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Old 03-30-2018, 03:49 PM
 
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Hello - my family of 4 is going to move to OH in the next couple months (job transfer). Basically I was hoping to find out what are the most suitable places to live near Springboro. I copied the newcomer questions, here is my info;

-Where you are working?
Elderly care facility
-How much you are willing to spend on housing?
We have to rent and can't afford more than $780 a month
-How long of a commute you're willing to tolerate
No more than 20 miles if possible.
-If you have kids: Private school or public school?
We do have kids but they are young and going to homeschool anyway so schools are not a big deal.
-What type of neighborhood environment you are looking for: small town feeling? small city excitement? suburbia delight?
Well my main concern is safety, and we aren't going to be able to visit Ohio before packing our things and leaving California unfortunately.
-Community amenities important to you?
Just safe that is all
-Pie or cake?
Both

So basically an afforable apartment/home, safe and somewhat close to Springboro is what we're looking for.
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Welcome to Springboro, Ohio! I highly recommend that you consider Franklin, Ohio, the small city adjacent to Springboro to its SW. A really decent, close knit community connected to a variety of surrounding shopping amenities. Also a safe place with strong community values. Considering what you've mentioned concerning apartments, I would also encourage you to investigate the large and well-maintain Crown Ridge Apartment complex @ 50 Beam Drive, Franklin: Crown Ridge Apartments | Home
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:53 PM
 
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Welcome to Ohio!
It's nice here, I promise.

Springboro is one of the wealthiest communities in southwestern Ohio.
It is surrounded by a number of decent places as well.

The first thing I should mention is that Springboro will have no public transit.
So if you're coming from someplace like San Francisco, make sure you have a reliable car lined up as you will be using it a lot everyday.

(meanwhile, a lot of Ohioans like myself dream of living in a place where it's possible to walk to work, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, etc.)

The second thing to ask is what kind of house or apt do you need?
As in bedrooms/bathrooms?
Yard?
Sq. ft.?

I see that the kids are going to be homeschooled so that gives you the flexibility to do what is your best option with that budget... move to a good part of a less desirable city. It is far better than the alternative of moving to a bad part of a desirable city, because the bad rentals in good cities are REALLY bad here while the good rentals in OK cities are GREAT and for the same price. There's huge discrepancies between the cost of housing by school district here in OH.


Here's the communities I'd recommend offhand with your budget:
- Middletown north of Grand, east and south of University to Briel. Then anything east of Briel is decent. Downtown Middletown is starting very slowly to revitalize, so if you are ok with a smaller apt and no yard it'd be a decent option too, especially if you are looking for a place with some walkability to nice parks, concerts, etc. Here's some places I'd recommend:
https://www.zillow.com/b/bavarian-wo...own-oh-5Xt3bv/

- Miamisburg. Really anywhere in the city that isn't south of downtown right along Dixie is pretty decent. Downtown itself is really cute actually, and it's a great safe town. If there was a house downtown within budget I'd jump on it fast. I wouldn't recommend the apts close to & west of the interstate north of 725 either, but the apts east of I-75 are excellent for the most part. I imagine Hunter's Chase is within budget, it'd be a nice complex to look into.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/C...?fullpage=true

- Miami Twp / Washington Twp (Condos & apts that are due south of 675, due east of I-75) this is probably your best bet. The entire area there is safe & great, schools are good (Centerville is better, but Miamisburg isn't bad, just in case you ditch homeschooling)
https://www.zillow.com/b/hidden-lake...urg-oh-5Xt3br/

- Monroe. You'd be looking at the houses due south of 63 clustered close to downtown on either side of Main St. stretching south to the city's south border. This isn't a bad option, I grew up in this area myself, but from that I know you'll get a lot of KY hill people mixed in... it's the nature of the neighborhood and being close to the steel mill. (JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, wrote about his experience growing up with these type of people in that book. He was from neighbor city Middletown, mentioned above... he lived west of University tho). The upside is Monroe schools are good and taxes are low due to all the heavy industry, casino, Hustler Hollywood, flea markets, etc. in the city.


- West Carrollton. Similar to Monroe culturally speaking, depending on where you go. If you rent, I'd look at the neighborhood centered around Carnation Drive, it's really quite nice and right next to Cox Arboretum which is awesome!! Not walkable to it tho. Otherwise, most of West Carrollton is decent, I wouldn't hesitate to move there.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...?fullpage=true

- Franklin. IMO it's just exactly the same as Middletown, so I don't see much reason to elaborate. Neat downtown. Not a ton on the rental market there right now, just like Monroe.


Good luck!
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Old 03-30-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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Also, if you push your commute to 30 min, a couple good options open up that might offer houses. They are Moraine, Trenton, Wilmington, Hamilton, Xenia and South Lebanon. Kettering might have houses too in that range, they certainly have apts. Some parts of Dayton would work well too.
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:00 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your response, I will definitely look into that apartment recommendation!
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:10 PM
 
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Welcome to Ohio!
It's nice here, I promise.

Springboro is one of the wealthiest communities in southwestern Ohio.
It is surrounded by a number of decent places as well.

The first thing I should mention is that Springboro will have no public transit.
So if you're coming from someplace like San Francisco, make sure you have a reliable car lined up as you will be using it a lot everyday.

(meanwhile, a lot of Ohioans like myself dream of living in a place where it's possible to walk to work, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, etc.)

The second thing to ask is what kind of house or apt do you need?
As in bedrooms/bathrooms?
Yard?
Sq. ft.?

