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Old 03-07-2018, 10:39 AM
 
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Hello!

My family is possibly relocating to Mason from metro Detroit. We have 4 children (10, 8, 8, and 5). My husband will be working in Mason and I am a stay at home mom. Our price point is around $850k. My husband would like to be within 15 min of Mason to limit his commute. We are prepared to live in suburbia. We are thinking we want to stay within Mason but are, of course, open to other suggestions.

At a high level we are looking for an area with the following criteria:

great public schools (or affordable great private schools)
larger homes (5+ bedrooms, min 4,000 sq feet)
family friendly neighborhood (sidewalks, parks, bike paths, etc.)
nearby extracurricular activities for the children (swim, tennis, dance, soccer, gymnastics, theatre, etc.)
nearby tennis facilities for my husband and me (we both play regularly)
welcoming community

Would like any advice on specific subdivisions / neighborhoods within the Mason and surrounding areas that meet the above criteria. Thanks in advance for any input you have!

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Old 03-07-2018, 10:53 PM
 
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Hello Jamie,

According to Ohio Department of Education, here are the top-ranked school districts in the Cincinnati area:

Madeira 108.964
Indian Hill 108.807
Wyoming 107.158
Mariemont 106.757
Mason 105.040
Sycamore 103.531

These schools are all in the top 5 percent in the state of Ohio. Madeira is about 20 minutes from Mason and is within the I-275 beltway.

As someone who is in Mason occasionally, from my perspective it is a clean suburb with a very good reputation. Mason is home to the Beach Waterpark and Kings Island Amusement Park, which are regional attractions in the summer months.

Mason is the home of one of the largest Tennis Tournaments in the world, which occurs every August. The nearby Little Miami Bike Trail is considered one of the great rail-to-trail bike systems in the country. As the population of Mason has grown in recent decades, a number of diverse restaurants have popped up and its local culture has begun to reflect this.

Perhaps people from that part of town can give you the specific neighborhoods within Mason that would be best for you.

In terms of tennis clubs, the East side of Cincinnati is full of them. Tennis is ingrained into the culture, as the sport has been part of the fabric of the community going back to the 1800s. There are several clubs between I-71 and I-275 in the areas of Indian Hill, Madeira, Blue Ash and extending into the city of Cincinnati.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:20 AM
 
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Jamie,
Mason is one of the best suburbs for families imo. My kids are growing up here and the schools are excellent, and diverse, although very large. You will love the green space, walking, biking trails and the general layout of the city. Tons of restaurants and activities for kids. If your kids are in sports, extra curriculars everything's within arms reach. It's easier to find newer larger houses here with all the development going on. Great privte school options within 15 min drive, if you're considering that. The Linder tennis center is right here in Mason and we get to see the celebrity players in summer! Kings island and beach water park are big attractions too. You should check it out.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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Here's the best house in Southwest Ohio for the money (in my opinion)-----The BEST builder in Cincinnati built it for his family at one point----I believe it has a big side yard for kids playing around---there are a ton of kids in this neighborhood. Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in either home---I have driven by it, and have followed them on the MLS. If I didn't already have a nice home----I would buy this house in a second. It would cost well over $1 million to build today. This community has a neighborhood pool----It sounds like your family would enjoy a social membership at Four Bridges CC (approx. 5 miles away). It has a very active tennis league---many stay-at-home moms play regular tennis and platform tennis every morning after the kids go to school (and it's warm outside). The Club has a very large swim team.


https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/C...Mason-OH-45040


If you want a resort style pool and willing to spend a little extra money (I heard a Cincy Bengal used to rent this home):


https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/C...Mason-OH-45040

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Old 03-08-2018, 07:54 AM
 
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Mason is the home of one of the largest Tennis Tournaments in the world, which occurs every August.

In terms of tennis clubs, the East side of Cincinnati is full of them. Tennis is ingrained into the culture, as the sport has been part of the fabric of the community going back to the 1800s. There are several clubs between I-71 and I-275 in the areas of Indian Hill, Madeira, Blue Ash and extending into the city of Cincinnati.
Along the same line concerning tennis, this article from the Business Journal just appeared...
https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinna...expansion.html
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:02 PM
 
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[quote=flashes1;51246702]Here's the best house in Southwest Ohio for the money (in my opinion)-----The BEST builder in Cincinnati built it for his family at one point----I believe it has a big side yard for kids playing around---there are a ton of kids in this neighborhood. Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in either home---I have driven by it, and have followed them on the MLS. If I didn't already have a nice home----I would buy this house in a second. It would cost well over $1 million to build today. This community has a neighborhood pool----It sounds like your family would enjoy a social membership at Four Bridges CC (approx. 5 miles away). It has a very active tennis league---many stay-at-home moms play regular tennis and platform tennis every morning after the kids go to school (and it's warm outside). The Club has a very large swim team.


https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/C...Mason-OH-45040

That house looks beautiful. Classy and tasteful.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/C...Mason-OH-45040

That house looks beautiful. Classy and tasteful.
Agreed. I love the builder's taste, and that house is truly custom-built from the ground up. And I'm not kidding that I would buy that house today if we didn't already have a nice house in the area. But if I could put the pool from the 2nd house in the back of this one----I probably couldn't resist it. The owner is a P&G exec. who's transferred-out---so the house sits empty. I'm sure they would entertain pretty much any decent offer.


I drive by it all the time due to a friend in the neighborhood. Carmelle is crawling with youngsters....and it's located south of downtown/Rt 42/Bethany----which is good around rush hour when traffic backs-up on the 3 main North-South arteries of Butler-Warren, Mason-Montgomery & Rt. 741.

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Old 03-09-2018, 08:03 PM
 
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OP, that's a heck of a budget, which will make it easy to buy a place around here.

Your best choice is probably Mason, followed by Montgomery/Blue Ash (Sycamore Schools).
As far as specific subdivisions go... there's not a ton of difference. You might get better resale value if you buy in Heritage Club just because $825k is on the low end in the development, and some easy cosmetic renovations would more than return your investment. Places like this house:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6...?fullpage=true

Update to nicer finishes for $150k on top of the $750k list price, and you'd have a million dollar house.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:00 AM
 
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Thanks all! Any input to the school systems? I spoke with the secretary at Mason ECC (K-2) and WR (3-4) and was blown away by the size of the classrooms and number of students. Perhaps a smaller district is more our speed? 7-800 students per grade makes me super nervous my kids will get lost in the shuffle.

That said, my husband does not want to commute super far. What is the commute like in and out of Mason during the rush hours?
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:42 PM
 
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Thanks all! Any input to the school systems? I spoke with the secretary at Mason ECC (K-2) and WR (3-4) and was blown away by the size of the classrooms and number of students. Perhaps a smaller district is more our speed? 7-800 students per grade makes me super nervous my kids will get lost in the shuffle.

That said, my husband does not want to commute super far. What is the commute like in and out of Mason during the rush hours?

Disclaimer: I'm not a parent and don't even know all that many people with grade school age or middle school age kids. That said, I applaud your family's decision to avoid a long commute. I would share your concern about the humongous size of the district. But it might be informative to question school officials about what kinds of programs or activities exist to bring students together in small groups. I think the availability of that kind of thing might end up being more important to their mental and social well-being than any negative in being in a very large school. It's a well-regarded district, and I'm betting they've addressed the issue.
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