09 Nov Cincinnati, the City of Seven Hills, Part 3
BY: Julie Kelly
Learning about the original “seven hills” of Cincinnati has been a fascinating journey. This week, I am tackling the neighborhood of Walnut Hills. While researching Walnut Hills, I came across a couple of things I didn’t already know…
The first thing I learned, is that Walnut Hills is widely known for its cemetery. The cemetery opened in 1843 and filled up rapidly over the next forty years with victims of the cholera epidemics of the mid 1800’s. It was originally called the “Second German Protestant Cemetery” but today it is known simply as the “Walnut Hills Cemetery”.
There are 50,000 grave sites in the cemetery. It was closed to new burials in 1864. Every year in October , WEBN, a local Cincinnati radio station, holds a 5k marathon that winds through the cemetery called “Run Like Hell.” The proceeds from the race go to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The second thing I learned is that Walnut Hills is known around the country for its High School. The Walnut Hills High School consistently places in the top 100 of the best “academic” schools in the country. In 2007 it was ranked 57th and in 2008 it was ranked 36th. The school opened in 1895.
The school no longer resides at the original location. A new facility was built in 1931. The architecture of the building was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s designs at the University of Virginia.
Walnut Hills is also known for its historic mansions. The architecture in the neighborhood is a mix of Victorian, Gothic, Greek Revival and other styles. Located within minutes of Xavier University, several major hospitals and the University of Cincinnati this neighboorhood is filled with a lot of rental properties. Many of the mansions have been converted into multi-family buildings and in recent years there has been an increase in the number of homes being remodeled and refurbished.
Whenever I find myself in Walnut Hills, there is one place that always stands out to me, Andy’s Mediterranean Grille. They have a wonderful assortment of Mediterranean food. I have never been disappointed in any of their food. Located off of Gilbert Avenue on Nassau, they are easy to find and worth the visit. If you’d like to find out more about them, check out their webpage at www.andyskabob.com.
If you have a property in Walnut Hills that you would like to list for sale or if you are a buyer looking to buy a property in Walnut Hills, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you in your transaction.