The restoration in Columbia-Tusculum is preserving the distinctive historical character of the area. There's an abundance of old frame homes with high ceilings, wood floors, and many decorative elements like gingerbread and steam boat gothic. Stately Victorians are pleasantly situated on the hillside.In recent years, the addition of contemporary homes, condominiums, popular restaurants and meeting places have created an air of sophistication. Each building, old and new, has its own architectural integrity.
Queen City Metro Bus service serves the area on a regular schedule with a bus ride time of approximately 20 minutes to downtown. It is a 10 minute drive to downtown by way of Columbia Parkway.
The following hospitals are located within a 15 minute drove of Tusculum: Deaconess, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Christ Hospital and the Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Approximately 10 minutes to the north is Hyde Park Plaza, Rookwood Commons and Rookwood Pavilion which serve all convenience needs. Fifteen minutes to the east is Beechmont Mall which offers a wide selection of shops and services along with two major department stores all under one roof. There are some small shops and restaurants located along Eastern Avenue.
Schmidt Memorial Playfield, Turkey Ridge Playfield and Alms Park are located in Tusculum and offer a variety of activities. California Golf Course/Nature Preserve are located nearby. Marinas along the Ohio River provide excellent facilities for boating enthusiasts. Also nearby is Lunken Playfield which offers tennis, archery, golf and baseball. The Lunken Airport serves private planes.
The Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati is located in Columbia-Tusculum and presents programs and services such as musicals, dance, plays produced by the Irish American Theater Company as well as other live productions.