Deer Park – Cincinnati, OH

One of the closest suburbs to Cincinnati, Deer Park sits 14 miles from downtown. This 1-square mile community with a population of 5,700 combines comfortable small town appeal with nearby big city amenities. The community centers on family, supporting excellent schools and recreational activities.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Many of Deer Park’s restaurants border Galbraith Road. This includes franchises as well as locally owned restaurants. Arrechissimo serves authentic Venezuelan food made with fresh ingredients. Easy to overlook, the place consists of a take-out window with several tables outside on the sidewalk, but the food tastes like it came from a four-star restaurant. Plan for carryout the next time you want a cozy night at home. Orders placed at the window take 10 to 15 minutes to prepare, so call ahead if you’re in a hurry. Regulars rave about the arepas, crispy discs of cornmeal stuffed with a choice of fillings. Try them with reina pepiada (a flatbread filled with chicken salad and avocado) or perico (scrambled eggs with onion and prosciutto). Regulars know to order a side of cilantro sauce, a tasty emerald green condiment that can be used on nearly every menu item to kick up the flavor. Refreshing drinks made from fresh fruit complement the savory flavors of the other menu items. The Apple Tree Café serves American comfort food in a locally owned restaurant. Residents recommend this spot for breakfast, which can be ordered any time of the day. For a special treat, try the caramel apple French toast, which comes topped with stewed apples, caramel apple sauce and whipped cream. Home-style dinner entrées include old-fashioned favorites such as meatloaf or sausage with sauerkraut. When it comes to nightlife, several popular small bars offer places to kick back with pals. At Mio Vino Micro Winery, friends relax over glasses of wine in a casual environment. Mio Vino’s features live music and open mic nights as well as art exhibitions and other fun events. It also operates a winery on-site. For special evenings out, locals typically head to Cincinnati for its more varied nightlife entertainment options.

History & Culture

After the 1795 treaty of Greenville gave Ohio settlers a promise of safety from Native American disturbance, Samuel and Rachel Demet Pierson built a log cabin in the area that would become Deer Park. In 1881 the first passenger train chugged through the settlement. Steady suburban residential growth followed. Deer Park incorporated as a village in 1912 and became a city in 1952. During the late 20th century, the city typified American small-town living. Although Deer Park does not have any museums within its borders, many well-known museums are just a short drive away; for example, a 12-mile trip takes you to the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Transportation

Most residents rely on cars to get around the neighborhood. The location between Interstates 75 and 71 make expressway driving convenient, and Ronald Reagan Cross Country Highway provides easy access to surrounding communities. The drive to downtown Cincinnati takes about 25 minutes. Public parking in Deer Park takes place on-street only and can be difficult to find; residents often complain about congested parking. Many businesses offer free parking in private lots. Cincinnati Metro buses serve Deer Park regularly for those who rely on public transportation, and more than 15 taxi companies serve the region, providing locals with a 24-hour transportation option. Uber also operates in the area. The neighborhood holds a walk score of about 55 out of 100, so residents can run some errands without having access to a car, but no bike paths or marked bike lanes exist within the city.

Cost

Locals find living in Deer Park to be easy on the budget. The cost of living runs only fractionally higher than that of Cincinnati, an amount that sits 14 percent lower than the national average. Housing costs contribute to the affordability of Deer Park. Expect to pay about $695 for an average one-bedroom apartment. A one-way bus ticket to downtown Cincinnati costs $2.65. If you’d rather drive, you can fill your tank with gas that sells for about 14 percent lower than the national average. If you stop at a local pub on the way home, domestic bottled beer will cost about $2, with craft beers going for about twice that amount.

Shopping

Dillonvale Shopping Center offers a cluster of stores in Deer Park. Residents also shop in nearby Kenwood Towne Centre and Sycamore Plaza. Local bicyclists recommend Jim's Bicycle Shop, which offers helpful service and dependable repairs. The assortment of bikes includes manufacturers such as Raleigh and Brompton. Meow Mart sells everything for cats and the people who love them, including premium cat foods and litters, scratching posts and cat condos to keep cats active and comfortable. In addition, Meow Mart sells every cat-related gift item you can imagine, from t-shirts and jewelry to books and wind chimes; if it has a cat on it, this store has it. Meow Mart neighbors a non-profit shelter for cats called The Scratching Post, with profits from the shop going toward supporting the shelter. Large chain grocers such as Kroger and Trader Joe's are close to the area while the smaller Deer Park Deli helps satisfy locals' grocery needs while also offering fresh produce and a butcher shop. The deli roasts beef and meatloaf on-site for sandwiches made with homemade bread. Specialties include deviled eggs and German potato salad. A farmers' market sets up weekly within a few minutes of Deer Park. In Madeira, they close Main Street and vendors sell from white tents on Thursday afternoons. Local seasonal produce and grass-fed beef are abundant. Pipkin's Fruit and Vegetable Market sells fresh produce all year, including produce from local growers, along with nursery plants and fresh herbs.

Parks

Chamberlin Park lies at the heart of the city. Residents find the 13.5 acres of parkland within walking distance of wherever they live. This park's tennis and Cornhole courts offer fun and exercise for the whole family, and kids love the elaborate play structures. The city’s recreation department sponsors organized sports, games and crafts for all ages. Chamberlin Park welcomes dogs in an on-leash capacity only. For off-leash fun, neighboring Cincinnati provides eight dog parks. Nearby Cincinnati Gardens offers a 25,000-square foot indoor sports and entertainment arena. Sports hosted at the Gardens include everything from hockey and professional wrestling to roller derby and rodeo. Annual community events include Days in the Park, which features a weekend of activities including music and carnival rides. Pumpkin Fest and summertime movies in the park make up a few other events centered on providing family entertainment.
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