Christine Schiefer

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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Chase Ave: An Embodiment of Cincinnati's Most Unique Neighborhood"

Chase Ave. is one of my favorite streets in Cincinnati. If I were ever to move to Northside, this is the first place I'd look. You could describe it as a sort of embodiment of all that is Northside. It's vintage and classy, as the houses are older and haven't been renovated, but also modern and trendy, as it runs right into Northside's most well-known boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes, all situated on Hamilton Ave. In terms of dining, you've got Melt, Sidewinder, and the Northside Tavern, among others. In terms of shopping, there's Shake-It Records, a Northside staple, as well as a couple nearby vintage/thrift stores and tattoo parlors.

All in all, what makes Chase Ave. great is that it's primarily residential, but still right in the heart of Northside, providing easy access to all the shops and restaurants that help make Northside great. Since you'll find many bigger, single-family homes on Chase, it's a prime location for families. That being said, it's great for singles, students, and couples as well--including same-sex couples. That's because Northside is widely known to be one of Cincinnati's most inclusive neighborhoods. It's been home to the GLBTQ Community Center since 1999, and hosts a big Pride Parade every year.

Additionally, Northside has nearby highway access and is minutes away from downtown. This means schools, medical services, and other accommodations are all nearby. Many of these things are also in walking distance, including a few nightlife options. Otherwise, buses run through Northside and provide access to much of the city. You've really got the best of both worlds here on Chase Ave. Check it out!
Pros
  • Very diverse and welcoming neighborhood
  • Big, old houses
  • Walkable to everything you need
Cons
  • The older houses might not be suitable to everyone's taste
  • Hamilton and Chase traffic can get busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Martin Dr: The Perfect Location"

Martin Dr. is a really cool road, mostly because of its location. It's a hilly street that directly connects Columbia Parkway with Eden Park, not to mention the rest of Mt. Adams (via Hill St or Parkside Pl). Beyond that, though, Martin Dr. has some of the best views around. Mt. Adams is known for its beautiful views of the city, and Martin Dr. is a great example of this.

There are a few homes on Martin Dr., but not many. The ones you'll find are nice single-family properties that have excellent views, obviously. They're a bit close together, which some people might find unappealing, but many do have garage parking or driveways which is always hard to come by in Mt. Adams. They homes are beautiful but not very large, so I wouldn't recommend this street to big families. To be honest, I wouldn't recommend Mt. Adams in general to big families, just because the neighborhood is known for its younger crowd, its nightlife, and its beautiful homes that are smaller in size than those in other parts of Cincinnati.
Pros
  • Excellent location
  • Gorgeous views
  • Easily accessible
Cons
  • Not many properties
  • Not great for big families
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Art Museum Dr: Your Connection to Three Cincy Hotspots"

Art Museum Dr. is about as cute as its name suggests. It's a pretty road that takes you past Eden Park and the Cincinnati Art Museum before leading you to Paradrome and Ida, which will take you into the heart of Mt. Adams.

As you start driving into Mt. Adams, you'll find a road on the left that leads up to the Cincinnati Art Museum. As I've said in a previous post, the museum is nationally-renowned and a great place to spend an afternoon. One of the oldest art museums in the country, it houses a number of changing exhibitions and also offers events throughout the year. Check the museum's most recent exhibitions here: http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions.

Art Museum Dr. connects with Eden Park Dr., but you can also spot the park on the other side of the drive up to the museum. The park is beautiful and its well-known Mirror Lake is a fun place to take a walk or ice skate in the winter. There are also performances and festivals in Eden Park. Here's a brief description: http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/index.php/eden-park.

Art Museum Dr. also goes right past the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, another great Cincinnati hotspot. The Playhouse is a Tony Award-winning theater that puts on some truly excellent performances each year. You can see the upcoming season here: http://www.cincyplay.com/shows/.

Art Museum Dr. doesn't have any residential properties, as it's mostly just a thoroughfare into Mt. Adams. You can't find properties on the street, but it is a really nice street to know if you're moving to the Mt. Adams area, as it's connected to so many Mt. Adams landmarks. People often bike or jog down this road too, and there is ample sidewalk space for this.
Pros
  • Many hotspots
  • Beautiful road
  • Great for joggers/bikers
Cons
  • No residential properties
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Corryville, AKA Home of UC..."

Coryville has gone through a lot of change these past few years, and is still undergoing a continuous process of development. There’s been a steady takeover of UC students, which is reflected both in the businesses and the residential set-up you’ll find here. In terms of businesses, it’s clear that most are geared toward students. You’ll find CVS, pizza joints, liquor stores, small eateries with cheap beer, etc. lining the streets, usually filled with a young adult crowd.

Corryville wasn’t always such a college-centric neighborhood, though, which you can see in the clash of old and new that pervades the area. In terms of the residential set-up, for example, you’ll see a lot of development going on. The older buildings, some of which have been there since the early 1900s, are being torn down and replaced by newer condos or apartment buildings. It’s becoming a very appealing place for college students to live. Granted, it’s not the safest neighborhood in Cincinnati, but much of the crime is slowly being pushed out. I’ve never personally felt unsafe walking through Corryville, but it’s always advisable to keep an eye out, especially at night.

The most well-known street in Corryville is Short Vine because it has a lot to offer. You’ll find a few restaurants and bars, a small Kroger at the end of the street, and--last but not least--Bogart’s, a major concert hot spot. It might look unassuming from the outside, but Bogart’s puts on some great shows. They do a great job of attracting musicians from various genres. I’ve seen a few local bands perform here, but they also attract big names. I know they hosted Neon Trees in 2011, and I once saw Regina Spektor here, for example.

Aside from the college crowd, you’ll also find that many residents are somehow involved with University Hospital, which makes up a big part of Corryville. University Hospital (and campus) is part of UC, but also attracts non-college medical professionals to the area. It’s understandable that people have found Corryville a great place to live because of its steady development and cheap rent, but it’s also true that you won’t really fit in if you’re not part of either of these groups, whether that be UC or University Hospital.
Pros
  • University Hospital
  • Inexpensive rent
  • Ideal for students
Cons
  • There's still crime in the neighborhood
  • Not very diverse...almost all UC students!
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Erie Ave: A Perfect Blend of Residential and Business"

Erie Ave is a pretty long street, but it’s a beautiful, winding drive the whole way through. Before hitting Hyde Park Square, where much of the neighborhood’s shopping is located, you'll find a strip of beautiful properties. They're the kind you'd expect to find in Hyde Park...stately, beautiful, and well-manicured--not to mention expensive. This is a family-oriented part of town but is still bustling due to its proximity to downtown as well as nearby shopping, dining and schools. It really is the best of both worlds if you can afford it.

Hyde Park Square won’t be hard to miss once you’ve reached it. It’s a great little area full of boutiques, cafés, and small restaurants. There’s also a Graeter’s location here, which is obviously always busy. If you stay on Erie, you’ll drive right through. On the other side, the street becomes residential again. It’s still a pretty drive--you’ll pass some churches and Clark Montessori, as well as a few offices and business fronts. Soon you’ll come to another stretch of business and restaurants. This is also a nice part of Hyde Park...my favorite restaurant on this stretch is probably Saigon Cafe (3672 Erie Ave). After driving through this business district you’ll find another stretch of residential properties before reaching Oakley.

One major landmark on Erie Ave. that I can't forget to note is the 'Mushroom House,' which SuzM also mentioned in her review. Cincinnatians know this home well because, well, it stands out. See for yourself: http://kienviet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mushroom-house-11.jpg. It's currently for sale, so if you're interested in buying, act fast! Otherwise, there are plenty of beautiful and unique properties on Erie that

All that being said, it's important to note that Erie is a pretty busy street. It runs right through Hyde Park, so you can depend on that traffic pretty regularly. It doesn't usually cause too many jams, but don't expect to zip through during rush hour or on a weekend afternoon.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Bustling part of town
  • Great location
Cons
  • Expensive properties
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Pavilion St: A Perfect Representation of Mt. Adams"

Pavilion Street is at the heart of Mt. Adams. It's a pretty quaint little area. I personally love the homes on Pavilion, which are generally pretty colorful. Many are townhouses, and they're pretty close together, so don't expect much green space. At the same time, they're very attractive and full of personality. You can also find some for rent if you don't plan on buying. I will warn you, though, that houses on Pavilion St. are like the rest of the properties in Mt. Adams--very expensive.

In any case, Pavilion St. would be a great place to live, especially for anyone who's into nightlife. Many of Mt. Adams best bars and restaurants are on or right off of Pavilion, so it can get pretty crazy, especially on the weekends. The best is probably Mt. Adams Pavilion, which offers a gorgeous view of the Cincinnati skyline and various DJs throughout the week. It's sort of a bar-club-restaurant combo and is a lot of fun.

Overall, Pavilion St. is a great representation of Mt. Adams at its finest, with pretty houses and a busy nightlife scene. I'd recommend this area for singles and couples, mostly. The only downside I can think of aside from the weekend noise and crowds is parking. Like the rest of Mt. Adams, Pavilion St. doesn't offer much space for cars. I would be wary of driving down on a weekend evening--you might have to park far away and walk.
Pros
  • Great views
  • Beautiful properties
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Hard to find parking
  • Weekend crowds
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Vine St: It Gets a Bad Rap!"

