Teardowns and Rebuilds


Cincinnati has some of the most charming neighborhoods in the country. Rich with history, great locations, and wonderful lifestyles, these neighborhoods include Loveland, Mariemont, Hyde Park, Columbia-Tusculum, Clifton Gaslight District, Over-the-Rhine, Montgomery, Kenwood, Indian Hill, Glendale, and WyomingLocated in Hamilton County on Cincinnati’s East Side, these are some of is the city’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods dating back to the 1700s. Sitting picturesquely in rolling hills, close to the Ohio River, offering easy access to downtown Cincinnati, these hip neighborhoods are home to Victorian era architecture, historic and restored structures, popular restaurants and boutiques, and superb parks and recreation. And while the areas are trending and full of life, it’s nearly impossible to find a new home in such a prestigious location. So, what’s a family to do when they’ve found the perfect homesite and have their heart set on a prime location like Hyde Park, Clifton Gaslight District, or Montgomery but hate the house that comes with the lot? At Homes by Gerbus, a 3rd generation Cincinnati custom home builder, we suggest scraping the lot and starting over!

Feeling Inspired?  Let’s get started today with a tour of possible homesites and a complimentary evaluation of the building site!  Email Alan@gerbus.com

Community Highlights

Known as the “Sweetheart of Ohio”, Loveland incorporated as a village in 1876.  Offering great schools, Loveland itself is spread out among three counties – Hamilton, Clermont, and Warren.  With a variety of shopping, great food, and parks, Loveland’s historic downtown is highlighted by the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail that runs through the district, parallel to the Little Miami River.  Learn more about this thriving area at lovelandoh.gov

Welcome to Mariemont, a Cincinnati community that’s been named one of the nation’s most walkable communities offering desirable amenities for a healthy and engaging lifestyle.  Rich in history, Mariemont is home to numerous parks, divine shopping and dining, and exquisite historical architecture.  Founded in the late 1700s, Mariemont offers a culturally diverse lifestyle with excellent schools, community gardens, Farmers market, art district, and so much more.  Learn more about the Village of Mariemont at mariemont.org

Hyde Park  
An affluent area known for its charming Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park is a mere 5 miles from downtown Cincinnati and situated on the Ohio River.  With a bustling and historic downtown area, Hyde Park was name one of Forbes’ Best Neighborhoods in America for its education, shopping, restaurants, and quality of life.  Founded in the mid-1800s, Hyde Park Square has often been referred to as Cincinnati’s Crown Jewell.  Community residents enjoy a rich lifestyle including the community’s Hyde Park Art Show.  Learn more about Hyde Park happening at hydeparksquare.org

From the rolling hills to the historic painted ladies to the city lights and river below, the views from Columbia-Tusculum are not soon forgotten. A vibrant community, Columbia-Tusculum is home to numerous locally owned boutiques, night clubs, and restaurants, including Jeff Ruby’s Precinct.  Locals love enjoying a lovely Sunday morning brunch or warm summer dinners at Eli’s BBQ, Allyn’s Cafe, and the Brew River Creole Kitchen. Whether it’s leisurely strolls or an invigorating bike ride, Columbia-Tusculum is a buzz of activity. Minutes from downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood, Columbia- Tusculum is 225 years young and alive with numerous locally owned restaurants, spas, shops, and nightlife.  Home to Turkey Ridge Park and Alms Park and Turkey Ridge Park.  Named one of the area’s best locations for families and young professionals, Columbia-Tusculum is home to Turkey Ridge Park and Alms Park, a 94-acre hilltop park given to the city of Cincinnati in 1916.  Learn more about Columbia-Tusculum at columbiatusculum.org.

Clifton Gaslight District
One of Cincinnati’s most vibrant neighborhoods, the Gaslight District is a short stroll away from UC Campus and the Cincinnati Zoo.  The historic district offers locally owned boutiques, family and regionally owned dining, and a variety of hip bars, coffee shops, and a downtown theater.  Just 9 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Clifton is historic, walkable, and eclectic with beautiful parks and a thriving cultural area.  Incorporated in the mid-1800s, learn more about the Clifton Gaslight District at cliftoncommunity.org


Dating back to the 1850s as a working-class German neighborhood, Over-The-Rhine (lovingly referred to as OTR) is peppered with historic building that have been transformed into craft breweries, hip pubs, and trendy bars.  Home to Findlay Market, the city’s symphony orchestra plays regularly at the grand Cincinnati Music Call and Washington Park with its fountains and festivals.  One of the largest and most intact urban historic districts in the country, OTR architecture reflects a diversity of styles including ornate brick buildings, Art Deco, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne.  A trending historic restoration area, click here to learn more about Over-The-Rhine.

Located off I-71 and I-275, Montgomery was settled in 1796 as a coach stop for the Cincinnati-Zanesville Road.  One of the oldest settlements in Hamilton County, the community’s historic downtown is a popular destination for those looking for locally owned shopping, dining, and entertainment.  Learn more about Montgomery at montgomeryohio.org.

Known as a major shopping area, Kenwood is a suburb of Cincinnati, offering residents an urban suburban feel with a plethora of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and parks.  With highly rated public schools, Kenwood offers easy access to I-71 and I-275.  Offering plenty of things to do in the area, Kenwood is conveniently located to enjoy the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, numerous community parks, Taft Museum of Art, Mount Adams, The Cincinnati Music Hall, Krohn Conservatory and so much more. Click here to learn more about Kenwood.

Indian Hill
An affluent suburb of the Greater Cincinnati area, Indian Hills was once a prosperous farming community fueled by the nearby Little Miami Railroad that offered shipping to Cincinnati.  The rolling countryside offers several parks and recreational including sports courts and fields.  Residents will enjoy walking paths, nature and horse trails, and picnic areas with playgrounds.  The Grand Valley Preserve, a former gravel excavation site, and Rowe Arboretum are particular favorites of Indian Hill Residents.  Learn more about The Village of Indian Hill at ihill.org

Rich in history and Heritage, the Village of Glendale is a historic oasis with beautiful homes, tree-lined streets, walkable parks and a vibrant Village Square for shopping and dining.  Surrounded by massive greenbelt preserves, Glendale has 5 active parks that feature playgrounds, ball courts and fields, and beautiful tree-lined paths and secluded areas to retreat and enjoy nature.  The Harry Whiting Brown Community Center offers recreational, cultural and artistic opportunities for community residents.  Learn more about Glendale at glendaleohio.org

Located in the Mill Creek Valley, which has provided a route from the Ohio River to points north since Native American times, Wyoming was settled in the early 1800s. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, Wyoming is a one-of-a-kind community with great schools, scenic walks, and quaint shops and restaurants.  Learn more about Wyoming at wyomingohio.gov.