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Reviews

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

Saybrook Ave is in Hyde Park. If you know even a little bit about that Cincinnati neighborhood, you know that most of the homes are older but stylish and well maintained. Saybrook Ave. fits the Hyde Park profile. It's not a street that's lined with large or luxurious homes, but they are nice enough to fit anyone's idea of a pleasant place to live. Also, the street ends in a cul de sac, which limits through traffic.

Shopping, Dining and Entertaniment
A family living on Saybrook won't need to travel very far to get what they need. Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine, Saigon Cafe, Starbucks, UDF and other businesses and eateries are walking distance away on Erie Ave. There are more options a short distance away in Hyde Park Plaza, Hyde Park Square, Oakley, Mt. Lookout and Rookwood.

Recreation
The Hyde Park Country club is minutes away from Saybrook on Erie Ave. Ault Park, Alms Park and the Cincinnati Observatory are close as well. There's a Cincinnati Recreation Center in Hyde Park Plaza and Shine Yoga Center on Erie: http://www.shineyoga.com/ .

Schools
There are several Cincinnati Public Schools in Hyde Park: Kilgour Elementary (K-6), Hyde Park School (Preschool-1 and 3-6 for Gifted Component), Clark Montessori High School (7-12), and Withrow University High School (9-12).

St Mary's Catholic Elementary is located on Erie Ave., Summit Country Day is on Grandin and Springer School for learning disabilities is on Madison at Grandin.

For medical needs, the Christ Hospital Emergency facility is in the Red Bank Business district about 5 minutes away.
Pros
  • Walking distance from the things you need
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A simple street for coming and going"

Brotherton Ct. in Oakley is about 100 yards from beginning to end. I've traveled it many times, both walking and driving, but I never thought of it as an actual street. It's short, with wide areas of well-tended grass on either side. To the east there's a section of trees that border the Centennial Station apartment community. There's not a single home or building on Brotherton Ct., except for the gas station on the tiny street extension on the other side of Red Bank Expressway. That doesn't mean it's not a busy little strip.

Brotherton Ct. connects Red Bank Expressway to Erie Ave. The street allows access to the area business district. Each day commuters from Hyde Park, Oakley, the southern section of Madisonville and the villages of Mariemont and Fairfax and other communities in the area travel Brotherton Ct. on their way to I-71 or one of many local businesses or industries in the area. A Metro bus stop on Erie near Brotherton Ct. provides limited public transportation to the area.

Shopping etc.
Brotherton Ct. intersects Red Bank Expressway at the edge of its business district. It also provides access to the southern section of Red Bank Rd where Walmart and other stores and restaurants are located. Hyde Park and Oakley's shopping, dining and entertainment areas are minutes away from Brotherton Ct.
Cons
  • Traffic can be busy at times
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Peace and quiet apartment living in a gated community"

Erie Station Ln. is the main private drive that curves through Centennial Station: http://www.napcincinnati.com/communities/centennial-station.php , a quiet, gated apartment complex that sits on a hill just above the Red Bank Expressway business district. The apartment community rests between the far western edge of Madisonville and the far eastern edges of Oakley and Hyde Park. It was built not too many years ago and has easy access to I-71 and Columbia Parkway.

Erie Station Ln. begins at Centennial Station's main entrance on Erie Ave. It takes you past the office/community center located in "the mansion." That's a large beautiful Erie Ave. home that was kept on the premises when they built the complex. The main gate to access the rest of Erie Station Ln. can only be opened by using the proper security code. After passing the security gate, Erie Station Ln. curves past a number of multi-unit buildings with studios, one and two bedroom apartments.

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Centennial Station has easy access to businesses, fast food restaurants, medical facilities and more on Red Bank Expressway. On Red Bank, Super Walmart has grocery shopping and everything else. Banasch's is a little further south selling a beautiful selection of fabric and sewing supplies.

Oakley and Hyde Park are less than 10 minutes away, offering boutique shopping, toys, shoes and more. There are two grocery stores in Hyde Park Plaza and a Fresh Market in Oakley. Whatever your choice of cuisine, you'll find it at a restaurant t in one of those nearby communities.

There are several excellent CPS magnet schools in Hyde Park, including a Montessori High School. Private Seven Hills School's Hillsdale campus is a few minutes away at the bottom of old Red Bank hill.

For fitness and recreation there are a pool and basketball court on the premises. There are a yoga studio and a barbell club on Red Bank Expressway. Madisonville, Oakley and Hyde Park have several city parks and green spaces. In Stewart Park in Madisonville there's a recreation center. Madison Bowl is open for bowling 24/7 and it's less than 10 minutes away from Erie Station Ln.

Medical
There's a Christ Emergency facility on Red Bank Expressway, as well as two plastic surgery groups.
Pros
  • A quiet place to live
  • Close to I-71 and Columbia Parkway
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The perfect place for peace, quiet and security"

Water Tower Ct. is one of the three quiet private streets located within the gated community of Centennial Station in Madisonville. The apartment complex sits on the hill above Red Bank Expressway at the eastern edges of Hyde Park and Oakley. Water Tower Ct. is at the back of the community, so it's the most quiet street of the three. It forms a T-intersection where Centennial Dr. ends. You're not likely to enter the area unless you have a remote for the back gate or the security code for the front gate; so there's very little traffic, except for residents and visitors with access.

Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
If you live on Water Tower Ct. you'll find everything you need within a few miles. There's Walmart and Banasch's Fabrics on Red Bank. The street is also 10 minutes away from shopping in Oakley, Hyde Park Plaza and Hyde Park Square. You'll find fast food outlets like Gold Star and Izzy's, down the hill on Red Bank Expressway, and a lot more dining and entertainment options in nearby Oakley and Hyde Park.

Recreation
Centennial Station has a pool and basketball court on the premises. One of Erie Ave's grand old homes was kept in tact on the premises for use as an office and community facility for special occasions. There's a yoga studio and barbell club on Red Bank Expressway, several neighborhood parks in Madisonville, Oakley and Hyde Park, and the Madisonville Recreation Center in Stewart Park. Madison Bowl is 10 minutes away.

Schools
There are several CPS Magnet program schools in nearby Hyde Park. Seven Hills Hillsdale Campus is a private school on Old Red Bank. The Goddard School has an early childhood education location just down the hill in the Red Bank Expressway district.

Christ Hospital has an emergency facility on Red Bank Expressway. There are two cosmetic surgery facilities on Red Bank Expressway.

Cincinnati Metro has a stop on Erie Ave. across from the main gate of the complex.
Pros
  • Quiet and peaceful
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A nice quiet place to call home"

Centennial Dr. is within the physical boundaries of Madisonville, but it's not exactly a part the rest of the community. It's one of three private streets within Centennial Station, a gated apartment community at the western edge of the Madisonville and the eastern edges of Hyde Park and Oakley. Centennial Dr. begins at Old Red Bank Road and runs uphill, past the complex's service areas, mail boxes, basketball court and the apartment buildings at the rear. To gain access to Centennial Dr. entrance, you'll need a security remote to open the gate.

Centennial Station is easy to spot if you're traveling along Erie Ave. or Red Bank Expressway. It's the large cluster of neat, white and gray buildings on the hill just above the Red Bank Expressway business district. The community is perfect if you desire security, peace, quiet and all the amenities that renters prefer. It's the perfect place if you prefer a homogeneous community. My parents lived there for several years and it wasn't hard to miss that they were a minority when it came to ethnic diversity among the residents.

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
The Red Bank Expressway business district is a short downhill drive, although there's not much there for shoppers. Walmart on Red Bank is very close and Banasch's fabrics is a little further south from there. Oakley, Hyde Park Plaza and Hyde Park Square shopping areas are less than 10 minutes away. There are neighborhood cafes, bars and great restaurants in these areas as well. You'll find a variety of fast food outlets along Red Bank Expressway.

Fitness and Recreation
There is a pool, basketball court and a party mansion... yes a small, old, well-kept mansion... on the Centennial Station premises. They have a pool table and party facilities for special events. Bikram Yoga Studio: http://www.cincinnatibikramyoga.com/schedule.html and Cincinnati Barbell Club: http://www.powerliftingwatch.com/gyms/ohio/cincinnati-barbell-club are down the hill on Red Bank Expressway and Madison Bowl is 5 minutes away on Madison Rd. Madisonville has several parks and a Recreation Center in Stewart Park.

Schools
There are several Cincinnati Public Magnet schools nearby in Hyde Park. Seven Hills Schools private Hillsdale Campus is 5 minutes away on the section of Old Red Bank that's on the North side of Madison Rd. The Goddard School for early childhood education is a few feet away from Centennial Dr.

Christ Hospital has an emergency facility on Red Bank Expressway and Jewish Hospital is a 10 minute drive away. If you prefer public transportation, Metro bus route drop passengers off at the Erie entrance of Centennial Station.
Pros
  • It's a great place to live if you want peace and quiet
  • Easy access to I-71 and Columbia Parkway
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A convenient mix of homes and businesses"

Wasson Ave. begins at Edwards Rd., runs along the back of Hyde Park Plaza and ends at Marburg. Wasson is the line of demarcation that separates Oakley from Hyde Park. Okay. I'll be honest. I didn't know that until I started looking at a recent Cincinnati city map.

Apparently a big chunk of what I though... and perhaps a lot of other people thought were Hyde Park locales (like Hyde Park Plaza?) were actually in Oakley all along. That's okay. Oakley is an up and coming Cincinnati neighborhood and Wasson is a great street, even if the zip ends with 09 instead of 08.

Wasson has great older homes, nice eateries and a few places to let your hair down. It's got easy access to I-71 and some areas of Wasson have pretty much everything you need within walking distance.

Shopping and Dining, Entertainment
There are a few shops in the area where Wasson and Paxton meet and more in Hyde Park Plaza. There you'll find two large grocery stores, restaurants, and specialty stores. Wasson is close to the Rookwood shopping area and also Oakley's Madison Rd Shopping district.

Blue Elephant, one of my favorite Thai ...etc, restaurants is on Wasson Rd. You'll also find Green Papaya.. also Thai. There are a variety fast food and other restaurants nearby along Paxton. You'll find friendly neighborhood bars in Oakley and Hyde Park.

Wasson is close to Ault Park, Alms Park and the Cincinnati Observatory. There are several great Cincinnati Public Schools in Hyde Park.
Pros
  • Great area for residential and business
Cons
  • Hyde Park Plaza traffic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A pleasant tree-lined street"

Woodford Rd. in the culturally diverse Kennedy Heights is so green and grassy, it feels almost rural. It's a mostly residential street with well-maintained homes of all sizes, styles and construction. The single family homes have large yards shaded with trees. Along this section of Woodford you'll also find a number of apartment buildings from four family to multi-unit. Woodford is a short drive downhill to Coca Cola, 5th/3rd Operations Center and all the other businesses and social service agencies in Madisonville.

You'll find businesses on Woodford Rd. as well. The Redwood Carryout has been at the corner of Kennedy and Woodford for several decades. For over 100 years Harry Ewers and Sons has operated a building supplies, gravel and blacktop business on a lot that begins at Kennedy and ends at Robison Rd. If you head east, you'll find Benken Florist located at the sharp curve where Woodford Rd. becomes Plainfield Rd.

Shopping and Dining
You won't be able to have a shopping spree on Woodford, but you'll find options five minutes away in Silverton or Pleasant Ridge. Take a 10 minute drive and you can shop in Oakley, Hyde Park, Norwood, or Columbia Township. There are two malls less then 10 minutes away in Kenwood. You'll find your choice of restaurants in these areas as well.

Schools
There are several schools in the area, including Woodford Padeia Academy (Pre-6) http://woodford.cps-k12.org/ and Pleasant Ridge Montessori (pre-6) http://pridge.cps-k12.org/

Entertainment and Recreation
The Kennedy Heights Recreation Center, Cultural Center and Arts Centers are nearby. Daniel Drake Park is minutes away from Woodford. You'll find coffe shops, cafes and other entertainment in nearby areas.

Medical care is 10 minutes away at Jewish Hospital Kenwood.
Pros
  • Tree-lined yards
Cons
  • Traffic can be busy at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Trendy Downtown living with shopping and dining too"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medical facilities are 10 minutes away in Corryville and Avondale.

Metro operates a bus routes that travel Race.
Pros
  • Trendy lofts in old elegant buildings
Cons
  • Daytime traffic can get hectic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The heart of College Hill"

Hamilton Ave. is the main strip that runs through College Hill. There are a variety of well maintained, older homes as well as large and small apartment complexes all along Hamilton. As you travel the street, you will understand what Cincinnati residents mean when they talk about the neighborhood's diversity. You'll see a mix of people walking the street and a variety of building styles and businesses.

On the hill-- before you even get into the heart of the community-- you'll pass Six Acres Bed and Breakfast in a building that used to be a former stop on the Underground Railroad. You'll also notice historic Twin Towers, the distinctive center of a large retirement community that began in 1899. Children's Hospital has an off site location on Hamilton and you'll see several historic churches. Grace Episcopal Church welcomes "...people of diverse ages, colors, orientations and national origins..." They also hold Yoga and ballet classes. College Hill Presbyterian hosts an annual arts and craft event each November.

Shopping, dining and entertainment
The rest of the strip is filled with mix of shops, restaurants and other businesses. They're neither grand nor elegant, but they are all operated by hard working entrepreneurs who put their hearts into their businesses. Bacall's Cafe, College Hill Coffee Company, LaRosa's, Chung Ching, Goodies Barbecue, and Marty's Hops and Vines are the local eateries.

There are a few shops as well, including Scwartz's jeweler's that's been in business for 73 years. Shaker's bar caters to the soulful side of the neighborhood. The College Hill Farmer's Market operates from May and runs through the fall at 5742 Hamilton Ave. They sell fruits, veggies and other items and offer a schedule of entertainment and events: http://collegehillfarmmarket.org

There are several options for schools in College Hill, including 2 Cincinnati Public Schools, Eden Grove nondenominational Christian schools and MCauley Catholic High School for girls. Mercy Hospital is a 5 minute drive away. Two bus routes travel through College Hill.
Pros
  • Very walkable
Cons
  • Occasional crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Ahhhh, Xavier Country"

Dana Ave. begins at the western edge of Hyde Park where the Regency Apartments have stood on the corner since the early 70s. It arcs past the rear of the Withrow High campus, over I-71, through the busy Evanston business area; then it crosses Montgomery Rd and takes you into Xavier Country.

Like University of Cincinnati in the Corryville area, Xavier University has gradually staked its claim on a growing part of the Evanston, Norwood, and North Avondale neighborhoods. It has facilities, residence halls, parking lots and buildings under construction beginning at Montgomery Rd. in Evanston and spreading into Norwood. In the part of the street that is a downward slope into North Avondale, Xavier owns several of the single family dwellings and other University properties, including an ROTC armory that you can't miss as you drive by.

On the corner of Dana Ave. and Victory Parkway, you'll notice the edge of the Xavier sports complex. Beyond that are a a few homes, but mostly older brick apartment buildings. Some have been maintained in good condition all along. Those closer to Reading Rd. have been refurbished in recent years. There's a good bet that if these apartments aren't already filled with Xavier students, they will be in the future.

This strip of Dana is strictly residential, but there's shopping and dining nearby in Surrey Square in the City of Norwood. Dana is 10 to 15 minutes away from Hyde Park, Oakley and Obryanville shopping, dining and entertainment. Medical facilities are 10 minutes away in Avondale.

The section of Dana that cuts through Evanston has an easy access entrance ramp to I-71. That makes Dana a high traffic corridor.
Cons
  • Crime in the area
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Classic buildings for in town living"

Broadway runs through Downtown Cincinanti and passes behind the Justice Center, a street away from the Hamilton County Courthouse and several other busy public buildings. But after it crosses Central Parkway into Over The Rhine, its mostly a residential street with a cultural mix of occupants.

The buildings are older, mostly Victorian architecture. Many are brownstone style homes that have been rehabbed into beautiful homes. (Similar homes in the area sold recently for 500,000 plus.)

Because Broadway cuts through the hub of Hamilton County justice operations, there are cars coming and going, seeking cheap parking spaces on the street. The layout of the residential section of the street helps to ease traffic problems. It dead-ends before starting up again on the northern side of Liberty Ave.

There are a few businesses on Broadway at the corner of Central Parkway, but mostly the OTR section is residential. You'll find bars, dining and shopping two streets over on Main, with department stores and many more restaurants five minutes away in Downtown.

There are two elementary schools on Vine and the School for Creative and Performing Arts is close on Central Parkway.

Medical facilities are 10 minutes away in Corryville and Avondale. There are several churches in town and in Over the Rhine.
Pros
  • Nice Victorian homes
Cons
  • Crime in the area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Downtown living with an artsy atmosphere"

The part of Main St. that runs through Over the Rhine has its share of apartments and condos, but it's also been one of Cincinnati's entertainment districts for a long time. Like most of the city, Main St. has seen its ups and downs. Bars, galleries and shops come and go, but usually when one business leaves the street, another comes along to take its place.

Many structures along Main St are well-preserved Victorian architecture, a draw that's made the street part of the ongoing wave of urban settlements. People craving the convenience of Downtown living have reclaimed the buildings as in-town apartments and condos. They pay market rate for spaces that were once low income housing. Developers host annual urban living walks to show off the transformations.

Shopping
Galleries have always been one of the main attractions of Main St. They no longer line both sides of the street as they used to, but art still has a presence. Base Art, Enjoy the Arts/Start, Deogracias Lerma Photography and Classical Glass are just a few of the Main St. galleries. You'll also find Park+Vine, Cincinnat's "Green General Store," Clubhead Records, Greg's Antiques, Designsmithgallery modern "investment" furniture, JT's Mini Mart and more.

Dining and Entertainment
For drinks and music on Main you'll find Mr. Pitiful's jazz bar, Japp's since 1879 and Neon's Cigar Bar around the corner on 12th. Courtyard Cafe offers burgers, burritos and barbecue. Shadeau Breads sells pastries.

Main St. is always changing, so the best thing to do is to take a stroll along the street on a Final Friday. That's when all the shops, galleries and bars open their doors to invite everyone in for a visit. From May to October, Main St. Sponsors Second Sundays in OTR. They block off a section of the street to allow Artists, crafters, food vendors and entertainment to take over. In the fall Main St. hosts a Beer Fest.

Schools
Main St. is close to St. Francis Catholic Elementary and Rothenberg Preparatory Academy (Preschool-8)
on Vine. The School for Creative and Performing Arts (K-12) is several blocks away.
Pros
  • Intersting things to do
Cons
  • Still some crime in the area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Living so close to a cemetery can be pretty peaceful"

Winton Rd. Begins at Spring Grove Ave. and heads north from there. It creates a neat border between the western edge of Spring Grove Village and Spring Grove Cemetery. As you turn onto Winton Rd and head north, you can't help but notice Sun Belt Rentals on the corner. (You can't miss the bright green cranes and heavy equipment).

A few other businesses such as S&S Deli are also on the eastern side of Winton Rd, but mostly it's residential. The Western side of the street has a stone wall that runs the length of the street from Spring Grove Ave. to Gray Rd. It separates Spring Grove Cemetery from the rest of the neighborhood.

Living so close to a cemetery isn't as spooky as it seems. I once lived a few blocks away on E. Epworth and found it to be quite peaceful. Few folks chose to walk the streets by night, and I think that made it safer for those residents who chose to leave home after dark.

The homes along Winton Rd are a mix of small and large older homes. One residence on Derby Ave. near Winton was the historic home of designer, Samuel Hannaford. He designed Music Hall, as well as a number of wonderful buildings in Cincinnati. A few of his churches remain standing in Spring Grove Village.

Shopping/Dining/Recreation
S&S Deli convenience store is on Winton Rd. There's also a Kroger and a few other small shops nearby on Kenard Ave., with additional shopping nearby in Northside and Clifton.

There are several fast food restaurants nearby on Kenard and West Mitchell. Frisch's is a block from Winton on Spring Grove Ave. For additional dining options, Northside and Clifton are close.

Cincinnati Zoo is nearby. Mt Airy Forest is 15 minutes away. There are several small parks and green spaces in the neighborhood, and Spring Grove Cemetery hosts concerts, outings and family events.

Schools
Parker Woods Montessori School (Preschool-6) is located on Winton Rd. James N. Gamble Montessori High School (7-12) (Formerly Jacobs) is close on Winton Ridge, and Winton Hills Academy (Preschool-8) is in nearby Winton Hills. University of Cincinnait, Xavier University and Cincinnati State are 10 minutes away.

Metro has a bus route that travels Winton Rd. UC, VA, Children's and several other medical facilities are about 10 minutes away.
Pros
  • Easy access to I-75
Cons
  • Rush hour traffic can get busy
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"An busy industrial beginning with a quiet residential ending"

I used to live in Spring Grove Village (formerly Winton Place) and I know that If you enter West Mitchell Ave. from I-75, you'll decide right away that it's too busy a place to live. The traffic can be heavy, but if you travel beyond the industrial sites and head straight as the road curves right onto Este Ave, W. Mitchell becomes a quiet residential street. That's where you'll find the solid homes, nice yards and peaceful atmosphere that Spring Grove Village is known for.

There's a great community camaraderie in the neighborhood. The community organization: http://www.springgrovevillage.org/ and residents work together to keep the area safe. They cultivate a community garden a few blocks away from West Mitchell. You feel safe when you walk the street. All of these things help make Spring Grove Village an inviting neighborhood.

Dining and shopping
There's not much shopping along West Mitchell, except an auto dealer. There is a restaurant supply dealer and a few other industries. There's a Kroger just off the busiest section of the street and a few small shops nearby.

For food you'll find fast food outlets: Rally;'s, McDonald's and Gold Star Chili as well. You'll find more dining/shopping options in nearby Northside and Clifton.

Entertainment
W. Mitchell and Spring Grove Village are minutes from Spring Grove Cemetery, which has a full program of concerts, outings and family events. Mt. Airy Forest is a 15 minute drive away. The Cincinnati Zoo is about 10 minutes away.

There are several schools in the neighborhood: Parker Woods Montessori School (Preschool-6), Winton Hills Academy (Preschool-8), and James N. Gamble Montessori High School (7-12) (formerly Jacobs). University of Cincinnati and Xavier are about 10 minutes away.

Two Metro bus routes travel West Mitchell. University, VA, Children's and several other medical facilities are a 10 minutes away in Avondale.
Pros
  • The residential section is quiet and pleasant
Cons
  • The traffic can get heavy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cozy homes close to everything in Oakley and Hyde Park"

Brotherton Rd. begins at the easternmost edge of Oakley and runs west where it ends at Madison Rd. It's mostly a residential street lined with cozy, single family homes and a few small apartment buildings. There are a few businesses and large multifamily complexes as well, but they are tucked away behind trees and homes, just barely visible as you drive by. A Metro bus route travels most of Brotherton Rd., making transportation access easy for those who choose not to drive.

The home styles along Brotherton Rd. are similar to nearby residences on Marburg Ave. and Wasson Rd. in the desirable Hyde Park neighborhood. They are close to everything Hyde Park has to offer, but there's a bit less money in Oakley than in Hyde Park, and it's obvious in a subtle way that's hard to describe.

Oakley isn't Hyde Park, but it's right next door. If you follow Brotherton Rd all the way from east to west, you will notice the signs of up-and-coming Hyde Park style amenities. Brotherton ends at Madison Rd., right in the heart of Oakley's growing business district. There are shops and restaurants, art galleries and entertainment. These things aren't walkable from all Brotherton Rd. addresses, but they are close to some.

Shopping
Brotherton Rd. residents can find everything they need in the Oakley shopping district. There are plenty of shopping options, including Manatee Bookstore and King Arthur's Court's Toys for kids. For groceries and everything else there's a Fresh Market. Target and Sam's Club are also nearby. Courtesy Chevrolet dealership is located at the corner of Brotherton and Madison. Hyde Park Plaza and Rookwood Commons have more shopping options minutes away.

Dining and Entertainment
For dining you'll find everything from pizza to Chinese along Madison Rd in Oakley, with many more choices in nearby Hyde Park. There are bars and neighborhood cafes. Former movie houses, 20th Century and Ambassador now host live entertainment and special events.

Gym and fitness
Yogahome is a yoga studio located on Brotherton Rd.: http://yogahome.net/ .

Recreation
Brotherton Rd. is minutes away from Ault and Alms Parks. The Observatory in Mt. Lookout has many programs for youth and adults. Geier Esplande, a small park located in the middle of Madison Rd., is walkabale from the west section of Brotherton and Madison Bowl five minutes away.

Schools
St. Cecelia: K-8 Catholic School is located in Oakley. There are several Cincinnati Public schools nearby in Hyde Park: Hyde Park School (Pre-1 and 3-6 for gifted children), Kilgour (k-6), Withrow University (9-12), and Clark Montessori High School (7-12).

There are a number of churches nearby. There are no medical facilities in Oakley, but Jewish Hospital Kenwood is a 15 minute drive away.
Pros
  • Close to everything you need
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A great place to live if you don't mind a little traffic"

For years commuters have traveled Madison Rd from the eastern suburbs into town. The Hyde Park section of Madison begins in the vicinity of Edwards Rd and rolls westward. Along the way you'll pass a few single family dwellings; but mostly you'll see apartment buildings. Some are older, others are newer; but all of the residential structures lining Madison Rd are well maintained. There are also a few businesses along Madison Rd., mostly for shopping and dining.

