Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Gimme Some Elbow Room!

Gimme Some Elbow Room!

room to growSome people like being close to people.

Some like privacy and elbow room.

While I might specialize in helping people with condos and patio homes, which rarely have much in the way of a yard, I'm on the other end of the spectrum personally.  We bought a home 20+ years ago that came with 2.5 acres (more deep than wide).  It's heavily wooded on all sides, one neighbor has 16.5 acres and the other 20.  We have a clearing for the front yard and a clearing (some of which we created) in the back.  Lots of that cleared space is flower beds.  Add a kennel area for keeping the wild things away from our dogs when we take them out, enough room for a big shed and a couple of beehives and we're happy campers...except for one thing that has bothered us for years.

We needed MORE elbow room!  While we've always had good privacy, the reality is someone could come up to about 20' away from our home and cut down all the trees and there's not a word we could have said about it. Their property, their right.  And because we're right off of an interstate exchange, there's always the possibility that some developer will buy the farmer's fields up the street and maybe go after the neighbor's 16.5 acres and build homes right up to our back deck.

So we talked to our neighbor and she agreed to split off and sell us an acre right next to the parcel that contains our home.  82.18' x 530 ft of all woods that protects our homesite.

While we do our fair share of  helping people buy and sell homes, this was a rare occasion for us.  Our last real estate purchase was 25 years ago, and splitting off land into a new parcel was a new experience.  We hired a local real estate attorney to take care of the work with the county and the closing documents.  A new survey was needed, so we split the cost with the neighbor since it involved surveying her entire lot and not just our split off section. 

We worked through the process and this morning with a few signatures the transfer was completed.  We've got more elbow room (and a bit more street easement for me to mow!).

Elbow room is something we often see get missed in a home search.  Depending on how a home is placed and the neighbors are placed, acreage by itself doesn't guarantee privacy.  A 5 acre lot that is narrow and on cleared land may offer far less privacy than a .5 acre lot in the woods.

And once again the key thing to remember is what you don't own, you don't control.  Time and again we hear wailing and gnashing of teeth in Facebook groups because someone has a gas station going up behind their home, or the golf course is being sold and turned into more homes.  The expectation that what is not developed today will STAY undeveloped is a recipe for heartburn.  Plan for the fields and the woods of suburbia to become something different.  It's the brutal reality of what is happening in much of our market.


Need help buying or selling an area home?  Just give Bill a call/text at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com


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Liz and Bill aka BLiz 


Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas

The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comment balloon 5 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • April 28 2018 01:11AM


Congratulations on you new purchase Liz and Bill Spear . I like a larger lot myself but I 'm getting to old to mow more than 1/4 acre.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) 9 months ago

Good morning Bill and Liz. Boy do I hear you. I have the 1/2 acre with privacy. It's perfect.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 9 months ago

As you know, we specialize in homes and multigen homes with elbow room for the soul. We were living in a condo 3 years ago and our hearts were screaming for nature and privacy. I'm happy you have added to your elbow room.  We also have woods on our property - I do worry when we get strong winds after a heavy rain fall, but so far, so good. :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 9 months ago

That's awesome Bill!  Now you've got all the elbow room you want and need to protect your privacy.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 9 months ago

Congratulations on your new home, Liz and Bill.  It sounds like it is going to be your little piece of heaven.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago