Where in The Hills is HAH?

8 Feb

We’re glad you found us, and are interested in southeast Ohio’s scenic Hocking Hills Region, where you’ll discover the unique community of Hide-A-Way Hills, also known as “HAH”…and winding down a bit from the big celebrations of its 50th Anniversary. “The Hills” was indeed an especially special place to be in 2011!

As well as being a gateway to the Hocking Hills, it’s a gated resort community that started life back in the 1960’s, initially intended by its original developer to be a “weekend getaway” place, primarily for folks from Columbus and central Ohio. That developer is long since gone, and “The Hills” (or “HAH”) is now owned and managed by its members (with a Board of Trustees, Management & Architectural Control Committees, and other committees that oversee the various amenities and other aspects of life in “The Hills”.

We have our own full-time general management, security and maintenance staffs, but the amenities are essentially planned and managed by volunteer committees, under the supervision of the elected board of trustees.

Hide-A-Way Hills is an ideal and secure place for a vacation home, or a year-round home, for folks who’ve done their fair share of day-tripping to the Hocking Hills, which is certainly one of the growing tourist destination spots in Ohio and the midwest…with an estimated 3-million-plus visitors to the Hocking Hills State Park area in 2010. 

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to “try out” things here via rustic cabin rentals or bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels…we’ve worked with many folks who, after renting vacation homes a few times, decided that it was a wonderful place to buy or build that dream vacation home…or perhaps a vacation home that will become a retirement home.  Not familiar with the Hocking Hills?  Call or visit 1-800-hocking, home of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.  And then stop by and see The Friends of the Hocking Hills, as well.  We’re active members of both organizations, and would love to show and tell you more! (NOTE: Doug now serves as a board member for the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, along with the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park and Hide-A-Way Hills Club.)

For more information, photos, and a Visual Tour of the area, please visit our www.ikarensell.com Web site. There, click on our “Buy Your Hideaway” link. And let us know what questions you might have. We’d love the opportunity to show you around, including the lakes, swimming pool, golf course, lodge & restaurant, and so much more!  And of course, you’re invited to dine in The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills….call 740-569-7944 for reservations.

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Hide-A-Way Hills Club, southeast Ohio’s Getaway Gateway to The Hocking Hills

5 Feb
  • A few FAQ’s about Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) ….
  • Where do I find it?….about 7 miles off the end of the Route 33 bypass on Horns Mill Road, south of Lancaster. Horns Mill Road becomes Hide-A-Way Hills Road when you cross from Fairfield County into Hocking County.  Horns Mill/HAH Road runs for a total of about nine miles between Rt. 33 and Rt. 664.
  • Is Hide-A-Way Hills in Hocking County or Fairfield County?….parts of HAH are in each; you’ll find it located at the top of what’s considered “The Hocking Hills Region.”
  • What kind of security does it offer?….24/7/365; guards staff and patrol the roads…guards are HAH employees.
  • Is Hide-A-Way Hills a resort or a town?….it’s actually a bit of both; while we have the amenities of a traditional resort, most residents live here year ’round and consider it home…don’t be surprised to see folks waving at you as you pass by. By legal definition, Hide-A-Way Hills is a private club.
  • What about boats?….Lake of the Four Seasons offers about 4.5 miles of shoreline; only members can launch or dock boats…you’ll see various types, from jet skis to runabouts to pontoons.  Although members are not guaranteed a dock, there is no fee charged for having one.
  • And fishing?….there are also four smaller fishing lakes, where no motors are allowed. The lakes are stocked regularly.
  • Where can we eat?….the lodge is open Tuesday-Saturday evenings for dinner, and also has a lounge and microbrewery; you’ll also find Sunday brunches and other specials.  The golf clubhouse also offers daytime-evening hours, for sandwiches and beverages (hours may vary by season).
  • What else is available?….beach, swimming pools, playground, picnic shelter, outdoor chapel, airport, ATV trails, stables, great room, tennis courts.
  • How close it is to the Hocking Hills?….HAH is about 15 minutes from Logan (via scenic Route 664), where the Hocking Hills Tourism Association’s primary Welcome Center is located.  Old Man’s Cave is about another 15 minutes southeast.  Logan is about 25 miles from Ohio University in Athens, too.
  • Also, HAH is about 15-20 minutes from Lancaster.  You’ll find plenty of amenities in Logan & Lancaster, including multiple grocery stores, shopping centers and restaurants, along with Fairfield Medical Center and Hocking Valley Community  hospitals.
  • What’s it all cost?….As of 1/1/12, monthly dues are $152; that money essentially funds the Club’s ongoing operations budget…HAH is member owned, operated, and governed.
  • There is also an annual road maintenance assessment of $200; new member one-time-only initiation fee is currently $4,046 equal to 24 months of monthly assessments plus whatever current special assessments might be in place).  New member fees are placed in the Club’s Amenities Improvement Fund (50%), Road Fund (10%), and General Fund (40%).
  • Who runs things?…a members-elected Board of Trustees hires a General Manager to oversee general operations and hire other staff, and the board also approves a Management Committee to assist the General Manager.  Board and Management Committee members are all volunteers…likewise for all other HAH committees.  You’ll find volunteer committees helping to oversee the various amenities in HAH…greatly enabled by the new member fee, of course.
  • How long has HAH been established?….in 2011, Hide-A-Way Hills celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
  • Other Questions….just give us a call or email them to parkerteam@ikarensell.com

Does a central humidifier to a home add to a home’s resale value?

