in a lot of ways, Paddock Hills reminds me of an immaculate older suburb, except it’s in the middle of the city of Cincinnati. Paddock Hills is a quiet, tiny neighborhood of 959 people sandwiched between North Avondale and Bond Hill. about half of the neighborhood is a golf course and nature center, and the other half is mostly residential.
like a lot of northern Cincinnati neighborhoods, Paddock Hills really didn’t start to grow until the early 20th century. for a long time, the land that makes up the residential area of the neighborhood was mostly farm land. the first subdivision in the neighborhood was built exactly 100 years ago in 1919. in the 20’s North Avondale had a large Jewish population and many of the original early subdivisions in Paddock Hills were planned for Jewish families. even though that was the intention, most of the families who moved in were mostly Catholic. the families that first populated Paddock Hills were of a high economic class.
Paddock Hills eventually became a cool melting pot of Cincinnati. between the 50’s and mid 60’s, the neighborhood was mostly Jewish. over the next few years, white and black families began to move in and the neighborhood integrated and became diverse. even throughout the remainder of the 20th century as other neighborhoods struggled and lost population, Paddock Hills remained relatively stable in part due to three things: the residents fighting for the neighborhood to remain integrated, the high cost of living in Paddock Hills, and being insulated by North Avondale from the mass population loss southern neighborhoods faced.
today, Paddock Hills remains a desirable Cincinnati neighborhood to live in. one of my favorite places in Paddock Hills is Sugar n’ Spice, a really cool (and quirky) restaurant in a bright pink building with amazing breakfast food on Reading Road. They even give you a rubber duck to take home whenever you visit!