Price Hill to showcase community, impressive housing stock

Price Hill community leaders and residents will put out the welcome mat this Sunday, April 11 for the fourth rendition of the Price Hill Showcase of Homes.  The open event will take place from 11am to 3pm and highlight a variety of homes currently on the market in the Price Hill neighborhood, showcasing the neighborhood's livability.

"There is a great dollar for dollar value in Price Hill," said Matt Strauss, director of the Price Hill Housing Resource Center.  "There are a ton of parks, almost all the schools have new buildings and Price Hill was recently named the greenest neighborhood in Cincinnati.  There is great architecture and a great neighborhood feel that offers a value better than anywhere else in town."

With the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credits just a month away from expiration, Strauss believes there is no better time to showcase the housing product available in the neighborhood.

"We were one of the first neighborhoods into the foreclosure mess, and evidence seems to be that we're one of the first neighborhoods out," described Strauss.  "The federal tax refund for first-time home buyers has really helped move things in Price Hill."

Strauss went on to discuss an uptick in sales and sale prices in the neighborhood.  In fact, over the last nine months housing sale prices have been higher than the same month in the previous year.  The improvement has also reduced the number of homes for sale in Price Hill.

"The showcase is a great opportunity for anybody shopping for a home to compare and contrast what’s available in Price Hill," said Strauss.  "It’s still a buyer’s market, with attractive prices and low mortgage interest rates. And for first-time buyers, this is a wonderful opportunity to look while they still have time to take advantage of an incredible tax break."

The Price Hill Showcase of Homes encourages those attending to stop by the Price Hill Housing Resource Center at 3724 St. Lawrence Avenue (map)  after 10:30am the day of the showcase to pick up maps for each of the participating homes, refreshments and gift coupons.  Participating homes will range from $50,000 to $175,000 and include single-family, two-family, condos and multi-family residences.

"This showcase is really meant to sell both the homes and the neighborhood," said Strauss.  "It helps put more people through the homes and gets a buzz going about the large neighborhood where we will have dozens of homes available for viewing."

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Tiffani FIsher
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