Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout are two neighboring suburbs that blend together almost seamlessly to form one of Cincinnati’s oldest areas. Hyde Park was established in 1892 by Cincinnati businessmen who wanted an exclusive community for the wealthy and named it after New York’s Hyde Park. The area was annexed by the City of Cincinnati in 1903. Mt. Lookout is located adjacent to Hyde Park and was named for the Mount Lookout Observatory which was moved to this neighborhood in 1873.
Hyde Park is an urban community where people of all ages enjoy the convenience of being centrally located and only minutes from downtown. Throughout this community, older homes are lovingly care for in an urban setting with a suburban vibe. Boasting original exteriors, these homes have modern, up-to-date features for today's living standards. One finds homes of all sizes as well as apartments, condos and townhouses.
Head up the hill and there are larger home estates with magnificent Ohio River views as well as wondering streets of beautiful lawns featuring exceptional properties. Homes near Madison Road or Observatory and Erie Avenues may be on smaller lots, but still have beautiful facades and well-planned interior spaces. Hyde Park is a very hip place to live!
Wherever one lives in Hyde Park, residents love to take advantage of walking their neighborhood whether to enjoy a meal, coffee, drink at a pub or shopping. Dog walking and jogging are very popular activities, too.
Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout have good access to the heart of Cincinnati, within 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the point of departure. I-71 links the area with all interstate highways and most major thoroughfares. Columbia Parkway is a popular route towards downtown Cincinnati. Cincinnati Metro Bus services the area.
Mercy Health - Rookwood Medical Hospital Center is located along I-71 and is a modern facility with an emergency department as well as primary care offices.
Jewish Kenwood - Mercy Hospital is a 10-minute drive to the north. This hospital features a state-of-the-art patient tower as well as a 24-hour emergency department. It is the region’s only adult Blood & Marrow Transplant Center. Bethesda North Hospital, a Level III Trauma Center, is located in Montgomery and is a 15-minute drive away.
Seven of Cincinnati’s finest hospitals are within a 10-minute drive and include: Good Samaritan Hospital, University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center and The Christ Hospital. Many uptown groups of doctor’s offices are also within easy access.
Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout Squares feature excellent specialty shops, local restaurants and cafes as well as popular pubs. Hyde Park Square hosts a farmer’s market every Sunday. The Echo (on the side of the square) has been a popular place for a meal since 1945 and is open for breakfast and lunch daily. In Mt. Lookout, Zip’s Cafe (which was established in 1926) is known for its burgers.
Hyde Park Plaza Shopping Center, Rookwood Commons and Rookwood Pavilion serve all convenience needs. Nearby Oakley has its own “downtown” strip along Madison Road with popular eateries, cafes and shops. Kenwood Towne Centre (with Nordstrom, Dilliards and Macy’s as anchors) and Sycamore Plaza (aka Kenwood Square) are only a 15-minute drive away. All feature nationally branded stores along with everything from casual to gourmet dining.
Need a donut fix? Local Busken Bakery bakes its goodies in Hyde Park and this particular location is open 24 hours a day. And, we cannot forget Peace Love and Little Donuts where you can find scrumptious cake donuts with delectable toppings and frostings.
There are picnic and play areas at Ault Park and Alms Park, two of Cincinnati’s largest and most beautiful parks. Alms Park has beautiful views of the Ohio River. Ault Park has a lovely pavilion that serves as a lookout point to the beautiful gardens. This park hosts many outdoor events during warmer months including a Concours d’Elegance car show, dances and a 4th of July celebration. Annwood Park is located on Madison Road and is a serene parklet with a fountain.
The private Hyde Park Country Club has an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool. The Cincinnati Country Club, also private, has an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts. The Mt. Lookout Swim Club is private. Nearby Lunken Playfield (public) offers tennis, archery, golf and baseball. Marinas along the nearby Ohio River provide excellent facilities for boating enthusiasts. An indoor tennis club is located across from Lunken Airport and a racquetball facility is located in nearby Fairfax.
There are also a variety of athletic and rec activities sponsored by neighborhood schools and special interest groups. Hyde Park Square hosts the annual Hyde Park Art Show with over 200 artists showcasing their work. The Hyde Park Blast (held in June) is another square event for runners and bikers.