Alan D. Miller | Like to look inside other people’s homes? You’re far from alone – Opinion – The Columbus Dispatch


Stories and photos about high-end houses in central Ohio are so popular that they draw hundreds of thousands of page views on Dispatch.com.

People love to look inside other people’s homes.

That’s no surprise to anyone who has gone to a real estate open house and found half the neighborhood there to get a peek inside their neighbor’s house — not with any intent to buy, but just because they’re curious.

And yet, it still can be surprising to see that curiosity represented in the statistics of visits to the Dispatch.com website when we post stories and photo galleries of homes for sale — especially high-dollar houses.

A story and photo gallery last week about a $1 million house built recently in the long-neglected South of Main neighborhood on the Near East Side had more than 86,000 page views in one day.

But that pales in comparison to the stories and photos about the house known as the Huntington Mansion in Bexley, which was purchased by former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good and his partner, Doug Sadler, for $1.35 million in January 2019 and sold for $1.8 million on Aug. 20.

All told, those two stories and photos attracted more than 1.3 million page views.

As reporter Jim Weiker wrote last year, Good and Sadlerhad made improvements to the 11,000-square-foot home, such as replacing the four tankless water heaters, adding a new entrance gate, pruning the property’s extensive trees, rewiring the home for Wi-Fi and security, repairing the fountain…

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