The Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Neighborhoods in the Cincinnati Area

Find home bargains in these often overlooked areas before everyone else does.

It’s all about location, right? Cincinnati homeowners tend to get comfortable in certain areas, from east or west side to the northern burbs or Northern Kentucky. Even so, a new adventure awaits just one neighborhood or town away. So why not take the leap? Your wallet will thank you.

Over-the-Rhine —> West End
Everyone knows OTR is the place to be if you want to live just steps from trendy bars, restaurants, and boutiques. But what’s right around the corner and rising in the ranks, thanks to FC Cincinnati’s new $250-million stadium scheduled to open in 2021? The West End, of course. Don’t call it a comeback, but another land rush is about to begin here soon.

Photograph by Wes Battoclette

Oakley —> Norwood
Like the walkability and family feel of Oakley but can’t afford rising real estate costs? Opt for the still overlooked and undervalued neighboring city of Norwood, known for its especially charming and historic homes on Floral Avenue and the nearby Rookwood Shopping Center.

Photograph by Emi Villavicencio

Western Suburbs —> Westwood
Are you a die-hard west-sider? Forget about the western burbs and look into Westwood, Cincinnati’s largest neighborhood, which is totally having a moment, thanks to a refocused business district and passionate community members.

Photograph by Amy Brownlee

West Chester —> Hamilton
You think downtown West Chester is great? News flash: Downtown Hamilton is equally energized and charming. The city’s recent urban revitalization has sparked an uptick of new businesses and historic renovations. Add in a flourishing arts scene and diverse recreational activities, and your quality of life has increased tenfold.

Photograph courtesy of the City of Hamilton

Walnut Hills —> Evanston
Evanston over Walnut Hills? Really? Yes, really. The work of local rehab groups has helped spur an increase in home ownership and private development in this rapidly developing area. The best part? There are still tons of rehab opportunities left to get in on the action.

Photograph by Wes Battoclette

Covington/Newport —> Bellevue
Covington and Newport have already hit their strides in serious ways. Also located on the riverfront and spitting distance from downtown Cincinnati, Bellevue offers the same small-town charm as its Northern Kentucky neighbors but at lower price points.

Photograph by Shea Wolfe

Wyoming —> Finneytown
Looking for a quiet, convenient, budget-friendly neighborhood to raise a family? Look no further than Finneytown. In addition to being centrally located, it’s affordable and diverse, without the attitude.

Photograph courtesy of Sibcy Cline Realtors

Madisonville —> Madisonville
If you’re one of the lucky folks already living in Madisonville, stay put. Why? It’s one of Cincinnati’s hottest neighborhoods for existing home sales right now. It’s also close to the city’s urban core and chock-full of well-maintained historic properties. Word on the street is redevelopment is finally coming, too.

Photograph by Brittany Dexter

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