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Old 06-04-2016, 09:31 PM
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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Hello Columbus,

Considering a relo to the area. What area has acreage (2+ acre lots) with the best schools? Budget up to $600K.

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Old 06-05-2016, 11:11 AM
Location: NKY's Campbell Co.
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With the new report card parameters, it is a little harder to say what is a good school district vs. one that isn't as much of a top performer. I'd say, when comparing districts that used to be rated Excellent, it seems performance indices equate to numbers in the 75-90%, so mid-C's to low A's, and the low A's are few and far between. Most "best" districts would probably rank in the 80-90 range, so B's.

Here is where you can search by district: Pages - Ohio School Report Cards

That being said, you will easily find something in the surrounding outlying areas. Depending on where you are working in the metro, that would be my determination on which of these areas to go with. The places in brackets are places with concentrations of businesses and industry on that particular side of town. The homes linked are just a quick cursory glance of the districts current offerings. There are certainly other options available, and I suggest having a realtor guide you through the search. As you can see below, there are plenty of places to call home and find acreage, especially with your max budget at $600,000.

Work location: South or East of Columbus [Downtown, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Pickerington, Alum Creek/Rickenbacker corridor]

-Bloom-Carroll Local Schools (82.6% B Rating) - I think people discount this side of town, and that may play to your advantage. It is more rolling hills than other parts of Columbus, thanks to being closer to the Hocking Hills region/park. If you can get over the traffic on US33 (it can get bad at rush hour due to the three or four lights between Canal Winchester and the Lancaster beltway), then I think this would be your best fit. Unless you or your spouse (if applicable) are working in Dublin or Polaris.

4225 Election House NW Road, Lancaster, OH 43130 - $599,900
7973 Benson Road, Carroll, OH 43112 - $569,000
7218 Brandt Road, Carroll, OH 43112 - $495,000

Work Location: East or North of Columbus [Easton, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, New Albany, Westerville, Polaris, Worthington]

-New Albany-Plain Local Schools (84.4% B Rating) - A really, really ritzy suburb, it has plenty of rural space as well. The below homes are in the more rural locations, including the one having a Westerville address (address' don't necessarily follow district lines...). People tend to either love New Albany or hate it. It is pretty decent, in IMO, but it can get pricey quick. The schools are all located on one central campus and there is only 1 high school.

5237 Smothers Road, Westerville, OH 43081 - $399,900 [Needs Some TLC]
7200 Morse Road, New Albany, OH 43054 - $489,900

-Westerville City Schools (81% B Rating) - Large suburban district that may have a few more rural properties. This one happens to be relatively close to the outer-belt. I'd expect most places will actually be further north and west of Westerville proper. The home below, as weird as it may sound, actually attends Westerville Central HS, which also is south of Westerville North HS. It is the newest of the three HS however.

4500 Ravine Drive, Westerville, OH 43081 - $524,800

-Gahanna-Jefferson City Schools (82.2% B Rating) - Decent district with 1 high school. I do live here and find it a good balance. Areas out in Jefferson Township, which includes the Blacklick addresses, are much more semi-rural with large homes on acreage. Inside Gahanna and Mifflin Township (usually east of Hamilton Road), is more traditional suburban built out over the 1950's to 2000's. More typical suburban development with strip centers, but a nice little downtown on Big Walnut Creek.

6870 Havens Corners Road, Blacklick, OH 43004 - $595,000
7265 Havens Road, Blacklick, OH 43004 - $599,900
8060 Havens Road, Blacklick, OH 43004 - $508,000

Work North, Northeast or Northwest of Columbus [Downtown, OSU, Polaris, Westerville, Worthington, Tuttle/Blazer Pkwy/Metro Center in NW Columbus, Dublin] - This will be the hardest area the probably find something because you will likely be really far out (north of Lewis Center and Powell towards Galena). Much of the area to the NW of Columbus proper has been heavily developed, and you won't really find much until you hit the outreaches of Olentangy Schools. You may find some singular properties available inside Dublin Schools, and I'd also look in Jonathan-Alder (Plain City area) and Buckeye Valley.

