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Old 11-22-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Someone responded to the sticky with questions for newcomers. I think it is best if we encourage people to use the questions in the sticky but copy/past into a new thread. I'm going to do that for "mama24kiddos," who just posted this reply in the sticky...
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OK... here it goes. We are potential relocators...raised in midwest and have been here in NC for almost two years. Have been to Cinci area once and looked around but it's alot to take in. I HAVE taken the time to read posts about areas that look like it might be a good fit for a family of two adults with four kids ranging from 10-3 yrs of age. I confess..I am not tech-savvy... so I did the copy/paste thing. I am aware it is probably not how to correctly use the "sticky"... but my entire family is errand running and I have to use the time I have. I truly appreciate any and all feedback. We hope to make this area our long-term home.


Where is you current location and environment? Research Triangle Park area, North Carolina - neighborhood with small lots but many children
. Are you looking for similar in Cincinnati or a change?
We like the number of families.. but wouldn't object to a bigger yard
. Where will your work location be? Evendale to Dayton area
. Maximum commute time desired? 30 minutes

. What is you budget for housing? Would love to stay at/ below 375,000
. Rent or buy? Buy
. Type (Apt., Condo, Single Family) Single family
. Size (Approx. Sq. Ft., # Bedrooms & Baths) Could do 3 bedroooms but 4 would be better
. Other specifics? Would really like to have some walkability

. Neighborhood environment? friendly is a must for us...I like a mix but other kids around are important
. Urban, young professional, nightlife Not a big for us anymore
. Suburban, family friendly, lots of activities for kids Bingo!!!
. Older, distinctive architecture, individual character That's what I prefer but we are open minded
. Modern, 15 yrs old or less, move-in ready, low maintenance Not my first choice, but if all other criteria were met...keep the mind open!
. Yard - none, small, large (1/2 acre or more) At least small...maybe bigger
. Very safe, low crime area? Yes please
. Can tolerate some degree of crime potential? How Much? Hard to answer that one... crime potential everywhere right?

. Schools? Very important with four kids in elementary/middle
. Not applicable
. High Ranked Public schools yes... but overall feel and ability to get to know people is important too
. Small or large district? definitely not so big that we would feel like just a number... open to consideration
. Consider Private schools? Probably not in the budget
. Special considerations? Our oldest daughter takes gifted classes... but my others don't...I would like her to be challenged but it is not the only factor and we are NOT hung up on that

. Community amenities? The kids are used to local swim teams... that would be fun...
. Walk to shopping, restaurants, entertainment? I would love to use the minivan less...
. Town/city community center for adults & kids would be great but not necessary
. Swimming, fitness center, running track, adult activities If they have child care... yes
. Private neighborhood association, swimming & fitness Well, we have one now... an HOA ... and it's a bit of a snob fest. But I don't think I will rule it out entirely and it does serve a purpose.
. Nearby fitness centers & clubs
. Lots of parks & youth athletic leagues Volleyball, soccer, at the rec level
. Jogging & biking trails Love that idea
. Other?

. Specific wants/desires? My older three swim year round and I would love to find some additional information on middle school teams (if they exist) or year round clubs. I don't know if they will continue it or not but it is a great way to meet people
. Please identify any specific wants/desires not mentioned above. So... I have to mention that the taxes seem higher than what I am used to. I am OK with paying more for more services... I just have to consider it in the budget. Which areas would you say are "worth it?"
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati near
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A lot of good info. I would love to live in this area:

828 Kingfisher Ln Glendale OH Listing Details: Sibcy Cline Realtors® Cincinnati Real Estate

A lot depends on whether you prefer the Princeton or Lakota school district.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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We need to get this thread retitled and identified as from the original OP. There are obvious good benefits. Please act on these requests monitors. The longer we delay the more confusing it will get.

Last edited by kjbrill; 11-22-2011 at 08:09 AM.. Reason: add comment
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Glendale = Princeton schools. I wouldn't recommend that district for her age of kids as she stated schools were important.

For schools where you are not a number, I would look at Wyoming, Mariemont and Madiera. Other areas to consider if you don't mind a bigger district would be Sycamore schools (Blue Ash, Montgomery and Symmes Twp) and Mason.

