Oakley was originally known as “Four Mile” and was a wagon stop in the 1850s on the Madison Turnpike now called Madison Road. The village of Oakley (named for the many oak trees in the area) was established in 1898 and then incorporated as part of Cincinnati in 1913. Oakley is home to Annie Oakley – a markswoman of worldwide fame.
Oakley is seen as a more-affordable neighborhood with ever increasing property values as compared to nearby Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout. The many oak-lined streets and shopping within walking distance offer much to the people who live in Oakley. Convenience is highly regarded here with downtown only 12 minutes away. Oakley is a neighborly area surrounded by many prestigious neighborhoods, which have contributed to its growth. Oakley is now one of Cincinnati’s most popular areas with young professionals. One finds older homes as well as new condominiums in this area.
Queen City Metro buses serve the area on a regular schedule with a ride time of approximately 15 minutes to downtown. It is a 12-minute drive to the University of Cincinnati and the University Medical Center Hospitals. I-71 and the Norwood lateral are easily accessed from Oakley.
Rookwood Medical Center is located along I-71 and is a state-of-the-art facility with an emergency department as well as primary care offices. Jewish Hospital Kenwood is conveniently located in Sycamore Township and is only a 10-minute drive. 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 One Trauma Center, is located in Montgomery and is a 15-minute drive away.
Other Cincinnati area hospitals, such as The Christ Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Medical Center are located within a 10-minute drive. Many uptown groups of doctor’s offices are also within easy access. One of the most advanced medical facilities in the country for research is located within the (Cincinnati) University Hospital complex, located in nearby Avondale.
Charming Oakley Square has quite a few local restaurants, pubs and boutiques including the iconic Alglamesis Ice Cream Parlor. The Twentieth Century Theatre which was built in 1941 is a registered historic building and the site for concerts and private events. Kroger Marketplace, Target, Meijer and other national brand stores are conveniently located in Oakley at the former site of The Cincinnati Milling Machine Company. Hyde Park Plaza offers two major grocery stores and many specialty shops. Nearby is the Rookwood Pavilion and Rookwood Commons with many national brand stores and restaurants. All convenience needs can be met at Oakley Square. Kenwood Towne Centre and Sycamore Plaza are approximately a 10-minute drive.
There are picnic and play areas with tennis courts and a swimming pool at the Oakley Park Recreational Center. Two of Cincinnati’s largest and most beautiful parks, Ault Park and Alms Park, are nearby. Lunken Playfield (public) offers tennis, archery, golf, and baseball with a 10-minute drive.The active community hosts several events including Oakley After Hours and Light Up Oakley.