8.5 out of 10

Mount Adams

Ranked 1st best neighborhood in Cincinnati
39.1101793768873 -84.4953850585749
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

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
2yrs+

"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
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Mt. Adams offers great views and high living costs"

The community of Mount Adam sits high on a hill above Downtown Cincinnati. It offers sweeping views of the city, the Ohio River, and Northern Kentucky. However, along with great views comes a high cost of living. Property and rental rates in Mount Adams are on the higher end; but, if you can afford it, you might get the opportunity to rub elbows with the rich and famous, as a number of athletes, artists, authors, actors, and Cincinnati's elite have all called Mount Adams home.

Mount Adams also offers rich entertainment and dining options. There are a number of really good restaurants in Mount Adams, such as Daveed's, Teak, and The Rookwood. Mount Adams is also home to many great nightlife spots like Mt. Adams Pavilion, Blind Lemon, and Longworth's. Because of the rich nightlife and dining in Mount Adams, traffic gets very heavy in the evening, especially on weekends. Parking is also at a premium in Mount Adams.

Long known as an arts community, Mount Adams is home to the Cincinnati Art Club and Wessel Gallery, as well as the Cincinnati Art Museum. Also located in Mount Adams are Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Seasongood Pavilion, which hosts many summertime entertainment events. Eden Park provides the area with verdant greenery, as well as with fitness trails, children's play areas, scenic overlooks, and picnic tables for alfresco dining. Also located in Eden Park are Mirror Lake and Krohn Conservatory. Eden Park is especially popular on the weekends and traffic can be somewhat difficult to maneuver through.

Because of its proximity to Downtown Cincinnati and excellent nightlife, Mount Adams is very popular with trendy singles and young professionals. Overall, Mount Adams is a nice neighborhood, but only if you can afford it.
Pros
  • outstanding views
  • excellent nightlife
  • convenient to Downtown Cincinnati
  • Eden Park
  • The Cincinnati Art Museum
Cons
  • Hard to find parking
  • rental and property costs are high
  • traffic congestion
  • Too little parking during events
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Mount Adams: The Artsy Heart of Cincinnati"

Mount Adams is a small neighborhood on a hill that's packed with great things to do. I first became familiar with the neighborhood when I used to set up at the Mt. Adams Street Affair about 15 years ago. If you don't mind driving up and down a few semi-steep hills and can find a parking spot, you'll love the look and feel of the neighborhood. It's comes across as youthful and artsy, and vintage architecture gives it an old world feel.

Arts and Entertainment
-The Cincinnati Art Museum on Eden Park Drive is one of the oldest art museums in the country.
-Playhouse in the Park stages an annual season of original productions.
-Seasongood Pavilion is a nice open air concert venue.
-During Mt. Adams' Second Saturday Art Walk, artists show off their work in local bars and restaurants.
-Artsy fun fact: Summerfair, the region's premier art show, got its start in Mt. Adams before it outgrew the narrow streets and moved to Coney Island.

Recreation
-Mount Adams Pool is a Cincinnati Recreation Commission public facility offering swim lessons several days a week.
-Lush Eden Park, at the base of Mt. Adams, has great Ohio river overlooks, two man-made lakes and a decorative bridge that's perfect for wedding photo ops. It has a statue of Romulus and Remus hanging out with their wolf mother and Krohn Conservatory, home of rain forest foliage and trees and the annual Butterfly and Train shows.

18 Bars/Restaurants
-If you've ever wanted to have dinner inside a giant kiln, visit Rookwood Bar & Restaurant, the former production site of historic Rookwood Pottery.
-Teak Thai has the best Thai food in the city.
-The Celestial has great eats and a grand view of the Cincinnati skyline.
-Longworths Bar/restaurant/club has in business for 25 years. Could it be those $3 Big Beer Tuesdays?
-There's also a Farmer's Market every Saturday during the summer.

You'll feel safe walking the streets in Mount Adams. That's an opinion confirmed by Cincinnati Police statistics that show very little violent crime.
Pros
  • The Cincinnati Art Museum
  • The Atmosphere
  • Eden Park
Cons
  • A few steep inclines
  • Too little parking during events
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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Best Streets in Mount Adams

"St. Gregory St: A Great Place to Party!"
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2

Martin Dr

3/5
"Martin Dr: The Perfect Location"
39.1106144719267 -84.4930082248448
3

Oregon St

3/5
"Some of the best views in Mt. Adams"
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4

Pavillion St

3/5
"Pavilion St: A Perfect Representation of Mt. Adams"
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5

Belvedere St

2.5/5
"At the top of the hill"
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Unranked Streets in Mount Adams

"Art Museum Dr: Your Connection to Three Cincy Hotspots"
39.1124360519905 -84.4974514367621

Ida St

3.5/5
"Ida St."
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