Image courtesy Sibcy Cline
Hyde Park, with its leafy streets, rich stock of stately old homes, and proximity to downtown, is a classic east side Cincinnati neighborhood. But is Hyde Park the be-all, end-all of the suburban good life? We checked with an in-the-know Kentuckian on staff, and she assured us that Fort Thomas is “the Hyde Park of Northern Kentucky.” Indeed, Fort Thomas offers the Bluegrass-Queen City crossover vibe that you never knew you needed. You’ll find a sweet, Pleasantville-style street layout, picture-perfect homes, and fabulous schools, all just a few minutes from downtown (perfect for the small-town devotee who cannot give up city life).
We picked out two comparably high-end homes, one in Hyde Park, one in Fort Thomas, to see just what the two neighborhoods have in common. For starters, what can you get for $600,000?
243 Riverside Pkwy., $599,900
This 88-year old hillside Tudor-style home retains its original 1920s charm—and cutesy garden features—while incorporating plenty of fancy features like a sleek kitchen island, three-season room, spacious deck, bar, and, like, 12 places to eat. Take your morning coffee—or mimosa, as it were—on the deck, where the view will make you feel like every day is a vacation. (Hot tip: See that view for yourself when you visit the open house, scheduled for Sunday, March 22 from 1–2:30 p.m.) Images and listing information courtesy sibcycline.com
2492 Observatory Ave., $595,000
This 107-year-old Victorian-style home sits on a broad suburban avenue, but is also just a few minutes’ walk to Hyde Park square. It also features a whopping six bedrooms over its three floors, plenty of built-ins (we’re loving the butler’s pantry in the kitchen), and a roomy front porch and back patio. Images and listing information courtesy remax.com