Wander project Mt. Airy Ohio…


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Our house on WillowCove in Cincinnati Ohio. We owned the house for 2.5 years and we designed and built it. Well we designed it ourselves making choices. It was what they call a semi-custom home. You can control certain things about the house. We designed a bunch of features for a young family that was cramped into a much smaller house at the time. Each kid (except the boys they were in one room) had a bedroom. We also officially had a guest room for the first time. Funny thing is the guest room was only used once (Barb’s Parents) before we ended up moving to Indianapolis. The house didn’t sell for nearly a year, so we continued to own it long after we had moved out!

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We built our house in Mt. Airy, and we were in the second group of houses built. The first group were at the far end of the street and had been built the year before. The second group was build and completed in March-April 1998. We moved in (and then started building a pool right away). We picked a lot with a huge hill in the back. It was a bad decision that I regret, but we had never built a house before. I suspect the last house we own, will be the next house we build. For now, we were happy however with the house we had. It is funny how a house shows you things about yourself. This one was perfect for us, it added a little commute for me, but Barb was in a house that was set-up easier to manage twins. The boys had a swing set and a pool. Jakki was in a great school for her first grade experience. Becca was in the school for creative and preforming arts, so everyone got to be where they wanted to be.

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Once we were settled in to the house and finished fixing it the way we wanted, we moved! I think that is our tradition. A little about where our house was. We were near the former state hospital that was closed by the time we moved in. At the other end of the road that went by our house was a really cool bar. It was called the 20 mile hosue and was an historic building. Why? It was the 20 mile stopping point for the carriages that used to go between Cincinnati and Indianapolis many years ago. They would runt he team of horses 20 miles and then get a new team. It had over the years been converted from many different things. It was kind of a cool historical market. Mt. Airy was also famous for the land donated by a former resident, land that was now a botanical garden in the middle of an urban area!

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