-Dublin City Schools (85.5% B Rating) - Again, may find something, but it will probably be few and far between. Large suburban district with 3 high schools.

-Jonathan Alder Local Schools (83.4% B Rating) - Look especially around Plain City, which puts you near US-33 and the Dublin/Tuttle area.

-Olentangy Local Schools (88.1% B Rating) - Large district with 3 different HS (soon to be 4). Lots of acreage homes in the Galena part of the district, and north of Powell.

2151 S Three Bs and K Road, Galena, OH 43021 - $569,900
1890 Hardin Lane, Powell, OH 43065 - $475,000

Work Location: East or Southeast of Columbus [Hilliard, Tuttle/Blazer Pkwy, Upper Arlington/Grandview/Downtown/OSU, Grove City, West Jefferson]

-Hilliard City Schools (79.9% C Rating) - May be harder to find large acre lots, but will mention.

-Johnathan Alder Local Schools (83.4% B Rating) - See above

-South-Western City Schools (74.7% C Rating) - I include South-Western if you can find something within Grove City HS's boundaries. The other high schools in the district don't perform as well as Grove City HS, which usually starts east of US62 and south of I-270 within South-Western City School's district borders.
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:34 PM
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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Wow, thanks for the detailed response wrightflyer! I apologize, I should have included that I currently work from home, but proximity to the city (especially areas where tech companies are concentrated) would be nice in case my situation changes.

Lots of great info in your post. I'll be researching it later today...

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Old 06-05-2016, 02:11 PM
Location: NKY's Campbell Co.
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No worries. Tech companies are around, or at least jobs that require an IT or analyst style background. Microsoft has operations off I-71 in the Polaris cluster. Lots of the big corporations here also will have IT or analyst type jobs at their operations or headquarters. It isn't pure IT startups and the fancy social media type platforms like you see in Silicon Valley, but there are plenty of options here. Heavy influence in medical, restaurant and hospitality, education, government, retail and finance and insurance. With experience in any of those, you should have little problem finding jobs.

Most of these are concentrated around the Tuttle Mall/Dublin section of I-270 (NW corner), around Polaris/Westerville/Worthington, and Easton/New Albany. Also, downtown/OSU will have plenty of technology operations and nodes.

Here is a great resource to see area employers by numbers. The link is the regional headquarters page, but you can find on the left breakouts for different industries: Columbus Headquarters | Business Services Companies | Columbus Region

Select Employers by area:
Dublin/Tuttle: Century Link, Nationwide, Xerox, Cardinal Health*, IBM, Ashland Chemical, Farmer's Insurance, Wendy's Restaurants*

Polaris/Westerville/Worthington: JP Morgan Chase (McCoy Building Operations Center and Westerville), Microsoft, Mettler Toledo*, Worthington Industries*, Anheuser Busch, McGraw Hill Education Division*

Easton/New Albany: M/I Homes*, Chase Bank, Citi, SafeAuto Insurance*, McDonald's, Huntington, Abbott Labs, Alliance Data*, Bob Evans Restaurants*, L Brands* (Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works), Abercrombie & Fitch*, Express*, Lane Bryant*, Tween Brands*, Limited*, Mt. Carmel Hospitals Ops Center, American Electric Power Ops Center, DSW Shoe Warehouse*, Netjets*

Downtown/OSU University District: OSU*, OSU Wexner Medical Center, Battelle Memorial Institute*, Ohio Health*, Mt. Carmel Hospital, Nationwide Insurance* (Grandview Yard and Downtown HQ Tower), American Electric Power*, Huntington Bancshares*, PNC Financial, Chase, WP Glimcher*, State of Ohio*

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Of note, there isn't as much in terms of business service workplaces in the southern half of the metro. Most of that area is covered by light industrial and logistics centers. Those LCs/DCs include Eddie Bauer, Amazon, Zulily, Gap and many others.
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