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Old 02-18-2007, 11:23 PM
 
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I have seen a lot of nice houses for sale in Kennedy Heights at a very reasonable price. Can you tell me how this area is and what we can expect (school is not an issue for us and we do not like to be too far from the city).

Thanks a lot
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Old 02-20-2007, 05:07 PM
 
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I have seen a lot of nice houses for sale in Kennedy Heights at a very reasonable price. Can you tell me how this area is and what we can expect (school is not an issue for us and we do not like to be too far from the city).

Thanks a lot
You're probably going to hear a lot of negatives about Kennedy Heights but I wouldn't necessarily rule it out.

The biggest negative is that the stretch of Montgomery Road through Kennedy Heights is very unattractive, with a number of abandoned stores. Whereas the surrounding neighborhoods such as Pleasant Ridge to the south, Kenwood, Silverton, and Amberley Village to the north, and Madiera to the east are in varying degrees considered to be nicer and safer, and do not have the commercial blight of Kennedy Heights. Back in the 60s and 70s, you could attribute the lower prices for houses in Kennedy Heights to "white flight" but I doubt that is an issue anymore. Kennedy Heights is probably a predominately middle class black neighborhood. It has highly diverse housing types, from very old along Coleridge Ave, to housing built in the 1950s (which in the city of Cincinnati is fairly new, as the city was built out to its limits during that decade and is otherwise surrounded by incorporated towns for the most part.

I don't know if Kennedy Heights is particularly crime-prone. In general I've found the Cincinnatians get hyper about crime figures that larger cities would be happy to have. You will also hear from African-Americans that the relationship with the police department is poor. There have been a number of highly publicized incidents that suggest that is the case.

Having said this, if Kennedy Heights is your price range you would be wise to check it out personally. You might also consider College Hill and Mount Airy on the northwest side of town, or Golf Manor.
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