Or, as the kids say, “New home, who dis?”
Buying a home in a specific neighborhood was a very calculated decision by my husband and me. A neighborhood is a reflection of what is important in our life; it is not just a financial investment, but a civic one, too. Some non-negotiables when looking for a new home were: city of Cincinnati neighborhood, walkability, close proximity to a brewery or bar (y’know, where everybody knows your name) and dog park, and — most importantly — the opportunity be be involved in the community.
To us it’s more about the neighborhood than the house itself, though we absolutely love our modest yet beautiful Cape Cod. We have some work yet to do, but I absolutely love decorating and wanted to give an inside look of the house. (With some special appearances by Franklin, of course!)
Making the decision to leave East Walnut Hills was not an easy one. It was our first home together. It was where we welcomed our first family member, celebrated our engagement, and took in four Flying Pig marathons with the neighborhood. It’s where we lived and loved for three transitional, significant years of our lives.
I never envisioned myself being a westsider, but we found everything we loved and wanted in Westwood, the city of Cincinnati’s largest neighborhood.
In the short time we’ve called Westwood home, we have been to West Side Brewing a handful of times (SEA Cuisine is there weekly and is one of my new favorite food trucks), walked to the dog park, bought pizza and champagne in the same drive thru (Trotta’s), had Mike’s Mix wings from Wild Mike’s, ordered a $4 breakfast from Santorini, ate a delicious panini paired with good wine and great service from Muse Café, stocked up on wine from Deans Hops & Vines, and BK even had Price Hill Chili for the first time. I still have to get to Henke Winery, Fuzzybutts Dry Goods, and a number of additional westside institutions (I’m looking at you, J&J Restaurant, Lin’s Pad Thai, and many others), but fortunately we’ll be here a while. When the weather starts to shape up, I’ll be out and about and walking more. There is a lot of exploring yet to do, and I’m extremely excited about all the great things there are to do in my new neighborhood.
Featured image: snowy walk in the new neighborhood