Hide-A-Way Hills, Ohio is a private gated
community situated at the gateway to the Hocking Hills Region in
Southern Ohio. The front
entrance gate of Hide-A-Way Hills sits about 15 to 20 minutes
south of Lancaster, Ohio and within an hour's drive south of Columbus,
community consists of over 1654 wooded acres. 504 acres of the
to the Membership and is known as common property. Included in
the common property, various amenities
are provided by the Hide-A-Way
Hills Club which are available to Hide-A-Way Hills Members. One must own real
estate in Hide-A-Way Hills to be a Member. The Club does not sell
Hide-A-Way Hills Club is owned and operated by
its Membership through its Board of Trustees which consist of 9
who are elected directly by the voting membership of Hide-A-Way Hills.
Hide-A-Way Hills was
born in the Year of our Lord, Nineteen Hundred Sixty One. From 1961 to
the present time, The "Hills" have gone through many changes to make it
what it is today. The original developer was Hide-A-Way Hills
managing partner Jedo Estates, Inc. Hide-A-Way Hills Company controlled
the development as well as the facilities of Hide-A-Way Hills.
In 1965, construction
began on the dam for the Lake of Four Seasons by C.M. Luburg
Company and Ken Jewells Well & Associates Engineering firm. The dam
was completed in 1966 at a cost of $500,000. The dam contains 437,000
yards of dirt. If placed 12" high and 12' wide it would extend
miles which is approximately the distance from Columbus, Ohio to
Like all land
Hide-A-Way Hills Club was not without its problems. Sales people
for the developers on a commission basis made promises that fell to the
right side of ridiculous to sell lots. Many older Members may still
the paved roads, Artesian wells, shopping center, lots with no snakes,
sauna under the pool, teen center and the many other promises made to
lots. There were problems with financing, operations, and the
of the Hills. Articles of Incorporation were submitted and
by the State of Ohio on the 28th day of September 1972.
While HAH Club was a
real entity, the Club had no control over operations or how the
dollar was spent. A Negotiation Committee was formed. After many days
nights of difficult, but wise, negotiations, the Articles of Agreement
was drawn up. This document allowed for the management of the Hills own
assessment dollars.On May 6, 1973 a code of Regulations was voted on
approved by the members as a guideline for governing themselves.
continued to transfer title to all common property within the
of the Hills.
One small item remained.
Mortgages from the original developer still existed on common property
of the Hills. Through negotiations again, all parties agreed to forgive
the liens IF the membership could find buyers for over $150,000 of
They worked hard and on February 10,1974 they found buyers for over
worth of lots. 1974 was the beginning of a new era for HAH. With the
owning all common property and facilities free and clear, the
and disbursement of their own funds, and no unsavory sales force to
with, the members began to look at the Hills as their own. 1991
The Membership passed a Special Road Assessment to control the dusity
roads by applying chip and seal to the main roads. 1992
Special Assessment was passed to catch up repairs required on the dam
and pool. 1993
The Club installed the Microbrewery through Member donations. The
facility is equipped to breww 900 gallons per month
A unique opportunity
faced the Hide-A-Way Hills Board of Trustees late in the year of 2003
54 acres of adjacent land came up for sale. The land parcel included a
farm house, garage, and 54 acres which was surrounded by Hide-A-Way
on 3 sides. The land was purchased by the Hide-A-Way Hills Membership
brought the total of Hide-A-Way Hills Club land base to over 1650 acres.
A Special Assessment was passed to complete necessary dam repairs to
Lake Deerfoot and Lake Arrowhead.
Hide-A-Way Hills celebrates their 50th Anniversary with a week long
festival of events.