Madeira is a suburb of Cincinnati, located about 12 miles Northeast of downtown. Perhaps the most notable landmark, right off of exit 12 on I71 is the Kenwood Towne Center; one of the premiere shopping destinations in the area. Madeira is a charming town, known for having a small town feel with close proximity to a big city. It was rated the number 2 suburb by Cincy Magazine in 2013. I was also listed in Business Week’s Top 50 Places To Raise Kids (number 40)
Geographically, Madeira only covers 3.4 square miles of land. The population is around 9,000 people, with the majority of housing consisting of single family lots. The area is also home to a vibrant business district, with a number of shops, restaurants, and specialty stores lining Miami Ave. in the heart of the town.
According to MadeiraCity.com, the communities closest to Madeira include The Village of Indian Hill to the east, Cincinnati and Mariemont to the south, Sycamore Township (Kenwood), and Blue Ash and Montgomery to the north and west.
Madeira was honored by Forbes as providing some of the best schools for your housing money. That is great news for homeowners as you are getting excellent education value for your living expense. SchoolDigger.com rated Madeira High School 8th out of 709 school districts in Ohio, and frequently gives 4 and 5 star ratings to each Madeira school based on test scores.
According to MadeiraCity.com, The district consists of three schools – Madeira Elementary (grades PK-4), Madeira Middle School (grades 5-8), and Madeira High School (grades 9-12). Our preschool is available on a first-come, first-served tuition basis. The average district-wide student / teacher ratio is 18:1, with a per pupil expenditure of approximately $10,318 per year.
Pre-school in Madeira also available for an additional cost. As far as private schools, St. Gertrude is located near the central business district on Miami Avenue. Moeller High School is not in Madeira, but is only moments away on Montgomery Road.
One reason residents love Madeira is because of its convenient location to virtually everything Cincinnati has to offer. You are about 15 minutes from a Reds’ game, 3 minutes from Kenwood Towne Center, surrounded by great restaurants, and have easy access to I71, I275, Ronald Reagan Highway, and the Norwood Lateral.
Parks and Recreation
Madeira operates 3 parks. The most unique of the 3 is a 2 acre wooded area called the Nelle V. Hosbrook Bird Sanctuary. Learn more, including an audio tour (that rhymes) from the Madeira Historical Society.
Sellman Park is a 10 acre facility which is located directly behind the Madeira Middle School. Between the school and the city property, it includes one baseball diamond, one soccer field, two lit tennis courts, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, basketball courts, picnic grove, concession stand, and a sand volleyball court.
McDonald Commons Park, located off Dawson Road just next to the City garage, is a 17 acre facility which includes three baseball fields, three soccer fields, two tennis courts, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, a concession stand, batting cage, and wooded areas.
One reason Madeira is often called “The Friendly Town” and attributed with being a tight community is because of the number of special events that take place in town.
The Madeira Centennial Bike Race is a newer tradition, and is really a lot of fun for the whole family. A small bike track is built through the heart of town, and food trucks and other booths are setup all around for you to make a day of it! Bikers from all over come in to join a number of different races.
Madeira also hosts an annual Independence Day firework show at Sellman park. It’s pretty cool to see people from all over walking with kids in tow towards the park for live music, snow cones, and of course, fireworks. While it won’t soon be mistaken for a blockbusting WEBN fireworks show, it packs a certain small town charm in the event that just seems to fit. July 4th is definitely a special time in Madeira.
Besides the fireworks, Summer time is packed with fun in Madeira. The annual street dance, Shakespeare in the park, concerts in the park, Splash Party, and more.
For the holidays, Madeira keeps the fun coming. From MadeiraCity.com: “As we come into the holiday season December marks the St. Nicholas Sleigh Ride where St. Nick makes his way through the streets of Madeira passing out goodies to all the children. There’s Letters to Santa, Pictures with Santa and, last but not least, the city, in conjunction with the Madeira Chamber of Commerce, sponsors the annual Light up Madeira & Shop Madeira. This annual event is the kick off to the holiday shopping season. It’s a day for shopping and dining at the city’s local businesses, carriage rides, holiday music, and ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Millennium Fountain Plaza.”
Places That Make Madeira Special
Ask the residents and they will often say that it is the people themselves that make Madeira a special place to live. While that is true, there are a number of other businesses and local establishments that help Madeira stand out from other suburbs.
Cheers To Art
Whether you love to paint or not, you are sure to enjoy Cheers To Art on Camargo Road. It is something like an art class for adults, designed around fun. The perfect place for a date night, you’ll spend a couple of hours doing your own canvas painting while being shown what to do, step by step. They also offer a selection of wine and beer, hence the name “Cheers” to Art.
No experience is needed. Just check out their event calendar and find a painting that sounds interesting and go for it!
I’m biased here, because I love Coffee Please on Miami Avenue. The local coffee shop has a cool interior design and is a great place to pick up a cup of joe or even have breakfast or lunch. Often hopping with locals stopping by for a caffeine fix, odds are that you’ll see a couple of your neighbors while at Coffee Please.
They typically have about 6 coffees to choose from, and they are different every day. A couple of my favorites are the Highlander Grogg (usually on Saturdays) and Snicker Doodle (usually on Sundays).
Madeira Farmers Market
The Madeira Farmers Market has the goal of bringing local farmers and sustainable food to the local community. It is available year-round, but is especially vibrant when located in the hear of downtown on Thursdays from May to September. Learn more about why the Farmers Market is an essential part of this community:
Ted’s Toy Store
Owner Ted Gardner has a great little niche toy shop, located right next to Coffee Please. They take special care in choosing the toys they sell, as their space is limited. They offer free gift wrap and a lot of personal attention. Here is a sampling of some of the toys they carry.