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Old 05-29-2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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moving to Ohio, Columbus vs Cincinnati

can't decide between the two, so far here is what I gather:

Columbus:
Pros: newer, cleaner, anchored by government, OSU, healthier economy
Cons: lack of sports teams, flat/boring landscape, smaller downtown

Cincinnati:
Pros: bigger, more "big city" feel, rolling hills, pro teams
Cons: dingier city, struggling economy, overall decline

we're looking at Dublin and Upper Arlington for Columbus, and originally Hyde Park in Cincinnati but now looking at the suburbs (Blue Ash, Montgomery, Wyoming)

any input?

we're early 30s, wife stays home, I work from home but travel a ton, looking for a nice middle to upper middle class area, lots of parks, things to do, walkable area, downtown with boutique shops, coffee, bars, etc.
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can't decide between the two, so far here is what I gather:

Columbus:
Pros: newer, cleaner, anchored by government, OSU, healthier economy
Cons: lack of sports teams, flat/boring landscape, smaller downtown

Cincinnati:
Pros: bigger, more "big city" feel, rolling hills, pro teams
Cons: dingier city, struggling economy, overall decline

we're looking at Dublin and Upper Arlington for Columbus, and originally Hyde Park in Cincinnati but now looking at the suburbs (Blue Ash, Montgomery, Wyoming)

any input?

we're early 30s, wife stays home, I work from home but travel a ton, looking for a nice middle to upper middle class area, lots of parks, things to do, walkable area, downtown with boutique shops, coffee, bars, etc.
Walkable area = Columbus.... Great Parks = Cincinnati. I just put an offer down on a house in Montgomery in Cincinnati. You looking at renting or buying? The house next door is for sale too.... want to be neighbors?
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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At least you don't have Cleveland on the list!

I've been to the Dublin part of the Columbus, awesome place.

Either way, you'll be happy with what you choose. Both do have pros and cons...but have awesome suburbs if you choose correctly.

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Old 05-30-2011, 12:00 AM   #4
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Cincinnati has a much better Cars and Coffee
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Re: Dublin

I live in Dublin (actually right on the line between Hillard and Dublin). Your wife (and you for that matter) will love Dublin. Very nice community, excellent school system, homes not only hold, but gain value, nice local parks and a quaint down-town (with a few cool boutiques and shops), as well home to a cool county club (Muirfield) if you are into high-end golf and status. They have a solid governmental foundation and a really profesional police department (low crime, so you can travel with peace of mind).

Just my two cents.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:33 PM   #6
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west chester is nice (cinci suburb). it's about 20 minutes north of the city, but still nice. If you are moving to ohio, why those two cities? do you not already have a job in one of those two places?
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:12 AM   #7
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West Chester is too far from anything, and all the houses look the same.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:43 PM   #8
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Don't know much about Cbus other than I go up there for Red Wings games when they're destroying the Blue Jackets

I think you said in another post that West Chester was out. That's where I live now. Cincinnati does have plenty of great parks, as was noted before.

Also might have a new high speed indoor go kart track coming in a few months, but you didn't hear that from me
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I will be biased and say Cincinnati... for the pro's you listed above. Economy is on the decline here, but Cincinnati just got 2 mil for a downtown project that should help in the effort towards revitalizing Cincy.

As for places, Hyde Park is definitely a plus. I lived there this past year commuting to and from school... and I can say its easily one of the best places - if not the best - to live in Cincinnati. It's a very proactive area when its not cold, very safe, couple parks close by, everything you need within <5 minutes for the most part, and the best part -- affordable. Only bad part is potentially traffic during rush hours, but its nowhere as bad as the Chi.

Also, its seriously about ~ 8-10 minutes away from Mt. Adams, an area with fairly high-end nightlife/bars (though, also a very expensive place to live), and probably 13 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes away from Kenwood Area/Mall.

Which leads me to another area - the Kenwood, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Silverton box... (Indian Hill perhaps being the most wealthiest area in Cincinnati?) same characteristics as Hyde Park, but more spread out, but farther away from downtown, bars, etc.... which I prefer not to be since I'm still in school. Lol

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edit* just saw you were early 30s and looking for middle to upper-middle class? Yeahhh Hyde Park would be perfect for you or Mt. Lookout --- I think those two places (or around there) would suit you guys well.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:52 AM   #10
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Were really torn here. Went through Hyde Park and Blue Ash/Montgomery earlier this week. HP still our favorite but I'm a bit concerned about the school situation, condition of the homes, and overall cost of living there. Not to mention its very far south and ill be driving north to cbus and cleveland weekly.

Montgomery/Blue Ash was a great community, but has virtually no bars and restaurants.

Were in Columbus now, went through Upper Arlington yesterday, loved the South of Lane area. We just need to find out what restaurant/retail options are in the area, seems like all that is downtown or along the outer ring? Also need to find out the demographics. UP seems to be older home owners while the Cincy neighborhoods are more the young professional types, which is what we want.

