House Tour

Northside House Tour, Now in Its 17th Edition, Sets Dates + Details for 2018 Tour

Special Focus on Accessible Houses and Universal Design
Highlight Northside's Inclusive Personality

Since its start in 1990, the Northside House Tour, held for a total of 16 editions so far, has delighted and surprised guests who are invited to tour the private homes of selected residents. Each year up to a dozen homes, chosen for integrity of architecture, unique design, and personal flair, have their doors thrown open in this non-profit event, now held each even year in conjunction with the Northside Community Council. The 2018 tour of 9 homes and one church takes place Sunday September 30 from noon - 5 pm.

Tickets are $15 in advance (online at and at selected Northside businesses and non-profits) and $18 the day of the tour (at the start point, McKie Recreation Center, 1655 Chase Ave.). A third of proceeds from ticket sales by non-profits (partial list below) will be donated back to them.

From elegant American Foursquares to mid-century moderns to cutting-edge LEED-certified homes, the Northside House Tour typifies the diversity and unique beauty of the neighborhood that’s been dubbed “a casually hip destination” by The New York Times, and “the It Girl of Cincinnati neighborhoods” by Cincinnati magazine.

While the increasingly desirable neighborhood, situated between Clifton and Westwood just below Mt. Airy, has made headlines for its rising home values and destination venues for dining, drinking and music, the volunteer-run Northside House Tour underscores the community spirit and DIY ethos – its “funk and swagger,” to quote City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld – that remain intact.

This year the Northside House Tour will feature several houses with accessible design and amenities. It’s a natural highlight, because diversity and inclusion have long been cornerstones in the neighborhood. “Among the many exciting things about living in Northside are the inclusiveness and creativity of those who live here,” says Megan Fitzpatrick, co-chair of the 2018 tour. “So\ it's not surprising that people are innovatively adapting period homes in the neighborhood – and building new ones – that are accessible and welcoming.”

At least three of the homes on this year's Northside House Tour will be accessible to people with mobility challenges, to spotlight innovations and ideas. Details about the houses selected for this year's tour will be announced in September.

Sneak-peek previews are currently offered on the House Tour's social media accounts (along with neighborhood snapshots), and on its website,

Non-profits selling tickets to the Northside House Tour keep a percentage of the sale price for themselves. To benefit the Northside community even more, consider purchasing your House Tour ticket at the following locations. The times during which the tickets will be sold are indicated below the addresses.
CAIN (Churches Active in Northside)
4222 Hamilton Avenue
Monday 6 pm – 8 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm

Happen Inc.
4201 Hamilton Avenue
Tuesday through Thursday, 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Northside Farmers Market
Hoffner Park, corner of Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street
Wednesdays during market hours, 4 pm – 7 pm


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