10 Reasons to Love Montgomery

10 Reasons to Love Montgomery

10 Reasons to Love Montgomery! 

It’s hard not to love Montgomery! We loved it so much we moved our offices here in the beginning of 2019 and hope to call Montgomery home for many more years.

But what makes Montgomery so great? As real estate agents, it’s an easy community to sell once you’re here. However, if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience all that it has to offer, here’s our 10 favorite things about Montgomery…

1. The Location

Situated conveniently between I-71 and I-271, Montgomery is nestled in between great communities like Indian Hill and Blue Ash with connectivity to pretty much anywhere you would want to go. It’s a little slice of heaven that’s only 15 minutes from Downtown and a straight shot down I-71 at that if you need your urban fix!

2. The Schools – Sycamore School District

Of course, real estate agents can’t speak to how great a school district is other than sharing the ratings. So, we’ll just say that it’s rated #22 in Ohio and #535 in the Nation by US News. With those ratings, it’s not surprising that the schools are a big draw to new residents.

3. Downtown Montgomery

Ask anyone and they’ll agree that the Heart and Soul of Montgomery, besides the people, is it’s Downtown. As I write this, I sit in the center of it all and often capitalize on what it has to offer by walking to lunch with our team. On any given week or weekend day, you’ll see a bustling downtown full of friends, neighbors and visitors

4. Local Shopping & Eating

Where do we start here? Too many places to mention, but we’re suckers for Z Wine Place, Toast & Berry, & Napa Kitchen and BTW, have you checked out the CBD Store?

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5. Parks

We are lucky to have 6 parks within Montgomery, consisting of 96+ acres. Each park offers it own unique feel and amenities, but what makes these parks even better is that they are connected by over 10 miles of sidewalks, allowing easy access for all residents. Many parks have picnic shelters which can be reserved by Montgomery residents for their own personal use.  Pretty Awesome!!

6. Walkability

How do you get to those lovely parks? Well you don’t have to use the car if you don’t want to! With miles upon miles of sidewalks and walking trails, you can get pretty much anywhere. And with the bricked streets of Downtown, its the perfect set up for strolling after a meal or shopping!

7. Montgomery Quarter

Starting in 2020, the entry way to Montgomery is going to change dramatically! We will have a new roundabout to improve traffic patterns at Montgomery RoadRonald Reagan Cross County Highway.

The City of Montgomery is also redeveloping the currently vacant area with office, retail, hotel, and residential. We can’t wait to watch it all take shape!

8. Large Pretty Lots

As home geeks, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t talk about the neighborhood and its homes. With gorgeous settings, large established trees, and of course, charming homes, Montgomery is an easy place to drive around and admire. The terrain and character is one of the main draws that sucks people in!

9. Mixture of Homes & Price Points

Montgomery is the last place you could call Cookie Cutter! With homes dating back to the 1800s and others built in 2020, you can appreciate architecture of all kinds. We absolutely love the variation in price points and style type.

10. And Last, But Not Least… The Camaraderie!

If you live in Montgomery, it’s hard not to run into someone you know. That person might be Father Mike that runs along Montgomery Road everyday or our office dog, Pepper! Best of all, we look out for each other, enjoying hanging out together, and supporting each other.

Ready to Move to Montgomery?

The team at Build Collective, Coldwell Banker West Shell can help you buy or sell a home in Montgomery!  We grew up here, we work here, and we are the top real estate team in Montgomery. Contact us at 513.686.7676 to get your new home journey started or click below to see the current homes available in the area!

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Finding A New Nest: An Empty Nester’s Search for a Home

Finding a New Nest: An Empty Nesters Search for a New Home

Empty Nester. Lifestyle Living. Moving Down. Right Sizing...What best describes what you and what you’re looking for?

Like it or not, these are all just fancy marketing names for all you baby boomers looking for a new home to fit your new lifestyle. Whatever you or they call it, you’re just ready to shed the home that you raised your kids in for something more your current style

So what’s important to you in a new home? One misconception that we always hear from non empty-nesters (like their kids!) is often that this move is ONLY about one floor living so you can get around easier now or in the future. Don’t get us wrong, we know this is a big part of it, but we know that’s not the only driver! The fact is that you are looking for a location to capitalize on this new found freedom. We’ve helped dozens of empty nester buyers looking for a new home and most often, the number one drive in their search is location because they want to be surrounded by things to do. Restaurants, walking trails, shopping, etc. so they can take advantage of the time they used to spend on their kids. This might not be in every case, but we’re seeing it more often than not!

Of course, in addition to location, we know that you’ll be thinking about things like: 

  1. Function Living Spaces – One floor potentially or maybe a future elevator
  2. No or Low Maintenance – Lock it and Leave it! 
  3. Close to your kids: Lets face it, we might need you guys more than ever!

Now, How Do You Find It?

Even though you have the exact idea of what you might want, finding it is a different story!  The search can be difficult because of the lack of options and inventory. That’s often why people come to us because of our less conventional ways to go about the search! 

In fact, to make it a bit easier on you, we’ve outlined a few tips on how to go about your search:

Existing Homes:

Most Buyers start off searching for Existing Homes because it’s the path of least resistance. It would be ideal to find a ranch style home with one floor living, minimal steps and that’s fixed up enough that you won’t have to do much to it. However, you’ll see that the inventory of homes like this is slim. Take Montgomery for example. Of the 51 single family home listings in Montgomery, only 7 are ranches, and of those 7, only 3 are existing homes.

Townhomes & Condos:

Condo living is fantastic! You can lock it and leave it since there’s NO maintenance.  In areas like Montgomery, Blue Ash, Oakley, Hyde Park, there are quite a few new condo developments (and existing ones) to choose from. For instance, the Allora on Madison is an excellent example of a new community that has been a magnet for empty nester buyers. With low HOA fees, elevator options and located smack dab in the heart of Oakley, this development literally checks ALL boxes! 

As you look as these options though, there’s a few key items to consider: 

  1. HOA fees – These can range monthly from $100 to well over $600 so keep an eye on what they cost and what’s included!
  2. Functionality and size of your floor plan – If you’re coming from a larger single family home think about the culture shock of going from 4000 ft to 2000 ft.

In addition to the Allora, here’s a few links to some other options that are available now:

 

New Construction

We wouldn’t be called Build Collective if we didn’t mention at least a couple of new construction options! Take for example Orchard Trail in Montgomery. Designed for lifestyle living, this community caters to the empty nester crowd by designing ranch homes, an all inclusive HOA and maintenance fee and plenty of room for outdoor entertaining without the burden of taking care of more than you need.  

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Cost Per Square Foot – Ranches tend to be more expensive because all or most of the living is on the first floor!
  2. Lot Width – This is the most important feature to consider if you’re looking at lots! 
  3. Timing – Make sure you have adequate time to build, which can take anywhere from 6-10 months nowadays with the tight labor market

Here’s a Few Options to Consider:

Whichever option you choose, try to think through the transition and location. It’s also key to keeping an open mind. Sometimes the best options never cross your mind until they’re right in front of you! 

And, as you search, we’re hear to help. Having a good agent on your side is pivotal as they can find ferret out options for you and make your purchase MUCH smoother.

Download Our Guide to Moving Down to help you as well!

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Making the decision to buy or sell a home can be an overwhelming. The team at Build Collective, Coldwell Banker West Shell can help you understand the process and make sure you get the most for your home in the shortest amount of time. Contact us at 513.686.7676 to get your new home journey started!

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