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Cincinnati, Ohio: Big City Feel & Small-town Charm

Judith Weiniger

After successfully growing her own brand and team under a national brand’s shingle since 2003, Judy Weiniger knew it was time to step out on her own...

After successfully growing her own brand and team under a national brand’s shingle since 2003, Judy Weiniger knew it was time to step out on her own...

Jan 24 6 minutes read

Blog post courtesy of The Johnson Real Estate Group

Nestled on the Ohio River is Cincinnati, Ohio, a Midwest town that offers a little something for everyone. It’s often been revered as having a big city feel mixed with small town charm, allowing Cincinnati to offer the best of both worlds. 

You’ll never be at a loss for things to do in Cincinnati. Are you into sports? Cheer on the Bengals or Reds and take in the action of a professional sporting event, or check out the talent of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati athletics. You’d be amazed at the amount of cultural attractions Cincinnati has to offer. Top notch museums include the Cincinnati Museum Center, Taft Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Contemporary Arts Center and the American Sign Museum.

From east side to west side and every neighborhood in between, there’s a Cincinnati community perfect for anyone. 

Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood just to the north of downtown Cincinnati, has undergone a major transformation in recent years that has earned praise and accolades on a national level. Once a crime-ridden area that was considered dangerous to visit is now a booming epicenter of the city. Young professionals and empty nesters alike are flocking to the neighborhood to live, work and play. New bars and restaurants open nearly every month, in addition to one-of-a-kind shops. Washington Park, a park that had become dilapidated over the years, also underwent a total makeover, and is know considered one of the most beautiful and vibrant parks in the city.  

Just west of downtown lies the Incline District, a neighborhood rich with history in the midst of a major revitalization. Here you’ll find architecturally stunning homes with craftsmanship that’s impossible to find these days. The Incline District also offers picturesque views of downtown and the Ohio River, which is evident by the amount of condos and homes situated along the top of the hill. Additionally, there’s a large number of homes being renovated and restored to their original stature. Neighborhood establishments include a variety of restaurants, such as Primavista, Incline Public House, Somm Wine Bar, Veracruz Mexican Grill, and BLOC Coffee Company. The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater and The Flats Art Gallery are also must-visit cultural destinations in the neighborhood. 

If you continue to head west of the city, you’ll reach the communities of Delhi Township, Green Township and Bridgetown . These tight knit, family-oriented neighborhoods are conveniently located near many schools and recreational areas. They’re great because they offer a suburban lifestyle while still being a very short drive to downtown. Another west side neighborhood that’s growing in popularity is Sayler Park. This quaint community along the Ohio River features charming homes along tree-lined streets. There’s also new construction taking place in the Winding Walks of Sayler Park, which is within walking distance of nearby Fernbank Park and the business district.

Heading east of the city will take you to neighborhoods like Mt. Adams, Walnut Hills, Hyde Park and Oakley. 

The famously hilly neighborhood of Mt. Adams offers up close views of downtown, and a bevy of one-of-a-kind architecture. Make sure to check out the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park and the popular bars and restaurants that line St. Gregory Street.

Walnut Hills has been enjoying a recent revitalization, and has seen a ton of great new establishments open their doors in the last few years. Be sure to check out the newly opened Woodburn Brewery, and O Pie O, a popular restaurant known for their sweet and savory pies. 

Nearby Hyde Park is a highly desirable part of town thanks in large part to its walkability, well-manicured homes and charming Hyde Park Square, which is a thriving hotspot of boutiques, restaurants and more. 

Hyde Park’s neighbor is Oakley, another walkable neighborhood that’s become increasingly popular amongst young professionals and first time homebuyers. They’ve also seen a recent resurgence, with lots of new restaurants and businesses opening shop in and around the charming Oakley Square. One of the most renowned establishments to open in recent years is Sleepy Bee Cafe, an extremely popular cafe that offers locally-sourced breakfast and lunch. What’s unique about Oakley is the mix of old and new. Oakley Station is a recent addition to the neighborhood, and is a 74 acre mixed use development, offering apartments, shopping, a movie theater and the largest ever Kroger grocery store. 

Whether you’re new to Cincinnati or have been a lifelong resident, there’s so much to discover here. Enjoy! 

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