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Old 01-28-2013, 06:53 AM
 
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None of these places are truley in the sticks since they are fairly close to both Cincy and Dayton. The two I'll comment on are the two I go to alot (by car and on my bicycle), since the are close: Oregonia and Waynesville.

Both are in the Little Miami River Valley, which has a long rail-trail bike trail. The Little Miami river is popular for canoing. They are also the gateways to the Cesars Creek Lake region, which is a resevoir used for swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, hunting...sort of an outoorsmans paradise..

Both are essentially suburban at this point in time, as in the kind of people who live there and where they may work.

Oregonia is probably the most rustic-looking since it sits in a wooded river valley and is a rather small collection of houses + church...but the PO zip is probably including a lot of the surrounding country which is a mix of working farms, hobby farms, and large lot development strung out along country roads. Very scenic area & I know it as it has hiking and cycling opportunities (I go hiking near here quite a bit and have cycled here, too). There is no shopping except the convience store/post office. And the Little River Inn, popular with both kinds of bikers/cyclists (the ones with engines and the ones you pedal).

The vibe is one of those places where counterculture types moved during the 1970s back-to-the-land movement. Reminds me a bit of backwoods northern California towns up in the Mother Load or North Coast.

Waynesville is sweet. This is a fairly quaint country village built on a steep hill (its in the same river valley Oregonia is in, but built on the slopes, not along the river). So somewhat pictureseque...looking over rooftops and church steeples across the vallye to the hills beyond.

Great old 19th century architecture abounds (some of the oldest buildings in SW Ohio, since it was founded in the late 1700s!). But, newer subdivisions up on the somewhat rolling flatlands to the west, when you get on top of the hill...and a lot of large lot development along country roads, hobby farms, etc...similar to what's around Oregonia.

Waynesville is a big antiques/country crafts/Americana center, sort of a Yellow Springs for older, more consevative people. But it does have a small supermarket (IGA?), so there is everday shopping if you need something in a pinch.

Both of these areas are good if you want more rural flavor without being TOO far away from the two cities and more standard shopping (like Walmart, Kroger, etc...all available in nearby Lebanon, Centerville, Bellbrook or Springboro).
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Lebanon
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In that case ... Lebanon.
Yep, it's settled... Lebanon.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Lebanon
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Waynesville is a big antiques/country crafts/Americana center, sort of a Yellow Springs for older, more consevative people. But it does have a small supermarket (IGA?), so there is everday shopping if you need something in a pinch.
The grocery in Waynesville is Supervalu.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Looking for any info you can give me on the following areas:

just anything.....what its known for...is it a nice area...is it known for being run down...is it known for being nice...is there a difference with taxes, if it has lots of well water...are the wells usually good or bad?
do any of the areas have gas available? just anything that comes to mind on the areas.....

Thanks so much!

Oregonia, Wanesville, Franklin, Lebanon, and any area around that I may be missing....are any of these areas considered the "sticks"...?
From the perspective of a person living in an average city neighborhood

Oregonia - never heard of it
Waynesville - quaint small town, summer festival
Franklin - never heard of it
Lebanon - sprawl but with a good heart. a nearly impossible commute to downtown
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:29 PM
 
Location: A voice of truth, shouted down by fools.
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Oregonia
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The vibe is one of those places where counterculture types moved during the 1970s back-to-the-land movement. Reminds me a bit of backwoods northern California towns up in the Mother Load or North Coast.
Wellll...

One thing that has disappointed me greatly about Warren County is how little decent social culture it harbors compared to how the area looks. You LOOK around areas like Oregonia and you think "wow, this reminds me of <hip well known rural place>, there HAVE to be cool progressive people here" - and there simply aren't any.

Oregonia isn't Marin or Bucks County or Vermont by a very, very, VERY long shot.

I know I'm sounding really patronizing but I want to set the right expectations.

Around there if you're a hippie back to nature type you would pretty much stay to yourself.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Oregonia - never heard of it
Waynesville - quaint small town, summer festival
Franklin - never heard of it
Lebanon - sprawl but with a good heart. a nearly impossible commute to downtown
You should start hanging out in Warren County more often!

Oregonia, OK, but Franklin has two exits on I-75. Maybe even three.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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^ Having 3 exits doesn't exactly make it an enticing place to drive to. I had a friend move to Franklin, been there a number of times (over 10 years ago), and it wasn't exactly exciting.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Lebanon
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^ Having 3 exits doesn't exactly make it an enticing place to drive to. I had a friend move to Franklin, been there a number of times (over 10 years ago), and it wasn't exactly exciting.
I think she means that with all those "Franklin" exit signs to drive past on I-75, it's unlikely many folks would say they had not heard of it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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^ Having 3 exits doesn't exactly make it an enticing place to drive to. I had a friend move to Franklin, been there a number of times (over 10 years ago), and it wasn't exactly exciting.
Yes, but you've heard of it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:17 PM
 
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Indeed, I have. For whatever that's worth!

It shares an exit with Springboro, IIRC. Maybe progmac has heard of that.
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