Welcome to Bellevue
Front porch views of Mount Adams and the Cincinnati skyline
What to Love
- City views
- Shopping + dining just walking distance from most streets
- 5 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati
Bellevue - translated from French as "beautiful view" - is aptly named. This historic community on the banks of the Ohio River offers spectacular "front porch" views of Mount Adams and the Cincinnati skyline.
In fact, the name comes not from present-day views, but from a creek that ran through the Virginia plantation of General James Taylor, the cityʼs founder and a veteran of the War of 1812. Upon his arrival, General Taylor named the city as well as most of the streets in the historic district: Lafayette Avenue named for the French nobleman who served with the American forces in the Revolutionary War; Taylor Avenue named after the generalʼs family; and Washington Avenue named for General George Washington. General Taylorʼs four daughters married men by the names of Foote, Ward, Van Voast, and OʼFallon.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Today, Bellevue attracts young professionals, families, and retirees who appreciate riverfront living, easy access to downtown Cincinnati, community life, and a wide range of housing—from beautifully preserved historic homes to new construction and condominium buildings offering breathtaking river and skyline views. Throughout the cityʼs history—and to this day—Fairfield Avenue has served as the center of town commerce. Here, youʼll find an eclectic array of shops, salons, services, and locally owned restaurants and taverns. Bellevue is a destination for “foodies” from around the region, who drop in for organic dishes made fresh in-house at The Elusive Cow, Italian favorites at Fesslerʼs Legendary Pizza and Hoagies, classic French and European fare at Bellevue Bistro, and other one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Each year, people can sample house specialties from all the famed Fairfield Avenue restaurants at the city's Fall Fest & Taste of Bellevue, featuring food, drink, shopping, and live music.
Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate Bellevueʼs municipal parks, offering green spaces, play areas, sports fields, and a full calendar of community gatherings, festivals, concerts, and other special events. Movies, arcades, a world-class aquarium and other indoor entertainment—as well as a vibrant nightlife scene—are close by at Newport on the Levy. Bellevue is fewer than five minutes from downtown Cincinnati, across the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (“Big Mac”), where additional shopping, dining, and entertainment, including collegiate and professional sports teams, are found. A revitalization ongoing since the 1980s and the influx of businesses, jobs, and new residents make Bellevue a dynamic community with much to offer residents and visitors alike. The city's commitment to preserving its past means this beautiful community retains its historic charm and special place in the hearts of people throughout the region.
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