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Old 03-22-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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We are down to the final stages of finding a house in Cincy and have two jam packed days of house hunting planned this week.

We have noticed there is quite a bit of price overlap between Indian Hill / Terrace Park / Mariemont. We would like cold hard facts about living in these three areas. Are the schools [Indian Hill vs Mariemont] (all three levels) significantly different? Are there subtle issues that would be difficult to appreciate on a short trip? Are there reasons not to live in Indian Hill? Are there reasons not to live in Kenwood given it is zoned to IH schools?
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:35 PM
 
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Although these are all wealthy neighborhoods, the range of housing type is still really diverse. So it's impossible to give you a truly relevant answer without knowing more about your preferences.

That being said, it will probably be easy to see what Indian Hill and Mariemont are all about, even on a short visit.

My presumption (since you talked about price overlap with Mariemont) is that you're probably looking in the range under $1 million. If that's the case, my personal instinct would be against Indian Hill. There's probably no point in buying a $300,000 house for $750,000 just because it has the Indian Hill address inflating the price. Especially since Mariemont has great schools has much more of a neighborhood and community feel. Of course, if a mansion on a 3 acre lot is what you are looking for, then yes, Indian Hill would be the place. No doubt about that.

Since it seems like schools are a primary factor for you, it's worth mentioning that the best public schools in the metro are the Wyoming district and the Walnut Hills magnet in Cincinnati. Wyoming is usually rated as the best district, and the neighborhood is shockingly affordable and attractive. Walnut Hills is the best public high school in the entire state - and you can live anywhere within city limits, your kids just have to test-in. A lot of people live in one of the nicer Cincinnati neighborhoods with good primary schools, and then have their kids test in to Walnut Hills.

Anyway, best of luck with your house hunt.

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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I'm a Mariemont resident. What makes Mariemont unique is walkability and a vibrant square. It's a model for "New Urbanism" built well before New Urbanism was even a concept. I'd encourage you to park on a side street and walk. Check out the residual benefits of the Village being well planned back in the early 20th century. Big trees, comfortable scale, well proportioned houses. TP and IH are more traditional suburban. Big lots, very little walking. But attractive in their own right.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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I'm a Mariemont resident. What makes Mariemont unique is walkability and a vibrant square. It's a model for "New Urbanism" built well before New Urbanism was even a concept. I'd encourage you to park on a side street and walk. Check out the residual benefits of the Village being well planned back in the early 20th century. Big trees, comfortable scale, well proportioned houses. TP and IH are more traditional suburban. Big lots, very little walking. But attractive in their own right.
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I think that a potential homeowner in Mariemont should familiarize himself with the history of Mary Emery and her vision. A truly remarkable story of urban planning before there was a science. She made a mistake or two but got most of it right. Of the three places mentioned, Mariemont is the one I'd pick.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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Out of the three, I'd pick Mariemont as well. As cscheeser said, it's a very walkable neighborhood. I cannot afford it, so I went next door (and at the bottom of IH) to Madison Place. Even if money were no object I wouldn't live in IH. I love just being able to walk to a restaurant or bar. If you don't mind driving your car, then maybe consider the other two. I personally wouldn't want my children to grow up in IH. That's a personal decision though. The schools are great, but I don't want my children to grow up around weathly kids.
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