The "buzz" surrounding the real estate market since about 2014 has been declining inventories. Over the past year some would say that we have hit a critical point with the lack of available listings
Dated: June 26 2018
Things we love about 3236 Walworth Avenue!
· The empty lot next door has provided additional green space for the pup to run around in and play fetch when the weather's nice.
· The majority of the windows were built on the east side of the house next to the empty lot. The reason for this was so that natural light could shine into the house.
· The 2-car garage has been amazing in the winter. No need to worry about scraping ice off the cars and brushing off the snow. Additionally, the covered driveway keeps the top part of the driveway free of snow in the winter. Great placement of the 1st floor deck!
· The railroad track adds character to the street. It's minimal use is a relief with just a dinner train at 8pm on Saturday nights and a few carts here and there during the week every now and then.
· Having minimal landscaping maintenance is a must to allow for time spend walking to nearby restaurants and parks when the weather is nice!
· The no outlet street provides minimal traffic coming and going. It's also a mile from one end of the street to the other and back to the house. Great to know if you're trying to get in a quick, peaceful morning run or need to get your dog some exercise!
· House is a walkable distance to The Precinct (our personal fav), Allyns Cafe, Green Dog Cafe, Buzz, Brueggers Bagels, Anytime Fitness and Moksha Yoga.
· Walworth Ave is a 4 1/2 mile, or 10 minute commute to downtown. Great for anyone who has a job in the city or enjoys a quick drive to The Banks, Fountain Square, OTR or the Horseshoe Casino.
· Walking distance to 3 great parks in the area: Alms, Ault and Lars Anderson Park, a hidden gem up Golden Avenue.
· CVG airport is only a 20 minute drive.
· Convenient and quick 7 minute drive to shopping in Rookwood Commons.
· The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining guests.
· We added a mixed glass/ceramic tiled backsplash in the kitchen to pull together the white cabinetry with the black granite counter tops as well as updated all the kitchen appliances in 2012 to stainless steel.
· There is a 6 room speaker sound system wired internally throughout the house.
· We added cable to the 1st floor living room and also the garage, perfect for an at home gym in the nook.
· We purchased a brand new air conditioning unit in 2011.
· The 2nd floor laundry room is in a convenient location in between the bedrooms.
· The bonus room on the 3rd floor with the private in-roof deck is one of our favorite rooms in the house. There are great views of fireworks displays around the holidays, too!
Enjoy your tour of our home!
When we first saw our home, the very first thing we noticed was the old house charm and feel. The huge windows with the original trim caught our eye, as did the beautiful hardwood floors. Of course, as an old house, it was also a project: we replaced the drafty original windows with energy efficient ones and stripped the paint off their trims, refinished the floors, added central air and closets, and covered radiators to create a more attractive space. Every room has been given a fresh coat of paint. We were in the middle of finishing our basement when we decided to move, though we had visions of a finished rec-room and bathroom in the closet to the left of the stairs.
While improving our home has brought us great satisfaction, we enjoyed living there even more. We have loved having friends over for grilling out on the deck, watching a game, or playing corn hole in the back yard. With a bird feeder on the deck and the woods just behind, we entertained our daughter many mornings watching the birds that flocked to our back porch. “Tweet, tweet” was one of her first words. While our neighbors’ homes encroach a bit on either side, the wooded ravine behind provides a wonderful sense of privacy. For two thirds of the year, the foliage almost totally hides the homes behind us.
The location is wonderful as well. We like to run and go for walks, and it is a perfect area for this. It is very safe, the architecture is varied and beautiful, and we have never felt the need to lock our door when out for a run. There are always people out walking dogs or pushing strollers, and cars are very courteous to pedestrians on the generally quiet streets. We have found that the location has suited our needs both as newlyweds and as young parents. We used to walk to restaurants and bars in Mount Lookout and down to Allyn’s, but now we find ourselves strolling to Alm’s Park or down to Gymboree. We are also only a 10-15 minute drive from downtown, the zoo, and the aquarium, and (in the other direction) the Little Miami River for kayaking and parks for hiking.
Our home has housed many families over the years, and it seems to us to give off a comfortable, happy vibe. We certainly have been very happy here, and we hope someone else will enjoy it as much as we have.
--The Graupe Family
SOME THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN OUR HOME
From the day we moved in, we and “our stuff” have felt like we have been welcomed home into this graciously accommodating, light filled space with its professionally landscaped woods and yard. While in the house and in the backyard we feel unbelievable privacy and that we are, as closely as possible, living in the country.
How do I count the things I love about living in our home?
Empty nesters, we’ve loved our first floor Master. Don’t tell the owls but we’ve never felt we needed to pull the blinds in the stunning Bay which accommodates my wife’s make up table. Lying in bed seeing the sunrise and seeing the moon walk through winter woods has been a real treat. ‘and the large walk-in and huge soothing bathroom with Jacuzzi and marble counters? Well! Our son and his wife just smile when they say how they also enjoy the privacy of a similar first floor MBR, at a distance from children on their second floor.