I see that the kids are going to be homeschooled so that gives you the flexibility to do what is your best option with that budget... move to a good part of a less desirable city. It is far better than the alternative of moving to a bad part of a desirable city, because the bad rentals in good cities are REALLY bad here while the good rentals in OK cities are GREAT and for the same price. There's huge discrepancies between the cost of housing by school district here in OH.


Here's the communities I'd recommend offhand with your budget:
- Middletown north of Grand, east and south of University to Briel. Then anything east of Briel is decent. Downtown Middletown is starting very slowly to revitalize, so if you are ok with a smaller apt and no yard it'd be a decent option too, especially if you are looking for a place with some walkability to nice parks, concerts, etc. Here's some places I'd recommend:
https://www.zillow.com/b/bavarian-wo...own-oh-5Xt3bv/

- Miamisburg. Really anywhere in the city that isn't south of downtown right along Dixie is pretty decent. Downtown itself is really cute actually, and it's a great safe town. If there was a house downtown within budget I'd jump on it fast. I wouldn't recommend the apts close to & west of the interstate north of 725 either, but the apts east of I-75 are excellent for the most part. I imagine Hunter's Chase is within budget, it'd be a nice complex to look into.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/C...?fullpage=true

- Miami Twp / Washington Twp (Condos & apts that are due south of 675, due east of I-75) this is probably your best bet. The entire area there is safe & great, schools are good (Centerville is better, but Miamisburg isn't bad, just in case you ditch homeschooling)
https://www.zillow.com/b/hidden-lake...urg-oh-5Xt3br/

- Monroe. You'd be looking at the houses due south of 63 clustered close to downtown on either side of Main St. stretching south to the city's south border. This isn't a bad option, I grew up in this area myself, but from that I know you'll get a lot of KY hill people mixed in... it's the nature of the neighborhood and being close to the steel mill. (JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, wrote about his experience growing up with these type of people in that book. He was from neighbor city Middletown, mentioned above... he lived west of University tho). The upside is Monroe schools are good and taxes are low due to all the heavy industry, casino, Hustler Hollywood, flea markets, etc. in the city.


- West Carrollton. Similar to Monroe culturally speaking, depending on where you go. If you rent, I'd look at the neighborhood centered around Carnation Drive, it's really quite nice and right next to Cox Arboretum which is awesome!! Not walkable to it tho. Otherwise, most of West Carrollton is decent, I wouldn't hesitate to move there.
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...?fullpage=true

- Franklin. IMO it's just exactly the same as Middletown, so I don't see much reason to elaborate. Neat downtown. Not a ton on the rental market there right now, just like Monroe.


Good luck!

Wow thanks for all the information I really do appreciate it!
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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Welcome to Springboro, Ohio! I highly recommend that you consider Franklin, Ohio, the small city adjacent to Springboro to its SW. A really decent, close knit community connected to a variety of surrounding shopping amenities. Also a safe place with strong community values. Considering what you've mentioned concerning apartments, I would also encourage you to investigate the large and well-maintain Crown Ridge Apartment complex @ 50 Beam Drive, Franklin: Crown Ridge Apartments | Home
I meant to quote you with my response(whoops), thank you for the recommendation!
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Old 03-30-2018, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Just move to Springboro itself, it's actually a nice place except that it is too sprawly, I worked there for two years myself not too long ago. Not quite sure what rental options and prices they might have as most of the town is single family homes.

I would advise you to avoid Franklin, many of the people who live there are white trash rednecks and heroin addicts, I did work with a lot of good people who lived there but they always had stories of having their cars broken into, etc. I worked in Franklin during the late 80s and early 90s and there were a lot of drugs then too. I have lived in the area for 47 years and it's always been that way.

I doubt you would find much in the way of rentals in Waynesville but it is one of the better communities in the area as far as being safe. There are small apartments off RT 48 just north of RT 73 that would be in between.
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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I would advise you to avoid Franklin, many of the people who live there are white trash rednecks and heroin addicts, I did work with a lot of good people who lived there but they always had stories of having their cars broken into, etc. I worked in Franklin during the late 80s and early 90s and there were a lot of drugs then too. I have lived in the area for 47 years and it's always been that way...
Yes, there are some real undesirables in the Franklin community, as there are in any community, but this is not the distinctive or defining characteristic of Franklin. It is comprised of predominantly blue-collar workers, with a large proportion of residents having history or family in rural areas such as Kentucky and Tennessee, neither state qualifying as a "trash heap" producer. For the most part, they're white, lower middle class people with traditional, conservative values, enjoying things like outdoor neighborhood cookouts, church potlucks and high school football games.

The small contingent of individuals to which you refer generally hang together down along the Great Miami River or across it in Carlisle, rather than up on the hills with the many homeowners around Millard Avenue and Beam Drive.
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Just move to Springboro itself, it's actually a nice place except that it is too sprawly, I worked there for two years myself not too long ago. Not quite sure what rental options and prices they might have as most of the town is single family homes.

I would advise you to avoid Franklin, many of the people who live there are white trash rednecks and heroin addicts, I did work with a lot of good people who lived there but they always had stories of having their cars broken into, etc. I worked in Franklin during the late 80s and early 90s and there were a lot of drugs then too. I have lived in the area for 47 years and it's always been that way.

I doubt you would find much in the way of rentals in Waynesville but it is one of the better communities in the area as far as being safe. There are small apartments off RT 48 just north of RT 73 that would be in between.
I haven't seen many affordable rentals in Springboro, but thank you for the advice and response!
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