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  • #499396

    Twixlen
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    I think you’re already on the right track for picking a neighborhood – and that is to visit, at different times of the day/night/weekdays/weekends those places that seem to best fit the bill. Do you see other people walking, jogging, out & about…

    As Lifeontwowheels mentioned, in live in Westgate. You’d find it much more like Clintonville, in regards to the sorts of houses that are here, and general neighborhood vibe. There are some houses around that hit much closer to that $100K range, but finding one you can move immediately into for $60-80 would be tough. There are a couple foreclosures/short sales over here in that range, but they need work. Prices over here seem to have stabilized & I’m seeing (move in ready) houses turning over much more quickly than last year.

    Tomorrow happens to be the Home & Garden tour over here – $12 will give you an awesome tour of the neighborhood homes & you can ask all the questions you’d like.

    The big thing about getting into a low cost home is to make sure those very big ticket items are in good shape – roof, foundation, HVAC, reasonably newish electric panel. You can work around old windows & wallpaper & weird pink toilets … And if you’re handy at all, getting a place that’s out of date & a little surface tattered is a great way to have some instant equity.

    #499397

    Twixlen
    Participant

    Oh – safety… I’ve never felt unsafe here, and I’ve walked this whole neighborhood at all times of the day & night. As Lifeontwowheels mentioned, highland west is a little more hit & miss – and much of that depends on what your version of safety is. I’m a pretty tough old bitch, and there are some spots east of Hague I wouldn’t be comfortable in on foot… But two streets over might be just fine.

    #499398
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    Can’t say enough good things about Merion Village. My apartment is great and cheap. I live across the street from the only Gay Irish Pub in Columbus, a block or two from one of my favorite restaurants (Explorer’s Club), walking distance to my favorite park (Schiller). There are great bars all over the area and great neighbors who you can share a beer with even if you barely know them. There is a 90 year old dude who works the dumpsters out back that does all my recycling for me and a team of Mexicans who live 3 buildings down who do insanely cheap an reliable auto repair in the parking lot. More “urban” than German Village, which I like…an WAY cheaper than German Village, which I love…but most of the same amenities if not more.

    p.s. There’s also a bus stop in front of my apartment that runs up an down High at all hours, getting me to whatever other downtown neighborhood I want for cheap an without a DUI.

    #499399

    JimSweeney
    Participant

    Hey,
    We’ll be showing Edward’s Homes today at GO WEST. They are definitely worth a look.

    We’re at GW from 4-9. Looking forward to meeting you!

    Also, thanks to everyone above for continuing to help get the Fton word out. It wasn’t that long ago that Franklinton would not have been part of the conversation. This is why i love CU.

    mention this post and i’ll buy you a beer!!! heh.

    #499400

    cheap
    Member

    Analogue Kid said:
    I guess I’ll plug my new home of Olentangy West as beating everyone else out on diversity, particularly the Riverview area (Olentangy River Road corridor). If you’re into mid century modern, there are some houses that have great potential. I live on the west side of 315, which is nice too, but a bit more than you’re willing to spend unfortunately.

    Map if you’re not familiar with the area: http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/Planning_Division/Current_Planning_Initiatives/Parking_Code/OWest-SubAreas.pdf
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    Analogue Kid said:
    I guess I’ll plug my new home of Olentangy West as beating everyone else out on diversity, particularly the Riverview area (Olentangy River Road corridor). If you’re into mid century modern, there are some houses that have great potential. I live on the west side of 315, which is nice too, but a bit more than you’re willing to spend unfortunately.

    Map if you’re not familiar with the area: http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/Planning_Division/Current_Planning_Initiatives/Parking_Code/OWest-SubAreas.pdf

    there are some really neat houses in this area.

    the guy that has had the old Imperial rotting away in in his driveway for years on Olentangy/Henderson needs to sell that monster,or get it running

    #499401

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    cheap said:
    buy 5 acres,a goat,and an airstream and live it large in Morrow county

    green acres,baby

    the green green acres is the place to be
    the farm farm livin’ is the life for me
    the land land spreadin’ out so far and wide
    fuck manhattan just gimme that countryside

    #499402

    ricospaz
    Participant

    Merion Village or Westgate. But with the new casino, those Westgaters are gonna start acting all elitist and uppity.

