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Old 01-20-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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Hi guys, I strongly considering a move from chicago to cincinnati. I'm a single, youngish, liberal male looking for something similar to what I've been used to in Chicago (i'm living in the streeterville area).

I understand that Cincinnati is no chicago, but the one thing that has spoiled me is the presence of not 1, not 2, but 3 different full service grocery stores pretty much within 1 block.

The common themes in these forums are mt adams, clifton, over the rhine. I'm just looking for maybe some specific suggestions or specific experiences.

Fortunately, I'm well off financially, so I don't have any specific budget. I looked at current at the banks. They are nice; however, they seem to be a little overpriced for what they offer, probably due to their prime location. How are the banks?

Thanks guys!
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I don't know about where exactly in Cincinnati you want to go, but if you are looking for better than average rentals you can't beat Towne Properties, they have locations all over if you don't mind paying a home mortgage payment on a rental, many of which are in Mt. Adams.

Towne
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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The banks is fully loaded same can be said for other condos downtown but they are building more just hurry up they fill up quickly!
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:53 PM
 
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Thanks guys. One thing that seems missing from places like downtown or mt adams is a full service supermarket. Is there one nearby? Unless the kroger headquarters has one, I didnt see one.

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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You will be lucky to locate 2 or more full service grovery stores in any neighborhood in Cincinnati, let alone within 1 block of each other.

The rejuvenated OTR has a number of nicely appointed apartments and condos for pleasant living, but you have to travel some for grocery shopping.

Mt Adams is know for its appeal to young professionals and river vistas, but again you will travel for shopping.

Clifton is strongly influenced by the presence of the University of Cincinnati and the closeby medical hospitals. The nicer residential sections have a large percentage of university faculty or medical professionals from convenience to work locations.

Hyde Park deserves its reputation as an older, established, stable, and somewhat moneyed neighborhood and of the 4 has the most closeby shopping. Housing varies from older large single famly homes to much more modest apartments.

I concur with looking at the offerings by Towne Properties, as they offer some of the properties with the widest range of amenities and they operate all over the Cincinnati area. An example would be The Club at Harper's Point, a large indoor and outdoor tennis facility with a total of 21 courts along with racquet ball courts, 3 pools, workout facility, etc. Definitely a club for the serious tennis player.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:42 AM
 
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The Reserve in downtown and Renaissance at Power Building downtown deserve a look as well. Very nice buildings with all of the amenities and none of the compromise. Very attractively priced too.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis and Cincinnati
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Grocery shopping is an issue. Seems like many hop across the river for convenience. Since you are coming from Chicago I would strongly advise taking a few days and spending some serious time exploring the city and meeting the people. It absolutely is not Chicago, not even close, so before you make a move be sure its your cup of tea. Cincinnati is not known for world-renowned shopping, dining, museums, nor is it a glamorous Cultural destination.


Cincinnati has a lot to offer, but it is "really" more of a large town than a city. The City proper population is less than 300,000 and its been going down. It thinks its a Portland or a Chicago but isn't. Posters will immediately come on board and talk about metro population but Suburbanites are just that. They commute in and leave at the end of the day. You can often walk downtown and it looks like a ghost town. There is not a high level of street activity unless you are at Fountain Square or maybe on a Friday night when people go out for dinner.

I moved to Cincinnati from Indy and was shocked at how empty the downtown is. You are not going to find a Starbucks on every block. They do have a lot of special events here and on those days it busy but it is not the constant "Urban feel" you are used to in Streeterville or what I was used to in Indy with Mass Ave and its bustling downtown.

OTR has the greatest potential if you are looking for Urban 'Hipster" feel. OTR has Findlay Markey which is a must see. Mt Adams has great views and a more upscale urban vibe. You just have to remember Cincinnati really is 10-15 years behind most Urban centers. If you are OK with that you will do fine. It is not Streeterville, so come visit, spend some time, and see if you really like it.

For me , it was all about the architecture, so the rest didn't matter as much, You may have different priorities. Cincinnati IS moving forward however and in my opinion its an exciting time to watch it change, but its a slow change at best.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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Grocery shopping is an issue. Seems like many hop across the river for convenience. Since you are coming from Chicago I would strongly advise taking a few days and spending some serious time exploring the city and meeting the people. It absolutely is not Chicago, not even close, so before you make a move be sure its your cup of tea. Cincinnati is not known for world-renowned shopping, dining, museums, nor is it a glamorous Cultural destination.


Cincinnati has a lot to offer, but it is "really" more of a large town than a city. The City proper population is less than 300,000 and its been going down. It thinks its a Portland or a Chicago but isn't. Posters will immediately come on board and talk about metro population but Suburbanites are just that. They commute in and leave at the end of the day. You can often walk downtown and it looks like a ghost town. There is not a high level of street activity unless you are at Fountain Square or maybe on a Friday night when people go out for dinner.

I moved to Cincinnati from Indy and was shocked at how empty the downtown is. You are not going to find a Starbucks on every block. They do have a lot of special events here and on those days it busy but it is not the constant "Urban feel" you are used to in Streeterville or what I was used to in Indy with Mass Ave and its bustling downtown.

OTR has the greatest potential if you are looking for Urban 'Hipster" feel. OTR has Findlay Markey which is a must see. Mt Adams has great views and a more upscale urban vibe. You just have to remember Cincinnati really is 10-15 years behind most Urban centers. If you are OK with that you will do fine. It is not Streeterville, so come visit, spend some time, and see if you really like it.

For me , it was all about the architecture, so the rest didn't matter as much, You may have different priorities. Cincinnati IS moving forward however and in my opinion its an exciting time to watch it change, but its a slow change at best.
I don't know . . . suggesting Indy is beyond Cincy in the vibrant, urban feel department of their respective downtowns? Don't you think you're coming off as at least a little biased? I just did a google maps search, sure Indy looks like it has more starbucks than Cincy, but Cincy has a Macy's and other department stores downtown.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Grocery shopping is an issue. Seems like many hop across the river for convenience....
I disagree with restorationconsultant on a lot of points, and feel he is being particularly hard on Cincinnati. I am a former New Yorker who isn't looking for New York in Cincinnati. He makes a very valid point in saying Cincinnati is no Chicago, and for that I am thankful. If you can learn to appreciate Cincinnati for it's own merits you will find there is surprisingly a lot here. But you have to be willing to learn where it is, and don't be pretentious towards people here. Personally, I have found this to be a very friendly city where I can say hi to people walking down the street.

Mount Adams, Downtown/OTR, and definately check out Prospect Hill. Grocery stores aren't an issue. They are a short drive in any direction. There are a lot of very cool shopping options in Cincinnati, that frankly, stack up better than a full service grocery store. Though, there are no shortage of grocery stores.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Over-the-Rhine, Ohio
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I definitely think OTR is the neighborhood for you. I live at Liberty & Walnut and have no problem doing my shopping at the OTR Kroger and Findlay Market. Sometimes I take the bus up to Corryville Kroger if I need something more specific.

I lived in Lakeview, Chicago for a minute and while Cincinnati is an entirely different pace from Chicago, it's got all the amenities...just arranged differently. Frankly, I find it easier to live in Cincy without a car than I did in Chicago.

I agree with the other posters though...you need to spend a weekend or two exploring the city. It's VERY different. And while I think this is the best city in the country, it's not for everybody.
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