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 is a more in-depth neighborhood guide meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas (and by way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—Cincinnati movers and movers throughout the country).
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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 suburbs that Cincinnati has to offer.
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 urban-style suburb has gained a lot of attention because there are so many things to do in the area. But frankly, there just isn’t enough room for everyone who’d like to live here, and listed homes sell within hours. Its great location close to downtown and with easy access to major highways quick travel is just one of the perks of living in Oakley. But many of its perks lie within Oakley’s busy borders.
The area’s recent revamp is their aquatic park, complete with a diving board, splash pad, and waterslide. Another new revamp to the neighborhood is the popular Oakley Wines – a beer, cocktail, and wine bar that packs in hundreds of patrons each weekend. And Ault Park is just a quick jaunt away.
Sample Streetpops sweet popsicles, a cappuccino from Deeper Roots Coffee, or a fresh drink from Rooted Juicery + Kitchen. Red Feather is another hot-spot and creates upscale dishes like their blackened lamb rack with mint chimichurri. The neighborhood also hosts frequent community events like their Oakley After Hours and the Oakley Fancy Flea Market.
Schools near Oakley include Hyde Park School, Kilgour School, and Norwood Highschool among others.
Homes in Oakley tend to cost a bit more than the average house price throughout the city, but not by much.
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This neighborhood is a great pick for those looking for the quiet suburban life right in the midst of the city. With downtown perks just a walk away from most of the neighborhoods doorsteps, Stetson Square residents enjoy the convenience and attractions of downtown.
With plenty of downtown events and attractions at Stetson Square residents’ fingertips, there is plenty to do. Graeter’s Ice Cream is a favorite spot for all ages. The Esquire Theatre is a historical gem nearby. Mount Storm Park offers locals room to spread out or jog along the trails. And Biagio’s Bistro fills up with hungry patrons waiting for their full plates of homemade pasta and fresh-cut sandwiches.
Schools in Stetson Square include Walnut Hills High School, Rockdale Academy, and Withrow University High School among others.
You’ll find both townhouses and condos in this neighborhood. Here are some of the currently listed housing options in the area.
Located on the east side of Cincinnati, this neighborhood is centered around the Hyde Park Square – a two-block area packed with quirky shops which have become a destination for the rest of the city. Cincinnati locals know Hyde Park as a more refined and exclusive neighborhood. But actually, this eventful pocket of the city is full of friendly shops and locals that welcome newcomers to the fun!
The Square is one of Cincinnati’s oldest shopping hubs, and has over 175 unique stores, restaurants, and bars, and frequently hosts community events, like the Hyde Park Farmers Market on Sundays and the annual Hyde Park Blast which packs out the street with vendors, joggers, and bikers completing the Midnight Chariot Race.
Besides all the amazing events at the central park, this neighborhood offers a lot of things to do. Coffee Emporium is a local favorite that serves scones, fine teas, locally roasted coffee, and is set up in a beautiful, green, Victorian-style shop.
But if you really want to feel like a local, stop by Carl’s Deli, talk to the owner, and grab a fresh cut sandwich and soda to go. Echo serves the best breakfast in town with delicious omelets and house-made biscuits. Pop over to Arthur’s for a cheap and massive burger. And close out the night at Dutch’s for some wine and charcuterie.
If you’re interested in more educational entertainment, visit the19th century Cincinnati Observatory located close to the park and catch a glimpse of a supermoon!
Schools in Hyde Park include Hyde Park School, Saint Mary School, and Kilgour School.
Hyde Park has plenty of row-houses and features a hobbit-like mushroom house built by professor Terry Brown and his students in 1993. Elsewhere, Hyde Park has more affordable housing, including condominiums and multi-family apartments.
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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. As 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.
Check out our 2019 guide to the best neighborhoods for families in Cincinnati.