There’s no region quite like the western region of the Queen City. Part small town, part inner city, the communities that make up Cincinnati’s west side vehemently deny, and yet proudly epitomize, the countless clichés used to describe their beloved corner of the tri-state. While this large region continues to hold on tight to its hometown fervor, it has also been steadily growing over the years, adding more west siders proud to represent the region they call home. This side of town is home to Price Hill Chili, a Cincinnati landmark, and Elder High School, where the iconic stadium, The Pit, was ranked by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places to Watch a High School Football Game.”
Located on the outskirts of downtown, historic Price Hill (ALP $75,321) had been in decline during the last few decades but is slowly coming back to life with the help of some determined residents. Green construction and beautification projects—as well as the community’s striking views of the Cincinnati skyline—are attracting all sorts of new residents and businesses, with the promise of a brighter future for the unique and culturally diverse neighborhood.
Neighborhood unity is a guiding principle in Delhi Township (ALP $244,014, delhi.oh.us), the home of the College of Mount St. Joseph. Situated along the Ohio River, the nearby towns of Addyston (ALP $53,740, addystonohio.org) and Cleves (ALP $239,860, cleves.org) are working-class communities that feel worlds away from downtown.
The heart of the west side, the area commonly referred to as Western Hills (ALP $134,794) encompasses the neighboring communities of Bridgetown, Covedale, Green Township (greentwp.org), Oak Hills, and Westwood (westwoodcivic.org), the largest neighborhood in Cincinnati. Chain restaurants and retail shopping centers are modernizing the area for the sake of convenience, but activities like fish fries and high school football games help maintain a strong sense of tradition in the large community.
Home of the hugely popular WestFest street festival, Cheviot (ALP $88,606, cheviot.org) is a gathering place for west-siders from all across the region. The town’s small stretch of Harrison Avenue houses a number of old-fashioned local businesses and bars, which continue to thrive thanks to the help of the supportive community.
To the north lie the neighborhoods of White Oak (ALP $96,653), Dent (ALP $195,045), Monfort Heights (ALP $142,865), North College Hill (ALP $96,635, northcollegehill.org), and Finneytown (ALP $104,246), a small community with a number of private Catholic schools. Nearby, suburban Colerain Township (ALP $115,296, coleraintwp.org) is the largest township in Ohio, both in population and square miles, and features a variety of both older houses and large new homes.
East of the Ohio-Indiana border, the growing city of Harrison (ALP $189,022, harrisonoh.org) features pretty homes as well as a historic downtown area with cobblestone streets, gas streetlamps, and quaint shops and restaurants. Harrison residents also enjoy many parks, including the gigantic Miami Whitewater Forest.
On the other side of the state line, the counties in Southeast Indiana are peppered with rural towns as well as newer suburbs. Dearborn County (dearborncounty.org) is one such area. It is home to Perfect North Slopes, a skiing, snowboarding, and tubing destination. Set up residence in the small town of Bright (ALP $218,853, brightin.org), the casino town of Lawrenceburg (ALP $218,853, lawrenceburg-in.com), or the pretty city of Aurora (ALP $188,680, aurora.in.us).
Ohio County is making a name for itself with tourist-friendly attractions, including Grand Victoria Casino & Resort, located in the river town of Rising Sun (ALP $148,368). Touristy Franklin County (franklincounty.in.gov) features photogenic towns such as Brookville (ALP $156,230), Metamora (ALP $104,317), and Oldenburg (ALP $284,125). These towns are well-suited for homeowners who appreciate natural beauty and country charm. The historic town of Metamora is a must-see for history buffs, with horse-drawn carriage rides and canal trips.
Average listing prices are as of March 23, 2011. Prices change regularly.Field photograph by Ryan Kurtz, house by Nathan Kirkman
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