3 Feb

Our response to this seller question on “Ask a REALTOR Answer | REALTOR.com®” Blogs:

We’ve always added them to the past few homes we’ve owned, and would especially recommend them for folks who own log homes. (see  http://livingwithmyhome.com/201-home-tips/pillar-to-post-central-humidifier.aspx for more info.)

As more folks become aware of such amenities, they more they are expected…especially in higher-end homes, and homes in unique environments.  How much value a given buyer might put on one is of course variable.

At the very least, it’s a positive copy point for marketing purposes. Whole-Home backup power generators, or professional hookups that enable safe and easier use of portable units, would fall into the same same of category.

New Winter Menu for The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills

1 Feb

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Lodge Manager Michael Hermick and Executive Chef Gerard Shay will present a new menu on February 6 for The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills, in southeast Ohio.  If you’re not a HAH Club member, you’re invited to call the Lodge for reservations at 740-569-3616.  Hide-A-Way Hills Club has served as a getaway gateway to the famous Hocking Hills vacation region for 50 years and counting….a private resort community with boating and fishing lakes, golf and tennis, beach and pool, ATV trails and stables, playground, shelters, park areas, 24/7 security, and much more.

HAH Lodge review:  http://mangesmangi.blogspot.com/2011/11/hospitality-in-hide-way-hills.html

Choosing a Realtor (Real Estate Agent)

18 Nov

You’ll get different opinions about the importance of “local” agents in a property purchase, and the current market certainly has moved many agents to work beyond their traditional areas.  But the type of property can sometimes be just as important a factor in your decision…for example, buying a vacation home (or historic homes, or land, or other unique real estate) with an agent who does not specialize in those subsets of the primary and vacation real estate markets. In any case, feeling comfortable and connected with your agent is certainly a solid and critical base for any buyer.

As more buyers consider non-traditional options and areas, often because of evolving lifestyle needs (multi-generational living, pre-retirement investment or vacation homes/land, etc.), they will often decide to work with an agent with whom they’ve had a longstanding relationship.  But at times that agent might not be familiar with the new areas of communities their client is considering.  In that case, perhaps a referral can be made to a “local” agent, with both agents then sharing the process as well as relationships with the buyer…so the buyer is comfortable in various ways, and agents can provide individual knowledge as well as care and service.

By the way, all Realtors are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are Realtors (the latter being a copyright for the National Association of Realtors.

Beer Tasting at The Lodge in Hide-A-Way Hills

18 Nov
Brewmaster Scott Francis provides the inside story of the lodge’s craft brewery

We’ve been Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) members since the 1990’s, and have been regulars for dining and socializing at the lodge ever since…and probably do so at least 2-3 times per week these days.  We’ve also been to a few wine tastings at the lodge through the years, but this is the first beer tasting event that we can recall…sampling both the lodge-brewed Rushcreek Pale Ale and Lager, along with very tasty brews from the new nearby Rock Mill Brewery.

HAH has its own brewery because the lodge is located in a dry township.  Years ago the state liquor laws allowed for a full liquor license even in a dry township if there was a brewery on site….hence the brewery inside The Lodge in Hide-A-Way Hills.  That legal opportunity no longer exists, but the public is invited to dine at the lodge…for reservation, please call 740-569-7944.
We’re also currently offering a weekend cabin getaway plus a dining gift certificate to the lodge on the Ohio Citizens Action Coalition fundraising auction:  http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?categoryId=135616811&auctionId=135616786

School District Election Issues

11 Nov

 Read a couple of posts wherein a parent worried about the impact on kids after pending/possible school district cutbacks…someone suggested that things will be ok because mom and dad are the primary people in kids’ lives….certainly so, but there’s much more to the story….

Unfortunately, dad and mom can’t always provide the opportunities that a school system can (nor other forms of goverment, for that matter)…not without paying much more for them personally, in any case.  We had a long discussion with our son last night, now in OSU’s MBA program and a longstanding cancer survivor; we were talking about the “me” perspective vs. the “we” perspective when it comes to businesses and a whole lot of other things in life. As a former Hilliard school board member as well as a volunteer, it’s been my experience that the folks on the board and in the administration have long endeavored to be on the “we” side of the spectrum. If that were not so, the district would not have the premium standing it has earned.