North of Downtown Neighborhood

Avondale is a neighborhood to the north of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The land here was originally purchased in the late 18th century  and by 1830 local businessmen were beginning to build their homes here. Wealthy residents of Cincinnati wanted to live in this attractive suburb. It was annexed to the city of Cincinnati in 1896. Streetcars came to the neighborhood in 1903 and opened it up to those less affluent.  From 1920 to after the Second World War, 60% of the residents were Jewish. After the war as young people moved out and older people were unable to maintain their large homes,  the area began to change and it was one of the area where black families could buy a home. The north and south areas of Avondale culturally separated and the north fared better. There have been some hard times in this neighborhood but the renaissance has begun and it is again a great place to look for a home. The area is family friendly, safe and best of all affordable.

There are a variety of housing options including some wonderful large older homes, plenty of apartments and developments of new condos and townhouses. Prices begin as love as the $30,000 and go up to about $135,000.

Avondale has a great location for commuting with the I-71 as the eastern boundary.  Vine Street is on the west,  William Howard Taft Road on the south and Glenwood Avenue on the north. Tree lined streets with lots of sidewalks make this a somewhat walkable neighborhood. It is #22 in Cincinnati on the walkability chart. Public transportation is also available in this community.  

There are two public elementary schools in the Avondale neighborhood, Rockdale Academy and South Avondale Elementary School. Neither of these schools is a high performer on state tests but they are both very popular with both parents and students.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens   located in Avondale is a great attraction for residents and visitors alike.  Opened in 1875, this is the second oldest zoo in the United States. It was designated a national historic landmark in 1987.

The eight acre former estate of Cornelius J. Hauck is now open to the public as the Hauck Botanical Garden.  Over 900 types of trees, shrubs and evergreens were planted by the owner in the wonderful garden.

There are many of Cincinnati’s important medical facilities located within the Avondale neighborhood including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Shriners Hospital, Tri Health,  University Hospital and Veterans Hospital.  Not only do these offer great healthcare, they form a large part of the employment base of the neighborhood.  

Given to the city in 1925 by Charles Fleischmann of Fleischmann Yeast Company, Fleischmann Garden is located on the site of his former home. The garden is entered from Washington Avenue through iron gates which lead to a stone path. The largest Ginkgo tree in the state is in the  garden as well as an evergreen maze.

Avondale has plenty of great restaurants to enjoy and a nice selection of shops and markets. The neighborhood has just about anything that a potential resident is looking for.