Located in southeast Cincinnati, Turpin Hills
provides a historic residential neighborhood nestled among wooded parks and rolling hillsides. It feels like you've stepped out of the city in this suburb located just minutes from major highways. With the serenity of tree-lined neighborhoods without the sacrifice of public transportation and nearby recreation, Turpin Hills affords its residents the best of both country and city living.
Attractive because of its safety and nearby schools, Turpin Hills has a casual, close-knit vibe.. Many residents have called this area home for many years. With a thriving community council that publishes a neighborhood newsletter and hosts annual events, newcomers and long-time residents alike feel welcome in Turpin Hills.
Schools in Turpin Hills
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Turpin Hills remains a predominantly residential community, limiting its selection of restaurants and bars. Residents looking for dinner or drinks need only drive a few minutes away for a wide selection in the neighboring areas of Mt. Washington and Newtown.
For a local favorite that's bursting with country charm, check out Clough Crossings. This restaurant, located in an old school house, serves up traditional American fare with a wide selection of wine. Give the almond-crusted salmon a try while enjoying a sunset view on the restaurant's seasonal patio. Locals rave about the crab cakes and Tony's French Dip sandwich.
In the mood for barbecue? Look no further than Just Q'in, a short drive away in Newtown. The owners of this locally-owned joint began as a competition team operating out of a food truck. Now they serve Biblically-themed sandwiches such as the David (pork), Goliath (brisket) and Judas (chicken).
Nightlife in and around Turpin Hills comes as laid-back and casual. You won't find packed clubs or blasting music in this neighborhood. If you're a beer connoisseur, a trip to Fifty West Brewing Company can't be missed. Sample a flight of locally-brewed stouts and IPAs while tasting the Moroccan meatballs and smoked Gouda grits.
History & Culture
Before the mid-1900s, Turpin Hills stretched for miles as undeveloped wooded hillside on the outskirts of Cincinnati. Native American tribes, mostly mound-builders, occupied portions of the area long before it was settled and developed. Clough Creek provided a place for both Native Americans and early settlers to swim and fish.
In 1956, the land in Turpin Hills was sold in small lots, beginning the area's transition from primarily undeveloped woodland into residential neighborhoods. Many people, interested in a haven from the bustle of the city, bought and developed land in Turpin Hills.
The neighborhood doesn't house any museums, though local Turpin High School presents art galleries and performances throughout the year. Mercer Elementary School hosts an annual carnival in March.
Because of its winding residential streets and lack of a central business district, traveling on foot ranks as nearly impossible in Turpin Hills. While residents can visit nearby neighbors on a morning walk, traveling to food or shopping centers must be done by car or public transportation. Shopping areas in Turpin Hills and the surrounding areas make parking easy and affordable, with ample parking lots and street parking at a low or no cost. Clough Pike, the main road in Turpin Hills, connects residents to major Cincinnati highways within just a few minutes' drive.
The roads in Turpin Hills do not have dedicated bike lanes, and most areas are considered difficult for bikers, due to both traffic and terrain. Just a few minutes' drive from Turpin Hills, the Little Miami Bike Trail provides hundreds of miles of paved trails for bikers to enjoy.
For those preferring public transportation, Cincinnati's metro system includes routes through Turpin Hills. Residents can take the bus to other areas throughout the city. For those hoping to hail a cab, plan to call ahead. Uber and Lyft also provide service in the area.
Cost of living in Turpin Hills compares to the city average. While residential prices vary, the average rental rate sits at $564 per month, similar to other parts of the city. Gas prices also remain similar to city and national averages.
Because of its distance from the city center, metro tickets in Turpin Hills cost more than in centralized areas. Expect to pay $2.65 for a bus ticket to downtown Cincinnati.
When it comes to dining and drink options, most places provide affordable accommodations. A pint of beer costs $4 to $6 at local pubs.
While no large shopping centers exist in Turpin Hills, the neighborhood does house several independently owned specialty boutiques. For a major grocery trip or shopping excursion, head into the city for more options. For speciality purchases, check out the shops Turpin Hills has to offer.
Sally's Stained Glass displays a wide variety of custom-made stained glass panels and suncatchers. Owned by local artist Sally Crutcher, this shop features a gallery of unique, handmade art. Browse Sally's shop for a one-of-a-kind piece for the home or for a gift.
For women with a flair for fashion, Urban Chick Boutique on Clough Pike provides a selection of clothing, gifts and accessories. Try on brightly-colored necklaces, or browse racks of sweaters and scarves.
For Turpin Hills residents looking for fresh grocery options, nearby Newtown provides one of the largest farmers markets in the city. Open daily and year-round, the Newtown Farm Market sells locally-grown produce, as well as flowers, baked goods and more. Browse organic dog biscuits or, order a custom-made fruit basket.
Several of Cincinnati's largest parks lie just a few minutes' drive from Turpin Hills. Both Otto Armleder park and Lunken Playfield provide free, family-friendly recreation for residents of all ages. Bring your furry friend to Otto Armleder park, where canines mingle off-leash in one of the largest dog parks in Cincinnati. The park also includes shelter houses,
bike trails and a nature area.
Lunken Playfield, adjacent to Lunken Airport, provides over 5 miles of paved mixed-use trails for more serious walkers, runners and cyclists. Lunken's paved trails host a variety of running and cycling races throughout the year. The park also includes several playgrounds and picnic areas for the family to enjoy. Golf enthusiasts can try their hand at the adjacent Reeves golf course. Perfect your putt while watching planes take off from Cincinnati's regional airport.