    #499403

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    For what you are looking for I would say Westgate or even 5xNW (ie North Grandview).

    5xNW has a good proximity to a lot of things (several groceries, restaurants, fast food galore, etc) and they are upgrading the streets to connect to the Olentangy bike path. It is pretty walkable and bikeable and from what I hear pretty high on the safe neighborhood list while not being too pricey.

    #499404

    kathyhoke
    Member

    Dear O:
    Your need to feel safe running at 5:30 a.m. caught my eye. I trained for a 5k in Wilshire Heights, the 1930s neighborhood near Hague and Sullivant where I’ve lived for nearly 12 years. I did most of my training south of my home, heading towards Briggs Road. This area is quiet and peaceful – light traffic, well kept homes, lots of shade from mature trees. My street ends in cul-de-sac lined with split-level houses. However, I can’t recommend running in the dark – anywhere. Too many hazards, including tripping.

    Wilshire Heights is walkable. It’s near a Subway shop, two ice cream stores, a tortilla factory and store, the library, a bodega/grocer, a Wendy’s, Westgate Park and more.

    As for bicycling, the Ohio to Erie Trail is coming through the West Side along the Camp Chase Railroad. That places any home in the Hilltop within a mile or two of this cross-state trail.

    Other neighborhoods in the Hilltop defy the area’s image. Holton Park, for example, is beautiful and mostly peaceful. The ranch houses in Miriam near Bishop Ready H.S. have some interesting design features. You have to see it to really know it.

    Best wishes to you and DH in your search.

    #499405

    SusanB
    Participant
    #499406

    ohbonobogirl
    Participant

    Thanks, kathy and SusanB. Susan, that’s one of the homes I bookmarked.

    Kathy: That’s the exact kind of little pocket I was hoping to find! Thanks very much! I’m adding it to my list.

    #499407

    tourist19
    Participant

    I’m going to also put in a plug for Merion Village. I had a lot of the same criteria when house hunting and found everything I wanted here. I did look at Eastgate and loved some of the homes I found there (Did you know there are several Lustron Homes there? If there are any on the market go look at one just because they are cool), but ultimately decided I wanted to be closer to Downtown. I am frequently up and heading to work in the 4 to 5 am time frame and have never seen sketchy people around or felt threatened. I did immediately install an alarm system, but that’s because I’m gone a fair amount. My neighbor says that as long as you have an alarm or a dog break-ins are not a problem. There are car break-ins, but that’s the stupid people who leave things in their car, and quite frankly I’ve heard of that happening everywhere now. My friend in Worthington had a GPS stolen out of his car in his driveway, so really just don’t leave stuff in your car.
    I think there are amazing deals to be had in MV and the neighborhood is only getting better. I have great neighbors who really all watch out for each other. I have a house with wonderful character and an amazing yard. I am close to everything I want to be close to, yet feel like I have a little oasis of calm in the middle of the city. It’s really just wonderful. Good luck in your hunt, it gets frustrating but what you want is out there :-)

    #499408

    ohbonobogirl
    Participant

    I drove around Merion and Hungarian village today to get a feel for the area. I can definitely see why it comes highly recommended. As for car break-ins, it’s happened 4-5 times to me in Clintonville, so it’s not really even something I think about any more. Gotta love people who smash the window even though the doors were unlocked and there was nothing in there to begin with…

    #499409

    lifeontwowheels
    Participant

    August 11th is the second annual Glennfest put on by the Highland West Neighbors Association[/url] in Glenwood Park off W. Broad. Good opportunity to meet the neighbors and see the area.

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