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Old 11-06-2017, 12:19 AM
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I'm from San Francisco, California. My boyfriend was raised in Fairfield township. We know very little about the city life in Cincinnati, aside from what I've gathered from the census data, these forums, and other rabbit holes google took me to.

I am almost finished with my BSN and will start working at Cincinnati Children's soon. We have a 4 year old and are expecting baby #2. I hate to bring race into it, but reading the other forums on here, it seems to be a hot topic. So I suppose it's worth mentioning that we're a young white family in our mid to late twenties. We currently live in a nice area but our house is too small once baby #2 arrives (honestly it's already too small). But, because of baby #2, I have to defer from school for a year, which means we'll be living on a small income, and our max budget is $120k for a home. Unfortunately, its impossible to find much for that in the "family-friendly" "safe" areas with top schools like West Chester, Hyde Park and Blue Ash.

The home we're looking at isn't *in* the villages of daybreak, but just down the road. I know Bond Hill is a predominately black neighborhood. I, myself, grew up in a black neighborhood. School was very rough and I was often called the KKK just because I was white, despite all of my friends being black. And jumped constantly. Obviously I don't want the same for my kids (though it was ultimately good for me) but from what I've seen, Norwood View Elementary seems like a decent school. We'd relocate before the kids reached middle school.

So, my question is, how unsafe is Bond Hill, really? We've walked around the neighborhood a few times and drove around, and I feel safe. But honestly I'm used to rough neighborhoods so it takes a lot for me to be bothered. Is it worth it? We love the house, it's perfect for our needs and our budget. OH. It's important to note something else. The back door has clearly been crow barred. Kicked in. Someone was clearly trying to break in. It's unclear if this was a domestic issue, a "locked out of the house" issue or a burglary. Still waiting on that info from the realtor. But. Not a good sign.

If you think Bond Hill is a bad idea, do you have any other recommendations on inexpensive neighborhoods? Preferably something close to Children's, and all of the family friendly activities like the zoo, aquarium, art museum, etc.

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:29 AM
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Good morning,

I am not sure about Bond Hill since I have never lived there, but they do have some great houses and Mercy health systems just moved there headquarters there which will hopefully spur some new development in that area. I bought a house last year in Madisonville and and love living in that area. It a very diverse area and everyone I've encountered have been very friendly. The houses are pretty cheap but are sure to increase due to all of the new developments happening in the area. it is also close to the interstate so you should have no problems with getting to Childrens. I would def.give Madisonville a look.
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Old 11-06-2017, 05:58 AM
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Whether you realize it or not, you've already identified an ideal area in which to relocate: Norwood. The school you mentioned is just one of the things in Norwood's favor - as is its integrated school system at large. The surrounding area includes homes within your price range, low traffic residential streets for children's safety; nearness to numerous amenities (for example: Kroger's sizable Surrey Square foodstore and Marshalls discount outlet, Norwood's Rookwood upscale shopping complex, Oakley Station's array of big-box stores) and, depending upon your exact location, a 15-minute or less commute to Children's Hospital. In addition, three bus routes converging @ Surrey Square will take you almost anywhere within the city, and also connect you (including via an express bus) with Cincinnati's premier shopping plaza, Kenwood Towne Centre.

In stark contrast (other than its nearness to the hospitals), Bond Hill has none of these qualities to offer. It's simply a nondescript, predominately black and troubled neighborhood going nowhere. Scratch it off your list.

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Old 11-06-2017, 06:15 AM
Location: Cincinnati (Pleasant Ridge)
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Village of Day Break seem very safe to me, but all I really know about them is driving on Langdon Farm. Just below depends on how far below. IMO, anything from Seymour down to Dale Ave is nice. Bond Hill really gets bad rap from how shady Reading Road looks, but a lot of the side streets aren't bad and some are very nice like Bella Vista and Gafton. Even west of Reading road has some nice streets like Elizabeth. I'm sure living in Day Break or just below would be perfectly safe or as safe as any other neighborhood in the city. Of course if you're worried about crime it doesn't hurt to check other possible areas in your budget.

Beyond Norwood and Madisonville that have already been mentioned, I'll give a shout to Pleasant Ridge. Right next door, booming biz district, safe and good elementary school. If it's too expensive check out tiny Golf Manor is right next to Pleasant Ridge. Affordable and Safe and an odd little melting pot of blacks, whites and Jews.

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Old 11-06-2017, 09:40 AM
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Suggest you take a look at Deer Park. Should be plenty of modestly priced housing there.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:38 AM
Location: 45237
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I grew up in Bond Hill, left in 1969. It was a great neighborhood back then, not so now. Personally the only part of Bond Hill I would consider is east of Reading Rd. where it borders Norwood. As mentioned by others Pleasant Ridge and Golf Manor are good choices. Pleasant Ridge Montessori is the elementary school that serves both and I have heard good things about them. Golf Manor's housing is about 2/3rds the price of houses in Pleasant Ridge, which is in vogue now. Push comes to shove, Bond Hill would rank behind any of the communities that others on here have mentioned.
Golf Manor – 6450 Wiehe Road • Golf Manor, OH 45237 • (513) 531-7491
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:15 PM
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I grew up in Bond Hill ih the 50s and 60s. 1st Elizabeth Place, then Reading and Carrahan and finally on Portman.

That said, I don't think I'd want to live there today. California and Reading is a drug hub and it fans out from there. Shootings are commonplace.
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Old 11-06-2017, 01:45 PM
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Second Pleasant Ridge, although from what I've heard Pleasant Ridge Montessori is on the way to being massively overcrowded. Something to look into if you go that way, and also most of the houses that are in the "good value" range tend to go quickly, within 24 hours.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:36 PM
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120,000 house price? Tell your boyfriend to get a job. You can't afford a family home here unless he does.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:22 PM
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Have you considered renting for the time being?

It might be worthwhile to think about it for the time being. Once you're a BSN, your income will go up quite a bit, and even with paying down loans you'd be in a much better financial position to get a larger mortgage for a house in a more desirable area.

I don't know a ton about Bond Hill, but I have heard OK things about neighboring Hartwell. I would not advise living in Lincoln Heights though, but Lockland might be a solid pick on that budget. I suspect values in Lockland will go up in the next 5-10 years because of its nice downtown and proximity to Wyoming & I-75.

But from a quick look at the map, if I were in your shoes and 100% tied to your listed constraints, I'd move to Newport and buy this house:


Or one like it in that neighborhood. It's walkable, even to family friendly places like the aquarium, Newport on the Levee, and The Banks, Newport Schools aren't horrendous, and it should be OK as far as safety goes. The downside is the commute. Southgate up the hill would be worth a look too, better schools but you sacrifice the walkability.

Good luck!
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