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Old 03-05-2009, 05:12 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am a married young professional (no kids) relocating to the Cincinnati area. I am interested in purchasing a house (max $250K) and have found several great cities in my price range. I am, however, unsure of what commute times look like from various cities. Can anyone share rush hour commute times from places like N. Kentucky (Covington, Florence, Independence), and North of Cinci (West Chester/Liberty Township, Mason)? I'll be commuting to Cincinnati Children's.

Also, if you have any suggestions about other areas I might want to look at, please let me know. Essentially we are looking for a 3-4 bedroom house with a fenced yard in a decent area and ideally no more than a 30 minute drive to Cincinnati Children's. Schools aren't a major issue right now but might be a few years from now.

Thanks!

CinciNewbie
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:07 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am a married young professional (no kids) relocating to the Cincinnati area. I am interested in purchasing a house (max $250K) and have found several great cities in my price range. I am, however, unsure of what commute times look like from various cities. Can anyone share rush hour commute times from places like N. Kentucky (Covington, Florence, Independence), and North of Cinci (West Chester/Liberty Township, Mason)? I'll be commuting to Cincinnati Children's.

Also, if you have any suggestions about other areas I might want to look at, please let me know. Essentially we are looking for a 3-4 bedroom house with a fenced yard in a decent area and ideally no more than a 30 minute drive to Cincinnati Children's. Schools aren't a major issue right now but might be a few years from now.

Thanks!

CinciNewbie
Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, Mariemont would be your best choices. The dog park is between Mt. Lookout and Mariemont on Wooster Pike if that interests you.
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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I agree with Mariemont and Mt. Lookout/Hyde Park as well
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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If you're driving at non-peak times (non-rush hour) you can get from Mason to downtown Cinci in about 35 minutes on I-71.

However, at rush hour -all bets are off!
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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Why don't you just get a house in North Avondale and call it a day. 7 minute drive max.
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Old 03-07-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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THere are some great homes and strong community pride in North Avondale!
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:31 AM
 
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CinciNewbie, rush hour traffic on I-71/75 in Northern KY can get a little slow. A steep hill just before you get to the Ohio River can complicate things, especially in inclement weather. I-75 from the Butler Regional Highway (OH 129, Exit 24) has ongoing construction (widening it to 4 lanes) and can get backed up badly during rush hour as well. I-71 in OH doasn't have any current construction issues but gets backed up at rush hour, too) Cincinnati rush hour traffic isn't as bad as Chicago's, for example. But it's a large metro area and traffic at rush hour's a given. Welcome!

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Old 03-07-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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Our son lives in Hamilton and works in Eden Park, which isn't real far from Children's. He spends about 45 minutes each way on the road, but he takes 27 to 275 and then west to 74 and cut's around that way to avoid the 75/275/71 mess. He was working in Hamilton and just bought a house there, otherwise he probably would have looked for something a little closer. Good Luck
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:00 AM
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions! I guess I am trying to figure out if I should live in Northern KY or in Ohio. I'd like a suburb feel to where I live but in an afforable place (max $250K) and ideally a 20 minute or less commute.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:37 AM
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions! I guess I am trying to figure out if I should live in Northern KY or in Ohio. I'd like a suburb feel to where I live but in an afforable place (max $250K) and ideally a 20 minute or less commute.
There are diverse suggestions above, all of them good, but one thing you will notice is that no one suggested Northern Ky. As much as I like NKY, the daily commute across the bridges would be an awful mistake to make. If I lived there already, I probably wouldn't move if I had to take a job at Children's, but I sure wouldn't choose to move to NKU and commute.

Want to see for yourself? Just check out the traffic cams at the bridge approaches at 7:30AM and 5:00pm on Artimis:

Current Cincinnati Cameras


PS: the bridge approaches are AM - I-471 and 71/75 cut in the hill and pm 75 at Linn and 71 at Elsinor

see?
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