A skylight adds daylight to the kitchen’s U-shaped workspace, which is framed by oak cabinets, most with slide-out shelves.

Peaceful country view



2.4-acre setting surrounds 3-bedroom ranch

Contributing writer

“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” was never a truer statement than when describing the ranch home in its country setting at 10825 Lochard Road in Sidney.

According to one current owner, you can see across open fields to buildings about 3.5 miles away, and for most city dwellers that would seem like “forever.”

“We moved from Cleveland and we thought we would like to try country living,” said the other owner. “We wanted a ranch home with a basement. (This one) was being built when we found it.”

Because the home was not yet finished, they were able to make a few changes in the floor plan, such as adding skylights and enlisting the help of a kitchen designer to incorporate desired amenities.

Set on an open lot of 2.4 acres, this ranch home offers about 1,790 square feet of living space, plus a full, unfinished basement.

Patty Murphy of Galbreath Realtors lists this home for $189,900.

Cool breezes flow across the front porch, where a wooden swing invites sitting in the shade surrounded by a matching wood railing. Protected by a storm door, the six-paneled front door opens into an entry with ceramic-tile flooring.

Oak casings frame the opening into the living room and the triple window that faces the front porch.

Neutral carpet extends into the open dining room, which has built-in curio shelves recessed into the wall at one corner.

At the end of the entry a skylight recessed into a deep well provides natural light at the entrance to the family room, which enjoys a gas log fireplace with ceramic-tile facing and an oak mantel with fluted posts. Wood-framed sliding glass doors open to the raised deck from which the open view can be enjoyed. Flat stones edge the landscaped flowerbeds around the deck. A short distance away from the house, another wood deck creates an easy entry to the above-ground swimming pool. Nearby is a barn-style storage shed. A fire pit sits about center of the deep green space, which ends at an open field with pines and maple trees at the edge.

Another skylight adds daylight to the kitchen’s U-shaped workspace, which is framed by oak cabinets, most with slide-out shelves. An appliance garage is installed at the end of the peninsular counter, which provides a separation from the breakfast room.

Conventional and microwave wall ovens are stacked together near the side-by-side refrigerator. The four-burner gas cooktop and the dishwasher were replaced about three years ago.

A boxed bay window enjoys the backyard view from the breakfast area, which has a buffet station set on the back wall with a pantry cabinet and upper glass-door display cabinets.

The half-bath is adjacent the mudroom, which offers washer/dryer hookups and access to the oversized, two-car garage, where there is a pull-down ladder to reach the upper storage space.

On the opposite side of the entry, a hallway leads to sleeping quarters and a hall bath with a tub-and-shower combination.

Another full bath with tub and shower is in a private corner of the main bedroom suite, which offers a walk-in closet and double windows with the rear nature view. All three bedrooms have paddle fans.

The full, unfinished basement offers a second set of washer/dryer hookups, a deep laundry tub and built-in storage shelves. A well expansion tank was added early this year. The sump pump, patio door and carpeting were replaced in 2015; furnace and water softener in 2014; and a new roof was installed in 2012.

This location is in the Sidney school district. Shelby Oaks Golf Course is about a mile away.

For current owners, the experiment in country living worked – they have enjoyed the home for 23 years.

“It’s a peaceful and relaxing place to come home to,” said one owner.

The other added, “When our family comes to visit, they love it.”


Price: $189,900

Directions: Country Road 25A to Sharp Road, left on Lochard Road

Highlights: About 1,790 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half baths, ranch, brick facade, full unfinished basement, built 1994, oak kitchen with pull-out cabinet shelves, updated furnace and other equipment, deck, porch, above-ground swimming pool, 2.4 acres, attached 2-car garage, storage shed

For more details:

Galbreath Realtors

Patty Murphy

(937) 418-0450


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