At Home: Wooded Oasis in Columbus
When you are looking to move to a wooded property, your mind probably does not go to the middle of a city, but that is exactly what Eliah Thomas was hoping to find. After selling her 50 acre family farm located in Mechanicsburg, Thomas desired a location closer to the city core, but with the remote feel a wooded area provides.
“I needed a really cool transition,” says Thomas. “I wanted to live in the woods.”
Which is no surprise given her previous location on the farm was a serene and peaceful retreat. Thomas had been running Willow Bend Retreat as a bed and breakfast and had several yurts as well as animals on the property. But she was ready to downsize.
After looking all over the city for her new home base, a realtor friend advised her to check out the quiet community of Sharon Township, just north of Clintonville.
“I like that it’s a township,” she says. “It’s so unusually hidden. No one even knows it’s here. It’s like a little lake community – a hidden gem.”
Thomas looked at one home in the community and wasn’t too keen on it. Then she noticed another home that had just gotten a for sale sign in the yard. She looked at the home two days later, and it already had thirteen bids on it. Thomas was the one who lucked out.
The home is set back with an inviting wildflower garden spilling to the street. The gleaming tiled stoop is colorful and welcoming (a project Thomas recently finished). At 1900 square-feet, the home contains three bathrooms and three bedrooms.
“I love that this house felt lofty and open,” she says. “It combines a loft feel and an isolated feel, right in the middle of the city.”
Large picture windows in the living room look out onto the backyard, which seemingly goes on forever, with winding trails, wooded areas, gardens, and camp spots.
The sunroom is one of her favorite places to spend mornings. “It was definitely a selling point for me,” she says.
Other places she enjoys in her home are her dark and cozy bedroom, and the full basement. Her basement is a great hangout spot for her team to take breaks from the projects her company Wild Mind Entertainment takes on. The home has enough space to host guests from out of town as well.
The home didn’t need many updates, although Thomas did renovate the kitchen. One day, she would love to add solar roof tiles. Another selling point was the wood burning fireplace. “I’ve always had one, so I wanted to retain something,” she says. Over the summer she finished a spot to enjoy bonfires.
When she’s in her home and looks out her windows, she sees a lush backyard, not her neighbor’s property.
“Many of the other properties here don’t have the woods,” she says. ” So I think that’s what makes this one unique. It fit my dream of living in the woods, without having to live in the woods.”
At Home is a monthly column on Columbus Underground focused on urban home remodeling and style as well as older home renovations and unique homes in Columbus. If you would like to have your home featured in the At Home series, please send an email to me at [email protected].