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Old 03-05-2015, 12:41 PM
 
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Any thoughts out there on advantages / disadvantages of living in Grandview Heights vs. Upper Arlington? Grandview Heights seems like it is more affordable (but less for sale)?, more walkable, smaller school system hence more opportunity but less choice? More kids? More compact hence easier to meet other families?

Any feedback much appreciated!
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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I think you got most of it right. Grandview just has less housing stock period. Beware, there are quite a few house flippers getting into the mix too in Grandview. I've seen alot of overpriced poorly renovated homes. That being said, if you can get in it is a great community.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:15 AM
 
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Upper Arlington has the top rated schools. It's more of a destination for families with kids seeking one of the metro area's most competitive school districts. There's an old guard / old money component to UA that puts UA in a unique league among Columbus suburbs. Especially the area South of Lane and around the golf courses. The old money factor exists in Grandview, but moreso around Marble Cliff.

Grandview schools are OK but they're nowhere near the caliber of UA. Grandview tends to be more popular with childless higher income adults. It's also a popular rental market for upper income recent post graduates, younger professionals,, and grad students. (where even crummy apartments command top rents) If you want a suburb with an urban feel and don't wanna feel like you're isolated among nuclear families 10 miles from downtown, Grandview's the place to be.

Both housing markets are a smart choice, with homes prices consistently and reliably strong even during the housing crash. Both markets entail higher property taxes than most Columbus suburbs. But even if you don't have kids, consider the taxes to be price you pay for reliably strong housing values. With both Grandview and UA, you can always sell your house on short notice and sell it quickly. Quite a few homes in both suburbs only change hands every 2-3 generations. So if you see something you really like, you better grab it or else it'll be 20+ years before you can buy the house again for 3x today's price.

A recent article in the Dispatch mentioned that close-in / first tier suburbs were posting the strongest gains - with homes in UA selling at rapid pace - so you really can't go wrong with either town.
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:11 AM
 
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Thank you....very helpful!
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:05 PM
 
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Any thoughts out there on advantages / disadvantages of living in Grandview Heights vs. Upper Arlington? Grandview Heights seems like it is more affordable (but less for sale)?, more walkable, smaller school system hence more opportunity but less choice? More kids? More compact hence easier to meet other families?

Any feedback much appreciated!
UA all day! Not sure where you are moving to there from and not judging you or the community as a whole but I have noticed some people from UA seem to have a I am better than you attitude.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:48 PM
 
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Any thoughts out there on advantages / disadvantages of living in Grandview Heights vs. Upper Arlington? Grandview Heights seems like it is more affordable (but less for sale)?, more walkable, smaller school system hence more opportunity but less choice? More kids? More compact hence easier to meet other families?

Any feedback much appreciated!
UA has larger lots, homes. I would say it's cheaper than Grandview, $ per sqft/acre.
Grandview is 100% walkable, UA lacks sidewalks along most streets.
Grandview schools are extremely small, everyone knows everyone. UA is a larger district, (slightly) better rated, with more opportunities based on the size.
Grandview is closer to downtown Columbus. UA is closer to Dublin area.
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