Mandi Johnson makes it look easy. The 32-year-old Stark County native runs Making Nice in the Midwest, a blog where she chronicles home remodels, DIY projects and travels with her family. She’s also a frequent contributor to A Beautiful Mess, a popular lifestyle company founded by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.
For more than a decade, Lynn Troyer and her husband thought about buying the run-down cottage next door. They watched the property, which they categorize as a century home, change hands before deciding to purchase the house themselves.
When Terry and Susan Verble pulled the trigger on the largest and most expensive addition to their North Canton home, they did it with their family in mind. Their two sons, Ben, 15, and Sam, 13, were the ripe age to enjoy an in-ground pool in the Verbles’ backyard.
After more than 80 years, hotelier Frank Onesto’s vision of the crown jewel of Canton has taken root in another developer’s mind. The Onesto Hotel, a designated Ohio Historic Landmark in downtown Canton, has been reborn as the Historic Onesto Lofts, one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments, and the building has been restored to its former opulence by owner Steve Coon.
We asked a few Downtown Canton residents to show us around their places and tell us what it’s like to live downtown. What we found was a vibrant energy and enthusiasm for the city — and some beautiful living spaces.