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Want a Royally Short Commute in the Queen City? Choose One of These Apartment Communities Near Cincinnati

Cincinnati doesn’t get nearly enough press. This southern Ohio city — Cincy for short — is not only home to a surprising number of big businesses (e.g. the headquarters of Fifth Third and First Financial Banks, Cintas, and Procter & Gamble), sports teams, and top-rated museums, but also one of the most affordable large cities in America. According to Yardi Matrix, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Cincinnati is as low as $704.

Want even better news? Within 30 minutes—or less—of downtown Cincinnati, you can find gorgeous, spacious apartments for even less money than the already affordable city average. See for yourself!

Forest Park

Commute time to downtown Cincinnati: 28 minutes (28.3 mi)
Best find: Kensington Park, starting at $635 for a 1-bed, 1-bath unit with 592 sq.ft., to $965 for a 3-bed, 2-bath unit with 1,313 sq.ft. (check availability)
Perks: free tanning center; two swimming pools and tennis courts; units with wood-burning fireplaces available; easy access to I-275

Kensington Park 11651 Norbourne Drive, Forest Park OH

Located on the northern edge of Hamilton County, Forest Park is the epitome of suburbia. The city Parks and Recreation Department hosts a wide variety of annual events, from Gospel Fest to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, as well as fielding sports leagues in soccer, basketball, and more. And, Neusole Glassworks provides visitors the opportunity to see how glass is made—or try their own hand at making a work of art.

The apartments at Kensington Park have convenient access to I-275, making it an easy drive into the heart of Cincinnati in under half an hour.


Commute time to downtown Cincinnati: 20 minutes (16.4 mi)
Best find: The Vinings Apartments, from $660 for a 1-bed, 1-bath unit with 740 sq.ft., to $955 for a 3-bed, 2-bath unit with 1,381 sq.ft. (check availability)
Perks: many units feature fireplaces and patio/balcony; indoor racquetball court, 24-hour fitness center, and outdoor pool; close to public transportation

Vinings 3989 Vinings Dr Cincinnati OH

Although Withamsville addresses are listed as Cincinnati residences, this small town of just over 7,000 people is actually in Clermont County. While you might be hard-pressed to find exciting cultural activities or exotic restaurants in Withamsville, you’re close enough to the city that you’ll have no shortage of museums, dining options, and other recreational possibilities.

The Vinings Apartments are a great place to call home for Cincinnati commuters in the Withamsville area.

Mt. Healthy

Commute time to downtown Cincinnati: 23 minutes (16.2 mi)
Best find: Compton Lake, from $665 for a 1-bed, 1.5-bath patio unit with 740 sq.ft., to $775 for a 2-bed, 2-bath balcony unit with 880 sq. ft. (check availability)
Perks: 30-day satisfaction guarantee; short-term leases available; easy access to I-75 and Ronald Reagan Hwy

Compton Lake 7777 Compton Lake Drive Mt Healthy OH

On the northern end of Hamilton County is Mt. Healthy, which got its name after many of the area’s residents survived the 1850 cholera epidemic. Small town living at its finest, Mt. Healthy has a population of just over 6,000; despite its size, this Cincinnati suburb offers both a charter school and a prep school, as well as an equestrian center and active volunteer groups.

Compton Lake is one of several apartment homes in Mt. Healthy that serve as an ideal location for those who work in the city and want to escape to the peace and tranquility of the suburbs at the end of the day.

Find the perfect place for you on RENTCafé — check out all apartments for lease in Cincinnati today!


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Nadia Balint

Nadia Balint is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves writing and reading about real estate, lifestyle and travel. She finds joy and inspiration in the little things in life. You can get in touch with Nadia via email: nadia.balint@yardi.com.

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