House For Sale in Kamms Corners West Park

Was contacted by Missy from Kamms Corners asking some advice about selling our home in West Park and offered to post her home info, looks like a great house!

Its a great deal for someone because you can basically buy this house for 250K for the same monthly payment as a 180K house in Lakewood or Rocky River because you don’t pay property taxes.Here is the deal – we bought it for 244K in 2004. It had a 15 year tax abatement, now that we’ve lived here for 5 years there is 10 years left and it is transferable. We have it listed (with a realtor) at $249,900. Here is the site I created for it, the MLS data is on it too.

The hubby seems to think the tax abatement aspect is a good deal too. 

Here’s the MLS listing:

From the pics, looks like it has a deck out back with a nice-sized fenced-in backyard, laundry/utility room, finished basement with bar, gorgeous master bath and large eat-in kitchen which opens up to the deck.  

I checked out the location on a map too, off of Rocky River Drive, a few blocks from Lorain Avenue, near Kamms Corners Shopping plaza and the news bars/pubs/restaurants in that area.   I’m surprised we didn’t look at these when we moved to West Park initially, but then again, we were looking for an all brick home at the time.    If you’re looking in the area for something a bit larger and newer, and can afford the price tag, I’d suggest you check it out!

Until next time,



For Sale By Owner – West Park Brick Cape Cod Bungalow

Anyone looking to move to West Park?   Will work with buyer’s agents.

Great neighborhood for young families with kids or for buying a starter home. 3-bedroom/2-bath brick home on beautiful street in desirable West Park neighborhood. Hardwood floors and 8 ft. ceilings, including 2nd floor master suite. Roomy eat-in kitchen plus formal dining room, both with built-ins. Wrought iron and woodwork details throughout plus granite windowsills and six-panel hardwood doors. Two brick fireplaces. Insulated sunroom with double-pane casement windows and third entrance into home — great for self-employed with access to 3rd bedroom/office wired for internet. Safe, friendly neighborhood within walking distance to grocery store and Warren Village plus 10-mile drive to downtown Cleveland, Crocker Park shopping, or Lake Erie. Easy access to all highways and RTA Rapid Transit (lightrail) station.

Windows replaced with Regency double-pane windows in 2007, newer furnace and central air, new stove/oven. Dishwasher installed in 2003, garbage disposal in 2009. Finished room in basement remodeled in 2005 with built in home theater system — projector, 92-inch wall-mounted screen and surround sound stays.

Contact me if you are interested and I can provide more details. Asking $140,000 to compensate for current market conditions, willing to negotiate (bought at $155,900 in 2003), Feel free to pass along/share.

St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland

Last night my sister called me up to see if I was going to take the toddler downtown for Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.  I told her no, that he would be going to school today and I would be doing housework.  I actually wanted to clean the gutters, to which she reminded me that I should not be doing alone, in case I should fall and break my neck.  Best to at least have someone around to call 911.

Anyhow, she used to love the St. Patrick’s Day parade, cutting school, spraying her hair green, heading downtown.  My first time actually seeing the parade was only a few years ago, when I was working downtown and was able to catch it on my lunch hour or watch it from my office window. 

Today is the first St. Patrick’s Day that I have been home in my Irish-Catholic neighborhood since we moved here nearly 6 years ago.  I’ve spent all but one at work, the one spent not at work I was at a funeral of a lovely Irish woman.  I only grew up 10 minutes from here, but this neighborhood is different.  I had to run into Walgreens this morning, and I happened to put on a green shirt, lest I be labeled an outcast.  As I was walking in, a woman said to me, “this must be the Irish corner.”  I have to admit, of the hubby and I,  I definitely look the most Irish.  However, I have not an ounce of Irish in me.  But I do blend in well on this holiday, and everyone’s Irish on March 17th.  The hubby, on the other hand, is about 25% Irish, and the toddler definitely inherited some Irish as well.  He probably favors the hubby’s grandparents in looks more than anything.

Where I grew up, the only kids you saw on St. Patrick’s Day were the majority of the students in our high school heading across the street to the house where the party guy lived.  I was one of those few kids still sitting in the classroom watching my classmates funneling into that house.  