Vine St. has a bad rap among Cincinnatians. It's a very long street that continues through most of Cincinnati, and heads through some not-so-safe neighborhoods. As far as I'm concerned, Vine St. has improved a lot since the 1990s, when the city started pumping money into revitalizing a lot of downtown, including Over-the-Rhine (OTR). Sure, Vine St. does include some less-than-stellar properties and can be dangerous after-hours, but it's still a very diverse and interesting street to explore.

Down in OTR, for example, you'll find a lot of cool new bars and restaurants. One of my favorites is Senate, at 1212 Vine St. For those looking to live downtown, there are a lot of renovated apartments on this part of Vine that haven't been rented out yet. Act fast, though, because it's quickly becoming a happening place to live and work! It's a great part of Cincinnati, in my opinion, and I would definitely check it out if you're looking for an apartment near/in downtown. That being said, not all of Vine St. is as glamorous or 'hip'. Much of it is rundown and some parts have pretty high crime rates, so make sure to keep that in mind--Vine St. is long and changes quite a bit as it winds through the city.
Pros
  • Currently being revitalized
  • Great restaurants and bars in OTR
  • Diversity
Cons
  • Unsafe along certain stretches
  • Rundown along certain stretches
  • Way too much traffic the whole way
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Greendale Ave: Beautiful properties in a busy location"

I'd recommend Greendale Ave. for anyone looking for a relatively large home for their family. It has some great properties that are pricey, but wouldn't cost as much as a home in, say, Hyde Park or Indian Hill. The homes on this street are typically older, the type of large, classic homes you'd expect to find in Clifton. It's a short street and runs into a dead end, but it's in a pretty great location. It's right off of Clifton Ave., meaning a short drive or 15-minute walk will take you straight to Ludlow Ave., the well-known business district of Clifton, where you'll find plenty of boutiquey shops, excellent restaurants, and even a movie theater and yoga studio, among other establishments.

Overall, I'd say Greendale isn't for everyone. I'd just like to point out that Clifton Ave. is a great street to live off of because it will take you far in either direction, but that at the same time you have to remember that it's pretty busy. All in all, though, Greendale is in a great location--it's near Ludlow, UC, Cincinnati State, Xavier University, and plenty of elementary, middle, and high schools. There's a nearby Kroger if you follow Clifton Ave. down to Kenard, many hospitals within a few minutes' drive, and Clifton in general is only a few minutes from downtown. I know two families who live on this street in beautiful homes who really love it! Definitely check it out.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Great location
Cons
  • Off of a busy street
  • Small road
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Ida St."

Ida is a cute little street in Mt. Adams that's pretty much all residential. You can find some gorgeous homes on this street, including rental properties. Keep in mind, though, that they're all spaced very close together, and not all have garage space. That being said, it's definitely a high-demand street because of its properties and location.

The best part about Ida St. is that it's not located directly on the main strip--this means that you avoid having the drunken late-night crowds outside your window, but still have access to the bars and restaurants that make Mt. Adams such a fun neighborhood. The Blind Lemon, the Mt. Adams Bar & Grill, Longworth's...there are plenty of dining and nightlife options within walking distance.

Also within walking distance is the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a Tony Award-winning theater that puts on some truly excellent performances each year. You can see the upcoming season here: http://www.cincyplay.com/shows/. Keep walking in that direction and you'll find the Cincinnati Art Museum, also nationally-renowned and a great place to spend an afternoon. One of the oldest art museums in the country, it houses a number of changing exhibitions and also offers events throughout the year. Check the museum's most recent exhibitions here: http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions.

Also on Ida is the Ida Street Bridge, which will give you a fantastic westward view of Over the Rhine, most notably Music Hall. Ida St. is a pretty excellent place to live, if you ask me, though be prepared for some high price tags. The location especially has put homes on this street in high demand.
Pros
  • Excellent location
  • Really nice properties
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Moderate amount of through-traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Fay Apartments, A.K.A The Villages at Roll Hill"

Fay Apartments, located on the West Side, were once known as being one of the most crime-ridden areas of the city. Two years and $36 million later, and the neighborhood seems to have improved. The construction was just recently completed, and the name only recently changed to The Villages at Roll Hill, so it might be a little while yet to see how much the neighborhood has really improved. I saw on the news that a man was shot there just six days ago, making me skeptical of a total turn-around.

At the same time, though, there really was a lot of work put into securing this community. I think they're really trying to cut down the crime and give residents a fresher and more modern environment. For one thing, developers have said they've added extra police patrols, security cameras, as well as extra lighting and fencing. To give residents a happier and healthier place to live, developers put in new kitchens, A/C, tiling, and other amenities, as well as brand new playground equipment. In addition, residents are invited to take part in community events, book of the month club, parenting skills classes, GED classes, the St. X Big Brothers Program, and many more, including free bread on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Food Pantry.

Overall, the Villages at Roll Hill are just at the start of their new beginning--in other words, it might be too early to tell how the neighborhood will fare over the next few decades.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Brand new amenities
  • Quite a few social programs for residents
  • A fresh start if you need a low income residence.
Cons
  • History of crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Mt. Washington: A Family-Friendly Neighborhood on the Edge of Cincinnati"

Mt. Washington is on the East Side, about ten minutes from downtown, making it a very convenient neighborhood with easy access to the heart of Cincinnati. At the same time, however, it lies right on the edge of city limits, giving it less of an urban feel.

Mt. Washington is known for housing family-owned businesses, as well as being a pretty family-friendly neighborhood. You'll find both apartment complexes and single-family homes, most of which are well-kept, though relatively old. There's a wide range of property costs--you can find anything from beautiful old mansions to tiny run-down apartments--it just depends on where you look.

Though Mt. Washington is known for having slipped a bit in the safety records over the last few decades due to rising drug and crime rates, there are still many aspects that make the neighborhood family-friendly. One example is its schools. Elementary schools include Sands Montessori, Mt. Washington Elementary, and Guardian Angels School. The well-known McNicholas High School is also located in Mt. Washington.

The recreational facilities available to children and families are another great reason why Mt. Washington is so family-friendly. These facilities include the Mt. Washington Rec Center, which offers a baseball field, swimming pools, football field, tennis court, fitness center and more, as well as the Stanbery Park on Oxford Ave., which offers hiking trails, playground equipment, and a picnic shelter, as well as great hills for sledding in the wintertime.

In terms of shopping and dining out, there are no big malls in Mt. Washington, but there is a Kroger, and you can find your average chains, including fast food restaurants. Keep in mind that Mt. Washington is also located near Anderson Township and other neighborhoods that offer many options in terms of dining out or shopping. Downtown is also a short drive away, making it easy to find nice entertainment and dining options.

The one thing I do warn about is traffic on Beechmont Ave. It can get pretty nasty, especially during rush hour, and I believe Cincinnati's traffic services have spent a number of years trying to ameliorate the jams that occur so frequently on this street. Everyone's hoping for a solution in the near future, but for now, be mindful that a traffic jam on Beechmont could definitely delay your trip.
Pros
  • Nearby schools
  • Conveniently located
  • Modestly priced housing
  • Primarily residential
Cons
  • Safety rates have dropped some in the last few years
  • Lacks nightlife and entertainment
  • Too much traffic on Beechmont during rush hour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Burnet Woods: A Brief Reprieve from Clifton's Urban Environment"

Although you can't actually live on Burnet Woods, considering it's a street that runs through Burnet Woods Park, I thought it might be worth a post anyway. It's worth knowing about if you're living in or near the Clifton or CUF neighborhoods. As I said, Burnet Woods Dr. runs straight through the park, which borders Ludlow Ave., Clifton Ave., and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. It's a great street to know because it serves as an excellent shortcut to get from Martin Luther King to Clifton Ave. (It's also the more scenic route...) You'll come out right near the intersection of Clifton Ave. and Ludlow, next to Bruegger's Bagels and UDF.

Burnet Woods is by no means the nicest or safest park in Cincinnati, but it does have some perks. If you take Burnet Woods Dr. up to the clearing, you'll find a little gazebo and a plot of land. During the summer, free yoga sessions are held here (I believe on Saturday mornings) and people sometimes barbecue or host outdoor gatherings here. It's nice because it's surrounded by green, but keep in mind that it is right next to the road. There's also a lake in Burnet Woods where some people fish.

Warning: there is a four-way stop at the intersection on Burnet Woods Dr., and sometimes it's hard to see. I want to warn you that the stop should not be taken lightly...sometimes patrol cars are stationed nearby, and they won't hesitate to pull you over for rolling through the intersection, even though it looks like there's nobody around. My mom has gotten pulled over here, and I've seen police cars sitting nearby when driving through. Just a warning!

All in all, Burnet Woods Dr. isn't really anything special, but is a very useful tool if you're looking for a shortcut. It can be dangerous at night if you're just walking around, but It's worth a daytime drive--it will only take you a couple minutes--if only to get a short reprieve from Clifton's urban environment.
Pros
  • Green surroundings
  • Great shortcut
  • Free yoga classes on the lawn
Cons
  • Easy to get ticketed at the intersection
  • Somewhat dangerous
  • No properties
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Beechwood Ave: A Perfect Representation of North Avondale's Charm"

Beechwood Ave. is a pretty accurate representation of North Avondale as a whole. It's much like its neighbor, Rose Hill, in that its lined with nice homes with well-kept yards and long driveways. While the neighborhood was once considered prestigious and upscale, its proximity to the crime in Avondale and other nearby neighborhoods has somewhat lowered its reputation--and its safety record. When I lived on Beechwood in the early 1990s, it was considered a very safe place to live if you stayed within the confines of the street. Today, people have become more cautious. If moving to this street, I would probably recommend a security system for the house.

