This is your chance to share with us why you think that a buyer today should select your community and purchase a home there. Tell us about your area, highlight any unique or special features and why a buyer would benefit from living there. Feel free to post a few photos of your community and make sure that you mention the name of your community with the city. state, zip code and the county. This should be a fun topic and as it grows it could be like looking through a photo album of great places to live with some added search engine juice. I will start this off with my community in Knox County Ohio.
Knox County Ohio - A Great Place To Call Home
Knox County Ohio is one of the most livable cities in all of Ohio. It is geographically the center of Ohio and is the home Kenyon College and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The county location is convenient to larger surrounding cities and offers easy access to Columbus, Newark and Mansfield which is ideal for those who commute to work and those who enjoy big city shopping and entertainment.
If you love the outdoors Knox County is a dream come true for you. We have one of the nicest and most beautiful rails to trails bike and walking paths you will ever see called the Kokosing Gap Trail. This solid surface trail attracts cyclists, joggers, roller bladers, photographers and anyone else who enjoys the gorgeous tour from Mount Vernon through Kenyon College then onto Howard and our trail riders can go all the way to Danville which is in Eastern Knox County. Photo of The Kokosing Gap Trail Bike Path
Knox County has a tremendous amount of history and our community supports many local events and projects that are for the benefit of Knox County and the communities within the county. In 2007 the city of Mount Vernon made a significant investment into an all new water park and community swimming pool. The park opened during the summer of 2007 and has been a huge hit not only for those of us who live here but for others who travel from surrounding areas to enjoy a day of fun in the sun riding the water slides and swimming.
The photo to the right is of the Mount Vernon Public Square. This is where many festivals and community events are held such as the Dan Emmett Festival, First Fridays which is a monthly community event with car shows, food vendors and entertainment. On Saturdays the public square is the location for our community farm market events where you can purchase fresh produce and other products. I especially love the farm market during apple season because many of our orchards bring in freshly picked apples. Our Christmas parade also utilizes the Mount Vernon Downtown and the parade actually goes through historical main street and around the public square.
Living in a smaller community creates so many positive opportunities for you and your family.
The Apple Valley Lake is a community in Knox County that is ideal for year round living and it's a fun lifestyle geared around the lake and lake living. There is boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, golfing, gardening and many other enjoyable outdoor activities for all ages. Apple Valley has 3 sand beaches, a marina, multiple boat launches and lots of fun things to do for the local residents. There is also a big 4th of July celebration with activities including a ski show and fireworks that is very popular with all the property owners.
The best place I have found to watch the fireworks in Apple Valley is on a boat out in the middle of the lake because the reflection of the fireworks is truly spectacular. The energy and excitement during this event is simply amazing.
The photo to the right is of the Mount Vernon Memorial Theatre. This is where Ohio Junior Miss is held along with many large production school programs including Christmas plays, holiday programs, Tavasci singing programs and concerts, The Mount Vernon Players, benefit shows, high school awards programs and many other various community musical concerts thoughout the year.
We are very fortunate to have this theatre and within the past 5 years the community has invested into new seating and other enhancements for the benefit of our attendees. For a smaller community we have a tremendous amount of quality community events.
Knox County Ohio includes Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Danville, Howard, Gambier, Centerburg, Martinsburg and Bladensburg. Mount Vernon is the country seat and is geographically the center of Knox County with all the other villages surrounding Mount Vernon. State Route 13, Route 95, Route 229, Route 36, Route 586, Route 546, Route 3, Route 657, Route 314, Route 715, Route 205, Route 14, Route 661 and Route 62 all travel through Knox County.
When you live in Knox County it is very easy to get around and there are no traffic issues that are commonly found in a bigger city such as Columbus. You can drive from any of the surrounding villages to Mount Vernon typically with 10 to 20 minutes. This is ideal for traveling to work shopping, sporting events and other community events.
Photo to the left is of Kenyon College
Affordable homes can easily be found in Knox County with prices for clean homes starting at about $60,000 and the average price for a home within Knox County selling at around $140,000. Lakeview homes in Apple Valley are commonly found between $125,000 to $250,000 and waterfront homes starting at $250,000 and most common year round waterfront homes sell between $400,000 and $750,000. You can buy a vacation "cabin" for $80,000 and up.
Country homes with 1 to 5 acres are plentiful and gentleman type mini farms with 5 to 20 acres are still considered quite afforable. Larger scale farms with 100+ acres are available from time to time and sell from $400,000 and up.
For information regarding Knox County contact Sam Miller of RE/MAX Stars Realty at (740) 397-7800 or 1-800-282-9096 visit www.KnoxCountyOhio.com to see virtual tours and other real estate related details.