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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

Vacation/Investment Home Owners, Taxes & Management

10 Nov

If you use your vacation/investment property as a rental (no matter how much or how little), don’t forget that you must track information for all vendors/contractors for information you’ll need to send them the required IRS 1099 form…for all work done over $600.  Check with your CPA or accountant for details.

Also a note for those considering or using a property manager or property management company….Ohio law requires those managing properties other than their own to have a state real estate agent license, and be working under a state licensed real estate brokerage that has agreed to perform property management…including setting up the required financial accounts.  For more information, consult your attorney; also see http://www.ohiorealtors.org/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=3179&zoneid=31

Fall for The Hocking Hills year-round

9 Nov

Here’s a new video production for southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills vacation region…full disclosure – I am a member of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association and its Board….

http://www.ohiotraveler.com/hocking-hills-autumn.asp

for other videos, see:  http://www.1800hocking.com/video

If you’re thinking that tourist season ends around here after the leaves fall, come see things through winter’s perspective as well…you’ll find things you hadn’t noticed or even been able to see when all the hardwoods were full.  And don’t just take my word for it, check out all the online views of the huge turnouts for the annual Winter Hike.

 

the vacation home market

1 Nov

We’ve heard more often lately from prospective buyers that they’re looking for something “other than stocks, etc.” to place their investment dollars.  That, coupled with the continued growth of tourism, the desire for vacation time and place closer to home, continued development and improvements (Lancaster bypass, Nelsonville bypass, other businesses, shopping, and recreational opportunities) have brought more and more interest in what we call simply “the hills” in southeast Ohio.  If you’ve every at least visited and hiked Old Man’s Cave – Hocking Hills State Park, you have at least a good notion of what all the attraction’s about.  And folks are also discovering or rediscovering Hide-A-Way Hills Club private resort community (approx. 600 homes) for more close-to-home-away from home activities.