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Old 12-21-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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Hi. I am looking for neighborhood recommendations for families in Cincinnati. I will be working downtown, so I would LIKE to keep the commute (driving or walking) to under 30 min. Looking for good public schools, mostly single family homes, and family-friendly services (swimming pools, parks). Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:51 PM
 
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Hi. I am looking for neighborhood recommendations for families in Cincinnati. I will be working downtown, so I would LIKE to keep the commute (driving or walking) to under 30 min. Looking for good public schools, mostly single family homes, and family-friendly services (swimming pools, parks). Any suggestions? Thanks!
Sounds like Mason is a good fit.

The City of Mason, Ohio

Mason City School District
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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You got a price range?

Quirks?

To be honest, your interests right now will fit anything from suburban sprawl to many city neighborhoods and everything in-between.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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Yes, Daytonnatian is right. If you like newer suburbs, then check out Lebanon or Mason. If you like the quaint inner suburbs, Blue Ash and Mariemont are worth looking into.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I concur. For a 30 minute commute, Mason, Westchester are about the limit, even then traffic is very heavy as only 2 main arteries, I71 & I-75 carry the bulk. Definitely urban sprawl, both were farm land 20 year ago. Very good, but large schools.

Inside the I-275 loop, Blue Ash, Mariemont, Madeira/Kenwood are older suburbs with quite a range of housing, and all have maintained good school levels. Wyoming is another older suburb which is often overlooked.

And don't overlook Northern Ky across the river.

All of the hills around Cincinnati form natural dividers and barriers. They dictated the original road locations, which hasn't changed much.

My advice is do a lot of looking and don't rush to judgement. If you will be working for a larger company, solicit opinions from your co-workers, particularly on the schools and commute. You may want to consider rent/lease for awhile until you become more familiar with the area.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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Wow! There are so many options to look into... Price range I am looking at is about $300K. Unfortunately, I will have to make the decision relatively quickly to take advantage of the company's benefits around relocation.

As far as quirks (great question!), I am a runner and would love to be able to take advantage of local clubs and nice running paths. We are coming from Canada, so as you can imagine my boys are hockey players :-) We will be signing them up to play in the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association, I believe, since this seems to be the main hockey association for kids in the area. So, proximity to arenas would be a bonus.

kjbrill, you mentioned Northern Ky. What is the commute like coming that direction? I have heard that you do get more house for your money in Kentucky??
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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Take a look at Terrace Park. Older homes, but great schools and neighborhood. Rated safest in Cincy.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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Yes, Daytonnatian is right. If you like newer suburbs, then check out Lebanon or Mason. If you like the quaint inner suburbs, Blue Ash and Mariemont are worth looking into.
I wouldn't call Blue Ash quaint, but I would recommend Mariemont highly
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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Wyoming...(I sent you a personal message). The Hockey Assoc is in Evendale.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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With your parameters I'd check out Montgomery, Wyoming, and Mariemont.
All three of these communities are safe, have places to run, are quaint, are easily within a 30 minute commute of downtown, and have excellent public schools. You really couldn't go wrong in any of them. I currently live in Montgomery within walking/running idstance of two parks, a nature preserve, and Sycamore High School. Our community pool is wonderful and it has a slide that the kids love. I used to live in Wyoming and
found walking/running there fine as well.
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