Diesha and Chris Condon have been fans of Columbus for all of their lives. They each grew up in Groveport and went to school together. After high school, Diesha decided to leave the Columbus area for college and lived in Miami, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Living in those other cities made her realize how much she missed her family and the city that she left behind.
“I love the Short North and I love the people – the people are so kind here,” she shared. While she did enjoy living elsewhere, she decided to move back to call Columbus home. At first, she and Chris lived in a duplex on First Avenue until they decided they were ready to become home owners.
The 1500 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bath newer-build home they found was a perfect fit for them. They would be only the second couple to own the home and it really only needed cosmetic changes. Upon entering the dining room and discovering a bar hidden behind a painting with a tap to a kegerator in the basement, Chris was sold!
One of the first things they did was reside and repaint the exterior of the home. The original color scheme was a bright collection of Easter egg colors – pastel pinks, greens and purples. They drove around the neighborhood, picking out colors they loved and decided on a classic color scheme.
They also needed to fence off the front yard for their two rescued dogs. Chris bought fence remnants from Fortin Ironworks and painted and installed it. The end result is a beautiful fenced in area that secure and looks like it has always been there.
On the inside, the couple painted most of the walls, toning down bright colors with neutral paints. They changed out the carpets and lighting fixtures throughout the house. In the kitchen, they changed the countertops.
Chris shared that his favorite thing about the home is all of the memories they’ve made in their first home together. They are members of the Harrison West Society and especially love the summer time when weekends are filled with things to do. Their proximity to Goodale Park is a big plus, they love the park – Chris plays basketball there and also proposed to Diesha at the gazebo.
Diesha has made some of the art hanging in their home. Her mother also does some painting and has given them pieces. They also own a piece from the Terra Gallery, a few from pm gallery, as well as a piece by Ryan Orewiler that Diesha won at an auction at the Short North Gala.
Their home most often has fresh flowers from Rose Bredl and over the holidays had a beautiful arrangement using pine cones. “I would buy everything in there if I could,” shared Diesha.
Eventually, they would like to finish the basement into a movie room and add a garage. Redoing the master bath is also on their list. Future makeovers aside, Diesha and Chris truly enjoy raising their sons here and are happy to call Harrison West home.
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