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Top Restaurants in Lancaster Near Ety Road

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The slogan of Lancaster Midtown is “Convenient Living.” Located right off of Ety Road in Lancaster, there are plenty of attractions right in the backyard of the Schottenstein Real Estate Group’s rental community.
Since we are within short walking distance of Ety Road, we are very familiar with the great dining in Lancaster. Below, we’ve listed the Top 5 restuarants in Lancaster near Ety Road. Whether you are looking for a great meal with your family or more of a casual joint, we’ve got you covered with our list!

  • Max & Erma’s - 2703 North Memorial Drive Lancaster, OH 43130
  • Bob Evan’s - 2157 Schorrway Drive Northwest  Lancaster, OH 43130
  • Olive Garden - 2093 Schorrway Drive Northwest  Lancaster, OH 43130
  • Red Lobster - 1515 River Valley Circle North  Lancaster, OH 43130
  • Panera Bread - 1374 Ety Road  Lancaster, OH 43130

From seafood to Italian to American fine dining, you will have plenty of unique restaurant options in Lancaster , Ohio. If we left one of your favorite restaurants off of this list, comment below and we’ll be more than happy to add it! Happy dining and we hope you enjoy the great city of Lancaster, Ohio!

How to Maximize Closet Space

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Moving into your first apartment (or any new apartment for that matter) is an extremely fun and exciting experience. That is, until you realize that you don’t have enough room to fit your ever expanding wardrobe. While we do pride ourselves on having some fantastic closets at the Schottenstein Real Estate Group apartments, we know that sometimes, no matter how big the closet, there can never be enough room. So, when we found this great video about how to maximize your closet space, we just knew that we had to share.



For more than 40 years, Schottenstein Real Estate Group has established an outstanding reputation in development, management, and marketing by creating only the finest projects and communities with the highest standards. Our rental communities are decked with convenient amenities and staffed by people who share our commitment to customer service (and, as we mentioned, our apartments have really nice closets!). Want to learn more? Visit our website at today!

SRE Group Welcomes Mason Grand and Grove City Summit!

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The Schottenstein Real Estate Group has added several new communities in recent months to their resume. While Lancaster Midtown is a state of the art community in Lancaster, Ohio, SRE Group has expanded their reach to new developments in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati and Grove City, Ohio.

Mason Grand is the first high end rental development in one of the nation’s Top 10 best places to live. The location is off of I-71 at the Kings Island exit, just east of the Kroger Center. It will consist of 294 high end apartments all with attached garages and top amenities such as resort style pool, 24 hr fitness center, lounges, fire pit café, media room, business room, free wireless internet, community garden, butterly gardens, car wash and much more! 1, 2, and 3 bedroom townhome and garden apartments will be available. If any Lancaster residents are in the Mason area, feel free to stop by these brand new Mason Apartments! 

From the moment you enter Grove City Summit, you’ll notice the care and attention to detail with which it was built. The thoughtfully designed apartments feature unique finishes, open floor plans and plenty of spacious closets and storage areas. Plus, you’ll be living in Grove City, a community rich in charm and convenience with easy access to central Ohio’s major destinations. Learn more about our Grove City Apartments!

Fourth of July Celebration: Lancaster, Ohio

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When you think of the 4th of July, we’re betting that the first thing that comes to mind are fireworks. Fireworks and 4th of July have gone together, well, since forever, and there are some pretty spectacular and famous displays across the country. Specifically, Lancaster, Ohio has a unique 4th of July celebration that includes a parade and float competition, arts and crafts, rides and attractions and live music.

If you happen to be living in Fairfield County, make your way down to the Lancaster-Fairfield Fourth of July Independence Day celebration. Most importantly, the annual celebration was created to honor our country and our freedoms.

Event Details: The 4th of July celebration includes a parade from 10AM to 12:30PM.

From 12:30PM to 10:00PM, join the fun that will feature amusement rides and attractions, concession stands and two stages of live music. During this time, visitors can watch the 4th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The fireworks will kick off at 10PM, so be sure to get a close seat early.

Click here for navigational maps, detailing parking information, booth stations and more!

Lancaster July 4th Fireworks
Where: Fairfield County Fairgrounds
157 East Fair Ave
in Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Spring Activities in Lancaster

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North Market Columbus

The sun is finally coming out earlier and it’s staying dark later. Spring is officially here and Columbus residents have already gotten a glimpse of the warm weather! People who live in the capital city of the Buckeye state are already dreaming about all of the outdoor activities that lie ahead of them, and we’re here to recommend a few that you may not have thought of!

While there are great spring activities in Lancaster, Ohio, there are also amazing events all throughout Columbus.

