North RegionWith scores of employment opportunities and upscale suburban neighborhoods sprouting up all the time, this region couldn’t cater more to young families. Expansion is happening quickly in these parts, but northern Cincinnati has long been home to many of the region’s most kid-friendly attractions, including the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad and Kings Island amusement park. Residents enjoy the outdoors at one of the region’s many green spaces, from Winton Woods to Sharon Woods to Voice of America Park. Those who love scoring great finds can get their fix at the area’s many retail destinations, from Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe to home decor giant IKEA. 

Despite tough competition from neighboring counties, northern Hamilton County continues to attract residents with its established communities, lush greenery, and big-name corporate employers. Known as the Mill Creek Valley, the area encompasses the neighborhoods of Sharonville, Wyoming, Woodlawn, Carthage, and Forest Park. Also in the Valley, Glendale is known for its quirky black squirrels—both the live versions (the critters were brought from Michigan by a local businessman in the 1940s and are now thriving in the area), as well as the dozens of celebratory statues scattered throughout the town.  

To the northeast, Warren County residents enjoy good schools and ease of living. Mason is one of the fastest-growing communities in Ohio, with loads of upscale homes and shopping centers that cater to working parents. Nearby Maineville is close to all the action but offers family living at a much slower pace.  

Lebanon is one of the many gems of the northeast region. The historic downtown area attracts residents and visitors with quaint antique shops, cute ice cream parlors, and home-style restaurants. The Golden Lamb, Ohio’s oldest establishment, has hosted a number of historical figures, including 12 U.S. presidents.  

Along I-75, neighboring West Chester and Liberty Township are two thriving Butler County communities. West Chester was recently ranked as one of the top 100 “Best Places to Live” by CNN/Money Magazine. Also located in Butler County, the economically diverse city of Fairfield offers residents an abundance of neighborhood shopping centers, as well as homes, apartments, and condos at nearly every price point.  

While still largely rural, the outskirts of Butler County are becoming suburbanized as well. Expanding areas include Ross Township and the nearby city of Oxford, the home of Miami University. 

Far out in the countryside, residents can escape the hustle and bustle of suburbia and enjoy the scenery in quiet communities such as Waynesville or Harveysburg, the town that hosts the annual Ohio Renaissance Festival. To the west, the more diverse communities of Monroe, Hamilton, and Middletown are practically equidistant from Cincinnati and Dayton and feature homes at many different price points. 

For SaleSample Home Prices*

  • Fairfield: $131,025
  • Glendale: $439,604
  • Lebanon: $224,918
  • Mason: $187,361
  • Monroe: $183,844
  • Oxford: $262,788
  • West Chester: $270,032
  • Wyoming: $337,712

* Average prices as of April 26, 2012


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