Shopping
Rookwood Pavilion/Commons has a Hyde Park entrance on Madison Rd., but it's actually in the City of Norwood. They posted signs to make it clear. Rookwood is two outdoor shopping plazas built on the site of the old LeBlond Tool & Die Factory. The shops have a "Hyde Park" feel with stores like Whole Foods, Gap, Banana Republic and more. Shopping in Hyde Park Plaza, Hyde Park Square and Oakley is 5 minutes away.

Dining
You don't have to worry about starving if you're in Hyde Park on Madison Rd. The little strip and its surrounding streets have everything from Popeye's chicken to Lemon Grass Thai. For a unique dining experience, Don Pablos Mexican restaurant in Rookwood is located inside an old factory building.

Busken Bakery's main location is on Madison Rd. It's open 24/7 selling baked goods, wedding cakes, cookies and lots of other fattening stuff. They are currently holding the Presidential cookie bake off. During the 2012 Presidential campaign they will judge the winner by seeing whose cookie sells the most: Obama or Romney. Hyde Park also has a seasonal farmer's market near Hyde Park Square.

Recreation and Entertainment
There are several tree-filled public green spaces along Madison Rd. Hyde Park is also close to Alms and Ault Park for picnics, hiking and more. Hyde Park Square is a beautiful park nearby in the middle of Erie Ave. It has a fountain and trees and is the center of the Hyde Park Square Art Show the first Sunday in October.

Fitness
The Breathing Room Yoga is located on Madison Rd: http://www.thebreathingroom.com/
Move Your Hyde Yoga is close on Michigan Ave: http://moveyourhyde.com/

Schools
You'll pass Withrow High School as you travel Madison Rd. The grand old school has been around since 1919. Everything has changed except the main building, and also the "gentle slopes...lofty tower...arching bridge..and shaded valley.." students sing about in the school's alma mater.

There are also Hyde Park School (pre-1) & Gifted Academy (3-6), Kilgour (k-6), and Clark Montessori High School- (7-12). U. C. is 15 minutes away. Xavier U is 10 minutes away.

Medical facilities are 15 minutes away in Avondale.
Pros
  • lots to do in a small strip
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"An old fashioned street in the coolest neighborhood in town"

Chase Ave begins at Virginia Ave., crosses through Northside, and ends just outside Sprig Grove Cemetary. When you drive or walk down Chase, you might get the feeling of having stepped back in time. It's a mostly residential street with larger, older homes. Many of the homes in the Northside neighborhood were built in the 1930s, and most of the buildings on Chase Ave. probably look exactly as they did back then.

While many of Cincinnati's older buildings have been reclaimed, redone and changed into modern looking condos. The homes on Chase Ave. have kept their old fashioned charm. With all that vintage hometown appeal, It's hard to imagine that Northside is one of the city's most progressive, diverse and hip neighborhoods. Just around the corner and down the street you'll find the city's Gay and Lesbian Community Center: http://www.cincyglbt.com/ . There also Hoffner Park, home to Northside Pride Fest and other neighborhood celebrations, and a number of quirky shops that are mostly one of a kind.

Shopping
Chase is mostly residential, but there are a few businesses as well. Schaepper's Pharmacy on the corner of Chase and Hamilton contributes to the street's old fashioned feel. It's small; and unlike the big box chains, it's locally owned with three pharmacists on duty. You'll also find NYPD Pizza, United Dairy Farmers and a few other stores on Chase Av.

Chase Ave. Cuts right through Northside's trendy shopping area, where you'll find Shake-it Records, Shop Therapy resale boutique, Nvision Furniture Art and Clothing, Designs by Dana Tattoos and more. Even the neighborhood hardware store is one-of-a-kind. The owner of Ace Hardware and Electric will proudly tell you that he's not connected to those other guys. His shop has been independently owned since 1950.

There are also two churches on Chase Ave.: Northside Church of the Nazerene and St. Boniface Catholic.

Dining
You'll find NYPD Pizza and United Dairy Farmers Ice cream on Chase Av. There are several more trendy little restaurants on Hamilton: Melt, Sidewinder cafe and more.

Recreation and Fitness
The Mckie Recreation center is a City of Cincinnati facility located on Chase Ave. They offer a computer center, pool, fitness center and more. There are several neighborhood parks in Northside and Chase Ave. is a 10 minute drive away Mt. Airy Forest's picnic facility, lodge, arboretum, hiking trails and more. Northside Boxing offers boxing training and self defense classes nearby on Hamilton Ave: http://northsideboxing.com/ .

Schools
Chase Ave School (Preschool-8) is still in the neighborhood on Turill St.: http://chase.cps-k12.org/ . St. Boniface Catholic School is located nearby on Pitts Ave.:http://stbonifaceschool.net/ . Cincinnati State is 10 minutes away and University of Cincinnati is 15 minutes away.

Medical care is 15 minutes away at University, VA, Children's and several other hospitals in the Corryville/Avondale area. Mercy Mt. Airy is also 15 minutes away in College Hill.
Pros
  • Walkable to everything you need
Cons
  • Hamilton and Chase traffic can get busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 3/5
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"Nice homes on a long and winding road"

The section of William Howard Taft Rd that runs through E. Walnut Hills starts out as one thing and ends as another. It begins to the south east of Woodburn Ave. in an area of older homes, most at the end or beginning of a transition. Over the past years, most of the houses that were in need of repair on this part of Wm Hwd Taft were given the makeover they needed. Some could still use some attention, but that will happen soon enough.

As you follow William Howard Taft Rd. (named for our 27th president) it will take you gently downhill. The curves flow this way and that. You'll notice the landscaping changing as well. While the older homes at the top of the incline are closer together with smaller yards. The further you go, you'll notice some of the home you pass are a little bit different.

Some have long driveways and all of them have large yards. The homes themselves are old and new, grand and small, modern and traditional; but you might not be able to see some of them due to trees and foliage. You can't miss the only apartment building, though. It's the tallest building on the street. You'll pass it a moment or so before the street ends suddenly, emptying out into the messy traffic of Columbia Parkway.

Shopping
There are no shops on Taft Rd, but there are a few galleries nearby in the Woodburn Ave Shopping District. There's also a knitting shop on Madison at Woodburn. If you can figure out a tricky traffic move that will allow you to make a crazy sharp left turn from Taft onto Torrence as you enter Columbia Parkway, it will take you right to the edge of Obryonville's cool shopping area. Hyde Park Plaza is 15 to 20 minutes away. Make a right onto Columbia instead of a left and you can be shopping in town in a matter of minutes.

Dining.
There are several restaurants on Woodburn at DeSales Corner, with a few more in Obryonville. Travel to Hyde Park and you can have whatever food choice you desire.

Entertainment
There are art galleries on Woodburn Ave., near Taft.

Recreation
Eden Park is close for a number of family activities: Krohn Conservatory, Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park.

St Ursula Girl's Catholic is nearby on McMillan. Purcell Marion Coed Catholic is minutes away on Madison Rd. St Francis DeSales (K-8) is on DeSales Corner.

UC, VA and other hospitals are 15 minutes away. Two Metro bus routes service Woodburn Ave. near Taft, but no buses travel William Howard Taft. Due to its connection to Columbia Parkway, traffic can get pretty busy on WHT.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Gilbert has the old and the new"

If you're familiar with Cincinnati, you may already know that the neighborhoods closest to town--- like Walnut Hills for instance--- are ripe for change. The transition is evident on Gilbert Ave., where you'll find historic buildings like Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Peeble's Corner Historic District and Walnut Hills Presbyterian Church, designed by Samuel Hannaford (only remnants of the original structure remain on the corner of Gilbert and William Howard Taft) and others.

There are a few older multi-family buildings, which house mostly African-Americans. As you move southwest on Gilbert the demographic begins to change. There are a number of refurbished and newly built townhomes and condominiums--- pricier residential options for those who want the convenience of living close to Eden Park and near town.

Shopping
On Gilbert near Peeble's corner you'll find a bank and a Kroger and a CVS. There are several local merchants making a go of it, including Core Clay Studios and Amphora Studios. Thomson MacConnell Cadillac has been selling luxury cars from their Gilbert Ave. Location since 1954. Thompson, Hall Jordan Funeral home is also on Gilbert.

Walker Funeral Home and Kurelis Interiors and a second hand shop that's been selling used stuff in the neighborhood for years are a walkable distance away on McMillan. For more shopping options, Downtown, Correyville, Surrey Square, Hyde Park Plaza, Obryonville and other shopping areas are 10 to 15 minutes away.

Dining
Giminetti Bakery and Cafe on Gilbert has been in business since 1985. There's a Wendy's and closer to town is Andy's Mediterranean Grill and ZZs Pizza. For more dining options, the Brew House and Parkside Cafe are a block away on McMillan. There's also several additional restaurants in Walnut Hills and E. Walnut Hills.

Entertainment and Recreation
The Greenwich Tavern on Gilbert is a local bar that hosts everything from open mic poetry nights to live bands. It caters to the funkier side of the neighborhood's diversity. Andy's Mediterranean Grill has Live music on ladies night as well as belly dancers on weekends.

Eden Park is a few minutes away for family fun. There are several river overlooks, the Krohn Conservatory, The Art Museum and more. Eden Park hosts several annual festivals. For fun and fitness, Planet Dance has a studio on Gilbert: http://planetdancecincinnati.com/classes_levels.html .

Cincinnati Public Schools
Frederick Douglass School (Preschool-8): http://douglass.cps-k12.org/ ,Hospital/Satellite Program Office (9-12) and STEP/Work Resource Center (WRC) (9-12): http://wrcstep.cps-k12.org/ . Walnut Hills High School (7-12)
is 5 minutes away: http://www.walnuthillseagles.com/index.asp

St Ursala Catholic girls high school is a mile away on McMillan: http://www.saintursula.org/
University of Cincinnati and Xavier University are a 10 minute drive away. Cincinnati State is 15 minutes away.

Several Metro bus routes travel Gilbert and a number of major hospitals are 5 minutes away.
Pros
  • Lots of diversity
Cons
  • Crime in the area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Walk to work, school or just about anything else you need"

Corryville is changing fast, and Martin Luther King Dr. East has led the way. The hospitals and small apartment buildings on the northern side were there decades ago, and the condos and apartments on the southern side of the street started popping up over the past decade.

That's pretty much all you'll see on MLK Dr. East these days: hospitals, apartment buildings and condos. There's also that beautiful Frank Gehry building on the corner of MLK and Eden, a UC Med School building and the EPA building at the MLK/Jefferson/Vine intersection.

Shopping
Shopping in the Short Vine area is a walkable distance away. There's not a lot of variety, but there is a Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and a few other stores. There are more shops in Clifton on Ludlow and in CUF on McMillan and Calhoun. Downtown is a quick drive or bus ride away. If you must have milk, you'll find that at United Dairy Farmers on Burnet and MLK Dr. E.

Entertainment
There are several bars and night spots with mostly college-geared entertainment in the Short Vine area, on McMillan, CUF and on Ludlow. UC's College Conservatory of Music offers a schedule of less party-like entertainment as well.

Dining
There's a Chipotle and a restaurant called Zoup in one of the large residential buildings on MLK. Walk a bit further and you'll find a chili restaurant, a McDonald's and a Dunkin Donuts. You'll find more dining choices in the Short Vine area, in CUF and Clifton.

Recreation
Burnett Woods is nearby, along with several neighborhood parks and green spaces in Corryville, Clifton and CUF. The Corryville Recreation Center on Eden Ave. has ball fields, an exercise room, after school child care and more.

Schools
University of Cincinnati is a walk away and Cincinnati State is 10 minutes away. There are two CPS schools in the Clifton area: Fairview-Clifton German Language School (Preschool-6): http://fairview.cps-k12.org/ , Hughes STEM High School (7-12): http://hughesstem.cps-k12.org/ . Corryville Catholic School (pre - 8) is located nearby on Calhoun: http://corryvillecatholic.org/ .

Medical
If you live on MLK Dr. East. you can walk to the hospital if you get sick. University, Children's Veterans, and Shriner's hospitals, Hoxworth Blood Center, Ronald McDonald House and more are just across the street.

You can walk to pretty much everything you need in Corryville, but If you would prefer to take public transportation, several Metro bus routes travel the Corryville section of MLK and beyond.
Pros
  • Nice condos and apartments and plenty of hospitals
Cons
  • Crime here and there
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Things are changing on Seminole"

Don't rely on Google Maps to give you an accurate picture of Seminole St. Whatever you see there has changed already, and it will continue to change in the future. The city has plans for this area, which they've dubbed "Uptown": http://www.uc.edu/af/commdev/UCCURC.html . Seminole and most other Corryville streets are part of the Uptown destiny.

Seminole is two blocks away from the University of Cincinnati, which means it's in the direct path of change. New commercial and multi-unit residential buildings have already gone up on nearby streets, but on Seminole there are still a number of older, larger homes. The owners (My brother is one of them) are simply waiting to be bought out to make way for future construction. In the meantime, those older, larger homes are occupied by a mix of college students and families.

Shopping
There are shops one short block away in the Short Vine area, including a Kroger, a Walgreens and a CVS. Clifton and CUF also have a number of shopping options on Ludlow. If these aren't enough, it's a short ride into Downtown Cincinnati or the Findlay Market.

Entertainment
This is a college area, and that means there are college bars and night spots, a few are just a walk away in the Short Vine shopping area. Others are on McMillan and in the CUF and Clifton areas.

Dining
On Short Vine you'll find Jamaican, pizza, Cincinnati chili and other dining choices. You'll find Chinese, Burritos, Five Guys and other options five minutes away in CUF on Calhoun and McMillan. Ten minutes away in Clifton there are several Indian restaurants, a coffee shop, a bakery and more.

Recreation
Burnett Woods is five minutes away and great for picnicking and other activities. (A month or so ago I saw a bunch of college kids doing trapeze lessons there.) The Corryville Recreation Center is several blocks away. They have baseball fields, an exercise room, after school programs for children and more. There are several small neighborhood parks in Corryville and nearby Mt. Auburn. University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music has an ongoing program of entertainment.

Schools
University of Cincinnati is a walk away and Cincinnati State is 10 minutes away. There are two CPS schools in the Clifton area: Fairview-Clifton German Language School (Preschool-6): http://fairview.cps-k12.org/ , Hughes STEM High School (7-12): http://hughesstem.cps-k12.org/ . Corryville Catholic School (pre - 8) is located nearby on Calhoun: http://corryvillecatholic.org/ .

Seminole Ave. is walking distance to a number of medical facilities: University, Children's Veterans, and Shriner's hospitals, Hoxworth Blood Center, Ronald McDonald House and more. Two bus routes service the area.
Pros
  • It's a great neighborhood for walkability
Cons
  • Occasional crime
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Cozy homes, industry and retail... all on one street"

As Marburg Ave., Hyde Park becomes Marburg Ave., Oakley, you may not even notice that you've moved into a different neighborhood. The homes along the street are pretty much the same. They are older, mostly small, a variety of differing styles and well maintained. Marburg intersects with Paxton, then angles off and eases uphill. Where it ends abruptly; but it doesn't stop there.

Marburg is one of those Cincinnati streets that was divided during area construction and modernization. Although the street ends, it continues on the other side of Madison Rd. That section of Marburg Ave. is all about industry and retail. Marburg also passes by Crossroads, a large, non denominational church that you might think is a sports arena at first glance. There are factories and Sam's Plaza, where you'll find Sam's Club, Target and several other stores.

Shopping
In addition to Target and Sam's Club, there are lots of other shopping options. Where Marburg intersects with Madison Rd. it's the edge of Oakley's shopping district. The entire street is lined with boutiques, galleries and unique specialty stores. If you need more, Hyde Park and Rookwood shopping areas are minutes away.

Dining and Entertainment
There are several restaurants and cafes within walking distance on Madison Rd. There are more in the Hyde Park Plaza and Rookwood areas.

Recreation
Marburg Ave is minutes away from Ault and Alms Parks. Geier Esplande, a green space in the middle of Madison Rd., is minutes away. For bowlers, there's Madison Bowl five minutes away.

Schools
St. Cecelia: k-8 is a Catholic School located in Oakley: http://www.stceciliacinti.org/?about_us.html .

There are also several Cincinnati Public schools nearby in Hyde Park: Hyde Park School- Pre-1 and 3-6 for gifted children: http://hydepark.cps-k12.org/ , Kilgour k-6: http://kilgour.cps-k12.org/ , Withrow University- 9-12: http://withrow.cps-k12.org/, and Clark Montessori High School: http://clark.cps-k12.org/ .

There are no medical facilities nearby, but Jewish Hospital Kenwood is 15 minutes away.

Several Metro bus routes service the Marburg Ave. area of Oakley.
Pros
  • Walkable to everything you need
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Lots to do in a diverse neighborhood"

Cedar Ave. is lined with older homes; and while some may need a little attention, most are well maintained. There are several large rental communities along Cedar as well.

College Hill is a neighborhood of diverse residents and businesses and Cedar Ave crosses right through the heart of its business district. The area has seen a lot of changes over the past decade, but it keeps a base of families and long-term businesses that keep things bouncing back. St. Clare Catholic Church has been on Cedar Ave. for nearly a century. While many areas are losing their post offices, Cedar still has a full service USPS. PNC Bank has been on the corner of Cedar and Hamilton for years.

Dining
There are several restaurants on Hamilton Ave. that are within walking distance of Cedar: Bacall's Cafe, College Hill Coffee Company, LaRosa's, Chung Ching, Goodies Barbecue. Marty's Hops and Vines is walking distance on Hamilton Ave. They offer "small plate" nibbles to go with their wine and beer selection.

Shopping
The shops along Hamilton Ave come and go, but you'll still find a few like College Hill Coffee Company, which sells gift items and serves coffee and entrees. Schwartz Jewelers has been in business on Hamilton for 73 years. The shops in the area aren't upscale boutiques, but you'll find variety enough. Although you will have to go some distance to find a grocery

Entertainment
Marty's Hops and Vines is nearby on Hamilton Ave. They're pretty new to the neighborhood, offering a selection of wines, beers and a "small plate" menu for nibbling. Shaker's Entertainment Complex has been serving up drinks and soul music on the corner of Cedar and Hamilton for years.

School
There are several school options in the neighborhood: Pleasant Hill Academy - pre-8: http://pleasanthill.cps-k12.org/ ; College Hill Fundamental Academy - pre-6 : http://collegehillacademy.cps-k12.org/

Private Schools
Eden Grove Academy is located 5 minutes away: http://www.edengrove.com/
McAuley High School, a Catholic girl's high school is one block over:http://www.mcauleyhs.net/
U.C's main campus is 15 minutes away. Cincinnati State is 10 minutes away.

Medical
Mercy Mt Airy Hospital is 5 minutes away from Cedar.
Pros
  • It keeps bouncing back.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Close to everything Hyde Park"

Marburg Ave. begins at Erie Ave. cuts across Hyde Park and continues through its neighboring community, Oakley. The street has a mix of modest and large single family homes in a range of styles. All are well maintained, with tree-lined lots.

There are also a few four family apartment buildings on Marburg; and in recent years, Marburg Square Condominiums have been expanding into the vacant lots at the corner where Wasson Rd. meets Marburg. If you're interested in snatching up a new little piece of Cincinnati's best-loved neighborhood, the condos begin at $300,000. with flats starting at $200,000.

There are tons of businesses and shops in the Oakley section of Marburg, but in the part that spans Hyde Park you'll find only a few. There's a Starbuck's on one corner of Marburg and Erie and a United Dairy Farmers on the other. Also a few homes on Marburg near that intersection hold local businesses.

Shopping
Marburg is one block away from Hyde Park Plaza. There you'll find JoAnn Fabric Store, Michaels, Legacies a shop that benefits the cancer wellness community, two grocery stores and more. For boutique shopping and galleries, Hyde Park Square and Rookwood Plaza are a five minute drive from Marburg.

Dining and Entertainment
There are several restaurants in Hyde Park Plaza: First Wok, Panera Bread, City BBQ and more. There are a selection of restaurants along Wasson Rd, Paxton Ave, as well as Hyde Park Square and Rookwood Plaza.

Recreation
City Parks in the area: Ault Park and Alms Park. Madison Bowl is a ten minute drive.

Schools
There are several Cincinnati Public Schools in the neighborhood: Hyde Park School - pre-1 & Gifted Academy 3-6: http://hydepark.cps-k12.org/ , Kilgour - k-6: http://kilgour.cps-k12.org/ , Clark Montessori High School- 7-12: http://clark.cps-k12.org/ , Withrow University High School 9 -12: http://withrow.cps-k12.org/

Medical
Jewish Hospital Kenwood is 10 minutes away on I-71.

Cincinnati Metro has a Route that travels the length of the Hyde Park Section of Marburg before turning onto Brotherton Rd.
Pros
  • It's Hyde Park
Cons
  • There can be a lot of traffic sometimes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A simple street that documents a piece of Cincinnati history"

Beecher St. in Walnut Hills is a single longish, tree-lined block that begins at McMillan and ends at Melrose Ave. While the neighborhood demographic is more multicultural than in the past, Beecher still has predominately African American residents. Along the street you'll find mostly apartment buildings and a few large, older homes. It's basic near-town Cincinnati, but it is also a reminder of Cincinnati History.

If you stand at the corner of Beecher St. and McMillan Ave. and face east, across the street you'll notice a large white house. That's the Harriet Beecher Stowe house: http://stowehousecincy.org/index.html , where the famed author lived with her family for nearly 20 years beginning in 1832. Stowe's experiences in that house motivated her to write "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Beecher St. was named in her honor.

There's not much to Beecher St., but there are hundreds of apartment units in that short stretch of pavement. One building houses seniors age 62+ with rent based on income. Christ Temple Baptist Church also has a modest building on Beecher.

Shopping
There aren't any shops on Beecher, but the basics: CVS Pharmacy, US Bank, Kroger Groceries, are within walking distance. For more shopping Downtown, Corryville, Clifton and CUF are a 10 minute drive.

Dining and Entertainment
Wendy's is the only restaurant in walking distance from Beecher, other fast food restaurants are near the hospitals, a short drive on MLK Dr. You'll find more dining options in Downtown, Corryville, Clifton and CUF. If you're headed into town, you'll pass Zzs Pizza on Gilbert and Andy's Mediterranean Grill on Nassau off Gilbert. Andy's in the area of Walnut Hills where the new condos and refurbished older buildings started popping a few years ago.

In Eden Park nearby you'll find tropical plants at the Conservatory, the Art Museum, and Playhouse in the park. Beecher is also close to entertainment in Downtown, Corryville, Clifton and CUF.

Recreation
Eden Park is five minutes away. There you'll find picnic areas and river overlooks.

Schools
Cincinnati Public Schools are located nearby: Frederick Douglass: http://douglass.cps-k12.org/ and Hospital Satellite Program at 2825 Alms Pl. U.C. is 5 minutes to the west. Xavier is 5 minutes northeast of Beecher St.

Hospitals
University, VA, Children's and all the other medical facilities are less than 10 minutes away.
Pros
  • Easy bus transportation on McMillan
Cons
  • Crime in the area
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A pleasant surprise"

Robison Rd. in Kennedy Heights is divided into two sections, but unless you're headed there to visit a friend, you're not likely to travel either one. The section to the south of Woodford Rd. is nice and quiet. It's got homes that aren't exactly new, but they have a modern feel and reflect an obvious pride of ownership. The play area and baseball field at the entrance to the street let you know that families are welcome.

To get to the other section of Robison Rd, you must exit the street, make a left onto Woodford Rd., then make a quick right. You'll see a wooded area of Kennedy Heights Park on the right side and a few four family buildings on the other. It's literally uphill from there.

The street curves to the left then curves to the right and upward. Along the way you'll see mostly homes that are larger than on the other side of Robinson. The construction styles are more traditional than modern. These homes aren't new, but they are well maintained. Most have large, manicured yards and wooded lots. If you've never traveled this section of Robison Rd before, it will be a surprising find. Then the single single family buildings abruptly disappear. There you'll find more apartment buildings on both sides of the street before it ends at Montgomery Rd.


Shopping, Entertainment and Dining
Robison Rd is strictly residential, but there's lots to do nearby. You could go to Pleasant Ridge, Kenwood or downhill to Columbia Township for whatever you need, from coffee shops to comic book stores. Hyde Park and Oakley are pretty close as well.

Schools
There are two Cincinnati Public Schools nearby: Woodford Paideia is five minutes away: http://woodford.cps-k12.org/. Pleasant Ridge Montessori is close on Montgomery Rd: http://pridge.cps-k12.org/ . Nativity Catholic Elementary School is close on Ridge Rd: http://www.nativity-cincinnati.org/ .

Medical
Jewish Hospital Kenwood is a 10 minute drive away.
Pros
  • Nice place for families
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • 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 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Easy access to home and industry"

Madison Rd. is a long Cincinnati street that begins just below Indian Hill in Madisonville. The neighborhood was originally founded as Madison, Ohio. In 1809; and both the community and the street were named after newly elected president, James Madison.

Long before Red Bank Expressway began to thrive as a Madisonville commercial area, Madison Rd was the neighborhood's original business district. It's still lined with small shops, offices, social service agencies and churches. The Cincinnati Children's home is on Madison Rd. Reconstruction on the old Newtown site brought Medpace, an international clinical research organization, to a spot a few feet away from Madison Rd. Madison Rd is a great place for businesses, but it's residential as well.

Of the few single family homes left on Madison Rd., most are old and large. They're not in perfect shape, but they look pretty good considering their age. There are a number of multi-family residences along Madison Rd., from 4 family apartment buildings to larger developments. St Paul Village is a multi-building apartment community with affordable housing for seniors at 5515 Madison Rd.: http://stpaulvillage.com/ .