I don't mean to scare anyone off, though! Beechwood is truly a beautiful street. The people living here are extremely diverse, which makes for an interesting and fun neighborhood. Because of NANA, the North Avondale Neighborhood Association, people on this street have really gotten to know each other and become close. There are often events such as block parties and other get-togethers, and NANA has also instituted a neighborhood watch to help keep the crime rate low.

Beechwood Ave. is very close to the North Avondale Montessori School, the New School, Xavier University, Burton Public School, Zion Temple Christian Academy, Shiloh Preparatory School, and Cincinnati Christian College. Other nearby schools not in North Avondale include Roger Bacon Catholic High School, the SCPA - School for Creative & Performing Arts, St. Ursula, University of Cincinnati, Walnut Hills High School, and the Summit Country Day, among many others.

As I said in an earlier post, North Avondale’s location near downtown Cincinnati has its perks. In fact, many of Cincinnati’s schools, shopping areas, and recreational facilities are easily accessible. The Cincinnati Zoo, the ballpark, the Art Museum, the football stadium, Music Hall, CVG Airport, and Newport on the Levee are minutes away, as are countless other entertainment and shopping opportunities. Within North Avondale itself you’ll find the Avon Nature Center, the NANA Community Center, six public park areas, and more than 15 religious institutions.

Overall, I highly recommend Beechwood Ave. as a beautiful place to live and raise a family. It's full of charm and lovely people, and is conveniently located near many of Cincinnati's best amenities.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Friendly and tight-knit neighbors
  • Centrally located
Cons
  • Some homes are rather expensive
  • Proximity to crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Oakley: A Vibrant, Lively, Yet Affordable Place to Live"

Though widely known as being Hyde Park’s less swanky neighbor, Oakley actually has much more to offer. In some ways I think it’s an even nicer neighborhood to live in, considering the lower price tags on properties and the charm of Oakley’s main business district. Though you might not find as many grand mansions lining perfectly manicured lawns, you will find an array of beautiful apartments and homes--small, large, old, new...you name it.

Oakley’s central business district has a lot to offer. It’s a quaint strip of nice restaurants, bars, and shops. Highlights include the 20th Century Theatre, which used to play movies but is now used as a venue for concerts, parties, and other events, including weddings and receptions, as well as the Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore and King Arthur’s Court Toys, both of which are well known in Cincinnati and have been around for years--they’re fun for grown-ups too, I promise! There are also some delicious restaurants on this strip, including Boca and the Oakley Pub & Grill.

The central business district is by no means the only shopping in Oakley, however. For one thing, the neighborhood is home to the Hyde Park Plaza, full of well-known shops such as Joann Fabrics, Staples, and Michael’s, as well as chain eateries such as Panera, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Starbucks. If you’re looking for bigger retail options, check out the Target and Sam’s Club located near the highway entrance. You can also find a number of large grocery stores in Oakley, including Kroger, Biggs, and the Fresh Market.

In terms of schooling, Oakley is home to St. Cecilia, a K-8 Catholic school. For older students, Clark Montessori High School is nearby, on Erie Ave. Neighboring Hyde Park is also home to other public and private options.

Oakley is a generally safe neighborhood, though its crime record isn’t by any means spotless. Most reported crimes are theft, though, and it’s considered safe to walk the streets in the evening hours. Oakley is great for both singles, couples, and families of any age, especially those looking for somewhere lively and centrally-located, yet still calm and safe.
Pros
  • less expensive than Hyde Park
  • local shopping and restaurants
Cons
  • moderate crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Sayler Park: Cincinnati's Own Small Town"

Imagine in your mind the quintessential small town, and you’ll have a good idea of what Sayler Park looks like. The neighborhood juts out of the Western half of Cincinnati like an arm extending alongside the Ohio River. Though technically part of Cincinnati proper, Sayler Park has its own unique feel that seems, well, out of place. In my opinion, it’s more suitable as its own small town as opposed to a neighborhood belonging to the city.

Though not necessarily a well-known neighborhood today, Sayler Park gained notoriety after a record-breaking F5 tornado blasted the area back in the 1970s. Much of the area was demolished, but the beautiful properties that stand there today would never give that away. Lining the streets are many independent businesses, some of them related to the riverside culture that has undoubtedly flourished here. Some examples include Catalina Harbor, Hidden Cove Marina, Leimann’s Marine, Mariner’s Landing, and Cabana on the River, a fun and active outdoor restaurant with an incredible view of sunsets over the Ohio River.

Aside from local businesses, you’ll find some beautiful properties lining the streets. Homes are generally old Victorians. Some of these homes are absolutely stunning, painted in bright colors with grand, sloping roofs. You can immediately tell that homes and lawns are well-cared-for, adding to the neighborhood’s charm and appeal.

Overall, I recommend this area for people looking for somewhere with a small-town feel. Sure, it’s sleepy, but it’s also quaint and charming, not to mention safe. An added bonus is obviously its proximity to the city. Sayler Park would be especially convenient for anyone looking for a boat-friendly neighborhood--the many docks and marinas located here make boating on the Ohio very practical.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Small-town feel
  • Proximity to Ohio River
Cons
  • Not very close to downtown
  • Not much nightlife or shopping
  • Not too many nearby schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Clifton Ave: Convenient and Beautiful, Plus Everything You Need"

Clifton Ave. is one of my favorite streets in Cincinnati, but it definitely takes some getting used to. It takes sort of a random path through CUF and Clifton, and can be congested, especially when construction is underway. Once you get used to the sharp turns, it becomes a really nice street to drive down. You'll pass all sorts of interesting sights, such as the shops and restaurants up near UC, the UC campus, the business district of Clifton (Ludlow), and then a row of beautiful old homes that make that part of the drive interesting and beautiful.

The homes near the Cultural Arts Center, mosque, and Fairview German School are truly beautiful. There are many stately, older homes on this part of Clifton Ave. with large front- and backyards. These homes are pricey but beautiful, many being over a century old. If you don't mind being so close to a relatively busy street, it's a great place to consider living. There are some good schools nearby, such as Fairview, Annunciation, UC, and Cincinnati State, and as I said before it's easy to access much of the area from this location. You'll also have all the benefits of living in Clifton, such as nearby award-winning hospitals (Children's, University Hospital, etc.) and diverse and interesting neighbors. Ludlow is also a great place to have nearby, with its shops, restaurants, bars and movie theater. I can tell you from experience that it's amazing to have Ludlow within walking distance!

Overall, Clifton Ave. is great because it winds through so much of the area. It'll take you past UC, Burnet Woods, Ludlow, Mt. Storm Park, and finally down to Kenard, where you'll find Kroger, BP, some other shops, and highway access. It's a beautiful place to live, whether you live on it or on one of its smaller side streets. I highly recommend it, both for its convenience and charm.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Nearby schools
  • Convenient location
Cons
  • Kind of confusing path
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Blue Rock: Your Average Northside Street"

Blue Rock St. is a side street off of Hamilton Ave. in Northside. On the other end, it intersects with Colerain Ave. Blue Rock St. is essentially your average street in Northside. You'll find the beautiful old brick buildings that are customary in this neighborhood, many of which are two-family homes.
Best of all, these homes are affordable. Any students or young adults looking to live independently might have luck searching through Craigslist for apartments and homes on the street. What I like best about this street is its location. It's a quiet street, with hardly any noise from traffic or nightlife, yet right off of Hamilton and therefore very close to all of Northside's great cafés, restaurants, and unique storefronts. A few minutes' walk will take you to Save-a-Lot, UDF, or Sidewinder, while a walk over the bridge leading to Ludlow will take you into Clifton. For those with cars, I-75 and I-71 are a short drive away, as are College Hill and Clifton, other great neighborhoods to explore.

One potential problem is the fire station, both convenient and inconvenient for people living on Blue Rock. Sure, on the one hand you have firemen right down the street in case something goes wrong, but on the other hand, the blaring of sirens might drive you crazy. You'd be surprised how alarming (pun intended) it can be to hear the sirens in the middle of a peaceful afternoon on such a quiet street. Additionally, as many Cincinnatians know, the first Wednesday of every month is dedicated to the testing of alarm sirens and tornado sirens throughout the area. This fire station is no exception! Most people get used to the noise, but it might not be ideal for those with young children.
Pros
  • Great location
  • Eclectic mix of people
Cons
  • Not the safest neighborhood
  • Loud fire station on the street
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Winton Hills: A Quiet Neighborhood with a Questionable Past"

Winton Hills lies on the northern border of Cincinnati’s city limits, between College Hill, Carthage, and Winton Place. In 1940, Cincinnati’s first housing project, meant for low-income residents, was built in Winton Hills. Today, the housing project still exists, though it’s no longer the racially segregated complex it was in the mid-20th century. The 1- to 5-bedroom townhouses that make up the housing complexes of Winton Terrace and Findlater Gardens have gone through extensive renovation and are clean, tidy, and attractive inside and out. Not only do these homes contain updated amenities, but they also provide residents with access to social services such as the Findlater Gardens Learning Center, the Winton Hills Youth Service Bureau, and the Terrace Guild, which offer tutoring, field trips, computer labs, family counseling, GED preparation, pregnancy prevention programs, and more.

