Blue Ash, Ohio
With a population of 12,000 Blue Ash is a vibrant Cincinnati city suburb. The area was established around 1791 and its name comes from the blue ash logs used by the first settlers. The Blue Ash of today is alive with development. Condominiums, single family houses, and beautiful industrial parks are all part of what is happening in this carefully planned area just twelve miles from downtown Cincinnati.
The availability of many contemporary new homes, combined with an ever-present possibility of rising values, makes it an ideal place to invest. One finds homes of all ages, styles and price ranges from modest-priced homes to luxury condominiums and houses. Many neighborhoods offer sought-after walkability to shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment. A library and post office are located in the downtown area.
It is a five-minute drive to Interstate 75 and I-275, less than that to I-71. The Ronald Reagan Highway is at the south edge of Blue Ash. Driving time to downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes. Queen City Metro bus service connects Blue Ash with downtown Cincinnati.
There are several nearby hospitals serving Blue Ash. Bethesda North Hospital (a level III trauma center) is just minutes from Blue Ash in Montgomery. The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health is also nearby in Kenwood. With 15-20 minutes are several other area hospitals including the renowned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University Hospital, The Christ Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.
From bagels to a hamburger, chili or upscale dining, there are many local restaurants located in Blue Ash. For those near Downtown Blue Ash, there are specialty shops and cafes available for a quick bite or convenient shopping. During warmer months, the Blue Ash Farmer’s Market is available on Wednesdays at Summit Park, and the park offers a variety of indoor/outdoor restaurants and bistros. Target and Kohl’s are conveniently located, and Kroger is available for grocery shopping. Kenwood Towne Centre with about 100 stores of all sizes and varieties of products is located within 10 minutes of Blue Ash, and includes Macy’s and Nordstrom as anchor stores.
Blue Ash offers its residents the area’s most outstanding recreational services that include an 18-hole golf course with clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant. The amazingly low cost Blue Ash Recreation Center has an outdoor Olympic-size pool, a large, award-winning children’s pool, four lighted tennis courts, two baseball/soccer fields. It also houses an extensive fitness center, gyms, and a climbing wall, and hosts many fitness and enrichment classes. The Rec Center is adjacent to Blue Ash Nature Park, with numerous large picnic shelters, several playground areas, an outdoor amphitheatre, and nature trails.
A YMCA is located in Blue Ash and is equipped with both indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor tennis courts and ball courts.
Summit Park is located on the former site of the Blue Ash Airport. With 130 acres, this park offers an outstanding new playground walking/biking paths as well as natural areas for outdoor enjoyment. Whether visiting new restaurants there or enjoying a community event (such as Red, White and Blue Ash July 4th concerts and fireworks or Movie Night), a community exercise class, or a sports league, this park has something for everyone. SummitFest is a one-day country music festival held at the park in June. This area has new housing and businesses being built, developing a robust live-work-play lifestyle opportunity.
The community has an annual parade on Memorial Day. Free summer concerts are offered several times a week during the summer at Blue Ash Nature Park and Blue Ash Towne Square. More concerts are also offered at numerous Summit Park events.
For film enthusiasts, Envisions Cinemas Bar & Grille has a full-service restaurant and bar along with seven screens, and offers dine-in-the-theatre service at all shows.
Blue Ash partners with the city of Montgomery to support the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.