For drivers who choose to avoid the highway, Madison Rd. offers an easy route to Mariemont, Indian Hill and other eastern suburbs. For that reason it's often used as an alternate route instead of I-71. That makes it especially busy during rush hour.

Shopping
There is no luxury clothing or boutique shopping on Madison Rd, but there are convenience stores, a post office, a bank, a gas station, a United Dairy Farmers, and a Family Dollar. If you need a car, Just Saab is at 6323 Madison Rd. and The BMW Store is minutes away on Stewart Ave. There's a Walmart 5 minutes from Madison Rd on Red Bank Expressway. For additional shopping, stores in Hyde Park and Oakley just 5 -1- minutes away.

Dining and Entertainment
For dining you'll find The Cincinnati Dinner Train, Barbecue Review, Rally's and Dragon City. There are more restaurants, mostly fast food, nearby on Red Bank Expressway. Oakley and Hyde Park Plaza restaurants are also close.

Recreation
The Madisonville Recreation Center is minutes away from Madison Rd. on Stewart Ave. They have a pool, computer, fitness center and more. Stewart Park next door has baseball and soccer fields. For bowling, Madison Bowl is on Madison Rd. and open 24 hours a day. Cincinnati Bikram Yoga Center is on Red Bank Expressway.

Schools
There are several schools in the area, including Anderson Place Elementary, minutes away from Madison Rd. on Anderson Place.

Medical
Christ Hospital has an emergency facility on Red Bank Expressway, minutes away from Madison Rd. The Plastic Surgery Group is also close on Red Bank Expressway. Jewish Hospital Kenwood is a 10 minute drive.

Red Dog Spa, 5081Madison Rd. is behind the buildings on the south side of the street. They offer hotel and day spa services for your four legged friends.
Pros
  • A place for businesses to grow and prosper
Cons
  • Traffic can be busy at times
  • Occasional crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • 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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A great place for business and fun"

If you travel Madison Rd from one end to the other, it will take you through the heart of several Cincinnati neighborhoods. You'll find that each community has a lot going on, but Oakley has a little bit more than the others. There are a few older, well maintained homes and apartment buildings; but it's mostly commercial; so if you're fortunate enough to find a residence on Madison Rd in Oakley, you'll have everything you need within walking distance.

Shopping
Along the Oakley section of Madison Rd, you'll find everything from Antiques to groceries. King Arthur's Toys has a cool selection of toys you can't find other places: http://www.kingarthurstoys.com/ . Fresh Market offers a unique grocery shopping experience: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/ . The Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore on Madison has readings and other kid's activities: http://www.bluemanateebooks.com/ . There are a lot more shopping options on Madison Rd. in Oakley.

Entertainment and Dining
When I was a kid we used to see movies every Sunday at either the 20th Century or the Ambassador. Both vintage buildings are still in Oakley Square, but they are now cool entertainment venues. They host parties, weddings, live performances and more: http://www.the20thcenturytheatre.com/

Here are a few more of the entertainment/dining venues along Madison Rd. in Oakley:
Habit's Cafe is a neighborhood bar that says they're all about "eating and drinking": http://www.habitscafe.com/
Oakley Pub and Grill, Oakley Square: Their hamburger was voted one of Cincinnati's best by Cincinnati Magazine:http://www.oakleypubandgrill.com/
Aglamesis Brothers has been selling their gourmet chocolates and ice cream in Oakley since 1908: http://www.aglamesis.com/

There are several major shopping/entertainment/dining areas that are minutes away, with stores like Target, Meijer, Sam's Club and more.

Recreation
Oakley Square was recently remodeled and renamed. It's now known as Geier Esplande, and it's a beautiful park in the middle of the street. http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/geier-esplanade . Ault Park and Alms Park are also about 15 minutes away. For good old fashioned exercise, Madison Bowl on Madison Rd. is open 24 hours a day: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madison-Bowl/123267892945

Schools
Madison Rd. is a few minutes away from Clark Montessori on Erie Ave: It was the first Montessori High School in the country: http://clark.cps-k12.org/ . It's five minutes from Withrow University: http://withrow.cps-k12.org/ . St. Cecilia Elementary school is close: http://www.stceciliacinti.org/

There are no hospitals in the immediate area, but Jewish Kenwood, as well as several hospitals in Avondale are about a 15 minute drive away.
Pros
  • Everything you need is close
Cons
  • Madison Rd. traffic can be heavy at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A busy little strip"

The Walnut Hills section of Madison Rd. is the westernmost part of the street. It ends at Victory Parkway and consists of a single block that's a bit longer on the south side than on the north side. The street actually continues on past this point, but after it crosses Victory Parkway, it becomes Martin Luther King Dr. This area has a lot of traffic during the week.

This small section of Madison Rd has mostly commercial buildings and several large parking areas to accommodate employees and business guests. The "upscale" Residences at DeSales Plaza is the only residential building in this section of Madison Rd. Although the building sits on DeSales corner, so that allows them to claim the more prosperous East Walnut Hills as their neighborhood.

There are also a few decent sized office buildings in this short section of Madison Rd. There's a historic bank building on the corner opposite DeSales Plaza. I don't know how old it is, but when they took the boards off the windows recently they had "Master Charge" and "Bankamericard" logos in the windows. If you're not a Boomer you may not know that several decades ago Master Charge became Mastercard and Bankamericard became Visa.

Shopping and Entertainment
The Residence at DeSales Plaza not only has upscale apartments, the bottom floor houses Suzie Wongs Asian restaurant, Moca Coffee Shop, Key Bank, a salon and lots of other neat places. Within walking distance you'll also find art galleries and a few shops around the corner on Woodburn Ave. If you need tools, Schuloff's has been renting tools and all kinds of equipment out of their Woodburn Ave. location for over 75 years. This strip of Madison is walking distance to fast food restaurants on Victory Parkway. For more shopping and dining, Hyde Park and Oakley are 10 minutes away. Downtown, Clifton, Norwood, Corryville and CUF are a 15 minute drive.

Recreation
Eden Park is 10 minutes from this strip of Madison Rd. There you'll find play and picnic areas, several river overlooks, and tropical plants and exhibits at the Conservatory. The Art Museum is also in Eden Park, and a few miles beyond that in Mt. Adams is the Playhouse in the Park.

Schools
There are several Cincinnati Public Schools in Walnut Hills. Purcell/Marian Catholic high school for boys and girls is a block east. St. Ursala Girls High School is a few blocks away on E. McMillan.
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  • Singles
  • Retirees
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Not fancy schmancy, but it's still Hyde Park"

Paxton Ave. is not lined with the grand, large and luxurious homes Hyde Park is known for, but you'll find a number of stylish older residences -- some large, some small – as well as a few small multi-family units. As the street passes by Hyde Park Plaza you'll notice a few larger, newer apartment communities built to fit in with the overall feel of the neighborhood. All of the older homes are well maintained, because after all, it is Hyde Park; and just like every street in the neighborhood it has an image to maintain.

Paxton Ave. runs south to north, crossing over Linwood, Observatory, and Erie, where you'll notice the Episcopal Church of the Reedemer, a beautiful stone church, on the corner. Paxton intersects Wasson Ave. then passes in front of Hyde Park Plaza. It continues past Marburg Ave. and ends just beyond the Oakley border. Other than the few blocks of small businesses and shops in the Hyde Park Plaza area, Paxton Ave. is mostly residential.

Shopping
Hyde Park Plaza shopping includes Remke Biggs and the city's favorite Kroger. Legacy, a resale shop, benefits the cancer wellness community. There are also Michael's Crafts, Jo Ann Fabric and others. On Erie a few blocks away from Paxton, you'll find the Hyde Park Square shopping area with boutiques, World of Beads, and Hyde Bark, a boutique for your doggie companion. Hyde Park holds a farmer's market each week from spring through fall. It's near the Square. You'll find more shopping, dining and entertainment choices in Mt. Lookout Square, not far from Paxton.

Entertainment and dining
Hyde Park has lots of options for dining and entertainment. There are art galleries in Hyde Park Square, as well as several restaurants and Awakenings Coffee Shop (you must try their brownies): http://awakeningscoffeeandwine.com/ There are several restaurants and bars in the Paxton/Wasson area. Night spots in Oakley are less than 10 minutes away. The Hyde Park Square Art Show is one of the areas finest. It's held in the street (Erie Ave.) surrounding Hyde Park Square each first Sunday in October.

Recreation
Ault and Alms Parks are nearby in Mt. Lookout. There are picnic areas, trails, floral displays, historic pavilion and more. The Observatory is also nearby in Mt Lookout.

There are several public and Catholic schools in Hyde Park. For medical treatment, the hospitals are a short drive away.
Cons
  • Traffic due to Hyde Park Plaza
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"It's tucked-away in the woods and most people don't even know it's there"

Most people who travel Leeper St. and turn onto Kentucky Ave. are likely lost or headed for the Green Arbor Apartments. Kentucky Ave. is a narrow street that's tucked away in the wooded area above lower Colerain Ave. I rented my first Apartment there a long,,, long time ago. That's the only reason I know the street exists.

There are also a few older homes along the street, but the Apartment community is where most Kentucky Ave. residents live. The complex has changed hands and names a few times over the years. (My brother owned it once) The pool has been bulldozed, but the apartments are pretty much the same. Green Arbor is currently listed as "newly renovated."

The 100 or so unit complex is at the end of Kentucky. If it's not what you're looking for, there's no way out except to turn around and go back the way you came. Be careful in the dark though. The area is completely wooded except for one grassy path that looks almost like a street in the dark.

Shopping and dining
Other than a few homes and Green Arbor Apartments, there's little else on Kentucky Ave., but it is in Northside and at the bottom of Colerain Ave, which gives it lots of options for shopping, entertainment and recreation. Northside has quirky specialty shops including Shake it Records, Nvision Vintage and others. The nearby Ludlow shopping district in Clifton has shops as well.

If you don't mind traveling a little further, you can find more options at the top of Colerain Ave. and beyond. There are a few shops and restaurants, and even 2 Kroger Grocery stores along the way. Go further and you'll find Northgate Mall and a few other strip malls with everything you'll need. Colerain traffic can be tedious, but you can turn left instead of going up the hill and hop right on I-75 south into town.

Entertainment and dining
For dining in Northside you'll find Melt, Sidewinder Cafe and even White Castle if sliders are your thing. There are several bars along Hamilton Ave. You can also exercise your options to dine in town, on Ludlow Ave. or along upper Colerain Ave.

Recreation
Hoffner Park is on the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock in Northside. It's the location for several annual neighborhood celebrations. There are also a few smaller neighborhood playgrounds, but if you live on Kentucky Ave. You could find the woods and outdoor activities you need by heading up Colerain to Mount Airy Forest. They have picnic areas, an arboretum, walking trails and you might even see a deer or two.

Schools
There are several schools nearby in Northside and College Hill. Kentucky Ave is minutes away from Cincinnati State College and a 10 minute drive from University of Cincinnati.

Medical
The Northside Health Center is in Northside on Spring Grove Ave. Mercy's Mount Airy Campus is a 10 minute drive up the hill on Kipling. UC, VA, and Children's Hospitals and several other medical facilities are a 15 minute drive away
Pros
  • Close to I-75
Cons
  • Colerain Ave traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Old and new and upscale too"

Some years ago Chapel St. got divided into three sections during the construction of Martin Luther King Dr. Section one starts at Gilbert Ave. in Walnut Hills and ends in a culdesac at the edge of MLK. Section two (still Walnut Hills) begins on the North side of MLK and ends in a culdesac at Victory Parkway. The third section of Chapel St. is in Evanston between Victory Parkway and Woodburn Ave. It's a prime example of Evanston's rebirth as a multicultural community with pockets of upscale living.

This section of the street is short, but there's still room for a few large, older well kept homes, newish office buildings and new apartments. Desales Flats, on Chapel at the corner of Woodburn is one of the newest multifamily residences in the neighborhood. They claim the distinction of being the city's only LEED certified multi-family building.

On the other side of Chapel you'll find the Residences at DeSales Plaza. The rental agency describes them as "fresh and modern." As they are on the south side of Chapel St. with an entrance on Madison Rd. that places the them in East Walnut Hills. (Walnut Hills? East Walnut Hills? Evanston? The official locations of these few up and coming blocks can get a bit confusing.)

Living on the Evanston section of Chapel St. puts you right next door to several cool eateries at the corner of DeSales Corner: Suzy Wongs, Cafe Moca and Cafe DeSales: https://www.facebook.com/CafeDeSales. There are also a few shops and art galleries within walking distance, with grocery shopping and additional stores and restaurants a short drive away in nearby Obryonville, Hyde Park , Oakley and Norwood.

Recreation
Evanston has a recreation center nearby on Woodburn as well as several neighborhood parks. Chapel is about 5 minutes away from Eden Park and the Conservatory. There's a Pilates studio on Dana, about 5 minutes away. Xavier is nearby for basketball games.

There are several Cincinnati schools nearby and Purcell Marian High School Catholic High School is a block away from Woodburn. Xavier straddles Evanston and Norwood.
Pros
  • New apartment buildings are LEED certified
  • Close to Downtown and XU
Cons
  • A slight crime problem in nearby areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A cool mix of the old and the new is changing the Evanston landscape"

As with many older Cincinnati neighborhoods, Evanston has seen its share of wear and tear over the years, but it's bouncing back as always. A base of African American working class families has always kept it a solid and stable neighborhood. In recent years, however, a significant influx of white families, as well as a few Latino, Asians and other families is broadening the demographic and changing the landscape.

Evanston is a mix of mostly single family residences built in the late 30s. There are also small apartment buildings and a few large multifamily units and a senior apartment complex. Evanston's close proximity to Xavier University, Hyde Park, Obryonville and East Walnut has made it a prime target for upgrades. Developers are refurbishing older buildings and building new ones to house college students and professionals.

Long term Woodburn and Dana Ave. businesses like Duke Energy and Barnes Barber Shop have been joined by Body Mind Balance Pilates: http://bmbpilates.com/, Listermann Brewing Supplies: http://www.listermann.com/Store/History.asp , Flavor of Art Studio, and a host of other new arrivals. Evanston Community Council: http://www.evanstoncouncil.org/default.aspx is working with area organizations to reduce crime.

The place where lots of cool music began
A few years back, the City of Cincinnati placed a historic marker in front of an old Evanston warehouse. The 1540 Brewster Ave location is the spot where King Records owner, Syd Nathan, recorded stars like Hank Ballard, James Brown and Bootsy Collins. His influential record label introduced bluegrass, R&B, rock and roll, doo-wop, country, soul and funk music to the world in the 40s and 50s.

Shopping and Entertainment
There are few places to shop in Evanston, but the neighborhood is right next door to shops in Obryonville and East Walnut Hills. It's minutes away from Hyde Park Square and Hyde Park Plaza, as well as Rookwood Plaza and Surry Square in Norwood. It's also close to Oakley's business district. Neighborhood bars like Dana Gardens offer entertainment with a local feel. There are a few small restaurants in Evanston and a few more at the corner of Woodburn and Madison Rd and in nearby neighborhoods.

Recreation
Cincinnati Recreation Commission operates the Evanston Community Center at 3204 Woodburn Ave. The offer a fitness room, after school programs for neighborhood children, basketball court, Senior programs and more. There are also four neighborhood parks in Evanston and a playground at the intersection where Woodburn, Hewitt, Gilbert and Montgomery converge.

Schools:
The neighborhood has several Cincinnati public schools:
Evanston Academy (pre - 8): http://evanstonacademy.cps-k12.org/
Withrow University High School (9-12) : International Language, International Business, Internationational Baccalaureate and Career Development programs: http://withrow.cps-k12.org/
Academy of World Languages (Preschool-8):Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and English as ESL:http://awl.cps-k12.org/
Walnut Hills High School: (highly ranked nationally) is located in Evanston zip code (7-12):http://www.walnuthillseagles.com/index.asp

Purcell Marion Catholic High School: http://www.purcellmarian.org/
Xavier University is located, in part, within Evanston.
University of Cincinnati is 15 minutes away.
Pros
  • Neighborhood where King Records made history
  • O'Bryonville district
  • Xavier University
Cons
  • some questionable areas
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"The old and the new"

It's hard to talk about any street in Corryville and not sound like a broken record, but East Rochelle is another one of the streets that has made the shift from family residents to students and medical personnel. It's a short street that runs east to west. It's parallel to and one street over from Martin Luther King Dr. and it's part of the big plan for "Uptown" area development.

The street is lined with new apartment buildings, as well as older homes and multifamily buildings that have been remodeled and refurbished to house U. C. students and hospital personnel from University, Children's, Veterans, Shriner's and many of the other nearby hospitals.

Entertainment and shopping
There are restaurants on Short Vine and five minutes away in the Heights. For something special, Mecklenburg Gardens an historic German restaurant, is just one street over on University Ave. Highland Coffee House is close as well.

Recreation
Cincinnati Recreation Center has a facility a few blocks away with an exercise room, baseball fields, after school care for neighborhood children and more. Burnett Woods is a few minutes away with picnic areas and lots more.

There are several schools in the area, including a catholic elementary school on William Howard Taft, a High School at Calhoun and Clifton and University of Cincinnati of course.

Metro bus routes are available on Martin Luther King Dr. and Jefferson Ave.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A mix of old and new"

The Strip of East McMillan St. that runs one way/east through Corryville has a mix of well kept old buildings and new. Like many multifamily dwellings in this neighborhood, some old and probably historic buildings have seen a transition from family residents to mostly students. A few of the buildings also house businesses on the bottom level, like Mad Frog, a popular night spot that caters to college students.

Vine Street cuts across McMillan to form a major intersection that's busy with cars, buses and pedestrians most of the time. The CVS in the intersection and a bank and credit union are newer buildings that take up the entire north side of the block of Corryville between Vine and Auburn.

Corryville has many nearby services for students and families. There is shopping in the Heights and on Short Vine. There's a recreation Center, churches and several schools nearby. Christ Hospital is nearby on Auburn Ave. and University, Children's, Shriner's and the VA Hospitals are five minutes away.

For recreation, Burnett Woods is a 10 minute drive and several of Metro's bus routes service East McMillan St.
Pros
  • Most of what you need is close
Cons
  • A large rocky lot that's been vacant for years
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Another student-friendly street"

East Corry St. Is another one of those westbound Corryville streets that will take you straight to the University of Cincinnati if you follow it all the way to the end. It's a short, tree-lined street with a residential area that merges seamlessly into a short business area. As it's UC adjacent, there's a distinct probability that most of the homes and multi-family units are occupied by college students. There are also a few office buildings and a bank.

Shopping and Entertainment
East Corry passes through the Short Vine Business district, an area that's ever-changing and always under some stage of development. The street passes by Kroger, Walgreens, and BP gas station, the area's long term commercial tenants. There's a CVS within walking distance on McMillan.

Along Short Vine you will find a chili restaurant, 2 pizza shops several bars and more. There are also restaurants and shop five minutes away in the Heights. Night spots that serve the college set are located on McMillan.

Corryville's ultimate destiny is to cater to primarily college students and medical personnel who work in nearby hospitals, but you will still find a few services for the families still in the neighborhood. There are several schools and a Cincinnati Recreation Commission facility with day care programs. There are also several churches, and less than five minutes away you'll find a number of hospitals.

Metro Route 24 has stops on Corry and several other routes have stops within walking distance.
Pros
  • Close to everything you need
Cons
  • A slight crime problem
Recommended for
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"There's not much there, but it's close to everything"

Bush St. is a short, steep hill. Even when it was part of a residential area decades ago, it had only a single house at the top, a few houses at the bottom and a lot of empty lots and trees in between. These days Bush St. is deserted but in the middle of an area where everything else is being developed.

Bush empties out into Old Red Bank Rd and is minutes away from Red Bank Expressway, Oakley, Hyde Park, Fairfax and several other nearby communities. I have no doubt that one day soon someone will buy all the plots on that street and turn it into a condominium complex or an extension of the Red Bank Expressway business area.

Shopping and Entertainment
Bush St. is five minutes away from the small shops in Madisonville, and moments away from Red Bank Expressway and all the eating options (mostly fast food and carry out) and shopping options (mostly Walmart.)a 10 minute drive to Hyde Park Plaza, Hyde Park Square and Oakley's Madison Rd shopping district.

If a developer does turn Bush St into a residential area again, they'll have schools, shopping, childcare and whatever they need in nearby communities.
Pros
  • Centrally located in a developing business and residential area
Cons
  • There's nothing there
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Refurbished older homes that are university adjacent"

E. Daniels is another one of those Corryville streets that will take you straight to the heart of the University of Cincinnati. It begins at Oak Street. Follow it west and it will take you through the Short Vine shopping/dining area to Daniels residential Hall at the eastern campus edge. I've lived in lots of places in the greater Cincinnati area, and yes, I lived in Daniels Hall when I was a sophomore at U.C.

The whole neighborhood was different then. Actually with all the construction and rehabbing going on in Corryville these days, the neighborhood is just about the same as it was back then. The residential buildings on East Daniels are large and most look freshly painted. Those buildings have gradually shifted from housing families to housing students. That's in keeping with the trend of the future for this "Uptown" neighborhood. That's great news for you if you're a U.C. student looking for housing close to campus.

Shopping and entertainment
The southern end of the Short Vine shopping area is undergoing construction that will continue the trend of renewal in the neighborhood. South of East Daniels, you'll find restaurants like Frydays Jamaican cuisine, Daniels Pub, Martino's Italian and more. There's also Kroger and Walgreens.

Recreation
Burnett Woods Park is a 5 minute drive from Daniels. The street passes the Baseball field and play area that are part of the Corryville Recreation center. Inside there's an fitness center, game room and more. East Daniels is 10 minutes away from the Cincinnati Zoo.

Library
Daniels goes right by the Corryville branch of the Public Library. Inside you'll find books, videos and internet access on a limited number of computers.

This area is mostly populated by students, but families still have a few services in the area. There are several Corryville schools that are a part of the Cincinnati Public Schools system. There are a number of churches and the Recreation offers day care. There are plenty of hospital facilities nearby: UC Hospital, Children's, Hoxworth Blood Center and more.
Pros
  • Great if you're looking for student housing.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A mix of homes, businesses and trees"

Ashtree Dr. is a short road that forms an arc between lower Hamilton Ave. and the bottom of Kirby Rd. It's mostly residential with older, well kept homes and African American residents. There are also a few businesses along the street and a large section of trees. If you glance to the north while driving along Ashtree Dr. you'll probably notice a large apartment complex that sets back from the street on the northern side. The entrance to the apartment complex is on Hamilton Ave.

There's not a consistent flow of heavy traffic on Ashtree, but it's a convenient shortcut from busy Hamilton Ave. to Kirby, so you might find a bit of traffic sometimes. Fortunately the homes on Ashtree have large yards that keep the road at a distance.

Restaurants, and entertainment

There's not much to do on Ashtree Dr, but the street intersects with busy Hamilton Ave. and a hundred yards or so north you'll find Six Acres Bed and Breakfast: http://sixacresbb.com/index.htm . The B & B was built around 1850 and was once a stop for escaped slaves on the way to freedom. These days the owner welcomes guests, hosts private parties and occasional jazz concerts and dinners.

Further up Hamilton Ave. you'll find a few long time restaurants like Larosa's, Goodies Barbecue and College Hill Coffee Company. Ashtree Dr. borders the northern edge of Northside, which puts it within about a mile of all those trendy Northside businesses and restaurants.

Recreation
Ashtree Dr. is about 10 minutes from Mount Airy Forest where they have picnic areas, an arboretum, horseback riding and more. It's about 5 minutes from the College Hill Recreation Center on Belmont where they have a gym, a meeting room, soccer field, fitness center and more.

Cincinnati Public Schools in College Hill:
Pleasant Hill Academy, a pre-8 school with a college preparatory program for grades 4-8: http://pleasanthill.cps-k12.org/
College Hill Fundamental Academy, k-6: http://collegehillacademy.cps-k12.org/

There are also several private schools in College Hill.

For medical care, Ashtree Dr. is 10 minutes away from Mercy Hospital's Mt. Airy facility.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A steady, mostly residential street"

Bramble Ave is on the southeast edge of Madisonville. It begins at Erie Ave, runs through Madison Place and ends at the edge of Mariemont. Along the way you'll see mostly single and multi-family buildings. Most of them have been around for a while, but they are pretty well maintained.

Bramble has always had a small business area that's changed a lot over the years. It's located on a section of the street that intersects with Whetsel Ave. Several businesses have come and gone, but there are always a few replacements trying to make a go of it. There's an an auto repair shop, a few bars, a hair salon and several other small businesses. A few commercial buildings in this little strip are usually unoccupied, but they are still pretty well maintained.

Bramble Ave is minutes away from Madison Rd. where you'll find several small stores and a bank. It's equally close to the Red Bank Expressway shopping/fast food/business area. A little further to the west is Oakley and Hyde Park shopping/dining areas.

For recreation Bramble Park is just east of the street's little business strip. There you'll find picnic and play areas and baseball fields. It's not far from Stewart Park and the Madisonville Recreation Center. Madison Bowl is 5 minutes away.

There are several schools and churches in the area and Christ Hospital has an emergency medical location on Red Bank.
Pros
  • Close to Columbia Parkway and I-71 entrance
Cons
  • A history of some crime in the neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Not much there"

Carothers St is a short street between Whetsel Ave. and Peabody Ave. in the culturally diverse Madisonville neighborhood. It runs parallel to an elevated railroad track, although I'm not certain if trains still use it. The street is so narrow, only one car can drive the pavement at a time. That's okay because there's not much there.