Single-family homes are available in Winton Hills as well. Most properties have an abundance of green space, perfect for those looking for a relative amount of privacy not too far from the city. Speaking of the city, I’d like to add that Winton Hills, though on the northern border of the city limits, provides easy access to the rest of town. A short drive will get you on I-75 South, taking you quickly through the center of the city and branching off into the East and West. For those without a car, metro buses #16 and #47 make stops throughout the neighborhood.

If you have children, Winton Hills provides a number of public schooling options. In addition to the educational options I listed above, you’ll find Winton Hills Academy, which serves PK-8. Nearby high schools include Jacobs High School, which is located within Winton Hills, and others in nearby neighborhoods: St. Xavier High School, Walnut Hills High School, and Roger Bacon High School.

The neighborhood is also known for housing the P&G Winton Hills Business Center, a large complex comprised of 13 different buildings and two pedestrian tunnels, which focuses on the research and development of various P&G products, including baby care, family care, fem care and snacks. The complex, having recently been renovated, also houses a fitness center and numerous testing labs.

Winton Hills, like any neighborhood, has its pros and cons. The townhouses in its two housing projects are relatively attractive, and provide affordable living for many people. Additionally, the community offers many services to residents, especially children. When considering the racially sensitive past of Winton Hills, it’s clear that the neighborhood is rich in history. All in all, this makes for a unique neighborhood, one that may be worth a visit.
Pros
  • Rich in history
  • Affordable housing
  • Community services offered
Cons
  • Somewhat dangerous
  • Not much nightlife or shopping
  • A majority of the neighborhood is housing projects
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Millvale: Small and Quiet, but Still Alive"

Millvale (spelled with two L's, not one) is a teeny tiny neighborhood situated next to Camp Washington, East Westwood, and English Woods--that's the 'ghost town' I reviewed in a previous post. Not surprisingly, this mini-neighborhood, a mystery to many Cincinnatians, shares a lot of similarities with English Woods. For one thing, Millvale is as diminutive as English Woods, if not more so. You'll drive through one side and out the other before realizing you've even visited.

That's not to say Millvale is an exact replica of its abandoned neighbor. Instead of being almost entirely demolished, for example, Millvale has undergone rather extensive renovations. The 1- to 6-bedroom townhouses that house Millvale residents are relatively updated and modern, yet still affordable. You can find pictures of some of the homes' exteriors here: http://www.cintimha.com/millvale.aspx.

While English Woods is Cincinnati's proverbial 'ghost town,' Millvale's streets are occupied. One of the neighborhood's most active spots is the rec center, which offers more than just sports and activities. Many people take advantage of other services offered by the rec center, including their computer center and teen lounge. The center offers a variety of sports, though, including basketball, swimming, and boxing. Actually, Millvale has been known for its boxing since the center was built for boxing in the 1970s, and has recently produced two nine-year-old national champions.

Residents also enjoy their convenient location and ability to access much of the town in just a few minutes. A short drive, for example, will bring you downtown. Additionally, some excellent hospitals are a short drive away. These include Children's Hospital, Good Samaritan, and University Hospital. In addition to nearby schools in Clifton, Northside, Price Hill, and Westwood, Millvale offers a couple educational options of its own. Millvale Primary School, Gamble Middle School, and Western Hills High School are available to residents and offer an education for children from 1st-12th grade.

Overall, I'd recommend checking out Millvale if you're looking for something small and simple, and don't mind a lack of rich history and having no central business district. Millvale does have a lot to offer in terms of location and affordable, renovated housing, which are hard to find within city limits. Why not go take a look?
Pros
  • Convenient location
  • Quiet
Cons
  • No central business district
  • Not much nightlife or shopping
  • Not very diverse
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Mt. Airy: A Cincinnati Gem"

Mt. Airy is a neighborhood in the northwest of Cincinnati, past Northside and neighboring College Hill. As far as I’m concerned, Mt. Airy doesn’t get enough credit among Cincinnatians! It may not be the most beautiful or conventional neighborhood, but its convenient location, its notable seclusion, the diversity of its properties, and its local attractions make it somewhat of a Cincinnati gem.

Mt. Airy’s location near major highways--I-74 and I-75--and its proximity to downtown (I’d say it’d take about 10-20 minutes by car) make it a hot spot for those who work in the city or want a nearby urban environment. At the same time, though, its relative solitude is ideal for those looking for a bit of privacy in their home lives.

Part of what gives Mt. Airy this feel of privacy is the Mt. Airy Forest, a beautiful prk that has a whole lot to offer. They have hiking trails, trails for horseback riding, beautiful gardens and picnic areas, and a dog park. Mt. Airy Forest is truly beautiful and a great place to take a run, ride your horse, or bring your family for a picnic or even a camping trip. The green space by the lake is also beautiful; you can reserve it for weddings or other special occasions.

Properties in Mt. Airy are incredibly diverse. You can find anything from an old Tudor to a newly renovated apartment. It’s an eclectic mix but one that I find charming. Prices on properties in Mt. Airy range pretty drastically, but are generally affordable.

Though Mt. Airy is relatively family-oriented, it does have its fair share of reported crimes. Its crime rate isn’t as high as some downtown areas, but it’s definitely something to look into if you’re thinking of moving here.

Another thing to consider if you have children is, of course, schooling. Mt. Airy Elementary is a good Cincinnati Public School whose test scores have improved steadily over the last few years. You’ll find Mt. Airy Middle School and High School nearby for older children. Additionally, the Cincinnati Waldorf School is located off Colerain on Little Flower Ave. They provide a traditional Waldorf education for infants through grade 8 and also offer summer nature camps and other childcare programs.

All in all, Mt. Airy is a pretty unique neighborhood that doesn’t get enough attention. I recommend a visit to at least check out some of the available properties. The neighborhood has a lot to offer to people of various walks of life, so check it out!
Pros
  • Mt. Airy Forest
  • Relatively secluded
  • Convenient location by highways
Cons
  • Somewhat dangerous
  • Not much nightlife or shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Old Ludlow Ave: Peaceful Solace in a Bustling Neighborhood"

I’ve lived on Old Ludlow Ave. (not to be confused with neighboring Old Ludlow Rd.) for the last few years, and I really like it here. It’s a great combination of privacy and convenience. Down the street, in walking distance, you’ll find Ludlow’s business district, full of shops, restaurants, banks, a movie theater, etc. (click here for full reviews of Ludlow: http://www.streetadvisor.com/ludlow-ave-clifton-cincinnati-hamilton-county-ohio), but driving up the winding road and into your own driveway can be a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Clifton.

Being located right off of Ludlow has its pros and cons. On the one hand, a quick drive up the street gets you to Ludlow's business district, as I said earlier, but on the other hand traffic can be a downside during morning and afternoon rush-hour. It can be difficult (not to mention frustrating) to get out onto Ludlow.

There aren’t many homes on this street but I do know that there are currently a few for sale. Prices on these homes range pretty dramatically, making it a diverse little section of the neighborhood. Unlike some areas of Clifton, Old Ludlow is also very quiet...this might partially be due to those “quiet neighbors” in the neighboring Clifton United Jewish cemetery, one of the oldest in the city and a very peaceful place to take a walk.

Overall, I think Old Ludlow is a great, family-friendly street to live on. You have highway access to I-71, I-74, and I-75 just minutes away, as well as the convenience that Ludlow Ave. offers. Nearby schools include Cincinnati State (two minutes down the road), the University of Cincinnati (5 minutes away), Fairview German Language School, and an array of Cincinnati Public Schools. Old Ludlow is a safe street with pretty much guaranteed privacy that offers countless urban advantages.
Pros
  • Peaceful and quiet
  • Location right down the street from Ludlow Business District
  • Nearby highway access
Cons
  • Neighboring cemetery might be uncomfortable for some
  • Traffic can be bad on intersecting Ludlow Ave.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Grandin Rd: Beautiful, but Full of School Traffic..."

Grandin Rd. is a beautiful street that happens to be a pretty accurate representation of Hyde Park as a whole. Grandin is made up of beautiful old homes with spacious, manicured lawns. Homes like these are aimed toward families These properties, like those in the rest of Hyde Park, don't come cheap.

This street, though, unlike most others in Hyde Park, isn't as peaceful and quiet as most others. That's because the Summit Country Day (K-12) is located right smack in the middle of Grandin Rd. Since the school has a montessori, lower school, middle school, and upper school, we're talking about more than 1,000 kids and their families using Grandin Rd. twice a day (and that doesn't include sporting events...). Additionally, you'll find Springer School and Center on the corner of Grandin as well. This only adds more traffic traveling through Grandin.

Now, if you have a child that plans on attending either Summit or Springer, this might be the perfect place to move. If, however, you want a place with more privacy and less through-traffic, I recommend looking somewhere nearby, since Hyde Park is full of many similar streets. Granted, the summer months are peaceful and traffic-less, but as soon as mid-August hits, you'll have a rough time getting out of your driveway at certain times of the day.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Convenient location
Cons
  • Major school traffic!
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"English Woods: Cincinnati's Ghost Town"

Despite having lived in Cincinnati for 21 years, I had never heard of English Woods before beginning this review. After some online research, I was fascinated enough to make a trip out to the eerie, “ghost town” of a neighborhood. What I saw matched online descriptions, but still struck a chord with me.

