At this point, it’s trite to reference Downtown Cincinnati’s urban renaissance as if you don’t already know what I’m talking about. You do. But as someone who just moved to 8th Street, allow me to describe some of the everyday joys of downtown living.
E-N-E-R-G-Y: Palpable, invigorating, delightful. Like nowhere else in the city. New and different experiences beckon everywhere.
Cheap Transportation: Among other things, that “bing” the streetcar makes as it’s leaving a stop has already become a very Pavlovian source of delight. But Metro and TANK are also wonderful.
Things To Do Galore: Plays, museums, bars, parks... et freakin’ cetera. You have to learn how to say “no” to things very quickly.
Unbeatable Convenience: (For example) I got a Santacon email recently offering night-of accommodations at the Millennium Hotel. TIL downtown living = not needing to stay at the Millennium Hotel. That’s a win.
Central Geography: Covington, Mt. Adams, and Clifton are all equally close, with Hyde Park, Norwood, Pleasant Ridge, and Columbia-Tusculum just a teensy drive away. I see friends often whom before I saw rarely, if at all.
Of course, none of that matters if you can’t find a place to live. Luckily, we have a few:
417 VINE STREET #202
3 bed - 2 bath - 1,617 sq. ft. - $395,000
This luxury loft really is in the center of it all. (Video!) Located across from Fountain Square, this rare 3-bedroom condo features sophisticated finishes, large windows facing Vine Street, 17-ft. ceilings, high-end finishes in the kitchen and bathroom, and customs (read: large) closets. Two parking spots are guaranteed in the garage across the street, with valet services available. Oh, and it’s tax abated through 2020.
4 PARK PLACE
4 bed - 2.5 bath - 2,565 sq. ft. - $289,000
If you’re looking for something just slightly outside the hubbub of the urban basin but with all that awesome stuff close by, this Mt. Auburn townhouse is the place. It features a modern, open layout with tall ceilings, hardwood floors, large bedrooms, and ample closet space. The master suite has a walk-in closet. (And I know that’s important to some of you.)There’s a full basement and an assigned parking spot.
The properties at 417 Vine Street and 4 Park Place are listed by the Finn Team of Coldwell Banker West Shell. To peruse their portfolio of homes around Greater Cincinnati, including these two gems, head to their website.