At the Peabody end of Carothers you'll find a small house or two. At the Whetsel side there's ASPEC Plastics, a company that specializes in plastic injection molding: http://www.aspecplastics.com/ That's about it, other than a few patches of grass.

Carothers doesn't have much to offer, but it's close to everything you'd need. There are a few small shops and a bank a few minutes away on Madison Rd. There are several churches and schools nearby. It's only minutes away from Red Bank Expressway's businesses, shops and restaurants, and 10 minutes from Hyde Park and Oakley shopping and dining.

For recreational activities, Carothers St. is 5 minutes away from the Stewart Park and Madisonville Recreation Center, and minutes away from Madison Bowl.

Those who live in Madisonville have watched the changes in commercial and residential development over recent years. They see lots of good things in the neighborhood's future.
Cons
  • Crime in the area
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Tree-lined and family friendly"

Arnsby Pl. is one of the quiet tree-lined Madisonville streets you'll pass as you enter the neighborhood via Erie Ave. The street is tree-lined. The homes are older, but you might notice that they are similar in design and construction to those you'll find throughout Eastern Hyde Park, just a minute or two away.

Madisonville has always had more of a multicultural mix. The residents were working class with a few professionals mixed in, so streets like Arnsby Pl. never had that same must-live-there, Hyde Park reputation and feel. That is gradually changing. As businesses poured in to fill the commercial slots on Red Bank Expressway and complexes like Centennial Station were constructed nearby, the feel of being Hyde Park adjacent began to take root in this part of the neighborhood... sort of like Oakley.

Recreation, shopping and entertainment
Arnsby, like most of Madisonville, is minutes from the Madison Rd and Red Bank Expressway shopping districts. It's nearly just as close to Hyde Park Square and Hyde Park Plaza. Among those venues you'll find pretty much everything you need. For recreation, Bramble Park is a neighborhood green space with picnic grounds and baseball fields.

Private and public schools and day care can be found nearby:
John P Parker, pre – 8: http://parker.cps-k12.org/
Shroder College Preparatory High School: http://shroder.cps-k12.org/
Prince of Peace k-8 Catholic School: http://www.princeofpeacecincinnati.org/
SevGoddard School for Early Childhood Development: http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Cincinnati-OH/schools.gspx

Christ Hospital has emergency medical facilities on Red Bank Expressway. Jewish Hospital is 10 minutes away in Kenwood. Arnsby is minutes away from I-71 and Columbia Parkway, but it's part of a small section of Madisonville residential streets with little through traffic.

Madisonville has a few issues with crime, but the community council works with groups like Madisonville Good Guys Loitering to help keep problems at bay: http://www.historicmadisonville.com/home/crime-prevention-safety
Pros
  • Residential yet close to everything
Cons
  • A few issues with crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Madisonville's neatest, most quiet street"

Anderson Place is one of Madisonville's most stable, desirable streets. There aren't any fabulous mansions there; but the houses are nice and well-maintained, and the street is tree-lined, neat and tidy. It's been that way for many years. Of course it's not as impressive as it was when I was a little girl and all those homes were fairly new. What is impressive is that the street looks pretty much the same way it did back then.... with a little wear and tear.

Anderson Place has always been a street of predominately African American residents. It's a short street that begins at Madison Rd and runs north where it turns makes a right turn and becomes Chandler Ave. There are no other intersecting streets, but It borders the eastern edge of what used to be Lyon Junior High School's grounds when I was a child.

The school was rebuilt and the name was changed to John P Parker Elementary; but just like years ago, neighborhood students still walk along Anderson Place each morning to reach the school's front door. Other than daily school traffic, the street has few cars coming and going.

Shopping and Entertainment
There are no shops, restaurants or entertainment outlets on Anderson Place, but it's minutes away from shopping on Madison Rd. and Red Bank Expressway. It's 10 minutes away from Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park Plaza, and Oakley. That means there is plenty to buy, eat, see and do nearby. Metro bus Number 11 is accessible on Madison Rd.

St Paul Lutheran Church: http://stpaulcinci.org/ and their senior residential facility, St. Paul Village: http://stpaulvillage.com/ are across the street from where Anderson Place empties out into Madison Rd. There are emergency medical facilities nearby on Red Bank and Jewish Hospital is 10 minutes away in Kenwood. Stewart Park and Madisonville Recreation Center are a few minutes away.

John P Parker Elementary School, pre-6, is in Anderson Place's back yard. Seven Hills Hillsdale campus is 5 minutes away on Old Red Bank Rd. Goddard School is minutes away on Red Bank Expressway for child care and early learning.

Anderson Place is close to businesses throughout the area, including 5th Thirds processing center, Coca Cola's facility on Duck Creek and many others.
Pros
  • Close to I-71
  • Still a quiet, neat street
  • Everything you need is nearby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Still residential"

East Charlton St. is lined with older homes, mostly well maintained. It begins at Eden Ave and is only a few blocks long. It's another one of the streets where you are likely to find either students or a traditional family living there. It's minutes away from University of Cincinati. In fact, if you follow the street all the way west, you'll end up on the U.C. campus. East Charlton's proximity to U.C. is what puts it on the list of streets to be developed by the Uptown Crossing Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation: http://www.uc.edu/af/commdev/UCCURC.html.

Before it reaches U.C. East Charlton St. takes you right through the heart of the "Short Vine" business district: http://shortvineonline.com/index.php?id=3. For years, Bogart's Entertainment on "Short Vine" has been hosting shows featuring every genres of music you can imagine. There are restaurants and a few shops on the street as well. There are more entertainment, shopping and dining options on nearby McMillan and in the Heights area.

For recreation, Charlton Ave. is walking distance to Corryville Recreation Center. The Zoo is a 10 minute drive away, as is Burnett Woods. For schooling there are several Cincinnati Public Schools nearby and a Catholic elementary school on Calhoun. U.C. is walking distance and Cincinnati State is a 10 minute drive away.

Charlton is walking distance for those who attend U.C. or work at University and other nearby Hospitals. While the area waits for redevelopment it continues to struggle with occasional crime.
Pros
  • Close to Hospitals
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Part of the Corryville transition"

The Corryville section of Burnet Ave. is lined with office buildings and apartments that have been converted to office buildings. There are still a few older, well kept single and multiple family residences along the street. It's hard to tell without hanging out in the neighborhood which homes are occupied by students and which still hold Corryville families, but that is likely to be a non issue over the next decade. Burnet Ave. is one of the street's that led the way in taking the neighborhood into its U.C. student/medical people friendly future. If you fit that mold, than the street is and will be a perfect place for you to live and work.

Entertainment, dining and shopping
Most of the restaurants in the area serve up fast food: Gold Star Chili is on Burnet. McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts and Chipotle are on MLK. You can get a good cup of coffee, a drink or a light meal at Highland Coffee House on Highland Ave. Highland Ave. is a block away and runs parallel to Burnet Ave. Historic Mecklenburg Gardens on intersecting University Ave. is a German Restaurant that's been in business since 1865. There are also a variety of restaurants in the Short Vine and Heights shopping areas.

The nearby Kroger is scheduled for a big overhaul. In the meantime, it's still open in the University Shopping Center at the end of Short Vine. There's also a Walgreens and a CVS across the street on Wm. Howard Taft at Vine St.

Entertainment in the area is geared toward college students. If that's you, you'll find whatever music you want along nearby McMillan and a few other spots.

Recreation
Developers are buying up the property in Corryville. Families are moving away, but there are still a few family friendly services in the immediate area. Corryville Recreation Center is a few blocks away on Eden Ave. They have a fitness center, gym, computer center and an after school day care program. For outdoor recreation, Burnett Woods and the Cincinnati Zoo are minutes away.

Schools
There are several schools nearby: Cincinnati Public Schools' Hughes Stem High School: http://hughesstem.cps-k12.org/ and William Howard Taft STEM school pre-6: http://taftelementary.cps-k12.org/ are nearby. Corryville Catholic Elementary School is on Calhoun Ave.: http://corryvillecatholic.org/ .

If you live on Burnett Ave. you'll have your choice of hospitals. Within walking distance you'll find University, Children's, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Hoxworth Blood Bank and more. Christ Hospital is a 5 minutes drive away on Auburn Ave.
Pros
  • Lots of hospitals
  • Close to Downtown
Cons
  • Nearby crime issues
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Students, families and a beautiful building by architect, Frank Gehry"

Like the rest of Corryville, Eden Ave. is destined to become a student/medical professionals neighborhood. As it stands now, the blocks of Eden Ave. which begin at William Howard Taft Rd. and run north have both single and multi-family dwellings. Many of these buildings have been refurbished in recent years. They used to house mostly African American families, but the street is rapidly becoming an area populated by U.C. students and medical personnel exclusively. From the outside looking in, it's hard to tell if they've completed that transition.

As you travel Eden Ave. to MLK Dr. and beyond, it's easier to tell what's what. The street is lined with condos and apartment complexes. The huge Stetson Square complex on Eden Ave. at MLK Dr., for example, offers apartment rentals starting at $1,200. for one bedroom with 3 bedroom units beginning at $2,400.

Eden Ave. on the northern side of MLK Dr. is the edge of a hospital district which includes University, Children's and several other Hospitals to the east and beyond. To the west, at the corner of MLK and Eden is the uniquely asymmetrical Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, a building designed by renowned architect, Frank Gehry. Beyond that the Hamilton County Coroner's office and several medical/research buildings are on Eden Ave. Children's Hospital is straight ahead.

Residents and employees in the area have several dining options, mostly fast food on MLK and Burnet Ave. For dining that's a bit different, there are Mecklenburg Gardens for German food and Highland Coffee House, both on University Ave. The Short Vine shopping/dining district is moments away. The Heights is five minutes away for more of the same.

There are still a few services catering to the families that are rapidly disappearing from the Corryville area. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission's Corryville facility is located on Eden Ave. They offer a fitness center, game room, after school day care and more. Cincinnati public schools Hughes Stem High School: http://hughesstem.cps-k12.org/ and William Howard Taft STEM school pre-6: http://taftelementary.cps-k12.org/ are nearby. Corryville Catholic Elementary School is on Calhoun Ave.: http://corryvillecatholic.org/ .

Burnett Woods and the Cincinnati Zoo are minutes away.
Pros
  • Close to everything
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"It's now Albert Sabin Way"

Recently... I have no idea when... Bethesda Av. was renamed Albert Sabin Way. That's a good thing because Dr. Sabin lived in Cincinnati when he made some key discoveries about polio that led to his oral vaccine (I remember lining up to receive one of those early doses on a sugar cube at Madisonville Elementary School.)

For years Cincinnati Convention Center was named after Dr. Sabin, but a local power company now has that honor. Perhaps his new street is an even better idea as it's the location of Children's Hospital where Dr. Sabin began his historic polio research.

Children's Hospital is the biggest thing on Bethesda Ave./Albert Sabin Way. There are several other medical buildings on the street as well, along with a parking garage for easier access. Buses don't travel the street, but several routes service adjacent streets where University Hospital and several other major medical facilities are located.

Employees of medical facilities located on Albert Sabin Way don't have many options for fine dining, but they do have a cafeteria on the premises. There are also several fast food options nearby on MLK Dr. and Burnet Ave. It's five minutes to the Short Vine shopping area and 10 minutes to The Heights. For a quick getaway, they are minutes away from the Cincinnati Zoo and Burnett Woods.

There are no residences on Albert Sabin Way but there are lots of great condos and apartments nearby for students and medical personnel.
Pros
  • Great medical care
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Another college student-friendly area"

The small strip of Auburn Ave. that's in Corryville, just about two blocks, contains only a few buildings. The block to the south of McMillan Ave. is the beginning of the historic district that's mostly within the Mt. Auburn neighborhood. On the east side of the block is a beautiful old building that houses offices. On the west side there's an old abandoned church that was once very beautiful as well.

To the north, the block of Auburn Ave. that's between McMillan and William Howard Taft has a large old, refurbished apartment building on one side and the rear of the Cinco Credit Union on the other.

There's not much else in this little strip, but there's plenty nearby. Residents or office workers have a choice of shopping areas nearby on Short Vine. It's an area undergoing renewal and transition, so there's not a whole lot to buy. You can still find several restaurants, a Kroger for groceries, a Walgreens and a BP for gas. The Heights is 2 minutes away on William Howard Taft Rd./Calhoun St. There you'll find more restaurants, stores, a Fedex and more student housing.

This area is just one more section of Corryville that's pretty much a haven for U.C. students, but until they take over completely, you'll find a few of the services the non-student residents need. There's a recreation center on nearby Eden Ave. Christ Hospital is on Auburn Ave. to the south and University Hospital is to the north, along with several other medical facilities. Several bus routes service the area. It's close to several Mt. Auburn parks and 10 minutes away from Burnett Woods Park.

Schools
William Howard Taft STEM school pre-6 is on Southern Ave.:http://taftelementary.cps-k12.org/
Hughes STEM High School is five minutes away on Clifton Ave.: http://hughesstem.cps-k12.org/

Corryville Catholic Elementary School is nearby on Calhoun Ave.: http://corryvillecatholic.org/
CRC offers licensed after school care at its Corryville facility on Eden Ave: http://cincyrec.org/search/facility.aspx?id=28
Pros
  • Access to everything you need is close
Cons
  • A history of some crime in the area
  • Lots of traffic on McMillan and Wm Howard Taft
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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 4/5
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"Family and business friendly, just like always."

Madisonville has changed a lot from the place where I grew up years ago. It's also remained pretty much the same. It's a community with a variety of single family homes styles, some small and others quite grand. Most are well maintained, others have seen better days. There was always an assortment of rental properties and a number of big and small businesses. The business and industry presence in Madisonville has continued to expand since the completion of the Red Bank Expressway connection to !-71 several decades ago.

Madisonville is a prime plot of land nestled among Oakley, Hyde Park, Fairfax, Madison Place, Mariemont, Indian Hill and Kenwood. It's always been a perfect place for families, businesses, industry, gentrification and renewal. Centennial Station, a large, gated rental community on a hill at Madisonville's western edge, is a recent example of the renewal trend. On the Erie Ave. side, it stands alongside some of Madisonville's grand old homes. One of those beautiful old mansions serves as the Centennial Station rental office/community center.

Madisonville has always been a community of working class and professional families, nearly equally white and black. The population shifted a little over time, but these days it's reached nearly the same balance. Recent census data show that of Madisonville's 9,141 residents, 5,444 are African American and 3,702 are white. 458 residents are Native American, Pacific Islander, Asian or Latino. Residents work in occupations from management to finance.

Organizations and Industry
The Children's Home and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are located on Madison Rd. Coca Cola Bottling and 5th/ 3rd Bank have major operations in an industrial center on Duck Creek Rd. Medpace Clinical Research now stands at the bottom of Old Red Bank hill where the Nutone property used to be. Blue Chip Surgery Centers and Christ Hospital Urgent Care are just two of the many businesses spanning the length of Red Bank Expressway. There are many more in the area.

Shopping and Dining
There's little in the way of entertainment, but like many Cincinnati neighborhoods, Madisonville has always had a shopping district. The names have changed, but there are still a variety of small stores and restaurants located in the Madison Rd./Whetsel Ave. area. The area along Red Bank Expressway has eateries from Izzy's to Gold Star Chili. There's a Super Walmart and several restaurants less than a mile north of the main business strip.

For auto shopping, the BMW Store is located on Stewart Rd: http://www.bmwstore.com/ . Just SAAB is on Madison Rd.: near the railroad overpass: http://www.justsaab.com/index.htm

Recreation and fitness
Stewart Park and Madisonville Recreation Center are both on Stewart Rd. The center offers a pool, football field, event rentals, game room, senior programs and more. Cincinnati Bikram Yoga: http://www.cincinnatibikramyoga.com/ and Akido of Cincinanti: http://aikidocincy.com/ are located on Red Bank Rd. Madison Bowl is on Madison Rd. near BBQ Review

Cincinanti Public Schools
Schools John P Parker, pre – 8, is on Anderson Place: http://parker.cps-k12.org/
Shroder College Preparatory High School, 7-12, is on Duck Creek Rd: http://shroder.cps-k12.org/

Private Schools
Prince of Peace k-8 Catholic school is on Murray Ave.: http://www.princeofpeacecincinnati.org/
Seven Hills Schools pre-12 Hillsdale campus is on old Red Bank Rd: http://www.7hills.org/
The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development is on Red Bank Expressway: http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Cincinnati-OH/schools.gspx
Pros
  • Diversity
  • centrally located
  • wide range of properties
Cons
  • Lots of business brings lots of traffic
  • moderate crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Ever changing"

As the name implies, East University Ave. is close to University of Cincinnati. In fact, if you follow it all the way west, it will take you to the main U.C. entrance on Jefferson Ave. Corryville has changed quite a bit in the past several years and E. University is changing right along with it. There are still plenty of older buildings, both apartments, single family dwellings and businesses, but some have fallen to a wave of new construction in the area. Many more will go down before gentrification makes its final mark.

Fortunately the Corryville renovators have left a few of the old neighborhood staples. Highland Coffee House is still there on the corner of University and Highland. If's a coffee house/bar that caters to the university set. Mecklenburg Gardens is still there. They've been serving German cuisine so long their building is on the National Register of Historic Places. That means no matter how many condos they build in the neighborhood, Mecklenburg Gardens will remain standing.

E. University is close to a few shops, restaurants and Kroger for groceries on Short Vine. it's a few minutes away from shopping and restaurants in the Heights. It's got university student friendly night life in the area. It's minutes from Burnett Woods for recreation, moments from U.C, and 10 minutes away from Cincinnati State. There are several hospitals nearby
Pros
  • Mecklenburg Gardens
Recommended for
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A busy, winding road"

Banning Rd in College Hill is long and winding and lined with a mix of older residences and small businesses. It's a busy street with lots of traffic for three reasons: Banning borders the rear of Mercy Hospital's Mt. Airy Campus and provides easy access. It's an alternate route many northwest bound commuters take to avoid Colerain Ave. traffic during rush hour. (I was one of those daily Banning commuters when I lived in Colerain Township) Banning also intersects North Bend Rd. and is close to Belmont Ave. which adds more sources of traffic.

Banning has no shopping or entertainment, but it's close to shops and restaurants on Hamilton Ave. and about 15 minutes away from the Northgate Mall shopping area.

There are several College Hill schools less then a 5 minute drive from Banning Rd.: College Hill Fundamental Academy on North Bend College Hill Fundamental Academy Preschool-6: http://collegehillacademy.cps-k12.org/ : Pleasant Hill Academy k-6: http://pleasanthill.cps-k12.org/ : Eden Grove Academy: http://www.edengrove.com/index.html and McAuley High School for Girls:http://www.mcauleyhs.net/

Mount Airy Forest is five minutes away from Banning Rd. There are a number of College Hill church denominations nearby and Metro bus transportation is available on North Bend.
Pros
  • Close to Mercy Hospital
Cons
  • Lots of through traffic
Recommended for
  • Retirees
2/5 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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Close to every thing in Walnut Hills and East Walnut Hills"

Ashland Ave. is one of several Walnut Hills Streets that were severed by MLK Dr. construction a few years back. Ashland, like Alms St. and Chapel St., begins on the South side of MLK, ends in a culdesac, then continues on the other side of MLK. It's an all residential street with apartments, a few older homes and a neighborhood playfield to keep children busy.

The street doesn't have much in the way of entertainment, restaurants or night life; but it's close to everything a resident would need. Ashland is a short walk to the Walnut Hills Business district. There you'll find a Kroger, Parkside Cafe, Brew House Restaurant, CVS, a US Bank and a few other places. It's also a short walk to Victory Parkway's fast food restaurants and the E. Walnut Hills restaurants, shopping and galleries at Woodburn and Madison Rd.

For Recreation, it's a few blocks to Busch Recreation Center on Kemper Lane. Eden Park is a five minute drive. There you'll find the Conservatory, Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park and Seasongood Pavilion.

Ashland Ave. is close to Frederick Douglass Elementary School on Park Ave.: http://douglass.cps-k12.org/traffic. It's five minutes away from Walnut Hills High School on Victory Parkway: http://www.walnuthillseagles.com/index.asp , U.C, Xavier and several local hospitals. It's 15 minutes away from Cincinnati State.
Pros
  • Everything you need is close
Recommended for
  • 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 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"An easy route to Spring Grove Village"

Este Ave. cuts through a slice of the eastern edge of Spring Grove Village (formerly Winton Hills). It efficiently separates the neighborhood homes from the corporate enterprises across the street. Este also provides quick access to Mitchell Ave, Kroger on Kenard and I-75.

A few of Spring Grove Village's well-maintained, older homes look out over Este, but they've got a small service road that allows a bit of distance from the commercial traffic. Bus travelers to and from Este businesses have access to two Metro bus routes that will take them all the way into town.

Along Este Ave you'll find a St. Vincent de Paul donation center and retail outlet. There's an ambulance company, a restaurant supply business, the Sun Chemical Co. and a few other businesses. All those trucks coming and going make this one of the least quiet streets in the neighborhood.

There's not much in the way of night life or entertainment in the area; but for churches, child care and schools, there are facilities a few streets over. Kroger and a few small stores are nearby on Kenard Ave. There's also a community garden a block away on Chickering. The Zoo is less than a 10 minute drive and Spring Grove Cemetery is five minutes away.

University of Cincinnati, Xavier and Cincinnati State are 10 to 15 minutes away. Hospital care is 10 minutes away at University, VA, Children's and Shriner's hospitals.
Pros
  • Easy access to I-75
Cons
  • Chemical company odors
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A street with a dual personality"

Gray Road starts out at a T intersection with Winton Rd. then it edges uphill, travels westward through mostly trees and empty spaces and winds its way into College Hill. Somewhere along the way... I'm not certain where... it turns into Groesbeck Rd.

The lower, straighter part of Gray Rd. is in Spring Grove Village (formerly Winton Place.) There you'll find a few older homes and businesses on one side and the northern edge of the Historic Spring Grove Cemetery on the other.

Located on the non graveyard side of Gray Road you'll find a large older home that houses the Weaver's Guild Fiber Arts Center: (weaversguildcincinnati.org) There's also Funke's Greenhouse (funkes.com) and A. J. Rahn Greenhouse: (ajrahngreenhouses.com) and a LaRosa's Restaurant bakery facility.

While a graveyard might be the last place you'd look for entertainment, Spring Grove Cemetery may surprise you. They offer a full schedule of annual events, including a car show, moonlight tours, walks, concerts, lectures and more: springgrove.org/events/events.aspx

Parker Woods Montessori School (Preschool-6) is minutes away on Winton Rd.: wintonmontessori.cps-k12.org. There are several churches nearby and Kroger is close for grocery shopping.
Pros
  • The Weavers Guild
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A quiet residential street"

Coleridge Ave is one of many quiet Kennedy Heights residential streets. The street is tree-lined and has an assortment of older well-kept homes in a predominately African American area. Kennedy Heights

There's no shopping in the neighborhood, but the Pleasant Ridge and Silverton business districts and Kenwood shopping areas are nearby. For outdoor recreation, Daniel Drake Park is minutes away. Kennedy Heights Recreation Center offers a game room and meeting room.

For families with school aged children, Woodford Paideia Academy (Preschool-6) woodford.cps-k12.org is a few minutes away.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Another divided street"

There are actually two parts to Alms Place. There's the short stub of a street to the north that was left over after MLK Drive severed it. That part has a few empty lots and older homes in need of repair. The other part of Alms is to the south of MLK Dr. It doesn't have much either except for Brown Chapel AME Church and a few older residences.

Alms Pl. is in a predominately African American section of Walnut Hills. While there might not be much on Alms Pl. within walking distance of the street you'll find several fast food restaurants, 2 banks, Frederick Douglas Elementary School, a Kroger Grocery Store, a CVS, the E. Walnut Hills business district and more.

The area has occasional crime issues, but It feels quite safe during the day.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Two East Epworths?"

I lived on E. Epworth a few years back, but I never realized it was a divided street. There's the part that's mostly older, single family dwellings and historic churches in Spring Grove Village (formerly Winton Place). That part of E. Epworth is within a diverse, close community that ends at Chickering Ave.

The part I didn't know about was a continuation of E. Epworth that's a small strip on the other side of a large field near the beginning of Winton Hills. That section is mostly low income rental properties. The area is part of a large rental complex that often has a problem with crime. It's no wonder Winton Place changed its name to Spring Grove Village. It was so easy to get the two communities mixed up.

The part of E. Epworth I know well is the long, Spring Grove Village section. It's quiet and peaceful with a community spirit that runs throughout the neighborhood.

East Epworth is close to Kroger and a few small stores that offer the basics. It's minutes away from Burnett Woods and the Cincinnati Zoo. For education U C and X U and Cincinnati State are close. Medical facilities are about a 10 to 15 minute drive.
Pros
  • Close to I-75
  • close to X U, U C and Cincinnati State
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"The only part of Clifton Ave. with nothing there"

Clifton is a long street with beautiful homes, churches and even the University of Cincinnati; but that all ends once you hit the small strip of Clifton that's within the Spring Grove Village neighborhood. That part of Clifton is the steep, unimproved downgrade that crosses under an I-75 overpass then a railroad overpass before it bottoms out into Spring Grove Ave.

Kenard Ave intersects the street just before Spring Grove Ave. There you'll find Kroger, McDonald's, a few other small stores and other fast food restaurant. If you want to pay your water bill, the Cincinnati Water Works is just across Spring Grove Ave, There are no homes at all in this little section of Clifton Ave.

Recreation
The Cincinnati Zoo and Burnett Woods park are minutes away.

