New VIP Communities – Jackson Woods and Ambleside Meadows!


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Lots of exciting news from my friends at M/I Homes this week! They just announced, not one, but TWO new communities: Jackson Woods in Loveland and Ambleside Meadows in Mason!

You know who found out about them first? Everyone on the M/I Homes VIP list! Click here to make sure you’re on this free VIP list to get all the latest updates on these VIP communities and more!

I did a little digging and put together the overviews below of both areas where the new communities will call home (and you could, too!). Seriously excited for both of these!

Jackson Woods
It’s only appropriate that “woods” is in the name of the new Jackson Woods community because that’s exactly where it’s nestled: a beautiful, wooded setting. The community of new homes is located right off of Wards Corner Road in Loveland, Ohio with easy access to I-275, so you can feel like you’re away from it with easy access to all the amenities the city has to offer. If you and your family love to spend your free time outdoors, this is the place for you because you’re super close to golf courses and bike trails to parks and rivers. Hit the course at Oasis Golf Club and Hickory Woods Golf Course or spend your weekends being active at Lake Isabella Park, the Loveland Bike Trail or even rent a canoe with my friend Dirk over at Morgan’s Canoe Livery.

Better yet, you don’t even have to leave the community to get your fresh air fix, as Jackson Woods community includes a pond with a fountain and a pocket park to enjoy in a suburban setting with 10.6 acres of open space to enjoy. Several lots back up to the woods for privacy and exploration. This beautiful community is located within the Loveland School District that features a Primary School, Elementary School, Intermediate School, Middle School, and a High School.

I learned from their Internet Sales Associate, Laura, that they are offering a gorgeous series of homes called the Premiere Series, which offer a ton of gorgeous options already included in your home. She also mentioned that there are going to be 35 homesites available, with two cul-de-sacs, and they are expecting this community to sell quickly!

Ambleside Meadows
It’s funny, I was JUST in Mason waiting for my Kroger Groceries (the Mason location is one of the few locations where you can order online and pick-up curbside without even having to get out of your car), thinking about how cool of an area it is, especially for young families. In fact, my friend Kristen founded a site called “Masonmetu” a few years ago and it’s filled with things to do, places to go, where to eat, events coming up, etc. in the area. If someone’s full time gig is trying to keep up with all the fun things to do and places to go in your area, you know it’s good!

Ambleside Meadows is a community of new homes is located in Mason just minutes from LOTS of family fun places like Kings Island, the Beach Water Park and Great Wolf Lodge. It’s located off of US 42, so it’s near 741 and I-71, making it easy to get anywhere that you need in and around Cincinnati! You’ll love the convenient location and the proximity to shopping (Deerfield Towne Centre is just minutes away!), dining and entertainment throughout Mason, Ohio. Parks and golf galore, too, as you’re right down the road from Mason Sports Park, Heritage Oak Park and Four Bridges Golf and Country Club. Lots of large corporations call Mason home, too — like Proctor and Gamble, Cintas, Luxottica and Children’s Hospital – so your commute could be a snap! Ambleside Meadows will feature new homes in Warren County that are a part of the Mason School District. With the convenient location, amazing school system and access to everyday needs and amenities, this community is SUCH a fab find!

The Warren County-based Ambleside Meadows will be in a gorgeous community that will include a clubhouse, a community pool, pond and nature trails that run throughout the community. It will feature new single family homes that will include 60′ wide home sites with cul-de-sac homesites available as well. There will be 122 homes available from M/I Homes and are expected to sell quickly! Join the VIP List today to get information about these homes as it is released!

I know these communities really peaked my interest. If you’re interested in learning more about Jackson Woods or Ambleside Meadows, please call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her at She’s super helpful and helped answer all of my questions!

3 Cincinnati Suburbs for New Construction Homes

Opting for a new construction home has many benefits, not limited to customized interiors, new plumbing and electric, energy-efficiency and technological advancements. Another lesser obvious upside to choosing a new construction home is flexibility of location. Many new construction communities lie just outside of major cities across the U.S. – allowing for relaxation and privacy without comprising convenience.

In the Cincinnati area, M/I Homes builds and sells new construction homes in fourteen different neighborhoods, creating an array of options for homebuyers looking for a move-in ready or customized home-buying experiences. If you’re considering buying a home near Cincinnati, look at Hamilton, Deerfield and Mason, three northern Cincy suburbs great for homebuyers who prefer proximity to downtown without the stress of high-rise living.



Home to one of Miami University’s regional campuses, the city of Hamilton is part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area and encompasses over 60,000 residents. The new construction community of Rivercrest within Hamilton offers 132 acres of freshly-built residences. Rivercrest overlooks the Little Miami River, creating an environment so serene it’s hard to believe the Queen City is only 30 miles away. Prices for new construction properties in Rivercrest range from $335,995 to $473,674 with sizes large enough to accommodate big families – some over 5,400 square feet. Comparatively, buyers searching for homes in Hamilton, both new and previously owned, face a median list price of $159,900 with a median sale price of $135,925. Although the median list price for homes in Hamilton are less than new construction Rivercrest homes, home values in Hamilton (including Rivercrest) increased 4.2 percent in the last year. Rivercrest buyers can expect their home values to rise another 2.4 percent in 2015, congruent to the surrounding local market. With more money down, new construction buyers in Rivercrest are likely to face large returns – and a more satisfying, comfortable home in the meantime.

Deerfield Township

New construction homes in Roberts Park range from $402,990 to $627,032 and vary from around 2,500 to almost 6,000 square feet per single-family property. And, with the purchase of a new property in this community, you also are granted social member status at the Four Bridges Country Club, which includes gym, clubhouse, tennis courts, kiddie pools and golf course amenities. The median home value in Deerfield as a whole is $129,200, which represents a 5.2 percent increase in the past year. Zillow economists expect all Deerfield homes to rise in value another 2.7 percent in the coming year. Although new construction homes in Deerfield are more expensive than their counterparts in greater Hamilton, the local market is strong enough to provide substantial returns in the future. Families are especially drawn to Deerfield Township and Roberts Park due to it being located in the Mason City School District, one of Ohio’s best.


Mason was rated the 7th best place to live in the nation by Money Magazine, which could be why it’s the most expensive suburb on this list. Like Deerfield Township, Mason residents benefit from the Mason City School District. Generally, homes in Mason are valued at a median price of $228,500, representing a 2.5 percent increase since last year. Much like the other cities in the Cincinnati metro region, home values are expected to rise another 2.3 percent in 2015. The median list price is much higher than the median value, hovering around $330,000. Although prices in Mason seem out of reach, Alverta offers moderately-priced homes between $351,495 and $481,896. And, Alverta supplies residents with an 8-acre community park, ponds and gardens to enjoy the warm Cincy summers.

Although list prices, for the most part, are higher for new construction homes than the median prices of their respective locales, new construction offers many upsides. From customizing your home to perfectly fit your family to evading costly maintenance for dated plumbing and electric, new homes in Cincinnati are hard to beat.

** Jennifer Riner writes about rentals, home improvement and design for Zillow.


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