Sunday, May 9, 2004

Maineville affordable, on scenic river



Jodi Harmeier
Jodi Harmeier in the morning room of her $154,000 Maineville home where she loves to sit and read in the morning light.
(Jeff Swinger photo)

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The ability to find an affordable house only 30 minutes from her job in Wilmington convinced Jodi Harmeier to buy a $154,000 home in Maineville last July.

Single and tired of renting for 18 years, Harmeier, 39, was looking for a good investment in a safe area that offered plenty of things to do.

Harmeier, a sales manager for Roberts Convention Centre and Ramada Plaza Hotel in Wilmington, likes that property taxes in Maineville typically are lower than in other parts of Southwest Ohio.

Annual taxes for a $100,000 home in Maineville run about $1,350. Taxes on the same house in the city of Cincinnati would be almost $1,853, the Hamilton County auditor's office says.

Harmeier also wanted a newly built home to which she could add her own touch to the interior. Her two-story, three-bedroom home includes a great room, 21/2 bathrooms, and wide-open casual dining next to a kitchen with canyon-sand tile.

The neighborhood, lit with streetlights, sits near the Little Miami Scenic River.

Maineville includes a variety of homes ranging from up to 60 years old to new construction.

It was the new development that attracted attention in 2002 that real estate agents requested it be identified independently as its own suburb for home sales, rather than part of Hamilton Township.

This year it saw the biggest increase in the region, 194 percent, in the number of houses sold compared with 2002.

"The biggest thing that I like about my home is I own it, and it's mine," she said.

Jeff McKinney




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