Westwood is a neighborhood with an illustrious past and an inviting presence. It is Cincinnati’s largest neighborhood with 35,000 residents and was incorporated as a village in 1868 and later annexed as part of Cincinnati in 1896. The area was a residential neighborhood that grew with the expansion of the population during the 19th and mid-20th centuries. Tradesmen and professional people established residency in the “country” to get away from city smoke and odors.
The houses are typical of the architecture of the last century. Many of the palatial mansions that still grace the area were owned by some of the city’s most eminent business leaders, including James Gamble or Procter & Gamble. Through the years, Westwood has remained one of Cincinnati’s cleanest communities. There are many beautiful new sections on quiet, secluded streets that branch off the main thoroughfare. New houses seem to have inherited the handsome stability and well-established manner of Westwood’s first homes. Those looking for something different can look in both old and new sections of Westwood. In the heart of Westwood is a collection of buildings which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are three main driving routes to the downtown area which is approximately 15 minutes away. Interstate highways 74 and 75 are approximately five minutes away. The area’s main roads are Harrison and Boudinot Avenues. The Queen City Metro Bus service operates four separate bus routes to this area offering excellent public transportation.
Mercy Franciscan Hospital - Western Hills is located in the heart of Westwood. All of Cincinnati’s main hospitals are within 20 minutes. There are a number of retirement homes in Westwood. A number of newer convalescent and assisted living facilities are also located in the area.
There are numerous small shopping areas in Westwood and the Western Hills-Western Woods Shopping Centers border Westwood, providing shopping facilities of major department stores, supermarkets and banks as well as many smaller shops. Glenway Crossing Shopping Center is also located in nearby Western Hills.
Westwood has three large playgrounds, including baseball and football fields, tennis courts and swimming pools. Adjoining Westwood is McFarlan Woods, the western section of the 1,500 acre Mt. Airy Forest preserve with excellent facilities for picnics, lodges, trails and cycling. The Mt. Airy Dog Park has five acres and is a popular place for those with four-legged friends. Bracken Woods 30 acres and is home to the Robert J. Brodbeck Nature Preserve. The Gamble-Nippert YMCA offers three outdoor and one indoor swimming pool and various programs for young and old. The Western Sports Mall offers indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball as well as a health club.
Two public golf courses are 10 minutes away from Westwood: a 9-hole course at Woodland and an 18-hole course at Neuman. Another 18-hole course is located farther west at Miami Whitewater Forest. Private courses are located at Western Hills and Miamiview Country Clubs.
The Madcap Education Center is a great place to watch a puppet show from its 124-seat theater. The center also offers yoga and dance studios along with a puppet workshop.