Established in 1810, Mt. Lookout, Ohio was annexed to the City of Cincinnati in 1870. Housing options here include a variety of beautiful old homes, upscale, single-family, luxury condos, new townhouses as well as solid property values, which attract families and singles to the area. More luxury townhouses are proposed on Delta Avenue; also on Athens Avenue, off Grandin Road, called Lookout Terrace. There are plans to renovate its business center, Mt. Lookout Square, which is an eclectic mix of shops— bookstore, flower, shoe repair; restaurants such as Betta’s, Ruthai Thai, Nectar, Aqua and the new Jaspers restaurant and nightclub. Zip’s Café, home of the zipburger, is a neighborhood favorite; as is the coffee shop, Lookout Joe’s. The old Bracke’s, now Beacon Market, specializes in fresh meats and gourmet foodstuff. There are unique shops, including The Boardwalk Hobby Shop, Confetti Cats and Unicorn Miniatures. It is home to Ault Park, former site of the annual Cincinnati Flower Show before it moved to its new venue at Coney Island. It is also home to Cincinnati Observatory Center, a national historic landmark opened in 1842 and operated by the University of Cincinnati Physics Department. Its active civic club sponsors the annual Luminaria during the holidays. Schools here include Cardinal Pacelli, St. Ursula Villa and Kilgour, a National Blue Ribbon School.
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