Park History

Welcome to Avenue Woods!

My name is TR Hach and I am proud to say I am the third generation owner/manager of our little community. We are a 55 and older community located in the heart of Mentor. Although I am biased I am confident in saying we have one of the nicest communities in the county and the best in the county west of State Route 44.

The 40’s and 50’s

In 1949 Ralph Hach (my grandfather) purchased approximately 7 acres on route 20. On the 7 acres were very small sites and for travelers to rent and park their travel trailers. He called it “The Friendly Park”. The travel trailers didn’t have bathrooms; they were just too small and cars weren’t designed to pull the additional weight. In the 40’s the landlord provided the “facilities” and ironically they were housed in the same building as our current offices.

At the time many people crossing the country took Route 20. During the 50’s and up until the mid-70’s Mentor was the Rose Capital of the world. Some of our guests were vacationers, some were migrant workers and some were looking for a place to live. 

As the country developed and the highway system was completed we were forced to change with the times.

The 60’s

In the early 60’s my father Ted, after attending The Ohio State University and serving in the Marine Corps as a Captain, returned home and decided that he would help his father reconfigure the community to what it is now. Had they not changed – they surely would have gone out of business.

What they developed were over 100 sites complete with off street parking, street lights, common areas, curbed roads and many old growth trees for shade and cover. My father’s philosophy was different than most developers in the 60’s. Most investors/owners wanted as many residents as possible – more people equal more money. My father on the other hand thought people would appreciate having larger sites, curbed roads, trees to appreciate, and strong management to keep the community a nice place to live. Unknowingly having larger sites has given us the flexibility to accommodate larger 16 foot wide homes and in some cases even double wide homes.

During this period of time I had the pleasure of working with my father since I was as a very young man, handing him tools on projects, repairing lights, mowing lawns, pouring and breaking concrete and other general maintenance.

Today

In May of 2000 my dad decided it was time for him to enjoy the fruits of his hard work and retire.

My return to the family business was perfect, my wife (Mindy) and I had recently had a little girl (Chloe) and I had always wanted to come back and run the business. After several years with The Richard E Jacobs Group and Forest City Enterprises, my dad and I came to an agreement that it was time for me to come home.   

The last 15 years have been a very mixed bag of varying levels of business and installation of new homes. In the early 2000’s we brought in between 5-10 new homes per year – selling them just about as fast as we could set them up. The second part of the first decade we met up with significant challenges business and personally.    Business from 2006 was particularly tough and my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, my father passed in 2009, but we held down the fort and made it through a very difficult time economically.

Here we are 2014, the economy is looking brighter, we have made several improvements over the years to the community including changing the name of the community to Avenue Woods, new signage, seasonal activities, adding picnic tables to our common areas, a community room, along with the continued effort to update the homes in the community. We now have me, and two part-time employees who strive to meet our resident’s needs.

What the future holds will be interesting. We believe we are in a great situation to help people looking for a quality two home experience (Sun Belt State and Ohio) and we are reviewing adding services for our residents – snow, and landscape services, day trips, activity calendar, picnics (fees will vary).

If you are in the market or have a loved one who might benefit financially and emotionally from “downsizing”; or you have interest in owning a winter destination home we can help. Please call me personally at 440 479-1607.

I hope to hear from you and hope you like our community.

We proudly support:

  • Mentor Chamber of Commerce
  • Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary International – Mentor Chapter
  • Lake County Council on Aging – Board Member