5.3 out of 10

Race St, Downtown

39.1018100483528 -84.5148411319779
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  •  

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 11, 2012

"Trendy Downtown living with shopping and dining too"

Race St. Downtown used to be the center of Cincinnati Shopping. There are still a few stores along the street, but these days it's more residential than anything. Along Race St. you'll find Lofts at Shillito (formerly Shillito's Department Store), 911 Race, and The Reserve at 4th and Race among others.

The buildings are old and grand, and the apartments and condos they now house are spacious and trendy. It's not exactly family living though. While some choose to live in town with their kids, the Downtown lifestyle is more for grown up living.

Shopping
There are still a few stores on Race St. Sax Fifth Avenue and Macy's offer personal furnishings whatever your style. City Cellars markets a selection of fine wines, and Cappel's has a wide selection of costume options year 'round.

For discount shoes, there's a Payless shoe store. You'll find a few import stores on Race, as well as the Walgreens and CVS you're likely find in every Cincinnati neighborhood. Most Cincinnati shopping moved to the suburbs long ago. For more than the basics, you'll have to go to Clifton or hop on the highway and head for Kenwood, Hyde Park or another neighborhood.

Dining and entertainment
Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant is one of a few restaurants on Race. The Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati's grand Art Deco hotel, is located at Fifth and Race St corner of the Carew Tower. They have several elegantly furnished restaurants to choose from. Blue Wisp Jazz Club on Race is the perfect place for dinner with swing dancing, jazz or a jam session on the side.
Race St. is close to the Bengals stadium and also walking distance to the Great American Ball Park for Reds games.

If you don't find the dining or entertainment you want on Race St. There are plenty more eating and drinking establishments throughout town and a walkable distance away at The Banks.

Recreation & fitness
The Gym at Carew Tower offers a number of fitness classes. The parks along the riverfront are an easy walkaway. It's a great place to walk, skate or people watch.

Schools
The School for Creative and Performing Arts is on Race St., next door in Over the Rhine. It offers classes for k-12.

Medical facilities are 10 minutes away in Corryville and Avondale.

Metro operates a bus routes that travel Race.
Pros
  • Trendy lofts in old elegant buildings
Cons
  • Daytime traffic can get hectic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

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