I spent some time in Scottsdale and loved the view of the mountains that I seemed to have from everywhere in the city. It is going to be hard to find something identical to that in this area. Oxford is a nice town and, as mentioned, it is pretty involved in the life of Miami University. The following is a link to the Oxford Chamber of Commerce which will give you more information on the community.
Dunes made a great point. I would suggest you take a look at communities surrounding the Oxford area on the internet. Most of them have websites where they describe the amentities available. Where you purchase really depends on how far a commute you want to have every day. Feel free to come back to Trulia if you have questions on a community and I (or another local) can give you feedback on the area. If you want a guide book on Cincinnati itself, you can email me and I will be happy to mail you a relocation book which describes evertything available in Cincinnati in detail. It is something I send out to people I work with whio are relocating. It has a lot of links in it that gives you information on the area.
Best of luck to you.
I've been handling corporate employee's relocations for over a decade. If you need to relocate to Cincinnati, I can help.
There is something for everyone there! I would suggest that you ask a Cincinnati agent to email listings to you. You would want to ask for listings in Oxford and surrounding areas.
http://www.topix.com/forum/state/oh ..... http://www.city-data.com/city/Ohio.html (Has active forum)
You can also use this to get neighborhood info and more from public records..http://www.bhgrealestate.com/Views/Look/Default.aspx
Good luck, Dunes
I would suggest to get started receiving properties right to your email in the areas in and around the Oxford area directly from our MLS here in Cincinnati. It is easy and free to get started. All you need to do is email me your email address to email@example.com along with the criterias that you think you would like. For example, price range, how many bedrooms and bathrooms, condo or single family or both. You will have your own Portal sent, you would save and delete the properties you want. This is the core of where all listings start, then feed to real estate brokers...so you would be getting the very latest proeprty ingo, no stone would be unturned. I start all my buyers out here so they can get an understanding what homes are in what areas without going there.
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A lot would depend upon how far you are williing to drive each day to work. Some of the areas that have the kind of environment you described, such as Mt. Lookout, Hyde Park, Mariemont OH or Newport KY (walk to the square or levee in each of these areas) would make the commute a very long one. My best advice would be to establish a parameter in regard to miles/time to commute and then search within that area.