5.3 out of 10

Kenwood

39.2080768886174 -84.3737463264854
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 08, 2012

"Kenwood offers shopping and more"

Kenwood is the place to shop in Cincinnati. Kenwood is part of Sycamore Township and has the upscale Kenwood Towne Center mall as its central point. Sycamore Plaza is across the street and continues the major shopping area. Kenwood also offers a movie theater, many restaurants outside of those at the mall, and a major hospital. There are many medical offices and businesses located in Kenwood; however, Kenwood is not all business. There are some houses, condos, and apartment buildings in Kenwood, as well. There is also a Catholic school and church complex.

Kenwood Towne Center is one of the premier shopping areas in Cincinnati and you can find just about anything at the mall. It has major anchors of Nordstrom, Macy's, and Dillard's and features many upscale national chains and boutiques. There are also some great restaurants at the mall (and we're not talking about the fast food Food Court.) There is a Cheesecake Factory, a Maggiano's Italian restaurant, and Aroma Sushi. There are some stores accessed from outside of the mall (such as Ann Taylor Loft and Maggiano's). There is a hulking, partially finished out lot development that features the area's only Crate & Barrel and Container Store locations. Across at Sycamore Plaza you will find more restaurants, office supplies, sporting goods, and the upscale grocery, Fresh Market. Right down the street you will find Cincinnati's only Trader Joe's. There are fast food places and many local shops and other restaurants in this area. If you want something, you can pretty much find it in the Kenwood area.

As for living in Kenwood, the homes near the Towne Center are older and many of them smaller, but fairly reasonably priced. On Kenwood Road, right across from the Towne Center are a number of older multi-unit buildings. The rents for these buildings typically tend to be pretty reasonable, but, of course, you're living on a very busy street in between shopping and a hospital. Across Galbraith Road you will find streets with some larger, more expensive homes. The Kenwood area is also served by several different school districts, depending on which street you live on.

Because Kenwood is a prime shopping district, traffic on the main streets is very heavy especially on Montgomery Road and Kenwood Road near the mall to the Interstate. Kenwood also offers to places to get on and off Interstate 71, one on Kenwood Road and one on Montgomery Road, so you have easy access to all parts of the Cincinnati area. During rush hour, traffic on I-71 in the Kenwood area also gets very heavy. So, if you don't mind navigating the traffic situation in Kenwood, then it certainly provides all the conveniences you could need. It is, however, not a walkable neighborhood, due to its lack of sidewalks and heavy traffic.
Pros
  • great dining
  • fabulous shopping
  • convenient location
Cons
  • traffic congestion
  • mall parking is congested (and hard to find during the holidays)
  • not walkable
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
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