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Mitigating for radon in central ohio

I made a video of a recent radon mitigation installation. Since the home had two crawl spaces in addition to a finished basement, the work was more comprehensive than it would be in an unfinished full basement. The crawl spaces had to be sealed with a system to suck out the air coming from the ground below.

If you want to read more about radon, plus see an EPA map of where radon is more prevalent, read my post from 2008: Radon Testing Is Common in Central Ohio

The company that did the work in the video is Radon Systems in Westerville, OH. Call them at 614-891-6526.

Copyright © 2010. Elaine Reese, Real Living HER. Reproduction of any portion of this blog post or the images is prohibited by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

These people can “Pump You Up!”

Are your sidewalks uneven? Perhaps sections of your concrete drive are uneven. There’s a relatively simple solution and depending on the scope of the job, it may cost less to repair than you might think. Plus, it can bring you into compliance with city codes.

I recently attended a concrete repair so I could take photos and a video of the work, plus, I wanted to see how the “magic” was done. I was amazed at how much lifting can be achieved. You can see that toward the end of the video where I show the original rise from the sidewalk to the porch vs the rise after they were done. Comfortable stair rises are usually 7-8″.

I chatted with the guys while they were working and learned that …

  • They can’t work once the ground is frozen
  • They can lift basement floors or slabs under homes
  • It can be a more successful repair if the ground is moist because the concrete mix flows better into the underground holes.

The company that did this work is A-1 Concrete Leveling North. Their phone number is 419-864-3698. I think I need to give them a call to fix some areas

 

Delaware County is a special place to live

New homes in Delaware County Ohio

New homes expanding into farmlands

For the past decade, Delaware County has led as the fastest growing county in Ohio, and one of the top in the Nation. Most of that growth has occurred in the southern half of the county which is primarily serviced by the Olentangy School District, but smaller portions serviced by Dublin, Big Walnut, Buckeye Valley and Westerville schools.

A recent article in This Week News Olentangy reported on the recent release by the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission’s annual report of demographic information. Here are some highlights from the news article on the annual report’s findings:

  • The population of the county in the 2000 Census was 109,989. In July 2009 the Bureau estimated the population at 168,708. (up 53%)
  • In 2004, 3411 building permits were issued. In 2009 only 622 permits were issued. The poor economy has had a major effect on the fast growth in recent years.
  • Of the 59,901 households, 44% have elementary-aged children.
  • Of the 108,899 people age 25 and older, 95% have graduated from high school and 48% have a bachelor’s degree.
  • The average household income is $103,382.
  • The average residential home is valued at $253,900.

In the Columbus Board of Realtors MLS system, the county is divided into 5 segments to make it easier for us to search for specific homes. Rt 23 provides the east vs west divider. Rt 36 provides the north vs south divider. When I do a search for single-family homes that have sold so far this year (Jan-Oct), there is a distinct difference in pricing.

  • Southwest (west of Rt 23, south of Rt 36): $386,354 avg price; 9 homes sold over $1 million.
  • Southeast (east of Rt 23, south of Rt 36): $310,602 avg price; 3 homes sold over $1 million.
  • Northeast (east of Rt 23, north of Rt 36): $195,354 avg price; no homes sold over $1 million.
  • Northwest (west of Rt 23, north of Rt 36): $180,338 avg price; no homes sold over $1 million.
  • Delaware city corp limits in the center: $152,172 avg price; no homes sold over $1 million.

Regardless of what part of the county people live in, I think most agree that it’s a great place to live with all the golf courses, the 3 water reservoirs, 2 rivers, the metro parks and, of course, the nationally-recognized Columbus Zoo – which is located here and not in Columbus.

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.

ZipMap
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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.

Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell – a tour

Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is the focal point for the Wedgewood subdivision in Powell. The area was part of the BIA Parade of Homes in the early 90’s, with two main streets circling the main part of the golf course. Wellington Bl aligns along the west side then circles around to the south where it then becomes Fairway Dr which runs parallel along the east side of the course.

Soon after you enter the subdivision (on Wellington Bl) there are three streets (Oxford, Tavistock & Gleneagle) which contain patio homes, sometimes called cluster homes due to their smaller lots. This style of home is popular for people who want a large luxury home but with less lawn care thanks to smaller lawns.

Yesterday I mounted my camera on my dash as I drove around the area. It may appear that I was speeding, but trust me, I was going less than the posted 25 mph limit. I think it’s the camera angle … at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

So far this year, 14 homes have sold in Wedgewood at an average price of $550K. The highest price so far this year is $910K. In the Fairway Dr area there are many free-standing and attached condos or fee-simple homes. YTD, three have sold at an average price of $236K.

Wedgewood is located in the Olentangy school district and in Liberty Township which is outside the city limits of Powell. Visit these other sites for more information: