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"Hats Off" to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation

by The Cincinnati Team

Beautiful table settings, yummy salads and unusual centerpieces were featured at the Hats Off Luncheon held at the new park in downtown Cincinnati.  Held at the Cincinnati Riverfront Park on the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn, it was the first event to celebrate the new park.hats Off Luncheon - Cincinnati Parks

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From the Lawn, you look one way and see the new Banks building and another way to see the Reds ballpark and the new Great American building with its crown on top.  Looking out over the Ohio River, you get a whole new view of the Suspension Bridge.

A group of us had great fun, even in the rain.  The tent blew down the night before and park employees rallied to get it ready that night and morning.  Straw had to be put down because of the mud and a number of us wore boots and Crocks with our fancy hats.  Pictured above are Cathy Carmichael, Chris Dalambakis, Saralou Durham, Angie Carl and Judy Dalambakis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodies Delight in Cincinnati Restaurants

by The Cincinnati Team

Zagat Guides have released "America's Top Restaurants 2011."  The organization uses diners input as they rate restaurants in big cities around the country.  According to Zagat Guides, Boca and Nicola's are recognized for having the best food in the Cincinnati area.  They gave Orchids the distinction of top restaurant overall.

The Zagat system uses input from a large number of diners who grade food, decor, and service on a 0-30 scale.  Boca and Nicola's each received 28 for food.  Orchids received 27 for food, 28 for decor and 25 for service.  Daveed's came in at number 3 for food.

Other top rated restaurants are Jeff Ruby's Precinct, 27, Bonbonerie, 27,  Palace, 26, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, 26, Carlo and Johnny, 26, and Cumin, 26.

Cincinnati's Downtown Populated by the Younger and More Educated

by The Cincinnati Team

More Young, Educated Live Downtown                       

Cincinnati, like other large cities is seeing 20-and 30-somethings flock to live downtown even while most urban centers are losing population.  Cincinnati has gained 28% in 25-34 year olds who have a four-year degree of more and live within three miles of the central business district.  Most of that population increase will be focused in Downtown, Mt. Adams, Clifton, and Mt. Auburn. 

Experts believe that young Americans are looking for a different lifestyle.  They want neighborhoods that are walkable and have art, culture, and entertainment.  Cities that offer a choice to young people of strong downtowns and close-in neighborhoods have a competitive advantage. 

Obviously, the extensive development of Downtown and Over the Rhine is driving the increase in population here.  Further plans continue to develop around the Washington Park and Findlay Market areas. 

The Low Cost of Financing

by The Cincinnati Team

The Low Cost of Financing                                                 

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a thirty-year, conventional fixed-rate mortgage loan was at 4.95 percent in February, which is down from 4.99 percent in February 2010. Home financing costs are at historic lows, making home ownership a reality for many first time buyers! Many experts see rate increases on the horizon, as our nation seeks to balance spending. If you are considering a home purchase or a refinance, be sure to work with a loan officer who understands your needs, has a reputation for excellence, and is able to fund your property in a timely manner. A little homework can save you thousands of dollars. Contact us today for our list of local recommended mortgage lenders.

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