefontaine for those interested in being a part of our community.
There's something fascinating and transporting about the ancient history of the county we call home. Logan County has been home to tribes of Native Americans for thousands of years and their artifacts are still being dug up from the nutrient-rich soil of Logan County. Mastodon teeth and arrowheads as old as 10,000 BC have been unearthed in the area, a reminder that all of Logan County was once covered in thick glacial ice, which later melted and flowed south to help form the Hocking Hills and much of the Appalachian basin.
The history of Logan County is full of fascinating stories of native indians, the underground railroad, and aggricultural development. During the last few centuries when European settlers were immigrating to the area, the lands were home to tribes such as the Miami, Wyandot, Delaware, Ottawa, Mingo, Seneca, and Cherokee Indians as well as the very prominent Shawnee Nation. When white settlers made their homes in the 1760s and 1770s, these natives were forced south into neighboring counties.
The natives clashed with early Americans in several famous battles before the territory was eventually fully settled as the State of Ohio in 1822. A large number of geographical names in the area come from these Indian tribes including their Chiefs, villages, and names for rivers and lakes.
Despite the mournful history of the clash between Native Americans and European settlers, today the Shawnee Nation has amassed a considerable wealth that has allowed them to consider investing several million dollars in land in Logan County.
A favorite pastime of locals in Logan County is to dig for arrowheads and other fossil remnants of this bygone era. There are great caves and even burial mounds throughout Ohio that still stand as a testament to a time long before our community and current residents but the history is a rich part of living in Logan County.