Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options-house styles, neighborhood safety, quality of schools, the convenience of location-it all can be quite overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Cincinnati City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Cincinnati’s most popular neighborhoods.
This list and our “Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Cincinnati,” “Best Suburbs of Cincinnati,” and our “Best Places to Live in Cincinnati” lists are more in-depth neighborhood guides meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—Cincinnati movers and movers throughout the country).
Cincinnati is pinched into the very southwest corner of the state and splashed up on the shores of the Ohio River, which draws the winding line between Ohio and Kentucky. The city is steadily building its population, which was estimated at 301,301 in 2017. And the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, which includes counties in Kentucky and Indiana, has a population of about 2.12 million.
With the riverbank to one side and a hilly, scenic landscape to the other, Cincinnati has been noted for its picturesque geography. The area’s continental climate gives the city a wide spread of temperatures and weather throughout the year. Cloudy, snowy Christmases and sunny 90-degree summers – residents get a taste of all the seasons.
Cincinnati offers a diverse blend of neighborhoods, from elite and established areas to up-and-coming millennial hubs. Currently, there are fifty-two neighborhoods, many of which were once villages that have been occupied by the city over time. To give you some clarity, we’ve highlighted some of the best family-friendly neighborhoods Cincinnati has to offer.
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With the second best high school in the entire state, Indian Hills draws handfuls of families. This neighborhood is more – let’s say – luxurious with valuable homes and higher median incomes than most anywhere else around the city. Crime rates are extremely low here, adding even more allure to families looking for their new friendly home.
While Indian Hill matches that of a quieter residential community, it does offer a number of neighborhood activities and events. One local favorite is the Cincy Wine Wagon, a 2-mile drive from the Indian Hill Garden Club. The Wine Wagon tours patrons throughout three local wineries for a full day of sampling and wine education.
Other local favorite stops include The Birch, a clean and modern restaurant serving American fare, Bones’ Burgers for a more casual dining experience, and Arrechissimo for delicious authentic Venezuelan dishes.
Indian Hill is notable for its highly rated schools. These include Indian Hill High School, Indian Hill Elementary School, and Indian Hill Primary School among others.
Purchasing a home in Indian Hill would bottom out most of us financially. But this neighborhood comes with a high price tag for good reason, as you’ve seen. And there are certainly snag-able deals here and there.
This neighborhood doesn’t seem to receive as much attention as other popular spots in the city. But it offers some great grub, nice homes, and one-of-a-kind local shops. The neighborhood gives off a homey feel, with local, independently owned shops that have lasted decades and cozy residential streets. But Pleasant Ridge certainly isn’t slumbering. New restaurants, bars, and shops keep enhancing the area’s appeal.
Check out Everybody’s Records and file through their large collection of vinyl. Sample a beer and order some tasty American comfort food at Nine Giant Brewing. If you like your meal at Nine Giant, check out Gas Light Café for some great burgers and beer.
The Overlook Lodge serves creative cocktails in their snug shop with thick themes of the Shining. The Coffee Exchange whips up some of the best lattes in the state and had added a few boozy drinks to their menu. And Casa Figueroa serves fancy Latin dishes in their colorful, mural-decked shop.
Schools in Pleasant Ridge include Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, Nativity School, and Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Preschool.
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Located just north of Cincinnati’s center city, Clifton is best known and most visited for its Ludlow Avenue shopping and dining district. The neighborhood which dates back to 1850 still shows signs of the neighborhoods historical past and a few carriage houses remain. A walk down the historic Ludlow Avenue business district displays independent shops, restaurants, a movie theater specializing in indie and foreign films, all lit by original gas lamps along this tranquil street
A recent development and contribution to the area is the University Square. This area combines green space, stores, restaurants, shops, and apartments and is packed with a diverse group of patrons.
There are tons of worthwhile stops, but a few of our favorites are The Brass Tap which offers 300 beers and $3 local drafts during happy hour. While The Brass Strap isn’t local to Cincinnati, it’s a popular stop among the city’s residents. Other great local eateries include Graeter’s, which makes handcrafted ice cream, and Biagio’s Bistro for some tasty Italian dishes.
The 57-acre Mount Storm Park gives locals a breath of fresh air in the midst of the city. This park features the beautiful Temple of Love gazebo that was designed in 1850. The even larger Burnet Woods Park with walking paths along the waterside.
The historic Esquire Theater brings out of state visitors, which was built in 1911 and was used originally to show silent films and live feature shows. Its since been revamped and revitalized, and acts as a centerpiece along the neighborhood’s main street.
Schools in Clifton include Cincinnati Junior Academy and Clifton Seventh Day Adventist School.
Like many neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Clifton has plenty of row-houses along its hilly streets, but the area is also known for its beautiful historic homes.
This neighborhood features tree-lined streets, historic and modern homes, beautiful parks, and a thriving shopping district. Just a short drive along the river will get you from Mount Lookout to downtown in a less than 15 minutes. But the neighborhood itself offers plenty of amenities of its own.
Mount Lookout is home to one of Cincinnati’s largest parks, Ault Park, which hosts a yearly fourth of July fireworks show worth visiting, as well as other regular community events. The area is also known for its lively entertainment and business district, Mount Lookout Square, which features trendy restaurants, bars, shops, and local businesses.
Mount Lookout is located right in the midst of some of the best attractions in the city. The Cincinnati Observatory sits atop a neighboring hill and is home to the world’s oldest telescope still in use. For some local favorite eats, check out Muse and sample their creative and clean local dishes. This cute stop also serves a wide list of hard drinks. And Mount Lookout Tavern also draws a local crowd.
Schools in Mount Lookout include Cardinal Pacelli Elementary School, Kilgour School, and Saint Ursula Villa School.
Mount Lookout has plenty of historic homes with various architectural styles including bungalows, Tudor revival cottage, and Victorian style houses.
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We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhops. Like we said, we coordinate local and long distance moving services in Cincinnati, and we would love to help.
We've done the research and made our choices for the top places to live in Cincinnati. Enjoy.
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