Around here, many of the kids go to Catholic school, which means that they get the day off.  So, in Walgreens, there were several kids with green hair, and as I drove down Lorain, I realized I should attempt to avoid that strip of road today if I don’t want to get stuck in traffic.  Lots of girls all gussied up in cute green outfits, and kids randomly walking down the street.   I’m sure the bars along that road, particularly the Irish pub, will be quite busy. 

It’s a lot of fun, and almost makes me want to get out on this beautiful day and appreciate the one last St. Patrick’s Day we’ll be celebrating in this house before moving to another suburb where I’ll assume it isn’t such a big deal.

I’ll miss our neighborhood when we leave. 

Until next time,


Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market Benefit This Saturday

A friend and neighbor shared this with me, sounds pretty cool if you’re in the neighborhood!

I wanted to let you all know about an awesome event this Saturday (November 8th), in Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood. Those of you who live in the neighborhood…tell your neighbors:

West Park Station (17015 Lorain Rd) will be hosting a Party and Corn-hole Tournament to benefit the Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market. It all kicks off this Saturday, November 8th from 1pm – 4pm. Come down and watch Ohio State take on Northwestern and help support a great local farmers market (voted Best Farmers Market by Cleveland Scene).

The Party and Corn-hole Tournament Includes:

  • $25 at the door and you get: draft beer, well drinks, soft drinks, pizza, salad and chicken wings (you’d spend at least this amount anyway during the game!)
  • Door Prizes and 50/50 raffle
  • Corn-hole Tournament

Will be held on rear patio, weather permitting

16 team limit, single elimination

$30 entry fee per team

Grand Prize = 1/3 of total entry fees (minimum of $100 prize)

This is a great deal and it helps support a great neighborhood institution! I hope to see you all there. If you can’t make it, please forward this message and the attached flyer to your friends and contacts. If you want tickets ahead of time or want to register a team, call 216-252-6559 ext 1000.

My Son is So Awesome to Me

I just wanted to write something bright and cheery today.    I love my life.    Yesterday I was talking with some friends at work about how I am looking forward to turning 30 next year.    I’d take being 30 yeras old over being 20 years old any day.    Life is so much about attitude and about looking forward.    I have by no means had an idyllic life, though I certainly feel as though I am blessed with one now, and as a friend reminded me at lunch this week, I need to stop feeling guilty about that.   I dealt with enough in life up until now that I should finally allow myself to enjoy the life I have now.

So, I am going to.    Yesterday was great.    I was standing on my neighbors’ front lawn talking to them and their twin daughters through the front window, when I turned around and saw that the hubby had our 23 month old son on his toddler tricycle (kinda like a Big Wheels, but easier to ride) and my son was peddling the tricycle all by himself!    He was so proud and was showing off for the twins.   And I was so proud that I would have cried if it wasn’t for the fact I was standing there talking to my neighbor.

Everyday our son is less of a baby and more of a toddler growing into a little man.    It’s so awesome to watch.   He’s even lost his little baby Buddha belly!    I know how parents all talk about how awesome their kid is and I know in their eyes it is true…I don’t care if anyone thinks our son is awesome…because he is awesome to me!

Until next time,

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Free Jazz Concert in West Park

From an email I just received:

Great news! The CJO is playing a FREE CONCERT at Impett Park, sponsored by Cleveland Councilman Marty Keane, Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation, and Saint Joseph Academy, Saturday June 28th, from 7-9 pm.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and the mood to be entertained and educated at this “Blossom like” experience.

The program begins with soloists

Maggie McGuire – Alto 1
Jessica Louis – Alto 2
Kristen Herrmann – Tenor
Mary Kate Kennedy – Bari

The young women will play “Jump, Jive An’ Wail” – words and music by Louis Prima, arranged by Johnnie Vinson, with the CJO rhythm section. Then they’ll play a short set :

“Funkathustra” – arranged by Dave Mills
“Celtic Aire” – by Fred Sturm (Maggie McGuire and Mary Kate Kennedy solos)
“Amber and Trinita” – by Doug Beach
“Everybody Twist” – by Mike Tomaro (Kristen Herrmann solo)

CJO prices are normally $30 per ticket, but this event is FREE thanks to Ward 21 Councilman, Martin J. Keane and the City of Cleveland. Parking is limited, so you may want to walk, bike, or arrive early to find a spot.

You may also be interested in visiting information tables regarding City of Cleveland services.

See you at the jazz concert!

Until next time,


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