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Old 08-14-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Hi,
My husband just got a job in downtown, Cincinnati. We are looking for a home and from the suggestions of a friend who has lived in the area, are looking in these areas: Blue Ash, Loveland, West Chester, Anderson, Harrison, and Mason. Pets but no kids (yet, prob. soon though)...However, I have never lived in a big city and am wary about traffic times. He would like to be within a 45 minute drive from work, a normal 8-5 job. Do you think this is possible if we find a home in one of these areas? My favorite house so far is in West Chester, but driving time on google to downtown is 33 minutes and I'm assuming it could even be an hour real time...anyone have any ideas? Thanks very much!!
Demosth
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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You'll probably get some good feedback from people who make the commutes you're asking about. But as you find homes that look interesting, I suggest you actually make the rush hour drive each way yourselves to test it out.

Just curious why you're not considering areas closer to downtown. The prospect of essentially adding the time of an extra work day (7.5 hrs) each week just for commuting depresses me
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:54 AM
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45 minutes or under will get you from most of the areas you mentioned to downtown under norml conditions. A wreck can certainly tie up any of the major highways I-75, I-71, etc. and extend the time considerably. Some days in the Winter can be much longer due to weather, but closer in is no better due to the increased hills and the lack of road treatment. I-74 out to Harrison seems like an all day trip.

I would prefer a direct route on either I-71 or I-75. I-275 seems to be a never ending problem of re-construction and slow traffic.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:58 AM
 
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Anderson will generally give you the best commute of your choices and West Chester probably the worst.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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Just curious why you're not considering areas closer to downtown. The prospect of essentially adding the time of an extra work day (7.5 hrs) each week just for commuting depresses me
Rep point for you!

Go to Wikipedia's traffic congestion article and look for avg. time lost with families and work hours lost due to traffic if you really want to get depressed.

Moronic? Arguably, yes.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I hate it how all of the new people coming to Cincinnati think that moving to the suburbs here is a nice place to be. The majority of the gangs in Cincinnati (yes, we apparently now have MS13 hanging out in Fairfield, Hamilton, and Westchester) are up north where you're looking. I wish people would start following the trend of this city, and start looking into a more urban area, hell move to downtown, that place is growing like crazy every day with the new casino, banks project, and the new residential all being built at once and new ones in the planning stage.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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OMG guys just answer the question. We should welcome people here no matter if they live in the city or suburbs!
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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OMG guys just answer the question. We should welcome people here no matter if they live in the city or suburbs!
lol
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Hi,
My husband just got a job in downtown, Cincinnati. We are looking for a home and from the suggestions of a friend who has lived in the area, are looking in these areas: Blue Ash, Loveland, West Chester, Anderson, Harrison, and Mason. Pets but no kids (yet, prob. soon though)...However, I have never lived in a big city and am wary about traffic times. He would like to be within a 45 minute drive from work, a normal 8-5 job. Do you think this is possible if we find a home in one of these areas? My favorite house so far is in West Chester, but driving time on google to downtown is 33 minutes and I'm assuming it could even be an hour real time...anyone have any ideas? Thanks very much!!
Demosth
The nicest neighborhoods for persons without children are in the City of Cincinnati and the nearby suburbs of Mariemont, Madiera, and Indian Hill.

In Cincinnati, the best places to live are Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park.

When you are a soccer mom with a van full of kids and three different schools, go to Mason.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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Rep point for you!

Go to Wikipedia's traffic congestion article and look for avg. time lost with families and work hours lost due to traffic if you really want to get depressed.

Moronic? Arguably, yes.
It's kind of a sore point with me, because when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s my family lived in what is still a largely undeveloped area in the far northwest limits of Colerain Township. My dad commuted every day to GE in Evendale. In the winter, he left long before daylight and returned home after dark. There was more snow in the winter back then, and it was worrysome thinking about him navigating those narrow, hilly country roads in the cold and dark.

It was (and still is) beautiful country out there, but I still regret the time he spent on that commute. Wasn't my decision, of course
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