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Old 04-21-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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I have heard it is a bland, souless, stepford wives kind of place. Is this true? It looks good to me...maybe too good???

I want somewhere centralized, lively, beautiful and diverse.

Need input...
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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No way would I call Westerville centralized, lively, beautiful, or diverse. I also wouldn't call it "bland" or exactly stepford wive-ish either though.

There are many suburban areas of Columbus and Westerville is one of my least favorite.
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:44 PM
 
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No way would I call Westerville centralized, lively, beautiful, or diverse. I also wouldn't call it "bland" or exactly stepford wive-ish either though.

There are many suburban areas of Columbus and Westerville is one of my least favorite.
Care to explain why? I'm just curious.
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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I have always thought highly of Westerville. It's got some great areas to eat, very nice parks, and great schools. Nice place to raise a family.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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Care to explain why? I'm just curious.
I should clarify that I don't think most of the suburbs are exactly lively or beautiful. That's only my opinion and it's coming from someone who prefers a more urban environment. Westerville may be more diverse than say, New Albany or Dublin, so that's a plus. They have a nice downtown area that's only second to Worthington in my opinion and also has some really charming older houses in that area. But most of the neighborhood developments leave me "meh". Plus I always seem to run into god awful traffic anytime I have to drive to Westerville. I loathe that stretch of 270.

One area, and I don't know that if it is Westerville proper or maybe just Westerville schools that I dig is the Minvera Park area. Cool 50s era ranches on nice big lots.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Blue Ash, Ohio (Cincinnati)
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It's ok, penzey. I prefer urban environments too. Things are starting to change from suburban back to urban again.
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Clintonville, Columbus, OH
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I want somewhere centralized, lively, beautiful and diverse.
Westerville is pretty enough, and the uptown area can be moderately lively on nice days -- shopping, ice cream, library, etc. I certainly wouldn't consider it centralized, and as for diverse -- no.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I have heard it is a bland, souless, stepford wives kind of place. Is this true? It looks good to me...maybe too good???

I want somewhere centralized, lively, beautiful and diverse.

Need input...
You've got a problem. There is really no place around Columbus that is centralized, lively or diverse. It's a huge sprawling Midwestern city so nothing is "central". However Westerville and Delaware County in my opinion do have some beauty in that they actually have trees. Almost every new development is simply a bunch of barren plots carved out of a cornfield. There are some nice older homes in Westerville however.
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Columbus OH
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I think the response about the traffic in Westerville is pretty accurate.
State St. and Cleveland Ave move slowly, and it's a mess trying to get in and out of the businesses/fast food stops, etc. along State.St. south of the uptown area. But, Westerville has well-rated schools and a pretty neat uptown. Check out the areas within walking distance of the uptown. From these areas, you can also walk to the schools.
Now, I just happen to have a new listing that fits the bill for the above and it is "affordable" for Westerville.
Contact me and I will send you all the information and websites to help in your decision.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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You've got a problem. There is really no place around Columbus that is centralized, lively or diverse. It's a huge sprawling Midwestern city so nothing is "central". However Westerville and Delaware County in my opinion do have some beauty in that they actually have trees. Almost every new development is simply a bunch of barren plots carved out of a cornfield. There are some nice older homes in Westerville however.
This is highly inaccurate. For an American metro, Columbus is actually relatively centralized still. The majority of workers work in the central city region, central city neighborhoods are beautiful/renovate/and lively, majority of sports/entertainment is centralized, all the great local restaurants/nighlife is centralized,however, there is diversity that is decentralized all over the metro and shopping chains/restaurant chains are decentralized.

Based on this poster's requests I think they may be happier in a more inner ring suburb (grandview/bexley/etc) or neighborhood like Clintonville/Beechwold/Shortnorth/German/Merion Village, etc..)

If they really want to live around diversity the NW side (henderson Rd/bethel rd.) have a large asian populations and many immigrants with local shops/restaurants. This area is near Clintonville mentioned earlier. However, this area was developed in the 80s and 90s. You will find that many diverse areas are not in the most urban neighborhoods so its a tradeoff.
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