A Personal Account of What Makes Oakley Great
Something I've noticed looking at a lot of other websites selling apartments, homes and condos in the Oakley area is that they don't do a very effective job of diving into the details of what makes the neighborhood such a great place to live, work and play. Having lived in Oakley for 3+ years and continuing to frequent the area on a regular basis, I decided to take it upon myself to write my personal 'Ode to Oakley' that has since been posted on the neighborhood tab of the OakleyHome2.com website and reads as follows:
Welcome to Oakley | With its Central Location, Thriving Business District, and Walkable Parks and Recreation Spaces, it is easy to see why Oakley is widely recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Hottest Neighborhoods. attracting waves of new homebuyers and businesses over the past decade.
Central Location | Situated 6 miles northeast of Downtown Cincinnati with easy highway access, Oakley is a convenient 10-15 minute commute to the region’s two largest employment centers (the Central Business District and University of Cincinnati) and its largest retail hub (Kenwood Towne Centre). Oakley Square, which is in the heart of the neighborhood on Madison Avenue along several bus routes also makes Oakley a very pedestrian friendly and transit oriented location for those seeking alternative methods of transportation.
Thriving Business District | An eclectic mixture of long-time independent anchors (like King Arthur’s Court Toys, Blue Manatee Books, Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream, and the 20th Century Theater) and new arrivals (like Deeper Roots Coffee, Streetpops, Sleepy Bee Café and Rooted Juicery + Kitchen) make Oakley’s historic neighborhood business district among the most diverse collection of establishments anywhere in the city, offering something enjoyable for everyone. In addition to the historic business district, contemporary neighborhood shopping centers like Hyde Park Plaza to the South, Rookwood Pavilion to the West, and Oakley Station to the North offer countless other shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.
Parks and Recreation Spaces | Home to events like Oakley After Hours, Oakley Fancy Flea, and New Year’s Eve Ball on the Square, the Central Esplanade at Oakley Square is the neighborhood’s signature gathering space, but just one of many community parks and recreational spots that make Oakley a hotbed of outdoor activity. The newly renovated Oakley Recreation Center with its pool and splash park, playground, tennis courts, and softball fields is where the neighborhood goes to play and with the long awaited Wasson Way mixed-use trail set to open along the Oakley / Hyde Park border in the next few years, residents will soon have the opportunity to run, walk and bike to a network of surrounding neighborhoods and destinations.
Walkability | With a 'Very Walkable' Walk Score of 85, The Oakley Home 2.0 @ 3874 Isabella is located in one of the most walkable locations in one of Cincinnati’s most walkable neighborhoods where nearly all errands are able to be accomplished on foot.