Columbia Tusculum

Tracing its roots to the 1788 Benjamin Stites settlement, Columbia Tusculum is Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood and boasts some of its oldest homes, including its well known, “Painted Ladies” sporting playful color combinations. Declared a City Historic District in 1989, historic homes have been decorated in a variety of styles, ranging from period restoration to contemporary.

Columbia Tusculum has experienced a wave of growth and development in recent years. Many new urban dwellers are seeking out Columbia Tusculum’s new construction homes that copy the “good bones” of their Victorian grandmothers. The $50 million Columbia Square development attracted a range of new tenants and businesses to join the neighborhood business district. Nine new businesses call Columbia Tusculum home since the Square opened in October 2008. The traditional business district on Eastern Avenue has also seen its own renaissance with cultural and professional organizations breathing new life into historic buildings, including the Ballet Company Midwest, the New Edgecliff Theater, and the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. Early 20th century apartment buildings and historic churches live side-by-side with professional offices, bar/cafes and non-profit organizations.

Columbia Tusculum is a green neighborhood, where recreation opportunities are at your doorstep and scenic views abound. Alm’s Park is the crown jewel, sited atop “Mt. Tusculum” and an old Indian look-out point with sweeping views up and down the Ohio River. Hold a party in the Italianate Pavilion building, bring your kids to the playground while you picnic under century old trees, enjoy the sunset from the Ohio River look-out point or watch planes taking off from the historic Lunken Airport, which is adjacent to the Lunken Recreation Area offering a six mile bike/run/skate path. A Farmer’s Market on Wilmer Road near the main Lunken parking lot brings fresh local produce and flowers most days of the week during the growing and harvest seasons. A Bike Path segment connecting Lunken to lower Columbia Tusculum is being completed in 2010 as part of a longer term plan for a continuous bike path from the eastern suburbs to Downtown.

The Columbia Tusculum Community Council organizes events in addition to their monthly meetings that serve as a forum for neighborhood issues. The council organizes the Mile 21.5 water station each year for the Flying Pig Marathon where the neighborhood turns out to cheer runners and walkers on into their home stretch. The periodic Columbia Tusculum Home Tour is a hit with history and architecture buffs and home decorators alike. In addition to all the above amenities, many residents are drawn to Columbia Tusculum because they are only seven minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Shopping at the Rookwood Commons and Hyde Park Plaza is minutes away. Enjoy the eclectic mix of shops in nearby neighborhood shopping districts like O’Bryonville, Oakley and Hyde Park.