First, some background--English Woods was built up in the early 1940s as housing projects for WWII military personnel and their families. It was comprised of 82 buildings and 717 units. Over time, the complexes grew shabbier as neglect and laxity took their toll. In the early 2000s, a major debate over whether to demolish the neighborhood broke out between housing authorities and residents of English Woods. Although residents, activists, and various Cincinnati groups opposed demolition, housing authorities determined it would be way too expensive--$92 million--to repair all the damage caused to English Woods properties over the years. In short, much of English Woods was demolished in 2005, leaving a barren and empty neighborhood. Demolition has persisted since 2005, and today English Woods is, essentially, no more.

Driving through English Woods, you’ll see dilapidated fences, empty plots with remnants of concrete foundation, and other small signs of former life here. Overall, though, there’s not much going on. Although the picture I’ve painted here is rather bleak, English Woods is still a fascinating piece of Cincinnati history that tells an amazing story. It’s a great place to visit, explore, and research. Beyond that, though, it’s not exactly a prime living location, as far as I’m concerned. For any adventurers that feel differently, though, I say go for it! Who knows? Maybe with enough interest English Woods can one day be built up into the lively place it once was.
Pros
  • Rich in history
  • Fascinating to explore and research
Cons
  • Many deteriorated properties
  • Mostly abandoned
  • Not much going on at all
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Hartwell: Beautiful Properties in a Safe, Tight-Knit Community"

Though still within city limits, Hartwell is farther north than any other Cincinnati neighborhood, up near Reading. It’s still pretty conveniently located, as it’s right off of I-75 and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. In other words, it’s not as far of a drive to get downtown as one might think.

You’ll find Hartwell full of beautiful, well-preserved Victorian homes, many of which have spacious front- and back-yards. Properties are truly beautiful, and pretty affordable as well. It seems that homes on Avalon St. are most popular, but real estate in Hartwell typically doesn’t take long to sell, no matter what street it’s on. Most of the homes you’ll find are single-family style, though there are some multi-family homes here and there. Many streets are currently being renovated, as are numerous properties.

Hartwell is home to the Hartwell School, which is K-8. There’s a recreation center near the school called the Hartwell Community Center, where many residents spend time. It’s located on Vine St. and offers classes including zumba, pilates, karate, spinning, and line-dancing, as well as senior programs, drop-in programs, and summer day camp for children. The center has a good reputation among residents of Hartwell. Since the Hartwell School only reaches 8th grade, most of the people I know there went to high-school either in Hyde Park or other, more centrally-located neighborhoods.

My friends who live in Hartwell say they always feel safe outside, both during the day and at night. Sure, you have your everyday hooligans cat-calling on the corner, but crime rates are low, signifying an overall safe community. In fact, it has had the reputation of a “safe haven” ever since an 1888 Hartwell newspaper gave the neighborhood that description.

Hartwell residents also make up a rather tight-knit community. It seems that everyone knows each other, giving the area somewhat of a “hometown feel.” It has its small businesses, community gatherings, area landmarks, and various neighborhood events, including book clubs, community yard sales, and even neighborhood bon fires. Overall, I think Hartwell is the ideal neighborhood for families, though residents seem pretty welcoming to people of all walks of life. I highly recommend it to those looking for a safe, somewhat self-contained neighborhood that’s still easily accessible!
Pros
  • Strong sense of community
  • Safe
  • Right near major highways
Cons
  • Somewhat far north
  • Not much nightlife or shopping
  • Not too many nearby schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Camp Washington: It's More than Just Chili"

Though perhaps best known for its chili, Camp Washington has more to offer as a neighborhood. You’ll find beautiful homes, family-owned restaurants and businesses, and a proud community of residents.

Camp Washington’s rich history, which include a former military camp (and, of course, 70 years of delicious chili) is reflected in many of the neighborhood’s residential properties. Though homes are typically older, a community group called CWCB has been refurbishing and modernizing many of these houses with new appliances, heating, plumbing, windows, etc., making them an especially great buy for families looking for affordable, yet up-to-date, homes.

In terms of schooling, Camp Washington is home to the Camp Washington Community School (affiliated with Literacy Center West). It offers GED classes and tutoring to students of all ages. Elder High School, a well-known Cincinnati school, is also nearby, though keep in mind it’s an all-boys school.

Overall, Camp Washington is a tight-knit community with a high quality of living. The neighborhood is constantly improving and the area is safe. For those who don’t end up moving to Camp Washington, I recommend at least one visit for, if nothing else, a bowl of chili.

The community’s website is http://www.camp-washington.org/.
Pros
  • Rich in history
  • Tight-knit community
  • Beautiful, renovated homes
Cons
  • Not especially diverse
  • Not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"California...in Ohio"

California is a lesser-known neighborhood in Cincinnati that definitely deserves some love on StreetAdvisor. California is situated along the Ohio River, neighboring Mt. Washington and East End. Though it’s farther away from Downtown than most Cincinnati neighborhoods, and is therefore less frequented, this is essentially what gives the neighborhood its charm.

Two major Cincinnati landmarks are located in California--Coney Island and Lunken Airport. While Coney Island was a major attraction a few decades ago, it now lives in the shadow King’s Island. It is a great place to bring young kids, though, especially those who want to take a swim in the park’s big pool or who aren’t necessarily seeking the

The second important Cincinnati landmark in California is Lunken Airport--which is indeed still a functioning airport. While it’s used mainly for smaller aircraft as well as personal planes, they do a lot for the community here as well. You’ll find many activities for children (I believe they do air shows and free hot dogs on certain days of the week) and they’re always open to interested visitors.

Aside from Lunken Airport and Coney Island, most of the neighborhood is residential. You’ll find beautiful condos, apartments and single-family homes, either in wooded areas or along the river. These homes are naturally more secluded than those found in other neighborhoods such as Mt. Adams or OTR, but keep in mind the downside that this area is prone to flooding.

Overall, California is a relatively upscale neighborhood with reasonably-priced properties. Its location is beautiful yet convenient, and great for families with children. If you’re looking for a neighborhood with relative seclusion that’s still within city limits, definitely check out California.
Pros
  • great natural surroundings
  • on the river
  • relatively secluded
  • convenient location
Cons
  • kind of a drive to downtown
  • flooding
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Columbia-Tusculum: Clean, Green, and Totally Unique"

Columbia-Tusculum (C-T) was rated one of Cincinnati Magazine’s “2010 Best Places to Live” and I agree wholeheartedly. I think C-T is one of Cincinnati’s most unique neighborhoods. The colorful houses that line the streets are known as the “painted ladies” and are a big part of what defines this area. Most people will recognize C-T from their drives through the city, though not many people have really stopped to take a look around. If you do, you’ll notice that the neighborhood is rather small, but full of charm.

You’ll find some quaint local eateries, such as Green Dog Cafe and Allyn’s, as well as some other small businesses such as Moksha Yoga, eco-friendly Greener Stock, BeneFIT Studio, and Ballet Theatre Midwest, among others. In terms of homes, they’re generally much more affordable than those in neighboring Hyde Park, but no less beautiful. Architectural styles range from Victorian to Gothic Revival, and the architecture in the neighborhood’s historic district is especially beautiful.

Columbia-Tusculum is also in a really great location. It’s nestled between Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, and East Walnut Hills, all beautiful neighborhoods with a lot to offer. Additionally, the river is nearby, and a drive along Columbia Parkway will speed you to any part of town you want to visit. For example, downtown is a short 7-minute drive away. Nearby schools include McKinley Elementary School, Kilgour Academy, the Summit Country Day, and Riverview East Academy.

Overall, C-T is known for its beautiful architecture, green living opportunities (it was home to Greenarama 2011), and other unique residential and business attributes. It’s a very safe neighborhood and seems to be improving year by year. According to its website, “Columbia Tusculum had the biggest percent increase in median home sales price from 2008 to 2009 of any neighborhood in the greater Cincinnati area” -- this statistic refers to a whopping 22.39% increase!

All in all, I highly recommend Columbia-Tusculum for professionals, singles, families, and really anyone looking to settle down in Cincinnati.
Pros
  • Quiet and pretty
  • Nice homes
  • Safe
  • Great location
  • Eco-friendly
Cons
  • Lots of steep hills
  • Not especially diverse
  • Not great nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Ludlow: Always an Adventure..."

I may be biased because I've lived on this street for many years, but Ludlow Ave. is probably my favorite street in all of Cincinnati. Ludlow is essentially Clifton's 'downtown.' You can't walk down Ludlow without seeing someone or something odd, yet it's still kid- and family-friendly. Any afternoon I spend on Ludlow is always an adventure. I'll give you one particular example: I was once on Ludlow with my friend and ended up walking some stranger's pet raccoon around the block so he could go into the grocery store to buy some soy sauce.

