The east end is home to some of Greater Cincinnati’s most popular warm-weather hangouts. Favorite spots include Riverbend Music Center, an outdoor concert venue featuring shows from big-name bands and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Coney Island, an old-fashioned amusement park with the world’s largest recirculating swimming pool; River Downs, which features high-stakes thoroughbred horseracing; and the Starlite Drive-In, where double features begin at twilight every night of the summer. No matter what the season, eastsiders take pride in the area’s beautiful suburban homes, quality school districts, and wide array of family-friendly activities and attractions.
Anderson Township (ALP $284,740, andersontownship.org) is an up-and-coming community that is popular with young families. Just 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Anderson attracts new residents with convenient shopping centers, large homes, and a close proximity to many major employers. Both a bit older, the nearby towns of Mount Washington (ALP $171,824, mwcc.org) and Amelia (ALP $159,900, ameliavillage.com) feature apartments and single-family homes at more modest price points.
A handful of established neighborhoods are accessible along Cincinnati’s eastern stretch of Route 50. Closest to downtown, the hillside community of Mt. Lookout (ALP $378,468, mtlookout.org) has become increasingly attractive for renting young professionals, thanks to a number of hip neighborhood bars and restaurants, including Nectar, The Stand, Dancing Wasabi, and Mt. Lookout Tavern, that stay open late into the night. On the quieter side of things, neighboring Columbia Tusculum (ALP $315,363, columbiatusculum.org) is Cincinnati’s oldest community, and features charming and beautifully restored Victorian row houses. The houses along Sachem Avenue are like a little slice of San Francisco, right here in the Queen City.
Also near Route 50, the sister communities of Fairfax (ALP $170,540, fairfaxohio.org) and Madisonville (ALP $89,390, historicmadisonville.com) both offer vintage bungalows and fixer-uppers that make great starter homes. The nearby Village of Mariemont (ALP $316,250, mariemont.org) is known for its adorable town square with the Mariemont Theatre. Mariemont is a quaint neighborhood with picture-perfect family homes. Farther east, the cities of Terrace Park (ALP $591,714, terracepark.com) and Milford (ALP $185,319, milfordohio.org) both continue to draw in new residents with their tight-knit communities and historical charm.
Along the northeast stretch of the 275 loop, the exclusive neighborhoods of Indian Hill (ALP $781,498, ci.indian-hill.oh.us), Montgomery (ALP $366,869, montgomeryohio.org), Madeira (ALP $275,244, madeiracity.com) and Blue Ash (ALP $328,834, www.blueash.com) boast acres of mature wooded areas and stunning homes on large lots. At a more accessible price point, the riverside city of Loveland (ALP $275,562, lovelandoh.com) is ideal for residents who enjoy outdoor activities like jogging and biking, as the Little Miami Scenic Trail runs right through the heart of the town.
Of course, eastern Cincinnati isn’t all suburban. Many small, rural communities are situated on the outskirts of the region, including Batavia (ALP $185,602, bataviavillage.org), Owensville (ALP $99,999, villageofowensville.org), Bethel (ALP $154,018, www.bethel-oh.gov), and New Richmond (ALP $241,254, newrichmond.org) in Clermont County (clermontcountyohio.gov), Leesburg (ALP $139,971, leesburgohio.org) and Hillsboro (ALP $114,860, hillsboroohio.net) in Highland County (highlandcountyohio.com), Wilmington (ALP $141,260, ci.wilmington.oh.us) and Blanchester (ALP $134,629, blanchester.com) in Clinton County (co.clinton.oh.us), and Georgetown (ALP $137,018, georgetownohio.us), Sardinia (ALP $126,362, sardiniavillage.com), and Mt. Orab (ALP $116,200, mtoraboh.us) in Brown County (browncountyohio.gov).
Average listing prices are as of March 23, 2011. Prices change regularly.Coney Island photograph by Jonathan Willis, Loveland Castle photograph by Ryan Kurtz
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