Named after two colleges which were established here, College Hill still reflects the elegance and aristocracy that influenced this community during the 19th century. In fact, many of the streets are still gas-lit. This urban village offers many styles of homes from old to new.
This historical neighborhood sits high on a ridge, with rolling wooded terrain. In some areas, the elegant old homes, surrounded by ancient trees, give the familiar Cincinnati impression of great strength and variety. Other sections have smaller homes, as well as many pleasant apartments. Several new developments offer attractive ranch designs as well as brick homes. With new trees, improved street lighting, recreational facilities and attractive neighborhood shopping, College Hill offers many opportunities to share in its historical past, and its future. CitiRama was hosted in twice in College Hill: Witherby Meadows and Gershom Grove, so whether you prefer an older home or something newer, College Hill has you covered.
There is quick access to expressways I-75, I-74 and I-275 plus the Ronald Reagan Highway. Driving time to downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes. Queen City Metro Bus service gives excellent service to College Hill.
Mercy Health West Hospital is just ten minutes away. All other Cincinnati hospitals including Good Samaritan Hospital, University Hospital, The Christ Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center are 15 to 20 minutes away. Cincinnati Children's Hospital has a new mental health facility in the works on Hamilton Avenue and should be completed by 2023.
Local shopping facilities are excellent along a well-established five-block area of Hamilton Avenue, in the center of College Hill. The College Hill Station is under construction as part of business district and will soon offer retail, office spaces as well as residential apartments. Within a five-minute drive are the Brentwood and North College Hill Shopping Centers. Northgate Mall is just 10 minutes away. Within a 20-minute drive is the Kenwood Towne Centre with over 100 stores and three anchor department stores: Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's.
The community has quite a few local restaurants and pubs to frequent. The Brink Brewery is a 3,200sf taproom. There are also fun eateries such as Bacalls Cafe, Mary’s Hops and Vines and the College Hill Coffee Company.
Within the heart of the community are many convenient recreational facilities with playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts and swimming pools. Mt. Airy Forest, with 2,000 acres, is only 10 minutes away. There are three swim clubs within 5 minutes, as well as the Powell Crosley YMCA recreation center with three outdoor pools and one indoor Olympic pool. Golfers have the private Clovernook Country Club or three additional public courses, Fairfield Municipal Park, Winton Woods and Lake Gloria Par 3 course. There are several pay lakes in the area for fishermen. LaBoiteaux Woods, a 50-acre nature preserve and summer day camp, is within College Hill. McEvoy Park and Crawford Commons are two other neighborhood parks.
The area’s Recreation Center on Belmont Avenue has tennis courts, indoor running paths and an exercise area.