But I promise Ludlow's not always that weird. The street just offers so much, which is why you'll find such a random assortment of people walking around... I'll give you an idea of what you'll find: a Graeter's, a Skyline, a couple cafés, a hardware store, a yoga studio, a grocery store, a wine shop, a movie theater, a public library, some guys playing harmonica on the street, a number of restaurants, a couple bars...and the list goes on. There's really always fun to be had on Ludlow. The Esquire Theater plays a lot of independent and foreign movies, most of which are really excellent films, and the small businesses, such as Toko Baru, a nifty little gift shop, and that new Hookah shop they just put in, are frequented by local residents and nearby college students. The best part about Ludlow is how walkable it is. You could spend an entire day just exploring and having fun before heading home, and I really believe there's something for everyone. So sure, I may be a little biased, but who wouldn't be? I think I live on one of the greatest streets in all of Cincinnati!
Pros
  • Offers a wide assortment of eateries and activities
  • Very walkable
  • Safe
Cons
  • Parking can be difficult
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
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"Northside: A One-of-a-Kind Neighborhood in Every Sense of the Word"

Northside is such a cool neighborhood! It can only be described as unique. I think it holds characteristics of all its surrounding neighborhoods, yet has turned into something exceptionally distinct over the years.

Northside does have some similarities to Clifton, in that it has a lot of individually-run shops, restaurants and cafés instead of chains. On the other hand, when driving from Clifton into Northside, you can tell immediately when you’ve crossed the border. You’ll see rows of old buildings, many people walking through the streets or waiting for buses, and some unusual sites such as painted wall murals and bizarre storefronts.

Most everyone can find their niche in Northside, unless they’re looking for something really upscale or suburban. Comprised mostly of houses, many of which are two-family residencies, Northside is ideal for those looking for their own space, but not expecting something massive. On the other hand, it’s not too difficult to make your own decision of what size space you’ll live in, as you can find anything from a one-floor rental in a house, to an apartment or single-family residency. It’s truly an accommodating part of town.

Though it might look rough around the edges, Northside is pretty welcoming to people of all walks of life. Diverse in every sense of the word, it’s home to many in the GLBT community, as well as families, couples, young adults, students, and singles. Though it’s one of the more diverse neighborhoods in town, I have friends who live in Northside and am always surprised at how much they feel connected to their neighbors and fellow residents. Driving through Northside, it seems residents have a tight bond and truly love their neighborhood.

If you’re not looking to live in Northside, I definitely suggest a visit at the very least. There are many great restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from. My favorites include Sidewinder Café and Honey, which serves an amazing breakfast/brunch.

Overall, I find Northside to be the perfect place for those with an open mind and a willingness to live alongside a diverse group of people. It’s a really fantastic neighborhood that offers so much to Cincinnati. It’s also in a great location, minutes from the highway, downtown, and many local private and public schools. UC and Cincinnati State are also mere minutes away, and accessible by bus. Check it out!
Pros
  • great location
  • strong sense of community
  • extremely diverse
  • great restaurants and bars
  • many community events
Cons
  • rough around the edges
  • some deterioration
  • not the safest neighborhood in town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"St. Gregory St: A Great Place to Party!"

I personally love St. Gregory St., though I may be biased. I grew up on this street, as my parents owned and operated the Café Vienna, which was located here. Right next to the Blind Lemon, the Mt. Adams Bar & Grill, and other local favorites, the Café Vienna was a popular hang-out spot for those seeking some personal space and good Austrian/German cuisine. Though I was young when I lived here, and the Café Vienna no longer exists, I still spend time on this street today.

If you visit on a weekend, you'll be shocked by the number of people flooding the street. I think it's a great place to spend an evening--for example, I came here on my 21st birthday. If you're celebrating an event (I often see bachelorette parties take place here) or If you're simply looking for a fun place with laid-back bars, restaurants, and hang-outs, this might be the place for you. If, however, you're not into a great nightlife scene and are looking for something more peaceful, you should probably look elsewhere!
Pros
  • Bustling and busy
  • Trendy
Cons
  • Can be loud at night
  • Crowded on weekends
  • Parking can be difficult
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Avondale: A Run-Down Neighborhood That's Still Got Some Charm"

Like many Cincinnati neighborhoods, Avondale is currently going through somewhat of a revitalization period. It’s not by any means one of the safest or most fashionable neighborhoods in the city, but it definitely has its charms.

Let me preface this review by giving a straightforward description of Avondale. Avondale has a pretty bad reputation among most Cincinnatians. It’s not looked upon as a very upscale neighborhood to live in, especially as its crime rate is rather high and many formerly nice houses have deteriorated over the years. After the two major race riots in 1967 and ’68, Avondale was never the same. Over the years, many of those who could afford to leave have done so, and Avondale and many of its surrounding areas have experienced serious urban decline. Today, more than 40% of Avondale residents are either at or below the poverty line.

Lately, however, it seems that Avondale may be going through a period of recovery. Visually, I’ve noticed that many streets have improved looks compared to a decade ago. Additionally, Avondale has a lot going for it in terms of sights and attractions. Visitors come to Avondale on a daily basis to see the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, for example.

Perhaps more importantly, Avondale houses some of Cincinnati’s best hospitals. You’ll find the nationally-ranked Cincinnati Children’s Hospital there, as well as Shriners Burn Hospital, University Hospital, and the Hoxworth Blood Center, among others. These are all really great resources to have nearby.

Though Avondale is not the safest neighborhood in the city, it does have great access to local schooling. The University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Cincinnati State are all a short distance away. Avondale also houses a few Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), including the South Avondale School (http://savondale.cps-k12.org/), Rockdale Academy (http://rockdaleacademy.cps-k12.org/) and Frederick Douglass Elementary (http://douglas.cps-k12.org/).

In addition to local schools, Avondale is also very close to other Cincinnati hotspots. It’s a few minutes from downtown, Clifton, Hyde Park, and Mt. Adams. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend Avondale to families looking for something upscale or family-friendly, but it wouldn’t hurt for others to check it out as either an affordable place to live or, at the very least, a great place to take a day-trip.
Pros
  • Central location
  • The Hospitals
  • The Zoo
Cons
  • Many deteriorated properties
  • The crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Mt. Adams: Fun & vibrant, but a little bit pricey..."

As a former resident of Mt. Adams, I still consider it one of my favorite neighborhoods in Cincinnati. I lived there when I was young but, being older, I appreciate it now more than ever. There’s always something going on in Mt. Adams, especially on the weekends. Recently, I visited on a Saturday night and could barely drive through all the crowds moving from bar to bar. While such a description might frighten some people off, I can imagine that it appeals to a certain crowd.

Essentially, Mt. Adams is ideal for a target audience of young college-grads in their twenties or thirties looking to move to a trendy (albeit expensive) part of town. Sure, condos in Mt. Adams don’t come cheap... Some homes, like Joey Votto’s, for example, are going to cost you millions. This is all for good reason, however. First of all, the views from Mt. Adams are some of the best in the city. Walk down to Immaculata Church and you’ll have an exquisite panoramic view of the city. Sip a drink on someone’s porch and watch the Cincinnati Reds fireworks, and you’ll know what I mean.

Overall, the area is also very safe. Since it’s comprised of mostly young adults with a decent salary, there are relatively low crime levels, especially considering you’re so close to downtown. Such a central location pays off: a few minutes’ drive will get you to the business district, ballpark, or stadium. I would mostly recommend this neighborhood to singles or couples, but good schools are also nearby. You’ll find Summit Country Day, St. Ursula, Walnut Hills, and School of Creative & Performing Arts just minutes away.

Overall, I’d most readily recommend Mt. Adams to singles or couples, as it’s vibrant, young, and--at times--quite loud. It’s a fantastic place to spend an evening. My family used to own a café right on St. Gregory’s St. next to the Blind Lemon and the Mt. Adams Bar & Grill, and I remember how fun it was for everyone to be able to spend their nights socializing and exploring the area. I’d absolutely love to live in Mt. Adams someday--if I can afford it!
Pros
  • central location
  • excellent nightlife
  • outstanding views
Cons
  • hard to find parking
  • rental and property costs are high
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Roselawn: A neighborhood of inconsistencies"

While Roselawn is certainly not the safest neighborhood in town, it’s not the most dangerous either. Certain parts, most notably the area north of Summit Rd., are extremely dicey and not recommended, but other sections of Roselawn are actually relatively quiet and pretty. Homes and yards are well-kept, and you’ll find some truly beautiful, Tudor-style houses that have been there for more than a century.

At the same time, however, it is important to keep crime statistics in mind. The area averages about 3 murders a year, and theft and burglary rates are also high compared to other Cincinnati areas.

Though Roselawn’s safety record may not be the best, its location is prime. While it’s not as close to downtown as many other neighborhoods I’ve reviewed, its proximity to all of Cincinnati’s major highways put it in a very central and accessible location. Most of the city and its surrounding suburbs are easily accessible, including local schools.

In terms of schools, the majority of those you’ll find nearby are Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), most notably the Roselawn Condon school. The Cincinnati Leadership Academy can also be found in Roselawn. If you’re looking for private schools such as St. Ursula Academy, Summit Country Day, or St. Xavier High School, not to worry--those are all a short drive away.

All in all, I wouldn’t immediately recommend Roselawn to singles or families with young children because of the high crime rates. After speaking with current and former residents, I’ve learned that many consider Roselawn more of a “short-term” place to live. Some say they moved out once they had kids, or only planned on living in the neighborhood for a couple years. What stood out to me, though, was the fact that all of these people really love where they live(d). Once you accept the risks of living in the area, you’ll find Roselawn to be a beautiful neighborhood in an excellent location.
Pros
  • Beautiful old homes
  • Great location near highways
Cons
  • Can be very dangerous
  • Not much nightlife
  • Not too many nearby schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"OTR: 'It's Getting Better All the Time!'"

