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Talk about the weather. We've had some lovely days so far this week. Brian has the month filled with travel, but he will be in town long enough Friday to look at the top three so far. Any of these could be winners, or there are still plenty to see:

I like this one best because it has a big open back yard and it's in Westerville, which is sort of where we are staying now only this is Westerville proper, not Westerville-zip-Worthington-schools-Columbus-taxes, which is how the lady at the Westerville rec center pigeonholed me as she exacted an extra $10 for Victoria's ballet class. Anyhow. The house is too weird, like the Takoma Park house--an old place that has undergone a series of less-than-graceful additions. I don't think Brian will go for it, although who knows? He did last time. At least this one has air conditioning.

This house has a sunroom addition in the back. I'd like more space in the back yard, but there's a lot to recommend the house. It's in Westerville, too, in a neighborhood that seems very nice.

If only this house were in my beloved Westerville! Alas, it is in an odd but lovely spot that a rec center clerk might call Powell-zip-Olentangy-schools-Orange Township. The back yard is a good size and looks out on woods, it's gorgeous. The house is on a cul-de-sac in a low-traffic neighborhood, another plus. This was my favorite house until I saw the weird one. It's still a strong contender, but I am a little afraid of the location. I predict growing pains for Orange Township in the form of inadequate roads and services. Brian says I am overthinking this issue. I'm going to take another look at the house and reconsider, although it's also listed at a somewhat inflated price, so we'd probably offer less and they might say no and put my overthinking to rest.

In other news, today was house-cleaning day. On Monday, my house started to smell and it wasn't my fault. Especially upstairs, there was a strong odor of cigarette smoke. Tuesday was a gorgeous day, warm and windy. I opened all the windows but this morning it smelled just as bad. So on the way back from the skating lesson this morning we stopped at Target for odor-masking cleaning products and we spent a few hours applying them. Now my house smells like someone spilled perfume on my grandfather. It's supposed to be getting colder starting tomorrow but I may try the windows again.


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Mar. 15th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Perhaps I'm a Gloomy Gus, but you might look at the following. The first is a wapo article on the high level of subprime foreclsoures in the midwest. The other two are a couple of blogs mostly devoted to trying to understand the RE bubble.




When I comment in the last two I comment as Jim A.
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Gloomy Gus. It's definitely sobering news, but more so for the poor lug who has to unload a house in DC than for the stably employed guy with stellar credit who needs a place to live in Ohio. Right? But if the media wants to start trumpeting about it, I think it's a plus for me. Sellers panic and prices drop. If I wait a little longer, maybe someone will pay me to take their 4bed/2.5ba off their hands. So to speak.
Mar. 15th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Olentangy schools are supposed to be really good. I think that one difference between the Westerville Schools and Olentangy (as well as the far north schools in Westerville) is that there's no diversity in the student population. Some people care about that and some don't, but I thought I'd point it out.

Another problem with living way up in Delaware or northern Westerville is that you become really far away from everyone else. katishna used to live in Delaware and it was a full half hour to drive up to her house from my place, and so people hardly ever visited her. She lives in Minerva Park now and likes it a lot more, plus she's closer to everything else for her to get to as well.
Mar. 15th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
I am glad you mentioned it. Just driving around I haven't noticed a whole lot of diversity and I was wondering. Actually, Victoria and I drove around Minerva Park and liked the way it looked, so I came home and did some poking around because I was hoping that since it's inside 270 it would be more diverse. I came up with this and thought about giving up on that factor. Of course the data is getting old, but the differences between the areas seemed so slight. But if you've noticed a difference, then that's something. It's definitely a factor for me.
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Well let me put it this way... when I was subbing in the schools for Westerville, I subbed a couple times way up in the northern Westerville area (Olentangy elementary school or something like that... was 20 min drive to get there), I think I saw 2 black kids in the entire school. You compare that to ... really any of the other elementary schools (at least in the lower half) and although whites are the majority, there are distinct populations of black, asian, latino AND african and somalian (I think Somalia is in Africa but they are muslim while all the other Africans are various christian sects, usually protestant) so they are very diverse.

Minerva Park is a mostly white neighborhood, and has its own taxes, and its own fire station and police station. But it feeds into Hawthorne Elementary (which has an entrance from Minerva Park, and you can see it from Dublin-Granville rd) which is a good elementary school (I did a quarter of classes where I observed a 1st grade class there), and it's fairly diverse (they get ESL students and have the facility for them). I like riding my bike in MK because it's very pretty in there (we're in Waltham Woods which is adjacent to it but doesn't have the trees and isn't as pretty because it's a new build neighborhood)

I think the difference I would say is up north, it's all white people, isolated up there. Down south, MP is a little neighborhood surrounded by a lot of diverse neighborhoods. The Meijer's across from it (where I do all my grocery shopping), I see all kinds of people. My neighborhood is very diverse... my next door neighbors are from the Dominican Republic, then on the other side, they're white, then another white couple, then a black & white couple with a biracial daughter, across the street there were 3 houses in a row with families from Africa (2 sold their houses, not sure what's up with them right now though), and on the corner they're from Guatemala. Minerva Park is a lot prettier though, if I could do it again I'd buy in there. ;-)

But if you just buy in Westerville proper but don't go too far north, the schools at least will be somewhat diverse, even if your neighborhood isn't. (the houses are bigger there than in MP, and it looked to me like you want a pretty big house, at least bigger than mine is. ;-)
Mar. 16th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
This is helpful, thanks! We just got back from a banjo guy program at the library. Really, I just want to live at the Westerville library.
Mar. 15th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh and the Westerville Rec Center is nice, but Columbus has a lot of rec centers as well so you could try those out. There's one called Lazelle Woods up by Polaris (off of Sancus Blvd) that is supposed to be newer than the rest of them. We've been driving down to Carriage Place Rec center for kid classes, and there's also one by the park of roses with kid classes. Those you wouldn't have to pay a surcharge for. The Columbus Aquatics center (although not as nice as the pool at the Westerville Rec Center)is off of 5th ave and they have swim lessons that I take Maylie to. The Wville one is closer for us but we just have Westerville schools, columbus taxes.
Mar. 15th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
We signed up for ballet on our third day here--I hadn't scoped out the situation, we just needed something pink and girly FAST! Lazelle Woods is just blocks away, I think we'll try gymnastics there this Spring. And the park behind the rec center is free of geese, hooray! I don't hate geese, but they are so ... productive.

For the pool, we've just been going to the YMCA on Karl Rd so far, since our membership in Maryland gives us a couple dozen "away" visits for free. When those run out, maybe we'll know where we'll be settling. I hope.
Mar. 15th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
I am SO jealous. All of those houses are beautiful. I'm sure you know what houses like that around here cost.

Is the underlined phrase supposed to link to something? Why did your house smell like cigarette smoke?
Mar. 15th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Just underlined for emphasis. As an indifferent housekeeper, I am usually to blame for offensive odors when they occur.

I'm guessing the new neighbors smoke, but they moved in a couple of weeks ago and I just noticed the smell recently. Maybe it was a smoking visitor? I will be glad to move out of this party-wall situation, which seems to include party-ductwork.

Your house money does go a lot farther here!
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