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Cbus and Cleveland are pretty far commutes no? Haha If I were you, I'd rather just stick it out in one of those cities due to potential external expenses. Lol unless of course, all expenses are covered!

Anyway, you should check out the Summit Country Day School which supports grades K-12... it's a well-respected school in Cincinnati. As for homes - I can't say much except that most homes are indeed old, but some are really nice and renovated. If you want a nice compromise between cost of living and a decent starting house, I would say the city of Norwood - which is within walking distance of Xavier University's campus. Also, its about 2 miles away from HP, or one exit away. My friend who recently graduated from X, renovated a house: outside and inside, while they were still students. You can view it here. They're selling it for a reasonable price - although, I may or may not rent it with other students this upcoming semester .

Here are demographics for Norwood and Hyde Park

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We are leaving Hyde Park as there has been 2 shootings there in the last 4 months, we had two cars broken into, and a drug addict who overdosed showed up on our lawn vomiting everywhere and asking us to call 911. The houses are almost all over 100 years old, and it's Cincinnati public school. Montgomery ftw. Look at houses around downtown Montgomery- all brick walking paths, right next to Indian Hill, and all new restaurants/ bars.
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Where the hell in HP did you live? That sounds more like Oakley?
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Where the hell in HP did you live? That sounds more like Oakley?
seriously.. that doesn't sound much like HP... I've had no problems where I am in HP, and seldom hear complaints from any of my neighbors nor sirens for the matter. It does sound more like Oakley area... could be where the two neighborhoods meet?

But srlehmkuhl is right abut Montgomery.. it is really nice, just not my cup of tea. Plus I can't even afford that area - let alone Indian Hill
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Montgomery seemed nice, but what is there to do? We assumed people would head downtown for dinner/games, etc?

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People do head downtown for games. Dinner? Meh, plenty of places all around town to get great food. I'm not sure about how long it takes you to get around Chicago, but in Cincy, you're within a half hour of everything from where ever you are. If you live in Montgomery, it'll take you 25 minutes to get downtown. 15 minutes to Hyde Park.
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Just so you know, I was born in 1982 in Montgomery. With the exception of living in Louisville for 4 years, I've lived in and around Cincinnati my entire life. For those who questioned my statement about Hyde Park, yes- all those things happened and a ton more. The areas surrounding Hyde Park are basically the ghetto. If you're young, single and don't give a damn, you can live in places like Clifton. When you are trying to start a family, or are married, that is the last type of place you want to be. When the drug addict showed up on our porch and I called 911, it took 35 minutes for the fire truck to arrive. Yes, the fire truck. A police officer NEVER showed up and the ambulance didn't arrive for a total of 45 minutes. The city of Cincinnati spends their taxpayer dollars on things like the downtown trolley. Google it just so you can read how much of a waste it is going to be. You can also research the spending on Paul Brown stadium and how they subsidized their frivolous spending by further burdening the taxpayers. Now, they have held up construction the casino by more bureaucracy. Hyde Park is a great place to live if you're going to rent, are under 35, and single. I'd say it's also nice for newlyweds who don't have things like nice cars and other valuables. If you are looking to buy, I would highly suggest the following places: Montgomery, Blue Ash, Madeira, Mariemont, Anderson, Indian Hill, Wyoming, Kenwood. If you are looking to rent and are dead-set on Hyde Park, our place will be available August 1st. It is 2,900 square feet, a stand alone garage with private driveway, and will only run you about $1,360 a month. And it's the nice part of Hyde Park. It's off of Observatory very close to Carl's Deli for those who know the area. It's only a few blocks from Hyde Park Square. I can pretty much guarantee you won't find anything this size with the garage around that area.
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People do head downtown for games. Dinner? Meh, plenty of places all around town to get great food. I'm not sure about how long it takes you to get around Chicago, but in Cincy, you're within a half hour of everything from where ever you are. If you live in Montgomery, it'll take you 25 minutes to get downtown. 15 minutes to Hyde Park.
Exactly. There is about at a 10-12 minute travel distance each way to downtown between Montgomery and Hyde Park. It's pretty easy to get around in this city. Montgomery's income tax is about 1% less than that of the city of Cininnati's. Also, I saw someone mention Summit Country Day. That's about $8,000 a year if my memory is correct. In my opinion, a huge waste of money when the Sycamore school system is one of the best in the country, has passed any and every levy in recent history, has no financial troubles, has a palace of an elementary school in Montgomery, and pays their teachers better than 90% of educators. Kenwood Mall is actually closer to Montgomery than Hyde Park too. Will your wife spend more time at little boutiques (there are probably a total of 12) in Hyde Park, or at the Kenwood Mall? Nordstroms, Bebe, Macy's, Dillard's, H&M, Arden B, Lacoste, BCBG, Cache are just a few of the shops in Kenwood.
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So, where'd you decide to move?
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