I know swimming is big in Wyoming - I live here, so I can speak to it, but not the other areas as much. Wyoming is a small district, so it's division 2, not division 1 like the bigger districts). The team practices up at Powel Crosley YMCA year round (high school team and then club swimming). They have club swimming for younger than HS as well. See link.
Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA :

I'm pretty sure if you are exceptionally good, you join the Cincinnati Marlins (my neighbor's daughter was an excellent swimmer and was commenting on that the other day to me). I was a big swimmer from a grade school age through college, but I was in the Pittsburgh area, so what I've picked up on is just my interest in it, but not personal experience with Cincy swimming.

Here's a link to the Cincy Marlins:
Cincinnati Marlins :

Since it's a club team, you can live anywhere. The location for Princeton HS is in Sharonville. So you would be close to Glendale (part of Princeton schools), Wyoming and West Chester (Lakota schools). For the Keating location, you would be close to Wyoming and Finneytown (schools in Finneytown are ok, but not top tier).

There are swim clubs tucked all around these towns for the summer. I know in my town (Wyoming), there are 3 swim clubs. I would imagine that you will see that for all the older towns around here. Summers are often spent at the pool and with summer swim teams.

As for taxes, around here, you really get what you pay for. Top school districts have higher taxes. The better the services are, the higher the taxes are as well. We were in tax shock as well when we moved from NC to CT (prior to moving here). We did find, though, that you get what you pay for...

Hope that helps a little. So happy to hear of a swimming family moving to Cincy....
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Mason has an excellent aquatic center which is part of the joint High School and Community Center venture. I know there is an olympic sized indoor competition pool there, but am not familiar with what level of competition they are in. Within the same complex is a city operated outdoor pool which also has competition lanes.

The Countryside YMCA in Lebanon also has excellent aquatic facilities. I would assume the Lebanon school swim teams would utilize them, as it would be rediculous not to.

Did some more checking. Apparently Mason is making good use of that aquatic center.

http://www.pulsejournal.com/sports/h...s_sports_48072
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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I wouldnt recommend Lebanon's schools. We lived there for 5 years, and moved away due to schools. They are ok, but they are not top notch. Their community is not great about supporting schools either. They barely passed their last levy, and failed the one previously.

In Lebanon, they do practice at the Countryside Y for swimming. They have year round club and a high school team as well. If you or your spouse are working in Evendale (which is where my husband works), be aware of the commute. The drive wore on him - another reason for our move. It could be 25 minutes - days he went in early, left late. But, when it rained or snowed (or there was an accident), it could take an hour or more. We made the choice to be very close to work and are loving our decision...

Mason does have great schools as well. Housing is newer and has less character than suburbs closer to the city. It developed more recently, so you can see the suburban sprawl up there. It's a personal choice on what you want in housing/suburban sprawl feel. I have plenty of friends who love Mason, and others that can't stand it. It is a huge district, though. One of our friends has a 1st grader and her full class size is right around 800. I believe this past year Mason graudated around 600, so I would think they will feel some growing pains as the large classes move up (lots of young familes flocked there with the new build boom). Definitely an area to look into if you like newer houses and don't mind a large district.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I was mistaken, Lebanon has a community pool which the school swim teams use.

Countryside YMCA in Lebanon does have excellent aquatic facilities with 5 indoor pools and 3 outdoor pools. Some of the district championship meets are held there.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Community pool in Lebanon?? I never once heard of that the whole time I was there. I searched on it, and all I found was a Lebanon, Indiana community pool. Is that what you mistaked for Lebanon Ohio? From what I can gather, Kings, Lebanon, Little Miami and I think one other team all practice at the Countryside Y. I could be mistaken, as it's hard to find anything on it, but I never heard of a community pool there. Everyone goes to either their neighborhood pool or the Y for swimming.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Community pool in Lebanon?? I never once heard of that the whole time I was there. I searched on it, and all I found was a Lebanon, Indiana community pool. Is that what you mistaked for Lebanon Ohio? From what I can gather, Kings, Lebanon, Little Miami and I think one other team all practice at the Countryside Y. I could be mistaken, as it's hard to find anything on it, but I never heard of a community pool there. Everyone goes to either their neighborhood pool or the Y for swimming.
You are correct, I did not go far enough to realize it was not Lebanon Ohio.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Back to the original OP, mama24kiddos.

If you google Cincinnati Competition Swimming you will get quite a bit of information concerning the various organizations in the area.
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