1. Catch a Columbus Clippers Game!

With one of the best minor league stadiums in the country, catching a game at Huntington Park in the Downtown Arena District is an absolute must! Additionally, the Clippers have won the Governors Cup a good amount lately so you are certain to see some quality baseball.

2. Grab Lunch at the North Market.

The North Market is home to dozens of unique, independent merchants and farmers who deliver personal and personable service every day of the week. With over 35 different options for food, you will be extremely pleased with a healthy meal that you can take outside while enjoying the nice weather as well.

3. Check out the Short North’s Gallery Hop.

The first weekend of every month, the shops on High Street in the Short North stay open late and Columbus residents flock downtown to walk down one of Columbus’ most happening streets perusing the stores, checking out the restaurants, and enjoying the nice weather.

4. The Columbus Zoo.

The Columbus Zoo is home to over 9,000 animals representing over 700 species and sees over 2.3 million visitors annually. It was ranked number one best zoo in 2012 by Besties Readers Choice. Spending a day with family and friends at the Columbus Zoo is an amazing spring activity in central Ohio.

5. Walk Down the Scioto Mile.

If you’ve never been, the Scioto Mile is a beautiful riverfront destination in the heart of Downtown Columbus. Spend a day (or evening) walking from the vibrant Arena District to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths.

We don’t know about you, but just looking through this list makes us excited for longer days, warmer weather, and spending the springtime checking out the best events and destinations throughout Columbus.

The First Live Your Dream Prize!

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The Schottenstein Real Estate Group’s Live Your Dream contest is underway. Contestants told us how they would use one of our great prizes to help them live out their dream, and we will be selecting one winner each month… starting NOW!

This month, we’ll be giving away our first of two $100 Visa gift cards. As a local company ourselves, we of course want you to Live Your Dream with this first great prize, but we also always encourage people to shop locally.

So, what would you buy with your $100 Visa gift card? Maybe a gourmet meal for your family from The North Market, which offers everything from homemade pasta to gourmet desserts to the freshest seafood in town; Maybe date night at awesome Zagat rated Short North Italian restaurant, Martini; Maybe even your summer membership to Cosi, the dynamic center of science and industry or The Columbus Zoo, one of the nation’s best rated zoo’s. The options are really endless!

Whatever you decide to spend your gift card on, just remember to keep living your dream with The Schottenstein Real Estate Group! Stay tuned to our Facebook page to see if you’re the lucky winner of a $100 Visa gift card this month, or of one of our other fabulous prizes in the months to come, all leading up to our grand prize, a $1,000 gift card to Value City Furniture.

To enter the “Live Your Dream” contest and to learn about all of our other great prizes, click HERE!

What Lancaster Residents Should Know About St. Patrick’s Day

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Lancaster Ohio St. Patrick's Day

Lancaster, Ohio Becomes Irish on March, 17

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday known for it’s green food, green costumes, and possibly most importantly, green beer. But, not many people of Lancaster, Ohio know the actual story of St. Patty’s Day or how it became one of the biggest drinking holidays in the United States.

St. Patrick’s Day is actually a religious holiday named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival in Christianity in Ireland.

Originally, blue was the color that was associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but over the years, green became the main color of the holiday. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the pagan Irish, which is how this symbol became synonymous with the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day is not a legal holiday in the United States, however, it’s celebrated all throughout the country. Parades and drinking were always part of the holiday, though Americans have taken it to another level. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is something that originated not in Ireland, but in America. New York, to be exact, on March 17, 1762. In Lancaster, there are Irish Bars around the city that celebrate the St. Patty’s Day.

At Lancaster Midtown, we want to know how you’re planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Whether in your apaartment, or out on the town with friends, have fun and BE SAFE!

How to Design Your Apartment to Look More Spacious

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The thought of moving into a new home or apartment is very exciting. It is great to imagine the day that family and friends will be spending an abundance of time at your new home. Convenient living is an important motto the Schottenstein Real Estate Group believes in. Below are 3 design tips that can turn you’re apartment or townhome into an exciting living space with a lot more room.

You'll notice the walls at our apartments are a neutral color.

1)    Use neutral colors & ghost furniture: By using neutral colors, you can make your place look bigger because more light will reflect off these colors. In terms of “ghost furniture”, it simply means using clear surfaces. These items can be glass tables or lamps etc. But it will give the illusion that there isn’t as much bulky stuff in a small area.

2)    Downsize your furniture: Instead of a large sectional, buy two small recliners or a love-seat  If you plan on having people over buy some bar stools for guest to sit on so you don’t have to rely on a couch for seating. If you downsize to a full size bed, you will not only save money but you can be more creative with the extra space in the room where you sleep every night.

