Is it just me, or does this three-bedroom ranch seem a bit overpriced?
Yes, it is situated on a scenic wooded lot in tranquil Bath Township. And yes, it has big picture windows and a rambling deck out back, offering nice views of the woods, the pond and walking trails.
But it’s 60 years old ... it doesn’t have a basement ... it only has 1½ baths ... and it’s only 2,170 square feet, awfully small for this price category.
And oh yeah, one other thing: It used to be the home of Jeffrey Dahmer.
You might have heard of him. Guy who carved up animals while he was growing up in the Revere school system, then graduated to humans. Buried his first victim in this very yard.
Asking price: $329,000.
The owner reportedly is selling because he is moving back east.
I suppose the good news for prospective buyers is that time and numerous sales have put some distance between the West Bath Road property and one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers, who was busted in 1991.
The current owner has been there for nearly seven years, and the previous owner lived there for five.
Summit County property records show that, in the most recent sale, in December 2005, the house fetched $244,500.
In other words, less than seven years later — a period that coincides almost perfectly with the nationwide housing bust — it’s worth 35 percent more?
Even with significant updates, that seems like a reach.
Bob: I would like to announce that I am pleased, honored and thrilled that Cedar Point has chosen to name it’s new ride after me. This is quite a surprise that they’ve named the most rockin’ ride in Northeast Ohio after the most rockin’ disc jockey in Northeast Ohio.
I’ll soon begin negotiating with the park to be one of the first persons to experience this new ride when it opens next year.
Steve “The Gatekeeper” Hammond
Steve: There’s probably a decent joke here somewhere about WONE’s ratings and former Cedar Point ride the Demon Drop, but I shall refrain.
This isn’t local, but it’s way too much fun to pass up.
The Associated Press said a man who was seen “dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches.”
A wildlife honcho said the man wasn’t doing anything illegal, but expressed concern that “Goat Man” might not be aware of the dangers.
In need of labels
Bob: I see Ohio.com now features those fancy cameras we (as in taxpayers) installed all over our highways.
Sadly, though, we didn’t purchase the camera that tells you which direction it is pointing. So you can vividly see one side of the highway is backed up for miles but you don’t know which side that is unless you recognize a landmark.
For example, check out the camera at state Routes 8 and 303. Route 8 South is the lane on the right side of the display. However, with the next southbound camera, at Route 8 and Barlow, the southbound lane is on the left side of the display.
I guess it would have been too simple to install the cameras along the same side of the highway to create some consistency. Maybe ODOT could just leave up the orange barrels 24/7 instead.
Ed A. Caruso
Ed: I’m still trying to figure out which end is up. But ODOT says you have a good point and that they’re in the process of addressing it.
“We have been working with the camera vendor to implement a title overlay on the camera image to show the directional heading,” says spokesman Justin Chesnic.
“All of our cameras have this capability. There will be something in the future that will show which way the traffic camera is pointing.”
Ask and ye shall receive, Ed.
But you won’t be receiving it soon. Estimated timetable: four to 10 months.
Those must be some really special labels.
Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.