Community Spotlight: Columbia-Tusculum

Colorful houses in a row in Columbia-Tosculum located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The former steamboat manufacturing town of Columbia-Tusculum is the oldest community in Greater Cincinnati. 

Gracious, elegant Victorian homes and the natural beauty of a hillside setting make this a popular neighborhood with those who are interested in renovation and architectural preservation. Newer homes in a variety of styles harmonize beautifully with yesterday’s Victorian “painted ladies” and their striking palette of colors. The charm of this unique cityscape is further enhanced by a new town center complex, interesting shops, and cozy restaurants. Columbia Parkway provides a five-minute trip downtown and the airport is 20 minutes away.

Columbia-Tusculum Market Information

Rated as one of Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Places to Live,” Columbia-Tusculum is favored by urban professionals and those who enjoy its proximity to the downtown cultural and entertainment venues. Residents enjoy plenty of work, shopping, and entertainment options.

In addition to its own business district, Columbia-Tusculum provides an easy commute for those working downtown, in Northern Kentucky, or in Cincinnati’s eastside neighborhoods.

With its tree-lined streets and houses with front porches close to the sidewalk, Columbia-Tusculum is often described as an urban village, a quality enhanced by the variety of local restaurants and boutiques. And if that’s not enough, residents are only a short drive to other unique popular shopping destinations such as Findlay Market and Hyde Park Square.

In recent years, Columbia-Tusculum has seen a renaissance as new residents have moved in, renovating existing homes or building new houses that complement the neighborhood. The local business district has undergone its own rebirth as businesses have moved in and redeveloped many of the historic buildings in the area. The relatively new Columbia Square provides a mix of office and retail space drawing new businesses and stimulating those in the surrounding area.

Columbia-Tusculum offers a wide range of housing prices, from sub $100,000 to over $800,000 with the average home price around $300,000. The community has some of the oldest homes in the region, with a mix of historic, Victorian architecture and more contemporary houses and condominiums.

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Carol Harris


With a 35+ year career in real estate, Carol has an unmatched experience in the Cincinnati residential market. Carol started her career partnering with Cincinnati’s first full-time female realtor, Sheila Miller. With Shelia’s mentorship, she developed a wealth of knowledge and built a reputation for selling high-end real estate. Carol and Shelia became one of Cincinnati’s leading teams, selling many of the city’s most expensive and iconic properties. Carol continues to grow the team through the examples of mentorship and teamwork. She is proud of what The CK Group is growing into and thankful for the chance to share, mentor, and work alongside such an outstanding group of women.