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Unique Living

Tiny houses available locally

BARNESVILLE -- Perhaps it was the Great Recession or maybe people were just getting tired of all the stuff in their "big" homes, but a few years ago the "tiny house" craze struck the nation. To help make ends meet, people began downsizing into smaller existing homes on the market. And to help ...

Raven Rocks community cooperates

BEALLSVILLE ­ - Raven Rocks is an ecological-minded cooperative community on 1,268 acres of wooded farmland near the village of Beallsville, started by 19 people in 1970. It began as a way to preserve some of the rolling hills in Appalachian Ohio, and as a testing ground for ideas of human ...

Underground living in Belmont County

BEALLSVILLE -- Tolkien's Hobbit holes conjure up a quaint image from literature and film, but some people are undertaking underground living as a reality. One such pair is Richard and Mary Sidwell of Wayne Township, who make their home underground near Raven Rocks using a combination of ...

Finding New Purpose

WHEELING -- When businesses and organizations move, close down or expand, they leave behind old buildings. Sometimes these structures are left to crumble and stand empty before being demolished by the community to make space for new growth. Other times these buildings can find new purposes as a ...

Wheeling preserves post WWII housing tradition

WHEELING -- Although many of Wheeling's real estate trends have come and gone over the years, one short-lived style of the early post-WWII era lingers in the city today. While Americans celebrated a victory in Europe, the country's housing markets came up short, with returning GIs in need of ...

Living in Historic Homes a Labor of Love

WHEELING -- Living in one of the historic homes in the area isn't an easy task, but it is one that those who do say is well worth it. "It's a lot of work and love, but you end up falling in love with these old houses," said Flora Droze, who lives in North Wheeling. "It's not everyone's house ...

Vacation homes popular among local residents

BETHESDA -- From time-share condominiums to quaint park cottages and seasonal lakeside camping, local residents enjoy a wide variety of options when seeking a home away from home. A Bethesda resident, who was once an owner and subsequently a renter at the Carolina Winds Resort in Myrtle ...

Minimalist style gaining popularity

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - "The life we all wish we were living" is Kelly Cappelletti's description of the minimalist lifestyle. Cappelletti is owner and principal designer at Kelly's Suite II. Her staff includes: main designer Darek Wilson, design assistant Erica DeFilippo, and office manager ...