From golf course to housing development

Posted at 8:45 AM, Oct 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-15 08:45:22-04

When asking one of Greenshire Common's newest homebuyers what prompted her family to make the move, Beth Ceddia didn't hesitate to list all the reasons she and her family are excited to be a part of the West Side's newest community.

"After having a home built back in the 1990s, we've lived in the Forest Park area for over 20 years," she said. "We love our current home, but Greenshire Commons really sparked our interest because of its close proximity and easy access to Downtown."

Just as Ceddia mentioned, there are many things that make the newest development on the West Side of Cincinnati unique: Close proximity to new medical facilities, retailers and dining along the Harrison Avenue corridor and easy access to Interstate 74. Situated atop the old Hillview Golf Course, the community will be nestled between Rybolt and Wessleman roads. 

Located within the Oak Hills School District, Greenshire Commons offers a variety of homes ranging in price from 270k to over 1.5 million.

The Groundbreaking ceremony was held last week and according to its developers, the response has been very welcoming. 


Developers Joseph M. Allen and Rakesh Ram designed a park-like setting surrounding the new subdivision meant to cater to both young professionals and empty-nesters looking to downsize. 

"What a journey to bring this community to bring to life in the last two years," Ram said. "The 100-plus acres sitting on top of one the highest points in Hamilton County will bring gorgeous panoramic views to it's new residents. After five years of the real estate market downturn, West Siders are energized and excited for the new homes and the diversity."


Approximately 234 lots are available in the new 104 acre development. The builders of the estate and lifestyle homes include M/I Homes, Drees, Inverness Homes, and Dennis Ott Builders. 

The neighborhood will be built over the course of three phases, with nearly every lot being sold in the the first phase in a matter of months. 


Mike Collins of Inverness Homes said one of the things that will make the development unique is what the company is calling "Lifestyle" ranch homes, meant to appeal to people wanting to downsize or transition to one-level living. 

"Inverness homebuyers can also enjoy the benefits of grounds maintenance," he said. "Meaning no more raking leaves, mowing and fertilizing the lawn, tree trimming, mulching or snow shoveling."

Phase one of the new home sites are expected to be completed in spring 2016, with the first homes being move-in ready by early March.

Megan Fenno is a community manager at WCPO. Connect with her via Twitter: @MeganFenno or on Facebook.