University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Cincinnati State are close. For medical attention, University Hospital and several other hospitals are nearby.
Pros
  • Close to I-75
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Good Neighbors"

Chickering is located at the far edge of the close and diverse community of Spring Grove Village (formerly Winton Place). You enter Chickering by turning north off Este Ave. It's a short, slightly upward sloping street lined with small, neat older homes. There's a wooded area at the top and Epworth Ave. forms a T intersection at about halfway.

The Spring Grove Village community garden occupies 5250 feet in a plot on Chickering Ave. where it intersects with Epworth. (civicgardencenter.org/garden_files/spring.htm)

Shopping and Entertainment
For groceries, Kroger is on nearby Kenard. There are also a few small stores for the basics, nothing more, as well as a new car dealer. If you're looking to party, Chickering isn't the street for you. There's little party life in the area.

Recreation
Chickering is residential only but it's minutes away from the Cincinnati Zoo and Burnett Woods is also close.

It's close to a neighborhood elementary Montessori School as well as the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Cincinnati State.

For medical access, University Hospital as well as several others are minutes away.
Pros
  • Close to I-75
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"It's actually in Norwood"

If you're headed northeast on Montgomery Rd, you'll pass Colonial Ridge Ct. just before you enter Pleasant Ridge. It's actually in Norwood, Ohio. That's significant because Norwood has the unique distinction of being a small city that's completely within the city of Cincinnati. Norwood has its own government, police force, School system and everything else a small city needs.

Colonial Ridge Ct. is within a rental community of mostly townhouses. The buildings are neat and clean and the grounds are well maintained.

Shopping and Entertainment

Being within the small City of Norwood, Colonial Ridge Ct. is fairly close to Surrey Square, its main shopping area. In the Surrey Square strip mall and surrounding area you'll find mostly the basics: Kroger for groceries, Walgreens pharmacy, Chipotle restaurant and several more. Along Montgomery you'll see a few small restaurants and bars and the headquarters of United Dairy Farners. Colonial Ridge Ct. is also close to the Pleasant Ridge, Columbia Township, and Hyde Park shopping areas.

Parks and Recreation
Like Cincinnati, Norwood has a number of small local parks operated under the Norwood Recreation Commission. Their website has a complete listing (noreco.org). Drake Planetarium on Montgomery Rd and Fun Factory skating rink on Sherman Ave are just a few miles away.

There are no hospitals in Norwood, but there are several physicians offices along Montgomery Rd and University Hospital is about 15 minutes away.
Pros
  • Near Rt 562 for access to I-75 and I-71
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"City Living"

Central Ave. (not to be confused with Central Parkway) is located on the far western edge of downtown Cincinnati. It begins near the parking areas below Ft. Washington Way and runs nearly parallel to I-75 into nearby West End. Along the street you'll find several large refurbished buildings with apartments on the upper floors and businesses on the lower floors.

Central Ave. will take you past Two Centennial Plaza, home of the City of Cincinnati Law Department and other city service departments. Beyond that point, Central Ave. you'll enter the West End, a neighborhood with an eclectic mix of historic architecture and newly constructed residences. This area has a few problems with crime, but the District 1 Police Department is nearby.

Central Ave. is a short walk away from Garfield Park in town, as well as Fountain Square. If you've got lots of energy, you could walk to the parks along the riverfront. Central is close to the Reds and Bengals stadiums as well as galleries and night spots on Fourth St. It's a short walk to Fountain Square and everything else downtown.

The School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Art Academy are close on nearby Central Parkway. U. C is about a 10 minute drive away in Clifton and so are all the hospitals you'd need for any medical emergencies.
Pros
  • I-75 highway entrance ramp a few blocks away.
Cons
  • Close proximity to problematic crime area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"A beautiful secret"

The Carew Tower Arcade is a rare beauty in the heart of town. It's strictly commercial and located on the first floor of the Carew Tower at the corner of Vine and Fifth Streets in downtown Cincinnati. Before the Great American tower was completed in 2011, Carew Tower held the distinction of being Cincinnati's tallest building for nearly a century.

The Carew Tower was built in the ornate Art Deco style that was popular at the time of construction. The Arcade is a beautiful example of that style. Ceilings, doors and archways include lavish floral motifs with hints of polished brass. It's always a little sad to see so many people rushing through the Arcade each day without stopping to admire the beautiful workmanship. It's like a secret world of art and beauty above their heads.

The corridor at the west end of the Arcade houses several small businesses. The floors in the tower above are mostly filled with business offices; but if you go all the way to the top, you'll find another Carew Tower secret.

Simply take the main elevators up as far as you can. Get off and ride the tiny elevator for a few floors, then climb that last, steep flight of stairs and you'll arrive at the Carew Tower Observatory. For a small fee you can step outside and see the entire city of Cincinnati: river, bridges, hills and beyond.

Outside on Fifth St. is the Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steak house and the Havana Martini Club. Beyond that, you're walking distance to Reds and Bengals stadiums, the Banks and everything downtown Cincinnati has to offer.
Pros
  • Beautiful Art Deco construction
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"So close, and yet so far"

Although the location of the little strip of Beechmont within the Columbia Tusculum neighborhood seems to be in the middle of nowhere, it's only a 5 to 15 minute drive to Downtown, Mt. Washington, Hyde Park, Fairfax, Madisonville, Mt. Lookout and a few other nearby communities.

It's not much of a residential area. There are some older homes located on a few short streets beneath this little elevated strip, but the Beechmont Ave. itself is mostly an interchange for drivers going to Mt. Washington and beyond, heading east or west on Columbia Parkway or to the nearby industrial area or NIOSH facility at the bottom of the hill.

If you're traveling Beechmont, you'll pass Lunken Airport on the right. It's got an active airfield, play areas, a driving range and family activities. Next it crosses over a fairly active body of water (a creek perhaps?) that gets very interesting during heavy rains.

Just beyond that, there's a spot that used to be the long time location of the El Rancho Rankin Motel. For a long time El Rancho Rankin was the only thing at the bottom of Beechmont. It was sort-of a Mexican adobe themed motel that spanned the entire lot and seemed as though it belonged south the border instead of Cincinnati. There's no trace of the El Rancho Rankin these days. That lot now holds a Biggs grocery store, several restaurants and a number of service businesses.

This little section of Beechmont is usually heavy with morning and evening traffic. It's the route many people still take to and from town each day.

This location puts it at least 20 minutes away from City and Anderson medical facilities. There are a few schools about 15 to 20 minutes away as well.

Metro Route 24 services Beechmont Ave.
Pros
  • Lunken Airport
Cons
  • Traffic
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Almost everything you need"

Columbia Parkway is all highway except for the little strip that runs through the historic Columbia-Tuculum neighborhood. It's packed with historic homes and lots to do. As you travel Columbia Parkway from town until you slow down in the Village of Fairfax, it's the only business strip you'll find along the way. If you slow down a little instead of just passing through, you'll find something for everyone.

There's the Precinct Restaurant, a Cincinnati favorite for steaks. There's Green Dog Cafe for vegan fare and Allyn's for cocktails and Cajun. There's even a bagel spot. There's a yoga studio, a green goods store and a Gynboree, among other things. There are also a few business offices.

For recreation, Alms Park, Ault Park, Cincinnati Obervatory are a short drive from Columbia Parkway. Lunken Airport is an active airfield about 5 minutes away. They also have a playfield, picnic area and other family activities.

There are several schools within a few minutes drive. University and Christ Hospitals are about 15 minutes away. For groceries there's a Biggs nearby at the bottom of Beechmont Ave. Just off Columbia Parkway. There's also a Kroger and Remke/Biggs about 10 minutes away in Hyde Park Plaza.
Pros
  • Interesting architecture.
Cons
  • Too much traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Hospital Central"

Burnet Ave. is the place for hospitals, doctor's offices, office buildings and all things medical. There are still a few residential properties somewhere on Burnet Ave., but over the years most of the grand old apartment buildings and single family homes have fallen to the wrecking ball. Someone is always tearing something down on Burnet and replacing it with a commercial structure, usually a medical facility.

You'll find Children's Hospital, University Hospital, Hoxworth Blood Center and the Ronald McDonald House on Burnet. Jewish hospital may have moved to Kenwood, but they still operate their Cholesterol and Metabolism Center out of the old Burnet Ave. location. It's also minutes away from the VA Hospital, the EPA, the County Coroner, University of Cincinnati and the medical school,

If you need a quick meal while you're on your way to one of the medical facilities on Burnet Ave., There's a Skyline Chili, a McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts and Chipotle on MLK Dr. and a few other fast food outlets nearby.

For recreation, the north end of Burnet Ave. is a few minutes away from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. and Burnett Woods Park.
Pros
  • Burnett is a great place to be if you're sick
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Peacefully off the beaten path"

I'm beginning to realize that I've lived in, worked in or visited quite a few Cincinnati neighborhoods. Years ago I lived on a little street you could only get to by traveling Bantry. It's always been a quiet, peaceful, predominately African American street. The homes are older and mostly small, and they are all well maintained. They've been that way as long as I can remember.

The streets in the area are tree-lined and neat, and you can't cut through. Once you pass the first street that intersects with Bantry, the rest end in cul-de-sacs, That means there's very little traffic.

When I lived in that part of Kennedy Heights it was known as the "Water Tower Area." Each day I'd pass by a big water tower that was in a grassy circle in the middle of a street that intersected with Bantry. The tower is gone, but they've renamed that big grassy circle Water Tower Park. Each year the residents of Bantry and the adjacent streets put on "Taste of Bantry," Neighbors bring food and play games. They have a one mile morning walk/run.

Bantry is a quiet residential area, but it's close to Pleasant Ridge and Kenwood for shopping and dining. Its near the Kennedy Heights Art Center and close to Kennedy Heights Park. There's a small CRC Recreation Center a few miles away on Red Bank Rd. and it's near Daniel Drake Park. Jewish Hospital Kenwood is about 10 minutes away.

It's close to Montgomery Rd. so you could take a Rt 4 Bus if you didn't want to drive.
Pros
  • A quiet tree-lined street
  • Near arts and entertainment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Winton Hills "front door""

If the neighborhood of Winton Hills had a front door, it would be Kings Run Drive. It's the main entrance to the neighborhood and the only entrance if you're coming via I-75 to Este Ave. As you enter Kings Run Dr. you'll see Jacob's Market,which offers an assortment of grocery items. There's also Kings Run Drive Through for beverages.

Further up the street you'll find the beginning of the predominately African American Winton Hills residential area. The community consists mostly of 2 large developments of town homes and apartments where rent is based on income.
Pros
  • Easy access to I-75
Cons
  • The area has a problem with crime
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Easy access to Spring Grove Village and Winton Hills"

Several homes in Spring Grove Village have a front porch view of Este Ave., but as it passes through Winton Hills next door, it strictly commercial. The street is dotted with a few small businesses and the back entrances of a few big industries like Sun Chemicals. There's also a St. Vincent DePaul's thrift shop and donation drop off center.

Este Ave. allows easy access to Winton Hills, P & G's Center Hill facility and several businesses in the area. Some days you'll see a string of trucks traveling back and forth, reminding you that it's an industrial area. One Metro bus route from downtown will take you to Este and into Spring Grove Village. Another route turns onto Este and travels through Winton Place.

Since Este borders these neighborhoods you'll find child care, churches and a medical clinic nearby. Kroger is close on Kenard if you need to make a quick grocery stop on the way home from your job at one of the industries on Este. It's just a few minutes away from I-75.
Pros
  • Close to I-75
Cons
  • The chemical odor in the air
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A great place to live...if only the chemical company would leave"

I lived in Winton Place a few years back. It's a close community of small and large older homes, some of historical significance. As of the last census, there were 1,964 residents, a population with the kind of true diversity that you don't see in most Cincinnati neighborhoods. The Spring Grove Village community council works together with residents to keep the neighborhood a safe and interesting place to live. They share a community garden, publish a newsletter and have a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sgv.cincy).

The council addresses issues before they have a chance to get out of hand. They were a key force in changing the neighborhood's name back to the original Spring Grove Village. They wanted to divest themselves of the mistaken negative association with nearby Winton Terrace, a large housing development known for its crime problem.

In dealing with negative associations, they probably should add the nearby chemical company to the list. It took a fire department response to what the news identified as a “...hydrochloric acid spill” about five years ago before I understood the nature of the problem. The "spill" came with a stronger version of the slightly pungent scent I'd been noticing in the air several times a week.

Historic places
Spring Grove Village is next door to historic Spring Grove Cemetery. There are also a few churches and residences in the neighborhood that were designed by architect Samuel Hannaford and his firm, best known for designing Music Hall, City Hall and many other buildings with historic designations.

In 1865, Samuel Hannaford built his own residence at 768 Derby Ave. in Spring Grove Village. He also designed the Spring Grove Mortuary Chapel in 1881, Winton Place Methodist Church on Epworth (1884) and Westwood United Methodist Church on Epworth (1896.) Most of these Spring Grove Village buildings are on the National Historic Register.

Shopping and Entertainment
While there is plenty of history in Spring Grove Village, there's little shopping or entertainment. For groceries, many Spring Grove Village residents make a quick trip to Kenard Ave. a few minutes away. There's a Kroger, a Family Dollar, a small Chinese Restaurant and several fast food outlets.

Recreation
Mt Airy Forest and Winton Woods are about 15 to 20 minutes away. The Cincinnati Zoo is a 10 minute drive with no traffic.

Schools
Parker Woods Montessori, formerly Winton Montessori (wintonmontessori.cps-k12.org) is on Spring Grove. Roger Bacon (www.rogerbacon.org ) is a coed Franciscan High school about 10 minutes away in St Bernard. University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Cincinnati State are about 15 minutes away.

Medical facilities
University, VA and Children's Hospitals are about a 15 minute drive.
Pros
  • Easy access to I-75
  • Nice neighbors
  • attractive and affordable housing
  • convenient location that is easily accesible
  • quiet and safe
Cons
  • Chemical company just across the street
  • limited residential area
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A short historic street"

Chapel St. is in a predominately African American section of Walnut Hills that's a few miles away from downtown Cincinnati. It's a short road that begins at Gilbert Ave. and ends in a culdesac just beyond Martin Luther King Dr. Despite its closeness to busy Gilbert Ave., MLK Dr. and a few other intersecting streets, there's little through traffic due to the reconfiguration of the street layout several years ago. It's a interesting street, but there are a few bars nearby and the area in general has a few crime problems.

Chapel St. has a variety of large and small older homes and a few multi-family dwellings. The street's claim to fame is the large Federation of Colored Women's Club Historic Clubhouse at 1010 Chapel St. built in 1888. When I was a young wife, mother and insurance professional, I was a member of "the club." I used to hang out in that beautiful old building but didn't realized back then that it was designed by Samuel Hannaford, the architect who designed Cincinnati Music Hall. Another residence he designed and built in 1885 is located at 1520 Chapel. Both buildings are on the National Historic Register.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House (stowehousecincy.org) is a few streets away.

Giminneti Bakery and Restaurant is on the corner of Chapel and Gilbert. There are also a few fast food restaurants nearby and Andy's Mediterranean Grill is a few miles away on Gilbert Ave. Chapel is not quite a mile from the restaurants and galleries in the E. Walnut Hills Business district.

Chapel is walking distance to a small neighborhood park, Bush Recreation Center on Kemper Lane and a short drive from Eden Park and Mt. Adams. There's a small Kroger and a CVS a few minutes away. It's a 10 minute drive to U C., Xavier, Walnut Hills High. Frederick Douglas Elementary (douglass.cps-k12.org) Pre-8 is walking distance on Park Ave. A person living on Chapel St would have most of what they need nearby.
Cons
  • Crime in the area
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
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"A few houses and a White Castle"

I'm pretty familiar with this little strip of Central Parkway as I used to travel it frequently when I taught classes in Over the Rhine and lived in College Hill. I always saw it as a quick way to get downtown. It runs parallel to I-75 South and is a highway alternative for lots of people.

Central Parkway has mostly commercial properties like the White Castle on the corner and the Budget Host Hotel, whose name has changed several times over the years. There's also a Jiffy Lube and a few other businesses. There are several older houses that have been there for years. If those residents haven't sold out to a commercial developer by now, they probably never will.

Like all of Camp Washington, there's shopping, dining, medical facilities, schools and UC about a 15 minute drive uphill. Cincinnati State is Northeast on Central Parkway and Downtown is about 4 miles to the south.
Pros
  • Close to U C and Cincinnati State
Cons
  • I- 75 runoff Traffic
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Industry and Fast Food"

Colerain Ave. is another one of those long streets that got cut into two sections by I-75. There are a few older, possibly historic, multifamily residential buildings along Colerain, but the area is mostly commercial.

The section in Camp Washington begins with a culdesac that has a view of South I-75. Colerain Ave. is also known as US 27 and is still heavily traveled at times, mostly by trucks from the Camp Washington area to Spring Grove or I-75.

Hopple street crosses Colerain to form the main intersection in the neighborhood. It's a prime connector to CUF, the Heights and Clifton and a quick refueling stop for cars traveling along I=75. The intersection has several fast food restaurants, including well known Camp Washington Chili and US Chili across the street. Schenz Theatrical Supply is not too far from the main intersection. The newly relocated American Sign Museum is a few blocks away on Monmouth Ave. off Colerain.

For recreation, there's a small neighborhood park on Colerain and Mt Airy Forrest is close. Medical facilities, University of Cincinnati and shopping are about 15 minutes away in Clifton and Avondale.
Pros
  • Moving in the right direction.
Cons
  • Trucks
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"An interesting street"

Belmont is another one of those streets a lot of people use as a short cut. They use it to travel from Hamilton Ave. to North Bend Rd, and when they do, they see a few interesting sites. There's the modern City of Cincinnati facility, College Hill Recreation Center. They have a variety of activities, a fitness center, soccer fields and much more.

There are some nice older homes on Belmont, some of them are historic with deep wooded lots, others are simply large and impressive, There are also a few smaller homes.

You'll fall in love with Laurel Court (laurelcourt.com), a huge historic home designed by Architect James Gamble Rogers and built buy industrialist Peter G. Thompson during the "Gilded Age." It's built on the highest point in Hamilton County and still referred to as "..one of the finest homes in America."

Aiken High School is or was on Belmont Ave. It's moved temporarily while the city tears down and reconstructs the school at the Belmont Ave. Location.

Belmont is minutes away from College Hill stores, schools and churches. It's close to Mercy Hospital's Mt. Airy location and also close to Mt Airy Forrest.
Pros
  • Laurel Court
  • College Hill Recreation Center
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • 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 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"The College Hill cut through"

If you're driving down North Bend Rd. and decide you simply must get to Gray/Groesbeck Rd. without traveling down Hamilton, all you have to do is make a left onto Argus. The street cuts a path through College Hill and intersects with several residential streets, making it a great path for residents to travel back and forth.

It's a street lined with small older homes, mostly on one side, and lots of trees. The residents are African American working class. When there's no rush hour traffic, Argus is relatively quiet. Except for Sundays when members of the large Golden Leaf Baptist church congregation line the street with their cars.

Argus is minutes away from College Hill Recreation Center and Mt. Airy Forrest. There's also a small neighborhood park on North Bend.

The Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy Campus is nearby.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Too much traffic"

East Galbraith Rd in Hartwell crosses Vine St. to form the major intersection in the neighborhood. On the section of Galbraith that's west of Vine you'll find Drake Hospital for critical care patients and several residential side-streets lined with small well-kept older homes. Williamsburg Apartments is also on E. Galbraith. It's a large gated community with garden apartments, town homes and a separate senior residential community.

Hartwell Elementary, Hartwell Recreation Center and Walgreens stand on three of the corners at the intersection of E. Galbraith and Vine St. As you travel east of Vine St.,you'll see a few gas stations, several closed businesses and a few older homes. The closer you get to the highway on-ramp, you'll see mostly trees.

This section of E. Galbraith is close to the stores in Hartwell so you should be able to purchase most of what you need nearby. There are lots of nice older homes on nearby streets.
Cons
  • Highway traffic coming and going
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Older homes and a few businesses and a wall"

Anthony Wayne has a mix of residences and businesses. If you're headed North, to the west you'll see a long, retaining wall that gives you the feel of being closed in. You'll also see an assortment of industrial properties. To the east you'll see older homes. Most in the Hartwell section of Anthony Wayne are well kept.

Anthony Wayne begins in Carthage close to I-75, so when traffic jams force cars to leave the highway. it's a perfect shortcut to Lockland, Lincoln Heights and parts of Wyoming. That means there can be days when there are lots of cars traveling along the street.

There aren't any stores along the Hartwell part of Anthony Wayne, but it's not too far from Vine St. where you can get most of what you need.
Pros
  • Traffic when I-75 is backed up
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Downtown"

Broadway is strictly Downtown commercial. Follow it from beginning to end and you'll pass by office buildings, parking garages, Procter & Gamble's headquarters, Taft Theater and several local government buildings.

If you drive Broadway all the way south, you'll come to the Riverfront area where you'll find Great American Ball Park, The Banks for eating and shopping and lots of activities along the river. West of Broadway you'll find shopping, eating and Fountain Square. The P&G towers have a neat shady park-like area right out front.


It's also the Broadway in Broadway Commons, the site where the Horsehoe Casino is under construction.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Long and busy"

Clifton Ave. can be confusing. It comes up the hill out of town. At the top of the hill it zigs this way, then that way through the Heights (CUF) before it keeps going straight. It runs right past the huge University of Cincinnati Campus and an equally huge student housing complex across the street. It borders the western edge of Burnett Woods, then passes Good Samaritan Hospital.

With all those activities, you might imagine that traffic on Clifton is a concern. It is, and it's worse when U. C. is in session

After passing Burnett Woods, Clifton Ave intersects with Ludlow Ave. where you'll find restaurants and several small shops. It passes Ludlow and keeps going through a more residential area. You'll still pass several churches and a Mosque as well as the Clifton Cultural and Art Center. Mount Storm park is also hidden away on Lafayette Street several blocks off Clifton.

You'll fall in love with the large, old beautiful homes in the area, but be careful. Just as you're feeling comfortable with the leisurely drive, the street suddenly curves off to the right then to the left, then it takes a sharp downhill plunge. Just take your time.
Pros
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Burnett Woods
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Too many college kids
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A quiet street"

Addice Way is off the upper section of Gray/Groesbeck Rd. It's a short street with small homes and African American working class families. It's a quiet residential street, but it's close to Hamilton Avenue which has a few restaurants, a weekly farmer's market and a few small stores.

Cincinnati Recreation Center has a facility about 5 minutes away on Belmont Ave. Addice Way is within 10 minutes of Mercy Hospital's Mt. Airy Campus on Kirby Rd. It's about 15 minutes from Mt. Airy Forest.
Pros
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Suburban-like yet close to the city"

East McMillan has an interesting mix of residential and commercial buildings. You'll find condos, businesses, a radio station (WAIF-FM Stepchild Radio) and even St Ursula, a girls high school. There are large and homes as well as apartment buildings.

East McMillan intersects with Woodburn Ave., the E. Walnut Hills street that's transitioning to a trendy gallery/shopping area. You'll also find the east side Obama headquarters there. There are a few fast food restaurants on East McMillan as well as several trendier restaurants about 5 minutes away at DeSales Corner, Hyde Park and Obryonville shopping areas are close as well.

Eden Park and the Art Museum are 10 minutes away.

In addition to St. Ursula on E. McMillan, you'll find Purcell-Marion nearby as well as Walnut Hills High.
Pros
  • Nice homes and condos
  • St Ursula for girls
Cons
  • It's a shortcut to Columbia Parkway.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Residential"

Cleinview Ave. is a relatively quiet, tree-lined residential street with a variety of large, older well kept homes. If you live on Cleinview and want something to do, there are a few neat restaurants, galleries and shops on Woodburn Ave. and DeSales Corner. The street's about 10 minutes away from Eden Park, the Conservatory and the Art Museum. It's also close to Hyde Park and Obryonville shipping.

Cleinview is close to several private schools, including St Ursala for girls, and co-ed Purcell Marion. It's about 15 minutes from Walnut Hills High.
Pros
  • The large older homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"A way to get from west to east"

Columbia Parkway, better known as U. S. 50, is a strip of highway that starts west of the city, runs through Downtown and continues east. Before 471 was built, it was the main way to get from west Cincinnati to eastern suburbs. The speed is 55 miles per hour except for a small strip in Columbia-Tusculum. It's strictly a way to get from here to there and nothing more.

The section of Columbia Parkway that runs through East Walnut Hills is a small strip, but it sees a lot of action. William Howard Taft, a main artery through East Walnut Hills, empties out into Columbia Parkway. Tusculum, a great route to Obryonville and Hyde Park, empties out into Columbia Parkway just a few feet away.

A beautiful E. Walnut Hills residential areas sits above the parkway, but there's nothing actually on the parkway. You couldn't park your car there if you wanted to, but if you drive a mile or so east, you'll find the Precinct Restaurant, Allyn's Cafe and a few more restaurants and shops. l
Pros
  • A quick and easy way to get to Mariemont, Fairfax, Lunken Airport or the bottom of Beechmont Ave.
Cons
  • Too much traffic
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"VP Joe Biden visited Blue Rock a few years back"

Blue Rock St. in Northside got a lot of attention a few years back. The former American Can building (americancanbuilding.com/history) at the Spring Grove end of the street was on the list to receive stimulus money to help revitalize that little corner of Northside. It was such a big deal, Vice President Joe Biden came to town to talk about it.

