For the last four years after getting her college degree, Kelly Querry, 25, has lived on Foster Lane, a small alley between Fifth and Sixth streets in Marietta.
Though there are many houses and garages dotting Foster Lane, only a handful of homes have actual addresses there.
Querry initially was not planning on living in Marietta, but the chance to work at a local school district changed her mind.
AMANDA NICHOLSON The Marietta Times
Ann Nicely, 33, sits and reads to her son, Henry, 2, at their Foster Lane home on Friday.
"I graduated from Marietta College in 2011," she said. "I had taken a job in Columbus, and I got a call to teach...at Warren. I thought, 'It's so close to school, how am I going to find a place?'"
She said she looked online and even had her mom helping her.
"Mom wanted me to find somewhere safe," she said. "We made a phone call, came down and looked at this place first. It ended up my mom made the decision for me."
At a glance
Foster Lane sits between Fifth and Sixth streets.
Those looking can find it across from Marietta College's McKinney Mass Media Center.
There are about three homes with actual addresses on Foster Lane, though it is lined with homes and garages for homes with Fifth or Sixth Street addresses.
Foster Lane runs from Putnam Street to Cutler Street, by Mound Cemetery.
She said the space, while small, is nice and is all she needs.
"For me, the landlord living right next door to me made me feel comfortable and safe," she said. "Mike and I, he's kind of like my grandpa. When I first moved in, he would show me (his workshop)...Anytime I need anything, it's like family (helping out)...It's just worked out really well."
Querry's landlord, Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, lives at the corner of Foster Lane and Whites Road. While his address is technically on Whites Road, he's lived in that area for upwards of 40 years. He chose it while working at the police department, living where Querry now does.
There are several things McCauley said he loves about where he lives.
"There's no traffic back here," he said. "It's quiet."
In fact, McCauley said it can get so quiet he can hear cars from many streets over, hear the courthouse clock toll the hour and even hear boats on the Ohio River.
"I'm in walking distance to the business section (of Marietta)," McCauley said. "I'm in walking distance from the (Frontier) shopping center. I'm in walking distance from Marietta College's campus...It's close to everything; I save a lot of money on gas...A lot of people don't like to have neighbors this close. The houses are a little closer together, but it's never been a problem."
Ann Nicely, 33, lives on Foster Lane with her husband Lucas and son Henry. Nicely said her house has many highlights.
"One thing that's nice is I walk to work (at Marietta College)," she said. "I don't technically have a front yard, but I have a big back yard that's fenced in (for the dogs)."
Not only does Nicely have several eye-catching things about her home, it's also historical.
"The home was built in 1890," said Nicely. "In addition, (we think) it was actually the carriage house to the house on Whites (on the corner). Through the years, it's obviously had additions. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Homes."
She said the neighborhood is definitely a pleasant one.
"I just like the quaintness of it, and my neighbors," she said. "I don't feel like I'm on an alley. I always joke with one of my good friends, who says, 'You live on an alley,' and I say, 'No, I live on a lane below Fifth Street.' It's a quaint little area."
Though there have been many perks to living on Foster Lane, Querry said there is one difficulty.
"The hardest one is public parking," she said. "The parking spots get taken by college kids. That's hard at times but you just make it work; I was a college kid once so I know what it's like. Usually, if (I) can just walk somewhere, (I) walk."
Nicely said that there are lots of things for Marietta residents to notice about little-known alleys, if they are willing to look.
"It's nice to walk the alleys in Marietta," she said. "There's a uniqueness to it...Usually when you think alleys, you don't think cute little houses...They're like little gems hidden in the alleys of Marietta."