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Cincinnati, OH

Bordering the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Madisonville and Pleasant Ridge, Oakley teems with young professionals looking for laid-back night life, unique art and active community engagement. Less than 15 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati on Interstate 71, Oakley provides a getaway from the big city with the convenience of a short commute. Oakley settles in the heart of Cincinnati - nearly any other neighborhood in the city can be reached within 15-20 minutes. The downtown area is a short trip south, while the northern suburbs are only a quick drive away. Once you set foot in Oakley, though, you may never want to leave - with the movie theater and major grocery stores of a large neighborhood, as well as the Mom & Pop boutiques and specialty stores of a small town, Oakley offers the perfect balance of convenience, excitement and local flavor.

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When it comes to restaurants and night life, Oakley's combination of casual bars, pubs, small restaurants and fast food provides an option for all tastes. For something quick and easy, Steak 'N Shake, IHOP and Subway are inexpensive options. Dewey's Pizza, a locally based franchise that began in Oakley, offers pizzas that range from classic to gourmet. Meat lovers can't miss the Bronx Bomber, but if you're looking for something a bit more unusual, give the Green Lantern a try. This pizza comes piled with artichokes, feta cheese and basil pesto. For those seeking a relaxing place for happy hour drinks or a casual patio dinner, Habits Cafe offers a wide range of local beers on tap, along with a dinner menu sure to please everyone. Sip on a MadTree Lift, brewed just down the street, while sampling "Cincinnati Classic" Potato Rags and build-your-own gourmet burgers. When it comes to night life, Oakley has many casual options. From the Oakley Pub to Animations, residents can visit three or four local bars within a few blocks. With its convenience and relaxed atmosphere, Oakley is a favorite pub-crawl locale for people from across the city.


Named for its many oak trees, Oakley originated as a popular stop for wagons in the mid-1800s. The railroad began running through Oakley in 1857, increasing its traffic and popularity. Oakley held a famous thoroughbred race course in the late 1800s, but it closed only a few years later due to state laws banning gambling. By 1905, the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company moved into Oakley, and the property that once held a racetrack transformed into houses for factory workers. Factory work at the Mill boomed during World War I, but it began to wane in the mid-1900s. Now, the land that once held the Mill is home to the Center of Cincinnati shopping complex. The now-famous Oakley landmark 20th Century Theater was built in 1941. While it no longer serves as a theater, the historic property hosts concerts and private events.


Many locals in Oakley leave their cars at home, preferring to walk or cycle in this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Because of the close proximity to shopping, entertainment and residential areas, Oakley proves to be a neighborhood for walkers. You can easily pick up groceries, order a green tea, visit the library, and enjoy a morning in the park - all within just a few short blocks Madison Road, Oakley's major street, includes bike lanes, making travel safe and convenient for those who prefer to cycle. Cincinnati's public transit system, SORTA, also offers a variety of bus lines connecting Oakley to nearly every other area in the city. Uber and Lyft are available for late-night pub crawlers looking for a quick and convenient ride home.


The cost of living in Oakley is comparable to the city average. The average rental rate for a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood is $901 per month. A wide range of residential options, from small apartment buildings, to houses, to upgraded condo developments are available in Oakley. Because most bars and restaurants in Oakley are casual and low-key, dining and drink options are generally affordable. You can expect to pay $4 to $6 for a pint at a local pub. A trip from Oakley to downtown on the SORTA metro bus costs $1.75. While gas prices in Cincinnati fluctuate frequently, they reflect national prices on average.


Shopping in Oakley ranges from value stores to luxurious specialty boutiques. Center of Cincinnati shopping complex includes traditional staples like Target, Meijer, PetSmart and a Cinemark Movie Theater. The Fresh Market and Fresh Thyme, two independent grocery stores in Oakley, offer a grocery alternative for shoppers seeking more organic or locally-grown and raised foods. Cat lovers will be amazed by Confetti Cats, a specialty boutique just for your furry friends From their wide selection of hand made toys, accessories and treats, you'll be sure to find the perfect gifts for the special cat (or cat owner) in your life. Shopping for kids is a breeze in Oakley, thanks to two neighborhood staples. King Arthur's Toys is an oasis of trinkets for the little ones. King Arthur's Toys features classic choices like blocks, dolls and dump trucks as well as to more contemporary selections like robot-building kits and kid-safe power tools. Just next door, Blue Manatee Books offers reading material for children of all ages, from giant picture books for toddlers to beginner chapter books for older kids. You'll find both nationally-published favorites and local, independent writers represented at Blue Manatee. For fitness buffs, Fleet Feet Running Company can't be missed Try on a few new pairs of running shoes - you can even take them for a spin around the block. The shop also offers a wide range of apparrel, accessories and snacks to keep your workout routine on track.


At the heart of Oakley's neighborhood center, a green space in the middle of Madison Road offers a small park oasis from the bustle of restaurants and boutiques. This small park is pet-friendly and hosts a variety of events throughout the summer months, including many small local concerts and other family entertainment. In addition, the Oakley Recreation Center provides recreational and exercise options for residents of all ages. From swimming to weight lifting, this facility provides recreational services at a minimal cost of $26 a year for adults.


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Boulevard at Oakley Station
3225 Oakley Station Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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$1,430 - 2,230 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
One Rookwood
3835 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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$1,115 - 2,340 1-2 Bed Available Now
Leesburg Lane
4000 Leesburg Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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$495 - 695 Studio - 1 Bed Available Soon
Foxwood Apartments
3332-3338 Alamo Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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$695 - 725 1 Bed Not Available
Tarpis Woods
3620 Tarpis Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208
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$770 - 899 1-2 Bed Available Now
Brookstone Village Apartments
3515 Brookstone Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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$1,220 - 1,466 1-2 Bed Available 07/01/17
Heritage at Oakley Square
4382 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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$1,225 - 2,090 1-3 Bed Available Now
The Gillwood
2948 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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Boulevard at Oakley Station
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3642 Tarpis Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208
$899 2 Bed Available Now
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3766 Ashworth Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45208
$1,325 2 Bed Available 07/15/17
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2751 Arbor Ave Unit 3
Cincinnati, OH 45209
$600 Studio Available 07/15/17
4110 Jora Ln
Cincinnati, OH 45209
$2,200 House for Rent Available Now
2846 Minot Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45209
$2,750 House for Rent Available Now
Romaine Court
4210 Romaine Ct, Cincinnati, OH 45209
$765 - 880 1-2 Bed Available Now
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Apartments for Rent in Oakley, Cincinnati, OH

Bordering the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Madisonville and Pleasant Ridge, Oakley teems with young professionals looking for laid-back night life, unique art and active community engagement. Less than 15 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati on Interstate 71, Oakley provides a getaway from the big city with the convenience of a short commute.

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