I was fortunate to be in that small gathering of people who were allowed to sit in that worn out parking lot to hear what he had to say. The street was lined with well-wishers, protesters and a Metro bus barricade. (I got a great photo of a sharpshooter on top of the building and a fabulous photo op with VP Joe.) All that fanfare meant that sometime in the future, that old abandoned building will be converted into residential units and small shops. It's something to look forward to.

Blue Rock is a small street, although it used to be a rather long street until highway construction dissected it from the western section some years ago. If you head west you'll come to the busy Northside intersection at Hamilton Ave where you'll find restaurants, a pharmacy, a library and some unique stores. Hoffner park is on the corner as well.

Continue westward and you'll see a few businesses mixed in with older homes. The SPCA is nearby on Colerain Ave. and there's lots of rush hour traffic; but once you cross Colerain, things gets pretty quiet. There you'll find an all residential section with older, well maintained homes It's not a bad place to live. It's set apart yet close to everything you need.
Pros
  • Northside is pretty cool
  • Eclectic mix of people
  • Great location
Cons
  • Colerain Ave. gets really busy, especially if there's a back up on !-75
  • Loud fire station on the street
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Apartments, trucks, trees and P&G"

Some Cincinnatinz equate the neighborhood of Winton Hills with Winton Terrace and Findlater Gardens. These two Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority developments do, in fact, occupy a huge amount of the land in Winton Hills; but there's more to the neighborhood than that. It stretches across a beautiful wooded area that spans the hill from bottom to top.

Winton Hills is mostly a community of low income rental residences. You'll also find a few market rate apartments and well kept older homes nestled in the wooded areas at the top of the hill. If you're looking for diversity, the neighborhood may not be for you. Of the 4787 residents tallied in the recent census, only 487 were non African American.

Unfortunately the reputation for high crime in Winton Terrace has tainted the entire neighborhood and even adjoining areas. A few years ago Winton Place, the community next door, reverted back to their previous name, Spring Grove Village, so as not to be tied in with Winton Hills' reputation for criminal activities.

Winton Hills businesses
For years Winton Hills has been the home of the ever-expanding Procter and Gamble Winton Hills Business Facility at 6100 Center Hill Ave. Ferguson Moving, P Jax Inc Trucking and several other businesses are located on Center Hill or along Este Ave. Sun Chemical is on Spring Grove and unfortunately it places a good deal of the Winton Hills/Spring Grove Village area upwind of their chemical emissions.

Recreation
The Winton Hills Recreation Center, 5170 Winneste Ave, is a Cincinnati Recreation Commission facility with a baseball field, computer center, pool, fitness center and more. Members pay a reasonable fee for use of the facilities.

Shopping and Entertainment
You won't find much of either in Winton Hills, but shopping areas in Finneytown are about a 10 minute drive beyond the top of the hill. Northside is approximately 4 miles west of lower Winton Hills. For groceries City Centre Kroger is a 10 minute drive away.

Cincinnati Public Schools
-Winton Hills Academy(winton.cps-k12.org), 5300 Winneste Ave. Pre-8th grade.
-James M. Gamble Montessori High School grades 7-12 (gamblemontessorihs.cps-k12.org), 5425 Winton Ridge Lane. Formerly Westside -Montessori High School/Jacobs High School.
-Parker Woods Montessori School (wintonmontessori.cps-k12.org) - 4750 Winton Rd, grades 1-6. In nearby Spring Grove Village.

Private Schools
-St. Xavier (Stxavier.org) – A Jesuit school for boys in nearby College Hill.
-Roger Bacon (rogerbacon.org) - A co-ed Franciscan high school in nearby St. Bernard
-Bright Horizons- offers pre-school-K programs at a facility on Center Hill

Medical Facilities
Winton Hills Medical Center at 5275 Winneste Ave. offers primary health care for local families. U. C. Hospital and other medical facilities are 15 minutes away.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
  • Community services offered
  • Lots of trees
Cons
  • Scary crime problems
  • A majority of the neighborhood is housing projects
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Peaceful and quiet and still close to everything"

34th Ave. is one of the streets you'll probably never see unless it's your destination. It's a quiet residential street with older well kept homes. It's close to the Oakley shopping district on Madison Rd. That puts restaurants, night life, shopping, groceries and everything else you need just a few minutes away.

34th Ave. is also a quick drive away from Rookwood Commons and Surrey Square shopping centers in the City of Norwood.
Pros
  • Residential with a hint of urban living nearby
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Everything you need is a short distance away"

33rd Ave. is another one of the Oakley streets that's quiet and neat. The homes are old but so well kept; they actually look better than they did a few decades ago. 33rd Ave. is a short distance from the Oakley shopping district on Madison Rd. That means restaurants, a grocery store, bars, shops and two movie theaters that have been converted to entertainment venues.

If you live on 33rd St. Norwood is very close as well. That means you're only a few minutes from Rookwood Commons and Surrey Square shopping plazas.
Pros
  • Everything you need is close
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Close to everything in Oakley"

When I first saw the link for 32nd Ave, I couldn't imagine where it could be. Then I realized it was one of those many residential streets in Oakley that I've driven past so many times without giving them a second thought.

32nd Ave is quiet, clean and lined with well-kept homes. It's close to the up and coming Oakley business district and a short drive away from Rookwood Commons and Surrey Square, both shopping areas in nearby Norwood.
Pros
  • Quiet yet close to everything
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Another quiet street in Oakley"

There's nothing unusual about 28th Ave. It's just another quiet street in Cincinnati's Oakley neighborhood. It's a street lined with well-maintained, older homes. Everything you could possibly need you'll find in and around the Madison Rd. Oakley shopping district.

The city of Norwood is close as well. Their you'll find Rookwood Commons and its selection of stores, including Whole Foods and Gap. Surrey Square is also close. There you'll find Kroger and a few other basic stores.
Pros
  • Residential, yet close to whatever you need
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Quiet, yet close to everything"

31st Ave. is one of the many quiet residential streets just beyond the Oakley Business district. It's clean. The homes are small, older and well-maintained. You won't find restaurants, boutiques or buses there, but if you want those things, they are a leisurely walk or a quick drive away on Madison Rd.

If you want to take a different direction, 31st street is also a few minutes away from the City of Norwood's Rookwood Commons shopping center.
Pros
  • Part of an up and coming area
  • So much shopping nearby
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A Work in Progress"

Camp Washington used to be a heavily industrial area and still comes across as more commercial than residential. They have a small population that's remarkably diverse when compared to other Cincinnati neighborhoods. Many Camp Washington homes are older and large. Some were abandoned until the Camp Washington Community Board reclaimed and refurbished them to their original vintage beauty.

Camp Washington History
When I think of Camp Washington, first I think of Camp Washington Chili. They've been around for years and are known for chili with that classic Cincinnati taste that people either hate or love. The other thing I remember is the Workhouse, a prison completed in 1869 and destroyed about 120 years later.

By the 1970s the Workhouse was an aging, behemoth of a prison like you'd see in an old Sylvester Stallone prison movie. In fact it was used for prison scenes in the Stallone movie, “Lock Up.” When you drove through Camp Washington while driving south on I-75, the Workhouse was so imposing, you hardly noticed anything else. These days all that's left of the old Workhouse are a cell door, the prison registry and the yard bell on display at the Hamilton County Justice Center. And memories of that big old ugly prison still come to mind when I think of Camp Washington.

Speaking of big old buildings, demolition of the old Kahn's meat processing complex was completed recently. Construction for a new industrial office complex will begin on the site in 2013.

Shopping and entertainment
Unless you're looking for display pieces at Robert Bugie's on Colerain, There 's not much in the way of shopping in Camp Washington; but the neighborhood is 10 minutes from Downtown and just down the hill from Clifton and CUF. There aren't any elegant places to eat either, but the area does have its share of fast food restaurants.

The American Sign Museum (signmuseum.org) recently relocated to 1330 Monmouth St. in Camp Washington. The cool and quirky museum took over a space once occupied by a women's clothing factory and later a parachute factory. Cincinnati Museum Center is about 5 minutes away and Camp Washington is about 10 minutes from Downtown activities.

Camp Washington Urban Farm Project
The CWCB development corporation is seeking a grant to begin an urban farm. There are no grocers in the immediate area and the farm would bring fresh produce to residents, put a vacant industrial building to use and create up to 40 jobs.

Schools
Camp Washington Community School - The neighborhood school provides G. E. D. classes and tutoring two nights a week. University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State are a 10 minutes away.

There are no medical facilities in the neighborhood, but the Good Samaritan Hospital is just up the hill in Clifton.
Pros
  • Beautiful, renovated homes
Cons
  • Not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Old and beautiful"

Grandin Rd. is a place most people would gladly call home, if only they could afford to live there. It begins in O'Bryonville and ends in the Hyde Park /Mt Lookout area. There used to be a few old frame homes near the quirky intersection of Torrence, Grandin and Madison; but those were razed long ago to make way for the luxury multifamily dwellings on the corner.

Grandin has always had a grand reputation. Along the furthest curves and on its intersecting lanes, you'll find fabulous homes and elegant showplaces.

Grandin Rd. starts a few feet away from the O'Bryonville shopping district.
If you're looking for a fine private school education, Summit Country Day is also on Grandin Rd.
Springer School for students with learning disabilities is on the corner of Madison and Grandin Rd. in the former Marion High School building.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Convenient location
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Fay Apartmens is now The Villages at Roll Hill"

In making a change, you have to start somewhere. For the Fay Apartments, an apartment complex so large it has a Cincinnati neighborhood designation, change began with a 36 million dollar remodeling job from top to bottom. They didn't just do a cosmetic job, they upgraded the buildings with green features. They landscaped the grounds. They also officially changed the name to the Villages at Roll Hill, the name of the hilltop area before the civil war.

The complex is a low in income development where residents pay based on income and only 10% of the population are non-African American. It's not for everyone, but if you are low income and need a new start, it could fit your needs perfectly.

I've been on the Fay Apartments grounds only once a few years back when my son and I were canvassing door to door. They were closing and boarding up buildings in preparation for the original attempt at remodeling, which fell through due to the financial downturn. In general the grounds were neat and clean. Still I remember feeling uncomfortable, thinking of all those past years of reported crime.

The good news is, since the renovation and reopening as the Villages at Roll Hill, crime has dropped. Although I still can't imagine walking the neighborhood after dark, change is happening.

Shopping and entertainment
It's an apartment complex, so of course there are no shops or entertainment in the neighborhood. As they're on the west side of town, anything a resident needs is a convenient 10 to 20 minute drive away.

Schools
There are no schools on the premises, but the the Village at Roll Hill offers year round first and second shift day care on site.

Recreation
They have a clubhouse, playground, baseball diamonds and a basketball court on site. There are programs for seniors, a Saint X sponsored Big Brother program, a parenting skills program, high speed internet access and more activities on the premises.

Mt. Airy Forest is minutes away, offering picnic areas, a disc golf course, a bridle trail, arboretum and hiking paths.

Medical facilities
The Villages at Roll Hill are about a 15 minute drive to west side medical facilities and 20 minutes from hospitals near town.
Pros
  • A fresh start if you need a low income residence.
  • affordable housing
Cons
  • history of crime
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"A few Good things make this neighborhood special"

Kennedy Heights is a mostly residential neighborhood just east of Pleasant Ridge. It's mostly African American as well, but it still has more diversity than some other Cincinnati communities. It's a quiet neighborhood of modest, older homes as well as four-family and moderate sized apartment communities.

Like any near urban neighborhood, the community has a few reported crimes, but Kennedy Heights Community Council and residents are always working to help keep the neighborhood a family friendly and safe place to live. They sponsor clean up days, community events and Citizens on Patrol.

Businesses
The business strip along Montgomery has seen a lot of businesses fade away in the past. There's no shopping to speak of in the neighborhood, but the Kenwood shopping area is 5 minutes northeast on Montgomery Rd. They have a number of restaurants as well.

There are also several businesses in Kennedy Heights that have been in the same locations for a number of years. Blossoms Florist (blossomsflorist.biz) at the corner of Kennedy and Montgomery Rd. has been a staple in the neighborhood for just about 30 years. The owner, Carol Ruffin, has a flair for floral design. For years she's been the florist for many families, including mine.

Kalawentz Naturals (www.kalawentz.com) is another longstanding Kennedy Heights small business located at 6564 Montgomery Rd. The African American hair and skin care product manufacturer and distributor has been featured on MSNBC's Biz on the Side.

Arts
Kennedy Heights Art Center offers a thriving program of arts to the neighborhood. Their large old beautiful building hosts changing exhibitions, art programs and camps and public art events

Kennedy Heights Cultural Center- On June 14 the community broke ground to begin the conversion of the vacant building at Kennedy and Montgomery into the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center. The building housed a Kroger years ago, then a furniture store; but it's been vacant for years. Kennedy Heights Montessori will re-locate to the building. Cincinnati Art Museum will use the facility as an off-site outreach center for an archived collection of art. It will also serve as a satellite location for Kennedy Heights Art Center

Recreation
Daniel Drake Park on Red Bank Rd. was the original site of the annual Juneteenth festival that's now held in Eden Park each year. It's a grassy tree-filled park that sits on a hill high above I-71. It's got picnic areas, a playground and a great view of eastern parts of the city. Kennedy Heights Park is a small park tucked located at the bottom of Robinson at Woodford Rds.

Cincinnati Public Schools
Woodford Paideia Critical Thinking Academy (woodford.cps-k12.org) 3500 Lumford Place  

Private Schools
Kennedy Heights Montessori Center (kennedyheightsmontessori.org ) is an award winning program located on at 6120 Ridge Rd in Pleasant Ridge

There are no medical centers in Kennedy Heights, but Jewish Hospital Kenwood is five minutes.
Pros
  • affordable housing
  • Kennedy Heights Arts Center
  • mainly residential
Cons
  • Montgomery Rd traffic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Hartwell has most of what you need close to home"

Hartwell has some large older homes and some small. The Williamsburg Apartments on Galbraith Rd. have always been a desirable address for renters. Over the years it's expanded to accommodate a growing senior community.

Just like many of the city's older neighborhoods, Hartwell has nice areas, but then there's a section that doesn't seem to fit, like that strip of Vine with back to back used car lots that take away from the neighborhood's charm. As with many areas of the city, there are a variety of reported crimes in Hartwell.

Shopping
Hartwell's business district has a mix of stores that could supply most of a resident's everyday needs. The Hartwell Kroger has been there for years and it has a gas station. CVS has a large store at the corner of Galbraith and Vine. One of my favorites stores in the area is Country Fresh Market on Vine. They've got fresh fruits and veggies and a nice selection of prepackaged and gourmet foods, spices and wines. Their deli has a variety of meats including kosher.

If you're a book lover, check out the Cincinnati Public Library's warehouse facility at 8456 Vine St. The Friends of the Public Library holds used book sales there

Restaurants
There are no fabulous formal restaurants, but Hartwell has a few fast food outlets. Dragon City has pretty good Szechuan Broccoli and they deliver. There's also a Penn Station, Wendy's, Empress Chili and a Frisch's Big Boy.

Recreation
Hartwell Recreation Center, 8275 Vine St.- This city facility has Spinning, Line Dancing, a pool, a meeting room, summer camp for kids and many more activities. Like most Cincinnati recreation facilities, there are inexpensive fees for some activities.

Hartwell Country Club, 59 Caldwell Dr. - This is a private facility that serves Duke Energy employees. It has a golf course, baseball fields and basketball courts and a picnic area. The main building has several party rooms available for rentals. (hartwellrec.com)

Cincinnati Public Schools
Hartwell Elementary School, pre-8, 8320 Vine St. (hartwell.cps-k12.org )

Hospitals
Drake hospital on Galbraith is a long term care and rehab facility that doesn't have traditional hospital services. It's about a 20 minute drive to one of the hospitals in the city.
Cons
  • Too much rush hour traffic on Vine St.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Pleasant Ridge is pleasant indeed"

Pleasant Ridge is not all new and fancy but it's one of my favorite Cincinnati neighborhoods. The people are friendly. The businesses are fun and unique. It's a walkable neighborhood and I feel safe walking it. It's got large older, well kept homes, easy highway access and true diversity among the residents.

The Pleasant Ridge Community Council sponsors Ridge Day and Shop Hops. Last year they organized fund raisers to save their community pool. Thanks to the PRCC their little strip of Montgomery Rd. is now an official city entertainment district. They're currently fighting to save the strip from a proposed chain store that wants to build on the main corner.

Restaurant and entertainment
Emanu serves up Ethiopian cuisine. Gaslight Cafe claims to have one of the best burgers in the city. Loving Hut Cafe makes affordable and delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, including a version of Cincinnati chili. For the genuine dish, there's Pleasant Ridge Chili down the street. Molly Malone's is an authentic Irish pub that also has outdoor seating. If you need coffee you'll find that next door at Pleasant Perk. For fast food tastes, there's a Burger King and a UDF for ice cream.

Shopping
Businesses in Pleasant Ridge do a Shop Hop once a month. Participating merchants fly a green flag to show they're offering a discount that day. Even the hair salons, restaurants, Walgreens and personal service businesses participate.

Everybody's Records (www.everybodysrecords.com) has bins filled with every artist, genre and format of music you can imagine. Since 1936 Mullaney's Pharmacy has offered prescriptions, home health care supplies and a compounding pharmacist to create custom prescriptions. Queen City Comic and Card Co. (www.queencitycomics.com) on the corner of Ridge and Montgomery caters to the kid in you with comic books, magazines and trading cards.

Elliott Jordan Studio & Gallery (jordanpaintsafrica.com) on Ridge Rd sells African Art, handcrafted jewelry, prints and his original paintings and drawings. He teaches private art classes and a social painting class where he coaches a group through painting an artwork they can take home that night.

Across the street you'll notice colorful painted metal flamingos, bulls and roosters hanging out on the sidewalk. That's Hodesh Gallery (facebook.com/hodeshshop/info). The owner brought his unique cultural flair to the neighborhood from the former Vintage Poster Bank in Mt. Lookout.

Further north on Ridge is Cincinati Yoga School (cincyoga.com) 6125 Ridge Rd.

Recreation
-Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center, 5915 Ridge, has a swimming pool, fitness center, game room, soccer, football and baseball fields.
-French Park, about a mile north on Section Rd., has picnic areas, a lodge, playground and hiking trail
Schools
-CPS- Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, pre – 6, 5945 Montgomery (pridge.cps-k12.org)
-Kennedy Heights Montessori, 610 Ridge Rd, offers classes for 3 -K
-Nativity School K-8, 5936 Ridge, (nativity-cincinnati.org/school)
-Moler Hollywood Beauty Academy, 6142 Montgomery Rd

For medical treatment, Bell Chiropractic is in Pleasant Ridge, but the nearest hospital is Jewish Kenwood about 10 minutes away.
Pros
  • People smile and speak when you walk down the street
  • I feel safe there
  • convenient location
  • older, established community
  • variety of dining options
Cons
  • parking can sometimes be difficult
  • traffic can be heavy on Montgomery and Ridge Roads
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 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Lots to do in Mt. Lookout Square"

Mt. Lookout is a beautiful neighborhood with well maintained homes and apartment buildings. The heart of the neighborhood is Mt. Lookout Square where Linwood and Delta converge in a quirky, parallel configuration before going their separate ways. Restaurants, shops and cafes line both sides of the square.

The area can be a bit confusing at times with vehicles curving to the left and right, cars parking in the center and pedestrians crossing back and forth, but that's part of the fun. Other than traffic confusion around the square, Mt Lookout is one of the safest areas in the city.

Shopping
An assortment of small boutiques and shops line both sides of Mt. Lookout Square. The Dust Jacket Bookstore has used, vintage and consignment books. Boardwalk Hobby shop sells models, games and supplies for your favorite hobby. You'll even find a few hair salons and a UDF ice cream store.

Mt Lookout Farmer's Market is held weekly from June through October. This year it will take place in Mt Lookout Square, Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00. If you need more than fruits and veggies, Kroger and Remke/Biggs in Hyde Park Plaza are just a few minutes away.

Restaurants and entertainment
If you want dinner out in Mount Lookout, you'll find a lot of variety in that always-busy area. Nectar (dineatnectar.com) focuses on Mediterranean style dishes created with local and organically grown ingredients. Ichiban (ichibancinci.com) serves sushi and Japanese cuisine. Zip's Cafe (zipscafe.com) says they serve the city's best cheeseburger. There are several other eateries in the area.

The Redmoor, (theredmoor.com) formerly the Mt. Lookout Theater, is now an entertainment venue. They host live musical performances. The space can also be rented for weddings, parties and special events.

Parks and Recreation
Ault Park 3600 Observatory – This beautiful park is tucked away among some of the neighborhood's beautiful homes. It has picnic facilities, nature trails and a terraced pavilion that's perfect for weddings and parties; and in 2008 it was the site of a major Obama rally.

Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Pl., was established in 1842. It's the home of the world's oldest telescope still in use. The Observatory offers educational programs and public events for all ages

Mt. Lookout Swim Club (membership only) Ellison at Totten Aves. (mtlookoutswimclub.com)

Cincinnati Public Schools
Kilgour Elementary K-6, 1339 Herschel Ave. (kilgour.cps-k12.org)

Private Schools
Cardinal Pacelli School- Pre-K – 8, 927 Ellison, (cardinalpacelli.org)
St Ursala Villa -1-8 also Aftercare and Homework Club programs, 3660 Vineyard Place, (stursulavilla.org)

There are no hospitals in the neighborhood, but if your doggie gets sick, the Animal Hospital on Mt. Lookout Square (www.ahomls.com) is open six days a week. People hospitals are about 15 minutes away.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Great nightlife
  • excellent restaurants
  • walkable community (if you don't mind hills)
Cons
  • No diversity
  • housing can be pricey
  • parking at Mt. Lookout Square can be difficult, especially on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A little street with a lot to offer"

Ludlow is the heart of the "Gaslight district." If you're looking to settle down, you'll find a section of beautiful homes, some grand and some simple. There are also some older apartment buildings.

If you're looking to shop it's got a business district with small boutiques selling clothing, toys and other interesting merchandise. For good eats and drinks there are cafes, bars, several Indian restaurants, a Burrito place and a wine shop. Sitwell's Coffee Shop has every wall filled with eclectic decor, including the sign that declares "Friends don't let friends go to Starbucks."

Since IGA closed, they've needed a grocery store on Ludlow, but there's still Mediterranean Foods, a small grocer that also sells a selection of prepared foods you can eat in or take with you.

For entertainment, the Esquire Theater is an art cinema where you can catch trendy and foreign films, and even "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Ludlow Ave. is minutes away from several hospitals and also the University of Cincinnati. There's an entrance to Cincinnati State University on the Ludlow side.
Pros
  • I always feel safe on Ludlow, day or night
  • Offers a wide assortment of eateries and activities
  • Safe
  • Very walkable
Cons
  • Parking can be difficult
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"East Walnut Hills: Woodburn Ave. is all new"

I actually had to take a look at a few city maps to reconcile my brain to Walnut Hills/East Walnut Hills geography. When I worked in a bank building on Madison Rd. several decades ago, I remember Woodburn Ave. and the streets immediately east of it as part of the less illustrious Walnut Hills. The large beautiful mansions and historic homes further east and off Madison Rd. (you know like the lovely home where they filmed Rainman driving his father's car on the driveway), were part of East Walnut Hills.

Woodburn's low income residents considered themselves Walnut Hills residents back then; but apparently that was a temporary separation of sorts from East Walnut hills, like in the way a family disowns a rowdy second cousin. I checked, and an official city of Cincinnati map has the Walnut Hills/East Walnut Hills line of demarcation running dead down the middle of Woodburn Ave. It cuts here and there in a strangely convoluted manner. What does that mean?

Woodburn Ave. and its adjacent streets were once shunned, but they've been welcomed back into the East Walnut Hills fold. Historic buildings are being refurbished into compatibility with their upscale cousins to the east. Beautiful new apartment buildings are replacing deteriorating low income complexes. A few years ago someone even took the boards down from the bank building on the corner of Madison and Woodburn.

There's occasional crime in the area, so I would still be a little leery of walking the Woodburn Ave. area at night; but the demographic is changing. These days you'll find galleries and restaurants and a host of other trendy businesses. While you may never be able to afford one of East Walnut Hills' grand old mansions, the area along Woodburn Ave is opening up a number of trendy, near town living spaces most professionals might not have considered five to ten years ago.

Entertainment and shopping
In the DeSale's Corner area you'll find a mix of new and old businesses, including One More Stitch knitting shop and Suzie Wong's Asian Cuisine. Delicious!

Schulloff's Equipment Rental, 2709 Woodburn, has been in the same spot for 75 years. Anthem has offices on William Howard Taft at Woodburn. (Walnut Hills or East Walnut Hills? not sure) You'll also find Obama 2012 headquarters on Woodburn, an art gallery or two and several other recently refurbished buildings awaiting new tenants.

Recreation
Eden Park is a few minutes away.

Private Schools
St. Frances DeSales Elementary K-8, 1602 Madison Rd. (desalescincy.org)
Purcell Marian Catholic High School, 2935 Hackberry St., a Catholic Boys and Girls School. (purcellmarian.org)
St. Ursala Academy for Girls, 1339 E. McMillan (saintursula.org)

There are no hospitals in the immediate area, but East Walnut Hills is 10 minutes away from area hospitals.
Pros
  • Central location
  • Gorgeous, opulent properties
Cons
  • Rather expensive properties
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Columbia-Tusculum: Slow down and take a look"

Columbia-Tusculum is Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood with some of the oldest homes, although most Cincinnatians probably know it as the neighborhood they zip through on their way to an eastern destination. The streets that intersect Columbia Parkway (Rt. 50) have a selection of historic homes. Somewhere along the line quite a few residents decided their homes would be cool painted in unusual color combinations like purple and blue. It's an interesting look to say the least.

