By RITA KUEBER
A charming upscale log home nestled in Ohio’s picturesque rolling hills, with room for horses to roam, all in a serene, private setting. Sounds like a movie set, but it’s real – and available at 2540 S Mahoning, in Alliance. Built in 2012, this is a dream house for the original owners, and could be a new family’s dream house as well.
There’s an easy-going warmth to the property, from the minute the visitor enters the gates. The paved driveway rolls along, a neighbor’s cornfield to the left, a tranquil creek and lawns to the right. Through the ‘covered bridge,’ and past a barn and stable, the Amish-built cabin-styled house is set atop a modest hill.
A wide and welcoming front porch leads to a stunning great room that has a floor-to-ceiling stone stacked fireplace, pine timbers and hickory flooring. Everything is wood – ceilings, walls and floors, and the open rooms are airy and spacious. A floating staircase leading both up and down is central. To the left is an office or private den, also wood paneled, plus arched doorways. Behind it is a mudroom/laundry that leads to the two-plus bay attached garage. Along the back of the house is the kitchen that has custom-built hickory cabinetry, quartz counters, stainless appliances, roomy work space and a breakfast bar. The kitchen flows to the back sunroom that offers views of the property.
The first-floor master is a snug rustic hideaway, wood-paneled, of course, including the vaulted ceiling and cedar-lined closet. The en suite master bath has a heated floor, and step-in shower separate from the Jacuzzi tub. Large windows let in a flood of natural light. The house is well-designed, so that the current décor, super-cozy, country craft could easily be kept and added onto, or it could morph into anything from highly minimalist to an eclectic, personal mix. The wood finishes could accommodate an explosion of color or hushed natural tones.
Upstairs are two, maybe three bedrooms and a full bath. One room is finished in drywall, and could be used for storage, as a studio, or children’s playroom. The lower level has space for an additional office or hobby room, a full bath, plus an open space for recreation and a sitting area/family room with a stone fireplace. There’s also access to the garage from the lower level.
Outbuildings include a 32 x 24 horse barn that has two stalls, plus a 98 x 40 pole barn that has an updated one bed, one bath apartment. Two pastures and a riding arena are adjacent. Currently there is also a fire pit and vegetable garden, and given nine acres, there is plenty of room to create any outdoor feature desired.
Less than an hour from Cleveland, with easy access from Canton or Akron, Alliance is home to The University of Mt. Union, a private, four-year institution known for its liberal arts approach as well as excellence in criminal justice, pre-law and pre-med coursework. The house is just minutes from the campus as well as hospitals, retail and dining. Opportunities for fishing and golf are also nearby.
The main house has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in 4,110 square feet, gas heat, and whole house air-conditioning. The house has its own water filtration system. At press time the property is listed at $995,000 with homestead-status taxes of $123/year. For more information or for a tour, contact Ryan Young at 216-378-9618 or Ryan@TheYoungTeam.com. The Young Team is part of Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan.