Maria Walley, Realtor
Cincinnati Neighborhoods | Cincinnati Condo Connection

River Terrace Condos in East Walnut Hills

 

River View from River Terrace 10A

It’s all about the views at River Terrace.  Located in East Walnut Hills at the end of Ingleside Ave, this high rise has 12 floors and 60 condos.  It was built in 1963 as an upscale apartment building and is now a luxury condo building. Almost every unit has a great view of the river and many have great city skyline views too.  Whether you are looking for something newly updated or a fixer upper, River Terrace has many options.  Prices range from $140,000 for a condo in original condition up to $350,000 for a renovated condo with a great view.  River Terrace offer some of the best deals when it comes to river view condos in Cincinnati.  Check out this video of a recently renovated condo at River Terrace.

River Terrace Luxury Condos in East Walnut Hills

The common areas have were updated in 2017 by Don Sparks of Lifestyle Designs, also an East Walnut Hills resident.  This was a game changer for the building.  Finally the hallways are worthy of these amazing views.

Current renovations are 10 A which has a beautiful upriver view and is currently listed for $295,000.  It’s on the 10th floor and has undergone a complete renovation.  It’s style is contemporary and very neutral.  The master suite has a walk in shower and laundry.  The second bathroom has an extra deep very modern tub surrounded by subway tile and quartz counter tops.. The kitchen really shines with sleek off white cabinets made by Stosa in Italy, quartz counter tops, open shelving and stainless appliances.  The best part about this kitchen is that you can talk to your guests in the dining room and see the spectacular view all while preparing dinner. The condo is roomy at 1285 square feet. A typical condo in this building is 1285 to 1650 square feet. Unit 2D is also undergoing a renovation and wil be available in the spring of 2018.

The 12th floor is in the process of being combined and renovated to make one of the best penthouse condos in the whole city with 360 degree views of the city and views directly over the river.

What’s an original condo like?  Think parquet floors and 55 year old kitchen cabinets and no laundry in the unit.  Do you have what it takes to renovate a condo like this?  If you do, please give me a call and I’ll find you a great opportunity.  Condo sellers, I always have buyers looking for river view condos in East Walnut Hills and Eden Park.

Walk to Eden Park and many restaurants and cafes.  It’s a short 13 minute walk to the Overlook at Eden Park and a 5 minute walk to Woodburn Ave where there are many fun places like Woodburn Brewery, Myrtle’s Punch House, O Pie O, Café DeSales.  Urbana Cafe is also opening up a café on Woodburn.  Walk up McMillan to get to Parkside Café, The Brew House, Just Q’uin BBQ, Fireside Pizza, Landlocked Social House and more. There’s several churches within walking distance.  Unity and St. Francis DeSales are both within 10 minute walking distance. And there are no shortage of hair salons to walk to.  My favorite is Parlour Salon.

Parlour Salon on Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills

Need more ideas of places to walk to in Cincinnati? Check out this article Spending the Day in East Walnut Hills.

Who lives in the building? A diverse group of people.  River Terrace attracts old people and young people alike.  Some are lifetime Cincinnatians and others are newly transferred professionals.

Rentals are allowed in the building and there are currently 4 units being rented.  They allow up to 10% rentals. Rents typically run $1400 to $2000 in this building.

The building has a gym but no pool.  It’s staffed 24 hours a day and the Security/Concierge will even park your car for you in the garage.

What are the downsides to this building?  No pool and limited garage parking.  There is enough parking for everyone to park one car in the garage but not enough parking for multiple cars per household.  There is a nice off street parking lot adjacent to the building. Condo fees are a bit high at 70 cents per square foot but it is a very well built and well maintained building and includes heat, water, and air conditioning as well as 24 hour concierge and valet parking.

Bring your four legged friends. Pets are welcome at River Terrace. You can have up to 2 pets per household, no weight limit on dogs.  It’s a terrific neighborhood for dog walking.  I frequently see dogs with their owners enjoying a pint at Woodburn Brewery.

Take me to the Eden Park Mom!

You may also be interested in The Edgecliff Private Residences ,  Saint James at the Park or Husman House.  Both are in E. Walnut Hills and offer great views for reasonable prices.

Here’s One of the Best Condos in Hyde Park

There are many great neighborhoods in Cincinnati in which to begin your search for a new condo. Each offers a variety of homes, amenities, and perks to living there. Some of the most popular are Oakley, Over-the-Rhine, and Hyde Park.

Hyde Park is located in East Cincinnati and is one of the most popular areas in the city for aspiring owners of condos and single-family homes alike. The area also has a very healthy mix of starter/midsize and trade-up homes as well as a wide variety of condos. The area is very walkable and its proximity to Hyde Park Square, a trendy shopping and dining area, makes it popular with a wide range of people. Some of the area’s most well-known and sought-after condo complexes are  Grassmoor, Georgian Terrace, Madison House and Regency. Prices for condos currently selling in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park range from $107,000 all the way up to $1.5 million. So you can be sure you’ll find a home that fits your needs. There are a few properties, however, that really stand out for their great features and affordable price points. The listing at 3744 Ashworth Drive is one such gem.

This condo for sale in Hyde Park is located within the Chestnut Station condo complex. This large, 3-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bathroom unit provides excellent value for its listing price of $315,000. Located just down the street from the Hyde Park Golf and Country Club, this home features a loft, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. With its open floor plan and 1,700 square feet, you’ll enjoy having plenty of space, whether for entertaining or staying in for movie night. There’s plenty to walk to in East Hyde Park.  Start with breakfast at Coffee Emporium.  Still hungry? Take in a lunch at Bangkok Bistro.  Drinks at Hap’s Irish Pub?  Need some essentials?  Stop in Tischbein’s Pharmacy.  Forbe’s Magazine named Hyde Park one of the 10 best neighborhoods in the USA.

If you’ve been looking for condos for sale in Hyde Park and are interested in checking out this home or any of the many others that we have currently on the market, give the team here at Cincinnati Condo Connection a call. We would love to help you begin the journey to find your dream home today.

 

Here’s one of the Best Condos for Sale In Oakley

More and more people are moving to Cincinnati every day and looking for available homes in a wide range of styles and budgets. For some potential buyers, quiet streets to raise their kids is extremely important, while for others, it is far more important to be near the hustle and bustle of downtown Cincinnati.

Here at Cincinnati Condo Connection, we work with a wide mixture of potential home buyers and sellers every day. However, when young home buyers want to purchase their first condo in Cincinnati, we find that we are recommending a few particular neighborhoods more than others. One of those special neighborhoods is Oakley.

Oakley is a picturesque neighborhood in northern Cincinnati that is known for its walkability, trendy shops, and amazing restaurants that are only a few blocks from the ever-popular Hyde Park Square (the center of Cincinnati’s boutique shopping). Located just a few miles from downtown, this neighborhood is an excellent area for all potential home buyers and also for those seeking a condo for sale in Oakley. Due to  pedestrian-friendly streets and short commute time to downtown Cincinnati, it is especially popular with professionals and young families.

The houses for sale in Oakley vary from starter homes and midsize trade-ups to condos of all shapes and sizes. With so many options in homes, potential buyers may wonder what kind of bang for their buck they can get with a condo for sale in Oakley.

Oakley Condo for Sale

The property located at 2932 Markbreit Ave is a perfect example. This three-bedroom, three-bath home is currently listed at $699,900—a great deal higher than the average listing price for a home in Oakley, which is currently around $265,000. The bells and whistles that come with this home, however, definitely provide a great bang for your buck. Not only is this home a detached, three-story unit, it features almost $55,000 dollars in custom upgrades. Some of these upgrades include granite countertops, walk-in closets, and a rooftop deck.

If you’re interested in this property or another condo for sale in Oakley this year, make sure to check out our listings page to view all of our available properties, and then contact Maria Walley today to get started!

The Three Best Neighborhoods in Cincinnati for Condo Shopping

The Verona in Eden Park

 

As we move closer and closer to spring time here in Cincinnati, the real estate market is beginning to heat up for potential buyers and sellers alike.

In fact, according to Realtor.com, there are currently 3,667 homes on the market and 3,552 homes for rent, and the current average listing price for the city of Cincinnati is $165,000. Although great homes can be found all over the city, the following neighborhoods in Cincinnati are likely to be your best bet for finding a wonderful deal on a condo.

Over-The-Rhine

Of all the neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Over-The-Rhine is the one with the most condos on the market—and it also happens to be one of the hippest, most popular areas in the city. According to Realtor, the area has an average listing price of $324,950, although prices currently range from $200,000 to $600,000. Most condos for sale in Over-the-Rhine are walking distance from area attractions like Findlay Market and a wide variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and nightlife. In addition, many homes for sale in OTR have been remodeled or upgraded within the last ten years. You can check out our recent article, “OTR: Best Deal on a Condo,” to see one of many homes that we recommend if you are considering purchasing a condo in OTR.

Walnut Hills

Although a little more removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cincinnati, Walnut Hills is still a great place to buy a home. There are currently around 35 condos on the market in Walnut Hills, with prices ranging from $110,000 all the way up to $995,000, so there is something here for everyone. As far as perks and amenities go, there are many options available. For instance, this two bedroom, two bath condo, located at River Terrace, 2401 Ingleside 10A.  It features a stunning river view and has undergone a complete renovation. It’s listed at $285,000 and has valet parking.  This one won’t last long. The Edgecliff Private Residences  2200 Victory Pkwy, 809 is currently listed at $349,900, features an in-unit skyline view, while the building includes a guest suite with a kitchen and a 24 hour concierge.  Meanwhile, the $149,900, one bedroom, one bath unit at The Verona 2356 Park Avenue, 104 features in-unit wood floors and an address in a coveted historic building.

 

Eden Park in Walnut Hills

Hyde Park

Just a few minutes east of Walnut Hills is the Cincinnati neighborhood known as Hyde Park. Like OTR, Hyde Park is extremely walkable, a perfect location for those who enjoy being outside in their neighborhood. Although this area is also somewhat removed from downtown Cincinnati, it still offers plenty of easily accessible shops and restaurants and easy access to I-71. Currently, there are about 30 condominiums on the market in Hyde Park, ranging anywhere from $165,000 all the way up to 1.5 million. Given the high price range, it is no surprise that homes in Hyde Park boast a variety of amenities. This two bedroom, two bath home, located at Michigan Terrace3500 Michigan Avenue, 43, is listed for $799,000. The location alone is worth every penny. This property is located right on Hyde Park Square, amid the city’s most popular shopping and dining districts. The two bedroom two bath home at the Madison House2324 Madison Rd, 304, on the other hand, is listed for $148,500 and features a large balcony and wood flooring. The building provides valet parking service, a doorman, and a heated pool.

Hyde Park Square

If one of these listings caught your eye, and you are considering purchasing a home in one of these neighborhoods in Cincinnati, give us a call today at (513) 215 – 3996 today and let us help you find the perfect condo for you.

Best Deal on a Condo in Over-the-Rhine

Trinity Flats OTR

There are many beautiful, affordable homes on the market in Cincinnati. With each neighborhood providing a unique culture and great amenities there is something for every potential home-buyer.

Over-the-Rhine, one of Cincinnati’s most popular and historic neighborhoods, is no exception. The area is home to some of the city’s best restaurants: The Mercer, Pleasantry, Sartre and French Crust, as well as, Washington and Ziegler Park. The recently installed streetcar connects Over-the-Rhine to both the city’s business district and riverfront neighborhoods. Most homes for sale in the area are recently upgraded condos with lofts that range from $200,000 all the way up to $550,000.

Homes for sale in Over-the-Rhine are known for being slightly more expensive than other Cincinnati neighborhoods. The current, average listing price is $324,950. However, given the area’s growth over the last 20 years, as well as proximity to dining, shopping and nightlife, a home or condo for sale in Over-the-Rhine is almost guaranteed to be a great investment. In fact, Zillow predicts that home values will grow at least 3.7 percent over the next year.

One such listing is the home at 1326 Vine Street B, in the Trinity Flats condo complex. Natural lighting fills this open concept, two bedroom, one bathroom condo with a built-in loft. Chic wood flooring, updated appliances and granite countertops, make this home perfect Cincinnati professional or young family. In addition, The Trinity Flats building offers a rooftop resident deck, and onsite shopping and dining. This home is also only a 10-minute walk from Findlay Market. Findlay Market is a trendy spot that that is known and beloved by locals as the best place in the city to buy locally sourced goods. Currently listed at $279,000, this property provides excellent value for the interested condo buyer.

Are you interested in purchasing a condo in Over-the-Rhine this year? Check out our listings page to view all of our available properties.

Looking Back: What 2017 Showed Us About Buying a Home in Cincinnati and US Real Estate Market Trends

Cincinnati Skyline

It is no secret that 2017 was a year of tumultuous political and economic change for the US, both on a local and national level, changes that had a direct influence on the US Real Estate Market.

At the beginning of 2017, Forbes predicted the following for the United States housing market:

  1. Prices will continue to rise, albeit more slowly than in recent years.

  2. Affordability will worsen, particularly in cities like Seattle, WA and Austin, TX, which continue to see huge amounts of real estate and job market development.

  3. More Millennials will become homeowners.

Now that we are a few weeks into 2018, here at the Cincinnati Condo Connection we decided to do a little research to determine how those predictions played out on both a national and local level.

According to an article published by Trulia in October of 2017, demand for homes across US markets has continued to rise. In fact, the share of inventory sold in the US surpassed its peak for the first time since the recession of 2008. Unfortunately, that increase has done little for the affordability of homes on the market. A recent study by Realtor.com shows that the median list price for a home in the US in December of 2017 was $270,000, 8% higher than the median price in December of 2016. However, earlier in 2017, the median list price was at $275,000. These numbers show that Forbes’s prediction was correct, and that, while prices are still higher than they were in 2016, they are rising more slowly than in past years.

Numbers here in Cincinnati show a similar pattern. However, Cincinnati condo and home prices are actually rising more sharply than the national average.

According to a report released by the MLS of greater Cincinnati in November 2017, the median sales price for a home in Cincinnati was roughly $170,00 0up about 10.41 percent from November 2016’s estimated $150,000.

Although most 2017 pricing reports are still being collated, research by CoreLogic from April 2017 shows that home values were indeed increasing across the United States, rising by 6.9 percent as compared to April 2016. However, it is worth mentioning that these numbers can vary vastly by market. According to 2017 data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Cincinnati trends show a home value gain of 6.5 percent over the last 10 years. While, in more quickly growing areas such as Austin, Texas home values have grown 65.8 percent over the last 10 years.

So the final question remains, did more Millennials actually buy homes in 2017? According to the 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, the answer is yes. In fact, buyers 36 years of age and younger made up the largest share of homebuyers in 2017. However, that overall number is down 1 percent from 2016’s 35 percent. Are you a millennial interested in buying a home in Cincinnati this year? Research shows that an investment in “The Queen City” will be a smart one in 2018 given that Cincinnati was named one of Trulia’s top 10 best markets for Millennials who want to buy a home in 2017. The report evaluated housing market viability for Millennials based on the following criteria: job growth, vacancy rates, starter-home availability, online listing searches, and the percentage of people in the vicinity under age 35.

Overall, research from multiple sources shows that the housing market is finally beginning to even out, even in the nation’s most popular and expensive markets, and that the outlook for home values, prices, and inventory in 2018 is a relatively positive one.

Best Neighborhoods for Millennials in Cincinnati

With fifty-two diverse neighborhoods, the city of Cincinnati has something for everyone looking to purchase a new home in 2018. Not to mention there’s never been a better time to invest in a home or condo in Cincinnati. Trulia real estate trends show a 4% year-over-year increase in home prices, and according to the most recent U.S. Census Report, Cincinnati has seen consistent population growth over the last five years. According to Trulia, the median age in Cincinnati is 38 —a reflection of the city’s popularity among millennials.

So, what makes our lovely home city so popular with the younger demographic? Recent studies have shown that in more congested, urban areas, millennials look for an easy commute, walkability, and easy access to restaurants, coffeeshops, nightlife, and amenities. Of course, Cincinnati’s many neighborhoods offer these features in spades, but which are the best for the discerning millennial home-buyer? With prices ranging from $125,000 all the way up to $750,000, the following neighborhoods offer excellent options for every price range.

Over-the-Rhine

Although Over-the-Rhine is one of Cincinnati’s most historic neighborhoods, the area has seen a great deal of growth and development in the last 20 years. Many of the homes for sale in Over-the-Rhine are newly constructed condos, with price points spanning the full range from $125,000 to $750,000. The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown makes nightlife and restaurants easily accessible.

The Eagle is a hot spot for fried chicken and socializing. Also check out historic Findlay Market, one of the country’s oldest public markets for farmers and artisans.  One Mercer is a good building.

The Allison is a new building in OTR with private parking on a tree lined street.  One of the better values in OTR.

Clifton

Adjacent to the University of Cincinnati, Clifton is one of the city’s most sought-after areas, with a populace made up mostly of current and former students. Among young graduates, condos are some of the most popular homes for sale. Given the proximity to the University, the area boasts numerous walkable streets with a plethora of shops and restaurants on Ludlow Avenue. In addition to great rental options, the homes here cost anywhere from $62,000 to $695,000. Don’t forget to stop at Graeter’s Ice Cream Shop before heading to Esquire Theatre for a movie.

20th Century Theatre in Oakley

Oakley

Located on the I-71 Corridor, Oakley is a popular suburban area. There are a lot of really fun spots to walk to such as Mad Tree Brewery Tap Room and Deeper Roots Coffee.  Due to the older housing stock the single family homes  this area tend to be smaller than those in other neighborhoods, and prices tend to be slightly higher, in the $250,000 to $600,000 range.  Competition is also fierce in this area, and many of the homes that enter the market are quickly gobbled up by interested buyers.  There are plenty of great apartments in Oakley but not a lot of condos.

 

Walnut Hills and East Walnut Hills

Nestled between downtown, Mt. Adams and Hyde Park, Walnut Hills is the perfect blend of urban and suburban.  There are numerous housing options from high rise condos, townhouses and single family homes.  Although prices are going up, you can still snag a single family house or condo in the low $100,000s if you are quick! Walnut Hills and East Walnut Hills are a walkers paradise. Walnut Hills is centered around Eden Park which is one of the best parks in the city.  The business districts of the neighborhoods are also experiencing a renaissance with lots of hip urban retailers, breweries and restaurants opening.  Shop at HyBred for vintage clothing and then grab lunch at O Pie O.  If you still have energy for a beer, pop across the street to Woodburn Brewery or coffee at Cafe DeSales.

The Verona is a lovely courtyard condo favored by millennials and close to historic Peebles Corner.

 

Northside

Sometimes compared to Brooklyn, this edgy neighborhood has one of the largest and most independent business districts.  There aren’t many condos in this neighborhood.  It’s mostly single family homes and duplexes.  There are some graceful Victorian homes on tree lined streets and smaller Italianate row houses on others.  It’s close to downtown but set apart from the other neighborhoods that millennials have typically gravitated.  It’s full of trendy businesses and quirky independent minded people. Take a  trip to Northside and experience it for yourself.  Stop at Shake It Records to get your vinyl fix and then get a bite at Ruth’s Parkside Cafe