There's a Community Council and Business Association (columbiatusculum.org) working to keep the neighborhood moving forward. In the hills above Rt. 50 you'll see newer homes of the sort that require an executive or local star salary to own. In 2011, Columbia Tusculum was the location of the city's first Greenarama, a home event that showcased a development of LEED certified condominiums. If the community and the developers can work out the design specifications, there will soon be a new 76 unit apartment complex on the corner of Columbia and Delta Ave.

Shopping and entertainment
If you're on Rt. 50 and miss the stop light at Delta Ave., you'll probably zoom right through the T-C entertainment and shopping district. The Precinct is certainly the highlight of the area, a must-do if you love steak. The rest of area has been growing commercially over the past few years as well. There's a plaza with a selection of new businesses.

For fitness there's a Moksha Yoga. If your kids need preschool playdates, there's a Gymboree. The Green Dog Cafe (greendogcafe.net) has a nice selection of organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes. There's also a Bruegger's Bagels for a fast food on the go.

Allyn's Cafe is across the street at 3538 Columbia Parkway. They've got outdoor seating and a multi-colored sign that advertises Cajun-Mexican food. Nearby is Greener Stock, a small green goods store.

There are no grocery stores in the immediate area, but Hyde Park Plaza Kroger and Remke/Biggs are a 10 minute drive in good traffic. There are also bars, restaurants and lots of entertainment a few minutes away in Mt. Lookout.

Recreation
Columbia Tusculum is near the river, which means it's only minutes to river-based water activities.

Lunken Airport is a five minute drive. They've got picnic areas, a bike trail an active airfield with incoming and outbound flights as well as resources for flying lessons. It's also a short drive from T-C to Ault Park and the Cincinnati Observatory.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Riverview East Academy, Pre-K-12 public enrollment, 3555 Kellogg Ave. (rivervieweast.cps-k12.org)
Cincinnati Gifted Academy, Grades 3-6, 3555 Kellogg Ave. (giftedacademy.cps-k12.org)

There are no medical facilities in the neighborhood, but city hospitals aren't that far away.
Pros
  • Nice homes
  • Quiet and pretty
Cons
  • Very little diversity
  • Lots of steep hills
  • No Grocery Store or Drug Stores
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Walnut Hills: The old and the new"

Like many of the urban neighborhoods close to the heart of Cincinanti, Walnut Hills is a mix of old and new buildings and high to low incomes. There are fabulous large historic homes, especially in the area surrounding Eden Park. On Gilbert Ave you'll find the well-preserved home of writer Harriet Beecher Stowe. There are high rises at the edge of Eden Park and small and large apartment buildings throughout the neighborhood, including a senior highrise on Park Ave. at William Howard Taft.

Walnut Hills has a few problems with crime, but Good Guys Loitering holds sit-ins along McMillan to let criminals know their presence won't be tolerated. The Walnut Hills Area Council (walnuthills.us) is also a positive presence in the neighborhood.

Shopping and Eating
The main strip that stretches beyond Peeple's corner and down McMillan Ave used to be a thriving shopping district. Kroger, CVS and US Bank are still there. There's a Wendy's on William Howard Taft, Andy's Mediterranean Grill on Nassau and a scattering of small stores still holding their own along McMillan.

The empty storefronts you'll see are solid, brick, historic buildings. When I pass them, I get the impression they're waiting for a rebirth. That's a reasonable assumption given the renewal that's already taken place further down the street.

Brew House (www.brewhouse.com) hasn't left the corner of Park in over 34 years. In that same strip, Kurelis Interiors, Simply Stitches Upholstery and Walker Funeral Homes recently opened their doors in formerly empty buildings. Across the street, Parkside Cafe serves breakfast and lunch out of the old Frisch's spot. Down the road McDonalds, Skyline and my favorite Taco Casa handle my fast food cravings.

Recreation and other activities
Bush Recreation Center, 2640 Kemper Lane has a pool, fitness center, game room and more
The Cincinnati Public Library on Kemper Lane has summer reading programs for children
Eden Park is at the South Edge of Walnut Hills. They've got wonderful overlooks, a kid's play area and Khron Conservatory.

Cincinnati Public Schools
Walnut Hills High School 3250 Victory Parkway (It's actually in Evanston)
Frederick Douglas School Pre-8, 2627 Park Ave. (douglass.cps-k12.org )

Walnut Hills is 5 minutes away from several hospitals.
Pros
  • Pockets of trendy business
  • Eden Park is beautiful
  • Everything I need is within walking distance
  • Beautiful properties
  • Central location
  • Rich in history
Cons
  • Okay walking by day, not so much by night
  • Not much nightlife
  • Not much shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Lots of cool diversity in a small strip"

Hamilton is another Cincinnati street that goes a pretty good distance. In Northside it's the main street where you'll find most of the neighborhood activity. Hoffner Park is the site for local festivals and events. The local LGBT alliance has its office on Hamilton. You'll find a variety of bars, restaurants, a tattoo parlor, record shop, hardware store, library and other businesses right there on Hamilton in Northside. If you love sliders, White Castle is a few feet away from Hamilton at Knowlton's Corner. If you lean more toward veggie and other sandwiches, try Melt.

For fitness, Yoga..ahh is on Spring Grove at the corner of Hamilton. There's a weekly Farmer's Market in a parking lot Hamilton. There's a Cincinnati Health Dept. Medical Center is blocks away on Spring Grove. Hamilton is a few minutes away from UC and Cincinnati State.

Further north on Hamilton, you'll find large older homes with big yards.
Pros
  • Lots of neat businesses in a short distance
  • Walkable neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Strictly commercial"

Walnut Street is Downtown and runs north to south. It begins in Over the Rhine with some residential area that have been mostly refurbished, and ends at the riverfront area near the Great American Ballpark.

Walnut is mostly commercial and along the way you'll pass the Huge Downtown Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, the Aronoff Center for the Performing arts, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincy's (formerly Cadillac Ranch) and a few other restaurants. You'll pass the east side of Federal Courthouse (formerly the Downtown Post Office) and Fountain Square, although the 5th Third tower blocks the view.

If you need a bus, Walnut passes right by the Downtown Metro hub. You can catch a bus to go anywhere in the city.

Shopping at Macy's, Tiffany and a few other stores is just a block away.
Pros
  • Entertainment and eats
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"It runs through the city and keeps on going"

Vine is one of several Cincinnati streets that starts Downtown, travels through several neighborhoods and keeps on going. In town it passes right by Fountain Square, Macy's and the Kroger Building. You reach Over the Rhine after Vine crosses Central Parkway.

There are several blocks of trendy stores and remodeled storefronts awaiting new tenants. In the few blocks after that there's a Kroger grocery store, St. Francis Seraph, an historic OTR Catholic church. There's a distinctly urban strip that's has a park and a combination of mostly boarded up buildings, but a few are still tenant occupied. Most of the not so great buildings in this area will probably see new life in future redevelopment.

Up the hill Vine passes Rothenberg school, another park, some older residences and then it veers off into what I can only call the U.C. Zone, the short Vine shopping area in Corryville.

Vine just keeps on going, past the EPA facility, the VA hospital, some older apartment buildings, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and an older sort of worn-out residential area. Vine passes Roger Bacon High School High School and after that moves through the small City of St. Bernard which is outside the city limits.

Vine passes through Downtown, Corryville, Avondale and it keeps on going.
Pros
  • Diversity
Cons
  • Way too much traffic the whole way
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A nice place to hang out"

My fondest memories of St Gregory revolve around their art shows years ago. Art lovers from across the city would converge on Mt Adams to spend a leisurely day walking the streets. They no longer have those shows, but not much has really changed since then. It's still a cool street with restaurants, shopping and even a United Dairy Farmers Ice Cream store.
Pros
  • Trendy
Cons
  • Parking can be difficult
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"It depends on what you're looking for"

If you're looking at E. Liberty, how you judge it depends on what you're looking for. If you're a developer hoping to cash in on the future, it's prime territory. If you want to live a quiet, crime free life today, it's probably not the place for you.

East Liberty is a street in transition at the far edge of Over The Rhine and the bottom of the hill from Mount Auburn. It ends at Reading. Just on the other side is a highway connection that takes tons of people to and from I-471 each day, so there's tons of traffic.

Just above this strip of Liberty you'll already find a number of older homes that have been renovated to perfection. That's a pretty quiet area. To the West of the section near Reading Rd. you'll find Pendleton, an area where the Pendleton Art Center and Verdin Bell Center are located. A few yards away on Reading is the construction site of the new Horseshoe casino that's scheduled to open in 2013. That makes this area a prime target for future redevelopment.
Pros
  • Easy highway access
Cons
  • Crime
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • 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 4/5
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"Westwood: You'll like this hilltop neighborhood"

Westwood is the largest neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Like many of the near-town neighborhoods you'll find historic architecture. The main corner, Harrison and Montana, is a particularly historic district. In that one area you'll find buildings housing Westwood Town Hall, Library, School and several other buildings on the National Historic Register.

Westwood is mostly residential with many large old, well-kept homes. A recent effort has been organized to renovate the historic home of James Gamble, one of the original Procter and Gamble founders. There are also quite a few rental properties in the neighborhood, some are older and in need of repair.

Westwood is part of the Cincinnati Police Department's District 3. The area has a few crime problems, but officials are quick to point out that Westwood also gets named as the location of crimes that actually took place elsewhere. The Westwood Civic Association (www.westwoodcivic.org), Citizens on Patrol and Good Guys Loitering work together to address safety and security issues in the neighborhood. The civic association also sponsors a community garden.

Shopping in Westwood
The neighborhood is primarily residential, but there are a few shops along Harrison Ave. Otherwise you'll find whatever you need in nearby shopping malls and strips.

There's not much in the way of night life in Westwood, but the community sponsors the annual West Fest each June. It's a street festival with entertainment, food and merchant booths lining Harrison Ave.

There are several notable restaurants. To outsiders, LaRosa's may seem like just another pizza place, but to Westwood residents, it's a hometown business. You'll find LaRosa's Pizza restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, but the chain's corporate headquarters and flagship restaurant remain in Westwood. Henke's Winery is also a Westwood tradition. Food Republic Magazine named it one of the country's top urban wineries.

Cincinnati Public Schools operates Westwood Elementary School, K-8 at 2601 Westwood Northern Blvd. (westwoodschool.cps-k12.org). There are several other schools in the area including Oak Hills High School on Ebeneezer Rd. (www.oakhills.k12.oh.us/ohhs ) and St Jude Elementary on Bridgetown Rd (stjudebridgetown.org ).

Medical facilities
There's a Good Samaritan satellite facility nearby and plans to open a Children's Hospital Out Patient facility off Harrison Ave.. Mercy West will open in 2013 (mercywest.com)

Parks and Recreation
Brodeck Preserve is located on Westwood-Northern Blvd. Take the back way down Montana Ave. and you'll run right into Mt Airy Forest, a huge wooded facility with picnic areas, an arboretum and much more.
Pros
  • Large historic homes
  • Mostly quiet streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Mt. Washington: A quiet hilltop"

If you can figure out a way to avoid Beechmont Ave. traffic to and from work, Mt. Washington can be a pretty nice place to live. That is if you don't mind residing in one of Cincinnati's many hilltop neighborhoods. Most of the homes are small and well maintained. There are also quite a few large rental complexes. They have a community council (mwcc.org) to deal with neighborhood issues and help keep things running smoothly.

Mt. Washington is quiet for the most part, but they've seen a change or two, just like most other Cincinnati neighborhoods. Most of the changes have been to the small business district at the top of the hill. Businesses come and go from the strip of small storefront locations on Beechmont Ave., but that block of stores always manages to remain full.

Shopping
All along Beechmont Ave. just beyond the top of the hill and before the water tower you'll find several strip shopping areas. There are a few fast food restaurants, small shops, a Walgreens, Goodwill and a few banks. Kroger is the biggest commercial draw. There's also a Mt. Washington Farmer's Market where area farmers set up booths from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday, June - October.

There's a Mt. Washington branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 2049 Beechmont with free internet access.

If you can't find what you want in the area at the top of the hill, you can always travel a few miles up the road to Anderson Towne Center Mall and beyond for major department stores, restaurants and more.

Historic Mt. St. Mary's Seminary
Even those who pass by St. Mary's every day might not know about the beautiful interiors in the seminary that sit about 100 yards back from Beechmont Ave. When I toured the main building a few years ago I was fascinated by the hallway lined with historic Rookwood tiles, the grand stained glass windows, fabulous paintings and vintage ornate décor throughout the building.

Recreation
Mt. Washington Recreation Center is a Cincinnati Recreation Commission Facility located at 1715 Beacon Street. They have a baseball field, pool with diving board, gym, tennis court, computer center and more.

Cincinnati Public Schools
Sands Montessori on 6421 Corbly Rd. (sandsmontessori.cps-k12.org)

Private Schools
Guardian Angels School, 6539 Beechmont (gaschool.org)
McNicholas High School, 6536 Beechmont (mcnhs.org)
The Athenaeum Mt St. Mary's Seminary, 6616 Beechmont (athenaeum.edu)

There are no hospitals in Mt. Washington, but Mercy Anderson is about 10 to 20 minutes away depending on Beechmont Ave. traffic.
Pros
  • Conveniently located
  • Modestly priced housing
  • Primarily residential
Cons
  • Too much traffic on Beechmont during rush hour
  • Lacks nightlife and entertainment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"OTR: A neighborhood with an identity crisis"

Over the Rhine has professional people and the spacious apartments and lofts, trendy shops, bars and art they want. It's got poor people and the ministries, soup kitchens and jobs programs they need. It's got Music Hall, a grand venue for the opera, ballet and the occasional formal ball. It's got homeless women and men and even veterans, hanging out on the street looking for their next meal. They all get together on Saturdays at Historic Findlay Market to smile, eat, celebrate and buy fresh produce.

Over the Rhine has some of the grandest historic architecture in the country, including several beautiful old Catholic Churches. Movie production companies have set up their cameras in OTR because it still has the look and feel of New York in the early 1900s. OTR is known for its high crime, but as the neighborhood changed, it became kinder, gentler and less of a threat. The distinction of crime locale number 1 has settled into the west side of town.

Shopping and Entertainment
For 10 years I worked for a ministry in Over the Rhine and watched in awe as the neighborhood changed. I saw blocks of empty, worn out store fronts along Vine reclaimed and renewed. Businesses crossed Central Parkway and formed a charming shopping area with restaurants, a furniture gallery and even a Segway Dealer.

Main St. has seen its changes as well. A few years ago, it was full of galleries. There are still few artsy places left and also entertainment spots like Motr Pub, Mr. Pitifuls and Mixx Ultra Lounge. Second Sundays on Main is the street's monthly urban summer festival, with art booths, music and themed entertainment. There's also an annual Bock Fest on Main. Park+Vine on Main is Cincinnati's Green General Store. If you're looking for recycled, upcycled, non-toxic, local or natural, they've got it.

Pendleton Art Center is a few blocks away from Main, although these days I think they call the area Pendleton. If you're into edgy theater productions, check out a Know Theatre Tribe production on Jackson St. near Music Hall. (knowtheatre.com)

Recreation
Renovation on Washington Park across from Music Hall is just about finished.
The Lords Gym on12th St. is an urban gym for weight lifting, exercise and Christian Fellowship
YMCA at Central Parkway and Elm offers fitness programs.

Medical Facilities
Crossroads Health Center at Liberty and Vine bills for medical and dental care based on income. For emergency care, it's a 10 minute trip up Vine St. to University, Veterans, Children's or Christ Hospital in Mt. Auburn.

Cincinnati Public School
School for Creative and Performing Arts, k-12, 108 W. Central Parkway (scpak12.org)
Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, 2120 Vine St. (rothenberg.cps-k12.org)

Private Schools
St Francis Elementary, a Catholic K-8, 14 E. Liberty at Vine (stfrancisseraphschool.org)
The Art Academy on Jackson St. (artacademy.edu)
Pros
  • Park+Vine on Main for green products
  • Second Sundays on Main Urban Festival
  • Findlay Market
  • Rich in history
  • Very trendy
Cons
  • I will walk the streets of OTR by day but not by night
  • Congested traffic
  • Parking can be diffiicult
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Corryville: U.C is taking over"

Like most neighborhoods close to town, Corryville is just one more older community targeted for change. Developers have ramped up their efforts to tear down the old to make way for the new. That includes a few abandoned businesses but also the homes of longtime residents. It's a progress of sorts.

Over the past several years, apartment and condominium communities have risen up along Martin Luther King across from University Hospital. Construction on newer mixed-use developments is in all stages of completion. When finished, they will house college students, medical-field residents and professionals with a sprinkling of restaurants and businesses mixed in. If it's a lifestyle that should appeal to youthful residents.
Corryville has a few of the problems you'll find in aging, urban communities when new meets old. There are incidents of crime, but a combination of city and U.C. Campus Police do what they can to keep it in check.

Interesting buildings
If you drive west on Martin Luther King as you pass University Hospital you'll see a fabulously curvy structure by renowned architect, Frank Gheary. Just above the hill there's a huge EPA complex on the right. Further west, you'll see a tall, rather strange, poured-concrete building that was part of U.C.'s Brodie complex built in the late 60s. It seemed even stranger back then.

Short Vine for entertainment and more
Short Vine has been Corryville's primary entertainment and shopping venue for decades. Bogart's is one of the few long term businesses still open. They've been offering live concerts for years and still manage to pack the house with music lovers from rock to hip-hop. Restaurants come and go from the area, but you can still find pizza, Jamaican and a few other food specialties.

Kroger is small but they offer a college-student friendly stock of organic fruits, organic frozen meals, traditional groceries and snacks, and lots of beer of course. Kroger is targeted for future expansion.

The Corryville branch of the Hamilton County Public Library on Short Vine has computers with free internet access. U.C.'s DAAP college has an art gallery nearby.

Highland Coffee House is nearby on Highland Ave. at University Ave. They were a coffee house long it was the in thing to do. Mecklenburg Gardens on University has been serving up German food in their vine-covered bier garden since 1865.

Schools
University of Cincinnati, UC Medical School, UC College of Pharmacy
Scheil Elementary School is being demolished to make way for development.
Corryville Catholic on Calhoun (corryvillecatholic.org)
The Willow Tree House Preschool is on Highland (thewillowtreehouse.com)
Mayerson Academy for Human Resource Development is on Highland (mayersonacademy.org)

Recreation
Corryville Recreation Center on Eden Ave. has a computer center, fitness center, playground and basketball court
Burnett Woods is close. It has picnic areas and more.
Pros
  • Bogarts is a fun place to go
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Oakley: Up and coming and they know it"

Someone, possibly a Hyde Park resident, created a tee shirt that says “Oakley is not Hyde Park.” The good news is that those who live in Oakley probably consider that a good thing. They've got a lot going on already. They don't have time to be envious of their neighbor to the south.

Small older homes coexist peacefully with the ever expanding Oakley business district. The park in the middle of Oakley Square is looking really good after its recent face lift. Planned development will bring more rental units to the area. The Oakley Community Council (oakleynow.com) works closely with commercial and private residents to keep things moving in a positive direction.

Shopping
Oakley lists a host of businesses on its roster. Some are new, while others have been around for years. Most are in the lengthy walkable area that begins on Madison just west of Ridge and continues for about a mile. You'll find everything you need from toys to groceries and a few things you might not expect, like a surprise designer item at the Goodwill store on Markbreit off Madison Ave. or a creative find at the Red Tree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop. Duck Creek Antique Mall is on Madison, a little east of the main shopping area. Oakley is also home to Target, Meijer and a few other big box stores in the area between Madison Rd. and Ridge Ave.

Entertainment
The Ambassador theater is a classic example of Oakley's architectural stability. It's exactly the same on the outside as it was years and years ago when I stood in line for tickets to Sunday matinees. Inside, however, it's got a whole new personality with tables and chairs, a stage, twinkling party lights and live music. The 20th Century about a block away offers a similar entertainment venue. Near Oakley Square, you'll find restaurants like Shaan India and Habits Cafe as well as local favorite Skyline Chili. There are also a few spots with a neighborhood feel like Oakley Pub and Grill.

Churches
You'll find Catholic, Methodist, Church of Christ and other congregations, as well as non-denominational Crossroads. At first glance you'll think Crossroads (crossroads.net ) is a sports arena. It's even got a flashy digital sign out front that posts messages to passersby. Their philosophy: “Whatever your thoughts on church, whatever your beliefs about God, you are welcome here..”

Schools
Saint Cecila (K - 8) Catholic, 4115 Taylor (www.stceciliacinti.org)
Hyde Park Play School, Infant, toddler and pre-school programs 3846 Drake Ave.
Ohio Connections Academy

There are no major medical facilities in Oakley, but Jewish Hospital Kenwood is only 15 minutes away via I-71.
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Pros
  • less expensive than Hyde Park
  • local shopping and restaurants
  • up-and-coming
Cons
  • moderate crime rate
  • traffic congestion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Carthage: Used cars and White Castles"

When I think of Carthage I think of Hamilton County Fairgrounds.... and cars. There have always been car dealers along Vine St. although most of the names have changed over the years.

The one Carthage constant is the “..big Indian sign..” It's a taller-than-a-building statue of an Indian that was originally placed there by Cherokee motors. For years that Indian has been watching over the big tangled intersection where Vine St. meets Paddock meets North Bend just beyond I-75. It's a big awkward merge that keeps Carthage traffic a little crazy at rush hour.

Beyond Vine the streets are lined with older homes. They're not fancy and not very valuable, but most are easily accessible from from I-75.

Businesses in Carthage
Even if cars aren't the main industry in Carthage, it sure seems that way. You'll find other businesses like roofers and movers and a few factories, but mostly you'll see used car lots, buy here-pay here lots and a few empty car lots. There are also auto auctions at the fairgrounds and used parts retailers like Carthage Auto Parts.

What is there to do in Carthage?
Carthage has a few neighborhood bars like Andy's Cafe. There's a United Dairy Farmers if you simply must have ice cream and a White Castle if you need to make a late night slider run.

There are a few big events at the fair grounds, like the annual Cincinnati Hispanic Festival and the Hamilton County Fair. But that's pretty much it for Carthage entertainment.

Parks and Recreation
Caldwell Nature Preserve is on North Bend Rd at the edge of Hartwell. The park has a nature Center, amphitheater and nature trails.

Schools
Carthage Paideia Academy Elementary School, K – 7, 125 W North Bend Rd

Medical Facilities
There are no hospitals, but several are less than a 15 minute drive away.
Pros
  • Easy acces via I-75
Cons
  • Rush hour traffic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"California: The best Cincinnati neighborhood you never heard of"

Ask a typical Cincinnati resident where the neighborhood California is, and they'll probably give you a blank stare. It's at the eastern edge of the city and a place most people won't ever come close to unless they're on their way to a spring or summer event in the area. California is off the beaten path and you can bet the people who live there chose it for that distinctive quality.

My first memories of the neighborhood center around California Woods, a beautiful city park and nature preserve where Cincinnati Public School teachers used to take students for an annual outing. The neighborhood has changed for the better since then. Even the older homes and businesses have a freshly painted, upscale look.

California resident's incomes are nearly 3 times that of the average Cincinnatian. Their home values are nearly three times the average as well, although being close to the river can be a bit of a hassle when it hits flood stage.

Arts and Entertainment on Kellogg Ave.
If you lived in California, you'd have easy access to a variety of entertainment, most of it along Kellogg Ave. There's California Woods of course, and the river has docks and river adjacent restaurants.

Riverbend Entertainment Center (www.riverbend.org) on Kellogg Ave. is an outdoor amphitheater where acts like Def Leopard, Rascal Flats, Stevie Nicks and the Cincinnati Pops orchestra come out to play.

Coney Island (coneyislandpark.com) is right next door. It used to be the city's main amusement park way back before Kings Island opened its gates. It still has classic rides, water slides and mini golf; but it's known mostly for Sunlight Pool and Moonlight Gardens, an old fashioned fairy princess setting for an outdoor wedding. Coney is also the home of Summerfair (summerfair.org), a nationally known arts and crafts event in June.

River Downs (riverdowns.com ) has been holding horse races on Kellogg Ave since 1925.

Parks and Recreation
In addition to large and wonderful California Woods, the California golf course is located at 5924 Kellogg Avenue,

River activities: The river is nearby, which means boating, bars and river based fun.

Schools
Cincinnati Public Schools
-Cincinnati Gifted Academy (3-6) 3555 Kellogg Ave (giftedacademy.cps-k12.org)
-Riverview East Academy (Preschool-12) 3555 Kellogg Ave (rivervieweast.cps-k12.org)
-Sands Montessori School (Preschool-6) a Cincinnati Magnet School up the hill in Mt Washington. (sandsmontessori.cps-k12.org)

Private schools
McNicholas High School 6536 Beechmont Ave. (mcnhs.org)
Pros
  • California Woods
Cons
  • The Kellogg Ave traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Bond Hill: Getting Better"

Like many Cincinnati neighborhoods, Bond Hill is changing, mostly for the better. Over the years it has remained a neighborhood of mostly small working class residences, apartments and townhomes. There are also a few hidden streets lined with beautiful old showplaces, a number of newly constructed homes and a scattering of businesses.

There are several areas of new homes, including a housing development on Langdon Farm Rd. that was the 2011 location of Citirama, the city's urban home showcase. Bond Hill Is easily accessible via State Route 562, the strip between I-71 and I-75 that locals call “Norwood Lateral.”