Over-the-Rhine (OTR) has become one of my favorite areas in Cincinnati. Like many Cincinnati neighborhoods, it’s currently experiencing a considerable makeover. In my opinion, today’s OTR is hardly recognizable compared to the OTR of twenty, ten, or even five years ago. Though vacant buildings continue to take up quite a bit of space, more and more people move into newly-renovated condos and apartments each year.

The past few decades have not been kind to OTR, as crime rates have soared and the neighborhood’s reputation has sunk. On one website, OTR was even rated “most dangerous neighborhood in the country” (though this has been disputed by many who say that somewhat inaccurate information was used). Either way, OTR has had a bad reputation for many years. Local police and task forces, however, have been extremely helpful in cutting crime. In fact, the neighborhood is very much walkable these days and has become a very trendy area to get dinner, have a few drinks, see a performance at Music Hall, and, as I said before, even reside.

Essentially, OTR is returning to its former glory...and I use “former” in every sense of the word. In the 1800s, OTR was a very busy place, full of Germans and beer breweries. It was where you’d go to have a good time. These days, people are once again starting to appreciate OTR for what it originally was. New restaurants and bars are popping up every month, and the streets are now full of Cincinnatians heading to the yoga studios, boutiques, and eateries that line the streets.

That being said, OTR hasn’t yet become a neighborhood known for its quality of living. First off, though the School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) is in OTR, there aren’t many other well-known schools in the area. Secondly, as I said, the crime rates are still high compared to other Cincinnati neighborhoods. Third, OTR has a major income divide. There is a strong and noticeable gap between the chic boutiques/high-end eateries and the low-income residents. This sort of environment makes some people uncomfortable, but others see no problem with it whatsoever. Finally, OTR still has a stigma of being a dangerous neighborhood that’s only fun to visit with a group of friends on a Saturday night. That reputation might take a few years to alter or erase, but when it does I believe OTR will become a highly desirable place to live.

All in all, while families with children might be disappointed in the relatively high crime rates and lack of nearby schooling, I personally recommend OTR to singles and couples looking for an upbeat, trendy, and urban place to live that’s currently on the upswing.
Pros
  • Rich in history
  • Constantly improving
  • Very trendy
Cons
  • Dangerous
  • Hard to find parking
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Downtown: A Great Place to Visit...But Not Necessarily to Live"

For most Cincinnatians, downtown is more of a weekend attraction as opposed to a place to call home. There’s almost always a sporting event, festival, or concert happening downtown--and on the rare occasion when the area is quiet, there are plenty of trendy bars and restaurants that attract visitors of all ages.

Cincinnati’s Central Business District welcomes countless visitors every day--and, in my opinion, rightfully so--but is not traditionally seen as a residential neighborhood. If, however, you can manage to find yourself a condo or apartment in one of downtown’s newly renovated buildings, you’ll be living in a prime location. Downtown, like its neighbor Over-the-Rhine, is currently experiencing a rebirth of sorts. Several major businesses are currently headquartered here--these include Chiquita, Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third, Macy’s, Kroger, and E.W. Scripps, among others. Additionally, the area is blossoming into a hub not only for business, but for socializing, entertainment, shopping, and tourism.

Many people consider Fountain Square to be the heart of downtown Cincinnati. It has become a symbol of local pride and seems to be hosting some sort of event at any given moment. Whether it’s a rock concert, salsa dancing, a fresh produce market, happy hour, slam poetry, movie night, or Bengals tailgating, there’s always an event happening at Fountain Square. And yes, this includes the winter months: when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, you’ll find it has turned into a winter wonderland ideal for an afternoon of ice-skating.

If romantic holiday activities aren’t your thing, don’t tune out just yet. Downtown is also home to both the Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, and the Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Visit downtown on game day and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the energy and pride flowing through the streets. Even more fun are the games themselves, packed with Cincinnatians who support their teams at any cost...no matter how hopeless it may seem to outsiders.

Crime rates are high in the residential parts of downtown, but a visit to an event is not typically risky, even at night. To be safe, though, stick with a group. You’ll find the School for the Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) in the area, but most good schools are elsewhere. All in all, downtown is generally considered a great place to visit, but not necessarily a great place to live, unless you’re willing to spend a great deal of money on a small but newly renovated condo.
Pros
  • Busy atmosphere
  • Sporting events
  • Major business hub
Cons
  • Condos are pricey
  • Residential areas are unsafe
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"East Walnut Hills: Combining Timeless Beauty with Modern Convenience"

East Walnut Hills (EWH), not to be confused with neighboring Walnut Hills, is a historic neighborhood known for its classic, pristine beauty. Elegant homes, many more than a century old, sit on large grassy properties on the winding streets that branch off of Madison Rd.

While the estates in EWH are typically not as pricey as homes in more expensive neighborhoods (e.g. Indian Hill & Hyde Park), these historic properties do not come cheap. Those looking for more affordable housing options in EWH, however, may be happy to learn that some of the bigger homes are actually being subdivided into condos, providing more affordable living.

Although the celebrated mansions that make up EWH undoubtedly come at a price, the neighborhood’s location is unbeatable. Most of Cincinnati is accessible from EWH. Downtown is a few minutes away by car, as are Hyde Park, Walnut Hills, Mt. Adams, and many other quintessential Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Perhaps more important are the schools located within EWH, which include Purcell Marian High School and St. Ursula Academy, a well-known Cincinnati girls’ school. In neighboring Hyde Park you’ll find the Summit Country Day School as well as Clark Montessori, Withrow, and St. Mary’s.

There is also a lot of activity happening in and around EWH. The neighborhood is home to Francis DeSales Church, a famous Cincinnati landmark, and you’ll find festivals, concerts, and other local events a short drive away in neighborhoods such as Downtown and Mt. Adams.

Despite the hustle and bustle of EWH, residents can feel very safe. Though some close-by neighborhoods, including Walnut Hills and Avondale, have relatively high crime rates, the danger does not seem to seep into this area at all. In fact, EWH is sometimes considered safer even than neighboring Hyde Park, which is well-known as a conservative, upscale neighborhood. Overall, walking through EWH, whether in the morning, afternoon, or even at night, is not only a beautiful experience, but a risk-free one as well.

All in all, EWH combines classic, historic beauty with safety and convenience. If you’re looking for a Cincinnati neighborhood that’s centrally-located but still full of charm and opulence, EWH may be just the place. Check it out at: http://www.eastwalnuthills.com/newsite/.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, opulent properties
  • Very safe
  • Central location
Cons
  • Rather expensive properties
  • Not a strong sense of community
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Mt. Lookout: Comfortable, Safe, Affordable...and Fun"

Mt. Lookout is a thriving Cincinnati neighborhood known both for its beautiful homes and its bustling nightlife. The area’s many bars and restaurants, open late, attract college students from all over town.

Though you can expect the late-night crowd to be comprised of 20-somethings, the typical Mt. Lookout resident lives a comfortable, perhaps rather affluent, lifestyle. The neighborhood is full of beautiful old homes. Properties in Mt. Lookout, however, are typically less expensive than those in neighboring Hyde Park.

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Mt. Lookout is remarkably safe. Crime rates in the neighborhood and its surrounding communities are low, and the streets are typically tree-lined and very walkable. All of these factors have led to a strong sense of community among Mt. Lookout residents.

One of Mt. Lookout’s most beloved gems is the beautiful Ault Park, a grassy expanse that covers 63 acres of land. The park is popular for weddings, parties, and other events, including a campaign rally by President Obama in 2008. Another famous Cincinnati landmark, the Mt. Lookout Observatory, is also situated in Mt. Lookout. It offers educational programs, free stargazing sessions, festivals, and countless other events to the Cincinnati community.

While Mt. Lookout is close to many well-known Cincinnati schools, most notably the Summit Country Day in Hyde Park, it has its own prominent school as well. Kilgour is a well-established public school in Cincinnati with a good reputation: http://kilgour.cps-k12.org/.

Mt. Lookout is essentially a great place to live if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a central location that doesn’t necessarily come with the ‘ritzy’ label of more expensive Cincinnati neighborhoods such as Hyde Park or Indian Hill. (On the other hand, Mt. Lookout is a great place to visit if you’re simply planning a fun night out among a younger, college-age crowd!)
Pros
  • Great nightlife
  • Beautiful, affordable properties
  • Safe
Cons
  • Not especially diverse
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Walnut Hills: A Rich Mix of History and Redevelopment"

Walnut Hills is a neighborhood rich in history. The most obvious remnant of its exceptional past are the beautiful houses -- mansions, really -- strewn throughout some of its nicer streets. You can find million-dollar properties, most notably as you approach the border to East Walnut Hills (EWH). That isn’t to say that all of Walnut Hills is HGTV-worthy, however...

Much of the neighborhood, which, in the early 19th century, was only one portion of a large farm, is not as nice as neighboring EWH. In fact, its situation next to Avondale and some other dicey neighborhoods has notably increased its crime rate in the last twenty or thirty years. Much of the neighborhood is safe for a central Cincinnati location, but nighttime walks alone are not recommended. At the same time, the socioeconomic diversity of Walnut Hills is part of its charm.

While Walnut Hills is definitely considered an ‘urban neighborhood,’ this means it’s full of recreational and entertainment possibilities. Some notable examples include gorgeous Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and the Krohn Conservatory.

Perhaps more important are the nearby schools. While Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati are both about a five minute drive away, Walnut Hills is also home to Walnut Hills High School, ranked 36th best public school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.

