Kenwood :: Overview
First Impression: Kenwood is best known as the center of some of Cincinnati's most outstanding shopping. It also contains lovely residential areas, and its convenient location on I-71 provides quick and easy access to Downtown and surrounding suburbs. Kenwood embodies a happy medium between urban and suburban living.
Second Look: Kenwood is a clean, upscale and safe neighborhood in Sycamore Township with a population of about 7,400 within 2.3 square miles. It is best known for its shopping, boasting what is widely considered to be the most upscale mall in the city, Kenwood Towne Centre. Since its inception in 1956 as Kenwood Plaza, Kenwood Towne Centre has been renovated and expanded many times. Currently it contains about 180 stores and the city's only location of retailers such as Nordstrom (opening September, 2009), Crate and Barrel and The Container Store. Excellent dining options in and near the Towne Centre abound as well.
Kenwood's rise in population followed the general expansion in suburban living after World War II. The area's fits-and-spurts growth has resulted in an interesting mix of residential architecture, ranging from Nineteenth-century colonials and 1970s split-levels to modern, contemporary construction. Commercial expansion is carefully controlled by Sycamore Township (no big box stores, for example). Kenwood's medical importance to the city expanded when Jewish Hospital acquired and expanded the old Epp Memorial Hospital on Kenwood Road. A growing number of medical offices now surround the hospital, and alternative medicine practices flourish in the area as well.
Kenwood is close enough to Downtown to still be considered central and has easy access to the entire city by virtue of its location on I-71. The Metro service along Montgomery Road and a Park-and-Ride commuter lot behind Kenwood Baptist Church provide additional transportation options.
Overall, Kenwood's central location, wonderful shopping, and quiet residential areas make it a desirable place to live or visit.