In continuing with our effort to shine a light on lesser thought about neighborhoods, we bring you a wonderful area just to the north of Northside; College Hill. Not to be confused with North College Hill-which is further north-this neighborhood that started as a wealthy suburb originally known as Pleasant Hill has a lot to offer.
The place to begin with College Hill is the development that is just now beginning to occur. The College Hill Station project will be a two-phase mixed use development bringing walkable retail and living to the neighborhood. Marlowe Court is an 11.1 million dollar project resulting in more retail and affordable senior living apartments. In 2014, Witherby Meadows (a CITIRAMA community) was opened. Finally, College Hill was granted Entertainment District status by the city which is resulting in new restaurant, brewery, and other entertainment venue plans.
Speaking of entertaining things to do in College Hill, the neighborhood as long had one of-if not the-best coffee houses in the city; College Hill Coffee Co. Readers of City Beat voted it “Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop” for 2017. If adult beverages is your thing, then College Hill has two of the best. Marty’s Hops & Vines offers one of the best places in the region for wine selection and wine tastings. The tastings occur almost every Friday night. They also offer a wonderful beer selection and live music in a relaxed atmosphere. If hops only is more to your liking, the above entertainment district licensing is already paying dividends for you, as it helped bring Brink Brewery to the neighborhood.
Additionally, a short 5-10 minute drive down Hamilton Avenue will take you into Northside and all that it has to offer.
Parks and Recreation
For the outdoors in all of us, College Hill is situated in a unique place. It is bordered on the south by Laboiteaux Woods and both McEvoy Park and Crawford Commons to the north. The a short distance away is Mount Airy Forest (which we’ve written about before) and Winton Woods. It is almost literally surrounded by parks. Hiking, Biking, Walking or just enjoying a day of picnic and playground you ample choices.
In addition to all the above attributes, and the walkability of the neighborhood itself, College Hill is an excellent value for your home buying dollar. The neighborhood has a relatively low-barrier of entry with median housing prices hovering around $77,000. On the flip side, home values have gone up each year since 2014. Last year they went up almost 8% (7.9%) and are predicted to go up another 3% this coming year. As the old saying goes, ‘buy low sell high’. College Hill is only a 15-minute drive to downtown Cincinnati and even closer to Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway to get you anywhere you need in an efficient manner.
If you think you’re interested in exploring College Hill further, we’d love to show you around.
Make it a great one!
April 20, 2017by Beverly Corsmeier