Apart from downtown, it’s hard to find many neighborhoods more centrally located than Walnut Hills. A few minutes’ drive from downtown, Hyde Park, Clifton, and Mt. Adams, the neighborhood is truly at the heart of Cincinnati. Much of the city is easily accessible by car, and, as with most central Cincinnati locations, a number of nationally-ranked hospitals are minutes away.

All in all, Walnut Hills is a redeveloping neighborhood getting closer to achieving its former glory every year. Its 200-year-old history and bustling atmosphere give it a distinct urban charm, as does the diverse mix of people who are proud to call it home.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Rich in history
  • Central location
Cons
  • Questionable safety
  • Not much nightlife
  • Not much shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"North Avondale: “A Beautiful Piece of Heaven in the Middle of the City”"

As the title of this post suggests, North Avondale has been described as “a beautiful piece of heaven in the middle of the city...a place where you know your neighbors and care about each other.” As a former resident of the neighborhood, I fully agree with this description.

North Avondale is known for its grassy, winding streets and stately, old single-family homes, which house a diverse assortment of Cincinnatians. North Avondale was historically a prestigious neighborhood in which many old Jewish families found solace as a result of the Jewish exodus from the Ohio River Basin, but in recent years the neighborhood’s wealth has diminished alongside rising crime rates.

While the area is pleasant and friendly during the day, a night-time walk through the streets is not recommended, especially as one approaches neighboring Avondale, known for its high crime rates.

Although the neighborhood may seem dangerous at first glance, the North Avondale Neighborhood Association (NANA) has been very active in bettering the quality of life in North Avondale. Included in these efforts are Neighborhood Block Watches and Citizens on Patrol, which have increased awareness, safety and solidarity among residents.

Aside from improvements in neighborhood safety, NANA has contributed much more to the area, most notably its community center, which includes a full-size gym and youth programs, the Adopt-a-Plot project, and festive block parties that increase the sense of community within the neighborhood.

In terms of schooling, North Avondale is home to the North Avondale Montessori School, the New School, Xavier University, Burton Public School, Zion Temple Christian Academy, Shiloh Preparatory School, and Cincinnati Christian College. Nearby schools include Roger Bacon Catholic High School, the SCPA - School for Creative & Performing Arts, St. Ursula, University of Cincinnati, Walnut Hills High School, and the Summit Country Day, among many others.

North Avondale’s location near downtown Cincinnati has its perks. In fact, many of Cincinnati’s schools, shopping areas, and recreational facilities are easily accessible. The Cincinnati Zoo, the ballpark, the Art Museum, the football stadium, Music Hall, CVG Airport, and Newport on the Levee are minutes away, as are countless other entertainment and shopping opportunities. Within North Avondale itself you’ll find the Avon Nature Center, the NANA Community Center, six public park areas, and more than 15 religious institutions.

Overall, North Avondale, with its tree-lined streets, beautiful homes, and diverse community is truly an oasis in the midst of a busy city.
Pros
  • Gorgeous properties
  • Location near downtown
  • Neighborly solidarity
Cons
  • Somewhat dangerous
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
CUF
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"CUF: The Proverbial College Neighborhood"

The letters CUF stand for Clifton Heights, University Heights, and Fairview, the three communities that make up the neighborhood.

CUF is your proverbial college neighborhood, housing the University of Cincinnati and many of its students. Whereas the area thrived as a business center in the 1950s, virtually all of its former commerce has been replaced by shops, restaurants, and convenience stores that cater to the thriving UC student population. You’ll find chain eateries such as Panera, Potbelly, and Starbucks, and popular shops including Urban Outfitters and American Apparel, but also some unique local boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

While the neighborhood showcases many excellent examples of Cincinnati’s old, beautiful architecture, you’ll find that CUF has an unusually high percentage of rental property compared to the rest of Cincinnati. This is due, again, to the high percentage of college students in the area, to whom these properties are targeted. (The bright side of this is that housing is extremely affordable!) Though most properties are either apartments or two-family homes, University Heights has the highest number of single-family home ownership out of the three CUF communities.

Though CUF is primarily a college neighborhood, elementary, middle- and high-schools are not hard to come by. Most notable within CUF is the Hughes Center, a vocational and special-purpose high school located in Clifton Heights. The Hughes Center is comprised of five college prep schools including the Padeia High School, High School for the Communication Profession, High School for the Health Professions, High School for Teaching and Technology, and the Cincinnati Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMAS).

Additionally, if you look into neighboring communities you’ll find Walnut Hills High School, Annunciation, Clifton Public, and, of course, Fairview German Language School (which, despite its name, relocated out of Fairview and into Clifton in 2008).

Considering CUF is comprised mostly of 20-somethings in college, the neighborhood is considered relatively safe. It does, however, border some more dangerous neighborhoods, most notably Over the Rhine, and has therefore seen its fair share of burglary and violent crime. Nearby hospitals include the nationally-ranked Children’s Hospital, UC’s University Hospital, and, of course, Good Samaritan Hospital, located right in University Heights.
Pros
  • Inexpensive rental properties
  • Nearby schools
  • Nearby hospitals
Cons
  • Located near somewhat dicey areas
  • Hard to find parking
  • Almost all college students
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Hyde Park: Upscale Living in the Heart of Cincinnati"

Hyde Park is probably best known for its private schools, country clubs and beautiful properties. Living in one of the neighborhood’s historic, elegant homes is a dream-come-true for many Cincinnatians, but naturally comes at a cost. Finding a classic “Hyde Park house” under $300,000 is difficult, while some are listed at over $5 million.

Though property in Hyde Park is not cheap, living in the area does have its benefits. Some of Cincinnati’s best private schools are located nearby, including Ursula Academy and the Summit Country Day. The neighborhood is also known for its low crime ratings and is great for shopping.

Shopping areas within Hyde Park include Hyde Park Plaza, your run-of-the-mill strip mall; Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, made up of popular, high-end stores and well-known eateries; the O’Bryonville shopping district, comprised of a string of chic salons and shops; and finally the well-manicured Hyde Park Square, lined with fashionable boutiques, nostalgic breakfast diners and unparalleled people-watching opportunities. While a car is recommended for trips outside the neighborhood, Hyde Park’s picturesque sidewalk-lined streets are perfect for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Unlike more progressive neighborhoods in Cincinnati, such as Clifton and Mt. Adams, Hyde Park is widely known as a conservative part of town. It is characterized by wealth and is geared heavily toward families. Many residents frequent the nearby country clubs, which include the Hyde Park Golf & Country Club as well as the Cincinnati Country Club.

Hyde Park is a beautiful, pristine area situated near the heart of Cincinnati. A short drive down Columbia Parkway will take you straight into downtown, while a drive in the other direction brings you to Mt. Lookout, a cultural hub full of countless bars, restaurants, and other nightlife opportunities. Those looking for a conventional upscale community in the heart of Cincinnati may find Hyde Park to be the neighborhood they’ve been searching for.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Good shopping
  • Near downtown and other nice neighborhoods
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Homogenous
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Clifton: The Best of Both Worlds"

Clifton: The Best of Both Worlds

Walking through Clifton, you'd never know you were located mere minutes from the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The neighborhood has a distinct small-town feel; it boasts its own movie theater, grocery store, shopping street, and countless beautiful homes with lush green surroundings. Look closely and you may even spot a family of deer in someone’s backyard. Hop on the highway, however, and you’ll find yourself downtown in minutes.

Clifton’s proximity to major Cincinnati attractions such as the Great American Ballpark (home of the Cincinnati Reds), the Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals), and the main business district of Cincinnati has made it a prime locale for those looking to truly experience the city while still living in a relatively secluded and safe environment.

Ludlow, Clifton’s main shopping street, is filled with trendy boutiques and unique dining experiences. People come from all over town to experience the neighborhood’s famed Indian cuisine, catch an Indie flick at the Esquire Theater, or grab a scoop of Cincinnati’s famous Graeter’s ice cream. Fortunately, Clifton’s bustling nightlife does not compromise its safety. In fact, the neighborhood is explored day and night by Cincinnatians of all ages and is consistently chosen as the ideal neighborhood to spend an evening, a weekend, or even a lifetime. In regards to safety, Clifton has also become famous as one of the biggest medical centers in the country. Surrounding medical facilities include the nationally-ranked Children’s Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and University Hospital, among countless others.

Often described as “eclectic,” Clifton is home to a diverse group of people, including students, recent graduates, young adults, families, and even the elderly. Parents with young children will appreciate well-known schools located nearby, which include the Fairview German School, Walnut Hills High School, Annunciation, and many more. Those looking for private schooling will find Ursula Academy, the Summit Country Day School, and St. Xavier High School a short drive away. College students in Clifton have easy access to Xavier University, Cincinnati State, and, most notably, the University of Cincinnati. In fact, UC’s sporting events, libraries, and other resources are thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all local residents, students and non-students alike.

Clifton’s diverse medley of residents has turned it into a true Cincinnati gem that can only be described as unique. If you’re seeking a quiet, conventional, cookie-cutter suburb, you may be disappointed. If you have an open mind and are looking for a buzzing, dynamic neighborhood, however, Clifton might be the place for you.
Pros
  • Nearby schools
  • Eclectic mix of people
  • Proximity to downtown
Cons
  • Located near somewhat dicey areas
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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