Cincinnati’s Crown Jewel: Hyde Park Square
Hyde Park has long been a magnate community in Cincinnati for people from many walks of life wanting to live, go to school, shop, eat and play amongst abundant green spaces, parks, shops, restaurants and turn-of-the-last century homes set amongst lush 100+ year old flora and fauna. At less than 5 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Hyde Park offers those who choose to live and visit here terrific proximity to the center-city as well as easy access to other destinations including the Greater Cincinnati airport, Northern Kentucky and popular outlying suburbs. Think of Hyde Park as a picturesque one-of-a-kind “cityburb” and you’ve got the picture.
Hyde Park was incorporated in 1896. The founding of this community was lead by a group of prosperous citizens who wanted to design a community that would preserve natural and architectural beauty and provide a peaceful place for Cincinnatian’s to call home. Little has changed from then to now as Hyde Parkers to this day enjoy pleasant and historic surroundings especially perfect for a lifestyle that includes walking to and from home to schools, places of worship, shopping, dining, parks and the like.
Idyllic Hyde Park Square is the heart of this community. The center of “The Square” (Erie Avenue between Edwards and Michigan) is defined by an island park in the middle of Erie Boulevard featuring lawns and landscaped areas as well as historic Kilgore Fountain. Residents and visitors alike find this spot great for sitting on a bench to enjoy a Graeter’s ice cream cone, relaxing after a great breakfast at The Echo, communing with neighbors (and their happy hounds) or just taking in the sights. Surrounding The Square are over 100 specialty shops and boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, banks, salons, real estate agencies and all fashion of independent business and merchant dedicated to offering one-of-a-kind merchandise and a unique patron experience.
Hyde Park Square also features many events that never cease to delight including the 46th annual Hyde Park Art Show which takes place Sunday October 5th from 10am to 5 pm. This is the largest juried show in the Midwest which features over 200 artists from around the area and across the country. The Hyde Park Square Farmers’ Markets take place every Sunday/June through September from 9:30am to 1:30pm –on Erie Avenue between Edwards Road & Michigan Avenue and the months of May & October at the US Bank parking lot/3424 Edwards Road. The Hyde Park Farmers Market features locally grown produce, prepared delectables, live music and more. The annual Hyde Park BLAST features children’s and adult running races, intermediate and nationally-ranked cycling races and a spectacular street party with live music takes place June 28th from 8am to midnight. The annual Hyde Park Square Sidewalk Sale is August 16 from 10am-6pm where bargains can be had on uniquely wonderful merchandise. The annual Hyde Park Holiday Happening event with music, store sales, Santa arriving via Fire Engine, carolers, holiday card photo booth and more takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 29th) from 11am-7pm.
Though many consider Hyde Park to be one of the most desirable, prestigious and safe neighborhoods to live in the city, it’s worth noting that there is a true diversity in Hyde Park housing ranging from multi-million-dollar river-view estates to mid-range family homes to starter homes as well as a wide variety of home and apartment rental opportunities. Homes in this area date from the late 1800’s to in-fill new homes. Most are circa early 20th century. Hyde Park also features wonderful condominium living on/around The Square including 3500 Michigan, 2801 Erie and 2770 Observatory (under construction) and The Regency and Madison House, both on Madison Avenue. For more information visit www.comey.com
Hyde Park is also home to some of Cincinnati’s finest academically successful public and private schools in the region including Hyde Park Elementary, The Summit Country Day School, St. Mary School, Kilgour School (a Cincinnati Public School with a rating of “Academic Excellent with Distinction”) and others. While Singles, DINKS and Empty-Nesters alike all enjoy the Hyde Park neighborhood lifestyle, these and other schools in our community make family living here all the more worthwhile. For more information visit www.cincyschoolzone.com
BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: If you have a question about the Hyde Park Square Business Association or would like to join the business association, please contact HPSBA President, Lori Wellinghoff using the form below.