We’ve loved our two fireplaces. Yes, in the exquisite Great Room! But even more in the hearth room where we’ve had morning coffee, before dinner winter wine and done a lot of reading and talking. My wife has loved the cherry Den in which she had her office, played her music and just enjoyed “her space”.
We enjoy cooking and entertaining so we’ve loved the kitchen with its 75” by 39” butcher-block center Island, beautiful granite counters and all modern conveniences. ‘nice also to be able to sit at least six in a window surrounded eat-in area “right with you in the kitchen”. Guests marvel at the dining room with its wainscoting and coffered ceiling off the entry hall with its leaded glass transom. Perhaps the unexpected features, extensive cabinetry and enhanced trim throughout the home surprise people because it was built for and lived in by an officer of the builder.
We’ve loved our new downstairs area; the original builder built it out for us. Amazing how they accomplished what we asked; “make it feel like the rest of the home”. Light filled, you don’t feel you’re in lower level space. We love the granite wet bar and the added large 4th bedroom with tile shower and granite bathroom. ‘the lower level? A simply great space, it was not here when we bought our home.
The outside, through beautiful windows, flows into and becomes part of the home. As I write, out our eat-in breakfast area I’m watching a hawk slipping on ice and drinking from the larger of two water features flowing all winter in the wood-land sitting area. He’s flanked by already 12’ tall Leland Cypress. Out the Great Room windows, across the deck, there is the Dawn Redwood which will be 150’ tall, a majestic mature American Elm, Holly, Siberian Spruce, Sweet Bay Magnolia, White Birch and Dogwood and a myriad of special undergrowth shrubs. From my Lower Level desk I enjoy the new boulder wall and lower yard patio with its own, second water feature. In summertime grandchildren romp in the backyard. And we move around between three sitting and entertaining areas. The east facing deck with a second MBR door is shaded in late afternoon and gets well used. An interesting topography is supported by an integrated grading and underground drainage system; sprinklers on 15 zones cover both yard and woods. We’ve really enjoyed building a base for “this taste of four season paradise” and will look forward to seeing how those who come after us will make it theirs.
I need storage and I’ve loved the amazing portion of lower level unfinished area with enough room to support a significant hobby or workshop. ‘the extra wide, side entry, two car garage? ‘plenty of room for outdoor tools and equipment.
‘hope you’ll enjoy the neighborhood as much as we. Retired persons to young families, they’re terrific! The Neighborhood Association is active and proactive making possible a short, “just right” walk away, absolutely wonderful and orderly swimming pool which especially my wife loved. A $400 HOA sure beats all my former expense and doing of pool work! Enjoy! Gerry Ash
Ten reasons we’ve loved living here…...
Although we are glad to be moving near family again, we will miss our “little green house” and all the memories that we have made on Crestview Place. These are a few items that don’t fit on a listing description, but they are just as important as the square footage and house type. Even though this house is small, it has big possibilities. We hope that someone will enjoy living here as much as we did.
1. NEIGHBORS. Who can ask for better neighbors than a guidance counselor, teacher, nurse, architect, IT professionals, marketing and event planners, and an electrician? We’ve loved the seven years that we’ve spent here and all the football, birthday, and holiday parties. My husband and I are from Alabama and Mississippi, and it was such a great street because everyone made us feel welcome. Our neighbors became our family away from home. Everyone watches out for each other—from getting the mail and watering flowers while we were on vacation, to mowing the side yards for each other.
2. STREET. It’s been great to live on a cul-de-sac street, and we’ve always felt safe here. We always had plenty of parking and the dead end ensured that we did not have through traffic. It was unusual to have much traffic on the street other than people who live on Crestview.
3. OUTDOOR SPACE. Our “sunroom” was one of our favorite places to spend time in late spring through early fall. The windows and skylight make it feel like you are outside, and the wooded back yard makes you feel like you are in your own private setting (after the snow melts, of course). Planting a few flowers and keeping the ivy trimmed back is all it took to make the backyard lovely.
4. FRONT PORCH. The summer sun comes in on the front porch, and it’s a great place to read a book or have a drink to end your day. So many houses lack this feature, and we were happy to find a house that had a front porch.
5. BASEMENT. Being from the Southeastern United States, it was awesome to have all the storage space and a workbench and exercise area. It was also a great place to hide old, ugly furniture (and your spouse’s stuff that you don’t like).
6. DOWNTOWN ACCESS. You can get downtown in less than 15 minutes for work or entertainment.
7. COST OF LIVING. Our heating and cooling bills were comparable to those of an energy efficient home. Have you seen the insulation in our attic???
8. LIGHT. Great natural light during the daytime, especially in the living room, kitchen, and sunroom.
9. FLOORS. Vacuum occasionally and wax twice a year, and they look great.
10. VINTAGE CHARM. From the original cabinets to the bath tile and the marble window sills, this house has tons of character and great bones, and we’ve loved its retro charm.
Happy House Hunting, Andrea and Cameron
For nearly 16 years Jeff has served the Greater Shiawassee Area through his real estate business and volunteering his time. Recently Jeff acquired his broker's license and along with his wife Missy,....
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