Our Town: Sunrise, sunset: Times to soak up the atmosphere

With the best view of the city, residents of Bellevue Street on Harmar Hill are privy to not only stunning sunrises but glimmering nightscapes and eye-level fireworks.

“This was supposed to be our five-to-10-year home,” said Pam Holschuh, who has now lived perched on the hill overlooking Marietta for 22 years. “The sun rises right there, I love to come out on the porch with a coffee and just sit. I have like 10,000 photos of sunsets. Every single summer and fall morning is beautiful.”

And the street becomes a block party for the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival’s annual fireworks each September.

“We cover the whole front lawn with blankets and the whole street turns into basically a carnival,” she said.

Retired city councilman Harley Noland waited for a chance to snag his dream view on the street for 15 years before purchasing his home from Dorothy Oyster’s children 20 years ago.

“I had interviewed her when I was doing pieces for the Times on streetscapes years ago. She and her husband built the house in 1941,” he said. “And I had to have that view. My favorite time of day is actually when the sun sets behind us and it makes all of the brick buildings in the city below glow with a warm red orange light. That I think is the most romantic time of day from my house.”

Holschuh noted that because of the elevation of the street, she still feels like she’s living in the country, overlooking a big city.

“The fronts of the houses are staggered and the backyards go downhill so it’s still so quiet up here,” she said. “And we’re all constantly doing projects on the houses here so you keep up with your neighbors and most of us have lived here forever.”

At the beginning of the street sits a concrete pad and iron cast map from Sewah Studios that outlines what those looking out can see from the perch.

“So many people come up to Lookout Point for that view every day,” said Holschuh. “And you’d think that driving up that hill would get crowded or slick, but it’s always fine.”

Another favorite sight for Noland is the water fowl which make use of the thermals rising off the cliffside of the hill.

“They’ll be floating at eye level, turkey buzzards and other birds, just lazily spiraling up without work,” he said. “It’s really a unique view. From my house I can see two train tracks, watch the Riverfront Roar and only hear a low buzz, I can watch the reflections on the water or admire the lights. It’s truly one beautiful sight.”