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Hey, Manufacturers – women use tools, too!

Women buy houses. The last statistic I saw indicated that single women make up about 25% of the purchases. I’ve worked with quite a few single gals to buy their first home on their own. It’s exciting.

But this is not about “women buying houses”.

It’s about what women have to deal with AFTER they buy the home. Lowe’s and Home Depot have made an effort to be more “female friendly”. I’m thankful for that as Home Depot is one of my favorite stores. I always get the urge to begin a whole bunch of projects whenever I go there.

This is about manufacturers.

I don’t think manufacturers consider a woman’s size and strength when designing their products. It’s been a bone-of-contention for me since I bought my first home 23 years ago. I’ve learned over the years that it doesn’t pay to buy “small & lightweight” because I end up working harder than the tool does. Women need to be able to buy tools that do the job, but don’t require the strength of the Hulk to operate them.

Last weekend, I decided that leaf raking was becoming such a chore (my trees have grown – a lot) that it would be helpful to join the other obnoxious homeowners with a leaf blower.

Toro leaf blower & mulcherSo down to my favorite Home Depot store in Lewis Center. Toro® had one that is not only a leaf blower but it can also vacuum and chop up the leaves, then blow them into a bag. GREAT!

The machine works great … if you’re a 6 ft tall person. Notice the man in the top illustration. His hands are near his waist with the vacuum tube on the ground sucking up the leaves with the bag supported easily with the strap. It looks easy doesn’t it!

Well, I’m not a tall person, so in order to hold the tool as shown in the illustration, I had to have my hands up near my shoulders & chin. Doing that also positioned that bag too high for the shoulder strap on the bag to have much effect in carrying the bag’s weight.

After a period of time – as my arms were becoming numb – I lowered it to allow the bag to drag on the ground with the vacuum tube aimed outward like a gun. Not exactly the image in the illustration. I’m sure I looked more like a person in desperation.

I’m thinking that I need to drag out my trusty heavy-duty circular saw and cut off about 6″ of that sucker.

Do you REALLY know where you live?

Searching the Internet for homes for sale in Delaware County by zip code can be a mistake. Likewise, trusting any housing stats that show the info by zip can be very misleading. Why? Because the boundaries for the zips in Delaware County have no relevance to municipalities or school districts or general geography.

The first home I purchased was located in Franklin County, in the Worthington School District, with a Dublin phone exchange. The property taxes were based on the city of Columbus with Columbus police, fire, trash and snow removal. My MAILING address was Powell 43065. Essentially, I wasn’t sure where I lived.

At that time, I inquired as to why I had a Powell mailing address since Powell is in Delaware County. I was told that it was due to the mail routes (and zips) being set up when the land was rural. They told me that Worthington wasn’t set up to do mail delivery to farm land properties.

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So fast forward to today to see how strange the zip codes are for southern Delaware County. I’m not sure how these zip boundaries were determined but since the area was farms until recent years, I suppose it has something to do with rural carrier routes. Even then, I don’t understand why 43015 (Delaware, orange area) extends all the way down to Powell Rd, west of Rt 23. Why doesn’t 43065 (Powell, lavender area) go straight to the east with Rt 23 as its border?

Another issue is that these zip areas contain multiple school districts. For example, the 43065 Powell zip contains portions of 4 school districts (Olentangy, Dublin, Worthington and Buckeye Valley). Because home sales/prices differ within each of the four school districts, it would be misleading to provide you with the data using only the zip code. A similar problem exists for the Galena zip code (43021, teal area) and the Delaware zip (43015, orange area). These additional areas also have multiple school districts which aren’t aligned with the zip boundaries.The Lewis Center zip code, 43035 is a little “cleaner”.

This “mess” is why I typically report sales by school district. First of all, doing so provides larger geography, making the reports a little easier to understand. Home buyers are “generally” a little more familiar with school district areas, and even if they don’t have children in school, they know that their property taxes will be impacted (high or low) by the levies from the schools.

The next time you see a real estate agent or a newspaper reporting on housing sales or prices, try to determine what they are using for their search, otherwise you’re apt to be misled..

