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Old 11-05-2010, 09:14 AM
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The wife might be getting a professor position at Xavier University in the fall of 2011. We currently live in the Chicago area. Although I've driven through Ohio a few times in the past and spent some time at Columbus, I'm not at all familiar with this area. What are the best places to live if, say, we also wanted to buy a home with a few acres of land for some hobby farming and horses?
What's the real estate and climate situation like there.
Is it a good area to raise a young child? Are the schools good?
Anyone please describe to me what this area is like.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:50 AM
Location: Cincinnati
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That is a big question and is tough to answer. Some schools are bad, some are good, in some areas real estate is doing all right, other areas much slower. Depends where in the metro you are.

But, in the broadest of strokes: real estate sales are down, prices fairly steady. We haven't seen the price depreciation of other Ohio cities, largely because we have a stable white collar base. More blue-collar parts of the city are seeing greater depreciation I think.

A couple acres and a hobby farm? That should be doable. Land tends to be cheaper on the west side, some people even live in rural indiana where land is even cheaper. Otherwise I'm not sure, but someone on here should be able to help with rural land choices. Hard to say about schools without knowing what district you'll be in. Presumably not Cincinnati City since you say you want a few acres. Some of the more rural areas have substantial fairly impoverished Appalachian populations, out in Clermont County for example. Excepting the north and northeast, our hinterlands aren't like some of the rural areas around much of the midwest that have always been relatively wealthy because of good soil and efficient farming.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:02 PM
Location: Mason, OH
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For the OP. He says they are coming from Chicago. Just how far do you think they have to be from Chicago to enjoy a couple of acres and a hobby farm? In Cincinnati just go West a little over 1/2 to an hour drive into Indiana and you can enjoy a full class farm - not a hobby.

The general real estate climate is like the rest of the country - it sucks. If this is a realistic inquiry, come on. You will find property around Cincinnati to be priced at least near a 20-year low. If you can't find something you like, you must be asking for dreamland.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:27 AM
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I say go west. There's a lot of really nice areas, comfortable rural feel, and close proximity to a lot of smaller cities without having to live in one. What I mean is that you can get to a grocery store, walmart, or a restaurant in 10 minutes but have rural quiet living.

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