To call it “Walworth Junction” is to put an unassuming name on a neighborhood that is, by its nature, pretty assuming.
The name is actually a nod to the land’s history. In its past life, this was Pendleton Yard, a riverside switch station that was a crucial railroad junction connecting Cincinnati cargo and passengers to the rest of the U.S.
Today, thanks to the passage of time and 2020 Homearama, it has traded in locomotives for luxury, though railroad tracks still separate the hillside homes from Riverside Drive. Houses in the development grow vertically, typically climbing at least three stories—plus a lower level—and featuring rooftop decks with high-flying city views. Here, elevators aren’t a luxury for the few. They’re expected.
Part of the original seven-home Homearama show, 2909 Walworth Ave. is a case study in everything that’s driven the buzz around this development. The kitchen is on the second floor, bleeding into the dining and great rooms before opening to a terrace that overlooks the river. The ceilings soar, particularly in the entryway, where they stretch a dizzying 20 feet.
With the exception of a few accent walls, the space is a neutral canvas of white walls, hickory floors, and wrought iron railings that keep the space feeling cohesive, despite the fact that it spreads out over 4,000 square feet and four floors. Even the lower level—typically an afterthought—wows with a mirror-lined exercise room, safe room, and extra bedroom.
The third level’s indoor space features a full family room, guest suite, and a bar area that opens up via retractable window for anytime in-home walkup service. On the terrace, touches like the built-in barbecue grill and fire pit play second fiddle to the sweeping panorama of the Ohio River, the downtown skyline, and those namesake train tracks. It’s a long way from the railyard of old. But the view from the top is well worth the climb.