Why did southern Delaware County grow so fast?

newspaperA local newspaper reporter called me this morning to discuss the housing growth that has occurred in southern Delaware County this decade. I’m usually nervous about talking with the media for fear of being mis-quoted. I hope he doesn’t do that.

After our conversation was over, I thought more about why the growth has occurred into southern Delaware County. I think there are several events that occurred that set the stage for it.

  • I-270 made it easy to go from one suburb to another. Businesses (jobs) built up around the various interchanges. Suburbs located inside 270 were land-locked with limited room to expand further housing.
  • Suburbs, like Dublin or Powell close to the freeway, had room to expand their borders. They also had easy access to the freeway with major roads such as Rt 315, Sawmill Rd and Rt 33 already in place.
  • Lewis Center’s growth was impacted when Banc One (now Chase) built the huge employment center and the nearby Polaris Mall was added, both outside of I-270. Old State Rd provided access to that employment so many housing subdivisions were built off of that road.
  • Golf Courses have played an important part to the housing growth as well. Dublin already had Jack Nicklaus’ huge Muirfield Village but then Arnie’s Tartan Fields was built north of Muirfield. Powell began with Wedgewood, then added Scioto Reserve and Kinsale (Golf Village). Shamrock and Safari are nearby, but they are not lined with homes the way the other courses are.
  • The southwest part of the county contains both the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. I’m not a geologist but it seems there is more variance to the terrain between the rivers, providing more opportunity for the wooded, ravine lots that many home buyers like.
  • The southeast part of the county has the big water reservoirs with Alum Creek and Hoover. Both offer boating opportunities, albeit they have different motor restrictions.
  • Dublin and Powell already had groceries and retail, but those types of commercial buildings have expanded to keep pace with the housing. Dublin added Perimeter Mall and Powell added the shopping at Powell Rd and Sawmill Pkwy.
  • Some of the northern most housing developments in the Lewis Center area were several miles from groceries, gas stations, and fast-food eateries, but with the recent addition of some new stores along Rt 23 at Lewis Center Rd, that is changing.
  • Columbus State Community college recently opened along Rt 23 and Ohio Health is at a certain stage of providing convenient health care for the area.
  • More growth along Rt 23 between Powell Rd and Cheshire Rd was on the drawing board but it has been put on hold due to the economic downturn.
  • Southern Delaware County is primarily served with four school districts: Dublin, Olentangy, Westerville and Big Walnut. Olentangy covers the largest geographical part of the southern part of the county.

Like thousands of others, I’ve found the county to be a great place to live and work. If you would like to join us, give me a call and we’ll go house shopping.

The Murph goes to Alum Creek Dog Park Beach

This 4th of July, it was a hot afternoon and seemed to be a good day to take The Murph to Alum Creek Dog Park Beach. It was very busy with dogs enjoying time in the two fenced areas as well as the enclosed beach area. Murph doesn’t play nice with others, so we stayed outside the off-leash fenced areas. The beach area is better for the big guys because of depth of strong waves.

I took a video of the big guys having a great time in the water. I suspect lots of naps were taken on the ride home … after the towel-off before getting in the car. Nothing quite like the smell of a wet dog! Ew-w-w-w.

Murph went in up to his knees, which means he didn’t go very far. The waves were just a bit much for him. When your legs are only 3″ long, it’s a problem.

Thunder On The Creek – the event

I spent a little time this afternoon at the Thunder On The Creek at the Alum Creek Reservoir in Lewis Center. The hydroplane boats were fun to watch although they were hard to see. They’re so flat that the water spray concealed the actual boat. They were noisy as expected. The Murph went along and with the bang of the starter gun and the noise of the engine, he was shaking in Chicken Little mode.

The boats were grouped according to hp with the smallest ones getting a head start. Thereafter, the segments started every 10 seconds. The fastest boat – a yellow one – was the last. You’ll be able to see it, since it was a larger boat than the first ones to take off.

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Does James Bond drive a truck?

I never know what I’m going to see driving on Rt 23 between my home and the office in Worthington. Tonight on the way home I sat at a stoplight next to this truck apparently going back to its home base in Michigan. Those points look menacing enough when the wheels were still, but you should have seen them when the wheels were in motion. Scarey … but pretty cool!