When this neighborhood was a cornfield, Randy Colyn was about to graduate high school. The year was 1973.
This Altoona cul-de-sac, Camelot Court, started to develop in 1974. Forty years later this quiet part of town has many homes, beautiful mature trees and is well kept.
Homeowners Randy and Gay Colyn have lived in their 1975 Altoona home since 1999.
“We probably wouldn’t have purchased this home had I not been able to add on to the garage,” Randy says.
The original garage was 20×20 feet. He added on an additional 24×24-foot garage that is fully heated with drains for melting winter snow off his wife’s car. It’s his favorite spot.
Randy spends a lot of time in his man cave. He just built a sled for this winter to pull behind his four-wheeler. He has also just finished building log splitters. This garage is fit for a king and Randy is at home and prepared to build whatever he wants.
Meanwhile, back inside, his wife Gay is more partial to the layout of the home. Their frequent weekend guests are their three grandchildren ages 8, 4 and 1. Randy’s wife and daughter will be taking the three kids out and about trick-or-treating later this month while he mans the fort and hands out candy to more than 100 kids.
“This is a very family-friendly neighborhood, and there are kids out playing all the time,” Randy says. “Halloween is very busy here.”
In the past 15 years of living here, the couple has accomplished much of the same familiar home maintenance as most homeowners. They’ve reroofed the house, added all new windows, installed a new heater and air conditioning and paved the driveway.
A more simple seasonal update will be planting colorful mums and keeping five squirrel feeders full of food.
“This neighborhood has tons of squirrels,” Randy says. “It’s fun to watch them, so I started feeding them, too.”
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