Central Cincinnati is ever evolving, with new developments such as mixed-use center The Banks and the impressive Great American Tower. While the area features the modern conveniences and trendy restaurants and shops of an urban center, it continues to maintain its tight-knit, Midwest appeal. The area expands beyond downtown to the neighborhoods that surround the city center, including stylized niches such as Northside, Hyde Park, and the hilltop community of Mt. Adams, and more traditional communities such as Norwood, Deer Park, and Oakley. With a mix of new attractions and longstanding traditions, the Central region keeps its residents continually exploring the area they call home.
Downtown (ALP $363,033, downtowncincinnati.com) has recently experienced an upswing in new residents who want to take advantage of the conveniences of metropolitan living. Residents have long loved the established neighborhoods of Lytle Park, Piatt Park and the wonderfully renovated buildings of St. Xavier Park, but ongoing housing projects such as Current at The Banks in the Riverfront area and the up-and-coming Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine offer exciting opportunities at a variety of price points.
Just north of downtown is the aptly named Uptown (uptowncincinnati.com), an economically and culturally diverse area which encompasses the neighborhoods of Clifton (ALP $248,430), Avondale (ALP $132,127), Corryville (ALP $187,390), University Heights (ALP $192,993), and Mt. Auburn (ALP $135,374). Several of Cincinnati’s largest employers are located in the Uptown area, including the world-renowned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati. Nearby, the historical community of East Walnut Hills (ALP $260,026, eastwalnuthills.com) features beautiful mansions on large manicured lots.
Mt. Adams (ALP $609,093, mtadams today.com) is known for its steep inclines and stunning views of downtown and the Ohio River. The neighborhood draws visitors to its popular bars, trendy restaurants and annual events, but the high cost of real estate makes Mt. Adams living best suited for renters or established professionals. Mt. Adams is home to Bow Tie Café, a restaurant created by Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones.
Young couples and families have taken over the eclectic neighborhood of Northside (ALP $87,781, northside.net), an area known for a cultural scene that keeps its restaurants, bars, and shops bustling. Favorite spots are Shake It Records and The Comet. The area features many affordable housing options for prospective residents.
To the north and east of downtown, the communities of Oakley (ALP $270,757, oakleynow.com), Norwood (ALP $117,220, norwood-ohio.com), Pleasant Ridge (ALP $139,940, pleasantridge.org), and Deer Park (ALP $171,817, deerparkohio.org) are close to major highways and feature affordable family homes, while the more exclusive neighborhoods of Amberley Village (ALP $281,325, amberleyvillage.org) and Hyde Park (ALP $347,466) are known for their deluxe family estates.
Average listing prices are as of March 23, 2011. Prices change regularly.
Photograph courtesy of Music Hall, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Second Sunday on Main, Cincinnati Parks Board. Building photographs by Ryan Kurtz.
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