3)    Embrace multifunctional spaces: You can create boundaries in your small apartment

You can certainly use the table pictured or the bar in the background to do some work!

with cubicle shelve units and placement of your furniture. By doing this you can make your one bedroom flat, look like a multifaceted setup. Ask yourself, is this table only being used to eat on, or can it also be a desk?  By doing this, you can really maximize the look of your apartment.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful and you can turn your apartment into a more spacious living environment for you and your guests. If you have any questions regarding the size and layouts of any of our SRE Group apartments, feel free to contact us today!

5 Tips to Spruce Up a Rental Apartment

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Moving into a new rental community is an extremely exciting moment in one’s life. Whether you’re moving into your own place for the first time or relieving yourself of home ownership responsibilities, having a haven of rest with outstanding amenities is always rewarding for a renter.

The notion exists that in order to make changes to your home, you must own it. This couldn’t be any further from the truth! When you arrive at your apartment each and every day, you should not only feel that it’s the one place you’d chose to be over anywhere else, you should also feel like it is your own. Below we’ve included five tips to spruce up your apartment and give you the feeling of “home” every time you walk in the door:

  • Purchasing (or making) artwork is a fantastic way to add character to your apartment. Whether the artwork will go in your living room, bedroom or kitchen, the only thing that really matters is that the pieces give your place some personality and make it feel like it’s yours. Target and Wal-Mart are great places to start searching for artwork at an affordable price and Michael’s is the go-to spot if you’re looking to create something on your own.
  • Merge your junk into storage space. Whether you throw unnecessary items away, store them elsewhere or consolidate them into bins, the saved space will provide you with more room and make your apartment feel homier. With the added space, you’ll be able to be creative as to what pieces of furniture you can move around your apartment.
  • Change the color of your apartment and the look and feel will be completely different! Many landlords allow the tenant to make these types of changes, so just be sure to check with yours and assure them that you’ll paint it back if they would like before you move out. Having a color you love on the walls will make a huge difference in how you feel about your apartment!
  • Focus on the outside of your home. Whether the patio in the back or the walkway and driveway leading to the front door, decorating the outside of your apartment will make a huge difference. Flower pots, welcome signs and patio furniture all great ideas to make your apartment more welcoming from the outside.
  • Add Uniqueness in visible areas. If you are a wine drinker, place a custom wine rack in the kitchen showing off your favorite chardonnay. If you are into sports, have a wooden magazine rack with the latest Sports Illustrated. This will add personality to your home, help you stay organized, and ensure that you have the things you love at your disposal all the time.

There are many other tips and tricks to sprucing up your rental community. Keep in mind that your apartment should reflect your personality and if that’s the mentality you have while decorating, visitors are sure to be raving about your home!  

SRE Group Grants Lancaster Midtown Resident Amazing “Live Your Dream” Prize!

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Tiffany and her husband Josh are ecstatic to have won the SRE Group “Live Your Dream” contest!

Tiffany Thompson had to pinch herself after she received the phone call from theSchottenstein Real Estate Group that she was the “Live Your Dream” winner. Over 100 entries were submitted into the contest that lasted throughout the 2012 calendar year and Thompson’s touching story resonated with the entire SRE Group staff.

The “Live Your Dream” campaign allowed Central Ohio residents to inform the SRE Group about their dream on Facebook, and the Schottenstein Real Estate Group would make one lucky winner’s wish come true. For Thompson, her husband Jeff served in the military in Iraq up until 2010 and had surgery around the same time. Her dream was for the entire family to go to take a trip Disney World.

“Having the entire family back together and my husband helping out with our four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son has been amazing,” said Thompson. “I want both of my kids to remember the trip and we have a lot of bills to catch up on at the moment so the Schottenstein Real Estate Group came up with another idea.” 

Thompson is a resident at Lancaster Midtown, SRE Group’s newest community, so the Schottenstein Real Estate Group brought another suggestion to the table. “We figured if we provided Tiffany with three months free rent, their family would be able to catch up on bills immediately, which they expressed was a concern,” said Brian Schottenstein, Vice President of SRE Group. “The Thompson family couldn’t have been more excited about being selected the winner and we are ecstatic to play a role in helping this family live their dream.”

“The three months free rent will allow our family to save up money and by the time we do that, our son will be old enough to remember the trip to Disney!” stated Thompson. “From the moment we moved into Lancaster Midtown, the Schottenstein Real Estate Group has gone above and beyond with their exceptional customer service. Winning this contest is just icing on the cake and I never could have imagined being selected the winner!”