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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.

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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“Thunder on the Creek” at Alum Creek

boatWould you like something exciting to do this weekend? ThisWeekNews is reporting that on Saturday, the 19th, “Thunder on the Creek” will occur at the north beach area of Alum Creek.

It will be a hydroplane power boat exhibition and is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. The races will feature both current and vintage hydroplanes. The entire event runs from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The boat illustrated here is not a hydroplane. The hydroplanes are the ones we sometimes see doing somersaults in the air.

I enjoyed going to the car races through downtown Columbus many years ago, so this should be exciting as well. I love speed. As Tom said in Top Gun … “I have the NEED for SPEED!”

Water fun in southern Delaware County

Today I had to traverse from one side of southern Delaware County to the other … something I do frequently. Since I wasn’t under a specific time limit, I took some time to take photos (see below) around the three main areas for boaters. It was a rather warm day in the high 80’s, so being next to water seemed like a good thing to do.

I first had to be up near Hoover Reservoir which extends from the east side of Westerville northward to the west side of Galena and beyond. I stopped at the southern part where the dam spillway is to snap photos. There were LOTS of Canadian geese there resting close to a picnic shelter. Given the “mess” they make, actually having a picnic there certainly wouldn’t be very appealing. There were also quite a few seagulls and brown ducks as well.

Northward on Sunbury Rd where it crosses over the reservoir, I stopped at another boat launch site to take some photos of the backside of some homes across the water. A couple of the homes have installed the huge rocks along their water frontage to prevent erosion. Others haven’t, and the erosion is obvious. There are many waterfront homes along Hoover. Because of a specific agreement with the City of Columbus, the water level can’t be raised as high as originally planned because the city would be responsible for taking the owner’s land away. (That’s why there are no waterfront homes along Alum Creek – they learned a lesson!)

Then my errands took me westward on Big Walnut Rd, so I took a brief side trip up Africa Rd to a boat launch on Alum Creek Reservoir. Not many people there, in spite of the warm day. However, it is a weekday, so most would be working. Or perhaps, the gas costs have curtailed some of the time spent on the water.

Back down Africa Rd to Lewis Center Rd which goes past the bottom of the Alum Creek Dam then northward along the west side of the reservoir. On this side of the lake, there are campgrounds, a beach, and a couple boat launches. One of them is for the sailing club. There’s something inherently peaceful about a sail boat, even though they were moored.

Also, on this side of the Reservoir is the Dog Park. Of course, I HAD to stop here. It was the busiest place … but it WAS a great day for the dogs to enjoy a swim. I wasn’t dressed appropriate to go inside the beach fence and potentially be subjected to “shake-baths”, so I stood outside the area. All I saw was large dogs, but then I heard a familiar sounding bark & snappy growl and knew there had to be a doxie somewhere. Sure enough, there was a short-hair … letting the big guys know who was REALLY the tough guy on the beach. I later learned his name was Scooter.

Continuing on with my errands near Powell, I went to the boat launch at O’Shaunessy on the Scioto River, which is just south of Home Rd off of Riverside Dr. Again, only a couple boaters in the water. As I was walking back to the WEENR-mobile, I noticed a bunch of carpenter bees were taking advantage of some flowering weeds to gather nectar. Better they spend their time here, than boring holes in nearby homes.

Since I seldom get any time off from real estate, I really enjoy the opportunity for these side jaunts to reconnect with nature and for a brief period of time forget about all the details of the real estate business. I need that once in a while to recharge the batteries.

Alum Creek Reservoir, in Delaware County, offers entertainment for the “whole” family

Copyrighted Alum Creek beach There’s nothing that beats the summer’s heat better than being on, in or near water.

On a recent warm evening, The Murph and I were driving by Alum Creek Reservoir in the Lewis Center area and decided to cruise through some of roadways that access the actual water.

Boaters were enjoying their time ON the water in their speedboats, sailboats or jet skis. The beach area was very busy with many families enjoying their play time in the water or cooking their favorite barbeque at the picnic tables nearby.The Murph’s nose was working overtime picking up all the yummy BBQ odors.

Those wanting a slower pace were sitting along the banks of the numerous inlets with their fishing poles in the water. Perhaps, if they’re lucky, they’ll soon be cooking the results of their efforts. Judging by their laughter, I assume that actually catching any fish is secondary to the good conversation they’re having with friends or new acquaintances.

Since it was a weekend night, one of the campgrounds we drove by was a flurry of activity with many tents set-up and folks getting ready for their Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Parkevening activities. The aroma from cooking hamburgers and steaks again put The Murph’s nose in high gear.

As a final treat for The Murph, I drove by the fairly new Dog Park that the State created for the 4-legged members of the family. There are two large fenced areas – one for big dogs – one for the little guys. As long as they’re sociable, the dogs can run free to meet and greet others and sniff the ground to evaluate all the previous visitors.

Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Park beachA third fenced area provides access to a special beach where they can bone-up on their dog-paddling skills or fetch a stick thrown by their human. Since the waves were higher than The Murph is tall, he watched the activities from the sidelines.

Nothing smells worse than a wet dog, so a local rescue group was offering free baths for the ride home. Why is swimming fun but baths aren’t?Copyrighted dog bath

After an hour or so of sniffing food, barking at people, jumping in his car seat, running with other dogs, The Murph fell asleep on the way home.

I suspect there will be other visitors to Alum Creek that evening that will do the same on their trips home.

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