There's no question that the areas you mentioned are the best areas in town. My only point is that the areas I mentioned also aren't bad, depending on your budget. The Jefferson Twp. portion of the Gahanna school district in some places is every bit as nice as New Albany but in a country setting. It is not as dense.<quoted text>
Trends inform me to avoid the east and south sides.
These areas are not what they used to be.
If your pockets aren't as deep, and especially if you have ties to the east side, there is no shame in Gahanna/Jefferson and Pickerington ... or even Reynoldsburg.
Anything else south of I-70 I agree with you on.