Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

Neighborhood Spotlight: Oak Forge

Convenient location, school district attract young families, newlyweds

Residential community offers single-family homes, nearby shopping

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A home for sale at 334 Forge Drive in the Oak Forge neighborhood in Lebanon. Staff photo by Greg Lynch
Convenient location, school district attract young families, newlyweds Residential community offers single-family homes, nearby shopping photo
The Oak Forge neighborhood in Lebanon. Staff photo by Greg Lynch
Convenient location, school district attract young families, newlyweds Residential community offers single-family homes, nearby shopping photo
Pat Letarte, resident and president of the Oak Forge homeowners association, in his home. Staff photo by Greg Lynch

By Jacqui Boyle

Staff Writer

A convenient location and a strong school system help make Oak Forge in Lebanon an attractive residential community.

Construction in the neighborhood began in 1996. Today, it is made up of 235 homes with four acres of common space. Each home takes up on average about two-tenths of an acre of land.

Oak Forge is made up entirely of single-family homes, with a price range of $140,000 to more than $210,000. Most of the living units are traditional, two-story homes. These options attract mostly young families and newlyweds, explained Pat Letarte, president of the Oak Forge Homeowners’ Association.

Oak Forge residents enjoy community activities including block parties, he said. Some residents have their own in-ground pools, too.

“The convenience of the shopping and the highways” nearby is one of the neighborhood’s main benefits for residents, said Judi Channels, managing agent for Oak Forge who is employed by Amity Associates Inc.

Countryside YMCA is located just across the street, along with a Kroger Marketplace, Walmart Supercenter, Kohl’s, Target, Big Lots and Colony Square Cinemas 7 movie theater closeby. In addition, the neighborhood is about a 20-minute drive from Voice of America Centre, located in West Chester Twp., which features restaurants including Panera Bread and Bonefish Grill, and Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe, Channels said.

The neighborhood is located off of Interstate 71, off of Route 48, she said.

On top of these perks, Oak Forge is located in the Lebanon City Schools District. The district was ranked “Excellent with Distinction” on the Ohio Department of Education’s 2011-12 Ohio Report Card and “Excellent” on the 2010-11 report card.

“It’s a good family neighborhood,” Channels said.


Location

Oak Forge is located off of Interstate 71, off of Route 48.

Source: Judi Channels, managing agent for Oak Forge who is employed by Amity Associates Inc.

PROFILE OF A HOME

Homeowner: Pat Letarte, resident and president of the Oak Forge Homeowners’ Association

Address: 1279 Poplar Hill Drive

His home: Four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, one office, finished basement, outdoor patio and wood floors, with 1,900 square feet of living space

When he moved in: January 1998

What he paid: $138,000

Why he was first attracted to home and neighborhood: “It was in Lebanon, new and affordable.”

Why he loves home and neighborhood today: “High quality home, safe, nice neighborhood, great schools and shopping”

ON THE MARKET

A sample home for sale in Oak Forge.

$184,900

334 Forge Drive

With four bedrooms and 3½ baths, this single-family home includes a a finished lower level, bar, study, and spacious deck. Listing offered by: Sibcy Cline Realtors Northeast Office, (513) 677-1830; Judy Pachmayer, (513) 325-5990.

By the numbers

235

Homes

4

Acres of common space

$140,000 to more than $210,000

Range of home sale prices

Sources: Judi Channels, managing agent for Oak Forge who is employed by Amity Associates Inc.; Pat Letarte, president of the Oak Forge Homeowners’ Association

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