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Old 10-18-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Columbus traffic's not bad, but it's not free of traffic. If you're working in NA, I would not go west of 315 (meaning, Dublin and Upper Arlington is too far out.). I'd also avoid Powell so that you won't have to take 315 north during rush hour.
I'd look at Westerville, Lewis center (north of Polaris mall), and northeast part of Worthington (east of 315, north of 270). All have good to great schools.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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I dont know if you are still checking this, but we relocated 6 months ago to Granville. My husband works in Granville, which is why we live here. If you have any more questions about Granville, let me know and I would be happy to answer them (including the village vs. township stuff).

We are actually looking to leave Granville- we will most likely be buying in either Westerville or Worthington. Granville is absolutely the best small town I have ever seen- but it is still a small town. Lots of people live in Granville and commute all the way into Columbus because they want that- we wanted to be more in the city, and have a proper organic grocery store nearby

The schools in Granville are awesome- but it is a smaller district. That can be good or bad. For us, it was more towards bad because we have a special needs kid, and they don't offer as many special services. For an average to above average kid, though, I think it is an excellent district.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:18 AM
 
Location: The "Sharpest" Corner of Ohio...
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I am going to look at a couple homes in Granville next week. The realtor I spoke to said some things that are a bit confusing to me.

See, in MA, you're either in a city or a town. If you understand New England history, every state in New England was divided into towns back in the colonial days. A town became a city basically when it got big enough (it's a bit more than that, but that's the basic idea).

Ohio seems more complicated. Just in the Granville area, you have the village of Granville, then "Granville South" as well as Granville Township, then there is also Union Township, which has an address of Granville and is in the Granville schools. Villages and cities are one thing, and I guess townships are another? I'm not sure.

Is it hard to keep track of all this, or are Ohioans just used to it? I want to know that the house I buy is really where I think it is!

Two homes I'm looking at are less than a mile apart. Both are "Granville, Ohio" but one is in Granville Township, and one actually Union township, but in Granville schools.

Am I worried more about all this than I should be?
Pennsylvania also has "townships", in addition to cities, boroughs, and villages. The difference here though is that townships are separate, unincorporated entities. A city or borough is always incorporated, and therefore is not a part of any township. Villages in PA are unincorporated, and are governed by the township in which it is located.

In Ohio, incorporated municipalities are in many cases located inside townships.

Easily put...it's basically a way of establishing boundaries for school districts, police/fire services, etc...

My friend lives in Lowell, Massachussetts, and he says anything located outside Lowell's city limits does not use Lowell's ZIP codes.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Ridgewood, New Jersey
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We lived in New Albany for ten years from 1999 - 2009. We relocated from Texas, but my husband is a New Englander.

We enjoyed living in NA and were happy with the schools. A couple of thoughts on your post. All three towns you mentioned are nice. Personally, Granville is too small for me but it depends on what you want in a community. I think I would have spent a lot of time driving to Columbus for a Target, Traders Joes, Easton, gym, etc. Powell is very pretty and has great schools.

Bexley is another town to consider for an easy commute to NA. I don't care much for Westerville and I do think that the other towns (NA, Granville and Powell) you mentioned have better schools than Westerville. Worthington is another area with good schools and a manageable commute to NA.

As far as weather, I think that Columbus has milder winters than Boston.

Getting to and from the airport will be much easier than dealing with Logan especially if you live on the east side of town.

Curious if you had made your decision. Let us know if you have any other questions.
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