Bond Hill has a nearly balanced White/African American racial mix and a small “other” population. There are a few problems with crime, but the Bond Hill Community Council and Neighborhood Watch work with the police to curb criminal activities.

Local Businesses.
There's a Walgreen's at Seymour and Reading and a few shops in Hillcrest Plaza. When Kroger left a few years ago, Sav-a-Lot Groceries filled the void. Captain D's, McDonald's and Ritchies Fast Food have remained open for years. There are 4 bars in Bond hill, including Sonny's All That Jazz on California Ave.

Bond hill has a few unique businesses and organizations, like the factory that produces Graeter's Ice Cream, Restore - One of the city's two Habitat for Humanity home materials resale stores, St Aloyisius Orphage and Glad House: behavioral services for children of addicted parents.

Jordan's Crossing
Jordan's Crossing used to be a full service shopping center years ago. These days it houses 9 retail and service businesses; Community Action Agency and 3 other non profit organizations; 6 churches, including Jordan Crossing owner, Allen Temple A. M. E.

Parks and Recreation
-Bond Hill City Park is on California Ave.
-Roselawn City Park is on Seymour Ave.
-Cincinnati Gardens, at the edge of Bond Hill in Norwood, has been holding concerts and sporting events for decades.

Education
Cincinnati Public Schools
-Bond Hill Academy- pre-8, 1510 California Ave.
-Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies- Pre-8, 1908 Seymour Ave.
-Woodward Career Technical High School-9-12, 7005 Reading Rd

Private or Charter Schools
-Horizon Science Academy Charter School (horizoncincy.org)
-Phoenix Community Learning Center (thephoenixcommunitylearningcenter.org)
-Pace High School (pacehigh.org)
-St. Aloyisius 4721 Reading (staloysiuscincinnati.org)
-National College, 6871 Steger Dr.(national-college.edu).

There are no hospitals in Bond Hill, but there are several medical facilities less than a 15 drive away.
Pros
  • Always improving
Cons
  • Occasional issues with crime
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
CUF
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"CUF? Oh, you mean Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview?"

I've lived in Cincinnati a long time, and find the whole CUF thing a bit confusing. That's mostly because it's not a real place. CUF is an acronym, like RLS or OMG. You won't see a CUF destination sign on the 17 bus or hear residents say “I live in CUF,” because they actually live in Clifton Heights, University Heights or Fairview.

Those communities are mostly a residential mix of simple and elegant older homes and tons of apartments, condos and shared homes where UC students and graduates live. Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview have had a joint neighborhood association since the late 80s (cufna.org/history.html), so the CUF thing isn't much of a stretch.

Shopping and eating in CUF
The Calhoun/McMillan area of CUF (The Heights) has small shops and restaurants that cater to the college population. That's where Campus Cyclery, Plaza Artist's Materials, Dubois bookstore and several other small shops are located. There are more shopping options available on nearby Ludlow Ave.

Restaurants
You'll find Five Guys, Subway, Curritos, Panera, Potbelly's, Buffalo Wild Wings and others along Calhoun. On the McMillan side is Deep India, Red Pepper Asian, Chicago Gyro, China Food and more.

Arts & Entertainment
There are a number bars in the area, like Mad Frog at McMillan and Vine with live music. If you're not into the bar scene, try:
-UC College Conservatory of Music (ccm.uc.edu) presents musical productions.
-UC College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (daap.uc.edu) showcases graduating student's design projects.
-The Heights Music Festival in April presents “multi-genre” music.(http://www.theheightsmusicfestival.com/about/)

Medical Facilities
-Good Samaritan Hospital is on Clifton across from Burnett Woods.
-Deaconess Hospital is still open just off Clifton, although they've recently closed their ER.
-University Hospital is in Corryville. VA and Children's Hospitals are in Avondale and Christ Hospital is in Mt. Auburn. All are a 10 minute drive or less from CUF.

Parks and Recreation
As I passed Burnett Woods the other day, they were set up for trapeze lessons. There's always something going on there and UC has a variety of participant and spectator sports events.

Education
Cincinnati Public Schools
-Hughes High on Clifton Ave., grades 7 – 12
-Fairview-Clifton German Language School on Clifton Ave., (fairview.cps-k12.org/)

University of Cincinnati has tons of educational opportunities and child care on campus.

This is a college area with lots of people coming and going from all over. They have a few issues with crime and noise. The area is mostly safe during the day, but if you're out at night go with a buddy.
Pros
  • Walkable business district
  • Inexpensive rental properties
  • Nearby hospitals
  • Nearby schools
Cons
  • Hard to find parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Avondale: It's got lots of hospitals"

Avondale... not to be confused with North Avondale, is a high crime area. I might as well get that fact out of the way up front. The ghosts of 60s civil unrest still haunt the old Reading Rd. business district. They've tried really hard for decades, but never quite bounced back. The Avondale Community Council and neighborhood patrol groups work to keep things positive and get criminals to back off, and there's always new construction.

Avondale's main streets are mostly safe during the day; but I'd never walk them after dark. My issues are based on reported crimes. If you ask someone else, the negatives you hear may also have a slight bias based on the fact that Avondale is one of the city's few overwhelmingly African American communities.

People still come to Avondale
No matter what anyone says, including me, thousands of outsiders come to Avondale every single day. The Zoo and the Hospitals are there. Children's, Shriner's Burns Institute, Veterans Administration, Hoxworth Blood Center, Jewish Hospital Cholesterol and Metabolism Center and even the Ronald McDonald House are all in Avondale. There are lots of medical/professional offices, including Cincinnati Board of Health. University Hospital is just beyond Burnett Ave.

Recreation
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens (cincinnatizoo.org) is one of the nation's oldest zoos. They've got new green elements like solar panels and water runoff collectors, great animals and plants and nationally known zoo and wildlife guy, Thane Maynard.

CRC's Hirsch Recreation Center on Reading, offers activities for residents from youth to seniors. Like most Cincinnati neighborhoods, Avondale has a few small parks and green spaces like Fleischman Gardens.

Meng’s Martial Arts offers paid classes in Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong, San Shou, and Wing Chun. (cinciwingchun.com)

Churches
The Avondale Community Council directory (avondalecommunitycouncil.org/links.lasso) lists 45 churches.

Shopping
Auto Zone, Simply Fashions, Simply Shoes, Deveroes urban clothing, Family Dollar, UDF and other shops are open in the Reading Rd and Burnett Ave. shopping areas.

Restaurants
Lots of fast food: White Castle, Rally's, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, KFC, Gold Star Chili, Subway and Burger King. Chipotle is a block from Burnett and Richie's Fast Food cooks a Soul food menu on Woolper at Vine.

Cincinnati Public Schools
-Rockdale Academy (rockdaleacademy.cps-k12.org)
-South Avondale (savondale.cps-k12.org)

Private Schools
-UC and Xavier U. are a few blocks away. Cincinnati State is a 10 minute drive.
-Nanny's Multi-Level Learning & Day Care
-Great Oaks Health Professions Academy (www.greatoaks.com)
-Wesley Education Center for Families and Children (www.wesleyeducationcenter.org)
Pros
  • The Zoo
  • The Hospitals
Cons
  • The crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
hherr
hherr PRO I have lived in North Avondale for the past 12 years. Married and raising our three children here I could not imagine a better place to call home. Despite the growth ups and downs publicized about this community we feel the people, surrounding opportunities and convenience makes most desirable. The homes for value are incredible, architecture out of a magazine, and the residents drive to make a difference. Xavier University is growing and the students are out of this world. Have I mentioned the well known private and public montessori school and outstanding private swim club? Many of my clients who want the larger homes than they cannot afford in Hyde Park love when I introduce them to this neighborhood. They realize they can have twice the house, the same lifestyle, diversity, privacy, and an active community. This neighborhood is one of the most sophisticated neighborhood in town. Top notch lawyers, doctors, judges, philanthropic leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, professors, fortune 500 executives, community activists....the list goes on. I really think those that are interested should come take a peek, I promise you they want to know more.
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  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"College Hill: Diversity on a Hilltop"

College Hill was originally settled in 1813; and like many older Cincinnati communities, some areas are in transition. Residents, business association and volunteers like Citizens on Patrol work together to keep the community moving forward. Homes are big and small, brick and frame, more old than new, but well maintained. The residents have a commitment to diversity and camaraderie. Collegehill.net describes it as an “..unmistakable sense of community among College Hill residents.”

Six Acres Bed and Breakfast on Hamilton Ave hill is an example of College Hill history. The home was built in the mid 1800s by Quaker abolitionist, Zebulon Strong, and was once a stop on the underground railroad. Twin Towers Life Enriching Community is on the west side of Hamilton Ave. Some buildings date back to 1899. At the top of the hill is a Cincinnati Children's Hospital residential facility. Llanfair Retirement Community is on Llanfair Ave.

Churches
There are 21 churches on the community website (collegehilloh.net/CHChurches.htm). St. Clare Parish on Cedar Ave. has been in the community for over 100 years. College Hill Presbyterian on Hamilton was organized in 1853.

Business District
Some of the shops on Hamilton Ave. shut their doors after years in business, but Schwartz's Jewelers stuck around for 73 years. LaRosa's has been on Hamilton a long time, as have Goodies Barbecue, Chung Ching Chinese, the soulful Shaker's Entertainment Center and others.

College Hill Coffee Company (collegehillcoffeeco.com/) at the corner of North Bend is a perfect spot to sit, sip, eat and watch traffic. They have free wi-fi and live entertainment on Saturdays night. College Hill Farmer's Market at 5742 Hamilton Avenue is open Thursdays 3:00-6:30 p. m. WAKW Christian radio station broadcasts from Collegevue Pl. For medical care, Mercy Mt Airy is less than 10 minutes away.

Cincinnati Public Schools
Pleasant Hill Academy Pre. – 8, 1350 W. North Bend Rd.
College Hill Fundamental Academy, Pre – 6, 1625 Cedar Ave.
Aiken University, College & Career High Schools, 5641 Belmont Ave.

Private Schools
McCauley High School, 6000 Oakwood and Eden Grove Academy, nondenominational (Pre-k – 8) Christian school, 6277 Collegevue.

Parks and Recreation
The Cincinnati Recreation Commission facility on Belmont Ave. has an indoor walking track, fitness facility, two gyms and classes with reasonable membership fees. There are also several small Cincinnati Parks.

College Hill is not for everyone, but if you have a commitment to diversity you'll fit right in.
Pros
  • College Hill Coffee Company
  • Neighborhood history of diversity
Cons
  • No grocery store or pharmacy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Northside: It Really is an "Urban Village""

Northside.net refers to its neighborhood as an “Urban Village,” and that's true. It's a tight community of older homes and apartments and diverse people with a few blocks of unique businesses to balance things out. I lived in Northside several years ago and always felt at home walking down one side of Hamilton Ave., up the other, and stopping at a quirky little store, the library or a restaurant in between.

Northside is 5 minutes from Downtown and you don't even have to hit the highway. People there are friendly and business owners welcome you, especially the sweet old guy in his mid eighties who owns the hardware store. He can barely walk some days, but he opens his doors six days a week no matter what.

What's happening in Northside?
Everything in Northside happens on or Near Hamilton Avenue. There are several bars. The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati on Hamilton is a hub for activism and information on Cincinnati Pride events. The library on Hamilton offers programs for children.

Hoffner Park is the site of neighborhood festivals and events, including Art in the Park which promises a “young, hip, wacky, crafty fine art sale.” Northside Second Saturdays showcases art openings, later hours for shops, restaurants and happy hours.

Shopping
Northside shops seem perfectly tailored to fit the neighborhood. Each has a hip and fun look or feel: Designs by Dana and Skincraft Tattoo Parlors, Schenz Costume and Theatrical Supply, Yoga-ah Studios, Shake it Records and more.

For groceries there's a Sav-a-lot on Apple, Darou Salam on Hamilton and a Farmer's Market at Hamilton and Blue Rock from 4 -7 P. M. on Wednesdays from spring to fall.

Restaurants and Bars
Melt Ecclectic Deli has sandwiches, soups and vegetarian options. White Castle sells the original sliders by the sack. There's Sidewinder Coffee, Tea and Spirits and even a KFC/Taco Bell combo.

Medical facilities
The Northside Health Center: A Cincinnati Health Department facility is located at 3917 Spring Grove Ave. Mercy Mt. Airy, University Hospital and several other medical facilities are about 15 minutes away.

Parks and Recreation
Hoffner Park and several other small neighborhood parks are located in the Northside. Mt. Airy Forest has hiking and horseback riding trails, and picnic areas. It begins at the bottom of Colerain Ave. in Northside.

Schools
Chase Elementary is a Cincinnati Public school
Cincinnati State College and University of Cincinnati are five minutes away.

You'll feel safe walking the streets of Northside during the day, but take care at night. There are occasional crimimal incidents, but Northside Citizens on Patrol Volunteers walk the streets to help keep them safe. The Northside Community Problem-Oriented Policing group works with Cincinnati police to resolve crime issues.
Pros
  • Quirky shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Everybody Wants to Live in Hyde Park"

I grew up just a few miles away from Hyde Park. I didn't know how upscale it was until I grew up. Other communities borrow Hyde Park's name to sound a bit more fabulous. (Some simply claim to be “near Hyde Park,” but was there ever really an "East Hyde Park" or did somebody make that up?)

Hyde Park has a few simple homes, but there are lots of vintage showplaces. New residences, apartments and condos are designed to fit right in. Most are walkable to everything. Public transportation can take them almost everywhere else.

Arts and Entertainment
-Hyde Park Art Show: a juried event with awards, every first Sunday in October. Regional fine artists and crafters set up canopies along Erie Ave.
-Miller Gallery on Erie
Unique eateries and Bars
Taco Casa: Cincinnati's fast food Mexican spot, has served up taco salads and burrito boats in Hyde park for several decades.
-Busken's 24 Hr. Bakery: donuts just as good as they were way back when.
-Wild Ginger Vietnamese and Sushi, Naked Pizza and Blue Elephant Sushi & Thai are also must-do restaurants.

Hyde Park shopping is walkable
Hyde Park Plaza
It's not an open air strip mall because that's trendy these days. That's the way it's always been. There are no clothing stores, but Radio Shack, Ace Hardware, Walgreen's, Michael's and other shops line the plaza. There's also...
-Legacies Consignment: furniture, art and jewelry sold to benefit the Cancer Support Community.
-Hyde Park Kroger: nice selection of wines, prepared foods, and a freestanding Starbucks.

Hyde Park Square
It's a Cincinnati city park with a fountain, right in the middle of Erie Ave. On either side and on nearby Edwards Rd. are trendy boutiques, restaurants and a Graeter's Bakery, selling ice cream that's a Cincinnati tradition.
-Hyde Bark Family Pet Center: cutesy stuff for your family pet
-World of Beads; because sometimes you feel the urge to make something.
-Farmer's Market: Sundays through October, 9:30 a.m. To 1:30 p.m.

Parks and Recreation
-Hyde Park Golf and Country Club (Private)
-Hyde Park Tennis Club (Private)
-Cincinnati Observatory and Ault Park are nearby in Mount Lookout

Medical facilities
-Medical professionals have offices in Hyde Park
-Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic

Cincinnati Public Schools
-Withrow High School: the “gentle slopes and lofty tower” are the same as decades ago.
-Mt Washington Elementary on Edwards Rd

Private schools
St. Mary's Catholic Elementary on Erie
Summit nearby in O'bryonville
Purcell Marion nearby in Walnut Hills
Hyde Park Preschool and Toddler Enrichment on Hyde Park Ave.

It's a quiet and safe neighborhood if you can afford it.
Pros
  • Beautiful properties
  • Good shopping
  • Near downtown and other nice neighborhoods
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Homogenous
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
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lagriffin ...and Lemongrass on Madison has the BEST pad thai I've ever eaten!
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  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Mount Airy: Life around the Water Tower"

The most distinctive feature of Mount Airy is the water tower at the top of Colerain Ave. and just beyond the corner at North Bend. It's a large well-preserved cluster of brick and mortar tanks configured to look like a little castle. They call this hilltop section the “Water Tower area." There are a variety of home styles and lots of rental communities nearby.

Colerain Ave cuts a swath down the middle of Mt. Airy. It allows easy access from the I-75 entrance at the bottom of the hill. It's also the source of all those cars zipping through on their way to the Northgate shopping area.

Transportation
Mt. Airy is not strong on walkability, but it's streets are quiet for the most part and well maintained. Two bus routes travel Colerain all the way to Northgate Mall. They make a few trips to side streets, but you'll drive to most of the services you need.

Business District
An ever-transitioning Colerain Ave. business district begins at North Bend and is on City of Cincinnati's 2012 Neighborhood Business District Funding List. It's slated for Capital Investment Program funds, but the area will always be upstaged by the huge Northgate area to the north.

-Thornton's: Is a huge gas/convenience store at Colerain and North Bend.
-City Limits Laundry & Tanning, at Kipling and Colerain is a large laundromat with TVs, video games and tanning booths.

Restaurants and Bars
-Taco Bell, corner of Colerain and North Bend.
-Envy Bar 5800 Colerain Ave., live bands and D.J.s

Parks and Recreation
Mount Airy Forest: This large city park along Colerain Ave. is one of my personal favorite green spaces. It's got hiking and horseback riding trails and lodges. Enter the park's main gate and take the first right. Drive... or walk.. a short distance and you'll find a surprisingly beautiful little man-made lake. Further back there's an arboretum with a variety of plant life, a paved walking path, and sometimes a family of deer.

Hospital
Mercy Hospital, Mt. Airy Campus is a full service hospital at Kipling and Banning Roads.

Churches
There are a variety of church congregations. St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Parish, 5560 Kirby Rd, is one of the most well known, primarily because of their annual festival: littleflower-church.org

Schools
Mt. Airy Elementary School on Colerain Ave is a Cincinnati Public School. It's one of the schools that was completely rebuilt in recent years.

Mount Airy is peaceful on the surface, but there is a lot of crime reported, so it's got somewhat of a bad reputation. Just be careful.
Pros
  • Walking in Mount Airy Forest
Cons
  • It's hard to avoid Colerain traffic headed for Northgate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Mt. Auburn, a neighborhood in transition"

Mt Auburn is a hilltop neighborhood with roots that go back to 1819 when Cincinnati's elite began settling there because of its fabulous homes and city view. Today it's an area in transition. If you weave in and out of it's web of narrow streets, you'll find homes that are fabulous, ordinary and aging, and even a bible college.

As with many neighborhoods that are close to town, aging Mt. Auburn homes are being reclaimed by adventurous new owners who are refurbishing them to their original beauty. The city has issued conservation guidelines for the Auburn Ave. Historic district. That's where you'll find the well-preserved, two-story Greek Revival home where President William Howard Taft was born. The location is now a National Park Service historic location.

Parks and Recreation
-Mount Auburn Recreation Center on Southern Ave. offers boxing, a gymnasium, indoor handicap accessible warm water pool, basketball court and other facilities.
-There are several small neighborhood parks: Filson Overlook , Jackson Hill Park and Hopkins Park.
-Inwood Park is larger and located on Vine St. several blocks up from Over the Rhine. It has a public pool, wade pool and a pavilion built in 1910.
-The Losantiville Triangle at Reading and Burnett has public tennis courts.

Medical facilities
Auburn Avenue is not just the historic main street in Mt. Auburn, it has medical office buildings, counseling services, Planned Parenthood and Christ Hospital, a major medical facility.

Unique Schools
-Mount Auburn International Academy: www.maia-sabis.net/
-William Howard Taft Elementary School, Cincinnati Public Schools
-Aldersgate Christian Academy, 1810 Young St.
-God's Bible School and College, 1810 Young St: http://www.gbs.edu/

Restaurants and Bars
Graeter's Ice Cream located at 2145 Reading Road

For shopping, Mount Auburn is minutes away from Downtown, adjacent to Coreyville's shopping areas and near Clifton's McMillan/Calhoun business district.

I've never had a problem walking down Auburn Avenue in broad daylight, but based on City-Data crime statistics, the neighborhood has a higher than average crime index. Be cautious coming and going.
Pros
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Downtown: a quick hit of everything Cincinnati."

Downtown always has a celebration going on. Fountain Square is the activity hub, with music and festivities, a vendor's market and quirky activities like the Fish Toss or annual Halloween costume contest. Cincinnati Red's Opening Day is a legal city holiday.

During the Christmas season, Santa rappels down the side of an office building each Saturday night. For quieter contemplation, the huge Downtown library has tons of books and a 100 computer tech center.

City Living
There are lots of great apartments near the river and plenty of old buildings converted into apartments or condos, like the Lofts at Shillito Place on Race St. and the old McAlpins building on 4th St. There's not a whole lot of crime Downtown, but don't let your guard down.


Arts and Entertainment
-This year, Downtown will host the seventh biennial World Choir Games with choral competitors and tourists from all over the globe, for the first in the USA.
-Museum Center, slightly west of Downtown, has the Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History, Historical Society, Omnimax and free cultural events.
-The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center near on the banks of the Ohio River has displays on historic and contemporary slavery and freedom. There's a section of the Berlin Wall at the entrance,
-Contemporary Art Center at 6th and Walnut has a Shepard Fairey mural on the exterior wall.
-Taft Museum of Art at Pike and Fourth is celebrating their 80th anniversary with “Art for All,” a public art project with reproductions placed throughout town from June to September 2012.
-Music Hall, in nearby OTR is home to Cincinnati's Opera, Ballet and Symphony Orchestra.
-Aronoff Center for the Arts on Walnut St. has a Broadway series, plays and events.

Plenty of Bars and Restaurants
-The Banks next to Great American ballpark used to be a big hole in the ground. Now it's filling up with sports bars and restaurants like Crave, Johnny Rockets and Holy Grail.
-At Walnut and 6th you'll find Bartini's and Mynt Martinis, Nada and Cincy's (formerly Cadillac Ranch.)
-McCormick and Schmicks and Boi Na Braza Brazilian steakhouse are on Fifth, across from the Square and Morton's Steak House is on 4th Street.

Limited Shopping
Most of the grand old department stores have been converted to condominiums, but there are still a few small gift and specialty stores, as well as Sax, Tiffany, T. J. Maxx and Macy's.

Recreation on the Riverfront
-Cincinnatians love hanging out along the riverfront. It's got a wavy Serpentine wall, a wave pool, green spaces, bike paths and tennis courts and the Purple People Bridge if you want to walk to Kentucky.
-The Reds play from spring through fall at Great American Ballpark
-The Bengals play from fall through winter at Paul Brown Stadium.
Pros
  • Sports teams
  • Entertainment
  • Bus transportation hub
Cons
  • traffic
  • limited free parking
  • Condos are pricey
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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Editors Choice

"Eclectic living In a College Neighborhood"

Clifton is a neighborhood of contrasts, with new apartments near campus and grand old homes in the Gaslight District. University of Cincinnati's main campus is located in Clifton. That tilts the population to the youthful side of the scale and can make daytime parking a bit of a challenge.

Clifton is the “C” in the area recently dubbed CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights, Fairview Heights). It's one long hill and a few blocks away from town; but don't try to walk it unless you have the spirit of adventure it takes to get you through the non-trendy parts of OTR.

Medical facilities
Good Samaritan Hospital is located on Clifton Ave. University Hospital, VA, Children's and Shriner's are nearby.

Churches
Clifton's 10 church congregation include Presbyterian, Catholic, Islamic, Episcopal, Church of Christ, Methodist, Church of the Nazarene, Seventh Day Adventist and Unitarian.

Walkability
Clifton has two walkable commercial areas. The McMillan Ave./Calhoun St. area is south of the UC campus. The Clifton Ave./Ludlow Ave. area is in the Gaslight District to the northwest of campus.

Calhoun/McMillan
--DuBoise and Student Bookstore sell student books. For used, old or rare books, try Duttenhoffer's on McMillan.
--Clifton Natural Foods is great for vitamins and staples for a healthy diet.

Clifton/Ludlow Ave.
Ludlow is lined with unique, independent shops like Ludlow Wines, Hansa Guild, Toko Baru and Toko Kidz, which sells Green kid's toys and more and Semesters, that sells sorority-themed clothing.

Eats
-The McMillan/Calhoun area has food chains like Chipotle, Subway and Five Guys, and independent eateries like Red Pepper Asian cuisine, Chicago Gyros and a favorite from my college days, Papa Dinos Pizza.
-Ludlow has a variety of restaurants including a Subway, Skyline Chili, Graeters, 5 Indian eateries, Habanero Latin American Fare, Sitwell's Coffee House and more.

Arts and Entertainment
-College Conservatory of Music (ccm.uc.edu) presents musical events.
-UC's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (daap.uc.edu) showcases graduating student's art and fashion designs.
-Clifton Cultural Arts Center (cliftonculturalarts.org/)holds classes, camps, art shows, “The Crafty Supermarket,” an the Clay Alliance Holiday Fair.
-The Esquire Theater on Ludlow shows art and foreign films and scheduled midnight screenings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
-There are lots of small bars in the area. Mad Frog on McMillan is a popular student venue for live entertainment.

Recreation
-Burnett woods is a sprawling city green space across from UC on the Clifton/MLK Dr. Side. It has playground, nature center and a playful fountain at the Clifton/Ludlow corner.
-Mount Storm is great for a few secluded hours of meditation.
-Clifton Meadows Private Swim Club
Pros
  • Walking distance to everything you need
  • Eclectic mix of people
  • Nearby schools
  • Proximity to downtown
Cons
  • Occasional campus crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish